Stroll through the paint: First coaching firings loom

How long do we go before a head coach loses his job? Clearly, there are special circumstances this season. Training camps went by in a blink, preseason games offered no variety and virtually all coaches entered the season scrambling to figure out rotations and learn tendencies of

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Spurs lose Ginobili for 6-8 weeks after hand surgery

The Spurs have lost arguably their best player in Manu Ginobili for the next six to eight weeks due to his broken left hand. Ginobili tweeted that he will have surgery on Thursday where he will have a plate and screws inserted to repair the bone in

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Ballot banter: All-Star spots wrapped up with few exceptions

All-Star ballots are out.For the most part, they’re not worth filling out, since my toddler can poke holes next to the names of Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard, but won’t have to since you’re all going to

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Zach Randolph has torn knee ligament, out up to 8 weeks

Bad news for the Grizzlies as big man Zach Randolph is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a slight MCL tear in his right knee according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. As bad as it sounds, luckily he will not need surgery and

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Pro Basketball News podcast – 1/4/12

Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz discuss the early choices for the NBA All-Star game with the ballots already coming out and how tough it could be for newcomers to make it, trade rumors including Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Kevin Love and others, the excitement around the Timberwolves,

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Morning Drills: Rondo likes bench, Jamison wants to go home

Morning Drills is a spin around the league with some newsy links. Rajon Rondo is learning a lot sitting on the Celtics bench next to backup point guard Keyon Dooling. Antawn Jamison says his dream scenario is to end his career with the Bobcats.  Really? The Warriors

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Around the Rim: Kobe still shooting, Bulls late heroics

A look around Tuesday night in the NBA while they were caucusing in Iowa. Lakers 108 Rockets 99:  LA just abused the Rockets in the paint.  Andrew Bynum had yet another huge game – 21 points and 22 rebounds – and Pau Gasol chipped in with 14

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Paging Popovich: Elite coach faces tremendous task

In a Western Conference where there is no true favorite, a free-for-all for the eight tickets to the playoff dance is likely. For San Antonio to be a part of it, Gregg Popovich is going to have to pull off his best coaching job ever. Considering he’d

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Minors Report: Ex-Cav Harris inks with Canton

  Special from Steve LeMaster Guard Manny Harris (6-5) is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. The Canton Charge, thanks to the NBA Development League’s player affiliate rule, which allows D-League teams to acquire up to three players who were waived from their affiliate’s NBA training camp,

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Morning Drills: Kevin Love wants deal, Kobe is hurting

Morning Drills is a spin around the league with some newsy links. Kevin Love and his agent Jeff Schwartz supposedly want an extension offer from the T-Wolves by January 15 or else he won’t re-sign with the team next summer. Speaking of Love, Lamar Odom thinks he

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Around the Rim: Heat, Thunder finally lose

A look around Monday night in the NBA in case you were watching Chris Jericho’s return to the WWE.  Mavericks 100 Thunder 87:  Dirk Nowitzki finally looked like the Finals MVP, scoring 26 points with a barrage of jumpers.  Plus, the Mavs got 47 points off the

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Warning from Kobe, says knee is maybe 100 percent

At the end of last season, Kobe Bryant looked worn down.  He had been playing with a variety of injuries including a bad finger that bothered him for well over a season and an arthritic knee.  Then during the preseason he tore a ligament in his shooting

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Magic hoping some team will want to rent-a-Dwight

Dwight Howard has made his intentions known.  He wants to be traded from the Magic and has put the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks on his wish list where he would sign an extension. That hasn’t stopped Orlando and GM Otis Smith from hoping that other teams will

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Video: Kevin Durant heroics against Mavs

Dallas finally found themselves in a game late at home on Thursday night against the Thunder.  The Mavs had a chance to take the lead when Dirk Nowitzki drove in the lane and found Vince Carter for an open three which he nailed, giving them a 102-101

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Stroll through the paint – Thursday’s soap operas

ORLANDO – It’s a big game for the Magic, one they need to generate confidence early in a season that had the air let out of it before it even started. Jameer Nelson gets a crack at Deron Williams, who is feeling the strain of having to

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