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  1. Doc Rivers explains decision to cover up Lakers’ championship banners

    Oct 24, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    clippers banners

    The Clippers made some news over the past week or so when they decided to make some interior design decisions that affected (tangentially) their Staples Center roommates. The Lakers and Clippers both play their home games in L.A.’s downtown arena, and the Lakers have a history of achievement that is proudly displayed on one of…

  2. Thunder’s Reggie Jackson has no idea how to guard Derrick Rose (VIDEO)

    Oct 24, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    This is a prime example of how deadly Derrick Rose can be off the dribble with his speed and ability to change direction at a moment’s notice. Reggie Jackson of the Thunder simply has no idea what to do with Rose here, and gets completely turned around before being simply stopped in his tracks. The…

  3. Blazers’ Wesley Matthews experiences irregular heartbeat, listed as day-to-day

    Oct 24, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    If the Blazers are to have any chance at a long shot playoff berth this season, they’ll need a healthy Wesley Matthews starting at the two for as much of the campaign as possible. Matthews experienced an irregular heartbeat during practice on Wednesday, however, and at the moment is listed as being day-to-day. The team’s official…

  4. Greg Oden plays first NBA minutes in almost 4 years, dunks the first time he gets the ball (VIDEO)

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden hasn’t played NBA minutes since December 5, 2009 — a span of 1,418 days. (That figure is via Ben Golliver at SI.com, who personally lived through the Oden nightmare in Portland, so we’ll take his word for it.) Oden was picked up by the Miami Heat this summer, on a one-year minimum deal…

  5. LeBron, Wade with dueling bounce passes that lead to the fast break slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    If you’re wondering why LeBron James is going to sit out the Heat’s final preseason game against the Nets on Friday with Dwyane Wade not yet committed but likely to do the same, this highlight from Wednesday night’s action against New Orleans will likely give you some indication. Wade’s looked great in the couple of…

  6. Harrison Barnes expected to be ready for Warriors’ season opener

    Oct 23, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    Harrison Barnes had a fantastic rookie campaign for the Warriors — if there’s any doubt, go through the team’s top 10 plays from last season and then we can have a conversation. This year, with the addition of Andre Iguodala, Barnes is likely headed to a sixth man role, at least initially. Iguodala makes too…

  7. Report: Perceived potential for media attention keeping Jason Collins from an NBA roster

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston

    Jason Collins played 12 largely anonymous NBA seasons, and will likely end up being known more for an announcement involving his sexuality rather than for his contributions on the basketball court. Collins announced he was gay shortly after his season ended in April, but has yet to be signed by another team for the upcoming…

  8. Report: Nuggets gauging trade value of Kenneth Faried

    Oct 22, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    The Nuggets are a team in transition. After parting ways with their head coach and general manager in the offseason, they also watched Andre Iguodala leave to sign with the Warriors in free agency. (OK, technically it was a sign-and-trade, but that was purely mechanical.) The plan in Denver is unclear at the moment, so…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Last season: The Rockets began the year with the somewhat surprising trade for James Harden — surprising because of the Thunder’s choice to deal him so soon instead of pursuing a title with him in place for one more season. It was the right call on Houston’s part, as Harden immediately turned into the offensive…

  10. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season: The Spurs finished with the second best record in the Western Conference, and blew through the playoffs with a 12-2 record (including sweeps against the Lakers in the first round and the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals) before facing the Heat in the NBA Finals. The series was one for the ages, with…

  11. Ricky Rubio finds Nikola Pekovic for the impressive spinning assist (VIDEO)

    Oct 20, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio has a flair for the game that makes him exciting to watch, even as purists see plenty of areas where he needs to improve in order to become a more complete NBA player. That won’t stop us from enjoying this preseason highlight, however, where Rubio uses a behind-the-back dribble to get past a…

  12. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks admits ‘embarrassment’ over recent domestic incident

    Oct 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks

    The Pistons hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach this summer, but before he was able to coach a single game of meaning, the former player was forced to deal with a domestic dispute situation that involved questioning by police. The details, like most in these types of situations, were relatively ugly. And although Cheeks wasn’t…

  13. Nick Young calls Clippers covering up Lakers championship banners at Staples Center ‘disrespectful’

    Oct 20, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    Lakers.com

    We knew this was coming. After the Clippers redecorated Staples Center by putting up large images of their own players over the space on the wall where all of the Lakers’ championship banners and retired jerseys reside, comments from the Lakers were to be expected. But most, wisely, couldn’t care less about how the Clippers…

