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Posted Nov 17 2009 5:05PM

Chris Bosh, BFS (Bigger, Faster and Stronger), Michael Grange of the Globe and Mail:

"Ten games into his seventh NBA season, Bosh has continued a more physical approach earned in a no-frills weight room in a former department store on the outskirts of Dallas during the off-season -- and the result has been the best basketball of his career.

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"It's really helped me out, I just need to keep it going," Bosh said of his added strength. "I like the way things are going. I'd like to win more games, but I think that's going to come in time, so I'm going to try and keep my play to the highest level I possibly can and just continue to be aggressive."

Bobcats coach Larry Brown is not scared of Stephen Jackson, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer: Larry Brown knows high-maintenance, and it doesn't rattle him. "I can deal with (high-maintenance) kids. All you have to do is be straight with them,'' Brown told the Observer Monday. "After six years with Allen (Iverson in Philadelphia), I don't look at anybody as a challenge. (Jackson) wants to play and he's a competitor. Guys like that you can make work in your locker room.''

Not everyone wanted Stephen Jackson out of town in Oakland, Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times: "What do you guys lose with Jack gone? "No. 1, besides his scoring and the ability to make the extra pass. What we've been emphasizing the whole time is defense. That's one of our best defenders on the team. And we're trying to get better as a defensive team. And now, who we got now that's going to play defense? We got me. And who else?" Raja Bell is a good defender"I don't know too much about dude. I mean (pause) it's crazy, man."

The Lakers need Pau Gaol back in the worst way, Mike Bresnehan and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times: "Gasol has missed all 10 games this season, though he went through part of a full-court scrimmage Monday and absorbed some contact, good signs for an All-Star who averaged 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds last season. "It felt pretty good, actually," Gasol said. "I was happily pleased with everything we did and how my hamstring responded to it." Gasol has gone through a practice on two separate occasions over the last few weeks, only to report soreness the next day and be forced to dial back his regimen. "This time it felt different," Gasol said. "I feel pretty confident that [today] will be another good day."

Don't forget about Tyreke Evans?, Ailene Voilson of the Sacramento Bee: "Evans, whose education continues tonight against last year's top rookie and his Memphis predecessor, Derrick Rose, continues to reward Geoff Petrie with his draft-day decision (No. 4 overall). Jennings' recent exploits notwithstanding, there is no crushing the inner office Arco Arena infatuation with Evans. Starting with those stats -- some of which are overrated -- Evans is second among rookies in scoring, assists and steals. But it's his combination of physicality, versatility, and defensive instincts that separate him from most of his young peers. If anything, his recent backcourt pairing with Beno Udrih, a point guard who can score, reinforces the suspicion that the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Evans is more effective when he shares playmaking responsibilities. (In eras past, Udrih-Evans would qualify as a two-guard or guard-guard front.)"

-- Posted, Nov. 17, 2009, 4:08 p.m. Question or comment? E-mail Sekou

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Bones Breaks Down The Numbers

LeBron James is talking numbers? So is NBA TV's Brent Barry on The Jump. Watch Bones break down the 23 and 6, minus the Kevin Bacon.

-- Posted, Nov. 17, 2009, 3:40 p.m. Question or comment? E-mail Sekou

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Jennings encore on NBA TV

For those of you that missed Brandon Jennings' record-setting show last week, NBA TV has a lunchtime treat for you. Jennings' 55-point scoring explosion in a win over Golden State can be seen again at 1 p.m. ET today and again at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Jennings' double-nickel performance marked the most points by an NBA rookie since Earl Monroe scored 56 on Feb. 13, 1968. He also set the Bucks' rookie scoring record, eclipsing the 51 points set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) during the 1969-'70 season.

He was two points shy of tying Michael Redd's single-game franchise record of 57 points. He became only the third Bucks player to score 50 points in a game, joining Abdul-Jabbar and Redd.

Jennings is making believers out of all those people that questioned his decision to forego college for a season in Italy before the Bucks made him the 10th pick in the June draft.

-- Posted, Nov. 17, 2009, 11:55 a.m. Question or comment? E-mail Sekou
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Is this it for A.I?

The only thing left now for the Answer are questions.

Is Allen Iverson really ready to call it a career? Is he going to let a few minutes of spotty action for the Memphis Grizzlies serve as the closing credits for one of the most magnificently perplexing careers in NBA history?

