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  1. Raptors’ mascot suffers season-ending torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Raptors Basketball

    Season-ending injuries aren’t just for players, apparently. The Raptor, mascot for Toronto’s NBA team, suffered a torn Achilles injury at a community event that is expected to sideline him for the entire year. Eric Koreen of the National Post has the details: According to one source, The Raptor tore his Achilles on Friday at a…

  2. Blake Griffin sidelined with bone bruise to his left knee

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    The Clippers have high aspirations this season, thanks to bolstering their star lineup with some key offseason acquisitions, as well as landing a tenured and well-respected, defensive-minded head coach with a championship on his resume. But they’ll only get as far as the team’s collective health will take them, and early in the preseason, there…

  3. Thunder may be looking for Serge Ibaka to emerge as team’s third scoring option

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    It’s easy to argue that the Thunder got worse this summer by losing Kevin Martin to the Timberwolves in free agency, and getting nothing in return to replace his offensive production in the lineup. For a slide to be avoided, Kevin Durant is going to have to raise his game to an even higher level,…

  4. Al Harrington ‘pulls the chair out’ from Andray Blatche (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

    harrington blatche

    It’s a wily defensive tactic used by veteran players defending the post, and one that was made famous by Rick Mahorn while playing for the Bad Boys era Pistons in the mid-late 80s: Pulling the Chair. It works like this — a post defender places pressure on the offensive player once he gets the ball…

  5. Tim Hardaway Jr. hits game-winner to send Knicks past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The first game of the preseason is the perfect time to give rookies or seldom-used players confidence by allowing them to perform in crunch-time situations. The Knicks were faced with one of those on Tuesday against the Celtics, and Tim Hardaway Jr. made the most of the opportunity, hitting the baseline jumper with 8.2 seconds…

  6. In old interview, Kyrie Irving tells children he won’t leave Cavaliers like LeBron did (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving has been saying he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers in free agency a lot the last few months, though he’s mostly qualified it slightly by adding the words “right now” into any conversation surrounding the topic. Making its way around the Web right now is Irving’s two-year-old answer to the question,…

  7. Prosecutors drop domestic violence case against Ty Lawson

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    Ty Lawson was arrested on a domestic violence charge back in August, but immediately after the news made the rounds, Lawson essentially proclaimed his innocence. It’s all now officially behind the Nuggets’ star point guard, as the prosecutors have dropped the case. From the Associated Press: Lisa Pinto, a spokeswoman for 18th Judicial District Attorney’s…

  8. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  9. Kobe Bryant is back from Germany, feels like his rehab is ‘ahead of schedule’

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant has returned from Germany, after embarking on a journey there five days ago to undergo another round of Orthokine treatment to his knee. It was a maintenance procedure following something similar he underwent twice in 2011, and whether or not he personally informed Mike D’Antoni of his trip has essentially nothing to do…

  10. Carmelo Anthony says injury issues with Amar’e Stoudemire are ‘just sad’

    Oct 8, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Before Carmelo Anthony forced his way out of Denver and became the face of the New York Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire was there first. He signed a max free agent contract the summer before the 2010-11 season, becoming the first major star talent to come to the Knicks to begin the franchise’s turnaround. The reason Stoudemire…

  11. Heat exercise option to keep Norris Cole for 2014-15 season

    Oct 8, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Heat's Cole celebrates after scoring the go ahead basket against the Bulls during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    Norris Cole is entering his third NBA season, but has already proven to be a key contributor on two straight championship teams for the Heat. Not surprisingly, since he’s still playing out his rookie contract and is considered to be still-developing talent at an extremely low price, Miami exercised its option to keep Cole under…

  12. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Oct 8, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Last season: The Nuggets finished the regular season with the best home record in the league, and a franchise best 57 wins, good for the three seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Then, they were bounced out of the first round by the Golden State Warriors in six games. George Karl won Coach of the…

