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  1. With full training camp, Mike Brown going slower with Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There were a lot of things Lakers fans criticized Mike Brown for last year. Some were deserved, some not. Such is the life of an NBA head coach. But one legitimate complaint was he burned the Lakers candle at both ends — long practices and lots of them, not a lot of time off, and…

  2. Bay Area rapper Lil B, 76-year old man try out for D-League

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    SantaCruzWarriors

    Not to go all Forest Gump (because we all should avoid that as much as possible), but you really do never know what you are going to get with a D-League tryout. Take the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State affiliate (moved from South Dakota the season before), which held an open tryout on Saturday.…

  3. Aldridge says he’s a No. 1, Blazers should build around him

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is LaMarcus Aldridge a real No. 1 guy for an NBA team? How you answer that question determines what you think the Blazers need to be doing as they restructure the roster. If you think he is a Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard you can build a contender around, then the Blazers should be…

  4. George Karl doesn’t care how much money JaVale McGee makes

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    So far in Denver’s training camp, veteran big man Kosta Koufos has turned heads with his play. They also have Timofey Mozgov, who can be counted on for solid minutes every night. What about JaVale McGee, who the Nuggets paid big money to keep this summer? Well, he has looked like JaVale Mcgee — some…

  5. Even in preseason, risks of small ball begin to show

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes, Ray Allen

    In Shanghai we saw it — Chris Bosh and the assortment of other Heat centers could do little to slow the bigger, stronger DeAndre Jordan short of fouling him. With Chris Paul feeding him the rock, Jordan shot 8-for-8 in a Clippers win. In Hartford we saw it — the Knicks went to the Raymond…

  6. Video: Celtics Jeff Green dunks all over Knicks

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    350x-1

    Jeff Green is long and athletic, and when he gets going he can put up some highlights. It’s fun to see those on the court again. But Celtics broadcasters, do us all a favor: Stop comparing Jeff Green to James Worthy. Stop. It. You’ve done it for a few games now. I get that you…

  7. Andrew Bynum to have another “routine” injection in knee

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    When it comes to Andrew Bynum’s knees, I’m not sure anything can be considered “routine.” But that is the word the 76ers are using to describe another procedure Bynum is about to have done to his knee. The one with the bone bruise following his last procedure that has kept him out of training camp…

  8. Kevin Love injured his elbow while sleeping. That’s his story.

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Our early leader for strangest injury of training camp goes to… Kevin Love. He sat out Minnesota’s Saturday preseason game because of a sore elbow he got from sleeping. Yes, sleeping in the wrong position. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. From the Star Tribune. Love didn’t bang it or hyperextend it while…

  9. Looks like Battier is the other starting forward for Heat

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    You kind of had to expect this after the playoffs last season. Still, we all know how coaches like to talk in training camp — “It’s an open competition, anybody can win the job.” And all that… manure. That’s what Erik Spoelstra’s been selling about the Heat’s lineups, but I think we can take a…

  10. Dahntay Jones says “Linsanity” was bigger because Lin was Knick

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Dahntay Jones is not the first person to say this. Heck, Mark Cuban said it. But the Mavericks swingman is the latest to say new cross-state rival Jeremy Lin would not have had the same hype last season if he hadn’t been playing in New York City. That the fire of “Linsanity” spread because the…

  11. Stop the silly rumors: Jose Calderon is not headed to Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:52 AM EDT

    Raptors' Calderon poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    I can think of 10 million reasons Jose Calderon will not be a Laker. That rumor — Calderon to the Lakers — got going on twitter over the weekend. Because on twitter nobody has to think about reality or finances, plus this didn’t even have a source. Yet somehow it picked up steam, so let’s…

  12. You can own a gallon of McJordan BBQ sauce for just $10K

    Oct 14, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Like seemingly all things Michael Jordan, we tend to look back on his marketing and endorsement career through rose-colored glasses. Or, maybe dollar sign glasses. He is considered the gold standard. We kind of ignore the fact that in the 1990s Jordan put his name on just about anything in a very Krusty the Clown…

