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  1. Celtics to unveil statue honoring Bill Russell

    Oct 16, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    There have been an incredible number of great Boston Celtics in the history of the storied franchise, but legendary big man Bill Russell might have been the greatest of them all. Russell’s career spanned 13 seasons in Boston, and 11 of those ended with NBA championships. He’s being honored with a statue to memorialize his…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Oct 16, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    Last season: The Clippers finished the regular season with a franchise best 56 wins, good enough for the fourth seed in the West and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs over the Memphis Grizzlies. L.A. went up two games to none in the series, before Memphis came back to win the…

  3. Report: ‘Mutual interest’ between Jazz and Jamaal Tinsley following Trey Burke’s injury

    Oct 16, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre

    Jazz rookie Trey Burke was supposed to get the bulk of the minutes at the point guard position this season, but that was before he fractured a finger in a preseason game that required surgery and will sideline him for the next 4-12 weeks. (Burke says 4-6; his agent said 8-12) Utah is now pretty…

  4. LeBron throws down slams on consecutive possessions in preseason vs. Wizards (VIDEO)

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

    LeBron James, John Wall

    Even during the preseason, the game’s best players occasionally decide to show out. LeBron James got loose for slam dunks on back-to-back possessions during Miami’s loss to the Wizards on Tuesday. The first one was an uncontested reverse, something James can do in his sleep. But the second one, an alley-oop where James really had…

  5. J.R. Smith says he’d prefer to be a starter

    Oct 15, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award coming off the bench for the Knicks last season, and was an important reason why the team was potent enough to finish with the second best record in the East. This season, however, Smith would like a new challenge. From Ian Begley of ESPN New…

  6. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Last season: The Warriors ultimately overachieved when all was said and done in 2013, getting to the second round of the playoffs and taking the eventual Western Conference champion Spurs to six games before their season was ended. For a sixth seed entering the playoffs with just 47 wins and having to go through the…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Last season: It was supposed to be yet another year spent contending for a championship for a storied Lakers franchise that already has 16 of them. L.A. loaded up with free agent talent in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and was on paper the team most believed would stand in the way of a second straight…

  8. Nick Young becomes second Lakers player victimized by toboggan at Great Wall of China (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    young sled

    It’s one thing for the NBA to send its teams abroad to promote the game internationally, but it’s quite another for the players to engage in such dangerous local attractions. Apparently the Great Wall of China isn’t just something you stroll across, but it also features a toboggan run that you can sled down at…

  9. Dwight Howard finishes a couple of alley-oops in Taiwan exhibition (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

    Jeremy Lin wasn’t the only one putting on a show in the Rockets’ preseason win over the Pacers in Taiwan. Dwight Howard finished a couple of alley-oop dunks, the second one being the more impressive of the two on the pass from Terrence Jones and the quick hops from Howard to catch it and finish.…

  10. Report: Corey Maggette will retire if he doesn’t make Spurs roster

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Corey Maggette has played 14 NBA seasons, and has been known throughout his career as a talented offensive player with an above average ability to get to the free throw line. After a frustrating year in Detroit, Maggette received a training camp invite from the Spurs, though with the team already committed to 14 guaranteed…

  11. Nuggets’ Andre Miller believes he can play until he’s 40

    Oct 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Andre Miller is entering his 15th NBA season, and he’s always been considered one of the highest-IQ players at his position. His “old man game” is fun to watch in an entirely different way than say, Nuggets starting point guard Ty Lawson, given Miller’s style that has him using his brain far more often than…

  12. Chris Paul explains latest move made in the Jordan CP3.VII (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    chris paul players union president

    Jordan Brand launched Chris Paul‘s latest signature shoe this week, the CP3.VII. In the video clip above, Paul tries explaining a “riquickulous” move he made in his new sneakers, but as you can see, it gets a little convoluted since it all happened so fast. There are a couple more spots that are similarly-themed, including…

  13. Scottie Pippen says there’s ‘no doubt’ that Derrick Rose will win a championship with Bulls

    Oct 13, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen knows about NBA championships. He won six of them playing alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, and now serves the team as Special Advisor to the President & COO. Pippen was in Brazil with the Bulls as part of the team’s participation in the league’s Global Games, and believes there are more championships…

