It went down sweetly, like an Italian opera or an Italian ice. Whichever best suits your personality. From out of nowhere, DeMarcus Cousins decided he was unhappy with the team’s direction. Makes sense. It’s been four games into a lockout-shortened season in which 75 percent of the league is still grossly out of shape, why wouldn’t a sophomore demand an immediate shot at a championship.

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I hear that all your favorite NBA players are playing basketball overseas next year. I hear that all your favorite teams and all my favorite teams are holding cheerleader tryouts for the next six months. I hear that the captains of our favorite teams are all moving to Turkey and China to start hoops camps for children, or whomever, really.

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Amidst all the tomfoolery, rigmarole and other old-timey adjectives my grandfather uses when he throws his shoulder out churning his Victrola, connected with the pending blockbuster trade that need not be discussed until it is official, a story likely to get lost in the shuffle is Cleveland’s loss of yet another roster bulwark (another grandpappy word) Anderson Varejao

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Everyone remembers the Kings from 10 years ago with C-Webb, a spry Mike Bibby, Hedo, Vlade, Doug Christie’s wife, and head coach Rick Adelman. These days it is a completely different team, but the Kings are again loaded with talent. It might not be this year or the next, but with a probable top 10 pick and with a deadly duo of Tyreke Evans and Boogie Cousins, the Kings’ future gets brighter everyday.

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Kevin Garnett intensified the normally routine preseason on Tuesday by earning a technical foul and then laughing about it. The refs mistook the smile for Cagey bearing his teeth and ejected him after the second technical. To be fair, he earned that first technical by calmly discussing a foul call, which the new NBA rule (a week away from becoming an old NBA rule), says you can no longer do.

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The 2010 fantasy basketball rankings just-a keep on rollin’ with the top 20 small forwards for 2010 fantasy basketball. The small forward position is tricky and the one you want to navigate with the thickest of rubber fisherman boots. The top of this list is stronger than any of the other four positions, but the drop-off after the first 11 is steep.

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