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  1. Beasley is working out with… Norm Nixon? Interesting.

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley has been getting ready for what he wants to be a redemption season. After struggling at every stop to live up to expectations or be efficient in his scoring, he is going to a Suns team that will need his points. Every player says they are working out hard right now to be…

  2. Eric Gordon says he plans to make Anthony Davis’ life easier

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Anthony Davis has had it pretty good — first an NCAA title at Kentucky where he was a fantastic player, then being the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets, then getting to win a gold with Team USA in London where Kobe Bryant and LeBron James kind of took him under their wings. Now,…

  3. Metta World Peace boasts Lakers want to get 73 wins

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    For the Lakers fifth offensive option (if that), Metta World Peace isn’t afraid to do the talking. We told you how he said he didn’t think anybody could get past the Lakers. We’ve shown you his latest boast-filled video. We showed you him on Yo Gabba Gabba. He’s kind of everywhere right now. Then there…

  4. Video: Metta World Peace’s new video/movie is… very him

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    First a word of warning: While this video is technically safe for work, if you are easily offended by things of a sexual nature you should not push play. Which is another way of saying you should not show this video to your grandmother. But if you are showing Metta World Peace music videos to…

  5. J.R. Smith thinks McGrady could help Knicks. That’s’ great.

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    You know who some of the worst judges of talent and team building skills are? No, stop it with the Bobcats jokes. It’s other players. They often see players for what they were not are, or have inflated (or undersized) understanding of a player based on what they have seen in person in a game…

  6. Shockingly, Dwyane Wade likes all the Heat’s new shooters

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Dwyane Wade won a 2006 NBA title driving, getting fouled, and dishing out to hot shooters on the perimeter. Oh, and there was that Shaq guy and some interesting officiating, but Wade’s relentless attacking and smart playmaking were what got the Heat their first title. The 2012-13 Heat are not going back to that —…

  7. Video: Anthony Davis drops 40 at Kentucky alumni game

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Well, Drake was impressed. And really, if he’s impressed aren’t we all impressed? Anthony Davis took his shiny new gold medal and his game back to the annual Kentucky alumni game, and we have the video courtesy City League Hoops and SLAM. Yes, they played about as much defense as one expects in summer game…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Today begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. First up, your Philadelphia 76ers. Last season: They were a slightly better than .500 team (35-31) that played great defense…

  9. Doc Rivers wants Celtics focused on Heat, not Lakers

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    Lakers vs. Celtics. It’s the NBA’s legendary rivalry. Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain. Magic vs. Bird. Kevin Garnett vs. Kobe Bryant. It is the balloons in the rafters of the Forum. It is the baby skyhook. It is not what Doc Rivers wants his Celtics focused on. With the Lakers pickups of Dwight Howard and…

  10. Kendrick Perkins not worried about Lakers, his starting spot, any of your petty concerns

    Sep 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins is still recovering from the wrist injury that hampered him during the playoffs last year. Which means during the preseason we are going to see a lot of Cole Aldrich, Hasheem Thabeet and anyone else vying to be his backup at the five (Daniel Orton, for one). Early this past summer there had…

  11. Where in the world will Josh Howard play next?

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Jazz forward Howard tries to get position on Spurs forward Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Matt Barnes got inked but we still have a long list of veteran players out there waiting to sign a deal — Kenyon Martin, Mickael Pietrus, Louis Amundson, Leandro Barbosa, Anthony Tolliver, Darko Milicic. Josh Howard can be added to that list, also. Once a 19.9 points per game scorer for the Mavericks, last season…

  12. Miami Heat do not seem high on Dexter Pitman. At all.

    Sep 17, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

    Dexter Pittman

    The Miami Heat are still looking for one more big man on the roster. Chris Bosh is the starting center (probably) but the Heat want some depth up front. Josh Harrellson got an extended lookout, as did Hassan Whiteside, but the Heat are still looking. Dexter Pittman has had his shot. He was with the…

