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Hoo-boy! This was like a softball, a question from Heaven, a gimme.

Faithful Reader Patrick Harrington of Toronto (at least I hope he’s a faithful reader) wanted to know - if I had the power to go back in time, which one move, including coaching and front office moves, I’d undo.

Man, where to start?

Here are five that would make up my list, counting down from five:

# Trading Vince Carter:

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Maxiell solidifies spot as backup

With one exhibition left, some things are becoming clear for the Pistons.

Jason Maxiell, for one, looks to be a lock to be the fourth big man in the rotation behind Nazr Mohammed, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess.

"Once again, Maxey impressed," said coach Flip Saunders, after Maxiell contributed 21 points and eight rebounds in the Pistons' impressive 101-94 victory Tuesday over the Washington Wizards. "He was a beast out there. He plays with a reckless abandon. He does a great job of fronting the post, he rebounded, he got out and altered some shots. Throughout the preseason, I can't think of one thing I've been disappointed in with him."

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Rookie Grier leads Heat to preseason victory

Heat coach Pat Riley had planned on using the final two preseason games, beginning Tuesday in Orlando, to play his regulars and prepare for the regular season. Only, three of his starters (Shaquille O'Neal, Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem) were pinned to the bench with minor aches, forcing Riley to proclaim his preseason plans were ``in the toilet.''

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Rookies face last chance to impress

The Heat waived struggling guards Antonio Burks and Daniel Horton on Tuesday, reducing its roster to 16, one away from the regular season's 15-man limit.

The cuts leave a trio of rookie guards - Robert Hite, the former University of Miami standout, Chris Quinn, formerly of Notre Dame, and Vincent Grier, formerly of Minnesota - to fight over a few minutes per game while Jason Williams (knee) and Dorell Wright (ankle) heal, which is expected in the next three weeks or so.

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It's an unkind cut for Pierce

Paul Pierce missed the Celtics' 109-107 loss to the Nets because of an infected left middle finger that stemmed from a paper cut. He returned to Boston yesterday so team physician Brian McKeon could examine the infection. After the examination, Pierce received antibiotics at New England Baptist Hospital. Coach Doc Rivers said it is likely Pierce will return to the hospital today for more antibiotics.

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Lazy daze for Nuggets

There was a disproportionate number of people at the Pepsi Center leaning on one another's shoulders Tuesday night, desperately fighting to stay awake.

They had good reason. The Nuggets seemed to be dozing throughout much of their exhibition game against the Utah Jazz.

The Nuggets followed their best preseason performance with a clunker, struggling to crank up their running game and missing defensive assignments with regularity in a 127-107 loss to the Jazz.

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Spurs' Udrih returns but spot not guaranteed

Beno Udrih was back on the court Tuesday. Now the Spurs want to see if he can stay there.

Udrih participated in his first contact practice since injuring his right hamstring three weeks before training camp. The coaches were glad to see Udrih stayed on the floor for the duration, considering the 21/2-hour workout was one of the Spurs' toughest of the preseason.

"I feel great," Udrih said. "I think a couple more practices, and I'll be there."

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Big $$$ for Hinrich?

Former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich is hoping to get a contract extension from the Chicago Bulls.

Hinrich’s present contract will pay him $3,064,916 this season, and it is believed Hinrich could command as much as $8 million a season if he signs a new deal.

“From the day we started (negotiations), I was just going to plan on playing with the same deal I have,” Hinrich said recently. “Because if (an extension) doesn’t happen, I don’t want to be disappointed.”
 

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Little downside for NBA cheats

A rejigged roster has given the Raptors a pre-season shot in the arm. So how about a syringe to the buttocks for good measure?

There is a wonder drug on the market in which the NBA club might be interested. The substance, its pushers will tell you, "Increases Energy and Stamina!" Both could come in handy with the Raptors unleashing a run-like-the-Suns, 100-shots-a-night offence. The drug "Burns Fat and Builds Muscle! Even Improves Eyesight!" There haven't been many teams who have had much luck fielding a fivesome of near-sighted fat guys. It "Accelerates Recovery from Injury!" With the club's best player, Chris Bosh, and its highly touted No. 1 draft pick, Andrea Bargnani, both nursing sore feet, it'd be nice to speed the healing for the Nov. 1 opener.

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Smart money says Bulls lack superstar

The first thing you need to know about the impending NBA season, folks, is that it will be louder and more sponsored and more expensive than ever.

There was so much amplified noise Tuesday at the United Center that even when the giant inflatable bulls with humans inside weren't staggering around the court, you could have pulled the pin on a grenade and nobody would have heard the explosion.

And ads?

I don't know, but where are the mortgage tattoos on players' foreheads?

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Lakers: Limping along

They sat together on the bench at the end of Tuesday's open practice for season-ticket holders at Staples Center. Phil Jackson kept one hand on an aluminum cane, while Kobe Bryant propped up his right leg with two ice bags wrapped around his knee.

Such was the picture of the Lakers' two leaders with a week to go until opening night.

Jackson was back in public view for the first time since undergoing hip-replacement surgery Oct. 3. He said the plan is still to coach in the season opener against Phoenix, although he won't make the trip to Anaheim for Thursday's exhibition game.

In other news, Jackson still can't drive, but he is sleeping better.

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Other shoe drops for Steph

The idea of a $17 million player wearing $15 sneakers never sounded like a good one. But it was a risk - a medical and public relations one - that Stephon Marbury was willing to take.

Marbury also knew that the first time he pulled up lame with a leg or foot ailment he would be questioned about whether his affordable "Starbury" shoes contributed to the injury.

Yesterday, after the Knicks announced that Marbury was sidelined with bursitis, or inflammation near the heel, the veteran point guard chuckled when a reporter posed the obvious question: it's gotta be the shoes, right?

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Finger floors C’s Pierce -- Captain heads home for treatment

Paul Pierce got to leave New Jersey early yesterday, and he wasn’t happy about it. The Celtics captain was sent home after the shootaround with an infected left middle finger and missed last night’s preseason loss to the Nets. He’ll also sit out the exhibition finale against Toronto tonight.
Upon returning to Boston, Pierce was treated with antibiotics at New England Baptist Hospital and sent home. He’ll be checked again today.
“Look at it,” he said before leaving. “I can’t bend the finger all the way. It’s just a little paper cut or something. I just grabbed at something and got a small cut. Then it just swelled up.

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Deputy Shaq part of a bungled raid

This isn't why Shaquille O'Neal got into law enforcement.

O'Neal was part of a botched raid last month in Bedford County (Va.), where O'Neal is a reserve deputy, in which an Internet crime police unit was sent out to search the house of an alleged child pornography offender. O'Neal joined the unit called the Blue Ridge Thunder and raided the house of a local farmer and seized computers, cameras and other electronic devices.

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Wells resumes off-and-on preseason

Bonzi Wells returned to the Rockets' practice court Tuesday.

When he will be ready to be on the court for a regular-season game, however, is as unclear as why he left in the first place.

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