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  1. Thomas Robinson could get time at small forward for the Kings

    Oct 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    thomas robinson

    The Kings are apparently thinking about going with a super-big lineup. From the Sacramento Bee: Don’t rule out Thomas Robinson seeing time at small forward during the preseason. During one 5-on-5 session, Robinson was the small forward with Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins the other frontcourt players. Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton were the other…

  2. Can the Bobcats afford to improve?

    Oct 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Just a reminder, from Hoopsworld: Chicago Bulls: Receives 2013 first-round pick (top-12 protected in 2013, top-10 in 2014, top-8 in 2015, unprotected in 2016) from the Charlotte Bobcats via the Tyrus Thomas trade on 2/18/10. via Draft Pick Debt | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors. The rare trade that was bad at the outset,…

  3. The self-defeating prophecy in Sacramento

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    In a pair of articles this week, Tom Ziller of SBNation.com elucidated the conditions of fandom in Sacramento as the Kings’ season approaches. What could be the last Kings season in Sacramento. To catch you up….(big breath): The Maloofs were great owners and then the economy tanked and they became bad owners and then they…

  4. Stephen Jackson wants a contract extension. In related news, sky is blue, water wet, gravity works.

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Stephen Jackson‘s last contract with Golden State was a killer. They were forced to dump it to Charlotte, who was desperate for anyone who could play (and that decision helped lead them to, you know, last year). Then Charlotte had to get rid of it by dropping it to Milwaukee. Milwaukee was able to handle…

  5. Doc Rivers is pretty much treating Darko like Robin Williams treated Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Darko Milicic

    I think one of the worst things that can happen to a writer is when his references become outdated. So naturally I elected to go with the “Good Will Hunting” reference, here. Anyway, Doc Rivers was talking about Darko Milicic, and the conversation comes across like a horse whisperer or some sort of counselor. He’s…

  6. The Warriors have a good problem at small forward

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors, when the draft was approaching, were desperate for small forward help. They wanted an experienced player to “make the” at the position. They couldn’t find a star upgrade by trading the draft pick, so they picked up  Harrison Barnes. They still don’t have that star, but as it turns out, they have enough…

  7. For every season, turn, turn turn, J.R. Smith wants to start, turn, turn ,turn

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    J.R. Smith‘s abilities are both limited by and boosted by his confidence in his abilities. He has every bit of faith that he can make any shot he needs to, most often without the use or help of his teammates. It can propel his team to victory or send his coaches into a deep depression.…

  8. Roddy Beaubois injures ankle in Mavs’ first preseason game

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois, Goran Dragic

    Rodrigue Beaubois injured his ankle in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ exhibition matchup Saturday against Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Beaubois came down wrong trying to defend on a drive and just buckled. Video courtesy of Eye on Basketball: Beaubois has had injuries derail his potential the last few years, and it was thought…

  9. Andrew Bogut wants his team to fight. Each other.

    Oct 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut has what you might call a false positive ID for being injury-prone. While it’s true that Bogut has lost a huge number of games over the  past three seasons to injury, much of that has stemmed from a serious of freak injuries. He doesn’t have the worrisome food problems that plague so many…

  10. Marcin Gortat may have the worst NBA nickname ever

    Oct 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat kind of gets lost when people talk about the Suns. He had some really great years next to Steve Nash (related, everyone has really great years next to Steve Nash). With all the changes to the Suns, the focus is always on the new players like Goran Dragic (who’s actually an old player…

  11. A question of point guard extensions starring Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings, and Jrue Holiday

    Oct 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    October brings with it a rush of NBA news. Training camp starts, teams begin assessing if they need to make a pre-season trade, injuries unfortunately occur, preseason games begin and everyone is in the “best shape of their careers” on teams “ready to compete for a championship.” October is Hopetober for the NBA and outside…

  12. Joe Johnson wants it made known that he didn’t ask to be traded from Atlanta

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson was the face of the Hawks for over half-a-decade. He as a six-time All-Star with Atlanta, and in retrospect, took them to a level of respectability that gets overlooked because of how tough his era turned out to be. Now that he’s in Brooklyn, apparently everyone’s asking him why he decided to bail…

