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  1. Gary Payton rips former Supersonics owner Howard Schultz

    Sep 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    Gary Payton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend, and while he won the lone championship of his career as a member of the Miami Heat, there was little question that he’d go into the Hall as a Seattle Supersonic. Payton played more than 12 seasons in Seattle, and maintains…

  2. Kevin Durant reps the Redskins at Lambeau Field (VIDEO)

    Sep 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    CSN Washington

    With NBA training camps still a couple of weeks away, players are finding the time to follow their favorite NFL teams in person. LeBron James made it to Dallas for the Cowboys’ opener last week, and on Sunday, Kevin Durant headed to Lambeau Field to watch his Redskins take on the Packers. CSN Washington caught…

  3. Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady share an All-Star kiss (VIDEO)

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t only one of the most dominant players of his era, he was perhaps its greatest showman. O’Neal embraced the entertainment aspect of his job as a professional basketball player during his 19-year career, and All-Star weekend was a time when he could truly let his playful personality shine. This highlight, taken from…

  4. Tracy McGrady laments ‘knuckleheads’ in the league today, including Michael Beasley

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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

    Casual fans of the game aren’t the only ones to struggle with understanding the poor decisions made by young twenty-somethings with enough physical skills and talent to earn multiple NBA contracts. Go ahead and count Tracy McGrady in that same group as the rest of us. McGrady will likely make the basketball Hall of Fame…

  5. Sergio Rodriguez finds Rudy Fernandez for the reverse alley-oop jam at Eurobasket (VIDEO)

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-GRE-ESP

    Spain took care of Finland to pick up their first win in the second round of Eurobasket, and this play was the game’s signature highlight. Sergio Rodriguez begins the play at the top of the arc, but seems to know the back cut from Rudy Fernandez is coming. As Fernandez darts toward the rim, Rodriguez…

  6. Report: Anderson Varejao cleared to return in time for training camp

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Anderson Varejao was having his best season statistically last year, until a knee injury forced him out of action in December, and then the ensuing blood clot that developed ended his season entirely. Now comes word that he’s been medically cleared in time for the start of training camp in a few weeks, but questions…

  7. Report: Knicks players fixed games for drug dealer during ’81-’82 season

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Michael Ray Richardson Action Portrait

    The Knicks may have been a mess by the end of the 1981-82 season, but if the allegations in some FBI documents are to be believed, the team’s players that year weren’t just bad at winning basketball games — they may have been doing things to lose them on purpose. From Gary Buiso of the…

  8. Gigi Datome wants to be the Pistons’ version of Shane Battier

    Sep 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-CRO-ITA

    The Pistons signed Italy’s Luigi “Gigi” Datome to a two-year deal this summer, and his ability to space the floor with his shooting was likely the main reason why. Datome is 25 years old, but this will be his rookie NBA season. Since the majority of fans in the states have yet to see him…

  9. Raptors to give Julyan Stone, Chris Wright training camp invites

    Sep 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julyan Stone, John Salmons

    The Toronto Raptors have 14 players with guaranteed contracts in place for next season, meaning that any players they add to the training camp roster beyond that have a very slim chance of actually making the squad. Nevertheless, the Raptors (like all NBA teams) are bringing in additional bodies to go through the motions, and…

  10. Tracy McGrady, reflecting on his career, says he wishes he would have stayed in Toronto

    Sep 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    tracy mcgrady vince carter raptors

    Tracy McGrady‘s NBA career didn’t really begin to blow up until after his third season, but most who observed his game closely knew it was coming. That was unfortunate for the Toronto Raptors, the team that drafted McGrady with the ninth overall pick in 1997, but who would lose him to Orlando in free agency…

  11. Andrew Bogut not worried about contract extension with Warriors

    Sep 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Andrew Bogut is entering the final season of his contract with the Warriors, and is feeling 100 percent healthy for the first time in over two years. How healthy Bogut can remain and how much he impacts the Warriors’ expected playoff run will go a long way in determining whether or not he’s back with…

  12. Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

    Sep 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks

    It’s been a strange NBA offseason, in that two newly-hired head coaches found their names in the news due to run-ins with the law. At least one of them has now been exonerated. Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident last month, and although he was not arrested or…

