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NBA Sports News | Archive Index | 2009

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NBA News | April 3, 2010

 

Raptors blow lead with 76ers, win in OT 128-123

Associated Press
April 3, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — The Toronto Raptors narrowly averted a costly letdown in their push to make the playoffs.

Toronto blew a 17-point third-quarter lead against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers and trailed in overtime Saturday before Chris Bosh stepped up with two key shots to keep the Raptors in control of the eighth and final playoff spot with a 128-123 win.

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Lakers sign Bryant to $89.6M 3-year extension

Associated Press
April 3, 2010


El Segundo, CA — Kobe Bryant is staying with the Los Angeles Lakers for another three years.

The deal announced Friday will begin after next season. Bryant is making $23 million this season and is due to earn $24.8 million next season.

“It’s very rare to have a player play his entire career in one city, so I’m very excited,” he said after the Lakers beat Utah 106-92.

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NBA News | April 2, 2010

 

Magic take Maveriks 97-82 with “Howard Power”

Associated Press
April 2, 2010


Dallas, TX — Dwight Howard regularly dominates in the paint for the Orlando Magic. The X-factor for the Magic is their 3-point shooting.

Howard had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five blocked shots, and his teammates converted 14 of 24 attempts from 3-point range as the Magic atoned for an earlier loss to Dallas with a 97-82 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday night.

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Have Celtics lost aura of greatness?

By Marc J. Spears
April 2, 2010


Boston, MA — As he walked out of the Garden following yet another painful loss, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo fondly reminisced about the franchise’s storied past. Not the days of Auerbach, Russell, Cousy and Bird. No, Rondo was feeling nostalgic about Boston’s Big Three of a more recent vintage: the Paul Pierce-Ray Allen-Kevin Garnett triumvirate that powered the Celtics to their 17th championship just two years ago.

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NBA News | March 28, 2010

 

‘Wild’ times for Lakers are mild by Lakers’ standards

By Mark Heisler
March 28, 2010


Los Angeles, CA — Before I get to the latest Lakers crises as the team plunges into the abyss with Phil Jackson and/or Kobe Bryant leaving, I want to thank everyone in Lakerdom, just for being.

Without you, we'd just cover ordinary teams like the Clippers, whose dysfunction is entertaining but whose winning percentage isn't high enough for anyone to care about them but them, a.k.a. Clipper Nation.

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Suns win 111-105, Wolves lose 16th straight

By Dave Campbell
March 28, 2010


MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Steve Nash’s back was bothering him, so much so that the Phoenix Suns almost had to play without their slick-passing, floppy-haired front man.

With those prime Western Conference playoff seeds still in reach, Nash wasn’t going to give in and take a game off—even against the tumbling Minnesota Timberwolves.

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NBA News | March 24, 2010

 

Boozer becomes Jazz's high note

By Ian Thomsen
March 24, 2010


Carlos Boozer chooses to hold some grudges, and others he lets go. He still remembers being stranded until the second round of the draft eight years ago.

"It was the first year that we had a lot of European guys," said Boozer, who at 6-foot-8 was deemed too short to excel at power forward.

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Celtics dominant frontcourt clinches playoff berth

Associated Press
March 24, 2010


Boston, MA — Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Kevin Garnett had 20 and the Boston Celtics clinched a playoff berth with a 113-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

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NBA News | March 22, 2010

 

Spurs beat Thunder to forge tie for sixth place in the west

Associated Press
March 22, 2010


Oklahoma City, OK — George Hill scored a career-high 27 points, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame Kevin Durant's 45 points to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-96 on Monday night and forge a tie between the teams for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

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Golden State Warriors up for sale; Oracle's Ellison interested

Associated Press
March 22, 2010


Oakland, CA — The Golden State Warriors are for sale — and Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison has already made it well known he wants to buy the team.

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NBA News | March 16, 2010

 

Roy searching for his inner ruthlessness

By Marc J. Spears
March 16, 2010


The Portland Trail Blazers had just lost to the Denver Nuggets, and Brandon Roy was blaming himself for the defeat. His 12 points had hardly measured up to Carmelo Anthony’s 30, and with the Blazers clinging to the Western Conference’s last playoff seed, any loss was one they couldn’t afford.

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Ginobili gets 22, Spurs hang on to beat Heat 88-76

By Tim Reynolds
March 16, 2010


MIAMI, FL — San Antonio’s huge lead was almost gone, Miami’s building was roaring and the Heat were clicking better than they had at any point all night.

With one shot, Manu Ginobili changed everything.

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NBA News | March 13, 2010

 

Bryant measures his leadership of Lakers

By Adrian Wojnarowski
March 13, 2010


Phoenix, AZ – Privately, people wonder: How many more passes does Kobe Bryant give Pau Gasol for speaking so boldly about him? How long until Bryant’s public and private reprisal comes with a ferocity that could bring a 7-footer to his knees?

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The King is resting! Long live the King!

March 13, 2010


The King, in this case, is Cleveland Cavaliers star and MVP favorite LeBron James and he was, in fact, resting when he missed two games since last week’s Race. James did not suit up in the wine-and-gold in Milwaukee last Saturday and then was on the Cavs’ inactive list Monday against San Antonio.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive March 9, 2010

 

Caught in Durant’s shadow, Westbrook shines

By Marc J. Spears
March 9, 2010


Russell Westbrook wears a bright orange bracelet on each wrist during games. The same two words are printed on both: “Why Not?”

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Cavaliers push past Spurs

By Tom Whithers
March 9, 2010


Clevend, OH — LeBron James was in street clothes. Shaquille O’Neal was nowhere to be found, and Antawn Jamison was in the locker room icing his sore knee.


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NBA News - Sports News | Archive March 5, 2010

 

Bobcats hand Lakers 2nd straight loss, 98-83

By Mike Cranston
March 5, 2010


CHARLOTTE, NC — The final seconds ticked down and Michael Jordan slowly rose from his seat. He waited until the final buzzer and then briefly clapped.

Jordan showed little emotion after the Charlotte Bobcats won their first game in three tries since he agreed to buy the team.

