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  1. Doctors clear Dwight Howard for full contact scrimmages

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

    More and more it looks like Dwight Howard will be there when the Lakers open the regular season. That’s not guaranteed, but doctors have cleared him for full contact, 5-on-5 scrimmages, reports Mike Trudell at the official Lakers site. It’s a big step. This does not mean Howard has been cleared for games, he is…

  2. Kevin Garnett can’t be bothered to learn rookies’ names

    Oct 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Italy Celtics  EA7 Emporio Armani Basketball

    Hey rook, Kevin Garnett will bother to learn your name when you prove it’s worth his time. And you are nowhere close. Nowhere. Close. It’s almost a running joke, around the Celtics facilities Garnett does not bother to call Boston’s crop of rookies by their names. Hasn’t in the past, he’s not going to start…

  3. Dwyane Wade talks switch from Jordan brand to Li-Ning

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    China NBA

    Most players grow up dreaming of wearing Jordans, of being a guy Nike promotes around the globe. Dwyane Wade had all that — and left it for Chinese shoe brand Li-Ning. While word of the change got out a couple weeks ago Wade addressed the switch for the first time Tuesday — not so coincidentally…

  4. Chris Paul returns… just don’t expect to see him vs. Heat

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was back on the court with his Clippers teammates. Held back by doctors after off-season thumb surgery, he has been cleared for full-contact practices and is out there getting run. That’s the good news. It doesn’t mean we are going to get to see him against the Miami Heat as the two teams…

  5. Video: Harrison Barnes dunks on Al Jefferson

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    This is not an all-time classic or anything, but for a rookie making a play on a long-time veteran  it’s pretty good. This is Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes throwing it down on Al Jefferson (who was late on the rotation but in part because Paul Millsap did nothing to slow Barnes coming off the pick,…

  6. Bulls’ Carlos Boozer says to judge him by wins, losses

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer

    Carlos Boozer has frustrated fans in three cities. Cleveland for how he left. Utah and Chicago for how he played — good but never quite as good as expected. Boozer is used to the criticism (the man played at Duke, not where you go if you want basketball fans everywhere to love you). He’s heard…

  7. Here are your official NBA championship odds

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    So, the Miami Heat are the favorites to win the NBA title and the Charlotte Bobcats are the longest shot. Some things never change. Below are the NBA championship odds for all 30 teams, courtesy online gaming site Bovada. Remember that odds are not there to tell you who the book thinks will win, rather…

  8. Kobe has mentored Dwight Howard for years. Secretly.

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It became a big story last season, when Dwight Howard was on the trading block and reportedly did not want to come to Los Angeles following a conversation with Kobe Bryant where Kobe made it clear the Lakers were his team. (How much of that leak was Howard and how much was the talkative people…

  9. Former Knicks player, Pistons coach Donnie Butcher died

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Former Knicks and Pistons player Donnie Butcher, who went on to coach the Pistons for three seasons, has passed away, reports the Detroit Free Press. Butcher was a seventh-round pick of the New York Knicks, the only NBA player ever to come out of Pikeville College, and played five seasons in the NBA with the…

  10. Bynum says he’s improving, should be ready for season

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Doug Collins

    There are a lot of changes in Philadelphia, but Andrew Bynum is at the hub of them all. But so far this season, while the Sixers have spirited practices with players fighting for positions and minutes, Bynum has been on the sideline. He ended up with a bone bruise from the knee procedure he had…

  11. Phil Jackson talks LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    It right now is impossible to compare Michael Jordan and LeBron James right now. Not simply because Jordan has set the bar ridiculously high — using arguably the best player ever and his six rings as a measuring stick is not fair because even other all-time greats fall short of that mark — but also…

  12. Rondo thinks this year’s Celtics are “our best shot”

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Optimism is running very high in Boston. Last season the Celtics made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, then this summer the Celtics added Jason Terry and Jeff Green — they got deeper and better. So expectations are high. And Rajon Rondo is talking them up. Here is…

