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Dan Feldman

  1. Pau Gasol not counting on contract extension from Lakers – and he shouldn’t

    Nov 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were both scheduled to become free agents this summer until Kobe got a contract extension. Will Gasol receive the same treatment? Probably not. Dave McMenamin of The 13-year veteran said that he did not know if Bryant’s deal means that the Lakers will also want to negotiate with him…

  2. Anderson Varejao says LeBron James could return to Cavaliers, which sounds like tampering

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    United States v Brazil - Men's Exhibition Game

    Ever since LeBron James said he’d consider returning to the Cavaliers, it’s been fun to speculate. Will he do it? How would it affect his legacy? How great would LeBron and Kyrie Irving be together? It’s an interesting discussion, one that’s assuredly been held within in the league, by fans and many in between. And…

  3. Russell Westbrook didn’t mind healthy scratch, hints more could be coming

    Nov 26, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Before tearing his meniscus in last season’s playoffs, Russell Westbrook had played every game in his five seasons. That gave him the longest active games-played streak in the NBA until he missed the Thunder’s season opener this season. Streaks like that combine many factors including health, luck and attitude. The ship has sailed on Westbrook’s…

  4. Still-injured Rajon Rondo beats MarShon Brooks in race

    Nov 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT


    Rajon Rondo is fast. No, I don’t mean that in a “Rondo is fast when healthy” sense. He’s flat-out fast at this very moment (hat tip: Scott Rafferty of Hardwood Paroxysm): Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $85,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Wednesday night’s games. It’s $25 to join and first…

  5. Caron Butler doesn’t like Brandon Jennings showing up the Bucks

    Nov 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Brandon Jennings traded barbs with his old team this offseason and then finally got his chance to prove his point on the court Monday. He did. Jennings scored an efficient 15 points and added 13 assists and two steals, leading the Pistons to a 19-point win over the Bucks. It was already fulfilling revenge for…

  6. Brett Brown made 76ers cut weight, and now opponents are begging them to stop running

    Nov 26, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams, George Hill

    New 76ers coach Brett Brown has quickly established his preferred style of play. Philadelphia ranks No. 1 in the NBA in pace and No. 1 in distance travelled per game (as culled from’s player-tracking data), and it’s no accident. Brown made his intent clear before the season even began. Dei Lynam of CSN Philly:…

  7. Andrew Bynum feels sharp pain every time he runs or jumps and probably will all season

    Nov 26, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh, Andrew Bynum

    We know when Andrew Bynum plays, and we know when he doesn’t. Sometimes, it’s easy to evaluate Bynum’s health in those same binary terms. Watching Bynum clearly reveals a combination of injury and rust have robbed him of his athleticism, but whether Bynum feels fine or not is a different story. He might feel well…

  8. Omer Asik helping Rockets once again

    Nov 26, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Omer Asik isn’t done with the Rockets just yet. After being emotionally unready to play two games following a trade request, Asik continued his resurgence in a win over the Grizzlies on Monday. Since bottoming out with his back-to-back DNPs, Asik has played 7, 12, 13 and 21 minutes. Against Memphis, the Rockets trailed by…

  9. Samuel Dalembert benched for oversleeping and missing practice

    Nov 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Steve Nash, Chris Kaman

    Samuel Dalembert has a knack for making good plays, even though he can be unreliable on and off the court. That’s why the Mavericks could sign him to a two-year deal that pays fewer than $4 million per season and isn’t even fully guaranteed for the second year, a huge bargain for a starting center.…

  10. Dwyane Wade cartwheels into videobomb of LeBron James

    Nov 26, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    If LeBron James leaves the Heat as a free agent next summer – I don’t think he will – Dwyane Wade’s health could me a consideration. LeBron wants to win titles, and that would be more difficult if Wade’s body is deteriorating. So, how can Wade prove he’s spry? Play a full game and then…

  11. Morris twins thriving in Phoenix, even if the Suns can’t tell them apart

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Toronto Raptors

    When the Suns traded for Marcus Morris, pairing him with his twin brother Markieff, many scoffed at the move as a gimmick. Even though I realized getting Marcus for just a second-round pick was good value, I still laughed at the deal as overly marketing generated. Well, the joke is on us. With more competent…

  12. Kobe Bryant imagines ideal brother, and it’s Pau Gasol

    Nov 22, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    2013 Global Games - Shanghai

    When the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant told the Associated Press, “It’s a matter of us just gelling now and putting it together.” Since, Kobe and Gasol have spent six seasons together with the Lakers. They’ve won two championships together. They endured last season’s disappointment together. They have definitely jelled. Kobe wrote a…

