This is the December 10, 2012 news archive. View today's NBA rumors and news.
National Basketball League News and Rumors
ESPN.com Updated Dec 10, 2012
O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Mavericks took control with 31-3 run in the first half to win their 17th straight regular-season home game against Sacramento with a 119-96 victory over the Kings on Monday night.Share Tweet
Raptors' Bargnani injured in game against Blazersnba.com Dec 10, 2012Forward Andrea Bargnani has left the Toronto Raptors' game at the Portland Trail Blazers with what appeared to be a right elbow injury.Share Tweet
NY Knicks, winners of six of their last seven games, are team to beat in rematch with slumping Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Centernydailynews.com Dec 10, 2012Last time, just two weeks ago, the Knicks and Nets played as equals: Two local rivals on the rise, separated by a single game in the standings, both looking like contenders capable of carrying Miami to six games in a playoff series. The Nets were younge…Share TweetParker nets first triple-double in Spurs OT victoryShare TweetEvan Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 104-97 on Monday night.Share TweetLeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and the Miami Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 on Monday night, improving to 10-1 at home this season.Share TweetHouston Rockets guard James Harden missed Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained right ankle.Share TweetStephen Curry put on a show for his hometown fans Monday night, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead the surging Golden State Warriors to a 104-96 win over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.Share Tweet
Minnesota's Williams, at No. 2, Falls Short of the Hype, but Lives Up to a Trendnytimes.com Dec 10, 2012Derrick Williams, taken second over all in 2011, is the latest No. 2 pick to experience the growing pains of the N.B.A.Share Tweet
Days of NBA Lives: Wherein J.R. Smith simultaneously ignores and responds to hatersAt this point, most of the NBA is on Twitter. It's a wild world of training updates, questions as to which movies they should go see, and explanations of their Call of Duty prowess. Every so often, though, you also get a picture into the more interestin…Share TweetAndrew Bynum says pain in his left knee is keeping him from playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.Share Tweet
Heat scratch Haslem due to flu-like symptomsThe Miami Heat had to make yet another lineup change Monday, as starting power forward Udonis Haslem was scratched against the Atlanta Hawks because of flu-like symptoms.Share Tweet
Evan Turner improved his outside shooting by not practicing itIt's a fairly established NBA belief - and in the world as a whole, really - that practicing things helps people get better at them. A post player who develops new moves will become a force on the block, a point guard who works on his strength will fiShare TweetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) Derrick Williams says he is trying to stay patient through fluctuating playing time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Share Tweet
Suns owner gives Gentry vote of confidenceA day after the Suns lost their seventh straight game to fall to 7-15, team owner Robert Sarver told ESPN.com that head coach Alvin Gentry's job is safe.Share Tweet
Section 15: A Five-Hour Pilgrimagenytimes.com Dec 10, 2012The Off the Dribble team was interested in learning about Nets fans now that the team is in Brooklyn. Amy Creedon took Jamie Lohr on a five-hour journey to Section 15 so he could see his favorite team.Share Tweet
The 10-man rotation, starring the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Allman Brothers BandA look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: A Wolf Among Wolves. Ricky Rubio and A…Share Tweet
Why Few Options Exist To Fix Portland’s League-Worst BenchAn NBA basketball team has more than five players for a reason. No matter how badly a coach may want to play his starters a full 48 minutes on any given night, he knows it’s not an option. One of his starters may roll an ankle. His center could commit tShare TweetThe Los Angeles Lakers are 9-12 through the season’s first quarter of the season, and they’ve lost four of their last five. They’re still missing Steve Nash and Pau Gasol - though both may be back in the lineup this week — but the Lakers are goingShare Tweet
Tracy McGrady throws elbow, knocks down opponent who scored on, taunted him during Chinese game (VIDEO)Here's Tracy McGrady, in an interview published Monday, describing his experience thus far in the Chinese Basketball Association, which he joined back in October: "You know, the competition has been good, everything about it has been good. I though…Share Tweet
