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ISIAH TO CURRY: BE MORE 'MANLY'

Isiah Thomas called out Eddy Curry yesterday, begging him to become more "manly" on the court and establish a tough-guy reputation.

The Knick coach implied in many ways that Curry, considering his massive 6-foot-11, 285-pound frame, is too soft on the court.

Thomas was set off by Curry's disappearance in Tuesday's win over Boston after he began 4-for-4. While Curry sat on the bench in the third quarter, Thomas came over, kneeled in front of Curry and lectured him. Thomas no longer wants the cuddly Curry, he wants the killer Curry.

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Broken finger will put Greene on inactive list

Indiana Pacers point guard Orien Greene will open the season on the inactive list because of a broken little finger on his left hand.

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Wade's 26 points a bright spot

The approach through the preseason for Dwyane Wade has been shoot now, slam later.

No need, after all, to risk injury at such a meaningless time.

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Griz down Pistons in last preseason game

As the Grizzlies closed out their preseason Wednesday night with a 92-82 win against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills, coach Mike Fratello spent a minute thinking back to the team's first two exhibition games.

A rash of turnovers and missed shots saw the Grizzlies fall behind by 20 points in the first quarter of their preseason opener in Houston, as well as their second game against Atlanta.

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Spurs forward Williams has little time to shine

Two preseason games is not much of a chance to make an impression, but if forward Eric Williams wants to be on the 12-man roster when the Spurs open the regular season next week, two games is all he's got to convince the coaching staff he can contribute.

The 11-year veteran, who came to the Spurs as part of the trade that sent Rasho Nesterovic to Toronto, suffered a strained left Achilles' tendon early in training camp. Unable to practice until last week and behind in his conditioning, Williams played for the first time in Saturday's game at Houston, logging 27 minutes.

Acquired to be a spot defender against forwards such as Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, he likely will get a chance to defend Nowitzki in the Spurs' exhibition finale against the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday night.

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Mavs sent good sign with Howard's extension

The Mavericks downplayed their negotiations with Josh Howard before he agreed to an extension. The company line was the club wanted to get it done, but if it didn't, the forward's status would be addressed in the off-season.

It's a good thing the Mavericks took care of Howard now. I don't think they would have liked the result if they had waited.

Money is always the overriding concern in these matters. But don't discount pride, especially in a young athlete who feels slighted. To him, money and respect are often intertwined.

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Pierce's finger is on the mend

Paul Pierce worked up a light sweat with some shooting before last night's game against the Raptors and said he will return to practice tomorrow after missing the Celtics' final two exhibition games because of an infected left middle finger that stemmed from a paper cut. Although the finger still looked puffy before Boston's 106-102 loss to Toronto at TD Banknorth Garden, Pierce said it had dramatically improved since he was sent home from New Jersey after Tuesday's shootaround.

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Dunleavy OK with no extension

Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy indicated Wednesday night that he will start the season without a contract extension, and he is fine with that.

The coach is in the final season of a four-year, $10 million contract. The Clippers could negotiate with Dunleavy and his agent throughout the season, so an extension could happen later.

"Everything, as far as I'm concerned with the organization, is great," Dunleavy said. "We're in a good place, no issues. We haven't really got to my situation, but I'm hoping that when we do, it's something that's done fairly easily. We'll see. I don't know."

If negotiations don't go the way Dunleavy wants, he said he won't let it affect his team.

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The option isn’t Allen’s -- Guard waits for C’s to decide

Right now Tony Allen is playing for the job security.
If the Celtics pick up the option on his rookie contract by Oct. 31, he won’t have to worry about another deal until the end of the 2007-08 season.
If not, he’ll be a free agent next summer.
Considering that the team has already picked up the options of the two other members of his rookie class - Al Jefferson and Delonte West - one could surmise that the wait has been frustrating.

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Bynum to Get First Start

His coach designated him the starting center for opening night, which was news to Andrew Bynum because Phil Jackson didn't share it with him.

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Nothing is guaranteed except the roster of 15

Phil Jackson's least favorite time is arriving.

He agonizes over roster cuts every year, even devoting extensive space to the concept in one of his books, detailing how hard it was to cut Jannero Pargo a few years back.