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Barnes scores 14 in first as Magic beat Nets again

By Tom Canavan
March 5, 2010


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — With a month to go in the season, Stan Van Gundy isn’t very happy with the way the Orlando Magic play with the lead.

Instead of putting teams away, the Magic have been letting them hang around. It didn’t hurt against the woeful New Jersey Nets on Friday night. The playoffs might be different.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive March 2, 2010

 

Iverson will not return to 76ers

By Dan Gelston
March 2, 2010


Philadelphia , PA — The Philadelphia 76ers have said goodbye to A.I.

Allen Iverson’s second stint with the team he once led to the NBA finals ended Tuesday when the Sixers announced he would not return for the rest of the season.

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Center-less Cavs reclaim No. 1 spot

By John Schuhmann
March 2, 2010


February is the shortest month of the year and includes a four-day break for All-Star, but there was still enough basketball played last month for the Bucks to go from ninth place in the East (three games out of a playoff spot) to seventh, with a 1 1/2-game cushion over the Heat.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive February 25, 2010

 

Howard powers Magic to 101-95 win over Cavs

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February 21, 2010


Orlando, Fla.
— Dwight Howard sat on a chair in front of his locker and plopped his son, Braylon, onto his lap. The 2-year-old was wearing a blue shirt with the Superman emblem stamped on the chest.

Statement? Hardly. The big man did that on the court.

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Ginobili’s 26 points leads Spurs past Thunder

By Paul J. Weber
February 25, 2010


SAN ANTONIO TX — Manu Ginobili didn’t believe he would actually stuff Kevin Durant when the NBA’s leading scorer elevated for a runaway dunk on a crucial fast break in the final minutes.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive February 21, 2010

 

Howard powers Magic to 101-95 win over Cavs

Associated Press
February 21, 2010


Orlando, Fla.
— Dwight Howard sat on a chair in front of his locker and plopped his son, Braylon, onto his lap. The 2-year-old was wearing a blue shirt with the Superman emblem stamped on the chest.

Statement? Hardly. The big man did that on the court.

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West scores 27, lifts Hornets over Rockets 102-94

By Brett Martell
February 21, 2010


New Orleans, LA — David West answered the Houston Rockets’ late charge with power and poise.

West highlighted a 27-point outing by muscling inside for a crucial offensive rebound and launching himself back up through three defenders for a slam dunk with 1:51 left.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive February 12, 2010

 

Rookies break sophomore hex in Dallas

Associated Press
February 12, 2010


DALLAS, Tx. — Sacramento's Tyreke Evans had 26 points and San Antonio's DeJuan Blair had 22 points and 23 rebounds to give the NBA rookies a rare victory over the sophomores, 140-128 in the Rookie Challenge on Friday night.

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Hunter: No lockout imminent

Associated Press
February 12, 2010


DALLAS, Tx. — The executive director of the NBA players' association said Friday the league tore up its proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement after a "contentious" 90-minute session.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive February 5, 2010

 

Nugets see no reason to fear Lakers

By Marc J. Spears
February 5, 2010


Denver Nuggets coach George Karl believes he owns a recipe the rest of the NBA wishes it had: The Nuggets, Karl thinks, have all the ingredients necessary to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Deron Williams and the Jazz know what they're doing

By Henry Abbott
February 4, 2010


With Chris Paul sidelined, is any point guard playing better than Deron Williams?

There are a few things I try not to do. Among them:
          •  I try not to wake up my wife and kids when they're sleeping.
          •  I try not to call people who have little children late at night.
          •  Realizing I'm a journalist, not a coach, I try not to make statements that rely strictly on my own cobbled-together basketball judgment.
          •  I try not to curse.



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NBA News - Sports News | Archive January 29, 2010

 

Hawks beat Celtics 100-91 to sweep season series

By CHARLES ODUM
January 29, 2010


ATLANTA, GA — Joe Johnson(notes) scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks beat Boston 100-91 on Friday night to complete their first season sweep of the Celtics in 11 years.

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Kobe-LeBron Nike ad features gun language

By BRIAN MAHONEY
January 29, 2010


NEW YORK, NY — An advertisement featuring the NBA’s two biggest superstars includes a gun reference in the same week that two players were suspended for carrying firearms to the locker room.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive January 16, 2010

 

Arenas awaits sentence on gun charge, fate in NBA

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and HOWARD FENDRICH
January 16, 2010


WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas(notes) will have to wait until March to learn if he will be sent to prison for a felony gun conviction, while his future with the NBA sits in limbo.

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Boston Celtics Saturday practice report

By Chris Forsberg
January, 16, 2010


WALTHAM, Mass. — A collection of news and notes from the Celtics' practice Saturday at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint.

Wallace expects to play Monday

Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace participated in Saturday's session and expects to play Monday night when the Dallas Mavericks visit the TD Garden.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive January 7, 2010

 

NBA gave Agent Zero his mission, laugh track

By Adrian Wojnarowski
Janury 7, 2010


Year after year, David Stern sits in his 15th-floor office of Olympic Tower and watches the stories unleash on the NBA like tsunamis – Latrell Sprewell, the Palace of Auburn Hills brawl, the debauchery of a Vegas All-Star weekend.

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Gilbert Arenas indefinitely suspended by NBA

By BRIAN MAHONEY
January 7, 2010


New York, NY — Some of his teammates laughed when Gilbert Arenas pointed his index fingers at them, as if they were guns.

David Stern didn’t.

Stern hasn’t found any of Arenas’ behavior funny lately, so on Wednesday he handed down a punishment he wasn’t expected to deliver until much later.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive December 24, 2009

 

Can’t-Miss Prospect Who Did Returns at 28

By HOWARD BECK
December 24, 2009


GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Jonathan Bender was the quiet one, introspective and inconspicuous, despite his sinewy 7-foot frame and his outlandish skills. The impromptu dunk contest was not his idea.

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With Help of Late Review, Timberwolves Outlast Nets

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 24, 2009


Al Jefferson scored 27 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves received a favorable videotape review in the final minute to defeat the host Nets, 103-99, on Wednesday night in a battle of the N.B.A.’s worst teams.

