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  1. Smush Parker says he stopped passing Kobe Bryant the ball

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant reverted to one of his favorite past times the other day, smacking around Smush Parker like his own personal piñata. He said Smush shouldn’t have been in the NBA but the Lakers were cheap and “let him walk on.” Which is how it felt. But Smush — playing in China the past couple…

  2. NBA season preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Last season: Nothing will push you toward rebuilding like disappointment, and their 28-38 record was that. This was a 48 win team a couple seasons ago, but last season a team that should be playing fast and pressuring teams was average in pace and threatening nobody. Point guard Raymond Felton took the blame from fans…

  3. Helping pick your NBA fantasy team: Sleepers and busts

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    We don’t talk a lot of fantasy hoops here at PBT, but we want to help out. And we know you’re going to spend half your day at work today researching your fantasy teams anyway, so we should at least lend a hand. First, you should go to Rotoworld and check out their in-depth draft…

  4. DeMarcus Cousins is shooting threes (and his coach isn’t angry)

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    This is not an Andrew Bynum situation. Yes, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is regularly practicing three pointers this training camp and may be taking more in games — he took and made one in the team’s preseason game against the Suns. But he has not gone rogue, Cousins told the Sacramento Bee. “Coach wants me…

  5. Russell Westbrook joins Nike’s Jordan Brand

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Dwyane Wade is out, he’s jumped from the Jordan brand to Chinese shoe company Li-Ning. So in jumps Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has joined the Jordan brand, the company announced. “We are very excited to welcome Russell to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan in a released statement. “Russell’s style, both on and off the court,…

  6. Dwight Howard said his leg felt “dead” from nerve damage

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard poses for photos during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    In his first seven seasons in the NBA, Dwight Howard never missed more than four games in a campaign. He’s joked about switching from DC to Marvel, changing his nickname from Superman to Iron Man. (I’m not sure Tony Starks is the guy you want to model your life after, but that’s another debate.) Up…

  7. Iguodala was frustrated in Philly, which somehow is news

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Somehow, the fact Andre Iguodala was never quite comfortable or happy in Philadelphia, especially the last couple years, has become a story. I’m not sure how this is news to anybody, but here we are. Iguodala has a unique set of skills but he was always mismatched in the Sixers offense, and he was never…

  8. Avery Bradley looks to return before Christmas Day

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    Avery Bradley is with the Celtics, cleared to do workouts. He is doing his conditioning. Which is a long way from contact or playing in games, but after two shoulder surgeries — one on each — that is to be expected. Still Doc Rivers is talking about having the Celtics starting two guard (unless Courtney…

  9. NBA to build sports/entertainment complex in Beijing

    Oct 11, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Beijing skyline

    The NBA is serious about expanding into the Chinese market. That is more than just a couple preseason games — the Heat beat the Clippers in Beijing early Thursday and they meet again this weekend in Shanghai — and having players go over there on shoe company sponsored tours. They have an official NBA office…

  10. Spanish players trash hotel rooms after Olympic loss to USA

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Spain London Olympics Gasol

    For the second Olympics in a row, Spain made it to the gold medal game last July in London only to come up short. That’s frustrating. So the Spanish team went The Who circa 1967 and took out their frustrations by thrashing their hotel rooms. That’s the report, via the New York Daily News. Manager…

  11. NBA Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson

    Last season: The Utah Jazz were what they have always seemed to be — solid. They moved on from the Deron Williams era to a team that tried to dominate with its front line of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, while hoping young guys like Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors would develop. The result was…

  12. No timeline for Nene’s return to Washington lineup

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    The Wizards are not the same team without Nene on the court — he can protect the rim on defense, score from the low post on offense and essentially give them a quality presence in the paint. But it may be a while before they have that. Nene had been on the “expect him to…

  13. Popovich’s wife doesn’t like how he treats courtside reporters

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    It’s one of my favorite parts of the Spurs nationally televised games — some poor sideline reporter like Craig Sager has to try and interview Gregg Popovich between quarters. And Popovich wants nothing to do with it. He is condescending and annoyed. Journalists in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but I do love watching those…

