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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Report: Knicks considering signing Rasheed Wallace. What could go wrong?

    Sep 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Rasheed Wallace, coming back from the… wherever he was during retirement, to join the Knicks? It sounds like an Isiah Thomas fantasy that only James Dolan would find interesting, but it is apparently closer to reality than you might think, tweets ESPN’s Ric Bucher. NBA news: Rasheed Wallace working out at NYK practice facility w/Camby…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. Matt Barnes talks being a Clipper, finding minutes

    Sep 22, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    For a guy who has spent the past few seasons being a solid role player on quality teams — Orlando first then the Los Angeles Lakers — it took a while this summer for Matt Barnes to catch on with a team. And Barnes understands why. “First and foremost, me being injured last year during…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Friday Night Video: Why every big wants to work with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    That is five minutes of why Amare Stoudemire, JaVale McGee and… well, it would be easier to list the big men who have not gone to work with Hakeem Olajuwon the past couple years. That is five minutes of why the Knicks are bringing him into training camp. He had amazing footwork, he had a variety…

  13. Friday And-1 links: Training camp notes… and JaVale Mcgee

    Sep 21, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    javale-mcgee-segway-rainbow-road

    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. • JaVale McGee on a Segway, riding a rainbow road. Some days the Internet amazes…

  14. Bulls, Taj Gibson starting contract negotiations

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    They are talking. But if I were a betting man I would bet the open market is going to determine Taj Gibson’s worth. Taj Gibson is about to enter his fourth NBA season, which means the Bulls can offer him an extension to his rookie contract. Like they did with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.…

  15. John Calipari comes to defense of John Wall

    Sep 21, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Kentucky coach John Calipari is a consummate recruiter — a combination coach and father. A guy who in private might be tough on his guys, but in public will defend them. Even after they are flown from his nest. Like John Wall. The former Kentucky point guard and former No. 1 overall pick is about…

  16. Eric Gordon looks forward to Hornets in playoffs. This year.

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    I think we’re all interested in what the New Orleans Hornets can become — they have a potential franchise anchor big man in Anthony Davis we get to watch unfold. And they have an elite young shooting guard in Eric Gordon. Around them are pieces — like just drafted Austin Rivers — who are going…

  17. Chris Paul a few weeks away from workouts due to thumb

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Chris Paul quietly played through pain to get a gold medal in London — his thumb injury suffered one of the first days in Las Vegas was bad enough to require surgery afterward, but he was not going to bow out. He got his surgery, and he should be ready to go when the season…

  18. Matt Barnes talks about NBA players trend of MMA workouts

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    When Matt Barnes started to focus on really getting in shape for the upcoming NBA season, he couldn’t do what a lot of ballers in the Los Angeles area do through the summer — head over to UCLA, home of some NBA-level pickup games. Some days it seems like half the NBA is there. Barnes…

  19. Quote of the Day: Bogut shakes head at Lakers riches

    Sep 21, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    “The rich get richer. That’s generally how it is in the NBA. Grown accustomed to it the last five-six years. The rich get richer and the poor have to kind of scrounge and find other role players to fill it in. That’s kind of the way it is.” —Golden State center Andrew Bogut talking about…

  20. Barclays Center officially opens doors in Brooklyn

    Sep 21, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Brooklyn New Arena

    Brooklyn has a professional sports team again — but this ain’t baseball. And the new, intentionally-rusted looking Barclays Center is not going to be confused with Ebbets Field. Still, this could be something good for Brooklyn. It certainly will be good for the Nets (much better than their Jersey homes). Friday was the official ribbon…

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