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  1. Barnes pleads no contest to traffic warrant, gets community service

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Matt Barnes will do 30 hours of community service and go through some counseling sessions as part of a no contest plea to his arrest for unlicensed driving and resisting arrest earlier this summer. Barnes, who signed with the Clippers just a couple weeks ago, was not in the Manhattan Beach courtroom Tuesday but his…

  2. Don’t expect Atlanta to extend Josh Smith. Which means more trade rumors.

    Sep 25, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    If you are taking preseason bets on “guy to show up in the most trade rumor posts” on your favorite message board, Josh Smith would be a good call. For example, look at this one from Boston already. (By the way, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and a first round pick for Smith is a horrible…

  3. 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.…

  4. Tuesday And-1 links: The Nets dancer uniforms are… pretty fly?

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT


    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like the twitterverse loves making fun of replacement referees. • The photo to the…

  5. Video: Another Derrick Rose recovery ad… but it’s good

    Sep 25, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose  in D Rose Short, Family Story Tee and DMR Hoody

    Adidas seems to be putting out a lot more video and interesting stuff with the injured Derrick Rose than the healthy, MVP one. Maybe that’s just how it feels. No doubt, his new line of signature shoes look good and there is always plenty of ads and hype when a new line comes out. I…

  6. Coach confirms Lillard, Hickson will start for Blazers

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Lamarcus Aldridge Wesley Matthews

    The names aren’t really a surprise, but it shows that the Trail Blazers are going to be young and athletic this season. And a lot of fun to watch. Speaking with the media, coach Terry Stotts confirmed the starting five in Portland (via Joe Freeman of the Oregonian): Damian Lillard, Wesley Mathews, Nicolas Batum, J.J.…

  7. Add Nene to “will miss camp, be ready for season” list

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    While John Wall is the guy we all will be watching — and the guy who will get too much credit or criticism for whatever happens with the Wizards this season — Nene might be the second most important player on that team. After years of enigmatic and underwhelming big men in our nation’s capital,…

  8. Quote of the Day: Jason Terry is ready to kill Heat, Lakers

    Sep 25, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    “My mission is to kill; whether it’s the Heat, whether it’s the Lakers. Hopefully both. That’s my mission, and that’s what I’m here to do.” —Jason Terry, via The quote came before Terry stepped out for a round of golf for a Celtics charity. Terry is key for the Celtics this year because he…

  9. Anthony Tolliver to sign with Atlanta Hawks

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT


    If you want confirmation of where Anthony Tolliver will play next season, ask Anthony Tolliver himself: I will be signing with the Atlanta Hawks for the upcoming season…thanks to all the Twolves for 2 great yrs! #thedecision #finally lol — Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 25, 2012 To be fair, Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida…

  10. Batum feels bad he punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the nuts

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It was one of the most talked about moments of the Olympic basketball tournament — Nicolas Batum (he of the huge new contract with the Trail Blazers) and his French teammates needed to foul Spain, down 6 with 24 seconds left. Batum did foul Juan Carlos Navarro by punching him in the place a man…

  11. Video: Stephen Jackson talks offseason workouts, strip clubs

    Sep 25, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT


    Stephen Jackson is must watch radio. He was on The Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105.1 and was just very Stephen Jackson — he held nothing back. When asked about off-season workouts he said he doesn’t do them — “I ain’t worked out in my whole career.” He called the other NBA baller/rappers “whack” and went…

  12. Winderman: Time for shorter NBA training camps

    Sep 25, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The list of players who will miss the start of training camp is significant, everyone from Chris Paul to Al Harrington to possibly Dwyane Wade. Each, though, could be back for the start of the regular season. Which either means the offseason is too short or camp is too long. Yet here we are, on…

  13. Chris Paul says he will play in preseason, be ready Oct. 31

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chris Paul says he and his surgically-repaired thumb are going be ready to go when the Clippers tip off the season on Halloween night against he Memphis Grizzlies. And they’ll play in a preseason game, too. Remember Paul tore a ligament his thumb in a fluke play on one of the first days of Team…

  14. Penny Marshall is working on a Dennis Rodman documentary

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Well, this should be interesting. A dozen years removed from the NBA, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman remains a compelling character… well, for the same reason we watched Nicholas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas.” The same reason half of Bravo’s shows exist. Because self-destruction can be entertaining so long as it is someone else. Now…

  15. Report: Rasheed Wallace gets to decide if he stays with Knicks

    Sep 25, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The decision on if the New York Knicks will keep Rasheed Wallace falls to… Rasheed Wallace? Yup, he gets to decide his own fate according to Marc Berman of the New York Post (and it was confirmed by Sheed’s agent). The Knicks are willing to take a gamble on 6-foot-11 power forward Rasheed Wallace, who…

  16. Sixers, Bynum not talking extension. Which is to be expected.

    Sep 25, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Andrew Bynum is not going to sign an extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. Will. Not. Happen. Not sure how this keeps being news and being reported as such, or why newly minted Sixers GM Tony DiLeo is being asked about it, but we’ll walk everyone through it one more time. Don’t get me wrong, Bynum…

  17. Jose Calderon denies rumors he is unhappy, wants trade

    Sep 25, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Jose Calderon

    Jose Calderon played well for Toronto last season. A lot of people didn’t notice because, well, he plays for Toronto and they weren’t very good. But Calderon was — 10.5 points a game, 8.8 assists and he had a PER of 16.7. So, the Raptors went out and got Kyle Lowry in the offseason to…

  18. Warriors, Curry table extension talks. But he’s still optimistic.

    Sep 25, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    stephen curry

    The world needs optimists. Stephen Curry and his agent are optimists. They believe that even though the Warriors and Curry have tabled talks of a contract extension, once team officials seem him playing in the preseason things will come off the table and a deal will get done. That’s what they told Matt Steinmetz of…

  19. Seattle City Council gives key approval for new arena

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:41 AM EDT


    It was not a surprise — all the groundwork had already been done, previous approvals given at other levels of government — but still it has to feel good for those that want to see the NBA back in Seattle. Tuesday night the Seattle City Council voted 6-2 to approve developers Chris Hansen’s plan for…

  20. Rivers says expect Avery Bradley to return in December

    Sep 25, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    At first the reports were Avery Bradley would be back during training camp. Then there were suggestions he could miss even the start of the season following shoulder surgery at the end of last season. Now Celtics fans, think of him as a Christmas present. Doc Rivers spoke with the always fantastic Jackie McMullan for…

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