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  1. Thomas Robinson is ‘pissed off’

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Thomas Robinson

    Thomas Robinson, when the season begins, will be playing for his third team in two years. He was drafted by the Kings, traded mid-season to the Rockets and traded again in the offseason to the Trail Blazers. The last top-five pick to play for so many teams in his first two years was drafted in…

  2. Chris Kaman on Kobe Bryant: ‘I always hated him’

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant shoots over Dallas Mavericks Kaman during their NBA game in Dallas

    Plenty of people, myself included, don’t like how buddy-buddy NBA players now are with their opponents. I don’t have a good solution, because the inter-team friendships are an organic result of several factors including: 1. Elite players knowing each other since a young age, as the high-end AAU basketball scene has become increasingly national. 2.…

  3. Amir Johnson really, really, really loves Toronto

    Oct 4, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Understandably, Raptors fans are a little fearful of being jilted again. Chris Bosh, Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady all left Toronto via free agency or by forcing a trade. When the team’s top players – probably uncoincidentally Americans – all flee for the states, that’s no longer just a coincidence. And it doesn’t sit well…

  4. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton – not Iman Shumpert – guaranteed to start for Knicks

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    As Mike Woodson played mad chemist with the Knicks’ starting lineup last season, four players started both every game they played and a majority of all New York’s games: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert. All four return to the Knicks this season, and three will definitely start again. Sorry (maybe), Iman.…

  5. Rick Adelman missed Timberwolves’ practice Thursday

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Rick Adelman’s return as coach of the Timberwolves was in question for quite some time, because he missed a portion of last season to care for his ill wife and it  wasn’t immediately clear whether she’d become healthy enough for him to return. Fortunately for Minnesota – and more importantly, for the Adelmans based on…

  6. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Washington Wizards

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Bradley Beal, John Wall

    Last season: The Wizards were pretty good when healthy, so they were pretty terrible. John Wall, Nene and Bradley Beal all battled injuries, and Washington finished 29-53. But looking closer, the Wizards actually weren’t half bad when their good players were healthy. With Wall: 24-25 With Wall and Nene: 22-19 With Wall, Nene and Beal:…

  7. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

  8. Rajon Rondo says he felt nothing when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers left Celtics

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo played seven seasons for Doc Rivers and with Paul Pierce and six seasons with Kevin Garnett. Rondo won a championship with those three. He battled nightly with those three. He took cross-country trips with those three. Then, they all left Rondo alone in Boston. Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Nets, and…

  9. Rajon Rondo has two new best friends, and only one is Brad Stevens

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Can Brad Stevens connect with NBA players? That was one of the biggest questions facing Stevens when the Celtics hired him from Butler, the only other place he’d coached, including as an assistant. It’s much different running a team of unpaid students (and that’s closer to the truth at Butler than, say, Kentucky) than running…

  10. Larry Sanders questions Brandon Jennings’ willingness to pass

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Brandon Jennings said the Pistons could become Lob City under his direction. Of course, the first step of a lob is a pass, and Jennings has a reputation for being a reluctant passer. But Jennings explained he’d pass more in Detroit, where’s he’s not burdened by the Bucks’ lackluster offensive options and can instead throw…

  11. Chris Paul: Doc Rivers told me I’m nothing

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I can’t stand the championship-or-bust ethos in the NBA. Plenty of great players have never won titles, and many more bad players have. Of course, championships should remain a piece of the puzzle when evaluating players, but only a piece and definitely not the largest piece. The same issue exists on a team level, too.…

  12. LaMarcus Aldridge plans to shoot more 3-pointers

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    The following chart shows the 60 players who took the most shots from at least 15 feet last season, sorted from left to right by most to least qualifying shots. The bars’ heights represent how many of those shots were 3-pointers. As you’d expect, most players who take a lot of jump shots also take…

  13. Monta Ellis on bad shots: ‘"I’m gonna play Monta-ball"

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, the Bucks’ backcourt last season, took a lot of deserved flack for taking bad shots. After being signed-and-traded to the Pistons, Jennings said he had to take many bad shots to bail out Milwaukee’s limited offensive players. Whether that was true or not, Jennings can make it look true by…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Last season: The Bucks went 38-44, reaching the playoffs despite a mid-season firing of Scott Skiles. Their high-scoring and high-shooting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis defined the team, but it was really as a team without a strong identity. Before the playoffs began, Jennings predicted the Bucks would beat the Heat in six…

  15. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Last season: Kyrie Irving became the youngest All-Star since LeBron James, but the Cavaliers were decidedly awful throughout the year, finishing 24-58. Only the Bobcats were worse both offensively and defensively, Injuries took a major toll (more on that below), but the season never looked promising at any point, regardless. On the bright side, Dion…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Last season: The Pacers continued their upward trajectory – missing the playoffs in 2009-10, reaching the first round in 2010-11, reaching the second round in 2011-12 and reaching the conference finals in 2012-13. With George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert, Indiana had statistically the best lineup in the NBA. The…

  17. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive…

  18. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Last season: The Bulls went 45-37, putting together an impressive regular season that included the victory that snapped the Heat’s 27-win streak. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler each got Defensive Player of the Year votes as Tom Thibodeau continuously reinforces a culture in Chicago. In the playoffs, the hard-nosed Bulls beat the more-talented…

  19. Report: Paul George, Pacers finalizing five-year max contract

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Of the 15 players who made the All-NBA first, second or third team last season, Paul George was the youngest. On a related note, the 23-year-old is also arguably the most raw star in the league. Even though he just won Most Improved Player, George can become a a more-polished ball-handler and take his game…

  20. Report: John Kuester leading candidate to become 76ers’ No. 1 assistant coach

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    Before becoming a hilariously bad coach with the Pistons(sadly, “hilarious” is how his players found his tenure) and demoted with the Lakers, John Kuester was a good assistant under Larry Brown in Detroit and Mike Brown in Cleveland. Kuester does not have the personality to be a good head coach, but the world learning that…

  21. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    Last season: The 76ers went 34-48, the 11th time in the last 12 seasons they won between 33 and 48 games. They made the playoffs most seasons during that span, but they only one two postseason series. With the emergence of the NBA’s second-youngest All-Star last year, Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia seemed like it had a…

  22. Mark Cuban explains he won’t trade Dirk Nowitzki

    Sep 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The Dallas Mavericks have won 1,427 games, including the playoffs, in franchise history. Dirk Nowitzki has played in most of them. Dallas owner Mark Cuban on the Artie Lange show, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News: On why he won’t trade Dirk Mark Cuban: Dirk defines our culture. When your best player, no matter…

  23. Kirk Hinrich sounds more excited than he did all of last season

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Bulls Basketball

    When Kirk Hinrich signed with the Bulls, he was seen as someone who could start point at point guard until Derrick Rose’s return then switch to combo guard or even shooting guard to complement Rose. Hinrich completed the first part of that role last season, starting all 60 of his games at point guard as…

  24. Rick Barry says Ray Allen travelled on key Game 6 three

    Sep 6, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Talk with a group of basketball fans – it doesn’t have to be too large – and discuss that play, Michael Jordan’s final shot with the Bulls, the basket that won the 1998 NBA Finals over the Jazz. Someone will claim Jordan pushed off Bryon Russell.* Unlike nearly every other all-time great shot in NBA…

  25. Mark Cuban: Hiring a coach is owner’s toughest job

    Sep 6, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle

    Rick Carlisle was as close to a sure thing as possible when the Mavericks hired him as their head coach in 2008. He had spent six years coaching in the NBA (with the Pistons and Pacers), won a Coach of the Year award and won 61 games in another season. Still, he had a reputation…

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