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  1. Mark Jackson: Klay Thompson is a top-five shooting guard

    Nov 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    Warriors coach Mark Jackson has never been shy about praising his players, once calling Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the best shooting backcourt of all time. It’s also becoming increasingly popular to claim high rankings among shooting guards. Just by chance, that’s the weakest position in the NBA right now, so marginal players at the…

  2. Trail Blazers headed toward same trouble as last season

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard

    I was the only member of this site’s staff to predict the Trail Blazers would make the playoffs. Now, Portland is 8-2, the NBA’s third-best record behind only the Spurs and Pacers. Time to gloat? Not quite. The Trail Blazers started 20-15 last season, heavily relying on their starting lineup. At that point of the…

  3. Joe Dumars told Brandon Jennings to shoot more

    Nov 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Jermaine O'Neal

    Brandon Jennings shoots too much. That’s a commonly accepted assessment of his game, to the point Jennings addressed his shot selection at his introductory news conference with the Pistons. There, Jennings pledged to shoot less. Pistons general manager Joe Dumars, sitting beside Jennings, didn’t seem to disagree with that plan. But behind closed doors, at…

  4. Brandon Jennings starts Twitter beef with J.R. Smith

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Star players get special treatment in the NBA. Everyone just accepts that. But when merely above-average players like J.R. Smith get significant special favors, the floodgates open. The inclusion of Chris Smith, J.R. Smith’s brother, on the Knicks’ roster is a running joke around the league. Unless you’re Brandon Jennings, whose stature is similar to…

  5. Roy Hibbert doesn’t like Andre Drummond anymore

    Nov 7, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Andre Drummond

    Roy Hibbert has been an All-Star. He’d probably be a U.S. Olympian if he were allowed to be. He’s one of the top players on one of the NBA’s top teams. He’s what Andre Drummond wanted to be. So how does Drummond go about rising to that stature? Well, he worked on his conditioning so…

  6. John Wall warned by NBA for flopping

    Oct 31, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall missed the Wizards’ first 33 games last season. He made a much quicker mark on a league-wide level this season. Wall became the first player warned by the NBA for flopping. Late in Washington’s loss the Pistons on Wednesday, Wall fell to the court as Kyle Singler ran by him. It’s possible Wall…

  7. Mark Cuban calls Dwight Howard’s judgment childish

    Oct 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert,Dwight Howard

    Billionaires usually get their way. That’s why they’re billionaires. Those who didn’t get their way never amassed such a large fortune. Then, once they reached that status, they have the means to continue getting their way. The best NBA example is Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter when LeBron James left Cleveland. That was whiny and shameful,…

  8. Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond might be better off taking turns with Pistons

    Oct 31, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Maurice Cheeks

    Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond – arguably the NBA’s most intriguing front line – combined for 55 points, 29 rebounds and nine assists in the Pistons’ season-opening victory over the Wizards. That alone doesn’t answer all the questions about how they fit together, but it at least quells some of the doubt. However,…

  9. Andy Miller sues Happy Walters’ and Dan Fegan’s agency for stealing Larry Sanders

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    The National Basketball Players Association certifies agents before they can work with its players, and to become certified, agents must agree to a set of rules. Among them: B. Prohibited Conduct Subject to DisciplineTo further effectuate the objectives of these Regulations players agents are prohibited from: (b) Providing or offering a monetary inducement (other than…

  10. Suns trade Polish Marcin Gortat, reportedly apologize by offering free tickets to fans celebrating Polish heritage night

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-CZE-POL

    The Suns will celebrate Polish heritage night during their season opener against the Trail Blazers tonight, Phoenix’s only game during Polish-American Heritage month. The Suns weren’t necessarily honoring Polish heritage solely because Marcin Gortat was slated to be their starting center, but they at least made Gortat a prominent part of the festivities. And then…

  11. Will the Nets or Rockets make a Finals splash?

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Flash back to April 26, 2012. The Nets closed the season with their six straight loss, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Rockets picked up a meaningless win that day, but they had just lost seven of their previous eight games to ensure they’d miss their third straight postseason. Both teams had…

  12. Report: Rockets to release Marcus Camby

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby

    If there’s one element of professional sports people consistently overlook, it’s how significant and unavoidable aging is. As players get in to their 30s, their production declines. The later into their 30s, the more drastic the decline. Of course, there are exceptions, and people cling to those, because the exceptions are far more visible than…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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