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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

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    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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

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

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

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    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,…

  16. 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…

  17. Kings own online store goes dark, not that anyone notices

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

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    There is just not a lot of demand for Sacramento Kings gear right now. They are not very good, they don’t have a huge national fan base, and some think they have the ugliest jersey in pro sports. Even the local fan base feels ownership has been flipping them the bird for the past few…

  18. Video: Jordan and Kobe going shot for shot

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:52 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    This video was obviously put together by a Kobe Bryant fan (it comes via Bleacher Report). After a shmaltzy introduction it matches Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant shot for shot. And it’s interesting. It confirms what we already knew — that Kobe clearly patterned his game after Jordan. They like the same spots on the…

  19. Who will be most drama-filled, soap opera team next season?

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v New York Knicks

    Where will the soap opera be next NBA season? Certainly the Lakers will be in the spotlight and every twitch will be magnified after the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. But it’s not the soap opera some expect — this is not going to be a Kobe vs. Shaq part deux. Dwight Howard…

  20. Problem solved — Pippen back on Dream Team for NBA 2K13

    Aug 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    DreamTeam_Group_Screenshot

    Scottie Pippen is back on the Dream Team. Not that he technically was ever off it, he still has a gold medal at home to prove he was in Barcelona in 1992 along with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and the rest of the Dream Team. However, this year’s NBA 2K13 is going to…

  21. Ricky Rubio update: Things progressing well. That is all.

    Aug 28, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Minnesota could be a playoff team this year, maybe should be. They have Kevin Love in the middle as the anchor, and this summer they added some guys who potentially really lift the franchise in Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko. But ultimately, Minnesota’s playoff chances come back to Ricky Rubio — the young Spanish center…

  22. Mike Miller back in the gym, gearing up for Heat season

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Last July, a lot of people expected the Miami Heat to amnesty Mike Miller. Despite his stellar shooting in Game 5 of the finals, his body had largely given out on him. It would be easier to list the body parts on Miller that were not injured. Hobbling would be a good way to describe…

  23. Rondo says he wants to be greatest Celtics point guard ever

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    I like that Rajon Rondo is thinking big. Like “the Celtics are my team” big. Look what he said while in the Philippines (where he is helping at a Red Bull sponsored youth Clinic), as reported by Interaksyon.com (via SLAM). “I hope I can end my career as the greatest point guard in the history…

  24. Doug Collins wants Spencer Hawes to be like Pau Gasol

    Aug 28, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

    Spencer Hawes, Brandon Bass

    Before back and Achilles injuries sidelined him, Spencer Hawes was the key to the Sixers offense last season. It wasn’t about the points, it was his passing that got the ball moving side-to-side against the defense and created good looks for others. Without him the offense stagnated some, he was not the same player upon…

  25. Harden says he wants to stay with Thunder. But want is not the issue.

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:29 AM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    James Harden likes being a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. A lot. If we take nothing else away from the recent discussion of his contract status, that much should be clear. Of course, I want to live in a beachfront home in Malibu. Money often complicates what we want in life. Harden was interviewed…

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