Knicks, Nets Continue to Trade Insults

The Knicks and Nets continue to trade insults. The two clubs will face off on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

The Knicks recently released a radio ad tweaking the Nets, stating “Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain’t never gonna be like us.”

Just hours before the game, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov responded to the radio spot.

“I don’t think we want to be like the Knicks. I think we’d more like to resemble the Lakers,” he said in a statement.

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Kevin Durant Denies Emeka Okafor

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Kings Kick Cousins Out of Practice

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

Kings rookie center DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of the team’s practice on Monday.

“It was a necessary move in our continued attempt to help him develop,” said Kings coach Paul Westphal of Cousins’ departure from practice. Westphal declined to explain why Cousins made it through only two-thirds of practice.

“I’m not going to get into details,” Westphal said. “He was asked to leave early.” Cousins was fined earlier this season after a verbal dispute with the Kings’ strength and conditioning coach.

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Grizzlies Not Trading O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo

It has been assumed that O.J. Mayo is on the trading block now that the Grizzlies are bringing him off the bench, but sources say that is not the case.

Memphis made Mayo available to Golden State in a deal that would have included Monta Ellis back in February.

Of course, the Grizzlies could change their stance during the three months leading up to this season’s trade deadline.

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Blockbuster Deal Looming in Orlando?

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

The Magic are still open to making trades, reports Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.

Schmitz writes that the Magic still like both Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony — they are partial to Paul — and they will trade anyone but Dwight Howard for either All-Star.

Orlando knows they need a big-time scorer to compete with Miami and Boston and might even be willing to take a brief step back to reload if they were to add Paul or Anthony.

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McGrady: LeBron, Wade ‘Terrible’ Combo

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady sees a fundamental flaw in the combination of talents in South Beach with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

“When they’re on the court together,” McGrady says, “they’re terrible.” McGrady is not saying LeBron and Wade are terrible as individual players but rather that the chemistry between the two is not good.

“Him and D-Wade don’t complement each other,” McGrady said. “They’re somewhat the same type of players, ‘Bron and D-Wade. If you look at Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, [Allen's a] traditional shooting guard. Ray Allen, he doesn’t need the ball. And Paul Pierce is a small forward.”

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DeJuan Blair Dunks on Emeka Okafor

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Stephon Marbury is Done in China

Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury

According to several reports over the last couple of days, the Brave Dragons decided against retaining Stephon Marbury because apparently his financial demands were too high.

They wanted him to take a significant pay cut (which was apparently a really significant pay cut) or else start a career as a CBA assistant coach.

Neither of those sounded good, so negotiations were broken off and instead the Dragons opted to sign Jamal Sampson, cousin of former #1 overall NBA draft pick Ralph Sampson.

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Russell Westbrook Dunks on Shane Battier

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Carlos Boozer Ready to Play Through Pain

Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer

Bulls forward Carlos Boozer has yet to play this season as he recovers from a broken right hand.

Boozer has been working out on the court lately and plans to participate in a full-court workout on Monday. He says the hand is painful and sore after completing workouts.

There have been reports that Boozer could return as early as this Wednesday.

“To be truthful,” he said, “for the first couple of weeks, I’ll probably end up playing through a lot of that pain just because I’m anxious to get back out there. Not where it would be a detriment to my hand. It hasn’t moved in five weeks. Now that I’m moving again and I’m shooting, there’s gonna be something there anyway until it gets stronger.”

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