  13. New city, same old Jeremy Lin sleeping on couches

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:37 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Remember back when “Linsanity” swept New York like nothing since Sex and the City? Part of the story was how Jeremy Lin wasn’t even sure he would stick with the team and slept for a while on Landry Field’s couch. It became a joke on twitter with Fields sending out pictures of the couch. Now,…

  14. Dwight Howard admits he learned lessons of LeBron decision too late

    Sep 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    There were lessons to be learned out of how LeBron James handled leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat. A long list of what not to do. One was the pitfalls of hubris and that not everything can be spun positively. Another was that people are going to hate you for that kind of move, and…

  15. In case you are curious how much pull CP3 has with Clippers, check out what Barnes said.

    Sep 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Matt Barnes is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. We told you about that yesterday. We’ve also told you that Chris Paul was playing GM and doing the recruiting — the Clippers want to keep Paul happy heading into his free agency and the buzz around the league is he and CAA have been…

  16. Metta World Peace: “I don’t see anybody getting past us”

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    So much for downplaying expectations. Not that the Lakers really could — the Lakers are the 800 pound gorilla of sports in Los Angeles with a fan base is rabid and at times delusional. After the Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this summer (to pair with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol), the…

  17. Friday Night Video: 1984 All-Star Dunk Contest

    Sep 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Larry Nance

    1984 at the All-Star Game in Denver is when the NBA brought the Dunk Contest back (sort of, it was an old ABA thing). Dr. J was the favorite. Dominique Wilkins was competing. And Larry Nance won the thing. With a pretty cool dunk. I’m pretty sure the dunks themselves have not gotten much better…

  18. Friday And-1 links: No pressure Evan Turner, none at all

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    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 this kid seems to love surfing the Web (and gets a little testy…

  19. You can bid on Michael Jordan’s expired AMEX card

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Via ESPN's Darren Rovell

    You know the memorabilia market for an athlete is out of control when… Pretty soon, you’ll be able to bid on owning an expired Michael Jordan American Express card. To be fair, the card does have his signature on the back, which increases it’s value. Why did Jordan sign the card? In case someone stole…

  20. Just how much ink does Chris Andersen have? A lot.

    Sep 14, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    chris-andersen tattoos

    Right now, Chris Andersen — the Birdman — is trying to find a team that wants to bring him in. He was amnestied by the Nuggets and has yet to find a new home. Like Kenyon Martin and others, he’s finding a dry market where the only offers are for the veteran minimum, and in…

  21. Chris Bosh says he is getting used to playing center

    Sep 14, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Chris Bosh is going to play center for the Miami Heat this season, maybe at the start of games certainly at the end of them. When the Heat get serious, he is their five. It’s not what Bosh wanted — he did that a lot in Toronto but the experience wasn’t positive. In Miami, however,…

  22. It’s official: Matt Barnes signs with Los Angeles Clippers

    Sep 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    We told you this was coming and now it is official — Matt Barnes has signed to play with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, the team announced Friday. Getting an athletic player who can defend on the wing for the league minimum is a good signing for the Clippers. While the official terms of…

  23. Brandon Roy expects to be his old self with Timberwolves

    Sep 14, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy has no doubt he will be the old Brandon Roy in Minnesota — the All-Star, one of the game’s best players, a guy who was able to control and impact the outcome of games night after night. The rest of us are hesitant, we saw the Roy of his final couple years in…

  24. How Chauncey Billups helped recruit O.J. Mayo to Dallas

    Sep 14, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo had some options this summer, none of the long-term deals he was hoping for but there were a few teams calling his agent. One of them was the Dallas Mavericks, where he eventually signed. But one of the key reasons was that Chauncey Billups is a fan of Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. A…

  25. Report: Ivan Johnson signs qualifying offer with Atlanta

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    Ivan Johnson will be back with the Atlanta Hawks next season, one of their key bigs off the bench, but he will be a free agent next summer. After being unable to find a better offer in a tight market, Johnson has signed the qualifying offer the Hawks extended, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. That…

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