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  1. Who dunks the most? It’s not the Clipper you think.

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Really fascinating little bit of research over at Golden State of Mind (a fantastic Warriors blog you should be checking out anyway) — they ran the numbers to see who had the most dunks, layups, hook shots and tip in across the NBA last season. They did it by “dunks per 100 possessions,” which basically…

  2. Kevin Love is back to his high school weight. Women everywhere jealous.

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Kevin Love,

    Beach volleyball is a serious workout. Kevin Love has done more than that this summer, he also has rested his body, but everything he has done seems to have worked — the Timberwolves power forward said he has dropped more than 20 pounds. That’s what he himself wrote at Grantland, where Love will blog during…

  3. Amar’e Stoudemire is eating kosher (mostly) and very well

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Fashion's Night Out At Macy's Herald Square

    I really need to get myself a personal chef. That’s one of my take aways from a profile of Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire in the new issue of Bon Appetit (a great find by KD at Ball Don’t Lie). Stoudemire has his own chef (Max Hardy), a guy who won over Stoudemire with a midnight…

  4. Timberwolves introduce Rick Adelman, everyone plays nice

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Rick Adelman

    Eventually, there is going to be some tension in Minnesota. There is GM David Kahn in the last year of his deal. New coach Rick Adelman brings with him real gravitas and will have say on player/personnel issues. You can see the friction coming. But at Adelman’s introductory press conference on Wednesday it was “smiles…

  5. Reason for hope? Wednesday labor talks to expand Friday

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Be careful about getting your hopes too high — we are all still Charlie Brown trying to kick the football and David Stern is still Lucy. That said, there seem to be some positive signs after two consecutive days of talks. The biggest of those is that after a day off Thursday for the Jewish…

  6. Set your DVR, part deux: Bosh, ‘Melo on “Law & Order: SVU” Wednesday

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    While we’re pimping NBA players on NBC television shows, we need to remind you: Knicks potential savior Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat star Chris Bosh will be on “Law & Order: SVU” Wednesday night. Insert your own “nice to see an NBA player with police and not in handcuffs” jokes here. Bosh and ‘Melo are…

  7. Set your DVR: Roy Hibbert on “Parks & Recreation” Thursday

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    parks-and-rec

    We here at PBT are huge “Parks and Recreation” fans — find another blog that has done the NBA version of Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness. You should be watching this show every Thursday night anyway (right here on NBC!), but now we’re giving you an even better reason — Roy Hibbert’s debut. Yes, the…

  8. Arena workers among those to get screwed by lockout

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    staples-center

    While the NBA owners and players wage war over how to divide up the fans’ money, there will be a lot of civilian casualties. Millionaires and billionaires are waging the fight, but the people making $11 an hour to pour beer and get your hot dog, then clean up when you leave — people just…

  9. Dwyane Wade says Heat need to pass chemistry to win

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    lebron-wade-celebration

    Chemistry is hard. It’s hard for high school students — if you just said “no it wasn’t” I’m not sure we can be friends — and it’s hard for sports teams. It was hard for the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade was in a talkative mood on with Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami…

  10. Kobe says it’s “very possible” he plays in Italy. Sure it is.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant knows marketing. He knows that if you’re in Italy promoting Nike and your brand, and there are rumors swirling about offers for you to play in Italy during the lockout, it’s bad marketing to say, “No, no way I’m playing here.” You give people some hope if you want to sell more shoes.…

  11. Kevin Durant talks improved post game, tattoos

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has been everywhere this summer — if there was a pro-am or charity game this summer, he was there. It was like he was cloned. There were reports of him popping up all over the country, most recently at a Texas Longhorns football game. Now he’s filming a new movie, “Switch.” Which tied…

  12. Report: salary rollbacks, other strings attached to owners new offer

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    So the NBA owners are willing to come off their demand for a hard salary cap, sort of. Some are touting this as a potential breakthrough in these negotiations, but until they figure out the split of “basketball related income” — or even how to define BRI — it’s hard for me to get my…

  13. Italian club alters offer to Kobe: $2.5 million for one month

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It sounds like Kobe Bryant and Italian team Virtus Bologna are farther apart on a deal than the NBA owners and players. Recently Kobe reportedly demanded $15 million, before taxes, to play an entire season. Owner Claudio Sabatini was shocked by this (it was more than double his last offer) and came back with his…