  13. Derrick Rose: ‘I think I am 100 percent’

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    It’s the answer we should expect from Derrick Rose by now, almost 17 months after he suffered a torn ACL injury that kept him out of action for all of last season. But it’s still great to hear him actually say it. Rose, speaking while on a promotional tour overseas for adidas, says he’s feeling…

  14. Report: George Karl being sued by long-time agent

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl directs his team against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    George Karl took home Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Denver Nuggets to the best home record in the league last season, and a record good enough to secure the three-seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Karl was fired by the team this summer, however, after demanding a contract extension beyond the upcoming…

  15. Kris Humphries says he’s ‘not looking to be a part of a tanking situation’ with Celtics

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Kris Humphries came to the Celtics this summer in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, which launched Boston’s rebuilding project at the very same time. It’s never easy to go from a playoff team to an expected lottery team, and Humphries made it clear that he’s going to do…

  16. Suns announce signing of Dionte Christmas

    Sep 13, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Dionte Christmas

    The Phoenix Suns announced the signing of Dionte Christmas on Friday, a 6’5″ guard who performed well for the team during the Las Vegas Summer league. “We’re excited to add Dionte to our roster,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough, via the team’s official release. “He was a key contributor for our Las Vegas Summer…

  17. Dwyane Wade posts ‘welcome home’ message to Michael Beasley

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    heat beasley

    After Michael Beasley had problems both on and off the court during a tumultuous first year with the Phoenix Suns, the team decided to further its fresh start under a new GM and new head coach by negotiating a buyout of his contract, which made Beasley an unrestricted free agent. Despite his well-chronicled history of…

  18. Brad Stevens: No timetable for Rajon Rondo’s return, urges him to do so when ready

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    There’s far less of a sense of urgency for Rajon Rondo to return to the Celtics lineup than there was for say, Derrick Rose to try to get back on the court for the Bulls last season. We may see a similar vibe around the Celtics to the one we saw in Chicago, though, at…

  19. Khalif Wyatt agrees to partially-guaranteed deal with Sixers

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Temple v Indiana

    Khalif Wyatt, an undrafted rookie out of Temple University, has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via CSN Philly): He will sign a partially guaranteed, mutli-year contract on Friday. The guard will be on the team’s roster when it opens the season against the Miami Heat on…

  20. Damien Wilkins has free agent workouts with Spurs, Hawks

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

    Luke Walton, Damien Wilkins

    Damien Wilkins has played nine NBA seasons, and just finished his best statistical year in his past five with the Sixers last year. Wilkins is looking for a home for next season, however, and has had received interest from at least two teams recently. From RealGM: Free agent Damien Wilkins has been working out for his…

  21. Doc Rivers didn’t want to see Paul Pierce leave the Celtics

    Sep 12, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics, before the team’s GM Danny Ainge decided it was time to enter a full-fledged rebuild, which meant ridding the club of expensive veteran salaries that remained on the roster. Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Nets this offseason, and Doc Rivers…

  22. Adam Silver: Chris Hansen’s anti-arena efforts in Sacramento won’t affect Seattle’s future NBA chances

    Sep 12, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    Chris Hansen is the man who headed up the ownership group which attempted to buy and then relocate the Sacramento Kings franchise to Seattle. The league’s owners voted against relocation, which effectively killed the deal in favor of a sale to a local group who would keep the Kings in Sacramento and build a new…

  23. Gustavo Ayon earns FIBA Americas MVP

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

    ayon bucks

    It’s been a summer of uncertainty for Gustavo Ayon, who had his option picked up by the Bucks in June, only to see the team waive him a month later. The Hawks claimed Ayon off waivers shortly thereafter, and if his performance for Mexico in the FIBA Americas tournament ends up being any indication, Atlanta…

  24. PBT Roundtable: Is Robert Horry a Hall of Famer?

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Robert Horry

    In a new regular series, the PBT writers give their opinions on a question of the day. This week: Is Robert Horry a Hall of Famer? Kurt Helin: No. It’s not even really close for me. Robert Horry has one of my favorite playoff moments ever (sorry Kings fans) and he provided us plenty of thrills…

  25. Lakers delete 9/11 tweet after receiving wave of unexpected criticism

    Sep 11, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    neverforget lakers

    Like many NBA clubs and players around the league, the Lakers did their part in using the team’s official Twitter account to post a “never forget” message in commemoration of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The picture was of Kobe Bryant, and featured the patch worn on his jersey in remembrance of the tragic…

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