  14. Carmelo Anthony says he took a ‘huge risk’ by not having offseason surgery to repair injured shoulder

    Oct 13, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony played through a partially-torn labrum in his left shoulder for the entire second round of the Knicks’ playoff series against the Pacers. The injury appeared to occur in Game 5 during the first round against the Celtics. Anthony was affected by it off and on, but was able to increase his scoring output…

  15. Chris Kaman injures finger tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    The Lakers are in China as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, with two preseason games on tap against the Golden State Warriors. Part of the excursion involves the team taking in some of the sights, although Chris Kaman seemed to get a little too aggressive with one of the attractions, and wound up…

  16. DeAndre Jordan gets loose for the fast break slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    DeAndre Jordan is going to be possibly the most important player for the Clippers this season. Doc Rivers has already tabbed him as being part of the team’s so-called Big Three along with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, and Rivers has been grooming Jordan to use his athleticism to anchor the defense much in the…

  17. Derrick Rose says he could’ve played through knee soreness that kept him out of Brazil exhibition

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose sat out of the Bulls’ preseason game against the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Team personnel made sure to point out that this was simply a precautionary measure; there was nothing structurally wrong with Rose’s knee, and no MRI was scheduled. Rose…

  18. Jazz rookie Trey Burke suffers broken finger in preseason loss to Clippers

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:46 PM EDT

    trey burke finger

    Utah Jazz rookie Trey Burke suffered a fractured right index finger during the first quarter of his team’s preseason loss to the Clippers on Saturday. Burke sustained the injury midway through the first quarter, but returned with the finger taped and played a few more minutes early in the second before team trainers pulled the…

  19. Al Jefferson targets season opener for return from sprained ankle

    Oct 12, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    It didn’t look good at all when All Jefferson had to be helped from the floor after suffering a sprained ankle during the Bobcats’ preseason game against the Heat on Friday. A day later, the severity was confirmed, with Jefferson in a walking boot and targeting a return to the floor for the regular season…

  20. Andrew Bogut cautious about believing the hype surrounding Warriors

    Oct 12, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    The Warriors overachieved last year by reaching the second round of the playoffs, and did so without a full complement of healthy players. The expectations are even higher entering this season, with the addition of Andre Iguodala in free agency and most of the key pieces anticipated to be 100 percent by the time the…

  21. Greg Oden cleared for full practice, could play for Heat in preseason

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    When Miami took a chance on signing Greg Oden this offseason, the plan was to bring him along slowly, with the hope that he’d be healthy enough to contribute at some point before the postseason run to a third straight title began. All indications now are that he’ll be ready much, much sooner than was…

  22. Derrick Rose to sit out Bulls’ preseason game in Brazil due to knee soreness

    Oct 12, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose attends a practice ahead of NBA Global Games Rio 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

    Derrick Rose looked great in his return to NBA action last week, showing every bit of the trademark speed and explosiveness we remembered seeing from the former MVP when he was last on the court almost 18 months prior. Rose was out for so long due to needing extended time to rehab from a torn…

  23. Dwight Howard says ‘it doesn’t matter’ who starts at point guard for Rockets

    Oct 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Rockets with Dwight Howard are going to be one of the more fascinating teams to watch as we enter the upcoming NBA season. With the drama of where Howard will play finally behind us for the first time in two years, and with the former Defensive Player of the Year expected to be 100…

  24. Royce White makes preseason debut for Sixers

    Oct 12, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Royce White

    The Royce White saga entered a new chapter on Friday, when the troubled former first round draft pick of the Rockets made his debut for the Sixers. Although it was only the preseason, it marked the first time White had played NBA minutes this year (he did play in the preseason last year). He struggled…

  25. Harrison Barnes likely to miss Warriors’ next two preseason games in China due to foot injury

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    barnes white sleeved

    Harrison Barnes started 81 games as a rookie for the Warriors last season, and his explosiveness and athleticism on both ends of the floor were among the reasons the team exceeded expectations by getting to the second round of the playoffs. Health has been an ongoing concern in Golden State in recent years, so with…

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