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  1. Ray Allen gives backstory on feud with Rajon Rondo

    Oct 22, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    Ray Allen isn’t done talking about the Celtics and Rajon Rondo just yet. He should be, he should just stop answering questions about his time in Boston and let his play do the talking, but he’s not. So in a series of interviews last week, Allen talked more about how he came to leave Boston…

  2. Mavericks “optimistic” Nowitzki back in 3-4 weeks

    Oct 22, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki had his knee scoped last Friday, something that needed to happen to get rid of the irritation that had already forced him to have his knee drained twice in since training camp opened. The only question is how much of the regular season he would miss. The original reports suggested he would be…

  3. It’s official: Dwight Howard making Lakers debut Sunday vs. Kings

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:58 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

    Dwight Howard is ready to go. Multiple reports out of Staples Center confirm rumors from this week that Dwight Howard will make his debut for the Lakers on Sunday night as they take on the Sacramento Kings. His recovery from back surgery has gotten to the point he can play in a game. What this…

  4. Vince Carter wants to be the new Jet in Dallas

    Oct 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Vince Carter, Sixth Man of the Year? No, I don’t see it either. But part of the Mavericks’ success the past few years — part of their championship — is Jason Terry coming off the bench and changing the dynamic of the game. Putting up points, creating shots, draining threes and changing the flow of…

  5. Stoudemire has ruptured cyst in knee, to miss start of Knicks’ season

    Oct 21, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    This is not an ideal start to the season in Manhattan. Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks regular season opener against the Nets, likely followed by another game or two, as he recovers from a minor knee problem. Al Iannazzone, who covers the Knicks for Newsday, broke the story. Amare Stoudemire went home this morning…

  6. Video: Pistons have a little fun at Kyle Singler’s expense

    Oct 21, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Preseason, the time of year for harmless hazing of NBA rookies… and sometimes not so harmless. However this is about as harmless as it gets. Still the Pistons play a little prank on rookie Kyle Singler in front of the dozens of people who show up early for an NBA preseason game between Detroit and…

  7. Curry leaves game after rolling surgically repaired ankle

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Jerry West

    Oh, please don’t let this be serious. Golden State guard Stephen Curry left during the second quarter of Friday night’s preseason game against Portland when he rolled and sprained his surgically repaired right ankle. The ankle he has had multiple surgeries on, the one that limited him to 26 games last season. We don’t have…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Something is different with Gooden’s hair

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    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. • The guys at The Basketball Jones ask a great question: What is going…

  9. Mike Brown says Howard playing Sunday no certainty

    Oct 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    So who do you trust more, Adrian Wojnarowski’s sources or Lakers coach Mike Brown? Thursday night word leaked out — via Wojnarowski and Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports — that the Lakers planned to play Dwight Howard for the first time on Sunday night, in a home preseason game against the Kings. Friday Brown tried…

  10. Biggest question left in training camp: James Harden’s extension

    Oct 19, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The question is not if James Harden wants to stay in Oklahoma City, he has said many times he wants to be part of this team as it tries to win a ring. The question is not if Oklahoma City wants him back, they know without him they may not be title contenders. The question…

  11. Allen says Boston put him in a position where he had to leave

    Oct 19, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    There has been no shortage of discussion about and theories as to why Ray Allen left the Celtics for the rival Heat. Was it no longer being a starter? His role on the team? Rajon Rondo not getting him the rock on the court? Rondo off the court? As with just about everything in life…

  12. Hawks’ Larry Drew: Last year of contract, new GM. Not an ideal combo.

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Larry Drew

    Larry Drew is going to coach the Atlanta Hawks through this season. He’ll get a season to show what he can do with a less-talented roster but one built to run. (The Hawks have said they would run more for five seasons now, we’ll need proof.) He’ll get a season to build a relationship with…

  13. Dirk Nowitzki has knee surgery Friday, out six weeks

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Rather than wait and hope it heals like it did last season, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are being proactive. Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee Friday morning and will be out for about six weeks, the team announced Friday. That timeframe has him returning around the start of December. That would…

  14. Video: Andre Drummond’s reverse ally-oop on Heat

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond is putting up some highlights this preseason. Going into last season the question was never the physical gifts and skills of Drummond, the question was desire and focus. To borrow the Bull Durham line, it was not the million dollar body it was the five cent head. So far, so good (and it’s…

  15. Lakers owner says it is no accident they have 2014 cap space

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    It wasn’t LeBron James directly, that is just sort of a happy coincidence. But it is no accident that in a couple years the Lakers are going to have a boatload of salary cap space. Lakers owner Jim Buss — his father Jerry still owns the team but Jim is the guy running the show…

  16. Celtics Bass, Pierce suffer minor injuries Thursday night

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Neither one is likely all that serious, and this year’s Celtics have the depth to deal with these kind of things better that past squads, but still this is not ideal. Both Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass came out limping after the Celtics preseason beat down of the Nets Thursday night. Pierce injured himself in…

  17. Video: Latest from adidas Derrick Rose “The Return” series

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in DMR Hoody and Rose Logo Snapback

    In “Drive” — the fifth installment of the adidas “The Return series — Derrick Rose talks about his family and their influence on him. When I was growing up my thing was just changing my mom’s lifestyle. She’s my mom, my father; I can talk to her about anything. She’s like my friend. Our relationship…

  18. International anti-doping official says NBA testing has gaps

    Oct 19, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    PEDs, syringe

    It’s kind of been assumed that the NBA was a place where steroids and other performance enhancing drugs were not an issue. We picture bodybuilders and football players and the Barry Bonds of the world — guys who bulked up — as PED users. Not long, thin basketball players. But to suggest that drugs that…

  19. Hawks point guard Teague leaves game with sprained ankle

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks are counting on Jeff Teague to make a big leap forward this season, to be more consistently aggressive and a leader. They want to run more and he is at the heart of the plans. But he can’t make that leap if his ankle is not right. Teague left the Hawks game…

  20. Report: Dwight Howard to make Lakers debut Sunday

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    He’s been reported to look strong in practice, and now Lakers fans are going to get their wish. Dwight Howard will make his debut as a Laker Sunday in a preseason game against the Kings at Staples Center, according to Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. “He is making progress,” one Lakers source…

  21. LeBron James: “I’m not going to worry” about Lakers rumors

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James passes against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James is only going to talk about this moment, about the Heat’s chance to repeat. He is not going to get caught up in what might or might not happen two seasons from now. Thursday the story leaked that the Lakers potentially will have cap space in 2014 to chase a max free agent,…

  22. Hall of Fame Lakers’ guard Slater Martin dies

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Slater Martin, the four-time NBA champion guard best known as the guy running the offense for the Minneapolis Lakers, passed away on Thursday at the age of 86. Martin was a high-scoring guard at Texas who came to the NBA and altered his game to be a slow-it-down, ball distributing guard who got the ball…

  23. Dwight Howard says dancing Gangnam style helped his back

    Oct 18, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Yup, he’s the same old goofy Dwight Howard. And he’s clearly getting comfortable in Los Angeles. We showed you video a while back that Howard had gone on the Ellen show and showed the dancing daytime talk show host how to dougie. But I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t watch the entire episode.…

  24. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    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 most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  25. Rivers says new 90-second “handshake” rule hurts coaches

    Oct 18, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    You’ve seen players complain about the NBA’s new “90 seconds from intros to tip off” rule, saying the fans love their pregame handshake rituals. You’ve seen the media complain that the NBA fun police are out, taking cues from the NFL. Now you can add a coach to the list of those who don’t like…

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