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  1. While Gilbert Arenas pens his redemption story, Javaris Crittenton is just looking to get by

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:57 PM EST

    Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton will forever be linked by a card game, two unloaded guns, and a note in the Washington Wizards’ locker room, but both players were in fundamentally different positions to deal with the aftermath of their shared experience. Arenas is a former superstar that once dined with the league’s true elite.…

  2. Kings cut training campers Donald Sloan and J.R. Giddens

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    When the Sacramento Kings brought 19 players into training camp, they too brought in the understanding that at least four of those players would be cut before the season began. According to The Hoops Market, point guard Donald Sloan and swingman J.R. Giddens were the first to go. Among point guards, Sloan is survived by…

  3. No, you don't get it, Jamal Crawford REALLY wants to stay in Atlanta

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    It’s quite clear that Jamal Crawford much prefers an extension from Atlanta to the idea of becoming a free agent next summer. For a variety of reasons, the Hawks are (wisely) reluctant oblige. That hasn’t stopped Crawford from grandstanding to Hawks management at every opportunity, most recently with this enthusiastic play to the Associated Press:…

  4. Brandon Bass is putting in the right kind of work

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    In Brandon Bass’ first season with the Magic, he saw his playing time, points, and rebounds per game slashed despite Orlando having available minutes at power forward. He sat 32 of Orlando’s 82 regular season games (and seven of their 14 playoff games). Watching, fully healthy, from the bench. On a four million dollar salary.…

  5. Dan Gilbert opened his mouth on the internet again. It went about as well as last time.

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:07 AM EST

    Hi, everybody! (Hi, Dan Gilbertcavsdan Okay, Dan.Might be time for some therapy. Because if you plan on owning the Cavaliers for a long time? This will not be the last 25-year-old to bolt for greener pastures. Maybe you’ll find a player like Kevin Durant who just wants to stay where he’s at and loves, you…

  6. Brad Jones to succeed Quin Snyder as coach of the Austin Toros

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    The San Antonio Spurs have used the D-League as proficiently as any NBA outfit, and in the coming season, they’ll introduce a new coach to continue the tradition — or, as much of a tradition as a D-League club can have — in Austin. Former Toros head coach Quin Snyder is now on Doug Collins’…

  7. Richard Jefferson has the nerve to go back to the basics

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    I’m not sure where Richard Jefferson learned how to be a professional athlete, but I’m pretty sure he’s doing it wrong. First, he abandoned huge short-term financial gains in favor of a more practical long-term deal. Well-played certainly, but to give up a $15.2 million single-year salary along with a chance to play his way…

  8. Toronto is the new, slightly gimpy horse in the race for Erick Dampier's services

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    A union between Erick Dampier and the Miami Heat apparently made too much sense to come to fruition. Now, rather than the serviceable big man going to the championship contending team a bit lacking in serviceable big men, Dampier will likely land with another playoff-caliber squad. Or maybe the Toronto Raptors. According to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  9. Report: Carmelo Anthony deal still a day (or more) away from completion

    Sep 25, 2010, 8:36 PM EST

    It’s alright NBA heads. If a report from Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger is correct, it’s safe to stop checking your sports tickers obsessively for the next day or so. According to Orr’s unspecified source (…sigh), the four-team deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets is at least another day or so…

  10. Jacque Vaughn moves up the bench, goes from rotation afterthought to assistant coach

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:24 PM EST

    Jacque Vaughn made a career out of backing up the backup and stepping in as a stopgap during times of crisis. He averaged just 9.8 points and 5.5 assists per 36 minutes for his career, which are both less than exemplary marks to say the least. Regardless, Vaughn will take that pedigree (if we can…

  11. Changes in D-League allocation rules give affiliates impressive new utility

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

    Last season set an impressive standard for NBA-D-League relations, but a change in the D-League’s allocation rules has reinforced those bonds with steel…or at least some strengthening putty, or something. According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, the D-League’s new rules allow each NBA team to designate up to three of their final training camp…

  12. Unraveling the hatred of LeBron James and the Miami Heat

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    The Heat have new fans coming out of the woodwork, but the massive backlash against the assemblage of talent in Miami has been absolutely impressive. It’s understandable that people would disapprove of LeBron James’ decision to ditch his “hometown” Cleveland Cavaliers for another team. It’s even more understandable that people would be opposed to the…