  13. Mark Jackson’s challenge to Stephen Curry: Commit fewer turnovers

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry is coming off of a breakout season for the Warriors, one in which he averaged career-bests in points, assists, and minutes played. But Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is a master motivator, and he wants Curry to continue to improve. So he provided him with a little project. The challenge he posed to…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season: The Thunder finished the regular season with a record of 60-22, which was good for the number one playoff seed in the Western Conference. Thanks to the unfortunate knee injury that occurred in Game 2 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Rockets, however, OKC quite literally limped to the finish…

  15. Andray Blatche takes to Fifth Avenue to practice his Eurostep (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche has had a mini-resurgence of his career since being amnestied by the Wizards and playing a meaningful role with the Nets last season. Blatche wasn’t known as being the brightest of players, and along with JaVale McGee gave the Wizards a boneheaded duo that was responsible for more nonsense on the court than…

  16. George Karl hopes to return to coaching, admits ‘anger and frustration’ over way things ended with Nuggets

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    George Karl

    George Karl led the Nuggets to the best home record in all of the NBA last season, and along with it a 57-win season that was the most in franchise history since the team joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season. But all of that wasn’t enough to save Karl’s job. He won the Coach…

  17. Austin Rivers finds Anthony Davis for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    We wrote a lot about Austin Rivers while seeing him in action at Summer League in Las Vegas, and with good reason. Rivers was terrible for most of last year, but then was able to string together a series of nice performances just before breaking his hand which prematurely ended his season. Rivers looked good…

  18. Jose Calderon likely to miss Mavs’ preseason opener due to injury

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon,  Rick Carlisle

    Jose Calderon was one of the free agent pickups by the Mavericks that lets you know they have no interest in rebuilding, and after missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 years last season, are trying to get back as soon as possible. Calderon is a productive point guard, but he’s also an…

  19. Danny Granger returns too, but appeared ‘a little rusty’ to Pacers’ head coach

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only player making a long-awaited return to the court when the Bulls and the Pacers opened the preseason against each other on Saturday. Danny Granger, who missed essentially all of last season with a knee injury, came off the bench for Indiana and scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in 29…

  20. Report: Luol Deng ‘privately disappointed’ at lack of contract talks with Bulls

    Oct 6, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    deng

    Luol Deng is in the final year of his contract with the Bulls, one that will pay him more than $14 million this season. He’s a two-time All-Star who performs well at both ends of the floor, and someone considered vital to Chicago’s chances for success. But whether due to disagreement over his future value…

  21. Brian Shaw: ‘No regrets’ about the way things ended with Lakers

    Oct 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    When Phil Jackson retired from coaching following the 2011 season, many believed that Brian Shaw was a logical choice to be next in line for the head coaching job in Los Angeles. Shaw played for and was an assistant coach under Jackson, and had been endorsed by both his former boss and Lakers star Kobe…

  22. Derrick Rose is back, shows trademark speed and explosiveness in return vs. Pacers

    Oct 6, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The highly anticipated return of Derrick Rose to the court occurred on Saturday, as the Bulls made their preseason debut against the Pacers. All eyes were on Rose, of course, who was seeing his first game action in almost 18 months after sitting out all of last season to rehabilitate his torn ACL injury. If…

  23. Report: Kobe didn’t tell Mike D’Antoni he was leaving the country for medical treatment

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

    The news broke a few days ago that Kobe Bryant was once again heading to Germany to receive a special treatment on his knee in order to help him be as right as possible whenever his rehab from a torn Achilles allows him to return to the court at some point this season. Bryant’s every…

  24. Dwight Howard records first blocked shot with Rockets (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

    We could have brought you video of Dwight Howard scoring his first bucket as a member of the Houston Rockets, but considering his defensive impact will be far more important to the ultimate fortunes of his new franchise, a blocked shot seems much more appropriate. It didn’t take long for Howard to make his presence…

  25. Tyreke Evans leaves with an ankle sprain in preseason debut with Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    PELICANS TYREKE EVANS

    The Pelicans signed Tyreke Evans to a large free agent contract this summer, so obviously the last thing they want to see is the player they just invested in go down with an injury in the first game of the preseason. Evans landed awkwardly after hitting a shot in the lane early in the second…

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