Updated: October 14, 2010, 1:43 PM ET

Welcome Home, Amare

By Chris Sheridan
ESPN.com
Stoudemire
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NEW YORK -- The most demonstrative gesture of the night came from Kane Fitzgerald, and it was such a demonstrative gesture that Fitzgerald became a central character in Wednesday night's Celtics-Knicks exhibition game.

Who, you ask, is this Kane Fitzgerald?

He is an 29-year-old NBA referee beginning his second full season who pulled out his best Shag Crawford imitation and gave a quick pair of technical fouls (from 30 feet away) and a full-armed heave-ho to Kevin Garnett in the second quarter of Boston's 104-101 victory -- the latest instance of a referee following the letter of the law and showing zero tolerance as part of the NBA's leaguewide crackdown against griping about or showing physical displeasure with calls.

Garnett has always been one of the league's more vocal and demonstrative complainers, and what set him off this time was a technical foul handed to teammate Jermaine O'Neal after O'Neal mildly questioned a foul call levied against him by Zach Zarba.

Zarba quickly hit O'Neal with a tech, and Garnett drew his pair of technicals seconds later for letting the refereeing crew know how ridiculous he thought O'Neal's tech was. So with Jermaine O'Neal in foul trouble, Shaquille O'Neal (hip arthritis) and Glen Davis (sore left knee) sitting out and Garnett ejected, Amare Stoudemire found himself being guarded by the likes of Marquis Daniels and Luke Harangody as he scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter before sitting out the fourth.

Click here to read the rest from Sheridan at ESPNNewYork.com.

Rockets Top Nets In Beijing

2010-11 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

By John Hollinger
ESPN.com

Yes, things look pretty bad in Philly right now, but it's not quite as bad as it appears.

That's easy for me to say; you'll pardon Sixers fans for not seeing the glass as half-full. The team won 27 games last season, is capped out this year and made no major alterations. Plus, it won't have significant cap space until 2013 thanks to Elton Brand's $90 million stinker of a contract. But cheer up: The Sixers just hired the builder of a 12-70 team to run the franchise.

Click here to read the rest of Hollinger's outlook, projections. Insider

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