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January 11, 2010

On the Beat: Brown Thinking Playoffs

by John Perrotto

The Charlotte Bobcats have never made the postseason in their six-year history, but they would make it in the East if the season ended today. Veteran coach Larry Brown thinks that would rally the team's fans.

January 7, 2010

On the Beat: Arenas Suspended Indefinitely by NBA

by John Perrotto

While the investigation of an incident involving guns in the Washington Wizards' locker room continues, NBA commissioner David Stern has suspended star guard Gilbert Arenas indefinitely for his role.

January 4, 2010

On the Beat: Arenas Faces Legal Trouble

by John Perrotto

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas could face criminal charges as well as a league suspension after an incident involving his guns in the Wizards' locker room.

December 31, 2009

On the Beat: Del Negro Still in Charge

by John Perrotto

Despite rumors about his impending firing and a limited show of support from GM Gar Forman, Vinny Del Negro remains at the helm of the Bulls.

December 29, 2009

On the Beat: Knicks and McGrady a Match?

by John Perrotto

Tracy McGrady would like out of Houston. If he is healthy, the New York Knicks could use McGrady's scoring punch as well as his expiring contract. However, the Rockets' unwillingness to accept Eddy Curry's longer deal is a sticking point.

December 24, 2009

On the Beat: Rockets Use Balance on Offense

by John Perrotto

With center Yao Ming out for the season and Tracy McGrady working his way back from microfracture knee surgery, the Houston Rockets have spread their scoring among several players to stay in contention in the West.

December 22, 2009

On the Beat: Robinson on the Trade Block

by John Perrotto

Knicks guard Nate Robinson, who has been out of Mike D'Antoni's rotation, could end up being traded. Though his agent asked out of New York, Robinson says he'd like to stay with the Knicks.

December 18, 2009

On the Beat: Free Agents on the Move?

by John Perrotto

Starting Tuesday, NBA teams can trade players signed over the summer. Two point guards, Minnesota's Ramon Sessions and Portland's Andre Miller, could be on the market.

December 15, 2009

On the Beat: Del Negro on the Hot Seat?

by John Perrotto

The Chicago Bulls have been patient with Vinny Del Negro during a tough start to the season, but that could run out if the Bulls continue to struggle.

December 11, 2009

On the Beat: Hansbrough Adjusting to NBA

by John Perrotto

Indiana Pacers rookie Tyler Hansbrough was the toast of the NCAA at North Carolina, but is having to make changes to his game to succeed as a pro.

December 8, 2009

On the Beat: Iverson Debuts for 76ers

by John Perrotto

Allen Iverson returned to the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday against his former Nuggets team. Wednesday, he'll face the Pistons team he played for last season.

December 4, 2009

On the Beat: Vandeweghe Aims for Improvement

by John Perrotto

Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe will make his debut as head coach tonight. Vandeweghe is looking to pick up the pace and simplify things for New Jersey's young players.

November 27, 2009

On the Beat: Iverson Retires?

by John Perrotto

While there are already indications Allen Iverson's retirement might not be permanent, for now the legend's last games were played for the Memphis Grizzlies.

November 24, 2009

On the Beat: Mavericks Winning with Defense

by John Perrotto

Through the first three weeks of the season, the Dallas Mavericks have struggled. However, improved defense has lifted Dallas to the best record in the Southwest Division.

November 20, 2009

On the Beat: Jackson Happy with Trade

by John Perrotto

Despite joining a Charlotte Bobcats team still in search of its first playoff appearance, Stephen Jackson is pleased with last week's trade from Golden State.

November 17, 2009

On the Beat: Hawks Open Eyes

by John Perrotto

After winning Monday's OT showdown with Portland, Atlanta is tied for the NBA's best record at 9-2.

November 13, 2009

On the Beat: Suns Start Strong

by John Perrotto

Steve Nash seemed crazy to extend his contract in Phoenix last summer, but behind his leadership the Suns have been one of the league's best teams so far in 2009-10.

November 10, 2009

On the Beat: Rivers Manages Playing Time

by John Perrotto

With a veteran team, Celtics coach Doc Rivers has to strike a balance between winning games and keeping his starters fresh for a long season.

November 6, 2009

On the Beat: Anthony Contending for Scoring Title

by John Perrotto

The Denver Nuggets are one of two remaining undefeated teams at 5-0, and Carmelo Anthony's scoring (good for second in the NBA) is a key reason for the fast start.

November 3, 2009

On the Beat: Smith Reaches Block Milestone

by John Perrotto

On Saturday, Hawks forward Josh Smith became the youngest NBA player to reach 900 career blocks. Just like he was the youngest to 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800.

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