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  1. Friday Night Video: Damn Allen Iverson was fun to watch

    Aug 31, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    In our Friday And-1 links, we led off with an interesting post by Ethan Sherwood Strauss at Hoopspeak saying we need to separate the culture legacy of Allen Iverson in the NBA — the first player to really embrace the look and swagger of hip hop and become controversial because of it — and his…

  2. Friday And-1 links: What is Allen Iverson’s legacy?

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    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 more than Republicans love bashing Obama… well, maybe not that much. • Just how…

  3. Matt Barnes would like to stay with Lakers, but it’s not likely

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Matt Barnes is one of those players who seems a little too good to still be out there as a free agent, not snapped up by some teams. Maybe even a return to the Lakers — his defense, willingness to work off the ball, and athleticism seem a fit with Steve Nash and some of…

  4. Shed a tear: Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova broke up

    Aug 31, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel And Ceramic Pavee Watch Launch

    I’m sure this brings a tear to your eye… OK, not really. It’s more offseason distraction. But let’s be honest here — you have no shot at her. So back off that fantasy. Anyway, it’s true. The rumors that former Laker and Net (and current Turkish league player) Sasha Vujacic and tennis icon Maria Sharapova…

  5. Andrew Bynum is selling tickets in Philadelphia

    Aug 31, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum greets fans during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    This season Philly fans aren’t even waiting for the Eagles inevitable collapse to get on the 76ers bandwagon. The Sixers were bold this summer and moved Andre Iguodala to bring in the second best center in the NBA — Andrew Bynum. We have yet to see how that meshes on the court — it should…

  6. Once again watch Harden say he wants to stay with Thunder

    Aug 31, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    That video is from a Spanish-language broadcast (you’re going to figure that out pretty quickly) and interview with James Harden. Nothing earth shattering revealed here. He says the Thunder are young and improving.  That they have a real brotherhood. He does pick Kobe Bryant as the best player he’s seen, but he throws in a Durant…

  7. Carril thinks the Lakers have pieces to run Princeton offense

    Aug 31, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Pete Carril

    Pete Carril — the Hall of Fame coach who spent 29 years as the head man at Princeton — is the father of the Princeton offense. He cribbed parts of it from what the Celtics were doing in the 1960s (as Don Nelson did with small ball) but he was the guy that put it…

  8. Popovich says Kawhi Leonard could be face of Spurs

    Aug 31, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard

    Right now, Tim Duncan is deservedly the face of the Spurs. One of the greatest power forwards ever to play the game. And when you think of him you tend to think of the speedy Tony Parker and the crafty Manu Ginobili as well. But in a few years it could be Kawhi Leonard. At…

  9. Like your 4-year-old, Kevin Durant will not eat his greens

    Aug 31, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    You hear a lot of NBA players talk about a transformation in their diet as they age in the league — they come in being able to eat just about anything and go out and perform. But about their mid- to late-20s, they start to realize they need to take better care of their bodies…

  10. Video: George Hill, Roy Hibbert mess with Pacers fans

    Aug 31, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert eating

    One of the most coveted areas to sit at Pacers home games is Area 55 — Roy Hibbert‘s personal cheering section. And they root for the team, too. These people try out and promise to be loud and crazy all game long — like soccer fans — and for that they get free tickets to…

  11. What we learned from Wade’s book: He loves David Hasselhoff

    Aug 31, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    BRITAIN-ENT-CINEMA-KEITH LEMON THE FILM

    The Dwyane Wade media blitz has begun — his new book on fatherhood (“A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball”) hits the shelves next week and he is going to be on a big book tour promoting it. He will be everywhere. Letterman. The View. Sports talk shows. You will turn around…

  12. Piétrus talks with Timberwolves, but remains free agent

    Aug 31, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    The Boston Celtics went another direction and decided not to bring back Mickaël Piétrus, making the French guard a free agent. Since then he has had talks with the Bucks and a few other teams, but nothing has materialized. So now there is this report on twitter from Minnesota television and radio personality Darren Wolfson:…

