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  1. 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…

  2. New York will be better, but fans will be thinking about what’s next

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks are going to win a playoff game this year. For the first time since 2001. Having Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire together for a full season will boost the offense, having Tyson Chandler along the back line will turn them from terrible to average on defense (or maybe a little better,…

  3. Chris Paul already talking championship with Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not backing down from the challenge. Clippers nation is dreaming of having their own banner hanging up at Staples Center, something that doesn’t look like the JV next to what the other team in the building has enshrined. The Clippers are not just dreaming of respectability — that came with Blake Griffin…

  4. Stephen Jackson missing camp… is it contract issues?

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Well, that didn’t take long. Stephen Jackson has missed a few practices with the Milwaukee — he is expected to be a focal point of the Bucks’ offense — due to what is officially being called back spasms. But there is already speculation growing around the team that the real issue is Jackson wants a…

  5. Friday morning one liners (so long Brandon Roy)

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. If you read one thing today, make it the BlazersEdge look back at the career of Brandon Roy. This is spectacular stuff from Ben Golliver. In case you missed it, PBT previewed all 30 NBA…

  6. Looks like Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo stays in Spain

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker Introductory Press Conference

    For months now, we kept hearing Bismack Biyombo and everyone around the Charlotte draftee say that he could get out of his contract with his Spanish team and would be a Bobcat this year. But Fuenlabrada, the Spanish club in question, wants the full buyout in Biyombo’s contract — and the Spanish courts agreed with…

  7. Bobcats Reggie Williams out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    WILLIAMS_REGGIE

    I like the Reggie Williams signing in Charlotte — right now that offense is going to rely too much on Corey Maggette and Williams is a guy who could be the spark off the bench, the sixth man who comes in with the green light and changes the flow of the game. But 24-hours after…

  8. Kings’ Chuck Hayes held out of practice after heart test

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    Chuck Hayes was a big free agent signing for the Sacramento Kings — they needed someone to actually play defense and bring some consistency to the frontcourt and Hayes will do all that. Or rather, he will once he gets back on the court. He was pulled off it Thursday because a stress echocardiogram revealed…

  9. Is Los Angeles a Clippers town now? No.

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Blake_Griffin_grabs_his_jersey_with_Kobe_Bryant_by_his_side

    Last year, the Clippers were the hot new girl at the party in Los Angeles. You couldn’t take your eyes off her but there was nothing serious going on, it was all flirting and fun. Now, things are getting serious. The Chris Paul trade has the Clippers feeling like we all thought about the Oklahoma…

  10. Video: DeMarcus Cousins is not a morning person

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Players are no fans of media day, and no fans of early mornings. So combine the two and you get DeMarcus Cousins doing interviews in shades. He talks about what he learned in his rookie year and what the Kings expect of themselves going forward. Worth checking out. It’s the best interview you’re going to…

  11. Dwight Howard says he has not withdrawn trade request

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Orlando Magic may not be shopping Dwight Howard around, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be shopped. Howard said Thursday his trade request is still on the table, the day after Magic GM Otis Smith said that Howard was off the trading block for now. After that, Howard worked hard to dodge…

  12. ProBasketballTalk previews the entire NBA

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    As if you haven’t noticed, NBA previews for all 30 NBA teams popped up at ProBasketballTalk faster than a Scott Baio rumor. But more accurate. What you see below is one stop shopping for your NBA previews — we are all about reader convenience here at PBT . All 30 teams are here and we…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:02 PM EST

    Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, Billy Baptist

    Last season: 43-39, which is not bad but in the deep West sends you to the lottery. Head Coach: Kevin McHale, last seen on the bench in Minnesota where he was forced, in a fit of poetic justice, to coach the team he had built as GM. A team that wasn’t very good. He replaces…

  14. PBT Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:24 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Last season: 46-36, tied with Memphis but on a tiebreaker drew the Lakers in the first round, which got them knocked out. Head Coach: Monty Williams, entering just his second season at the head of an NBA team. Key Departures: Chris Paul, who is now throwing lobs to Blake Griffin, and David West, who left…

  15. Josh Howard signs on with Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Utah Jazz have decided to Roll the dice on Josh Howard. Howard has signed with the Jazz for this season (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke the story). Utah has C.J. Miles at the small forward but a healthy Howard brings a lot more offensive weaponry and points to the picture. Healthy is the question mark…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Last season: 46-36, good enough for the eighth seed in the West, but then they pulled the shocking upset and beat San Antonio in the first round. They fell to Oklahoma City in a hard-fought second round. It was the kind of playoff run that raises expectations for next season. Head Coach: Lionel Hollins, who…

  17. Blazers to formally amnesty Brandon Roy as he leaves game

    Dec 15, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy is walking away from the game… which makes us sad. But he’s doing it while he can still walk, which is understandable. How Roy’s retirement is formally going down is that the Blazers will amnesty him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The reason is they need to get his salary of the books…

  18. Jamal Crawford going home, to sign with Portland

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    The Portland Trail Blazers always had an advantage in trying to land Jamal Crawford — and not just LaMarcus Aldridge’s naked and unabashed recruitment of him on twitter. Crawford was born in Seattle and lives in the Pacific Northwest in the offseason. The Blazers were close to home. And he is headed back, according to…

  19. Video: Watch Blake Griffin learn about CP3 trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    chris-paul-blake-griffin

    The Clippers were doing a bus tour with fans on Wednesday right as word started to leak out about the Clippers trading for Chris Paul. Watch the reaction of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, who realized they were about to become half of a couple of the best pick-and-roll tandems in the NBA. Elsewhere, off…

  20. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    chris paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Circle March 22 on your calendar. That is when Chris Paul and he Clippers return to New Orleans to take on the Hornets in his only game there tis year. This could end up…

  21. Clippers future now in hands of one Donald T. Sterling

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Image (1) dsterling-thumb-250x250-18407.jpg for post 3716

    Wednesday night the Clippers went from “good young team with potential” to “these guys are close to being contenders.” The Clippers are not title contenders yet. Not until we see them play better and consistent defense. Not until we’re convinced Vinny Del Negro can coach a team to a championship. Not with the stopgap Chauncey…

  22. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:21 AM EST

    Tim Duncan

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the Western Conference. But they struggled against big lineups and so drawing Memphis in the first round was trouble. The Spurs were eliminated fast. Head Coach: Gregg Popovich, entering his 16th year at the helm of the Spurs. But he remains as cranky as ever. Key Departures: George Hill,…

  23. Eric Gordon found out he was traded next to bus of Clippers fans

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Awk-ward. Wednesday night the Clippers had a bus-tour with fans — Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon and other players were riding around Los Angeles. Just as they were milling around afterward, word started to lead out that the Chris Paul to the Clippers trade was a reality. Griffin called out “lob city” and chest…

  24. Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    The Los Angeles Lakers lost a battle for a superstar with the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time that happened… come on, that never happened before. But now Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off. Not really at the Clippers, who Lakers fans never had a rivalry with — they view…

  25. NBA Season Preview: Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:53 AM EST

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

    Last season: 57-25, good enough for the third seed in the West, but then all the pieces clicked at the right time. The Mavericks rode a great post season from Dirk Nowitzki plus key contributions from Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and others — they got a depth of contributions no other team could…

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