Iverson and the Grizzlies parted ways Monday, and that's probably a good thing. Salvaging his tarnished reputation at this point is next to impossible considering the way he departed the big stage - the Grizzlies and Iverson came to a "mutual agreement" to terminate the one-year, $3.1 million deal he signed in September.

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This after he spent 10 days away from the team on leave for personal reasons. A road-weary 34, Iverson simply is not the same player he once was. All those nights of tossing his body into a sea of giants has taken a toll. That lightning quick crossover dribble he used to mesmerize fans and destroy opponents for so long is no more.

Iverson demanded that he start for the Grizzlies and then he made a stink about it when he didn't. Even a 10-time All-Star, and former league Most Valuable Player and scoring champ has to acknowledge when it's over, or close to it. Iverson could not. He never even played a home game for the Grizzlies.

But as always, someone is sure to come calling. Even with all of the teams that have already come out and denied any interest in exploring the possibilities of adding an aging and enigmatic, future Hall of Famer to their ranks.

Three teams that might take the plunge:

1. Knicks: Donnie Walsh has already confirmed that he'll look into it. They don't have anything to lose.

2. Nets: Something must be done to stir things up before the free agent summer frenzy kicks off.

3. Bobcats: Though they've already denied any interest, the Larry Brown-AI link remains.

-- Posted, Nov. 17, 2009, 9:26 a.m. Question or comment? E-mail Sekou
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A Little Morning Reading:


AI ready for Gotham revival, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports: "Iverson's personal manager Gary Moore has not heard anything from the Knicks, but said Iverson would be excited about playing in New York, provided the team's interest is sincere. "That's one of his favorite places to play," Moore said. "He loves [Mike] D'Antoni's style of play. He's always had respect for Donnie Walsh since his days in Indiana. We'd be elated if that is true. "We don't want to jump the gun. ... But that would definitely be of interest. That would work family-wise with him having family in Philly and his wife having family in New York."

Elton Brand to the bench? Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Seeing Brand in a white practice jersey instead of first-team blue certainly raised eyebrows, but it did not necessarily guarantee that Jordan intended to change his starting lineup. But Jordan's and Brand's words afterward certainly pushed one closer to that conclusion. Asked about Brand's sporting second-team white, Jordan said he had him playing center with the second unit. Asked if that might indicate an impending switch in the starting lineup, Jordan said, "Um." He paused and smiled. "Who knows?" he said. "Nothing is going to change until [tomorrow], if there is a change."

Trade Chris Paul, Sam Smith of Bulls.com: "The main move should be to trade Chris Paul. Look, it's clear this season for New Orleans is lost with last week's firing of coach Byron Scott and now Paul's serious ankle injury, which could keep him out weeks. Deron Williams had something similar last season and struggled for months. The notion is you don't trade a star of that level, but Paul will never have as much value as he has now. One reason you rarely see stars traded is their contracts. It was evident when the Suns took offers on Amar'e Stoudemire last season. Teams wondered how much they could give for a player who could leave after a year with an opt out. Paul is under contract at least through the 2011-12 season. The closer he gets to that, the less value he will have."

The Hawks are No. 1, Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Contstitution: "In case you missed that, let me repeat it: The Atlanta Hawks are, at least for this week, regarded as the finest basketball team in the best league in the world. The ... Atlanta ... Hawks. "That's pretty nice," said Woodson, smiling as he spoke. And Woodson, as you know, is frugal with his smiles. But think about where this franchise and this coach have been, and where they are now: From 13-69 in 2004-2005 to No. 1 after Week 3 in November 2009. "I didn't know that," said Josh Smith after being informed of his team's new lofty perch. "It's just Week 2, though," counseled Randolph Morris, who was seated alongside. (Actually, it's Week 3. But close enough.) "We want to be there at Week 50."

AI the answer for LeBron?, Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News: "Yes, he would liven things up for Mike D'Antoni's "zombies." Would it hold back Toney Douglas, the only backcourt man who really matters now? Not particularly. Iverson could shoot to his heart's delight in D'Antoni's system and it's no stretch to say that he'd probably thrive in it. And just in case he's wondering: D'Antoni's practices are a piece of cake, too. Of course the Knicks will look into bringing him in on a one-year deal. It's the politically correct thing to do. Iverson's agent is Leon Rose, who also represents LeBron James. The Knicks don't want to cross Rose and ruin their shot to get LeBron, however long that might be."


-- Posted, Nov. 17, 2009, 8:40 a.m. Question or comment? E-mail Sekou

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