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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  2. Dwight Howard explains in detail his reasons for leaving Lakers to join Rockets

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Both the Lakers and the Rockets have opened their training camps for the upcoming season, which means the summer’s drama involving Dwight Howard and his free agent decision is now officially behind us. At media day in Houston, Howard made the cold but realistic statement that he left the Lakers because he wanted to win…

  3. Sixers’ managing owner defends decision to trade for Andrew Bynum

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    When the Sixers traded for Andrew Bynum before the beginning of last season, it appeared to be a calculated risk worth taking at the time. Bynum was coming off of an All-Star season where he averaged a career-best 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, and despite his history of injury, the team wasn’t going anywhere with…

  4. Report: Amar’e Stoudemire underwent knee surgery this summer

    Sep 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Amar’e Stoudemire appeared in just 29 games for the Knicks a season ago due to undergoing two separate procedures on his knees. It was thought that a summer with minimal basketball activity might have him rested and ready to play a bigger role, but now comes word that Stoudemire had surgery one more time back in…

  5. Doc Rivers admits he ‘didn’t want to go through a rebuild’ with Celtics

    Sep 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    The separation between Doc Rivers and the Celtics was anything but a clean break. The back-and-forth about an on-again, off-again deal that would land Boston some compensation for letting him out of his contract to join the Clippers dragged on publicly for far too long, before Rivers eventually landed in Los Angeles, albeit with sore…

  6. Kevin Durant’s top 10 plays of 2012-13 season (VIDEO)

    Sep 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant turned 25 years old on Sunday, and it’s hard to believe he’s entering his seventh NBA season. This mix of his top plays from last year is absolutely ridiculous — from the handles, to the dunks, to the acrobatic finishes and long-range shooting, it’s possible we’ve never seen a player who possesses Durant’s…

  7. No contract extension expected for Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    As Tyrone Corbin enters his fourth season as head coach of the Jazz, a layer of uncertainty lies underneath an already challenging situation. Utah is in a full-fledged rebuild, meaning that the job Corbin does won’t be able to be properly judged by wins and losses given the collection of young talent in place on…

  8. Report: Heat finalizing contract extension with head coach Erik Spoelstra

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The leadership in NBA front offices can often make questionable decisions that are tough to understand by those on the outside. But choosing to extend the contract of a young head coach that has led your franchise to back-to-back titles is about as easy as it gets. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Two-time NBA…

  9. Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin says his pet snake ‘escaped’ and he doesn’t know where it is (VIDEO)

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Seraphin

    Part of the fun of media day in the NBA is the random looks we get into the personal lives of some of the players. Kevin Seraphin of the Wizards gave us a glimpse of what he’s into, and it apparently involves owning a pet snake. Or should we say, “owned.” Because Seraphin no longer…

  10. Kobe Bryant says there’s no timetable for his return

    Sep 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    As the Lakers opened training camp with media day on Saturday, the first questions posed to Kobe Bryant were ones about his recovery from the torn Achilles injury he suffered back in April near the end of the regular season. Bryant seemed to be in good spirits, and is feeling optimistic about the way his…

  11. Heat announce hiring of Juwan Howard as assistant coach

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons against the Miami Heat 03/22/2013

    Juwan Howard has been a member of the Miami Heat for the past three seasons, although last year he appeared in just seven games for the team, all in the regular season. Howard’s impact was made with his veteran presence, most notably in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Pacers when he…

  12. John Wall says Wizards need to win for him to become an All-Star

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall received a max contract extension from the Wizards this summer that will see him earn $80 million over the next five years. Now that he’s being paid like an All-Star, it’s time for him to go out and actually perform well enough to deserve the honor. Wall was limited to just 49 games…

  13. Russell Westbrook says Thunder don’t need to fill James Harden’s slot

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, James Harden

    At the time the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, the thinking in OKC was that if they were never going to come to terms on a contract extension, then the team might as well get something in return for its most dynamic scorer off the bench. History, however, will not be kind to…

