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

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Report: Chinese team considers releasing Kenyon Martin

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    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 —…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Bulls waive last year’s starter Keith Bogans

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    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,…

  21. Chris Paul already talking championship with Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    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…

  24. Looks like Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo stays in Spain

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    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…

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