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  1. Report: Gordon Hayward, Jazz remain far apart in contract talks with deadline approaching

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    The deadline for teams to agree to contract extensions with players in the final year of their rookie contracts is Oct. 31, and Gordon Hayward is someone that the Jazz would like to lock up with a long-term deal before that date passes. Utah already signed big man Derrick Favors to an extension worth $49…

  2. Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol engage in preseason shoving match (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The first quarter of the Rockets’ preseason finale against the Grizzlies on Friday was far more eventful than the team would have liked. Early on, James Harden left the game with a knee contusion after being fouled on a three-point attempt by Quincy Pondexter. He did not return, although the injury was not believed to…

  3. Wizards keep playoff goal intact by trading injured Okafor for a healthy Gortat

    Oct 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Patrick Patterson

    WASHINGTON –¬†Sometimes trades instinctively bring out the head scratcher in all of us. The Wizards acquiring center Marcin Gortat isn’t one of those times. Washington hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2008. Unlike teams that bailed on the upcoming season to ensure a lottery finish, the Wizards have shaped their John Wall-led roster with the goal…

  4. Jazz announce signing of Jamaal Tinsley

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre

    In a move that has been somewhat expected for a while now, the Jazz announced the signing of free agent point guard Jamaal Tinsley on Saturday. Trey Burke was of course supposed to be the starting point guard in Utah, after the team selected him with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft. But…

  5. Deron Williams hits 3 three-pointers in a span of 67 seconds in his preseason debut (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Norris Cole, Chris Andersen

    It wasn’t that long ago that Deron Williams was considered as questionable for the Nets’ season opener, but after seeing him get his first action of the preseason on Friday, it would now be a surprise if he wasn’t in the starting lineup when Brooklyn visits Cleveland to begin the regular season on Wednesday. Williams…

  6. Kobe Bryant ruled out of Lakers season opener as expected

    Oct 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    kobe crutches game 4 ovation

    Considering the fact that Kobe Bryant hasn’t yet been able to run at full speed, can’t yet fully push off of his healing Achilles, and hasn’t gone through anything close to a full practice, the news that he won’t be back in time for the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday against the Clippers shouldn’t exactly…

  7. Chris Smith, brother of J.R. Smith, says he ‘earned’ Knicks roster spot

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith

    Chris Smith is getting a roster spot with the Knicks, and his contract of $490,000 will become fully guaranteed for this season if he remains there by the time Wednesday’s opening night is upon us. It’s been widely speculated (and essentially assumed) that Smith is on the team because his brother, J.R. Smith, made it…

  8. J.R. Smith beats the 3rd quarter buzzer by sinking a halfcourt shot (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    J.R. Smith was in midseason form on Friday, both in terms of his shooting ability as well as his performance in celebrating his accomplishments. Smith pulled up from just inside of halfcourt at the third quarter buzzer, and launched a three-pointer that looked good from the moment he let it go. And yes, the celebration…

  9. Report: Lakers have begun contract extension talks with Kobe Bryant

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Kobe Bryant is in the final year of his current deal with the Lakers, and he would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014 if nothing is done to retain his services before then. Of course, no one believes that Bryant will finish his career in anything other than a Lakers jersey.…

  10. Bucks’ new court too slippery, preseason game vs. Raptors canceled midway through first quarter

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan, O.J. Mayo

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design this offseason, one that gave a nod to the artistic look of the one at the old Mecca many years ago. But the team may have focused too much on looks and not enough on functionality, at least initially. The surface was deemed too slippery to play upon,…

  11. James Harden leaves Rockets preseason game after suffering knee contusion (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    James Harden left the Rockets’ preseason finale against the Grizzlies on Friday after suffering a bruised right knee just seven minutes in. The play, as seen in the video clip above, occurred when Quincy Ponder fouled Harden on a three-point attempt. The rest of the details, from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Harden stayed…

  12. Kevin Durant responds to ‘prediction’ he’ll leave Thunder in free agency

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony all have the ability to opt out of their current deals to become unrestricted free agents following the upcoming season. There have only been very minor rumblings surrounding these star players, however, because even the inquisitive media members hoping for a story know that there is…

  13. Dirk Nowitzki discusses his one-legged fadeaway (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki has become famous for his go-to move, the one-legged fadeaway shot that’s simply impossible for defenders to guard. It’s so good that Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are among the current players who have paid the utmost respect to Nowitzki by emulating his move and implementing it as part of their own respective…

  14. Health of Steve Nash beginning to be a real concern for Lakers

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    You can say whatever you want about last season’s ill-fated version of the star-studded Lakers, but the reality is that injuries completely decimated an otherwise talented team that would have, at the very least, contended to make a run deep into the postseason. This year’s squad has a much slimmer margin for error, given the…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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