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  1. 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…

  2. Looks like MKG is ‘just fine’

    Sep 16, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was brilliant in Summer League. For a whole game. Then he was out with a knee. It was a really disappointing start to the forward’s time with Charlotte, as MKG is largely thought of as the start of their rebuilding plan. Then he disappeared. Not a word was said about Kidd-Gilchrist over the…

  3. Dwight Howard admits he learned lessons of LeBron decision too late

    Sep 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    There were lessons to be learned out of how LeBron James handled leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat. A long list of what not to do. One was the pitfalls of hubris and that not everything can be spun positively. Another was that people are going to hate you for that kind of move, and…

  4. Louisville is totally serious about getting an NBA team

    Sep 16, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    louisville_skyline_sunset_1

    Louisville’s basketball crazy, and they want more of it. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that a group of business owners met with the mayor and other government officials recently to talk about the possibility of the city bringing in an NBA team. And they sound pretty psyched about the idea. From the Courier-Journal: A group of community…

  5. Tony Allen ‘guarantees’ he’ll be back for season opener, but what about next year?

    Sep 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    tony allen

    Memphis defensive pitbull guard-forward Tony Allen had minor surgery over the summer to repair cartilage in his knee. His recovery is going to run right up against the start of training camp, but Allen made it clear that he’ll be good to go for the season opener on Halloween vs. the Clippers. “I’m definitely getting myself back…

  6. Mike Miller is (surprisingly) ready for training camp

    Sep 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    I’ll admit it, I was convinced that Mike Miller‘s three-point barrage against the Thunder in last year’s Finals was his way of blazing into glory, as in, off into the sunset. For two years, we’d watched Miller drag a body around that wasn’t just suffering in one part of his body, it was all of…

  7. Two weeks to training camp… when Tony Allen’s hungry you better let the big dog eat

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tony Allen

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days 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. The best thing about Tony Allen‘s…

  8. Shaq has a plan for the Knicks to have a better chance against Miami which will help them not at all

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    ESPN NY got Shaquille O’Neal to talk about the Knicks for the upcoming season, not exactly a difficult thing to do, on any topic at any time. And apparently they decided to ask him what they have to do to get past the Heat, or, what they need to do to beat the Heat if…

  9. Do the Jazz need to ‘fix’ Al Jefferson and if so, how do they do it?

    Sep 15, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    In a very thorough and open-minded post on the Jazz Blog SLCDunk, they’ve reached a conclusion that Al Jefferson is not nearly the player that Jazz fans want him to be or the organization needs him to be. This is going to run counter to what a lot of people outside of SLC tend to…

  10. Two weeks to training camp… Dirk Nowitzki can kill your dreams a million ways

    Sep 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days 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. The angles Dirk Nowitzki uses out…

  11. We know experience matters in the NBA, but the question ‘Why?’ lingers

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    There’s a certain contrast when it comes to how people view age in the NBA. Coaches and players like, trust in, and believe in experienced veterans, while fans like young players. Younger players represent upside and potential, the unknown, athleticism and possibility to fans. But to coaches and veterans, they represent mistakes, sloppiness, a lack…

  12. In case you are curious how much pull CP3 has with Clippers, check out what Barnes said.

    Sep 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Matt Barnes is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. We told you about that yesterday. We’ve also told you that Chris Paul was playing GM and doing the recruiting — the Clippers want to keep Paul happy heading into his free agency and the buzz around the league is he and CAA have been…

  13. Metta World Peace: “I don’t see anybody getting past us”

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    So much for downplaying expectations. Not that the Lakers really could — the Lakers are the 800 pound gorilla of sports in Los Angeles with a fan base is rabid and at times delusional. After the Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this summer (to pair with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol), the…

  14. Two weeks to training camp… Chris Paul’s teardrop is like a wizard from an 80’s metal animation

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days 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. Chris Paul is known for…

  15. Friday Night Video: 1984 All-Star Dunk Contest

    Sep 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Larry Nance

    1984 at the All-Star Game in Denver is when the NBA brought the Dunk Contest back (sort of, it was an old ABA thing). Dr. J was the favorite. Dominique Wilkins was competing. And Larry Nance won the thing. With a pretty cool dunk. I’m pretty sure the dunks themselves have not gotten much better…

  16. Friday And-1 links: No pressure Evan Turner, none at all

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    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 this kid seems to love surfing the Web (and gets a little testy…

  17. You can bid on Michael Jordan’s expired AMEX card

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Via ESPN's Darren Rovell

    You know the memorabilia market for an athlete is out of control when… Pretty soon, you’ll be able to bid on owning an expired Michael Jordan American Express card. To be fair, the card does have his signature on the back, which increases it’s value. Why did Jordan sign the card? In case someone stole…

  18. Just how much ink does Chris Andersen have? A lot.

    Sep 14, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    chris-andersen tattoos

    Right now, Chris Andersen — the Birdman — is trying to find a team that wants to bring him in. He was amnestied by the Nuggets and has yet to find a new home. Like Kenyon Martin and others, he’s finding a dry market where the only offers are for the veteran minimum, and in…

  19. Chris Bosh says he is getting used to playing center

    Sep 14, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Chris Bosh is going to play center for the Miami Heat this season, maybe at the start of games certainly at the end of them. When the Heat get serious, he is their five. It’s not what Bosh wanted — he did that a lot in Toronto but the experience wasn’t positive. In Miami, however,…

  20. It’s official: Matt Barnes signs with Los Angeles Clippers

    Sep 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    We told you this was coming and now it is official — Matt Barnes has signed to play with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, the team announced Friday. Getting an athletic player who can defend on the wing for the league minimum is a good signing for the Clippers. While the official terms of…

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