  14. Brandon Roy is back on the court. That is a good thing.

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    If you want, go ahead and break down how Brandon Roy played in his first game back as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves — he was rusty at the start but in the third quarter showed flashes of his old self That’s not what was important — the fact he was back on the…

  15. Nuggets have exclusive scrimmage for students in Aurora, near shooting

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala

    You certainly remember one of the most disturbing stories of the summer, when a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver, killing a dozen people and injuring 60 more. One of the people killed were students at Gateway High School in Aurora and about 60 of the school’s…

  16. Miami Heat shooters complain that they are too open

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Grant Hill

    O.J. Mayo wishes he had this problem. Actually, 99 percent of the league wishes they had this problem. With defenses focused on keeping LeBron James from destroying them in the post and Dwyane Wade slashing through them into the lane, the kick-out, spread-the-floor shooters on the Heat get good looks at three. Too good of…

  17. Kobe doesn’t really miss Smush Parker, Kwame Brown

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant sounds like a professional poker player here — even guys sitting around wearing World Series of Poker bracelets will remember and talk about their bad beats more eagerly than their tournament wins. Kobe has spent his career playing with Shaquille O’Neal, Glenn Rice, Robert Horry, Pau Gasol, and now Steve Nash and Dwight…

  18. Sixers’ fans need to accept Bynum is a roller coaster

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

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

    I know it may well be wasted bandwidth to tell Philadelphia fans to relax and go with the flow, but I’m going to try anyway. Sixers fans, when it comes to Andrew Bynum you are better off not micro-analyzing everything. Think big picture. It’ll be good for your blood pressure. Bynum is out with a…

  19. When you look at their minutes, Knicks aren’t historically old

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    I think everyone outside of the five boroughs has had a good laugh at the Knicks roster being the oldest team in the history of the NBA, with five guys on the bench over age 35. Actually, make that four boroughs, because Brooklyn thought it was pretty funny, too. Problem is, it’s not really true.…

  20. Video: LeBron James vicious putback dunk vs. Clippers

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    LeBron James — still really good at that basketball thing. While you were sleeping or just not paying attention, the Hear beat the Clippers 94-80 in Beijing. The real news out of this for Heat fans was that Dwyane Wade and his balky knee were back on the court for 23 minutes (it was an…

  21. Dwight Howard isn’t offended by Kobe’s comments

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant said what he meant — Dwight Howard can’t be too nice on the court. He needs to be more like Kobe. An a******. While Orlando fans would argue Dwight has been one of those for more than a year now, Howard basically said Kobe is right. He’s not offended and he’ll be ready…

  22. Could Jared Sullinger become rookie starter for Celtics?

    Oct 11, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Italy Celtics  EA7 Emporio Armani Basketball

    Jared Sullinger slid down the draft board back in June because doctors had red-flagged his back. There might be surgery needed. He fell all the way to the Celtics, a team with a solid veteran power forward in Brandon Bass — a guy who hit some big shots and played a role in the team…

  23. Stan Van Gundy doesn’t buy ESPN’s reason for not hiring him

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    The rumor was out there — Stan Van Gundy was going to join ESPN’s pregame studio show. Basketball fans were excited because that show lacked something — maybe a loose-cannon former coach — and Van Gundy along with ESPN’s online force Bill Simmons would help that show immensely. But then it fell apart. Reports surface…

  24. Kobe Bryant says he needs to have a talk with A-Rod

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    That cry of “hallelujah” you heard Wednesday night was every Yankee fan in America rejoicing when A-Rod got benched. Raul Ibanez came to the plate in the ninth inning instead of Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees with the game on the line. Yankee fans were thrilled with the move even before Ibanez hit the home…

  25. Bogut may not be back for Warriors season opener after all

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Well, this is less than ideal for a Warriors team dreaming of the playoffs but with almost no margin for error. Andrew Bogut still isn’t moving all that well on his surgically repaired foot and while he wants to be back he may miss the start of the season, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. “Just…

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