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  1. Brandon Jennings wants to steal some moves from Nash

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Everyone steals moves in the NBA the way novelists openly admit they steal techniques and ideas from other writers. The key — if you’re going to steal, steal from the best. Which is what Brandon Jennings has been doing this past summer. In an effort to boost his field goal percentage — a career best…

  2. Kevin Durant is bulking up… relatively.

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Remember how at the NBA Draft Combine Kevin Durant couldn’t bench press the 185 pound bar even once? That led some pundits to suggest he would get pushed around like a rag doll and struggle to find his game in an NBA made up of strong men. Turns out, while the bench press may be…

  3. ‘Sheed talks about why he chose Knicks (try Mike Woodson)

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA. Which should be a good test of the NBA’s technical policy if nothing else. He’s had a few other chances to return from retirement the past two years, a number of teams including the Celtics (where he last played) have approached him. He said no. He didn’t want…

  4. Rookie White will report to Rockets camp Monday with plan

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Royce White

    The Rockets and rookie and Royce White have a plan. White had missed the first week of training camp as he and the Rockets tried to hammer out a plan (a process White took the blame for not starting earlier). That plan calls for him to ride in a rented bus (at his expense) to…

  5. Playoffs? Wizards’ owner Leonsis isn’t talking playoffs.

    Oct 5, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, Adam Oates

    Washington Wizards players want to make the playoffs this year. John Wall and others have talked openly about that as a goal. They think the team — with the additions of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza — can make the leap. But in speaking to the media, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis seemed to tamp…

  6. Gooden says guys who draw charges will pay flopping fines

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

    Paul George, Drew Gooden

    Mark Cuban doesn’t love it. Neither does Blake Griffin. And Dirk Nowitzki. While a lot of players have said they like the NBA’s new policy of fines for flops and hope that it starts to curtail the embellishment of contact in the NBA, not everyone does. There are concerns about enforcement, about unintended consequences, about…

  7. Thursday And-1 link: News, notes from around NBA camps

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    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. • It was news when Kobe Bryant said this was the most talented Lakers…

  8. Some things never change: Shaq, Howard still feuding

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    New city, same story. Dwight Howard is now with the Lakers but that hasn’t changed Shaquille’s O’Neal’s feelings about him. Shaq doesn’t like him. Maybe it’s the silly Superman thing, maybe it’s that Dwight took the mantle from Shaq as best center in the game as Shaq’s career wound down, but they don’t get along.…

  9. Quote of the day: David Stern, still plenty condescending

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    David Stern

    “Actually, many players have said, that’s great,’’ Stern said about the reaction he’s gotten so far. “Now we can make the game about basketball talent rather than acting talent. “I think the players association has a different perspective. I guess they like acting. But we think we have the greatest athletes in the world playing…

  10. Dirk Nowitzki calls flopping fines “a bunch of crap”

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    350x-4

    The new fines for flopping announced by the league are not very popular in Dallas. First Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the impact of the fines and what the fallout would be, and now Dirk Nowitzki has come out and questioned how the league will enforce the rules. From the Dallas Morning News (hat tip…

  11. When Chalmers grows up, LeBron will stop yelling at him

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Mario Chalmers is the Heats’ whipping boy. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, pretty much all the Heat players are not shy about yelling at Chalmers. He’s no rookie anymore — he has a ring and he’s hit big shots for the Heat — but he makes the little mistakes that infuriate veterans, and they let him…

  12. Cuban says flopping rules may have “unintended consequences”

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    It’s just not going to be clean and simple. The NBA announced plans for new fines for flopping (which the union is appealing). The idea of punishing floppers sounds great and it’s an easy move on the most obvious and egregious calls. But most calls fans thinks of as flops are embellishments of real contact,…

  13. Celtics fans dream video: Scalabrine interviews Terry

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    It’s a little slice of modern day Celtics heaven — old fan favorite Brian Scalabrine interviewing fast growing fan favorite Jason Terry for Comcast SportsNet New England. They talk about what it is like to jump into a veteran team, living in Boston and more. Celtics fans must check it out, the rest of you…