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Boozer returns to All-Star form, but few care to notice

By Brian Hendrickson
December 24, 2009


You could point to Carlos Boozer's impressive stats and Utah's key victories as evidence of his All-Star-caliber season. The 18 double-doubles that rank third in the NBA, the 21.3 points and 10.9 rebounds he's averaged since mid-November, the Jazz's 16-12 record despite injuries to several key players -- yep, all appear reason enough to dub Boozer an All-Star. Again.

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Only two successful protests in 27 years

By Marc Stein
December 24, 2009


DALLAS — Don't expect a ruling on the Dallas Mavericks' protest of their recent loss to the Houston Rockets before early 2010.

The Mavericks formally filed their protest paperwork Sunday, insisting that the final 1:01 of overtime in their 116-108 defeat should be replayed because Erick Dampier was incorrectly assessed his second technical foul and thus wrongly ejected.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive December 1, 2009

 

History sides with Iverson in Philly reunion

By Adrian Wojnarowski
December 1, 2009


Thirteen months ago, Allen Iverson made a compelling case for change at the dining room table of Joe Dumars. He made something of a stump speech to the Pistons president, understanding what a champion wanted to hear, what would play to this audience.

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Bucks hope to hold winning pair

By Marc J. Spears
December 1, 2009


Michael Redd’s recent knee injury gave him a good view from the sideline to watch Brandon Jennings’ 55-point game and all his other stirring performances. Like just about everyone else, Redd was impressed. The Milwaukee Bucks veteran, however, has a few words of warning.

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Recaps of the NBA Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Allen heats up, Celtics rout Bobcats 108-90: The AP reports: Ray Allen broke out of his shooting slump with 27 points, Kendrick Perkins added 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston cruised past Charlotte 108-90 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory... Kendrick Perkins took advantage, hitting 9 of 10 shots. Kevin Garnett shot 5 for 8 and added 16 points and seven rebounds. About the only negative was Rasheed Wallace’s league-leading eighth technical foul as the Celtics quickly ended any hopes Charlotte had of erasing memories of its embarrassing 59-point performance in Boston on opening night... Gerald Wallace scored just five points for the Bobcats after getting into early foul trouble. Nazr Mohammed had 16 points for Charlotte, which entered giving up a league-low 87.9 points a game.

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Lakers overpower Hornets 110-99 with Bynum, Bryant

By GREG BEACHAM
December 1, 2009


LOS ANGELES — Andrew Bynum scored 21 points, Kobe Bryant added 18 on a light night of work and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 110-99 Tuesday for their seventh straight victory.

Ron Artest scored 16 points as the Lakers remained undefeated in six games since the return of Pau Gasol, who had 14 points in Los Angeles' balanced offense.

The Lakers moved in front of Phoenix atop the Western Conference by taking another big first-half lead and coasting to their NBA-best 11th home victory.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive November 13, 2009

 

Still-growing Bynum gives Lakers a limitless future

By Scott Howard-Cooper
November 13 2009


The Andrew Bynum progression chart is a roller-coaster diagram. Great expectations as the No. 10 pick in 2005 and the youngest player to ever get in an NBA game, only to spend that rookie campaign out of the Lakers rotation. He had substantial forward movement his third season, only to hurt his left knee and miss the final 46 games and L.A.'s run to the Finals. A recovery his fourth season, 2008-09, to the top 10 in the league in shooting and blocks at age 20, only to hurt his right knee and miss 32 games.

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Hornets’ new coach must win over Paul

By Adrian Wojnarowski
November 13, 2009


The slacker son of the New Orleans Hornets owner went to Los Angeles with the team and began to grumble about the priorities of the coach. Yes, it was over for Byron Scott now. The old man had crowned Chad Shinn with a VP title and authority on choosing the Honeybees, and even he knew Scott failed to understand the urgency of his plight. With three games in four nights, his franchise in freefall, the coach was planning tee times in SoCal.

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LeBron plans to switch jersey numbers out of respect for Jordan


By J.E. Skeets
November 13, 2009

Out of respect for the greatest basketball player of all-time — and/or in an effort to increase merchandising sales — Cavaliers star LeBron James says he will trade in his No. 23 uniform number for No. 6 after this season.

LeBron made the comments following Thursday night's win in Miami. Jordan, as you might have guessed, was in attendance to subtly remind the world about his new 25th anniversary sneakers. Do these guys have timing or what?

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Loss to Lakers fuels Anthony, Nuggets

By Marc J. Spears
November 13, 2009


DENVER — Less than three weeks into the season, and already Carmelo Anthony is hearing people mention him as a leading MVP candidate. Around the NBA, they’re talking about ‘Melo’s 30-point nights, about how his game has expanded, about how he’s finally realizing his enormous potential.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive November 7, 2009

 

Red hot Carmelo gets fast start in Race to the MVP

By Frank Hughes
November 7, 2009


Had the initial Race to the MVP column been written a week ago, after only a handful of games, the list would have been infiltrated by the likes of Channing Frye(notes), who hit six three-pointers en route to 22 points in one of the Phoenix Suns' early victories, and Al Horford, who had 24 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks in the Atlanta Hawks' season-opening victory over the Indiana Pacers.

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Iverson Q&A: Free agency was ‘horrible’

By Marc J. Spears
November 7, 2009


Allen Iverson had plenty to say during his recent trip to the Bay Area – most notably, that he isn’t happy about coming off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies – and his attitude likely won’t change unless or until the Grizzlies start winning.

Say what you will about A.I., but he has no problem speaking his mind. From his free-agency experience this past summer to his future to even his hair, Iverson touched on a handful of topics – besides his role with the Grizzlies – during a one-on-one interview with Yahoo! Sports.

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Sterling suit seems to fit NBA just fine

By Dan Wetzel
November 7, 2009


Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed to pay $2.73 million this week to settle a federal case alleging he discriminated in the rental of apartments he owns with his wife in Southern California.

The settlement is “the largest monetary payment ever obtained” in this kind of case by the U.S. Justice Department, according to a news release from the organization.