The 10 Current NBA Players With The Most SwagSwag can be defined in an almost infinite number of ways. It is an abstract term taken by some to mean confidence, skill or style. Most abstract concepts need to be applied in a consistent manner in order to have any relevance, but swag can’t be boxed iShare Tweet
Warriors look to go 4-0 on road for 1st time since '78Warriors look to go 4-0 on road for 1st time since '78Share Tweet
Joakim Noah credits underwater training with surfer Laird Hamilton for his ability to play big minutesBy some metrics, Joakim Noah has taken a step-back in 2012-13 as his field goal percentage dipped and rebounding fell off. By just about all others, including the eye test, the Bulls center has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, typified by his re…Share Tweet
Hawks' Smith, Clippers' Griffin named Players of the Weeknba.com Dec 10, 2012The Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith and the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin on Monday were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 9.Share Tweet
Celtics’ Chris Wilcox fined $25K for flipping off ‘Kiss Cam’ during loss to 76ersReasonable people can differ in their attitudes toward the "Kiss Cam," the nearly ubiquitous form of mid-timeout in-arena entertainment predicated on finding presumed couples and putting them on the spot for a quick smooch to the cheers/jeers/…Share TweetSitting and watching his teammates play was torture for Kyrie Irving. Seeing the Cavaliers lose made it worse.Share Tweet
The Clippers' Bench Has A New Nickname And It Is So DumbIt's always fun when a basketball team's bench takes on an identity of its own. Getting to watch a group of guys who are not quite good enough to be starters gel into a cohesive unit of their own adds another layer of excitement to the game, and so it's…Share TweetTwenty-one games into their season the Denver Nuggets do slightly resemble the outfit most NBAniks prognosticated before 2012-13 started. The group still plays without a superstar, and it looks for a new hero on both ends of the ball night in and night …Share Tweet
Free Dime Giveaway: Knicks & Nets Skullcandy HeadphonesThe NYC basketball community is divided like never before, and everyone is taking a side — Knicks or Nets. With the two teams meeting again this Tuesday, here’s a chance for two lucky Dime readers to declare their loyalty through their headphones. WeShare TweetBrooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez participated in the team's 5-on-5 practice Monday and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks.Share Tweet
"Jimmer Got Moves, Dog. That **** Crazy.": DeMarcus Cousins Praises His Mormon TeammateWe can all thank the guys at Cowbell Kingdom for bringing us this audio clip, in which Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins dishes out some fervent praise for teammate Jimmer Fredette. More »Share TweetThe speech might be free, but the bail costs money. San Antonio Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson has been slapped with a $25,000 fine "for issuing a hostile statement directed to Serge Ibaka in a Twitter message," the NBA announced Sunday. The a…Share Tweet
JaVale McGee Had A Bad Minute During Last Night's Nuggets-Knicks GameOn Friday JaVale McGee performed a terrible, wonderful, perfectly awful feat and helped lead the Nuggets to a big win. He was less effective last night against the Knicks, picking up as many fouls as he had rebounds and only scoring four points. That's …Share Tweet
Vasquez, Hornets tip Rockets to win third straightVasquez, Hornets tip Rockets to win third straightShare Tweet
6-foot-3 Russell Westbrook blocks 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert’s dunk at rim in Thunder win over Pacers (VIDEO)Over the weekend, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert made a little bit of noise by telling Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Marc J. Spears that, despite his early-season struggles to live up to the four-year, $58 million max-level contract he signed this offs…Share Tweet
'Mad Dog Personality'The experienced Knicks beat the Nuggets 112-106 by holding onto the basketball and stifling their opponent at the other end of the court, explains Paul Forrester.Share TweetCoach says it all about the Lakers: 'Umm, you know, we're not very good right now'Share Tweet
NBA Countdown: The Celtics Are Rondo's Teamgrantland.com Dec 10, 2012Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose, and Bill Simmons detail how the Celtics are now Rajon Rondo's team and how Rondo has to adjust his game in order for the Ce...Share Tweet
Spurs Outlast Rockets In OTDec 10Tony Parker records a triple-double as Spurs down the Rockets in OT for their fifth straight win.
Warriors Cruise To Fourth Straight WinDec 10David Lee and Stephen Curry combine for 52 points in Warriors' 104-96 win over Bobcats.
Heat Fly By Hawks, 101-92Dec 10Heat win second straight.
Holiday's 25 Points Secure Win For 76ersDec 10Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and Evan Turner had a double-double in the 76ers' 104-97 win over the Pistons.