  13. Video: Metta World Peace kisses a girls hand in the stands

    Oct 14, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Metta World Peace went into the stands again, but this time he actually tried to turn on the charm. And it kind of worked. MWP went blocked a transition shot by Gordon Hayward — in a battle of strength Hayward is severely outmatched here — and the ball went bounding into the stands, to be…

  14. Friday Night Video: Remembering Nate “Tiny” Archibald

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

    Nate Tiny Archibald

    One of the truly great little men ever to play in the NBA. He is the only player ever to lead the NBA in points and assists in the same season, back when he had to carry the Kings offense. He was a six-time All-Star who did win a ring as a member of the…

  15. Friday And-1 Links: Discussing coming out in the NBA

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Statistically speaking, there is somebody playing in the NBA right now who is…

  16. Steve Nash is the one person who thinks the Suns won’t suck

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Suns are lottery bound. Michael Beasley might make a good fantasy player but unless he has an efficiency epiphany he’s not a guy you want taking the bulk of your shots. Which is what is going to happen. I like Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic, but they are not building block guys. Everyone thinks…

  17. Fisher back to the Lakers? Why? But never say never.

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    If Romeo Void taught us one thing, it’s to never say never. But bringing Derek Fisher back to the Lakers is something that should be right next to never. Mostly because he’s really not good at basketball anymore. Not in the NBA sense. And the Lakers want to win a title. But the Lakers may…

  18. Nowitzki had his knee drained again, returns to practice

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    For the second time in the last few weeks, Dirk Nowitzki had his knee drained, reports the Dallas Morning News. I’m not a doctor, but when your knee keeps filling up with fluid something is wrong. When it happens repeatedly things are not getting better. With it drained Nowitzki was able to return to practice…

  19. NBA season preview: Minnesota Timberwovles

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Last season: What could have been. This was a team playoff bound (or at least in the mix for it) until injuries wiped out those hopes. First was the biggie, Ricky Rubio’s ACL, but then both Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic went down and the whole thing fell apart. The Timberwolves finished 26-40 and back…

  20. Brian Scalabrine explains the White Mamba

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    scalabrinedark

    Isn’t Brian Scalabrine the best? Here he is, comparing himself — the “chill” White Mamba — to the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant. Totally different mindset. They are so alike in so many ways…. Hat tip to SLAM.

  21. Time for Kyrylo Fesenko to learn how to drive

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    FESENKO_KYRYLO

    Kyrylo Fesenko has spent five years in the NBA, the first four in Utah, the last in Indiana. Those teams had something in common besides all being pretty good — Salt Lake City and Indianapolis are relatively small and easy cities to get around. Just take a cab and you can get anywhere pretty cheaply.…

  22. Nowtizki back at practice, other updates from NBA camps

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    During NBA training camps there are a rash of small injuries and guys missing games for an assortment of reasons, so many you can’t keep track. We’re here to help. Here is a little Friday rundown of camp notes from around the NBA. • Dirk Nowitzki returned to the full Mavericks practice on Friday. Nowitzki…

  23. Kobe doesn’t get why Philly paid Kwame Brown so much

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Kwame-Brown

    This summer, desperate for a center and before they traded for Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers reached a deal with Kwame Brown. He makes $2.8 million this year, $2.9 next season if Brown picks up his player option. Which he will. So Kwame Brown will pocket just shy of $6 million. A lot of people…

  24. Seattle NBA arena moves forward but Mariners still oppose

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Seattle

    The Seattle Mariners do not come off smelling good in this situation. Even when their representatives try to explain themselves. Plans for a new arena in Seattle continue to move forward with both the city and county councils expected to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the developer next Monday. Developer Chris Hansen has taken…

  25. World Peace thinks Nash should have his own Vegas show. With strippers.

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    More than one person has said Steve Nash is a magician with the basketball. Metta World Peace is playing with him right now, and the guy that never really grasped the triangle offense is amazed by what Nash does with the offense. To the point of confusion. He jokes he doesn’t get back on defense…

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