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Early returns point to Jennings as NBA's top rookie

By John McMullen
November 7, 2009


Like of lot of NBA people, I didn't have high hopes for Brandon Jennings after evaluating his season in Europe with Lottomatica Roma.
Unable to jump to the NBA directly, Jennings became the first high profile player to sign with a European team since the NBA's age restriction rule was implemented.
Since Jennings didn't qualify academically for Arizona, he made a bold and mature decision to make money instead of spending a year on some junior college campus chasing girls while waiting to become draft eligible.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive October 27, 2009

 

A little hate between these contenders is not a bad thing

By Vince Thomas
October 27 2009


Buried in the firestorm that followed Isiah Thomas' excoriation of onetime blood-brother Magic Johnson was an anecdotal revelation that had me wistful for the NBA of my childhood. Contending squads viewed each other different in that '80s Golden Age. Isiah's statement about when and how his relationship changed with Magic was indicative of the good ol' days when rivals were enemies.

"When we got to the ['88] Finals, our relationship became very different,'' Thomas acknowledged to SI.com. "It was OK for us to be friends when we weren't competing with the Lakers, but when we started competing with the Lakers, our friendship changed.

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Can Shaq’s star power brighten LeBron’s future?

By Adrian Wojnarowski
October 27, 2009


CLEVELAND — Thirteen years ago, the world had walls. Shaquille O’Neal wanted to be a movie star, a rapper, the most famous basketball player in the world. Never so much that he wanted to leave for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he had to leave. Major markets delivered endorsements and televised games and national press. Wilt and Kareem were liberated to Los Angeles and, ultimately, so was Shaq.

“It was a lot different for me then, than it is for LeBron now,” Shaq says.

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Celtics’ Davis expects to be sidelined 6-8 weeks

By Marc J. Spears
October 27, 2009


Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that he will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking his right thumb while trying to protect himself from a friend who slugged him while driving.

Davis said the incident happened early Sunday morning when Davis’ girlfriend, Jenna Gomez, one of her girlfriends and one of his high school friends were returning to his home after celebrating Gomez’s birthday. Davis said he and his high school friend got into a heated debate over some “personal issues,” and the friend, who was driving their vehicle, threw a punch at Davis. Davis retaliated by throwing a punch back that broke his hand.

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Figuring out the East's beast among season-opening queries

By Fran Blinebury
Posted Oct 27, 2009


Seven questions for the next seven days:

Who's the boss?

Nothing like coming right out of the box with the Eastern Conference version of King Kong vs. Godzilla as Boston and Cleveland square off for the 2009-10 season opener.

A healthy Kevin Garnett has returned from knee surgery and is back in the Celtics lineup that is now deeper with the free-agent additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels. The Cavs, of course, did a little off-season shopping of their own, accessorizing the LeBron James collection with that big bauble named Shaquille O'Neal. The winner here gets to strut around as Beast of the East, at least until the end of October.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive October 6, 2009

 

The 10 best NBA players of the last decade

By Kelly Dwyer
October 6, 2009


OK, we know the first decade of the 21st century doesn't really end until 2011. We think. But we also know there have been 10 full NBA seasons played since the phrase "Y2K" was on all of our lips (1999-2000), and here at Ball Don't Lie we've decided to use this as an offseason excuse to rank some of the best and not-so-brightest of the 10 campaigns in question. The result? Why, top 10 lists!


Let's just skip to what people have been asking for since the beginning. The 10 best players.

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Regular-season NBA game in London still on Stern's wish list

The Associated Press
October 6, 2009


LONDON — The NBA is still planning to play a regular-season game in London before the 2012 Olympics are hosted by the British capital, although commissioner David Stern said Tuesday that no schedule has been set.

Stern has said that he wants to play a meaningful game at London's O2 Arena, where the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz played a preseason game Tuesday.

"We hope to do it," Stern said, noting that 2010 and 2011 would be the last chances. "We're running out of runway."

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First 5 trades this season

By Sam Smith
October 6, 2009


The NBA is back with training camps opening last week and, by my unofficial count, there are 29 teams talking playoffs. I don’t think Sacramento is, though I may have missed something. This is the time of year when players’ flaws are mostly ignored as managements see what they hoped for in players more than what is actually there. Which is how we get to trades. I strongly doubt there is any talk now. But there will be, and here’s my five players most likely to be traded in the next few months.

1.        Carlos Boozer, Utah: The Jazz is a remarkably patient franchise, as coach Jerry Sloan often notes, perhaps the league’s most stable. Andrei Kirilenko demanded a trade two years ago.

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NBA news and notes

By Sam Smith
October 6, 2009


Congratulations to former Bulls assistant and interim coach Jim Boylan, who reports he’s cancer free after undergoing chemo and radiation treatments this summer after a tumor was discovered on his tongue. Boylan, 54, is back on the bench in Milwaukee with Scott Skiles after losing more than 20 pounds. Boylan isn’t a smoker and doesn’t have a family history, so was caught by surprise. He said a recent CT scan reported the cancer gone.

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The Knicks’ summer of 2010 free agency plan depends a lot on getting Eddy Curry playing so they can trade him for an expiring contract.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive September 17, 2009

 

St. Albans native inducted into basketball Hall of Fame — Gail Marquis’ love of the sport led her to compete in the Olympics and on a European court

By Ivan Pereira
September 17, 2009


When Gail Marquis first started playing basketball in the gym of St. Catherine’s of Sienna in St. Albans, she displayed an athletic passion that led her to compete in the Olympics, take the court in Europe and help win the last major basketball title for a New York team.

In two weeks, her career will be immortalized for all of her fans and sports historians when she is inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. Marquis, who is a vice president of the wealth management firm Element Financial Group, where she heads the sports and fashion division, said she was flattered by the honor because she worked hard to be the best in her sport.

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TEAM Coalition Proudly Welcomes Newest Board Member: National Beer Wholesalers Association

September, 17, 2009


ALEXANDRIA, VA — TEAM Coalition (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) is proud to add the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) to its list of member organizations committed to promoting responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition is an alliance of 16 member groups including professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts and others.