  13. Report: Chris Wilcox is Clippers’ backup choice to Lamar Odom

    Nov 22, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Lamar Odom, who recently met with Doc Rivers, clearly is the Clippers’ No. 1 choice to fill their 15th roster spot. But there are no guarantees Odom will be ready by the end of the season, so they can’t bank on him. Marc Stein of ESPN: Lamar Odom remains the leading candidate to be signed…

  14. Could the Atlantic Division winner have a losing record?

    Nov 21, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

    In a thrilling tussle for first place, the Raptors beat the 76ers on Wednesday to move atop the Atlantic Division. Losers of four straight, the 76ers had valiantly held control of the division until the juggernaut that is the  5-7 Raptors finally overtook them. So far this season, the NBA’s Atlantic puts NFC East jokes…

  15. Mike Brown: ‘We had one guy compete the entire time he was on the floor’

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Mike Brown

    The Cavaliers and Wizards both had high hopes of making the playoffs entering the season. Shoot, they still have high hopes. But after a 4-7 start by Cleveland and 3-7 start by Washington, these teams are right back to being viewed as also-rans by the rest of the league. The each might not view themselves…

  16. Pau Gasol donating $1,000 per point Friday to Philippines relief

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT


    Pau Gasol is averaging a career-low 13.0 points per game so far this season. At 33, he might just be too far past his prime to regularly score in the high teens, as he did in his peak. That’s OK. Aging is a natural part of the game, and Gasol certainly isn’t to blame. His…

  17. Video: Rick Carlisle impersonates Gregg Popovich

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    Sometimes, it’s fun to be a jerk. I think most people recognize that, and that’s why so many get a kick out of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich belittling reporters, especially during between-quarter interviews. He has all the power in his relationship with the media, so there’s no incentive for him not act how he does…

  18. Watch Rajon Rondo cringe at Celtics’ box score

    Nov 20, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    During the Celtics’ game against the Rockets on Tuesday, Rajon Rondo asked for a box score. I best he wishes he hadn’t (hat tip: Deadspin). I don’t know which stat in particular troubled Rondo so much, but there were many to choose from. Boston was on its way to losing by 24, shooting 32.3 percent…

  19. Warriors’ reserves embarrasses themselves, so Mark Jackson embarrasses them

    Nov 20, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    With his team up 23 points and fewer than four minutes remaining against the Jazz on Monday, Warriors coach Mark Jackson pulled his top players in favor of Ognjen Kuzmic, Marreese Speights, Nemanja Nedovic, Kent Bazemore and Draymond Green (who was replaced by Dewayne Dedmon a few seconds later). Promptly, those five reserves ceded a…

  20. Carmelo Anthony: ‘Nobody should be worried about Carmelo Anthony’

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are last in the NBA’s worst division, and though Carmelo Anthony is certainly not the main culprit for his team’s poor early showing, his play has regressed significantly from last season. He’s going to become a free agent this summer, but in the meantime, James Dolan’s Knicks are crashing an burning around him.…

  21. Jimmy Butler misses practice, needs MRI

    Nov 19, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Jimmy Butler – after suffering right toe injury in the third quarter of the Bulls’ win over the Bobcats on Monday, returning in the fourth quarter and then leaving again – pledged to be ready for Chicago’s next game. Via Mark Strotman of CSN Chicago: “I hurt it. I don’t really know how. But it’s…

  22. Knicks and Hawks played each other while wearing the same-colored uniforms

    Nov 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Hawks Knicks Basketball

    Is orange a light or dark color? That all-so-critical question was probably one the NBA didn’t spend enough time pondering. Playing at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, the Knicks wore their alternate orange uniforms. The Hawks wore their road reds. The result: a blurred on-court mash of two colors right next to each other in…

  23. Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich could become dangerous backcourt combination

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls signed Kirk Hinrich before last season for two reasons: 1. Hinrich is starting-point guard caliber, someone who capable of filling in at the position while Derrick Rose was injured. 2. Once Rose got healthy, Hinrich could play with Rose in the backcourt. Hinrich held up his end of the bargain for No. 1.…

  24. Report: Omer Asik changes course (somewhat), ready to play for Rockets

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


    Omer Asik, who requested a trade from the Rockets last week, has missed both of Houston’s games since his request became public. Asik has not hidden his desire to leave the Rockets since they signed Dwight Howard and this was just taking the process a step further. Forcing a trade is not a pleasant process,…

  25. 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…

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