  14. Barkley says LeBron “bigger, stronger, faster” than Jordan

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Move over Kobe Bryant, it’s time for the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparisons to start ramping up. And at the front of it all — Charles Barkley. He is on the opening episode of NBA TV’s Open Court” (which first airs next Tuesday) and he says LeBron could be better than Jordan. From the…

  15. Report: Peyton Manning, Penny Hardaway to be Grizzlies minority owners

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Oakland Raiders v Denver Broncos

    Robert Pera — the young tech billionaire in the process of buying the Memphis Grzzlies — continues to put together his ownership group and continues to bring in big names. Like Peyton Manning. And Penny Hardaway. They are both in, reports well connected Memphis radio personality Chris Vernon. SCOOP:Peyton Manning has agreed in principle to…

  16. Blake Griffin says flopping fines just NBA going after cash

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    For the most part, NBA players have been backed the NBA’s new penalties for floppers — plays will be reviewed by the league office and guys will be warned for the first instance and fined after that up to $30,000 for the fifth incident. Players seem to think maybe this will cut down on flopping…

  17. White tells Rockets he wants to travel to some games by bus

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White, the No. 16 pick of the Houston Rockets in the June draft, is still not at Rockets camp. The talented and versatile forward fell out of the lottery in part because teams were wary of the anxiety disorder he struggles with. White has a fear of flying. At times a paralyzing fear. He…

  18. Knicks, Pistons to play regular season game in London

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    london

    How about this for a road trip? The New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons are traveling to London for a regular season game Jan. 17, the league confirmed Thursday. The game will be a homecoming to the O2 Arena for the Knicks Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, who won gold there with Team USA this…

  19. Video: Blake Griffin with 75 foot shot… and some dunks

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    If Blake Griffin knows how to do one thing, it’s put on a show. Teams right now are doing their public scrimmages (something they are required to do, a remnant of the lockout before last as a gift to the fans) and usually these are not much. But Griffin is a walking show and so…

  20. Dwight Howard fitting in with Lakers, so bet he re-signs

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    We’re still in the honeymoon phase with the Lakers and Dwight Howard — not that they are ever going to fall out of love with him, but the relationship hasn’t been tested yet. Right now it’s all champagne wishes and caviar dreams. He’s practicing with the team and all the reports are glowing. Which makes…

  21. Video: Trailer for Brooklyn Nets “The Association”

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    If you haven’t seen it, The Association is NBA TV’s version of the HBO/NFL show “Hard Knocks.” And let’s be clear, Hard Knocks is better for two key reasons: 1) That show is run by HBO, where The Association is run by the NBA which scrubs anything vaguely controversial or embarrassing from the show; 2)…

  22. Miami Heat bomb away from three in preseason scrimmage

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Ray Allen, James Jones

    Judging what an NBA team will look like based on an in-house scrimmage is a lot like trying to tell if a movie is going to be any good from the trailer. It’s an exercise in missed judgment. I mean, “Taken” looked good in a trailer. (Good enough that they made a sequel, I guess.)…

  23. Report: Tracy McGrady considering playing in China

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Reality is sinking in for Tracy McGrady — training camps are open and underway, teams basically have their rosters set, Rasheed Wallace hasn’t played in the NBA in two seasons but he’s got a contract, yet McGrady can’t find a team to give him a shot. Well, not on this continent anyway. And without other…

  24. Grizzlies VP Dana Davis found dead in his apartment

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    dana davis

    Sad news out of Memphis. Dana Davis, the Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations, was discovered dead in his apartment, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He was 56 and no foul play is suspected. He had not been seen since Tuesday afternoon and both Grizzlies employees and the Memphis police entered his apartment to find…

  25. Video: Celtic Jason Terry trying to pick up Boston accent

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    That’s funny stuff. Jason Terry is taking to Boston and its fans in a way we haven’t seen since… well Shaq, but not a lot of people before them. He seems to really love being a Celtic and being in Bean Town. We’ll see how all that plays out on the court.

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