TEAM Coalition members are united by a shared mission to provide effective alcohol service training in public assembly facilities and promote responsible alcohol consumption that enhances the entertainment experience while reducing alcohol-related instances both in facilities and on surrounding roadways. To accomplish this mission, TEAM focuses on three main efforts:

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Pacers owner Simon, mall magnate, dies at 82

September 17, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Melvin Simon, co-owner of the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers and one of the largest US shopping mall firms, has died aged 82.

Together with younger brother Herb, Simon operated an Indianapolis-based group which managed and developed more than 250 properties in 37 states and backed the Pacers, an elite-level team in a state known for loving basketball.

"Melvin was a very dear friend and golfing buddy," said Larry Bird, a retired NBA star and the Pacers' president of basketball operations.

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Trades tip NBA's balance of power toward the East

By Sean Deveney
September 17, 2009


NEW YORK, NY — Go on, have a look around the Eastern Conference. Seems like not long ago there wasn't much to the NBA teams on this side of the Mississippi. Safe to say that's changed. In the wake of a very busy NBA draft period, the East now has three new beasts (and, bear in mind, that's not counting the Celtics).
 
The Wizards started all of this. On Wednesday, Washington dealt away its No. 5 pick in the draft to Minnesota for guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller. Foye is a combo guard who had a breakthrough in the second half of last year, averaging 16.3 points. Miller is a nine-year veteran who has averaged 13.9 points and shot 40.1 percent on 3-pointers during his career.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive September 6, 2009

 

NBA preparing Twitter guidelines

By Marc J. Spears
September 6, 2009


NBA commissioner David Stern told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday the league will soon follow the NFL in announcing Twitter guidelines and other social media restrictions for its players and coaches.

“Obviously, there is a happy medium between tweeting before the game and tweeting from our bench during the game,” Stern said by phone. “You want to make sure that pop culture doesn’t intrude on what brought us here, which is the game, and that we show the right respect for the game.”

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Reports: Wolves sign Ramon Sessions; Knicks to sign David Lee

September 6, 2009


If unidentified sources and officials are to be believed, we can go ahead and check two more names off of our "Summer Blah, Blah, Blah" team above. I can't tell you how happy this makes me.

Restricted free-agent Ramon Sessions and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to four-year, $16.4 million offer sheet, according to the Associated Press. The fourth season will be a player option.

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With MJ leading, '09 group moves to head of the Hall class

By John Schuhmann
September 6, 2009


You could induct Michael Jordan into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with Oliver Robinson and John Stroeder and the group would deserve some consideration as the best Hall of Fame class ever. So when you induct him with fellow Dream Teamers David Robinson and John Stockton, along with coach Jerry Sloan, you have to wonder if there ever will be a class as good as this one.

That's no easy claim to make. It's impossible to compare players of different eras. Only one player in the NBA's inaugural season of 1946-47 averaged more than 20 points per game. The league had only 10 teams in the mid-'60s. The 3-point shot wasn't instituted until 1979 and international players didn't start making an impact until recently.

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Spain favored to win European basketball title

Associated Press
September 6, 2009


WARSAW, Poland — The European basketball championship opens Monday with Spain once again starting out as the clear favorite.

The Spaniards enter the tournament with a squad laden with NBA talent and the desire to finally win a European title after losing in the final at home two years ago.

L.A. Lakers center Pau Gasol leads the team, which lost to the United States 118-107 in a close gold medal game at last year's Beijing Olympics. Gasol is joined by Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez and Memphis Grizzlies forward Marc Gasol.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive July 18, 2009

 

Greek team Olympiakos interested in Knicks David Lee, Nate Robinson

By Frank Isola
July 18, 2009


Maybe Olympiakos should be changing its name to the Greece Knicks.

The Greek club is not only pursuing Knicks guard Nate Robinson, but according to a source, it has also contacted his teammate, forward David Lee. It is unclear if Lee has received an offer or if he has interest in playing overseas. Lee's agent, Mark Bartelstein, would not confirm whether he had spoken to Olympiakos but Bartelstein said last night that he is confident that his client will play in the NBA next season.

"I've had a lot of dealings with Olympiakos over the years," said Bartelstein, whose client, Jannero Pargo, played for the Greek team last year. "I'll never say never, but that's not where we're looking right now."

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Court Dismisses SEC Insider Trading Case Against NBA Owner Cuban

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Saturday, July 18, 2009


Mark Cuban, the online entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner known for his on-court antics, yesterday escaped charges of insider trading.

Cuban's defense was vindicated as a federal court in Dallas dismissed a Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint that he avoided $750,000 in losses by trading based on confidential information about the Internet company Mamma.com.

The ruling marks a key point in the billionaire's confrontation with the SEC, which has 30 days to refile the case. During the case, Cuban launched counterattacks on the SEC from his blog.

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Yao’s absence looms as giant loss for league

By Adrian Wojnarowski
July 18, 2009


As soon as he bought the cash-strapped Shanghai Sharks, Yao Ming(notes) was pressured into a most defensive declaration: This wasn’t done as a retirement toy, but born of obligation to his hometown team. That’s how it goes for him now. That’s the reality of his every move. All across the world, the fears that Yao never plays basketball again are real and justified.

The Houston Rockets are counting on an innovative and complicated surgical procedure to repair the hairline fracture in his left foot. They hope it’ll ultimately create a base for his body that’ll withstand the unprecedented pounding delivered beneath his 7-foot, 6-inch frame. Nevertheless, Yao will miss next season and Houston officials operate with private doubts he’ll ever be a sturdy player again.

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David Stern speaks out of both sides of his mouth about state of NBA as next CBA looms

By McIsaac/Getty
July 18, 2009


NBA commissioner David Stern reveals last week at Vegas summer league that less than half the 30 teams made a profit last season.

David Stern wants to have it both ways. On one hand, the NBA commissioner tells one and all that the league has never been in better shape. At All-Star weekend in February, he said the NBA was in "in a golden age of basketball." (If you only casually watched the league in the '80s and '90s, you know that's just plain nuts.)

