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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Last season: The Rockets began the year with the somewhat surprising trade for James Harden — surprising because of the Thunder’s choice to deal him so soon instead of pursuing a title with him in place for one more season. It was the right call on Houston’s part, as Harden immediately turned into the offensive…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season: The Spurs finished with the second best record in the Western Conference, and blew through the playoffs with a 12-2 record (including sweeps against the Lakers in the first round and the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals) before facing the Heat in the NBA Finals. The series was one for the ages, with…

  3. Ricky Rubio finds Nikola Pekovic for the impressive spinning assist (VIDEO)

    Oct 20, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio has a flair for the game that makes him exciting to watch, even as purists see plenty of areas where he needs to improve in order to become a more complete NBA player. That won’t stop us from enjoying this preseason highlight, however, where Rubio uses a behind-the-back dribble to get past a…

  4. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks admits ’embarrassment’ over recent domestic incident

    Oct 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks

    The Pistons hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach this summer, but before he was able to coach a single game of meaning, the former player was forced to deal with a domestic dispute situation that involved questioning by police. The details, like most in these types of situations, were relatively ugly. And although Cheeks wasn’t…

  5. Nick Young calls Clippers covering up Lakers championship banners at Staples Center ‘disrespectful’

    Oct 20, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    Lakers.com

    We knew this was coming. After the Clippers redecorated Staples Center by putting up large images of their own players over the space on the wall where all of the Lakers’ championship banners and retired jerseys reside, comments from the Lakers were to be expected. But most, wisely, couldn’t care less about how the Clippers…

  6. Tracy McGrady says he considered using performance enhancing drugs

    Oct 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tracy-McGrady-looks-toward-the-future.-Getty-Images

    Tracy McGrady retired this summer following a 15-year NBA career that will in all likelihood land him in the Hall of Fame. There was a point in McGrady’s journey, however, where injuries started to cloud how well he could perform long before he decided to hang ’em up. And there was a time where he…

  7. Bill Russell releases statement apologizing for handgun incident at Seattle airport

    Oct 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bill Russell, David Stern

    NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested on Friday after bringing a handgun into a prohibited area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. All of the details make it seem like this was nothing more than an honest mistake — the 79-year old was stopped after security officials found a handgun in his carry-on bag, but Russell had…

  8. Jeff Ayres says Heat players were ‘trying to take out his knees’ during preseason game vs. Spurs

    Oct 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Jeff Ayres (formerly Jeff Pendergraph) played for the Indiana Pacers last season, a team that took the eventual champion Heat to seven games during the Eastern Conference Finals. In the final game of the series, with the score out of hand and the contest having already been decided, Ayres got into a shoving match with…

  9. Paul Pierce doesn’t want Deron Williams to return until he’s 100 percent

    Oct 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The plan all along was for Deron Williams to miss the majority of the preseason for the Nets after suffering a sprained ankle, but to be ready to go by the time the regular season begins on October 30. But Williams has been slow to recover, and after dealing with ankle issues that limited him…

  10. Kenyon Martin questionable for Knicks season opener

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    The Knicks may, at some point this season, get to the point where they’re playing at the same level or better than the team was last year when it finished with the second best record in the Eastern Conference. But the lack of frontcourt depth is likely to cause some trouble, at least in the…

  11. Spurs coach Popovich speaks out against baseline photographers

    Oct 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Tony Parker left the Spurs’ preseason game against the Heat on Saturday after hitting his finger on the camera of a photographer seated along the baseline. There was no serious injury sustained, but it gave Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yet another opportunity to publicly speak out against various arena personnel being stationed so close…

  12. Dwyane Wade embarrasses Tim Duncan with the Eurostep (VIDEO)

    Oct 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade drives past Bulls' Gibson during the sceond quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    LeBron James may have sat out of Saturday’s preseason game against the Spurs, but Dwyane Wade did more than enough to make sure his team came away with the win. The Spurs may not have been all that motivated against a LeBron-less Heat team in a meaningless contest, but Wade had plenty of incentive to…

