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Carter Receives A New Year's Eve Ejection

Vince Carter was ejected after arguing a call in the second quarter of Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Carter was given a technical foul by official Derrick Stafford, then immediately given a second when he continued to argue.

Via Canadian Press

Butler MRI Shows Nothing New

Caron Butler, who has missed the last three games, had an MRI performed on his left ankle on Wednesday.?

The results were consistent with the initial diagnosis (sprained left ankle) and he will continue to be listed as day-to-day.? Butler has averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 27 games for the Wizards so far this season.

Via Press Release

Blazers Start Three Rookies For First Time Since '71

The Blazers started three rookies on Tuesday night for the first time since 1971 and still managed to beat the Boston Celtics 91-86.

Sidney Wicks, Larry Steele, and Bill Smith started for Portland in '71, and it was Greg Oden, Nicolas Batum, and Rudy Fernandez, who started in place of Brandon Roy.

Via Oregonian

Heat To Re-Evaluate Mourning In 2-3 Weeks

The Heat are expected to re-evaluate center Alonzo Mourning in two-to-three weeks.

At that time, Miami's doctors will attempt to decide on a timetable for his expected return to the court.

"He's working out two hours daily with our trainers and physical therapists," Coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Via Miami Herald

Warriors Unlikely To Overhaul Roster?

Golden State assistant general manager Larry Riley doesn't believe that the team will overhaul its roster in the very near future.

"I would think all of our guys have the potential to build something," said Riley.

"Now, will everybody be here in two years? Obviously not. But for right now, we're in a position where we just want to look at everybody we got and see how things mature. ... And I'll say knowing that if they were healthy, we wouldn't be where Boston is right now in the standings. But we've got to figure out what this team has got and what they can actually do."

Via San Francisco Chronicle

Garnett: Rivals Are All Talk

The Celtics have been accused of being a cocky and arrogant team, but Kevin Garnett says that the defending-champions couldn't care less.

"Hey, look here, man," Kevin Garnett said Tuesday afternoon. "We're not here to be liked. And when we're out there, a lot of times we're talking to ourselves. We're communicating amongst each other and it has nothing to do with the other team, and the other team likes to jump in or say little (expletive). A lot of that we let go. We don't even comment on a lot of stuff, because half the guys who are talking we don't even know their names.

"A lot of times we let our play do the talking. Doc (Rivers) doesn't really encourage us to talk. He encourages us to communicate amongst each other. But a couple of the times we do have conversations with some guys, now it's coming off like we're non-classy. But it's never told what's being said to us. I mean, class vs. class I can understand. But when you're dealing with idiots who don't know what they're talking about or guys who are just talking out their (tail) or just talking out their mouth, then that's a whole other level."

Via Boston Herald

P.J. Brown Officially Retires

P.J. Brown said Wednesday he's officially retired.

"My career ended June 17," Brown said of the day the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2008 NBA title.

Brown had left a voice message to that effect nearly five months ago, on Aug. 7, but would never use the "R" word.

"I want to tell you that, I wanted to let you know that I'm officially announcing my, uh, I wanted to say I'm leaving the game," was the way Brown put it that day, stopping short of using the words 'retirement' or 'retired.' "There's been a question around here. People are asking me every day but I just wanted to let you know that today, I'm officially, uh, uh, my career ends."

Via NOLA.com

Nash Lists Suns, Knicks And Raptors As Possibilities In 2010

Phoenix point guard Steve Nash discussed his pending free agency in 2010 with NBC Sports on recently.

"There's a few situations out there that would be attractive, so I feel fortunate that there could be some possibilities for me," Nash said. "One would be for me to stay here in Phoenix. I've had a great 4 1/2 years here. New York, obviously, is our off-season home, so we love the city. It's a basketball mecca. Mike D'Antoni is there so there's a lot of attractive variables. And then Toronto, to go back to Canada to play for the home team, so to speak.

"I feel good that one of those three could really be a really strong possibility. Like I said, Phoenix would be the natural choice, just because I've been here and enjoyed success here and really feel at home here."