Then on the eve of the playoffs, Stern had nothing but terrific things to say about the state of the NBA, "despite," he admitted, "a challenging economy." He cited an increase in TV ratings by double digits and a similar boost in traffic for the league's Web site. Plus, the league was coming off its third-best regular-season attendance all-time, with arenas "filled to more than 90% capacity again this year," he said. Only six weeks ago, at the Finals in Los Angeles, he raved about "a season for the ages ... everything came together for us."

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive June 26, 2009

 

Shaq goes back to No. 33

June 26 2009


CLEVELAND -- Shaquille O'Neal hasn't picked out a house in Cleveland yet. He has chosen a jersey number -- his old one.

Shaq is going back to No. 33.

Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, the 15-time All-Star has decided to wear 33, the team confirmed Friday. That's the number O'Neal wore in high school and at LSU before turning pro. O'Neal wore No. 32 when he was in Orlando, Miami and Phoenix.

When he was with the Los Angeles Lakers, O'Neal wore 34 because Nos. 32 and 33 were retired for Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Magic agree to acquire Nets’ Carter

By Adrian Wojnarowski
June 25, 2009


The New Jersey Nets have agreed in principle to send Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to the Orlando Magic for Rafer Alston(notes), Tony Battie and Courtney Lee(notes), two league executives told Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets will draft Louisville shooting guard Terrence Williams at No. 11, if he’s still available.

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UFC'S Taylor about to realize lifelong basketball dream in NBA draft

BY Iliana Limon
June 25, 2009


When her son was 6 years old, Gwendolyn Taylor realized basketball would dominate his life.

She bought Jermaine Taylor a ball and tiny hoop, figuring it would just be another toy for her growing boy.

Instead, it was a glimpse into the future.

"He loved that basketball, and he never stopped playing with it," she said. "Ever since he was 6 years old, his favorite thing to do was to play basketball. He was real little, but I could see it then. He really loved basketball. I knew right then he would always play basketball."

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Is one-and-done the right route to take?

By David Teel
June 25, 2009


Tonight in New York, professional basketball stages its annual heist of college and international talent — on national television, with Commissioner David Stern smiling all the way to the deposit window.

The event is the NBA Draft, a selfishly choreographed exercise that begs for overhaul.

Alas, don't hold your breath. As North Carolina coach Roy Williams has often said, the draft's rules are good for the NBA, and that's all the NBA cares about.

But many concerned for college basketball's quality and integrity advocate changing the NBA's age restriction.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive April 3, 2009

 

Who's the NBA's MVP?
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant are in a scintillating race only one can win

By JONATHAN FEIGEN
April 2, 2009


LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O’Neal stumbled into a condition he did not recognize. He was stumped.

He had seen everything he needed to see... Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. He has watched more of their games than he ever thought he would. He has played with Wade and Bryant. He has been an MVP himself and had a two-time MVP, Steve Nash, for a teammate.

O’Neal was given a simple, direct question that has filled locker rooms, barrooms and chat rooms for weeks: Who is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player?
He had no idea.

“This year I can say it’s very close,” said O’Neal, unable to pick a preference. “Those three are playing above everybody else.

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Hansbrough nears the ultimate prize after stellar run at UNC

By Steve Wieberg
April 3, 2009


DETROIT — The skeptics among the scouts will nit and they will pick, and they'll tell you why Tyler Hansbrough is carrying a question mark into this year's NBA draft.

He's big, just not big enough. He's skilled but not athletically gifted enough. He's tough, a relentless competitor, the kind of character guy every coach covets. But — lest you missed their meeting in the NCAA tournament's South Regional final last weekend — he's not Blake Griffin, Oklahoma's No. 1 pick-in-waiting.

College basketball nonetheless will find another Griffin, just as it found another Michael Beasley this season and, a year ago, it discovered another Kevin Durant. Stars regenerate.

Hansbroughs come along less often.

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Exiled by NCAA, Sampson on track to NBA head coach

By Chris Jenkins
April 3. 2009


MILWAUKEE — Kelvin Sampson still gets a thrill from watching the NCAA tournament, even though he knows he'll probably never be part of it again.

Sampson beams when he talks about the success of Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds, a player he originally recruited to Oklahoma. He's happy to see his friends in coaching keep winning.

But given the fallout from Sampson's messy exit from Indiana University, he has accepted the idea that his exile from college basketball probably is permanent. So as he winds up his first year as an assistant to Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles, Sampson has a new goal in mind: To become a head coach in the NBA.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive February 4, 2009

 

Valley's neediest get NBA assist
As All-Star Game draws near, league is repairing homes and helping out schools

By Jahna Berry
Feb. 4, 2009


This month's NBA All-Star Game won't just be a tourism bonanza for Phoenix; it will also pour tens of thousands of dollars into helping Valley kids and poor families.

Less than two weeks before the nation's top basketball players showcase their skills at US Airways Center, the league is shining the spotlight on its compassionate side as it pitches in on several charitable projects.

The National Basketball Association's officials and players, together with other groups, already have fanned out across the Valley, rebuilding homes, starting work on a new playground and rounding up computers for schools.

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A very early look at the NBA playoffs

By TED SEVRANSKY
February 2, 2009


The Western Conference playoff race is basically settled before the All Star break. Heck, the playoff race was basically settled before Christmas.

There are nine Western Conference teams fighting for eight playoff spots. The Lakers are five games ahead of everybody else and a lock to make the postseason and my clear choice to earn the No. 1 seed.

The Spurs, Nuggets, Hornets, Blazers, Rockets, Mavericks, Suns and Jazz are fighting for seven spots. Minnesota is nine games behind Utah, the team currently sitting on the outside looking in. Golden State is eleven games behind the Jazz. The Grizzlies, Thunder, Kings and Clippers are all lottery bound teams once again.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive January 28, 2009

 

Jazz can't catch up in 4th
Classic San Antonio » Spurs use Tim Duncan excessively at game's end.

By Ross Siler
January 28, 2009


If there was any silver lining as the Jazz's season-high losing streak reached four games Tuesday night, it came with the knowledge that the San Antonio Spurs will be visiting EnergySolutions Arena only once this season.

