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Dan Feldman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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:…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Danny Ainge: Not worth tanking for Andrew Wiggins

    Oct 4, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    0515_wiggins_0

    Every active No. 1 pick, with the exception of Tim Duncan, who has been in the NBA at least six seasons – Greg Oden, Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Kenyon Martin and Elton Brand –  has changed teams by age 28. It’s an era where teams must kowtow to top…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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:…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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