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  1. Chauncey Billups says he’ll be back before the first of the year

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Say what you want about Chauncey Billups, but do not question the man’s dedication. The Clippers guard immediately got word out after his devastating Achilles injury that he would not be retiring. He’s kept that word up the entire way. He’s vowed to return this season. And at media day for the Clippers Friday, Billups…

  2. That Jazz are like “Nah, that’s cool, Raja Bell. No need to come to training camp.”

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Raja Bell

    Things have gone from bad to worse to apathetic in Salt Lake City as the Salt Lake Tribune reports that disgruntled guard Raja Bell has been asked by the Jazz not to show up next week when the team begins its preseason. The Jazz announced Friday that veteran guard Raja Bell won’t attend training camp…

  3. The Inbounds: Ellis and Jennings and the cliff of compromise

    Sep 26, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Something’s gotta give in Milwaukee. (Check out our Bucks season preview here.) The Bucks traded their often-injured-but-still-awesome-when-he-played center Andrew Bogut last season to Golden State and took on Monta Ellis. Ellis was a promising young star. Then he was the guy who got injured in the moped accident. Then he was a terrific player again.…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    Last season: Abort the mission! New plan! New plan! The Bucks slammed on the parking brake, wrenched the wheel and Tokyo Drifted in a new direction last season, abandoning the “all defense all the time” team built around Andrew Bogut and giving p on the fleeting hope Bogut will ever, ever be healthy. They swapped…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Last season: The Pacers made moves to become a top-tier team in the East and they worked out. Roy Hibbert and Paul George both took some big steps forward, while David West added the consistent scorer they were looking for and George Hill provided balance with Darren Collison, though the two didn’t work well together.…

  6. The Inbounds: The Chicago Bulls can defy expectations again. Is that a good thing?

    Sep 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. The Bulls were supposed to be a middle-seed in 2011, maybe a 4 or a 5 seed. They took the…

  7. Iman Shumpert could be back in December

    Sep 23, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick

    The Knicks are going to miss Iman Shumpert early this season. Of that there can be no doubt. He’s got too much athleticism and defensive ability, and they need some youth on a roster with a world full of older guys. Shumpert’s out following ACL surgery and his prognosis has put in a wide variety…

  8. One week to training camp… Russell Westbrook will once again kill the rim

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    The wait is almost over. We’re just a week away from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Russell Westbrook is proof that basketball…

  9. NBA community reaches out in Chicago to help peace efforts

    Sep 23, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah France

    In August, 10 people were shot overnight. In one night. In September, there were  eleven homicides in five days. The murder rate always goes up in the summer, in an unfathomably, heartrendingly simple example of how simply our worst instincts can be expressed. Much of the violence this summer has been attached to gang violence, or, an emerging term,…

  10. Could LaMarcus Aldridge win MVP? Well, no, but let’s talk about it anyway

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to today’s “There’s a week left until training camp and I’d chew my own arm off if it meant I could blog about it” post. Blazers Edge posted a link to a story on Rip City Project on Saturday night. It contained the following passage regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and a possible MVP bid: It…

  11. Mavericks apparently had a “players on expiring contracts” issue last year

    Sep 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the piece we brought you yesterday from the Dallas Morning Newsabout how Dirk Nowitzki‘s feeling good, feeling great, ready, ready to celebrate, there was an interesting little stick at the end. Nowitzki also made it clear that he is in no mood this season to hear about players who are on…

  12. Keyon Dooling denies Heat rumors, says he’s done with the league

    Sep 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    So Keyon Dooling retired last week, and it seemed weird and sudden. Then, almost immediately, reports surfaced that Dooling was going to join the Miami Heat. Now, Dooling has issued a denial of those reports to Fox Sports Florida, (hopefully) ending one of the most irrelevant sagas of the late offseason: So much for Keyon…

  13. After a rough year physically, Dirk Nowitzki is “good to go”

    Sep 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dirk Nowitzki‘s training and conditioning were all screwed up by the lockout last year. Understandably, after  finally accomplishing the dream of winning the title, Nowitzki, along with the rest of the Mavs, enjoyed their offseason. The uncertainty of the lockout lead to a lack of training and so when the season started, Nowitzki was not…

  14. Is Billy King a lock for Executive of the Year?

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Billy King

    That’s right, I’m doing a prospective Executive of the Year post in September. Training camp doesn’t start for a week. What do you want from me? Mikhail Prokhorov told reporters this week, via the New York Post: Prokhorov on the job @bkdefend did retooling the @brooklynnets roster: “I think, I’m sure, I do believe he’ll…

  15. Does Miami’s championship prove that any system can work with the best talent?

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:00 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

    This is something I just kind of stumbled on this morning while reading a post from earlier this month about how Pat Riley said about how smallball is “who (the Heat) are, now.” I, and others have written a lot about how the Heat’s lineup to finish the season, with Chris Bosh playing a combination…

  16. Video: Iman Shumpert destroys iPhone 5 during “test drive”

    Sep 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Millions of people went nuts this week over the iPhone 5. I can’t stand in judgment, the only reason I’m not is my contract’s not up for a year and the thing costs what is, in blogger money, a gazillion bajillion dollars, U.S. The new iPhone is coveted, lusted after by everyone into Apple tech,…

  17. Quote of the Day: Prokhorov’s still waiting for Dolan to RSVP

    Sep 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russians Go To The Polls In Presidential Election

    Mikhail Prokhorov has deliberately stoked up a fire between himself and James Dolan. The Nets want to take over basketball in New York and are using the confrontational, outsiders-invading tactic, stirring up trouble and taking pot shots. This goes all the way back to the summer of 2010 when Prokhorov and the Nets were putting up…

  18. Heat assistant and NBA legend Bob McAdoo thinks OKC’s still better than L.A.

    Sep 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    It’s going to be the question du jour leading up to the start of the NBA season. By All-Star Weekend it could have faded completely or changed into a bigger question of Lakers vs. Heat, but for right now, the big one is who’s the best in the West, the Lakers or Thunder? And the…

  19. NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Last Season: I want you to imagine the most you’ve ever vomited. Like, literally, the greatest single bout of nauseated vomiting you’ve ever gone through. I want you to think about what you ate, what it smelled like, that cold, hard porcelain  or unfeeling trash can that embraced you after the day-old shellfish or that…

  20. The Inbounds: The First Treatise on ISOMelo

    Sep 18, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. INTRODUCTION: I’m not a big believer in the Knicks’ offense. I tend to like things like ball movement. And efficiency.…

  21. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This week begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. Next up, your New York Knicks. Last season: Good God, where to begin. Uh, they beat Boston in their first…

  22. Two weeks to training camp… KG is still crazy after all these years

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Look, I don’t know how else to put it.…

  23. Two weeks to training camp… Manu Ginobili the modern superhero

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. He shouldn’t be able to do it, honestly. Manu…

  24. The Inbounds: Why players and their agents should consider a franchise’s spending history in free agency decisions

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Two and a half weeks ago, Business Week released a study on the “smartest spenders in the NBA.” Kurt talked about the top and bottom ten here. It’s nothing shocking. The Lakers spend really well! The Wizards and Kings spend really badly! Turns out there’s a high correlation between “being a really good team” and…

  25. Doc Rivers says the plan is for Courtney Lee to start until Bradley’s return

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    With Avery Bradley out for a while to start next season, there is a bit of a question about whether Jason Terry would move from his traditional bench spot to a starting position. Problem is that would jack with plans to have Terry back up Rondo at point guard. But what about Courtney Lee? In…

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