  13. Brooklyn Nets still searching for local practice facility

    Aug 31, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    When Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and the rest of the Brooklyn Nets go to practice they have to head out the Lincoln Tunnel on the 495 West toward East Rutherford, New Jersey. The same practice facility the Nets have had for years. It’s a 40-minute drive from Brooklyn to New Jersey to practice, and that’s…

  14. Rondo says he expects Celtics to win NBA title. This year.

    Aug 31, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    There are two franchises where an NBA championship is just expected by a fan base — the Lakers and Celtics. They are not going to win it every year (although combined they have won half of the NBA’s championships) but fans and the front offices expect to be in the mix every year. With that,…

  15. Shane Battier reminds us that Yao Ming was very good

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami Heat forward Shane Battier was taking questions from fans on twitter Thursday night and one answer was interesting (hat tip to Sheridan Hoops):  Yao Ming RT @LeonD17: @ShaneBattier Best player you played with other than lebron and dwade When you look at Battier’s other teammates over the years it makes sense. Tracy McGrady was…

  16. Good news Cavaliers fans, Kyrie Irving recovery going well

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    If Cleveland is going to take any steps forward this season it’s going to be about Kyrie Irving. Yes, they need Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson to step up, to be part of the Cavaliers future, but Irving is the guy. That would be the Irving who had hand surgery this summer after he fractured…

  17. New high-tech data shows challenges Knicks, Carmelo face

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    I’m a big proponent of teams getting information — use traditional scouts, use advanced stats, both coaches and general managers should be getting as much data as they can to help inform their choices. But that information doesn’t always provide easy answers. Just ask the New York Knicks. One wealth of new information some teams…

  18. Study calls Lakers, Celtics, Heat smartest spenders in NBA

    Aug 31, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s a favorite little game of some to play — divide the wins by the payroll and see how much a team pays per win. It’s not always terribly reflective of reality, but it’s interesting. For example, do that for last season in the NBA and the Thunder look really good (their bills are just…

  19. Phil Jackson says “Jordan Rules” book helped Bulls win

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Jordan celebration Ehlo

    Sam Smith is going to receive the 2012 Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next week, honoring one of the great journalists ever to ply his craft following the NBA. He covered the Chicago Bulls for years, for the Chicago Tribune and now for the Bull’s official site. He…

  20. Hoping against hope, Maynor wants to stay with Thunder

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    350x-1

    Eric Maynor is a quality backup point guard, a guy that coach Scott Brooks trusts in a way he trusts few others. Maynor played the entire fourth quarter of a playoff game (against Dallas) in 2011. He was injured for the 2012 playoff run, the Thunder filled in with Derek Fisher and they missed Maynor.…

  21. Lakers to retire Shaquille O’Neal’s number 34 on April 2

    Aug 30, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    Because there were not going to be enough Dwight Howard to Shaquille O’Neal comparisons this season, best to just bring Shaq in and have him there. The Lakers have said for a while they would retire the jersey of Shaquille O’Neal, and now a date has been set for that — April 2, reports Kevin…

  22. Video: Charles Barkley sings karaoke Boyz II Men

    Aug 30, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    This is the best version of Boyz II Men’s hit “End of the Road” you are going to hear today. Mostly because I don’t think you’re going to pull out your Boyz II Men CDs and play them later, and you’re not looking them up on Spotify. It is Charles Barkley at his karaoke best. And while…

  23. Stephon Marbury sued for $3 million by banks in Virginia

    Aug 30, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    China Marbury

    They may love him and erect statues to him in Beijing, but things are different in Virginia. That is where Stephon Marbury, through his business entities, bought some commercial properties for investments. But the bank says they have not been paid on loans for those properties and because Marbury personally guaranteed the loans they are…

  24. Don Nelson says he got small ball idea from Red Auerbach

    Aug 30, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Don Nelson will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame as the coach who has won more games than anyone else in NBA history. He will go in as an innovator, a team builder, a guy who colored outside the lines and that worked for him. One of the things Nelson liked to do was play…

  25. A quick look at your top free agents for 2013 (as of now)

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    After a summer of rebuilding and trying to put a team together, there are a few teams out there that are clearly looking at next summer as the chance to remake their lineup. Yes, we’re looking at you, Dallas. But you are not alone. So, who are next summer’s big potential free agents? Here is…

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