  14. Tracy McGrady says he considered using performance enhancing drugs

    Oct 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tracy-McGrady-looks-toward-the-future.-Getty-Images

    Tracy McGrady retired this summer following a 15-year NBA career that will in all likelihood land him in the Hall of Fame. There was a point in McGrady’s journey, however, where injuries started to cloud how well he could perform long before he decided to hang ‘em up. And there was a time where he…

  15. Bill Russell releases statement apologizing for handgun incident at Seattle airport

    Oct 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bill Russell, David Stern

    NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested on Friday after bringing a handgun into a prohibited area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. All of the details make it seem like this was nothing more than an honest mistake — the 79-year old was stopped after security officials found a handgun in his carry-on bag, but Russell had…

  16. Jeff Ayres says Heat players were ‘trying to take out his knees’ during preseason game vs. Spurs

    Oct 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Jeff Ayres (formerly Jeff Pendergraph) played for the Indiana Pacers last season, a team that took the eventual champion Heat to seven games during the Eastern Conference Finals. In the final game of the series, with the score out of hand and the contest having already been decided, Ayres got into a shoving match with…

  17. Paul Pierce doesn’t want Deron Williams to return until he’s 100 percent

    Oct 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The plan all along was for Deron Williams to miss the majority of the preseason for the Nets after suffering a sprained ankle, but to be ready to go by the time the regular season begins on October 30. But Williams has been slow to recover, and after dealing with ankle issues that limited him…

  18. Kenyon Martin questionable for Knicks season opener

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    The Knicks may, at some point this season, get to the point where they’re playing at the same level or better than the team was last year when it finished with the second best record in the Eastern Conference. But the lack of frontcourt depth is likely to cause some trouble, at least in the…

  19. Spurs coach Popovich speaks out against baseline photographers

    Oct 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Tony Parker left the Spurs’ preseason game against the Heat on Saturday after hitting his finger on the camera of a photographer seated along the baseline. There was no serious injury sustained, but it gave Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yet another opportunity to publicly speak out against various arena personnel being stationed so close…

  20. Dwyane Wade embarrasses Tim Duncan with the Eurostep (VIDEO)

    Oct 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade drives past Bulls' Gibson during the sceond quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    LeBron James may have sat out of Saturday’s preseason game against the Spurs, but Dwyane Wade did more than enough to make sure his team came away with the win. The Spurs may not have been all that motivated against a LeBron-less Heat team in a meaningless contest, but Wade had plenty of incentive to…

  21. LeBron sits out Heat’s preseason game vs. Spurs

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The last time the Heat and the Spurs played in Miami, it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals last June, in a contest that meant the world to each respective franchise. When they met again for the first time since then in a preseason contest in Miami on Saturday, the game meant absolutely nothing.…

  22. Amar’e Stoudemire cleared for contact, Woodson hopes he’ll be ready for Knicks season opener

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    This must be what coaches mean when listing a player’s status as “day-to-day.” On Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire had not yet been cleared for contact. On Saturday, he was cleared, and practiced with the Knicks in half-court situations. From Ian Begley of ESPN New York: Stoudemire was cleared for contact and participated in half-court drills Saturday.…

  23. Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich out with concussion suffered in preseason win vs. Pacers

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich is out for at least a few days after suffering a concussion during the Bulls’ preseason win over the Pacers on Friday. From Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago: “He’s out. He has a concussion,” Thibodeau said after Saturday’s practice. “Not sure (how long he’ll be out). Probably a couple days.” Thibodeau acknowledged that…

  24. Lavoy Allen oversleeps, misses Sixers practice

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Lavoy Allen, Chris Andersen

    It’s going to be a long season in Philadelphia. When factoring in injuries, the roster features one of the worst overall collections of NBA talent that we’ve seen in quite some time; it could be argued fairly easily that an expansion team would have better luck putting together a squad capable of winning more games…

  25. Nets coach Kidd confirms Pierce and Garnett won’t play preseason game in Boston

    Oct 19, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Nets face the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday in what is one of two remaining preseason games on the team’s schedule. But Jason Kidd won’t be using it to get a look at some of his better lineups in action a week before the regular season begins, because two of his starters will be…

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