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Dan Feldman

  1. Raptors CEO Tim Leiweke mocks Celtics’ preseason record

    Oct 23, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dwight Buycks; Courtney Lee

    The Celtics have 17 NBA championships. The Raptors have none. The Celtics have 31 50-win seasons. The Raptors have none. The Celtics have 33 Hall of Famers. The Raptors have none. But the tide is turning. Toronto is 5-1 in the preseason with two wins over Boston, which is 1-6 in the preseason. And the…

  2. Brett Brown: 76ers’ have just six NBA players

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Brett Brown, Daniel Orton

    Many advanced stats, in basketball and other sports, rely on a concept called a replacement player. A replacement player is a hypothetical player who can easily be obtained to fill out the roster. In his definition of an NBA replacement player, Kevin Pelton says a team of replacement players would win 10 games in a…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki warned Mark Cuban the Mavericks had big problems before last season

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The Mavericks were so desperate to find a point guard last season, they started Darren Collison, Mike James, Derek Fisher and Dominique Jones in a futile attempt to keep throwing floor generals at the wall until one stuck. O.J. Mayo started all 82 games at shooting guard, but his play did not impress Rick Carlisle.…

  4. Gerald Wallace: Celtics’ coaches didn’t like my criticism of team’s effort

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    It’s always risky when a player criticizes his teammates, but Gerald Wallace dug into the Celtics’ selfishness and lack of effort during the preseason. Wallace, a well-established veteran, had to play hard to find his way in the NBA, so he knows what it takes to succeed in the league. And when Boston wasn’t showing…

  5. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  6. Report: Woman says Maurice Cheeks threatened her, pulled her hair and called her a (expletive)

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks

    Maurice Cheeks’ pristine reputation as a class act took a hit when police questioned him about a possible domestic dispute this summer. He was not charged, and it appeared the matter might end there. But new details will again bring questions to Cheeks’ character. Tammy Stables Battaglia of the Detroit Free Press: A 45-year-old Atlanta…

  7. Brandon Jennings to miss start of season with tooth injury

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings, Maurice Cheeks

    It seems the Pistons suddenly have a bigger backcourt problem than deciding their starting shooting guard. Combo guard Rodney Stuckey is already out with a broken finger. Though Maurice Cheeks hopes Stuckey will return in time for the Oct. 30 opener against the Wizards, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, that seems…

  8. Maurice Cheeks intimates Charlie Villanueva is out of shape

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Charlie Villanueva’s last good season came in 2008-09. He’s due for another. Villanueva hasn’t come close to the 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game he averaged five years ago, but the upcoming season brings a potentially key similarity to 2008-09: it’s a contract year. After his breakout season with the Bucks, Villanueva got a…

  9. Taj Gibson might be Bulls’ best player in camp, Tom Thibodeau says

    Oct 14, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson,  Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker

    Derrick Rose will be the Bulls’ best player next season. In some order, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Carlos Boozer will follow. Taj Gibson has a chance to join that secondary group. In three preseason games, he’s averaging 17.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Preseason games don’t mean much, but…

  10. Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic fight in Nets practice

    Oct 14, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

    Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche

    The Nets could be paying more than $189 million for players next season, and obviously, such a payroll comes with expectations. And expectations come with pressure. Brooklyn needed overtime to the Wizards and then lost by 11 to the Pistons on Saturday, Obviously, those are just preseason games, but it’s possible to see how a…

  11. Iman Shumpert trims flattop from existence

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert, Terrence Ross, Landry Fields

    I’ve previously mocked the idea of the Knicks starting anyone but Iman Shumpert, who seemed to have clearly earned the job last season and done nothing to lose it. No more. Start J.R. Smith. Start Tim Hardaway Jr. Start Chris Douglas-Roberts. Start Toure Murry. I don’t care. Shumpert is really tempting fate with this haircut.…

  12. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 11, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jazz Scrimmage

    Last season: The Jazz finished 43-39, but they missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Nobody really knew what direction Utah was headed, perhaps including Utah itself. The Jazz kept Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, both on expiring contracts, past the trade deadline to make a playoff push. All they got was…

  13. David Stern says D-League better educates players than NCAA

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    David Stern, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Someone must be one year removed from high school to play in the NBA, but he must be just 18 to play in the D-League. Right now, that doesn’t mean much. Few players go to the D-League because they’re not old enough for the NBA. They  go to college. But as the D-League expands, that…

