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NBA Has Youngest Median Age Viewer

The NBA has the youngest median age viewer in the United States' major sports, according to Nielsen ratings.

The media age for the NBA is 39.3, compared to 43.4 for NHL, 46.0 for NFL, 51.4 for MLB and Nascar has a 51.6.

Via Nielsen (via Darren Rovell/CNBC)

Amar'e On Howard: He's A Little Limited Offensively

Amar'e Stoudemire believes Dwight Howard's post game is limited, despite tutoring from Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon.

"He's definitely a physical specimen down there in the post," Stoudemire said. "He's a great defensive player. Offensively, he's a little limited, so we're going to use that to our advantage."

The Knicks hope Stoudemire can keep Howard away from the basket.

"Once he gets the ball in the paint, then he's tough to guard."

Via Newsday

Jackson Questions Where 'Final Say' On A Chris Paul Trade Would Come

Phil Jackson says he's "not happy" about the NBA's ownership of the Hornets and is not optimistic about the possibility of the team remaining in New Orleans.

Jackson also commented on how the NBA's takeover raises questions about where the final say on a Chris Paul trade, should it happen, comes from.

Via Orange County Register

Dorell Wright Scores Career-High 32 Points

Dorell Wright scored a career-high 32 points in Golden State's 103-93 loss to Atlanta.

"I'm trying to change everything," said Wright, who has scored 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his NBA career. "I don't want to be a spot-up shooter because I have so much more I can offer to this team. I need to use that a little more, and the past few games I've been doing that."

Via San Jose Mercury News

Felton Hopes To Re-Sign With Knicks In 2012

Raymond Felton has been much better than expected during his first two months with the Knicks and he would like to remain with the franchise after his two-year contract expires in 2012.

"I think now, I've found my home. I've found it. I'd love to spend the rest of my career in New York,'' Felton told FanHouse. "When this contract ends, hopefully we'll work out another one."

Felton is averaging 18.2 points and nine assists per game for the Knicks.

"I always felt I was among the best (point guards), but now I'm getting the chance to show in different ways, from assists to defending, on the big stage, getting the exposure, showing everyone what I'm capable of,'' Felton said. "Did I know it would happen like this? No. Did I hope it would? Yes. It's been great so far, and I'm having a lot of fun.''

Felton was held back in some regard during his tenure with the Bobcats.

"I'm not going to say anything bad about Charlotte, but it was a different type of offense. This kind of fits me a little better. And winning makes everything good,'' he said. "I knew what I was getting into here, and I liked what I saw. It's been more fun than I even thought.''

Via FanHouse

Odom Clears Out Of Starting Lineup For Bynum, Has Career Night

Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom responded well to Phil Jackson's decision to reinsert the center into the starting lineup for the first time since returning from injury.

Odom scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, his highest career scoring total in a game in which he came off the bench.

Bynum scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

The Lakers defeated the Hornets by a final of 103-88.

Via Press Enterprise

Stampede Acquire Cedric Jackson For Future First Round D-League Pick

The Idaho Stampede acquired Cedric Jackson from the Erie BayHawks in a trade for a first-round draft pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.

Jackson played 12 games in the NBA in 2009-10 with Washington, San Antonio and Cleveland, averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 assists per game.

In his D-League career, Jackson has appeared in 48 games (38 starts), averaging 15.1 points, 7.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

Via Idaho Press-Tribune

Nash Reveals Violent Thoughts On Refs After Technical

Steve Nash picked up a technical foul during the Suns' 123-110 loss to the Sixers on Wednesday.

Nash demonstratively argued with an official following an out-of-bounds call during the fourth quarter. Nash continued to argue after receiving the technical call.

"I'm going to f*****g punch one of these motherf*****s in the face," said Nash to Alvin Gentry according to two sources.

Via FanHouse

Nuggets Inquired On Love During Offseason

George Karl admitted to inquiring about the availability of Kevin Love during the previous offseason.

"We liked him last year when he was kind of inconsistent," Karl said. "We made inquiries on Kevin Love this summer. (But) we didn't think this. We didn't think he'd make the huge step that he's made from last year to this year. This is incredible."

Asked how close the Nuggets were to acquiring Love, Karl said: "I know he was on our radar screen. I know there were inquiries. In some of the meetings we talked, his name was out there. It never got close, I know that."

Via Denver Post

Evans Hits Halfcourt Game-Winner For Kings

Tyreke Evans made a game-winning shot beyond halfcourt to give Sacramento a 100-98 victory over the Grizzlies as time expired.

"I've won a couple dollars off that shot," Evans said. "We practice it after shootaround in the morning sometimes and I'm glad we do that."

Paul Westphal hoped DeMarcus Cousins, who inbounded the ball, might find a teammate streaking down the court, but instead found Evans.

"I'd like to take credit for that one," Westphal said. "I thought I did pretty good to get them to throw the ball in. We were pretty discouraged when that shot went in (by Mayo). But I thought Memphis relaxed a little bit, and in that it's like flag football in your neighborhood street. Everybody go long."

Via Sacramento Bee

X-Rays Negative On Okur's Back

Mehmet Okur underwent an X-ray that was negative Wednesday after straining his lower back.

Knicks Interested In Ridnour, Not Telfair

Minnesota is interested in acquiring Anthony Randolph from the Knicks and is attempting to use one of their point guards to make a trade possible.

Garnett Injures Right Leg

Kevin Garnett injured his right calf in Boston's 104-92 loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

Houston Shopping Virtually Everyone

ESPN.com's Chad Ford has heard nearly every member of the Rockets mentioned in trade talks.

Rockets Want Prospect, Pick And Expiring Contract For Yao

The Rockets are being very clear in what they want in return for Yao Ming and the $8 million in savings he can bring to a team.

Carter Will Make Phoenix Debut Against 76ers

Vince Carter has been nursing a sore left knee.

Wolves Plan To Make Push For Mayo, Anthony Randolph

Minnesota would like to acquire both O.J. Mayo and Anthony Randolph.

Biedrins Could Miss Road Trip With Sprained Ankle

Andris Biedrins has already missed five games with a sprained ankle.

Howard Mocks LeBron's Chalk Toss At Cleveland

Dwight Howard got laughs from the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

Wright's 32 Points Headlines Wednesday's Former D-Leaguer Action

Golden State’s Dorell Wright scored a career-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds in a loss to Atlanta.

Coach K One Win From Sole Possession Of 2nd Place In All-Time Wins List

Mike Krzyzewski is one win from surpassing Dean Smith on the all-time career win list.

Diamantidis Named Euroleague MVP For December

Dimitris Diamantidis scored 14.8 points, 7.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in December.

Nike Hoop Summit Extends Stay In Portland To 2012

The Nike Hoop Summit has been held at the Rose Garden in Portland since 2008.

Kings Won't Trade Cousins

The Kings are committed to Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins as their core.

Camby Wants To Remain With Blazers

Marcus Camby wants to remain with the Trail Blazers and wouldn't even be interested in a trade to an elite team.

Eyenga's Defense Improving In D-League

The Cavaliers will consider recalling Christian Eyenga in about a week's time.

Murphy Worried About Reputation With Free Agency Looming

Troy Murphy has played sporadically with the Nets in a contract year.

Wizards Gauging Interest In McGee, Blatche?

Washington wants to see what they could get in return for JaVale McGee and/or Andray Blatche.

Kobe Takes Blame For Loss To San Antonio

Kobe Bryant went 8-for-27 from the field against the Spurs, including a stretch of 13 consecutive misses.

Camby Sits Out With Sprained Ankle

Marcus Camby injured his right ankle on Monday night against Utah.
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