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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 24, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Last season: After totaling up 56 wins in the regular season, the Memphis Grizzlies got sweet revenge over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, then extinguished a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder team before finally falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. This was the best season in franchise history by a large…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Last Season: The Blazers spent the first half of the season threatening for a playoff spot, but one of the worst benches in NBA history ultimately sunk the team’s chances. Damian Lillard‘s scoring prowess made him the fourth unanimous Rookie of the Year winner in NBA history, and it simulatenously provided hope that Portland’s current core…

  3. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Last season: It was the end of an era. Josh Smith‘s final season in Atlanta ended the only way it really could: with plenty of ill-advised shot attempts, tons of highlight-reel plays, and probably most importantly, another early playoff exit. After a first round loss to the Indiana Pacers in six games, it was fair to yet…

  4. Indiana signing Paul George to max deal is a no-brainer

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    paul george

    Well, we all saw this coming. Paul George burst onto the scene last year for the Indiana Pacers, won the Most Improved Player award, carried the Pacers deep into the playoffs, and established himself as the future of the club. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Pacers rewarded George tonight with a nice…

  5. Knicks invite Josh Powell to training camp; everyone is bummed it’s not Ricky Davis instead

    Sep 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Powell_Josh

    The New York Knicks have basically worked out everyone who has ever touched a basketball this offseason, and that’s led to a lot of speculation over who was getting the golden tickets to training camp. As fun as it would be to imagine Ricky Davis hanging out with Metta World Peace and J.R. Smith on…

  6. Shaq doesn’t care for the Pelicans name, might not know what a pelican is

    Sep 22, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Shaquille O’Neal is not overly fond of the Pelicans nickname. This is not an uncommon opinion. Shaq’s reasoning for not liking the new name, though? Pretty spectacular. “It’s a terrible name. I told Charles on TNT, I don’t think I’ve seen a Pelican before. Pelicans, are they that big white bird? I would had named…

  7. Five things to know about the EuroBasket 2013 Championship Game

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    BASKETBALL-EURO2013-FRIENDLY-FRA-GEO

    Who: France vs Lithuania. The French squad features five current NBA players in Tony Parker (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Blazers), Boris Diaw (Spurs), Nando De Colo (Spurs) and Joffrey Lauvergne (Nuggets). Former NBA players Johan Petro, Alexis Ajinca and Mickael Gelabale are on the roster as well. The Lithuanian squad features only two NBA players in Donatas…

  8. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Accused of “Hating the Kings”

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    Sacramento’s quest to keep the Kings made for some really fascinating storytelling. There were so many moving parts, and so many motivations that were slowly peeled away and revealed through the process. There were the clear antagonists (the Maloofs) and protagonists, and then, of course, there was David Stern. In a book detailing how the…

  9. Jeremy Lin speaks about playing in the shadow of Linsanity

    Sep 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    No matter what happens from here, Jeremy Lin‘s unexpected rise to prominence with the New York Knicks two years ago will always be one the greatest stories in sports. Lin was the Vince Papale of hoops; the real life Rocky of the hardwood. It was impossible not to get caught up in Linsanity, just as it…

  10. Brook Lopez says he is 100 percent healthy

    Sep 21, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams, Lopez and Wallace tap hands as Chicago Bulls' Robinson walks off the court in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball playoff game in New York

    Considering the age and injury history of the Brooklyn Nets starting five this season, managing minutes and injuries should rank pretty high on the list of priorities for head coach Jason Kidd. Even though there may be some concerns heading into training camp about Deron Williams‘ ankle or the minutes racking up for Paul Pierce,…

  11. Magic Johnson: “Michael Jordan is the Greatest One-on-One Player”

    Sep 21, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Ask one of the greatest players of all-time if he could beat someone else one-on-one, and you can usually predict the answer. Professional athletes have to think very, very highly of themselves. You can’t be one of the best if you don’t think you are. It’s just how it works. That’s why you don’t see…

  12. Josh Childress Invited to Washington Wizards Training Camp

    Sep 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Olympiacos' Josh Childress (C) shots bet

    Remember him? Josh Childress became a basketball pioneer of sorts when he left behind big NBA minutes with the Atlanta Hawks in favor of a bigger paycheck overseas. Childress spent the prime of his career playing for Olympiacos in Greece, where he signed an unprecedented 3-year, $20 million dollar contract back in 2008. Childress has…

