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  1. Video: Anthony Davis, others talk Rookie Transition Program

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    Recently in New Jersey was the Rookie Transition Program — where for a few days just drafted NBA rookies sit in a classroom and learn what NBA life will be like off the court. They are warned of the friends and family who will come with hands out for money. Of the women who will be…

  2. Larry Bird to get statue at alma mater, will tower over Magic

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    Even though the rivalry is more than 20 years old, even though Larry Bird and Ervin Johnson are friends — Bird and the “Magic” persona slightly less so — I love that Bird vs. Magic is still a dividing line. At Indiana State, Larry Bird’s alma mater, where he took the school to its only…

  3. Donte Greene signing with Nets on hold due to ankle surgery

    Aug 29, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Sacramento Kings

    That whole Donte Greene has reached a deal with the Nets thing has fallen apart. And when a player’s agent is being vague, it’s never a good sign. Which brings us to this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Greene’s expected signing with Nets this week now on hold due to pending surgery on…

  4. Video: Watch Dwight Howard block a kid’s shots in pop-a-shot

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    First, my favorite part of this video is that the pop-a-shot game in China has chain-link metal nets like you would see on an outdoor, black top court. I love that sound. Aside that, this Dwight Howard is doing his Dwight Howard clowning around thing. He’s hamming it up on his tour of China where…

  5. Kris Humphries sued by woman claiming he gave her STD. Eww.

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v New Jersey Nets

    Oh, Kris. You really need to work on staying off of TMZ’s front page. But alas, Kris Humphries — the short-lived Mr. Kardashian — is bing sued by a woman in Los Angeles who claims the Brooklyn power forward gave her an STD. Of course, TMZ with the scoop. Kris Humphries has just been sued…

  6. Man behind Seattle arena plan buys up all the land he needs

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    We are a long way from seeing an arena and NBA team in Seattle. Yet if I were a Sacramento Kings fan worried about losing my team I’d be far more worried about what is happening in Seattle than the long-shot possibility in Virginia Beach. PBT reported yesterday that the Maloofs already turned down an…

  7. Picture of the Day: Marbury with his statue in Beijing

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:29 PM EST

    Marbury statue

    Remember early last year, when Knicks fans were worried about when J.R. Smith could get out of his China contract and help the Knicks in the NBA playoffs, but everyone had to wait for his team to be eliminated from the playoffs? Well, Stephon Marbury and his Beijing Ducks were never eliminated — they won…

  8. Report: Minnesota shopping guard to free up money for big

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    Ridnour_Wolves

    We were talking with you earlier today about how the Minnesota Timberwolves want to sign one more big man, but they are limited. They would like to bring back Anthony Tolliver but he wants more than the veteran minimum. And Minnesota can’t offer more than that right now. But they are looking into ways to…

  9. Chalmers: I’m on “front end of the top 10” point guards

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Mario Chalmers has never lacked for confidence. That has paid off for the Kansas Jayhawks when he sank the NCAA title-winning shot. It has paid off for the Miami Heat, giving them another guy who doesn’t fear the big shot at the end of games. But with that confidence can come the belief that you…

  10. Piston’s Jerebko tweaks ankle playing for Sweden; will be fine

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

    Jerebko_Jonas

    If you listened to every general manager and owner interviewed after the Olympics about how their star players did, the quotes pretty much all went “it’s great that they won and it’s even better that they didn’t get injured.” Well, the Clippers didn’t say that, what with Blake Griffin (knee) and Chris Paul (thumb) needing…

  11. League executives pick Heat to win title next season

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Miami Heat player LeBron James hoists the championship trophy as team mate Dwyane Wade looks on stage at a rally in Miami, Florida

    The road to an NBA title still goes through Miami. The Lakers loaded up adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. The Oklahoma City Thunder are young and will be better with the experience of the NBA finals in their collective consciousness. Boston improved as well this summer. But when Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated polled…

