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  1. Gustavo Ayon earns FIBA Americas MVP

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

    ayon bucks

    It’s been a summer of uncertainty for Gustavo Ayon, who had his option picked up by the Bucks in June, only to see the team waive him a month later. The Hawks claimed Ayon off waivers shortly thereafter, and if his performance for Mexico in the FIBA Americas tournament ends up being any indication, Atlanta…

  2. PBT Roundtable: Is Robert Horry a Hall of Famer?

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Robert Horry

    In a new regular series, the PBT writers give their opinions on a question of the day. This week: Is Robert Horry a Hall of Famer? Kurt Helin: No. It’s not even really close for me. Robert Horry has one of my favorite playoff moments ever (sorry Kings fans) and he provided us plenty of thrills…

  3. Lakers delete 9/11 tweet after receiving wave of unexpected criticism

    Sep 11, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    neverforget lakers

    Like many NBA clubs and players around the league, the Lakers did their part in using the team’s official Twitter account to post a “never forget” message in commemoration of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The picture was of Kobe Bryant, and featured the patch worn on his jersey in remembrance of the tragic…

  4. Adam Silver says league not close to eliminating team names on jerseys in favor of advertisements

    Sep 11, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Seattle Storm v Phoenix Mercury

    Deputy NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be taking over for David Stern in February, but don’t expect any drastic or immediate changes to the way the league has been successfully run under Stern for the past 29 years. That includes allowing advertisers to take over your favorite player’s jersey. While ads on NBA jerseys are…

  5. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of…

  6. Heat may only carry 13 players with guaranteed contracts

    Sep 10, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard, Dwyane Wade, Jarvis Varnado

    The Miami Heat added two players on non-guaranteed deals to their roster on Tuesday, but both are in all likelihood only going to appear as training camp bodies. Already deep into luxury tax territory for next season — which is obviously a concern, considering the decision to cut Mike Miller using the amnesty provision built…

  7. Brandon Jennings says Pistons ‘should own the glass’ next season

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    The Pistons have a lot of new pieces to fit together once training camp opens at the end of the month, but that’s going to be part of the fun. Detroit added Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith to an already talented group of young players, and put a new head coach in place in Maurice…

  8. NBA announces League Pass pricing for 2013-14 season

    Sep 10, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

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    There was a little bit of a rumbling (read: a mini-freakout) from a section of hardcore NBA fans on Tuesday, when a mass email was sent out from the league in error that announced a skyrocketing of the price to purchase League Pass for next season. The service that allows access to watch all most regular…

  9. J.J. Redick likes the pressure of playing for the Clippers

    Sep 10, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    J.J. Redick was an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the summer, but ended up with the Clippers as part of the three-team trade with the Bucks and the Suns that landed Jared Dudley in L.A., and Eric Bledoe and Caron Butler in Phoenix. The Suns later traded Butler to Milwaukee in a separate…

  10. Paul George makes an appearance as an inflatable mascot for the Indianapolis Colts (VIDEO)

    Sep 8, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony kept us fairly focused on basketball on the NFL’s first Sunday of the season, but at least one All-Star player made an appearance in front of the crowd at a football stadium during Week 1 action. The video clip above shows Paul George emerging from the Colts’ Air Blue…

  11. Sam Young has free agent meeting with the Spurs

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    sam young pacers

    When we last saw Sam Young, he was trying to get under the skin of LeBron James as a member of the Indiana Pacers during last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana’s bench (along with their ridiculous amount of turnovers) was considered the team’s primary weakness last year, and after upgrading in that department with the…

  12. John Havlicek says Paul Pierce is the best one-on-one player of all Celtics

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Paul Pierce has solidified his position as one of the all-time greatest Celtics, having finished his 15-year career in Boston at or near the top of the team’s leader board in most of the major statistical categories. Pierce is the team leader in three-pointers made and attempted and free throws made and attempted, and is…

  13. Gary Payton explains why he believes John Stockton was harder to guard than Michael Jordan

    Sep 8, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton, John Stockton

    Gary Payton made some waves earlier this week when he said that John Stockton was the hardest player he ever had to guard, and was a tougher matchup for him than even Michael Jordan. Many recognize Jordan as one of the greatest of all time, of course, while Stockton is remembered as more of a…