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Nets put bench in order

In the first half of Tuesday's exhibition game against Boston, Lawrence Frank gave a preview of the rotation he'll use when the regular season starts next week.

Well, almost.

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Knicks Sign Cato, Waive 3

Showing absolutely no faith that center Jerome James' foot will ever heal, Isiah Thomas yesterday signed free agent 6-foot-11 center Kelvin Cato.

Thomas entered camp thinking one of his rookie free agents would fill the 15th roster spot - power forward Elton Brown or center Paul Miller. With both James (plantar fasciaitis) and forward Malik Rose (hamstring) out since Day 1, Thomas signed the nine-year vet who played for Orlando and Detroit last year.

Meanwhile, Brown, Miller and Nikoloz Tskitishvili were waived.

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Skiles preparing Bulls' rookies for battle

The Bulls are at a different stage than they have been in recent seasons, a good thing for fans but possibly bad for rookies.

Gone are the days when Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry played "entitlement minutes," as Tim Floyd derisively called them. Or when coach Scott Skiles, following a 23-victory season, started Ben Gordon before he was ready in an attempt to get him going.

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Dunleavy Mulls Options

Mike Dunleavy talks about having lots of options, lots of different combinations he can put on the floor. An intriguing one may be a guard pairing of Shaun Livingston and Quinton Ross, and it might not be as offensively-challenged as you might think.

The 6-foot-7 Livingston and 6-6 Ross are both lockdown defenders. Each has demonstrated more aggressiveness on the offensive end, as well.

"Quinton's been much better offensively -- more aggressive, more confident," Dunleavy said before the Clippers' 97-89 exhibition victory over Portland on Wednesday night. "Hey, he averaged 15 points a game his senior year in college (at SMU), so it's not like he's not able to score. He's just attacking the rim more."

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Bulls in no rush to settle Hinrich's contract situation

As he reveals in those television commercials, Kirk Hinrich has dreamed of being the Bulls' starting point guard since he was a scrawny high school underclassman in Iowa. He says he loves playing in Chicago and wants to be a long-term member of the organization.

That would be just fine with the Bulls' brass. Operations chief John Paxson and coach Scott Skiles are big fans. They love Hinrich's ability and work ethic, and the 6-3 guard is about as close to untouchable as anyone on the roster.

OK, so what's the holdup? Why have the sides been unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension?

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Walker on way out with Sonics

As the sale of the Sonics and Storm inches toward being official, it's a foregone conclusion that team president Wally Walker will not be retained and not part of the new ownership group, according to a source familiar with the process.

The sale of the Sonics and Storm to The Professional Basketball Club (LLC), led by Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett, was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday. The transaction won't be official until Tuesday, when the $350 million is exchanged.

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Sonics' Allen proving he's a franchise player

At last, Ray Allen changed his mood. He had been clinging to his upbeat thinking, undeterred by the interview's monotony or bleakness, but suddenly there was a shift.

The question: What if rumors about your level of happiness or speculation about a trade demand arise because of the Sonics' uncertainty?

His reaction: Gruff.

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Stern speaks up on Larry & guns

Larry Brown won't know if he hit the New York Knicks lottery - worth a cool $52 million - for at least another couple of weeks.

Commissioner David Stern, the judge and jury in the ex-Knicks coach's arbitration battle against Garden CEO James Dolan, said yesterday that he still has to sit down and render a verdict.

"I'd like to think (the ruling will come) after opening week," Stern said yesterday. "That means likely the week of Nov.7-8, hopefully, the second week in November."

During his annual preseason state of the NBA address, Stern said the league is expecting a fourth straight season of record attendance figures and gate receipts.

"Life is good and shows every indication of being even better," he said.

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Suns: BONUS SHOTS

Leandro Barbosa sat out Wednesday’s practice with the sore toe that forced him to miss Monday’s preseason loss to Seattle. He’s expected to try to go today . . .

Bryant, still recovering from offseason knee surgery, will miss the Lakers’ final tune-up game today. He missed the entire preseason and remains questionable for the season opener against the Suns Oct. 31 in Los Angeles. . . .

Bell on how slimmed-down teammate Kurt Thomas has looked in training camp. “I joke with him that I was a senior in high school when he was with the (Miami) Heat, and he didn’t look this good back then.”
 
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