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  1. Kings draw delay of game for taking too long with handshakes

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    When David Stern puts in a new rule because television executives tell him to shorten games he is not messing around. Wednesday night’s Kings/Warriors games started with the Kings getting a delay of game warning for not being ready for tip-off 90 seconds after the intro ended because the players were still going through their…

  2. Video: Meyers Leonard with impressive dunk, weak celebration

    Oct 18, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Meyers Leonar, Metta World Peace, Antwon Johnson, Pau Gasol

    That is Blazers rookie center Meyers Leonard showing he has hops and can finish around the rim. He’s going to get the chance to prove himself, he’s going to get the run this season. Hopefully we see more of that — now that’s how you close the sale. The “flex” celebration afterwards… not so impressive.…

  3. With Love out what’s next for Minnesota? Nothing. Yet.

    Oct 18, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Derrick Williams, hope you’re ready for your close-up. Kevin Love has broken two bones in shooting hand and is now out for at least six weeks. Meaning we’re talking a return around Thanksgiving at the very earliest, probably more like the first week of December. That is in addition to Ricky Rubio being out from…

  4. Cuban isn’t all that worried about Nowitzki’s knee

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas fans should be a little worried — maybe more than a little worried — about Dirk Nowitzki’s swollen knee and if he needs surgery. Because without him Dallas pretty much becomes the O.J. Mayo show, and no matter what you think of him this preseason that movie has been pretty ugly in the past…

  5. Video: Jeremy Evans with the block on one end, dunk on other

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes, Jeremy Evans

    If you’re looking for the “play of the preseason” I think this may be your winner. The human pogo stick Jeremy Evans is freakishly long and can jump out of the building, which makes him good at blocking shots and dunking. (It’s the other stuff that holds him back.) Here he gets Ronny Turiaf twice,…

  6. Jordan Crawford has simple (and wrong) definition of a good shot

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller, Jordan Crawford

    What is a good shot? One that is not contested. Statistically, the highest value shots are dunks/layups followed by corner threes. A good shot is a player getting tho his comfort spots on the floor — Tim Duncan with the 15-foot wing bank, Kobe Bryant from the elbow. The Wizards’ Jordan Crawford has his own…

  7. Steve Nash was “very close” to being a Raptor

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Steve Nash of Canada poses with his new jersey at a press conference to announce his signing with the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo

    Only three days after the NBA free agency period began, a bombshell was dropped on the NBA landscape when it was announced that Steve Nash would be a Laker via a sign and trade with the Phoenix Suns. Shock spread around the league with everyone wondering how the Lakers could pull the deal off and…

  8. Apparently Jarrett Jack gets the first warning about flopping

    Oct 17, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    Is there flopping in the preseason? Apparently. At least someone in the league office in New York thinks so. Golden State point guard Jarrett Jack tweeted this on Wednesday: So I’ve been warned for flopping hahaha smdh — JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) October 16, 2012 If you want to bask in some irony for a moment,…

  9. Bucks rookie John Henson out two weeks with knee sprain

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    John Henson

    It’s a little early to have to deal with a rash of injuries, but that’s where the Milwaukee Bucks are at. That starts with first-round draft choice John Henson, who it looks like will be out two weeks, which is right when the season starts. Here is the official report from the Bucks: John Henson…

  10. Video: Perry Jones III throws it down on Tyrus Thomas

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    In three years, we may look back and say Perry Jones III was the steal of the 2012 draft. Nobody questioned his physical gifts, but plenty of scouts questioned his desire, toughness and basketball IQ. If you watched his games at Baylor you saw flashes of what he can do physically — like the dunk…

  11. Celtics sign Leandro Barbosa to backup Rajon Rondo

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Well, I guess they are bringing in a veteran after all. The Boston Celtics have agreed to a one-year deal with point guard Leandro Barbosa, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The Celtics decided on Tuesday to let Dionte Christmas go and there were reports they might start to look…

  12. Kevin Love breaks hand at workout, will miss 6-8 weeks

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    That sound you hear is the Timberwolves playoff chances flushing away…. Kevin Love broke his hand working out at his condo building prior to the Timberwolves practice on Wednesday and is out six to eight weeks, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That would have Love back around Thanksgiving or a couple weeks later,…

  13. Celtics considering adding veteran to roster. Maybe at point.

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    When Dionte Christmas was sent packing from Celtics camp — with a nice $200,000 buyout — we were left with a question about who was going to get backup point guard minutes behind Rajon Rondo? Maybe nobody. Jason Terry can do some ball handling with the second unit (although he works better off the ball),…

  14. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  15. Deadline looms: Will Bulls give Gibson contract extension?

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    The deadline is one week from today — either teams reach terms on a contract extension with players from the draft class of 2009 or said players become restricted free agents next summer. A deal gets struck by Halloween or other teams can make a run at the guy next July. There are some interesting…

  16. Wade to play again Thursday, says he’s ahead of schedule

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Things seem to be going pretty well for Dwyane Wade this preseason. He had to skip out on winning a gold medal in Beijing to get knee surgery he really needed earlier but played through last spring to get Miami a ring. But he appears to be all the way back, although he just calls…

  17. Video: LeBron James practicing his skyhook

    Oct 17, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    We told you last week that LeBron James — the guy who plans to spend a lot more of this season operating out of the post — has been working on a skyhook. Above you see some video proof. (By the way, that half-speed, muscle memory kind of repetition is how guys get a feel…

  18. Winderman: NBA fun police enter the building with handshake timer

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It is a curious thing, this NBA of ours. On one hand, it seemingly is all about the marketing, the highlight mixes, the creation of a cult of personality. On the other hand, there has to be structure, order, decorum. Or so the league now says, with the new edict that players must be ready…

  19. NBA plans to enforce 90-second pregame rituals limit

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    James_chalk

    Once again it seems the NBA is putting in place new rules to try and please the people who don’t really watch NBA games. David Stern and the league office are going Bill Maher: New Rule: From the time pregame introductions end, teams will have 90 seconds to return to the court and be ready…

  20. NBA season preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Last Season: We could talk about the slow start, the impressive run in the season’s second half, or the eventual finish two games outside of the playoff picture. But all anyone in Phoenix will ultimately remember about the 2011-12 campaign is that it was the last time they would witness the on-court brilliance of Steve…

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