  14. Gary Payton’s Hall of Fame induction highlight reel (VIDEO)

    Sep 8, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Gary Payton, John Stockton

    Gary Payton was among those inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and he was known for his trash talk as much as he was for his playmaking skills and his ability as a lockdown defender. His induction highlight reel begins by pointing that out, but of course evolves to show…

  15. Bernard King’s Hall of Fame induction highlight reel (VIDEO)

    Sep 8, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The official Hall of Fame induction ceremony has begun, and Bernard king was among the first players to be enshrined. The video clip above was the one shown before King gave his speech, and it shows the impact he had on the league which made him a Hall of Fame candidate. After watching the reel,…

  16. Quote of the Day: Rick Pitino makes fun of his famous “walking through that door” press conference

    Sep 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    Rick Pitino is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, and in terms of his relatively minimal NBA contributions, the video clip above might be the moment he’s most famous for. In a rant following a tough loss while coach of the Celtics, Pitino told reporters, “Larry Bird’s not walking…

  17. Wayne Ellington hopes to bring ‘a long-range threat’ to Mavs this season

    Sep 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Wayne Ellington, Carmelo Anthony

    The Mavericks have always been a team that’s liked to shoot the three under head coach Rick Carlisle, and this upcoming season should be no exception. Dallas added Jose Calderon this summer, who led the league in three-point shooting percentage last year. But another of the Mavs’ offseason acquisitions, Wayne Ellington, hopes his skill set…

  18. Oscar Schmidt says he would have been ‘one of the 10 best ever’ had he played in the NBA

    Sep 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oscar Schmidt

    Oscar Schmidt is a legendary basketball player from Brazil who is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. He was a star in international play during the 70s and 80s, but never played in the NBA because it would have meant that he’d be ineligible to play for his country…

  19. Pelicans’ Jason Smith hopes to be medically cleared by start of training camp

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Pelicans center Jason Smith had his season ended in March of last year due to suffering a torn labrum injury to his shoulder. The injury supposedly occurred on a play where Smith came up with a blocked shot on a dunk attempt by Kevin Durant. Smith hopes to be ready for the start of training…

  20. Bernard King says injuries will determine whether Knicks or Nets are the better team next season

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets is real, despite the Brooklyn team’s relatively new entry into the New York situation. The addition of proven winners in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets side for the upcoming season has only fueled the fire, especially considering all the talking that Pierce has been…

  21. Rick Pitino thinks Brad Stevens is a perfect fit for the Boston Celtics

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Brad Stevens was introduced as the Boston Celtics new coach in early July. The former Butler head coach is making the daring jump, leaving the college ranks for the NBA. In the past, this has not gone well for many great collegiate coaches. John Calipari lasted three seasons in New Jersey and Rick…

  22. Bernard King sees similarities in Carmelo Anthony’s game

    Sep 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Bernard King

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After a long wait, Bernard King will be officially enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon at Springfield’s Symphony Hall. King was a four-time NBA All-Star, a two time NBA first team selection and was a scoring champion in 1985, averaging 32.9 points per game for the New…

  23. Report: Gordon Hayward, Jazz talking contract extension

    Sep 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    Gordon Hayward has developed into a solid wing player for the Utah Jazz, and has shown improvement in each of his last two seasons since entering the league in 2010. Hayward will finish up the final guaranteed year of his rookie deal next season, which means he’s currently eligible for a contract extension — and…

  24. Gary Payton takes his era of point guards over today’s, calls him and Shawn Kemp ‘the original Lob City’

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gary Payton is one of a dozen people being enshrined as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend in Springfield, Mass. Leading up to this weekend, the Glove has made several noteworthy comments, which continued during Saturday’s press conference. Earlier this week, Payton said that John Stockton was…

  25. Report: Miami Heat considering signing Michael Beasley

    Sep 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    heat beasley

    There’s no way to put this mildly: The Michael Beasley free agent signing by the Phoenix Suns last summer was a disastrous one for the franchise. It led to the firing of head coach Alvin Gentry midway through last season, and when things had completely fallen apart by year’s end, it resulted in the firing…

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