  14. Brandon Knight blames Pistons for his low assist total

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Jennings, now the the Pistons’ point guard, blamed the Bucks for his subpar shooting percentage. Now, Brandon Knight, the player traded for Jennings, is bringing it full circle by blaming the Pistons for his subpar assist numbers. (As you’ll see, Knight says he’s not blaming anyone. But when you start a sentence, “I’m not…

  15. Iman Shumpert playing with an edge, but not getting much love from Mike Woodson

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert has started his last 62 games, including all 45 last season. Yet, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is not guaranteeing him a starting spot this season. That seems like a motivational ploy, and if so, it’s working. Ian Begley of ESPN New York: Shortly after he hit his third 3-pointer of the first half…

  16. Rick Carlisle likes Renaldo Balkman’s eyelid tattoos, dreads

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman gets past Argentina's Scola during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    Renaldo Balkman is most famous for choking a teammate in the Philippines and being a strange pawn in the Knicks’ quest to sign LeBron James.  But there’s more to Balkman than that. He’s a complex human being with hopes and dreams, tragedies and triumphs, dreadlocks and eyelid tattoos. Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:…

  17. Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala competing for two starting spots

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    Ever since the Warriors signed Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes has been pegged as Golden State’s sixth man. To his credit, Barnes said he’d be fine with that role. Barnes had an up-and-down rookie year, but he broke out in the playoffs by averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. That’s the type of performance…

  18. Carmelo isn’t over Pacers series

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. Many proclaimed the Heat would roll to a championship, defacing what had once been an honor that went to a team that earned it through grit and hard work. What happened? Miami lost in the Finals. Most…

  19. Magic want D-League team in Jacksonville, Pistons want one somewhere

    Oct 9, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Kyle O'Quinn

    Fourteen NBA teams have sole control of a D-League team. That means the other 16 NBA teams are sharing three D-League teams, a situation that won’t remain tenable for long. We’re headed to a 30-team D-League with each NBA team either owning or have a one-to-one affiliation with a D-league team. Like in baseball, every…

  20. Chauncey Billups gets seat in Pistons shooting guard musical chairs, leaves Kentavious Caldwell-Pope standing

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were frontrunners to start at shooting guard. At least that’s how it was paraphrased in an MLive report. Either something was lost in translation, or Cheeks had a change of heart. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: After naming Chauncey Billups the starter at…

  21. Pistons seemingly narrow starting shooting guard options to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey

    The Pistons have essentially four starters locked: Brandon Jennings at point guard, Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center. That leaves shooting guard, where there seemed to be several contenders. Chauncey Billups Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kyle Singler Rodney Stuckey Now, halve that list, Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks indicates.…

  22. Jae Crowder stops drinking beer and caffeine, eating bread and greasy food – and you’ll never guess what happens

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jae Crowder

    Jae Crowder played power forward at Marquette, though at 6-foot-6, it seemed he’d have to switch positions in the pros. Quite often, players of that mold go undrafted. But Crowder plays with so much energy and displayed a decent 3-point shot, the Mavericks chose Crowder high in the second round last summer. Crowder had a…

  23. Jamal Crawford won’t use crossover as often this season

    Oct 4, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Jamal Crawford’s slick crossover has made him one of the NBA’s best sixth men and a fan favorite. Though it’s probably not time to bid Crawford’s handles adieu, you might not see them as often this season. Doc Rivers’ preferred offense includes more passing and less isolation, and that means a guard like Crawford will…

  24. Jason Maxiell wants Horace Grant goggles

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell

    Jason Maxiell is a hard-banging power forward – just like Horace Grant.. Maxiell signed with the Magic – just like Grant. Maxiell is wearing No. 54 – just like Grant. They’re basically twins, except Grant’s trademark goggles. But they could share eyewear choice soon. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstripe Post: Maxiell underwent surgery on Easter…

  25. Report: Longtime NBA employee calls 2012-13 Bucks’ locker room worst he’d ever seen

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks have had one of the NBA’s busiest offseasons. They traded Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ish Smith, waived Drew Gooden and Gustavo Ayon, let Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert and Mike Dunleavy Jr. walk in free agency and signed-and-traded Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick. That’s most of the roster turned over, yet it’s…

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