  14. Kobe Bryant on Dwight Howard leaving Lakers: ‘Honestly, man, I don’t really give a s—’

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers held their annual media day to open training camp on Saturday, and before the team could move forward to the business of the upcoming season, a question forced Kobe Bryant to take one final look at the one that just passed. Asked about his surprise level when Dwight Howard chose to leave L.A.…

  15. Otto Porter limited on first day of Wizards training camp due to injury

    Sep 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Otto Porter

    Otto Porter was selected by the Wizards with the third overall pick in this summer’s draft, but injuries have kept the team from seeing what he might be able to contribute during his rookie campaign. Porter barely played in the Las Vegas Summer League, and was far from impressive in the limited time he was…

  16. Derrick Rose on his return: ‘I think I’m going to play the same way’

    Sep 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose speaks to the media at the start of the team's training camp at the Berto Arena in Chicago, Illinois

    It’s been almost 18 months since we’ve gotten a look at the speed, athleticism, and overall explosiveness that Derrick Rose is uniquely able to showcase on the basketball court. His comeback is upon us, however, with training camp now open and Chicago’s first preseason game set for Oct. 5 in Indiana against the Pacers. And…

  17. Harrison Barnes hopes to participate in this year’s dunk contest

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    Harrison Barnes had more than his fair share of amazing slam dunk highlights during his rookie season with the Warriors — just check out the clip above, or this collection of the team’s best plays from last year for visual confirmation. It’s rare that we get the best in-game dunkers wanting to participate in All-Star…

  18. Rockets unveil state-of-the-art new locker room (VIDEO)

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    rockets locker room

    Most would agree that the Rockets were the biggest winners in free agency this summer, inking one of the game’s best all-around players in Dwight Howard to a five-year deal that puts them in the championship conversation for the upcoming season. The franchise apparently decided to go all-in with their facilities too, and unveiled a…

  19. Luol Deng would rather not talk about the contract extension he isn’t getting from Bulls

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    deng

    Luol Deng is a two-time All-Star who’s embedded himself as an important part of the identity of the Chicago Bulls. Entering the final year of his contract, however, the team seems willing to let the season play out without securing him to a long-term extension. Speaking at the team’s media day on Friday, Deng didn’t…

  20. Steve Nash open to taking games off to rest during regular season

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Now that Grant Hill has retired and the playing days of Kurt Thomas similarly appear to be behind him, the players whose birthdays are just a day apart no longer top the list of the league’s oldest players. The honor now belongs to Steve Nash, and if he wasn’t aware of it before, he is…

  21. Sixers’ Evan Turner caught swearing on media day live stream (VIDEO)

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    evan turner media day

    Normally we run video at the top of a post, but because of a certain 12-letter word uttered in this particular clip that makes it noteworthy, we’re going to give you the requisite warnings up front. If you’re at all bothered by swear words, especially the one that rhymes with “rubber trucker,” then this clip…

  22. Warriors unveil white alternate short sleeved jersey for 2013-14 season

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    barnes white sleeved

    The Warriors were the first team to wear the new short sleeved NBA jerseys in games that counted last season, and while as many as 20 teams may join that trend this year, Golden State will remain in the group, albeit with a new-look version. Last season’s yellow look is no more, as the team…

  23. Omer Asik won’t comment on trade demand, will ‘see how it goes’ playing with Dwight Howard

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    dwight asik

    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made it very clear earlier this week that he has no interest in Omer Asik‘s feelings about Dwight Howard now being in Houston. “I haven’t had an opportunity to talk with him about all that, but Daryl (Morey’s) job is to try to improve the team,” McHale told the Houston…

  24. Russell Westbrook ‘not sure’ if he’ll be ready to return for start of season

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook hasn’t yet been cleared for basketball activities, and during the Thunder’s media day on Friday, said he was uncertain about when he’ll be able to return — which means he doesn’t yet know if he’ll miss the start of the regular season on Oct. 30. From Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: When asked…

  25. Report: DeMarcus Cousins gets his 4-year max contract extension with Kings

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The new ownership of the Sacramento Kings has made it clear that they want to build their franchise around DeMarcus Cousins (have fun with that), and a player with his skill set, despite his considerable baggage, will command in the neighborhood of a max contract when the time comes. Talks were reportedly underway this week,…

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