  13. How France Advanced: Tony Parker and Clutch D (Video)

    Sep 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-SRB-FRA

    In the EuroBasket semi-finals, France was finally able to conquer Spain in overtime, thanks in large part to Tony Parker‘s big 32-point performance. Parker is just one of many NBA players racking up big minutes this summer, but when you watch these games, you begin to understand how important it is to these guys to…

  14. T-Mac Back? McGrady Might Play in China Again

    Sep 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles driving the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao

    Just a few shorts weeks ago, Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA. It’s always hard to gauge when the right time to go out is, but this felt right. McGrady had an incredible career that was ravaged by back injuries and bad luck, as he and Yao Ming rarely seemed healthy at the…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki Playing 5-on-5 Before Training Camp for First Time in Years

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    15 seasons. Over 45,000 minutes of regular season and playoff minutes. International play. Training camps. Practices. That’s a lot of miles on the old odometer, but that’s not stopping Dirk Nowitzki from getting acclimated to his new teammates. After all, there’s only so much time Nowitzki has left in his career, and after the Mavericks…

  16. Atlanta Hawks Guard Lou Williams Not Yet Cleared for Training Camp

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette, Lou Williams, John Salmons

    As Derrick Rose taught us last season, recoveries from ACL surgery can vary wildly. Some guys can recover in as quickly as six or seven months, while others can take more than a year before they even feel “right” again. Every body is different, and expecting athletes to rehabilitate at the exact same level and…

  17. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    Last season: If you’ll recall, New York’s offseason leading up to last year was widely regarded as a joke. Jeremy Lin was let go, Raymond Felton was brought in, and then the Knicks seemed to sign all the oldest players available in free agency. But with the benefit of hindsight, the Knicks did about as well…

  18. JaVale McGee swats Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets ran the Lakers out of the building last night, and big man JaVale McGee had a lot to do with it. In just 23 minutes, McGee was pretty dominant with 7 points, 7 boards, 4 blocks and 2 steals. McGee’s leaping ability made Dwight Howard look ordinary, and that’s no easy feat. On…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Old Man for Rivers

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

    The Celtics were already pretty old to start the season. When Rajon Rondo tore his ACL, they got older. When rookie forward Jared Sullinger went out for the season, they were about as young as a men’s rec league team. Older doesn’t necessarily mean worse, of course. Doc Rivers called it when the injuries happened…

  20. Report: If Kevin Garnett wanted to join the Clippers, Chris Paul would have made it happen

    Feb 22, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    We know Kevin Garnett is intensely loyal, but Chris Paul and the Clippers certainly put that to the test at the deadline. Garnett’s situation was unique of other stars that didn’t get dealt at the deadline, mainly because of his no-trade clause. If he wanted to remain a Celtic, that was his prerogative. Despite what he…

  21. Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    A good chunk of trades went down before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get…

  22. Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick traded to the Milwaukee Bucks

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

    Bobcats Magic Basketball

    There were plenty of rumblings about Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith going to Milwaukee in a blockbuster three-team deal with Orlando, but that trade died when Atlanta reportedly pulled out of the deal. That trade falling apart didn’t deter the Bucks from acquiring a piece to help them in their playoff push, however. Adrian Wojnarowski…

  23. Boston Celtics acquire Jordan Crawford from Washington Wizards for Leandro Barbosa

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    Jordan Crawford, Iman Shumpert

    Well, anytime you can trade a guy with one functioning ACL for a guy with two, you have to do it. That’s obviously an oversimplification of things, but it’s hard to argue with the logic. The Boston Celtics needed a body in the backcourt, and to get it, they traded a player who was no…

  24. The Extra Pass: Analyzing the Kings-Rockets Trade

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Boston Celtics

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we examine the trade between the Kings and the Rockets. How often does a team save money and improve on the court in a trade? That’s essentially what the Sacramento Kings did when they…

  25. Three Stars of the Night: Harden’s Revenge Game

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:30 AM EDT

    James Harden

    On a night where trade talk dominated the news, James Harden served up a reminder that there’s an awful lot that must be considered when making a deal. Who knows how much it mattered to Oklahoma City at the time, but trading James Harden to a perennially competitive Western Conference foe badly in need of such…

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