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  1. Thunder trade Byron Mullens to Bobcats for pick

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    B.J. Mullens is a guy who can’t get off the Thunder bench — he’s played in just 26 games over two years. He’s going to get his chance now — Mullens has been traded to the Charlotte Bobcats to help out their depleted frontcourt, reports the Oklahoman. The Bobcats are sending back a second-round pick.…

  2. Antonio McDyess to retire; Spurs front line very thin

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns, Game 2

    After the playoffs, Antonio McDyess sounded like a guy ready to retire. After the lockout there was the thought he might be willing and able to give it a go in the shortened season, but that is not going to happen, reports Mike Monroe of the Express-News. The team acknowledged that McDyess won’t be back,…

  3. Report: Andrei Kirilenko near multi-year deal with Nets

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    This is not the superstar the Nets need — or the guy that keeps Deron Williams with the team into Brooklyn — but it would be a nice step forward. Sportando out of Europe reports Andrei Kirilenko — currently playing well for CSKA Moscow — is close to a multi-year deal to join the New…

  4. PBT’s NBA season predictions: LeBron James gets his ring

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Miami Heat Media Day

    Before Miami Heat fans get excited about this, remember that I suck at making predictions. But thanks to my never-exhausted capacity for self-embarrassment, I’m giving you my predictions for the coming season (scroll down to see Brett from PBT’s calls for this season). I think that the condensed schedule — and condensed playoff schedule —…

  5. It’s official, Knicks roll the dice on Baron Davis

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    This is not going to work. That said, the Knicks are desperate for point guard help and they got a guy who can — when focused and involved — be the best guard on their roster. The only issues are he is out with a chronic bad back and that needed focus never lasts. The…

  6. Vinny del Negro on Chris Paul: “He’s gonna lose a few pounds”

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul stands with coach Del Negro as he holds his new jersey after a news conference in Playa Vista

    The Clippers had their first scrimmage — and Chris Paul’s second ever practice with the team — on Sunday and Clipper fans were ecstatic. As they should be. By all reports Paul looked pretty good but like a guy trying to find his way on a new team. After the game, Clippers coach Vinny del…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  8. Mark Cuban expects openly gay NBA player in “3 to 5 years”

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    How would an openly gay NBA player be received in the NBA? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in an interview with TMZ said he expects it to happen within the next three to five years (via USA Today and SLAM) “I think it will be more of a media sensation when someone comes out than it…

  9. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  10. Biyombo will reach into own pocket to play for Bobcats

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    bismack biyombo

    Bismack Biyombo wanted badly to play for the Charlotte Bobcats this season — so much so that he will reach into his own pocket and pay much of his salary this season to a Spanish club. Biyombo was under contract to Fuenlabrada for the next two seasons and had a $1.5 million buyout. A number…

  11. Kobe Bryant says his knee is “90 percent better”

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant arrives for a news conference announcing the players rejection of the league's latest offer in New York

    Kobe Bryant is practicing with the Lakers again. That is big. Last season he didn’t, something he and Phil Jackson decided on together — they were going to save his sore knee for game time and so he only practiced a handful of times all season. It showed. Not in Kobe’s game so much as…

  12. Video: Rajon Rondo with the behind the back assist

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Actual basketball highlights from an actual basketball game. Remember those? Okay, it’s preseason so we can debate actual basketball game if you want. Still, the Rajon Rondo behind the back assist is sweet. And by the way, I like the Brandon Bass get by the Celtics, he’s far from perfect but he’s an upgrade over…

  13. Hey fellow Android phone users, NBC SportsTalk app upgraded

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    android_apps

    I’m just talking to my fellow Android phone users here (G2, to answer your question). The rest of you, just move along. I use the NBC SportsTalk app all the time. The one that lets you follow ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, ProHockeyTalk,and the rest (including this humble blog) from your phone or tablet. Best way to keep…

  14. Report: Chinese team considers releasing Kenyon Martin

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Turnover in the Chinese Basketball Association is common — especially with American players — but it hasn’t been that way with the NBA players inked to play there during the NBA lockout. At least not yet. That could be changing, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports. The Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China are giving strong consideration to…

  15. Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important. But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season —…

  16. Celtics’ Jeff Green to miss entire season after heart surgery

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We thought things didn’t sound good, and they are not for the Celtics. Jeff Green — expected to be Boston’s sixth man — will miss the entire season after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics announced on Saturday. The important thing is that Green is expected to make a full recovery. This can…

  17. Report: Celtics’ Green will miss games due to mystery ailment

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    This is the kind of thing that reminds you more of the Bruins or Patriots, not the Celtics. Which makes me nervous. Jeff Green remains out of Boston’s training camp and is expected to miss at least some games this season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. The team is being very vague about whatever…

  18. Kobe Bryant’s wife of a decade files for divorce

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Kobe Bryant’s wife of more than 10 years, Vanessa, has filed for divorce. This has been in the works for a little while, Vanessa signed the papers on Dec. 1, Kobe responded on Dec. 7. The papers were filed on Friday in Orange County with Vanessa citing irreconcilable differences. We know your mind just flashed back…

  19. Bulls waive last year’s starter Keith Bogans

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    KBogans

    Keith Bogans started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls as the shooting guard. Well he was the shooting guard who did not shoot — he averaged just 3.7 shots per game (and 4.4 points) He got the call because he played good defense and stayed out of Derrick Rose’s way. The Bulls were willing…

  20. Is Baron Davis bound for the Knicks when he recovers?

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers used their amnesty clause on Baron Davis to set the point guard free after a diagnosis of a bulging disk in his back. So who would want an injured point guard with a reputation for starting the season out of shape and not having a great work ethic? The Knicks. Here is…

  21. Video: Kobe Bryant talks Chris Paul to the Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant actually is pretty spot on here — the lockout really was about the owners fighting amongst themselves as much as it was about anything else. And when those owners saw the big market, powerhouse Lakers about to land Chris Paul they flipped out — that is what killed the first three-team deal where…

  22. Billups says he’s a Clipper, “It could have been much worse”

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    billups-knicks

    Chauncey Billups is in. He threatened retirement if someone he didn’t like picked him up on waivers after the Knicks used the amnesty rule on him (to free up room for Tyson Chandler). The Clippers took a chance and submitted a bid on him. At his introductory press conference, Billups said he was in and…

  23. Eduardo Najera out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Najera_Eduardo

    Because the Bobcats needed something else to go wrong… Eduardo Najera will be out for six to eight weeks recovering from surgery to repair a cartilage tear in his knee, tweets Steve Reed with the Associated Press. The Bobcats are already without Reggie Williams for a while due to knee surgery and Bismack Biyombo can’t…

  24. Pat Riley, Miami Heat extend Erik Spoelstra’s contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It was one of the cloud of questions hanging over the Miami Heat last year: Does Pat Riley really trust Erik Spoelstra to coach the team, or does he have someone else in mind? (Maybe someone in a sharp suit with slicked-back hair.) You can check that off the list. Pat Riley said the Heat…

  25. Metta World Peace is at peace with coming off Lakers bench

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest

    The idea of starting Matt Barnes and bringing the disruptive play of Metta World Peace off the bench makes some sense, you can see why Lakers coach Mike Brown wants to try it. The question was always, how would World Peace react? (Yes, I get how weirdly that sentence reads, but I refuse to just…

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