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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2007 1:48 am | Updated: 7:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Did you know?: With Thursday’s loss in Phoenix, the Bulls fell to 5-48 on their annual November trip (due to the arrival of the circus in Chicago) since Michael Jordan left the team after the 1997-98 season.

Did you know?

• With Thursday’s loss in Phoenix, the Bulls fell to 5-48 on their annual November trip (due to the arrival of the circus in Chicago) since Michael Jordan left the team after the 1997-98 season.

• Steve Nash is the only player in the league who has attempted at least 16 free throws and hasn’t missed. He is 27 of 27.

• At 8-0 the Boston Celtics are off to their best start since going 10-0 to begin the 1972-73 season. That team eventually lost in the conference finals to New York, 4-3.

So long, GP?

Gary Payton, who remains unsigned after averaging just 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds as a backup last season in Miami, hasn’t made any official announcement regarding future plans but all signs are pointing toward the 39-year-old retiring.

“It’s kind of definite (that I’ll retire)” he recently told ESPN.com.

Should he hang up his sneakers, Payton will walk away from the game as one of the top 10 point guards in NBA history, ranking third all time in steals, sixth in assists, eighth in games played and 21st in points.

Slipper has come off

So much for the momentum of last year’s improbable playoff run carrying over for the Golden State Warriors. Through the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season, they are looking much more like the 1994-95 through 2005-06 teams, all of which failed to make the playoffs, than last year’s postseason darlings.

Golden State finally found the win column — the last team in the league to do so — Friday vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, but future prospects appear gloomy after a 1-6 start. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1962, the Warriors have never made the playoffs with fewer than three wins through seven games.

Looking ahead: In a matchup between the league’s most dysfunctional organization and most disappointing team, the Knicks host the Bulls on Saturday.

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