  14. Report: Owners move off demand for hard salary cap, sort of

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:58 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    For the NBA players union, the idea of a team-by-team hard salary cap — as is seen in the NFL and NHL — was a “blood issue.” They saw it as a way owners were trying to keep down salaries and force more non-guaranteed contracts. Some owners were insistent on a hard cap, and that has…

  15. Enjoy Kobe Bryant getting knocked out on “The Simpsons”

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Sure, “The Simpsons” jumped the shark long before the movie came out, but it remains some of the better comedy writing on television. You can count on a couple really good laughs an episode. If you’re a Kobe Bryant hater then I know one of them from the season opener last week. We give you…

  16. Derrick Rose says he might play overseas during lockout

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:24 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    I am pretty weary of the “yea, I might go play overseas” stories out there. I might decide to climb Mount Everest wearing Lederhosen, that’s different than doing it. Still, there are some players that when they say they are thinking about playing overseas, you listen. Derrick Rose is one of those players. And he…

  17. NBA 2K12 does Nowitzki wrong, doesn’t list him with elite

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The NBA 2K12 rankings are not player rankings. Their not designed to be that, they are supposed to be a measure the strengths and weaknesses of a player against what is expected out of his position. But they become defacto player rankings in the minds of the public — and they did Dirk Nowitzki wrong.…

  18. Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis stable after heart attack

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Sabonis Hall of Fame

    Freshly minted basketball Hall of Fame inductee Arvydas Sabonis suffered a heart attack but is now in stable condition, according to multiple reports out of his native Lithuania. Trail Blazers blog Blazers Edge was on top of the reports. Lithuanian news site Delfi.lt reports that former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis suffered a heart attack while playing basketball…

  19. Owners, players talks Tuesday focused on “concepts”

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA owners and players sat down for two hours in a New York hotel meeting room Tuesday and did not talk specifics, rather focusing on general concepts and ideas. That covered both the split of revenue and the salary cap system, both sides said. If you want, go ahead and take that as a sign…

  20. NBA battle over NBA “Moneyball” stats mirrors regular life

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    brad-pitt-moneyball-getty

    We watched it play out in baseball around the time “Moneyball” the book came out. There were the old-school guys and Joe Morgan saying baseball can’t be defined by statistics and the new-school guys like Billy Beane and Theo Epstein winning that way. Now the movie “Moneyball” is out and it is sparking the same…

  21. Murder suspect Crittenton out on bond, must wear ankle monitor

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Javaris Crittenton, Brian Steel

    Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been released from jail on a $230,000 bond but must wear and ankle bracelet so that he will not try to skip out before a pending murder trial. That is the result of a hearing on Tuesday, one of the first steps in putting Crittenton on trial for the…

  22. Zach Randolph wants to play with Marc Gasol in Europe, too

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are a great fit together. Penut butter and chocolate. Gasol’s defense and willingness to do the dirty work are the ying to Randolph’s offensive yang. They are Bert and Ernie, Chip and Dale, Starsky and Hutch, Turner and Hooch — a nearly perfect pairing. So if Randolph is going to…

  23. We welcome the Pistons to the advanced statistics club

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Image (1) pistons_logo-thumb-250x208-11727.png for post 6294

    I’m guessing this has been planned long before Pistons owner Tom Gores saw “Moneyball” last weekend. Although that Brad Pitt can be quite persuasive. Last weekend was the New England Symposium on Statistics and Sports, which you were not invited to because you are not a sports math geek. Or not geeky enough. No, I…

  24. Boris Diaw to play for hometown team in France during lockout

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    It’s not really a surprise — he said a couple weeks ago this could well happen — but we wanted you to know it has become official — Boris Diaw will play in France during the lockout. Sportando tweeted the news: As per @Catch_and_Shoot Boris Diaw can be considered a new player of JSA Bordeaux…

  25. LeBron, Wade, Bosh bring stars to Miami for charity game

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami’s power trio — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — are reuniting in Miami, and thanks to Nike they are brining a boatload of other NBA stars with them this time. Of course, it’s all for charity, an Oct 8 game at Florida International University. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted about it…

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