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  1. Evan Turner thought he’d be traded from Sixers this summer

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    There’s no question that the Philadelphia 76ers are in the first year of a full-fledged rebuilding situation, with the franchise essentially starting from scratch. They have a new GM in Sam Hinkie, and didn’t even bother to hire a new head coach in Brett Brown until August — well after the draft had already taken…

  2. Roy Hibbert’s chance of joining USA Basketball appears to be a long shot

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    We brought you the news of Roy Hibbert working behind the scenes to cut through a tremendous amount of red tape in an effort that, if successful, would give him the opportunity to play for Team USA in international basketball competition. The problem is that Hibbert once played for Jamaica, and although he was born…

  3. Pau Gasol, Steve Nash to sit out Lakers’ preseason opener vs. Warriors

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Pau Gasol of Spain, watch the Lakers play against Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Lakers had all the talent in the world last year on paper, but as was well-chronicled just about everywhere, the season ultimately was a complete disaster that saw the team barely sneak into the playoffs before being swept in the first round. A lack of chemistry with a certain center who shall not be…

  4. Roy Hibbert trying to find a workaround to join USA Basketball

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Roy Hibbert was absent from this summer’s USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, but only because he isn’t eligible to play. Hibbert has suited up for Jamaica in the past, making the mutual desire for him to be a part of team USA going forward difficult, at best. But Hibbert seems intent on getting the…

  5. Warriors’ owner says team was ‘a lot closer than people realize’ to landing Dwight Howard in free agency

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    Before ultimately deciding to sign with the Rockets, Dwight Howard met with four other teams in free agency — the Lakers, the Mavericks, the Hawks, and the Warriors. No one on the outside truly believed that Howard would end up anywhere but Houston or Los Angeles, and Golden State especially appeared to be a long…

  6. Brandon Jennings fires back at Larry Sanders: ‘I had to take those shots’

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders have traded comments through the media recently, with the former teammates each seeming to take a little bit of a shot at the other. It began with relatively innocuous remarks from Jennings that seemed more like excitement to play with the likes of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe…

  7. Isiah Thomas regrets walking off the floor without shaking hands following ’91 playoff loss to Jordan’s Bulls

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    isiah Thomas

    In the ’80s and early ’90s, the Eastern Conference featured dominant teams that managed to stay on top for several seasons before being dethroned by the next in line. The Celtics had the East on lockdown, before finally being unseated by the Detroit Pistons. The Bad Boys era led by Isiah Thomas yielded back-to-back NBA…

  8. Brian Shaw wants Nuggets to play ‘smashmouth basketball’

    Oct 3, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    The Nuggets were largely considered to be underachievers during the bulk of George Karl’s nine years as the team’s head coach. But would you consider those teams to have been “soft?” It’s a nebulous term at best, but Denver’s new head coach, Brian Shaw, wants to make sure it no longer applies. He’s trying to…

  9. O.J. Mayo tells his side of the story of playing one-on-one with Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    As part of a wide-ranging interview to promote the release of NBA 2K14, Michael Jordan said a lot of semi-interesting things that became newsworthy. One of the more entertaining stories Jordan told was one of a young O.J. Mayo, fresh out of high school, attending Jordan’s camp and immediately beginning to engage the legend in…

  10. J.R. Smith blames postseason struggles on his upsetting of ‘the NBA gods’

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith has had a rough go of things, on and off the court, ever since a single boneheaded decision he made during Game 3 of the Knicks’ first round playoff series against the Celtics. With his team leading by 19 points at the time and well on their way to a 3-0 lead in…

  11. Nets GM says Brooklyn’s championship window is ‘this season’

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    The Nets have maybe the most stacked starting lineup in the entire league, after adding Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to a roster that already has Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez firmly in place. Making major offseason moves and spending close to $200 million on payroll and luxury tax penalties for a single…

  12. PBT Roundtable: Is NBA returning to 2-2-1-1-1 Finals format a good idea?

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: Is the NBA’s likely return to a 2-2-1-1-1 format for the NBA Finals (instead of the 2-3-2 that has been in place since 1985) a good idea? Kurt Helin: I like it, but I don’t…