  12. Krzyzewski helped push Shane Battier toward Miami

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Shane Battier is an NBA champion, and there may be no other member of the Miami Heat team that seemed to savor the experience of the finals and winning than the veteran forward. But it was Battier’s Duke connections that helped guide him to Miami. When Battier was a free agent following the lockout, he…

  13. Wizards officially sign Martell Webster to one-year contract

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    We told you a week ago that Martell Webster had reached a deal to become a member of the Washington Wizards. Now he has officially signed the papers, tweets Michael Lee of the Washington Post. While terms were not disclosed you can bet this is a minimum deal or pretty darned close to it. It’s…

  14. One Team USA member recalls the hostage crisis of the 1972 Olympics

    Aug 29, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    30th Anniversary Of Munich Olympics Massacre

    Last week, the members of the 1972 USA Olympic team got together to remember the good old days. And most of the focus was on the game and that controversy. That was the team that lost the gold medal game to the Russians 51-50 after Russia got three attempts at a final shot. It was…

  15. Tyshawn Taylor talks about dealing with friends wanting money

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Final Four - Ohio State v Kansas

    Last week was the Rookie Transition Program, which is where the league brings in all its first-year players (and this time second-year players, too, as there was no program after the lockout) and tells them all about the friends and family who are going to try and leech their money, women who are going to…

  16. Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    Tolliver_wolves

    Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract. Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of…

  17. Dwyane Wade gets back on the court. That’s a start.

    Aug 29, 2012, 9:42 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade was not himself during the playoffs. Of course, and injured Wade still scored 22.8 points and grabbed 5.2 rebounds a game, he’s that good, but you could tell he was slowed. So after the season, on July 9, he had knee surgery. Tuesday, Wade was back on the court for the first time,…

  18. Jordan, Magic to be presenters at Hall of Fame ceremony

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Presenters are a ceremonial part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction. They don’t actually do anything, but the ceremony calls for an already enshrined Hall of Famer to stand behind the inductee as he or she speaks about being inducted. When Phil Knight — the founder of Nike — is enshrined next Friday…

  19. Don Nelson now a Hawaii businessman, done as NBA coach

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:30 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    We told you a few days ago that soon to be NBA Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson was done coaching. As in not coming back to the mainland at age 72, other than to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But don’t think he’s slowed down. He’s a businessman in Hawaii now, as…

  20. Blake Griffin thinks Clippers should hire in-house for GM

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:51 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    The Clippers have gone through this summer without a general manager since Neil Olshey took the pay raise in Portland — and done pretty well for themselves. They made the obvious move and gave Blake Griffin a max extension. They landed Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill to give them a deeper bench and some veteran…

  21. Report: Magic near deal with former Celtic E’Twaun Moore

    Aug 28, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    E'Twaun Moore

    This is a smart move by the Orlando Magic. Exactly the kind of risks they should take during this rebuild. They may be taking on a second year player the Celtics liked last year but couldn’t keep in their “win now” mode. From Joshua Robins of the Orlando Sentinel on twitter. The #Magic expect to…

  22. Tuesday And-1 links:

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    pau gasol tweet photo

    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. • Pau Gasol is in Chad right now, working with UNICEF on important food…

  23. Movie? Check. Next, maybe a rap tracks from Kevin Durant

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    You really need to go right now and read the entire Washington Post Q&A with Kevin Durant by Michael Lee. Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you. Durant talks about acting. About winning gold medal. About losing in the NBA finals. About doing a rap album. Wait… what? Durant a rapper? That’s what he said. Durant…

  24. Former Duke star, No. 1 pick Art Heyman dies at age 71

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

    heyman-blog-500

    Art Heyman — a man at the heart of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry who went on to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Knicks in 1963 — passed away Monday at the age of 71. The cause of death is not known. Heyman is often remembered as the first great players at Duke,…

  25. New Orleans native Greg Monroe watching hurricane Isaac

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:20 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Pistons center Greg Monroe was a high school sophomore in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina hit and decimated that city. His family decided the night before to get out of town and left with a full car at 3 a.m. headed to Houston. He and his family survived, but it forever changed his life. Like…

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