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  1. Sale of AEG could impact more than 10 NBA teams

    Sep 19, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    staples-center-outside

    Tuesday night when we mentioned that AEG was for sale — that would be the entertainment and sports subsidiary of The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz — the focus was on Los Angeles basketball. And with reason — AEG owns 40 percent of the Los Angeles Lakers plus the Staples Center where…

  2. Video: Part three of Derrick Rose’s “The Return” videos

    Sep 19, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in Family Story Tee and DMR Hoody

    In case you thought that in the past week Derrick Rose stopped working hard or decided he didn’t really miss basketball all that much, we bring you the third installment of adidas’ “The Return” series on his recovery from an ACL injuries. As always when I hear Rose talk about getting back on the court,…

  3. Minnesota owner says expect Rubio back before Christmas

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    The timetable for Ricky Rubio’s return from a torn ACL has been December for a while now. Which is something, if not terribly specific. But now we get this tweet from Darren Wolfson in Minnesota, referencing team owner Glen Taylor. #Twolves want to bring in a big man and a wing. Issue is guaranteed $$.…

  4. Kidd-Gilchrist trying to straighten out jumper before camp

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    General managers liked what they saw in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist heading into the draft — but coaches loved him. Coaches like leaders, and Kidd-Gilchrist was that on a loaded Kentucky team. He defended hard, hustled every play, attacked the rim and showed a real ability to score. He just needed a jump shot. His jumper didn’t…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Sep 19, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Last season: They went 39-27 and won the Atlantic Division, which was nice but in Boston division titles are not how a team is measured. They handled the Hawks as expected in the first round of the playoffs, then in the second round ran into a plucky but inexperienced Sixers team and Boston won in…

  6. Chris Paul still pissed about Pau Gasol’s pat on the head

    Sep 19, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Gasol looks back at Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    First thing: You should go read the entire Chris Paul feature in GQ because it’s a good insight into one of the more grounded NBA superstars you’re going to come across. He is as competitive as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, but he doesn’t let that fire consume him to the point he doesn’t play…

  7. Video: Watch Dwyane Wade get fitted for his new ring

    Sep 19, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Why are we showing this? Because it’s the dog days of the offseason, that’s why. But here you go. Dwyane Wade earned his second NBA championship ring with the Heat last June and now faces such First World problems as which finger to put it on. Oh, and we learn he plans to be happily…

  8. Brandon Roy says he is a smarter player, if not as explosive

    Sep 19, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy Basketball

    Part of what made Brandon Roy so dangerous with Portland — before his knees robbed him of his game and us of the pleasure of watching it — was his ability to change speed, change direction, and just explode past people. He got in the lane seemingly at will. That went away as his knees…

  9. Grant Hill says what Nash did like going from Duke to North Carolina

    Sep 19, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    steve nash-grant hill

    Grant Hill left Phoenix for Los Angeles, but nobody in the Valley of the Sun really holds that against him because he’s going to the Clippers and, while they certainly will be good, nobody really hates them yet. Everyone kind of shrugs at that move west. Steve Nash going from the Suns to the hated…

  10. Winderman: The NBA is too nice. We need some real rivalries.

    Sep 19, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Dwight Howard somehow now is friends with Stan Van Gundy and hopes to eventually be remembered fondly in Orlando. LeBron James returned to Cleveland last season saying he would not rule out perhaps one day again playing for the Cavaliers. Ray Allen took out a full-page ad in Boston to remind Celtics fans how much…

  11. Duncan, Garnett got no trade clauses in new contracts

    Sep 19, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    Both Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett did something for their teams this summer — the veteran superstars took huge pay cuts on new deals, making less than half of what they did before, to give the franchises some financial flexibility (and less of a tax burden). But both got something in return — no trade…

  12. Video: Steve Nash visits Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Sep 19, 2012, 9:15 AM 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

    I’m sure you watched it live, but just in case you wanted to experience the joy one more time we bring you the video of Steve Nash making his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It’s just one of those perks of signing with the Lakers — he’s a two-time NBA MVP,…

  13. Is this a glimpse of the new Jay-Z inspired Nets uniforms?

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    via Instagram

    We will find out Friday what the Nets official uniforms look like, but this leaked photo gives us a pretty good idea. I like what Jay-Z has done here (he was the guy behind the look). It’s simple, it’s clean, it’s classic. It is something that matches well with a Yankees hat (which Jay-Z believes…

  14. Video: Cousins, Davis put on show at Kentucky alumni game

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    We told you before that Anthony Davis had quite a night at the Kentucky Alumni Game last week, dropping 40 points. What we didn’t tell you is that he was not the game’s high scorer — DeMarcus Cousins dropped 42. It was a summer show, not a real game. Meaning there was about as much…

  15. Mark Cuban thinks O.J. Mayo can be star for Dallas. Of course he does.

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    Mark Cuban is better at selling his product — the Dallas Mavericks and the experience of being their fan — than just about any other owner out there. It’s part of how he turned that franchise around. Sure, he spent so they could be competitive on the court, but also he changed the game and…

  16. Video: How about some 1980s Charles Barkley flashback?

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    barkley-sixers

    If you haven’t noticed, this week NBA TV has been running a lot of the show “NB80s,” which is essentially the basketball version of VH1’s “I love the 80s” show. This segment talks about 1980s Charles Barkley, back when he owned Philadelphia and was a phenomenon in the league. As Chris Webber and others say,…

  17. Company that has stake in Lakers, owns Staples Center up for sale

    Sep 18, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Staples_Center

    AEG — the entertainment and sports subsidiary of The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz — is being put up for sale. AEG has a stake in the Los Angeles Lakers as well as being the owner of the building they play in, the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. AEG also was involved in…

  18. Kirilenko says conditioning key area for him to prep for season

    Sep 18, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    You hear people talk about what is different in the NBA and the European leagues. The NBA has more and superior athletes. Rather than rely on that, the European leagues play a system more dependent on team play and fundamentals, plus bigs who can step away from the basket and score. Former Utah Jazz player…

  19. Tuesday And-1 links: John Wall is just chillin’

    Sep 18, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    From John Wall's Instagram account

    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. • John Wall instagramed a photo of him being a model. Or trying to…

  20. Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy team up to help schools

    Sep 18, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    There are a whole lot of things in the world more important than the quibbles of NBA coaches and players. And at least some of the players and coaches get that. No pair has had a more rocky relationship of late than Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy. What with Howard’s people telling the Magic…

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