  13. Chinese team targets Rafer Alston and Flip Murray

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

    The Chinese Basketball Association may not have the same draw as more prestigious European leagues, but what it does have is a type. Stephon Marbury. Steve Francis. Maybe Allen Iverson. The CBA has become a post-NBA destination for low-efficiency scoring point guards, and according to the Hoops Market, we can now add two more prospective…

  14. NBA Season Preview: The Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:11 PM EST

    Last season: The Bucks flew through the home stretch to finish with a 46-36 record, but the train carrying deer to be feared was derailed by a season-ending injury to Andrew Bogut. Head Coach: Scott Skiles, who lived up to his reputation as an excellent defensive coach by making the Bucks’ D the second best…

  15. NBA Season Preview: The Indiana Pacers

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:24 PM EST

    Last season: The Pacers went 32-50, which puts them a step above the downright tragedy of the Nets, Timberwolves, and even the Wizards, but still among some pretty miserable company. Head Coach: Jim O’Brien will again have the Pacers running (they were the second fastest team in the NBA last season), running, running. This time,…

  16. Earl Watson agrees to a deal with the Utah Jazz

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Earl Watson has game made for the background. He’s not a bad player. Sub-average, really, but not bad. He’s spent most of his career as a reserve, and has typically managed to hold down the fort while his team’s regular point man sips on Gatorade. When Watson is asked to do more than tread water…

  17. Ed Davis has knee surgery, will miss six weeks

    Sep 20, 2010, 7:54 PM EST

    Ed Davis injured his knee late last week, and while the injury wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been, Davis is looking at another physical setback that will halt his basketball progress. According to Matt Devlin, play-by-play man for the Toronto Raptors, Davis had surgery today to repair a torn meniscus, and will…

  18. Nuggets soften the hard line, are suddenly more open to the idea of dealing Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:26 AM EST

    Oh, what an intricate web the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have woven. Melo has been linked to a dozen NBA teams, several book clubs, and at least one amateur magicians’ alliance since his desire to be traded became public, but the Nuggets’ willingness to play along with Anthony’s whimsy has been anything but concrete. Obviously…

  19. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Of market size and parity

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and I hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk. In…

  20. NBA Season Preview: The Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Last season: They went 27-55, which is wholly unspectacular. They weren’t as bad as the Nets or the Timberwolves, but the Sixers were in that next group of teams that stand out only for their failure to compete.  Head Coach: Doug Collins, who’s here to win friends and influence people. Key Departures: Samuel Dalembert, Allen…

  21. Also working out for the Celtics: Cuttino Mobley, Rashad McCants, and Trenton Hassell

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EST

    The Boston Celtics currently have 17 players on their roster, but that hasn’t stopped them from batting their eyelashes at a handful of available free agent wings. As Kurt mentioned earlier (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports), Adam Morrison is among them. He’s the headliner, in a way. As a 26 year-old former No. 3…

  22. John Treloar jumps from the Erie BayHawks' bench to the Phoenix Suns' front office

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    This summer, much like the season before it, has been kind to the D-League. There have been call-ups from players to coaches to managers to referees, and some of the D’s best and brightest are now the NBA’s, well, something far less. It doesn’t matter. They’ve made it. Whether on guaranteed contracts or make-good deals,…

  23. Gilbert Arenas runs.

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    A scrapbook of last season will not be found on Gilbert Arenas’ coffee table. The games Arenas didn’t play were marked by endless criticism, judgment, and legal trouble. Those that he did were plagued by inefficient scoring, disinterested defense, and team-wide disappointment. There were few moments, if any, fit for the refrigerator, as Arenas’ (and…

  24. NBA Season Preview: The New Jersey Nets

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Today we continue PBT’s run through every team in the NBA, looking at the changes for the upcoming year. Every weekday from now through the start of the season a new team will be the focus. We started with the Knicks yesterday, and will spend this week in the Atlantic Division. Last season: A nightmare.…

  25. Kevin Durant, flawed and perfect

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Kevin Durant has yet to disappoint. He had a fantastic rookie year, has grown in each of his three seasons in the NBA, and emerged as one of the top players in the game. KD’s also riding a hell of a PR typhoon after the tectonic shift known as The Decision changed, well, everything. LeBron…

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