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  1. Report: Kobe didn’t tell Mike D’Antoni he was leaving the country for medical treatment

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

    The news broke a few days ago that Kobe Bryant was once again heading to Germany to receive a special treatment on his knee in order to help him be as right as possible whenever his rehab from a torn Achilles allows him to return to the court at some point this season. Bryant’s every…

  2. Dwight Howard records first blocked shot with Rockets (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

    We could have brought you video of Dwight Howard scoring his first bucket as a member of the Houston Rockets, but considering his defensive impact will be far more important to the ultimate fortunes of his new franchise, a blocked shot seems much more appropriate. It didn’t take long for Howard to make his presence…

  3. Tyreke Evans leaves with an ankle sprain in preseason debut with Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    PELICANS TYREKE EVANS

    The Pelicans signed Tyreke Evans to a large free agent contract this summer, so obviously the last thing they want to see is the player they just invested in go down with an injury in the first game of the preseason. Evans landed awkwardly after hitting a shot in the lane early in the second…

  4. Blazers rookie C.J. McCollum breaks foot in practice, out indefinitely

    Oct 5, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    CJ McCollum

    The Portland Trail Blazers aren’t exactly the luckiest franchise when it comes to injuries suffered by its rookie players. That unfortunate tradition continued, with the team’s PR staff announcing on Saturday that C.J. McCollum will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken bone in his left foot that will require surgery. From Erik Gundersen of…

  5. Derrick Rose’s first basket in preseason return against Pacers (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The wait is over. Derrick Rose returned to the court for the first time in almost 18 months on Saturday, playing as part of the starting lineup for the Bulls in the team’s preseason opener against the Pacers. Rose started off slowly, initiating the offense and preferring to observe his teammates go to work during…

  6. Doc Rivers says he didn’t want Clippers to trade DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    At one point during the prolonged and somewhat messy divorce between Doc Rivers and the Celtics that resulted in the veteran head coach landing in Los Angeles to coach the Clippers, a “side deal” was in place that would have sent DeAndre Jordan to Boston in exchange for Kevin Garnett. The league doesn’t allow multi-step…

  7. Kevin Durant with the monster jam in Thunder’s preseason opener (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts after a missed point against the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference semi-finals of the NBA playoffs in Memphis

    The Thunder came away with a 95-82 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker in the team’s preseason opener played in Istanbul on Saturday, and not surprisingly, Kevin Durant came away with the game’s signature highlight. The explosive jam right down the middle of the lane was impressive, even by Durant’s standards. Durant led all scorers, finishing with…

  8. Dwyane Wade ‘concerned’ about money being a factor in Heat Big Three’s free agent decision

    Oct 5, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The Heat’s star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are doing their best to avoid talking about next summer’s free agent decision that all three players will be faced with, but inevitably, the questions keep coming, and so do some answers. When they signed their Miami contracts in 2010, the group all…

  9. Joakim Noah to miss ‘first couple’ preseason games due to injury

    Oct 5, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The Bulls open their preseason schedule Saturday in Indiana against the Pacers, and all eyes will be on Derrick Rose as he returns to action for the fist time in almost 18 months. Rose won’t be playing alongside his team’s full compliment of players, however, as Joakim Noah will be sidelined due to injury. From…

  10. Wizards owner says he won’t allow players to use injuries as an excuse

    Oct 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    John Wall, Ted Leonsis

    The Wizards have suffered far more than their fair share of injuries recently, making it difficult to climb out of the five-year funk that has let the team out of the postseason picture. This year is no exception, with Emeka Okafor and Chris Singleton already sidelined. But they aren’s exactly John Wall and Nene, who…

  11. Kendrick Perkins dislocates finger, tries to fix it himself (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    perkins

    The Thunder opened the NBA’s 2013 preseason schedule on Saturday morning, playing Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul as part of the Global Games that will see teams play eight preseason games in eight cities, in six countries and territories. Oklahoma City was already without Russell Westbrook, who will now miss at least the first month of the…

  12. Tyson Chandler motivated by getting his ‘a– kicked’ by Roy Hibbert in the playoffs

    Oct 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks made it to the second round of the playoffs, only to be bounced from the postseason by a very tough Pacers team in a six-game series. Tyson Chandler was wholeheartedly outplayed by Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, due in part to injury and illness which limited his ability to perform at that late stage of…

  13. Shannon Brown finds Gerald Green off the backboard for the slam at Suns training camp (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    gerald green cupcake

    We’re finally through the long offseason, to the point where we have actual basketball to talk about. And this play involving Shannon Brown and Gerald Green from Suns training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona is certainly worth sharing. So many times we see video clips of a simple highlight, and that, as they say, is that.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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