  13. Video: A little help picking your NBA fantasy team

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    It’s pretty easy to make your first choice if you have one of the top two picks in your fantasy draft (LeBron James and Kevin Durant), but like building any team its the next choices that will really determine how you do. So, we’re here to help. Above in a Rotoworld video Kay Adams and…

  14. Report: Iverson not likely to sign, play season in China

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    We showed you the highlight of Allen Iverson crossing over a guy in China that looked just like the old days (then missing the shot, which looked like the new days). But that one play is not the reality. The play was part of Iverson playing in an exhibition in China against Stephon Marbury’s Beijing…

  15. Stephen Curry back on court in preseason, played one half

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:44 AM EDT

    nba-lockout-curry

    Stephen Curry played half a basketball game. The Warriors are hoping that in a few months that will not be noteworthy, but it was the first time in seven months that Curry played a half of basketball Monday night, in a preseason game against the Jazz. He didn’t play the second half because of a…

  16. Eric Gordon not expected to practice for another week

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    And Eric Gordon is still out in New Orleans. His surgically-repaired right knee kept him out the first week of drills at camp and it is still giving him trouble. Which means it could be another week before he is back on the court. Or longer, like the entire preseason. That according to the Times-Picayune.…

  17. Monday And-1 links: Royce White joins Rockets; more camp notes

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Royce White

    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 like men love Mila Kunis. • Rookie Royce White joined the Houston Rockets training…

  18. Lakers backup big man Hill out with herniated disc in back

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    With Dwight Howard out until whenever (likely around the start of the season), the Lakers have been counting on Jordan Hill to soak up a lot of his minutes, both in practice and in games. But now Hill is out with a herniated disc in his back, reports the Lakers (hat tip to Kevin Ding…

  19. Report: Tracy McGrady finalizing deal to play in China

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady was looking for another year in the NBA, a 16th NBA season. But not finding a guaranteed deal, he is taking his talents to the port city of Qingdao, China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. McGrady, 33, will likely complete the deal within the next couple days and leave for China within…

  20. Raptors to sit Kyle Lowry for week to heal thigh injury

    Oct 8, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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

    Kyle Lowry has a lot of expectations heaped on him in Toronto. No pressure. But he was the Raptors biggest offseason move and while GM Bryan Colangelo may see him as a trade chip fans see him as a guy who can improve the team. But not this week. The Raptors announced they will rest…

  21. Kobe sounds exactly like a guy ready to retire in two years

    Oct 8, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s impossible to know what Kobe Bryant will be thinking in two years. It’s not going to be easy for him to walk away from a sport he loves, to walk away from the locker room camaraderie, to refocus his competitive drive away from the basketball court that has been his home since childhood. But…

  22. Coach’s assessment: Blazers’ Leonard is a work in progress

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Leonard from Illinois University shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after he was selected by the Portland Trailblazers as the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA basketball Draft in Newark

    Portland is rebuilding their team. They will not be terrible because LaMarcus Aldridge won’t let them be (and because I think Damien Lillard is going to be pretty good), but they have time to let young players learn and develop. Like rookie center Meyers Leonard. He has a lot of developing to do. Blazers assistant…

  23. Deron Williams says Cuban not meeting with him helped “clinch” Nets deal

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    UPDATE 4:55 pm: Mark Cuban and the Mavericks are in Spain for an exhibition game, but when reached by Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com for a response to what Deron Williams said Cuban took the high road. “I’m very happy with the ways thing turned out for the Mavs and wish DWill the best,” Cuban said…

  24. Nash crossed Jarrett Jack, looked good in Lakers debut

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    That is the highlight everyone is talking about in Los Angeles, Steve Nash crossing over Jarrett Jack during the Lakers preseason opener against the Warriors in Fresno. It’s really not what Nash did best in this game. What Nash did well is something the Lakers have not done consistently in recent years — quick ball…

  25. David Stern sounds positive about NBA returning to Seattle

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    It is not really a dramatic bit of news, but this does give you a sense of the NBA’s attitude. At David Stern’s press conference is Milan Sunday, a foreign reporter asked the final question of the day, about a return of the NBA to Seattle. Here was Stern’s response: “The answer is there seem…

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