The Jazz were able to withstand a barrage of Matt Bonner three-pointers, a tough call that sent them into halftime trailing and had them at an 11-point deficit in the third quarter. What did them in ultimately was a fourth quarter that could only be described as textbook Spurs.

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Timberwolves face the question of good player, bad team and the All-Star Game

By Jerry Zogda
January 27, 2009


MINNEAPOLIS - The Timberwolves have called upon ingenuity and bribery while promoting Al Jefferson for his first All-Star Game appearance.

Picking up where Portland left off this time last year with its "iRoy," the Wolves last week express-shipped every Western Conference coach a Global Positioning System programmed with highlight video and game-by-game statistics placed on a road map leading to Phoenix, site of next month's game.

But there's a bigger question than what a $200 gizmo can buy.

How much difference will a month make?

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive November 11, 2008

 

Celtics Spoil Debut at Home for Iverson

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 9, 2008


The Boston Celtics showed the Detroit Pistons that Allen Iverson may not be the answer.

Tony Allen scored 12 of his 23 points in the pivotal second quarter, lifting Boston to an 88-76 victory against Detroit on Sunday night.

Iverson was given a standing ovation when he was introduced for the first time as a Piston at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons stayed in the game during the first quarter before being quieted in the second, when Boston used four reserves to outscore Detroit, 30-10.

The defending champion Celtics did not have any trouble keeping their big cushion in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals.

Iverson finished his third home debut with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, with four assists and four turnovers.

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It's a grand legacy Sloan has in Utah

By Ken Berger
November 10, 2008


Jerry Sloan leaned against the cement wall outside the visitors' locker room yesterday, perusing the boxscore with a scowl on his face. When his mouth finally opened, you knew he'd spit out something entertaining.

"Twenty-two turnovers for 30 points," Sloan said. "Hard to win a ballgame with that kind of efficiency. They just outplayed us . . . Defensively, we couldn't do anything with 'em. They drove around us, they drove over us; whatever they wanted to do, they did it."

Asked how this could happen to a team that entered the game undefeated, Sloan quipped, "New York. Maybe they saw too much of it."

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive November 9, 2008

 

Blazers head out on first lengthy road trip

By Brian Hendrickson, Columbian Staff Writer
November 9, 2008


PORTLAND — As Brandon Roy looked back on the Portland Trail Blazers’ early season Saturday night, one word kept describing their accomplishments.

Confidence.

It was confidence that Roy said helped Portland hold off a San Antonio rally to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs.

And it was confidence that helped Roy score five points in 1.9 seconds to beat Houston on a buzzer beater.

And confidence again helped Portland shake off a rough start Saturday night and rally past Minnesota.

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Carter's 2008-'09 NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

By Carter
November 2, 2008


In the deep end of the pool that is the Western Conference, the Rockets have spent the last few seasons doing little more than treading water. Not anymore. Houston made a huge splash in the offseason by trading for Ron Artest.

Before that move, the Rockets were good but could hardly be considered legitimate contenders for the Western Conference crown. The flip side was that they were not anywhere near bad enough to fall completely out of the picture and get a jolt of young talent from the Lottery.

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NBA | Russell Westbrook leads OKC Thunder to first victory
It didn't take long for Russell Westbrook to show the defensive prowess that convinced the Oklahoma City Thunder to make him its first-round...

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OKLAHOMA CITY — It didn't take long for Russell Westbrook to show the defensive prowess that convinced the Oklahoma City Thunder to make him its first-round draft pick.

Westbrook sparked a comeback with back-to-back steals on the defensive end and then scored the go-ahead basket for the last of his 14 points as the Thunder (1-2) beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 88-85 Sunday night for its first victory.
Westbrook, who earlier sparked a 13-0 run that pulled the Thunder out of a third-quarter deficit, hit the decisive basket with a driving layup that made it 86-85 with 2:19 left. Oklahoma City stopped Minnesota on its next six possessions to hang on for the win.

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NBA Extra | Around the court

By MIKE WALLACE
November 2, 2008


ONE-ON=ONE WITH NEW ORLEANS HORNETS FORWARD AND TWO-TIME NBA CHAMPION JAMES POSEY


Q: After advancing deep into the playoffs last season and picking you up as a free agent in the offseason, how much pressure is there on the Hornets to win it all?

A: For the guys coming back, there's still a bad taste with how the season ended. They're excited and working to get past that. It's a process. For me coming in, trying to learn the system and share the knowledge I have, we're trying to get it going. We're capable of making things happen.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive July 31, 2008

 

Driving in new lane
Hornets’ Paul gets chance to show skills at Games

By LES EAST
July 31, 2008


NEW ORLEANS — Hornets owner George Shinn recently recounted a story of sitting with former LSU star and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Pettitt during a New Orleans playoff game.

They were watching Hornets point guard Chris Paul display the skills that vaulted him to All-Star status in just his third year in the NBA and helped lead New Orleans to its first division championship and within one victory of the Western Conference finals.

Pettitt noted how Paul made his teammates — particularly center Tyson Chandler, a frequent beneficiary of lob passes from Paul for easy dunks — better, something point guards are supposed to do.

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Can’t fault Rockets’ motive for Artest trade

By RICHARD JUSTICE
July 31, 2008


Let’s get the basketball stuff out of the way first, because that’s the easy part.
Any conversation about next season’s NBA champion will include the Rockets, and when is the last time that was the case?

Ron Artest doesn’t just make this team better. He makes it dramatically better.
He brings a dimension of mental and physical toughness the Rockets haven’t had. He’s a lock-down defensive player and is coming off a season in which he averaged 20.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive May 21, 2008

 

NBA ref fixes over 100 games


With a lack of originality in much of Hollywood's stories, there has been a major push towards reality television. What's ironic is that the best original story Hollywood could have come up with is a reality for the NBA.

A gambling addict turned NBA ref fixes over 100 games. Just when we think it is a dead issue he blows the lid off the story by saying that other officials, coaches, and players were involved.

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Draft lottery reaction: Beasley could fill Chicago's post needs

By Chad Ford
ESPN.com


SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Chicago Bulls were the big winners in the 2008 draft lottery Tuesday night, taking home the top pick despite a measly 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery.