He attempted to keep his options open, though.

"Who knows who's going to be interested in two years?" Nash said.

Via Arizona Republic

Raptors' O'Neal Battling Flu, Knee

Jermaine O'Neal's status for Toronto's game against Denver on Wednesday night is in question because of flu-like symptoms and knee issues.

He suffered from flu-like symptoms on Monday and played only eight minutes in a loss to the Warriors. After leaving in the first quarter, O'Neal returned briefly in the first half, only to bang knees with an opposing player.

Via Toronto Sun

Hinrich Confirms He's Ahead Of Schedule

Bulls' guard Kirk Hinrich has confirmed coach Vinny Del Negro's disclosure that he is two to three weeks away from returning from right thumb surgery.

"That's what we're hoping for," Hinrich said. "So far I'm ahead of schedule. It just keeps getting stronger. I've been able to handle the ball and shoot. It's just a matter of picking the right time to let me start shooting around and full contact and stuff like that."

If Hinrich were to return in mid-January, he would far surpass Chicago's original prognosis of mid-February.

Via Chicago Tribune

Marbury Opens Up In End Of Year Blog

Stephon Marbury wrote an end of the year blog for the New York Post.

Mullin Quietly Finishing Contract, L. Riley Will Be GM?

With Chris Mullin now quietly finishing out the final year of his contract, it will be Larry Riley and Don Nelson deciding the Warriors' future with Robert Rowell.

Knicks Get Assist From Bennett Salvatore

Bennett Salvatore's phantom foul call on Boris Diaw helped the Knicks beat the Bobcats.

Ron Adams Joins OKC Coaching Staff

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has hired Ron Adams as an assistant coach.

Barkley Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving early Wednesday morning in Arizona.

Mavericks Rally With Team-Record Comeback

The Mavericks trailed 62-40 at halftime but stormed back against the Timberwolves to win 107-100 on Tuesday night.

Hamilton Unlikely To Return Against Nets

Detroit guard Richard Hamilton isn't expected to return on Wednesday night when the team faces off against New Jersey.

Rockets' Battier Expected To Miss 6 Games

Rockets' forward Shane Battier received a cortisone shot in his right foot on Tuesday and is expected to miss the next six games.

Blazers Score With Six Men On Court

The Blazers handed the Celtics their third loss in four games on Tuesday night, but even more surprising was their scoring with six men on the court.

RealGM Recaps For Games On Tuesday, Dec. 30th

The Blazers, without star Brandon Roy, handed the Celtics their third loss in four games on Tuesday night.

Pietrus Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Right Wrist

Mickael Pietrus will be out indefinitely after an MRI on Tuesday revealed he has a fracture in his right wrist.

Butler To Get MRI On Ankle Wednesday

After Tuesday's game, Caron Butler said that he will be getting an MRI done on his left ankle on Wednesday.

Curry, Gallinari Go Through Practice Walk-Through

Danilo Gallinari's back may be feeling well enough to get him on the court in the new year.

Kobe Increases 'Fiendish' Obsession With Game Film

Few players in the NBA watch as much game film as Kobe Bryant.

Boozer Will Have Surgery

Carlos Boozer will have surgery on January 9th.

Rockets Sign Mutombo For Rest Of Season

The Rockets have re-signed center Dikembe Mutombo, 42, for the remainder of the season.

Carlisle: Defense Is Key For Mavericks

All you have to do is look at the numbers to confirm coach Rick Carlisle's belief that the Mavericks win when they play good defense.

LeBron On Turning 24: 'I'm An Old Soul'

Cleveland forward LeBron James turned 24-years-old on Tuesday but believes that he's much older than that on the inside.

Bulls Could Get Hinrich Back In 2-3 Weeks

Chicago could get point guard Kirk Hinrich back in two-to-three weeks, much earlier than the team originally projected.

McGrady To Begin Sitting Out Back-To-Backs

Rockets guard Tracy McGrady says that he and the team have agreed he will not play both games of a back-to-back.
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