  13. Isiah Thomas wants on your television set more than in Madison Square Garden

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    Isiah Thomas continues to haunt Knicks fans like the ghost of Balkmans past. Meetings with James Dolan, consulting for superstars and their careers, Knicks fans are always looking over their shoulder for the return of the once and future GM. Well maybe now they can rest a little easier. Thomas said in an interview with…

  14. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Last season: Just another Hawks season. That’s the best way to put it after a year where despite losing Al Horford for the vast majority of the season, Atlanta managed to land a top four seed in the East. They had this bizarro season underneath the headline of “Boring.” They would look awesome one night,…

  15. The Inbounds: Chris Bosh and being what you’re not your way

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh has accepted that he has to play center for the Miami Heat. He doesn’t want to, it’s not what he has preferred, not from the moment he signed up for the Triad in South Beach. He likes his finesse game, feels that he’s better as a four, likes the freedom of power forward,…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player LeBron James hoists the championship trophy as team mate Dwyane Wade looks on stage at a rally in Miami, Florida

    Last season: It was not flawless, but it was superb. It was not easy, but it was rewarding. And it was not what they thought it would be, but it was spectacular. The Miami Heat accomplished all of their goals in the 2012 season, that being the only goal they had: win the title. They…

  17. Quote of the Day: Darko will “kill someone on the court” if he has to. Yikes.

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic has formualated, either on his own or with his agent, the line to use when talking about his disappointment as a former No.2 pick. He talks about how he’s not going to get dragged into discussions about not living up to expectations. He just wants to help his team, be a part of…

  18. Really quietly, Ray Allen’s ankle’s not totally OK

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    For some reason, this just skated on through media day on Friday, and no one really picked up on it. From our own Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Ray Allen said ankle issue likely will be ongoing throughout the season, something he will have to manage. He said he never wanted to let…

  19. George Karl has a really good reason for not starting JaVale McGee

    Sep 30, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Word started to surface on Friday that the Nuggets might actually not start JaVale McGee, even after his tremendous playoff performance against the Lakers, and despite what many are calling an unbelievable offseason of workouts. Is Kosta Koufos or Timofey Mozgov really better than McGee at this point? In an interview with the Denver Post,…

  20. Quote of the Day: Paul Pierce expects Rondo to take the shot

    Sep 30, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Pierce on Rondo: “He’s knocking down his shot. He’s TAKING his shot. That’s what we’re going to expect from him. He’s our leader.” — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) September 29, 2012 Rajon Rondo shot 45 percent from the floor last year. NBA.com reports that Rondo shot 39 percent from 16-24 feet. He was better, but inconsistent.…

  21. Lamar Odom apologizes to Cuban, Mavericks

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom Clippers

    Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted Friday the following: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told me he’d like to apologize to Mark Cuban and Mavs fans for not being himself. Felt it was beyond his power. via Twitter / RicBucher: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told …. So how did that go over, ESPN Dallas? Asked about Odom’s apology Friday evening,…

  22. Ray Allen brushes off Kevin Garnett’s barking while enjoying the beach

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    There are some players and stories that in order to get the real feeling for how intense the situation is, you have to divide the hype by about 10. Others, though, you have to multiply by 10 to get a real sense of the bad blood. Ray Allen vs. the Celtics is a multiplier situation.…

  23. Is Paul Millsap actually in a battle for the starting spot with Derrick Favors?

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul Millsap is following the right path when it comes to his free agency next summer. He’s just not going to talk about it. Word has leaked that he won’t sign an extension and will instead pursue free agency, but other than that, he’s shut down any and all talk about it. Millsap clearly doesn’t…

  24. Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, landed a 25 percent raise during lockout

    Sep 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    USA Today discovered a department of labor filing with regards to Billy Hunter’s salary with the NBPA last year, much of which was spent during the lockout of the NBPA by the owners in the labor dispute. Mr. Hunter did quite well for himself. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was paid $3…

  25. Report: Dwight Howard targeting opening night for return

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Mitch Kupchak

    The Lakers have been completely silent about when Dwight Howard could return, refusing to give any timeline. Howard himself has been dead quiet on the subject, using the “I just want to get where I need to be” stuff. There has been talk of December, January, even Febuary for a possible return of the Lakers’…

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