Only one team, the 1993 Orlando Magic, has overcome greater odds to win the lottery. Now comes the Bulls' biggest task: deciding whom to take with the No. 1 pick.

In our latest mock draft, I have the Bulls selecting Kansas State forward Michael Beasley by a hair.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive March 14, 2008

 

NBA Preview from The Sports Network

March 13, 2008


Golden State Warriors (40-23) at Phoenix Suns (42-22), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams battling for playoff positioning in the Western Conference meet tonight, as the Phoenix Suns welcome the Golden State Warriors to US Airways Center.

Golden State is 2-0 against the Suns this season, and has won three straight overall in the series. The Warriors have lost four in a row and six of their last seven at Phoenix.

The Suns are scheduled to host Golden State on April 14 in the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the squads.

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Injured Brockman agonizes on bench
Huskies star calls it 'the worst feeling ever' sitting through loss

By DAN RALEY, P-I REPORTER
March 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in 97 basketball games at Washington, Jon Brockman didn't play. Didn't grab a rebound. Didn't stir Thursday night from the last seat on the Huskies' bench at the Staples Center.

Brockman put on a fresh uniform, but couldn't trade in his battered left ankle, forcing him to sit out the Huskies' 84-81 setback to California, an outcome that eliminated his team from the Pac-10 tournament.

"It was terrible," the junior forward said. "It was the worst feeling ever, sitting there on the bench. I wanted to run out on the court and check in.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive Februay 11, 2008

 

Shaquille O'Neal makes Suns-Lakers rivalry NBA best

Sam Smith | On Pro Basketball
February 11, 2008


No matter what becomes of the Shaquille O'Neal deal, and though O'Neal has been awful this season, I'm not quite ready to discount his trade to the Suns for its playoff impact.

One of the best games of the second half could be right after the All-Star break, on Feb. 20 in Phoenix. It's the last regular-season meeting between the Suns and Lakers. O'Neal should be playing by then, and Kobe Bryant will lead the Lakers into town.

O'Neal, who last year labeled Lakers coach Phil Jackson "Benedict Arnold," had to notice Jackson saying last week how Shaq would be used: "Taking the ball out of bounds and waiting for the other team to get back.

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Detroit's Wallace replaces injured Garnett for NBA All-Star Game

Los Angeles (dpa) - If one man's pain is another man's pleasure, then Detroit Piston Rasheed Wallace should be having a grand old time at the expense of Boston Celtics' superstar Kevin Garnett.

Wallace was selected by NBA commissioner David Stern on Sunday to replace injured Eastern Conference starting power-forward Garnett, who is suffering from an abdominal muscle strain, in the league's all-star game on February 17 in New Orleans.

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NBA Roundup: Hot Rockets ground Hawks for sixth straight win

By Paul Levine


Los Angeles (dpa) - It's lift-off for the Houston Rockets.

Chinese superstar Yao Ming had 28 points with nine rebounds and the surging Rockets hammered the Atlanta Hawks 108-89 on Saturday night for their 10th win in 11 games.

Since January 3, the Rockets and Utah Jazz are the hottest teams in the NBA with 15-3 records.

"We are playing extremely well right now, and we didn't want to take them lightly," said Rockets shooting guard Tracy McGrady, after a 15-point, eight-assist effort. "We came out focused and ready to play."

Argentine rookie forward Luis Scola contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets (30-20) whose six-game winning streak is the club's longest since closing the 2004-05 season on a seven-game run.

Josh Childress scored 18 points, Zaza Pachulia had 11 with nine rebounds for the Hawks (21-26) who shot just 37 per cent (32-of-86) from the floor to drop their ninth consecutive visit to Houston since February 25, 1999.

"We can't make any excuses. We just didn't show up and should have stayed at the hotel," Hawks head coach Mike Woodson said. "Houston is a very good team and they came to play. Our energy level to start the game was non-existent.

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive January 19, 2008

 

NBA Power Poll: Hornets move to No. 1

Stan McNeal, January 18, 2008


A drum roll please -- wait, make that a jazz saxophone riff -- for the new leader of the Power Poll ... the New Orleans Hornets.

Relax, Celtics fans. You, too, Pistons followers. The Poll doesn't believe the Hornets are going to the Finals or anything. But they are the only elite team to avoid a mid-season case of the blahs in the past week.

The Celtics lost back to back to the Wizards. The Pistons were blown out by the Knicks. The Spurs are struggling so much the Poll is beginning to wonder if they're as good as previously thought. The Lakers have lost Andrew Bynum. Rumors about team chemistry continue to dog the Suns. The Mavericks have taken a hiatus this week, thanks to their schedule. The Blazers have lost two of their first three on a road trip to the East.

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NBA: Boston 116, Philadelphia 89

Sat, 19 Jan 2008 03:57:22 GMT, Sports News Editor


BOSTON, Jan. 18 Ray Allen made five of Boston's season-high 14 three-pointers Friday, sending the Celtics coasting past Philadelphia 116-89.

Allen scored 23 points and Paul Pierce had 22 despite sitting out almost all of the fourth period. Boston trailed by three at the half and outscored Philadelphia 62-32 over the final 24 minutes.

Philadelphia, which committed 23 turnovers, was led by Andre Iguodala with 17 points.

Boston hit 59 percent...

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NBA News - Sports News | Archive December 30, 2007

 

Portland 97, Philadelphia 72

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- While Brandon Roy is Portland's top scorer, the Trail Blazers look to Travis Outlaw in the fourth quarter.

Outlaw, a reserve, was 1-for-7 from the floor for the first three quarters, but took over in the fourth as the Blazers went on a 21-0 run to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-72 on Sunday for their league-leading 13th straight win.

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Short on weaknesses

By Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports


LOS ANGELES – Kevin Garnett sat in front of his locker late Sunday, a bandage above his right eye concealing four stitches, disgust beginning to spread across the rest of his face.

Garnett shook his head. He, clearly, was offended. Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum had caught Garnett with an elbow late in the first half, opening up a gash that forced him to the locker room as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" played over the Staples Center sound system.

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