Wednesday Morning One Liners: Ceballos doing well

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We bring you a Thanksgiving feast of rumors, reports and international news this morning.

Cedric Ceballos is recovering well after having a blood clot removed from his coronary artery, reports the Arizona Republic.

You can odd Magic Johnson and Paul Pierce to the rosters for the Barack Obama fundraiser game next month, reports the Washington Post. However, Dwight Howard has dropped out of the game.

Rashad McCants is being pursued by Jiangsu of the Chinese League.

Former lottery pick Marcus Fizer has found himself, found the Lord, and now wants to find his way back to the NBA.

Mario Chalmers talks with Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated about how he’s not loved in Memphis, playing point guard on a team where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dominate the ball, and even office NCAA pools. Just don’t ask him about LeBron in the finals.

A long time fan of the Jazz breaks up with them. The lockout was the last straw. She is not alone.

Would you be interested in a Tyson Chandler fanzine?

Apparently Jordan Crawford and Kevin Garnett had a little spat during some run. This stuff happens all the time, but it’s not shocking with these two participants.

The regional sports networks that carry NBA games are taking a ratings hit without those games right now. And pretty soon they are going to start asking for their money back.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.