  13. Dwyane Wade regrets 2002 surgery which he says led to knee problems throughout his NBA career

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade

    Dwyane Wade is one of the NBA’s all-time greatest to ever play at the shooting guard position, and the knee issues he’s dealt with throughout his career makes that achievement all the more remarkable. Wade powered through his problems to help the Heat win a second straight title last June, and even had his knee…

  14. Greg Oden goes through his first NBA practice in four years with Heat

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The Heat will not place any expectations at all on the fragile psyche of Greg Oden this season, at last not publicly. There will continue to be no timetable for his return to games that count, but Miami signed him for a reason. If the gamble pays off, the Heat will have a big and…

  15. New Knicks GM Mills says he won’t be bringing back Isiah Thomas

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    The conventional thinking surrounding the Knicks surprising front office shakeup just days before the start of training camp was that it was done to ensure the proper person was in place who could make the moves necessary to make sure Carmelo Anthony doesn’t choose to leave in free agency next summer. Whether or not new…

  16. ‘The Basketball Jones’ no more, NBA TV crew welcomes ‘The Starters’ to the family (VIDEO)

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

    ernie johnson the starters

    The crew from “The Basketball Jones” had already made it to the big time by securing a regular gig on Canadian television, as well as having their popular podcast at one point being distributed on the Grantland network. Their latest move to the Turner family as part of NBA TV’s coverage should only help push…

  17. LeBron James tops NBA’s worldwide jersey sales list

    Oct 2, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is coming off of back-to-back NBA titles and consecutive regular season MVP awards, while being widely recognized as the best basketball player on the planet. That last part was recently hammered home from a global popularity standpoint, as well. LeBron topped the league’s worldwide jersey sales list, in figures released on Wednesday. From…

  18. NBA makes new League Pass features official, all nationally televised games now archived

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    nba league pass

    When the NBA posted the list of features for its League Pass offering this season, a couple of new ones immediately caught the attention of the hardcore fans that routinely pay for the privilege of watching every game during the regular season. A limitation in the past was the lack of nationally televised games available,…

  19. Michael Beasley’s latest plan: ‘I’m not going to be looking at not making mistakes or trying not to mess up’

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    The Michael Beasley experiment is officially underway in Miami, after the Suns negotiated a buyout of his contract following a disappointing first season in Phoenix that came along with it some off-the-court legal troubles that helped make the franchise’s decision to part ways with the troubled forward a little bit easier. Beasley is being given…

  20. Marcin Gortat feels like Suns may trade him this season

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat

    There’s no disputing that the Suns are in the beginning stages of a full-fledged rebuild as they enter the upcoming season, and given the changes in the front office and on the bench, everyone in Phoenix seems to be just fine with that. This includes Marcin Gortat, a six-year NBA veteran who finds himself in…

  21. J.R. Smith admits delaying knee surgery until after he signed new contract with Knicks

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith took home the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season, and was an important piece to a Knicks team that finished the season with the second best record in the East, behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. But he hasn’t exactly been doing things to ingratiate himself to the fan…

  22. Chris Kaman discusses the perils of playing on a one-year contract

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    As the Lakers rounded out their veteran roster with a few key free agents this summer, they targeted experienced players who could still produce, but who for one reason or another were willing to sign on for one-year deals. Chris Kaman was one of those, a 10-year veteran seven-footer who can put up more than…

  23. Derrick Rose reminds us that ‘basketball is everything’ in latest adidas spot (VIDEO)

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    Derrick Rose has been consistent in his message throughout his video spots with adidas, and this latest clip is no exception. Rose reminds us that after family, basketball is everything to him, and all the things that come with it — the money, the fame, and the lifestyle — will never have anything to do…

  24. Carmelo Anthony says there’s no pressure on Andrea Bargnani because it’s all on him

    Oct 1, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    When the Raptors traded away Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks this summer, the team not only rid themselves of a large contract that would hinder their rebuilding project, but they successfully performed an exorcism of sorts of a demon that’s haunted the team since 2006. Bargnani never lived up to being the number one overall…

  25. Channing Frye on his return to Suns: ‘I never felt like I was done’

    Sep 30, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Channing Frye

    PHOENIX – The big news out of Suns media day on Monday was the team making official what Channing Frye had announced personally the night before: that he has been cleared to play by a multitude of physicians, and will be back on the active roster beginning immediately. “There’s a lot of weird feelings going…

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