  13. LeBron sits out Heat’s preseason game vs. Spurs

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The last time the Heat and the Spurs played in Miami, it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals last June, in a contest that meant the world to each respective franchise. When they met again for the first time since then in a preseason contest in Miami on Saturday, the game meant absolutely nothing.…

  14. Amar’e Stoudemire cleared for contact, Woodson hopes he’ll be ready for Knicks season opener

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    This must be what coaches mean when listing a player’s status as “day-to-day.” On Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire had not yet been cleared for contact. On Saturday, he was cleared, and practiced with the Knicks in half-court situations. From Ian Begley of ESPN New York: Stoudemire was cleared for contact and participated in half-court drills Saturday.…

  15. Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich out with concussion suffered in preseason win vs. Pacers

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich is out for at least a few days after suffering a concussion during the Bulls’ preseason win over the Pacers on Friday. From Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago: “He’s out. He has a concussion,” Thibodeau said after Saturday’s practice. “Not sure (how long he’ll be out). Probably a couple days.” Thibodeau acknowledged that…

  16. Lavoy Allen oversleeps, misses Sixers practice

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Lavoy Allen, Chris Andersen

    It’s going to be a long season in Philadelphia. When factoring in injuries, the roster features one of the worst overall collections of NBA talent that we’ve seen in quite some time; it could be argued fairly easily that an expansion team would have better luck putting together a squad capable of winning more games…

  17. Nets coach Kidd confirms Pierce and Garnett won’t play preseason game in Boston

    Oct 19, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Nets face the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday in what is one of two remaining preseason games on the team’s schedule. But Jason Kidd won’t be using it to get a look at some of his better lineups in action a week before the regular season begins, because two of his starters will be…

  18. Kobe Bryant changes Twitter avatar, likely in response to critics

    Oct 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Twitter avi

    Kobe Bryant changed the avatar on his Twitter account Friday to “1225,” and while we could speculate on whether or not that means he’s targeting a return date of Christmas Day against the Miami Heat from his torn Achilles injury, the reality is it was likely done as a personal motivational tactic. ESPN ranked all of…

  19. Derrick Rose on rivalry between Bulls and Pacers: ‘I don’t really see it’

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    As we’ve discussed before in the recent case of the budding rivalry between the Nets and the Knicks, whether or not a rivalry exists is often times in the eye of the beholder. Where one team may view another as a rival, that team may not exactly see things the same way. A rivalry would…

  20. Jason Kidd reached out to Nets about becoming head coach, not the other way around

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    The Nets hired Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach this summer, less than 10 days after his retirement from a Hall of Fame career that lasted 19 seasons. Brooklyn’s front office wasn’t exactly camped out on Kidd’s doorstep, however, waiting to pounce once he technically became available. No, it was Kidd who reached out…

  21. Thunder have no plans to send rookie Steven Adams to D-League

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Steven Adams

    When a team that won 60 games a season ago is returning the bulk of its core players, a rookie big man selected in the draft is usually going to be slated for development duty rather than be pressed into immediate action as part of the regular rotation. While that’s likely to be true for…

  22. Chris Paul throws in a half-court shot after practice (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    When you see footage like this of one of the game’s best players picking up a ball and swishing a half-court shot without even thinking about it, it’s a nice reminder of just how ridiculously skilled these guys are at their chosen craft. Chris Paul became the latest to get caught on video showcasing his…

  23. Report: NBA legend Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to Seattle airport

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested on Friday after bringing a handgun into a prohibited area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The details, from KIRO in Seattle: Russell, who won 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings, had a permit for the gun and was released. His background…

  24. Clippers are covering up Lakers’ championship banners at Staples Center

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    lakers banners

    The Clippers are in the odd and historically unfortunate situation of sharing an arena with the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise. It makes for an awkward game night when the Clippers are the home team, considering one of the walls of the arena is covered with large banners representing all of the Lakers’ 16 NBA…

  25. Report: Derrick Favors agrees to 4-year, $49 million contract extension with Jazz

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Matt Boland

    When the Jazz let both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap walk in free agency without getting anything in return, that was a sign that they were ready to turn the franchise over to their young players. The large contract extension just offered and agreed to by Derrick Favors is the team putting its money where…

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