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  1. Video: Sixers CEO talks upcoming season, mascots

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    If you are looking for Sixers info, we’re here to help. A little. Sixers CEO Adam Aron swung on by CSNPhilly.com for the Lunch Break segment and let out a few details. Like if you were a better man you might bet on Jan. 6 being the first Philly home game (which is tough, the…

  2. NBA will not delay opening, training camps start Friday

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    lakers-practice-court

    UPDATE 3:07 pm: As we suspected, this is not happening. Here is the tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post to confirm what teams have been told: League has informed teams that there won’t be any delays – training camps will open on Friday. Nothing to see here, move along. 1:03 pm: Don’t bet…

  3. Apparently Andrei Kirilenko is very popular these days

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    aKirilenko

    Andrei Kirilenko has a lot of friends in the United States. Or people that want to be his friends. Particularly general managers of teams that want to be his friend. Fifteen teams have reached out to the free agent forward, AK-47’s agent told Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are among that group…

  4. Report: Dwight Howard has not told Magic his intentions

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Chris Paul has been up front — he sat down with Hornets officials on Monday and was pretty clear he was not signing an extension and returning to New Orleans. He is not stringing the Hornets along (which is little consolation for the team’s fans). Dwight Howard on the other hand… He has seemed conflicted…

  5. LeBron says he did not enjoy being the villain last season

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player US LeBron James pl

    LeBron James is on his way to Miami for the opening of training camp in what will be an interesting year for him and the Heat: What did they learn and how did they grow after last season? LeBron was candid in an interview with ESPN Tuesday, including saying he did not like being everybody’s…

  6. Jason Terry seeks extension with Mavericks

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    jason-terry-game-5

    Jason Terry may well be the real bellwether for the future of the Dallas Mavericks — do they keep the band together and try to win one more or start building for the future fast. Terry — the perennial sixth man of the year candidate — is set to make $10.7 million in this, the…

  7. Report: Clippers offer DeAndre Jordan five years, $40 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Yup, that lockout really got NBA owners to rein in their spending. The Los Angeles Clippers wanted to keep center DeAndre Jordan — he’s part of their young and high-flying core — and have offered him a five year, $40 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo on twitter. But he also says it is…

  8. Tuesday morning one liners

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets forward Outlaw celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Raptors during triple overtime in their NBA game in London

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not their own post here at PBT. Travis Outlaw had surgery on his hand this summer after a boxing injury (he hit a heavy bag and broke it). That was eight weeks ago and things are supposed to be healed, but the Nets doctors would…

  9. NBA players will vote on new labor deal Wednesday

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    The polls open on Wednesday. By Friday, we will have basketball. (Well, training camps and free agency, at least.) That is the schedule for the week, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. After some marathon bargaining sessions over the weekend — 28 hours of talks over two days, a source told ProBasketballTalk — the…

  10. Report: Mavericks saving cap space to make run at Deron Williams

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    Jason Kidd cannot play forever. I know, it already seemed like he has, but the fact is he will eventually need to walk away from the game. His contract is up after this season. And the Mavericks want Deron Williams to replace him, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. That despite the fact Williams said…

  11. Blake Griffin trying to focus on court, not trade rumors

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Know this — Blake Griffin wouldn’t mind playing with Chris Paul or Dwight Howard if the Clippers could swing one of them in a trade. “Yea, I guess that’d be all right,” Griffin told ProBasketballTalk with a laugh. “That would be great, obviously, both of those guys are very, very good. But it’s got to…

  12. Chris Paul trade chatter grows, Lakers right at front of line

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Chris Paul Andrew Bynum

    The buzz around the league that the New Orleans Hornets have decided that they have to trade Chris Paul and do it fast is growing. And the name that keeps coming up more and more as a potential landing spot for the star point guard is the Los Angeles Lakers. Hornets’ general manager Dell Demps…

