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  1. Stoudemire says he didn’t have to learn post play with D’Antoni

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    It’s been much discussed this summer — Amar’e Stoudemire went down to Houston to learn post moves from the master, Hakeem Olajuwon (following the pattern of a lot of big men). The idea is that it will provide him more opportunities in the Knicks offense because he’ll space out better with Carmelo Anthony. We’ll see,…

  2. Stern says owners divided on idea of ads on NBA jerseys

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern’s first talk with the media came in Milan, Italy, Sunday, where the Celtics were about to play an exhibition. And it’s a city where the jersey of the most popular team says “Fly Emirates” across the chest, while the logo for AC Milan is a smaller crest. In Europe, the idea of ads…

  3. Chandler didn’t think Lin ran the Knicks offense correctly

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    The few weeks of “Linsanity” last year, the Knicks offense was really not all that great. The Knicks were winning because they were playing good defense and getting enough points with Jeremy Lin running a pick-and-roll heavy offense with Tyson Chandler and shooters like Steve Novak around the floor. Chandler likes the Knicks point guards…

  4. Video: Enes Kanter’s dancing skills are…. something

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    enes-kanter

    The Jazz make their rookies do a dance-off at their team scrimmage every year, kind of a tradition. And usually a great source of video hilarity. But they didn’t do it last year, another of the many sad casualties of the lockout. So it’s back and this time first and second year players had to…

  5. Report: Sixers talking contract extension with Jrue Holiday

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Philadelphia knows who it wants to be its core guys going forward — Andrew Bynum in the paint, Evan Turner on the wing, and Jrue Holiday at the point. Of course, that means keeping some guys under contract, like Andrew Bynum getting a new deal after this season. And then there is Jrue Holliday who…

  6. Notes from Sunday’s NBA preseason games

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:46 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It doesn’t matter who won or lost, so while the scores are listed below just consider those just a little headline so you know who we are talking about. What we want to know in preseason is who stood out — like Eric Bledsoe and Ty Lawson did in the Clippers/Nuggets game Saturday in Las…

  7. Knicks’ Marcus Camby out 7-10 days with calf strain

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:03 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    While not ideal, it’s really not that big a deal either. Marcus Camby will be out for the Knicks first couple of preseason games after straining his left calf, as reported by Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Camby underwent an MRI on his left calf, which led to the diagnosis. He will not play Thursday when…

  8. Doc Rivers has a good understanding of Sullinger’s weaknesses, and a plan to combat them

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jared Sullinger

    I was down on Jared Sullinger in this year’s draft, and it had nothing to do with the medical red flags. So much of his game was predicated on being able to control the game off the glass against smaller college players. Bigger players gave him fits. The bigger issue, honestly, was lateral quickness and…

  9. Thomas Robinson could get time at small forward for the Kings

    Oct 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    thomas robinson

    The Kings are apparently thinking about going with a super-big lineup. From the Sacramento Bee: Don’t rule out Thomas Robinson seeing time at small forward during the preseason. During one 5-on-5 session, Robinson was the small forward with Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins the other frontcourt players. Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton were the other…

  10. Can the Bobcats afford to improve?

    Oct 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Just a reminder, from Hoopsworld: Chicago Bulls: Receives 2013 first-round pick (top-12 protected in 2013, top-10 in 2014, top-8 in 2015, unprotected in 2016) from the Charlotte Bobcats via the Tyrus Thomas trade on 2/18/10. via Draft Pick Debt | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors. The rare trade that was bad at the outset,…

  11. The self-defeating prophecy in Sacramento

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    In a pair of articles this week, Tom Ziller of SBNation.com elucidated the conditions of fandom in Sacramento as the Kings’ season approaches. What could be the last Kings season in Sacramento. To catch you up….(big breath): The Maloofs were great owners and then the economy tanked and they became bad owners and then they…

  12. Stephen Jackson wants a contract extension. In related news, sky is blue, water wet, gravity works.

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Stephen Jackson‘s last contract with Golden State was a killer. They were forced to dump it to Charlotte, who was desperate for anyone who could play (and that decision helped lead them to, you know, last year). Then Charlotte had to get rid of it by dropping it to Milwaukee. Milwaukee was able to handle…

  13. Doc Rivers is pretty much treating Darko like Robin Williams treated Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Darko Milicic

    I think one of the worst things that can happen to a writer is when his references become outdated. So naturally I elected to go with the “Good Will Hunting” reference, here. Anyway, Doc Rivers was talking about Darko Milicic, and the conversation comes across like a horse whisperer or some sort of counselor. He’s…

  14. The Warriors have a good problem at small forward

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors, when the draft was approaching, were desperate for small forward help. They wanted an experienced player to “make the” at the position. They couldn’t find a star upgrade by trading the draft pick, so they picked up  Harrison Barnes. They still don’t have that star, but as it turns out, they have enough…

  15. For every season, turn, turn turn, J.R. Smith wants to start, turn, turn ,turn

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    J.R. Smith‘s abilities are both limited by and boosted by his confidence in his abilities. He has every bit of faith that he can make any shot he needs to, most often without the use or help of his teammates. It can propel his team to victory or send his coaches into a deep depression.…

  16. Roddy Beaubois injures ankle in Mavs’ first preseason game

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois, Goran Dragic

    Rodrigue Beaubois injured his ankle in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ exhibition matchup Saturday against Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Beaubois came down wrong trying to defend on a drive and just buckled. Video courtesy of Eye on Basketball: Beaubois has had injuries derail his potential the last few years, and it was thought…

  17. Andrew Bogut wants his team to fight. Each other.

    Oct 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut has what you might call a false positive ID for being injury-prone. While it’s true that Bogut has lost a huge number of games over the  past three seasons to injury, much of that has stemmed from a serious of freak injuries. He doesn’t have the worrisome food problems that plague so many…

  18. Marcin Gortat may have the worst NBA nickname ever

    Oct 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat kind of gets lost when people talk about the Suns. He had some really great years next to Steve Nash (related, everyone has really great years next to Steve Nash). With all the changes to the Suns, the focus is always on the new players like Goran Dragic (who’s actually an old player…

  19. A question of point guard extensions starring Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings, and Jrue Holiday

    Oct 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    October brings with it a rush of NBA news. Training camp starts, teams begin assessing if they need to make a pre-season trade, injuries unfortunately occur, preseason games begin and everyone is in the “best shape of their careers” on teams “ready to compete for a championship.” October is Hopetober for the NBA and outside…

  20. Joe Johnson wants it made known that he didn’t ask to be traded from Atlanta

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson was the face of the Hawks for over half-a-decade. He as a six-time All-Star with Atlanta, and in retrospect, took them to a level of respectability that gets overlooked because of how tough his era turned out to be. Now that he’s in Brooklyn, apparently everyone’s asking him why he decided to bail…

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