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You've heard it. The chant fills Barclays Center a.k.a. The Black House a.k.a. The House That Hov Built a.k.a. Where Is The Promised Housing like no other. It's the best chant Brooklyn has, and may be the best chant in sports. It's simultaneously a jeer and a cheer. It can throw an away team off its rocker while pushing Brooklyn forward. It's fantastic, and I'm worried about wasting it.... MORE →

 

  • Andray Blatche, livin' the life.
  • The NBA news of the day: The Oklahoma City Thunder trade James Harden, along with Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook, to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks (one guaranteed lottery) and one second-round pick. The Thunder chose to trade Harden rather than give him a max contract, amounting roughly to a $1 million difference per year between sides before the luxury tax.
  • Denis Hamill, writing at the Daily News, calls Barclays Center The House that Bruce Built. My take: Ratner may have conceived the plan, but without Mikhail Prokhorov's bailout and Jay-Z's cultural influence, this building plops in the middle of Brooklyn with more controversy than fanfare. Also, The Black House is a better name.
  • Andray Blatche responds to taunts from the Knicks bench in the final preseason game: "They’re wasting their energy. I don’t know (Shumpert). He wasn’t playing, so he had to do something. You sitting on the bench with a suit on you have to do something.”
  • Knicks center Tyson Chandler has a "very good chance" of playing opening night.
  • Is Raymond Felton an upgrade over Jeremy Lin? One all-star point guard thinks so. Also, a friendly reminder.