  13. New suggested Sixers mascots are… um… unimpressive

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT

    Sixers_Mascot_Choices

    I don’t think there were many ideas that would make Sixers fans long for the return of Hip Hop. If you forgot, Hip Hop was the Sixers mascot that nobody really liked. So much so that after polling season ticket holders about the game-day experience the new Philadelphia owners axed him. But they commissioned new…

  14. Looks like Portland will not amnesty Brandon Roy

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy is going to get one more shot. The player who has four years, $68 million left on his max contract and no cartilage left in his knees will not have the amnesty clause used on him yet, he will play Portland again this season, reports Ben Goliver at Blazers Edge. Roy and Blazers…

  15. Carmelo, Knicks not visiting Denver this season

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    If we didn’t know better, we would think Carmelo Anthony slipped the NBA schedule maker a nice tip. Because ‘Melo and his New York Knicks will not be traveling to Denver this season to have boos rain down on them, reports Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Each team will play only 18 games against…

  16. Valanciunas shoots down report he’ll play in Toronto this year

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Eventually Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick of the Raptors this past draft, will play in Toronto. And maybe play well (he looked good in international tournaments this summer.) Reports came up over the weekend that Valanciunas might play for the Raptors this season, but the man himself seemed to shoot that down in an…

  17. Report: Chicago Bulls in mix for Dwight Howard

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    We told you already that the Lakers may be the front runners to land either Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, although there are plenty of obstacles and other bidders that could get in the way of that. Like the Chicago Bulls. Because who doesn’t want to play with Derrick Rose. In the same article where…

  18. Lakers open season on back-to-back-to-back

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    In every NBA season there are what are called “scheduled losses” where some team is going to lose a game thanks to the schedule maker. If you are on your third game in four days and draw a rested Oklahoma City, you are in trouble no matter who you are. This year there are going…

  19. Report: Hornets, Magic both thinking deal with Lakers

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    The New Orleans Hornets have their eyes wide open and know they are going to have to trade Chris Paul. The Orlando Magic are holding out more hope of retaining Dwight Howard but that feels like a longshot as well. The front offices in both cities have to be gauging offers right now, or they…

  20. Labor deal details getting done, vote set for Thursday

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It was expected to happen, but don’t confuse that with being easy. Lawyers and officials with the NBA owners and players union put in nearly 28 hours over the weekend to hammer out all the B-list issues that were remaining undone with the NBA labor deal, a source told ProBasketballTalk. It’s sort of the dirty…

  21. If not in Dallas, J. J. Barea wouldn’t mind being a Knick

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    There are some things you can just easily picture in your mind. Like J.J. Barea coming off the bench for the New York Knicks to run Mike D’Antoni’s offense. We’re not saying it’s going to happen — smart money says he stays a Maverick — but the Puerto Rican point guard told the New York…

  22. Deron Williams says 90 percent chance he stays with Nets

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams name gets thrown in with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard a lot. And he is in the same situation — he is an elite player who can opt out at the end of this season and become a free agent. But when the Jazz traded him to New Jersey last year Williams’ situation…

  23. Grant Hill choices down to Suns, Clippers, Knicks, Bulls

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    It’s going to come down to what Grant Hill really, really wants. He has narrowed his free agent teams down to four quite different choices, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. Grant Hill has his free agent Final Four, according to sources: the incumbent Suns, the Clippers, the Bulls and the Knicks. Each provides its own…

  24. Video: Shaq sings his intro into TNT, so get ready

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Usually I am a fan of the “don’t mess with a good thing” school of thought. But sometimes you take something good like waffles, combine it with fried chicken and you get something better. Or, if you take Charles Barkley and the TNT crew and mix in Shaquille O’Neal, maybe you improve the best game-night…

  25. Tom Thibodeau wants Bulls fans to lay off Carlos Boozer

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Chicago Bulls fans were frustrated with Carlos Boozers’ performance last season and let him know about it. Utah Jazz fans stood off in the corner nodding with a “we warned you” look on their face. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wants you to back off. Thibodeau did what any good coach would do and defended…

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