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  1. Obama compared Mitt Romney to Jeremy Lin. I don’t get it.

    Sep 3, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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    For a guy known for his oratory skills, this Barack Obama shot at Mitt Romney looks like an Andrew Bynum three pointer. Obama is out on the campaign trail this holiday weekend, firing up his supporters before heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A city where he might not want to compare his…

  2. J.R. Smith, Tyreke Evans put on a show at playground game

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:41 AM 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

    Dyckman Park in New York City is one of those places where on a few warm summer nights there is some crazy run going on. Streetball at it’s best. Which means a screaming announcer, some spectacular shots and everyone looking for their shot. You’re going to find about as much defense as you will fans…

  3. Dwight Howard’s letter to Orlando fans doesn’t go over well. Of course.

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Dwight Howard could not win at this point. He took out a full-page ad to thank the fans in Orlando, but that was never going to smooth things over. Not even close. It was going to stoke the anger. Howard couldn’t win. If he does nothing he looks like he doesn’t care, if he buys…

  4. Nets signee Mirza Teletovic tearing up EuroBasket qualifying

    Sep 3, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Vitoria's Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovi

    When the Nets signed Mirza Teletovic this summer, most of America shrugged. If they noticed at all. But followers of international basketball applauded the move. Teletovic is a stretch four with a very quick release, but also a mean streak that has him defending hard and banging bodies inside. That shot tearing up EuroBasket qualifying…

  5. Video: Kevin Durant puts on a show, Hong Kong eats it up

    Sep 2, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Kevin Durant was in Hong Kong as we have reached the point in the summer where NBA stars head to China and the Far East in general to sell shoes. Seriously, why do you think that all the big NBA stars are in or have been to Asia the past few weeks? This is no…

  6. Who is going to win Rookie of the Year? Try Damian Lillard.

    Sep 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    Predicting who is going to win Rookie of the Year is a lot like trying to predict this winter’s snowfall totals in the first week of September — we have some broad trends to go on but the specifics are ahead of us still. It’s a guess. My guess: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  7. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute says his knee injury is progressing, but not sure when he’ll be ready

    Sep 2, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    There are a lot of relatively new pieces in Milwaukee. Samuel Dalembert is the true center they’ve been shopping for since Bogut started having injury issues, John Henson‘s an exciting rookie that they have to figure out where he goes, and Monta Ellis is still new to the team having only joined them at the…

  8. There’s going to be another NBA-player-heavy rap album. Make room for the Grammies.

    Sep 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Yesterday we shared with you how Juwan Howard was making his rap album. It would appear that he is not alone in this endeavor. IAmAGM.com reports on a new album that dare we say brings back memories of “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret.” The rap album is titled, “Full Court Press Vol. 1.” NBA players that…

  9. Dwight Howard posts letter to Orlando fans in local paper. Isn’t that sweet?

    Sep 2, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Ruin a season. Ruin a franchise. Desert a city. Bail on a kids’ camp. Jerk the fans around. Contribute to the coach and GM being fired. But hey, if you write a really nice letter, everything should be just fine, right? Dwight Howard posted a letter in the Orlando Sentinel Sunday, in a full-page ad along with…

  10. Report: Nets take look at big man Andray Blatche

    Sep 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    The Brooklyn Nets are leaving no stone unturned in looking for some big man depth. That included taking a look amnestied former Wizard center Andray Blatche, reports the New York Times. Blatche, 26, has been working out in Houston with a number of other N.B.A. players, under the guidance of John Lucas. He was set…

  11. Orlando is far from done trading, plenty of guys available

    Sep 1, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Dwight Howard is gone, but that is just knocking down one wall in the major rebuilding project that is going on in Orlando. GM Rob Hennigan is rebuilding the entire house and there is a lot more work to do. That means he is not done trading. Pretty much everyone on the roster is available.…

  12. If the Jazz have to choose between Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, what’s the call?

    Sep 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    There’s been a lot of talk about Paul Millsap and his contract situation. The young under-All-Star has decided to reject extension offers and instead opt for unrestricted free agency next summer according to reports, and so the Jazz will have to determine just how much they want to keep him. But kind of snuck under…

  13. Today’s reminder civilization is ending: Juwan Howard is recording his own rap album

    Sep 1, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard

    I… I mean… I just… Here.  OK, so Howard’s 39. So what? Dr. Dre is 47. Also, pretty sure Dr. Dre has been working on “Detox” for longer than Howard has been in the NBA. Still, Howard joins a long and prolific group of NBA players to join the rap game, including Shaq, Stephen Jackson,…

  14. Serge Ibaka says he doesn’t want to leave the Spanish national team

    Sep 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Spanish centre Serge Ibaka catches the b

    Serge Ibaka didn’t get a ton of minutes in London, and there were a lot of questions why he was on the bench when the Gasols got into foul trouble throughout the tournament. After all, this was the runner-up to Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA (contain your giggles). There were reports that…

  15. Rajon Rondo is not taking the bait on Ray Allen questions

    Sep 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    In a fascinating (albeit brief — it’s Rondo, after all) interview with Rajon Rondo Friday, Ethan Sherwood Strauss of Bleacher Report asked the Celtics’ dynamic point guard a number of fascinating questions. He did touch on the big question everyone wants to know, whether Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach because of his…

  16. Jerry Colangelo will continue as head of USA Basketball

    Sep 1, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    Facing an uncertain future as to how teams will be constructed beyond 2016, and after a 62-1 run for the men’s team under his watch, Jerry Colangelo is coming back once again to run Team USA basketball. From USA Today: “I’ve decided I’m going to continue,” Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. “I’m committed to our…

  17. Friday Night Video: Damn Allen Iverson was fun to watch

    Aug 31, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    In our Friday And-1 links, we led off with an interesting post by Ethan Sherwood Strauss at Hoopspeak saying we need to separate the culture legacy of Allen Iverson in the NBA — the first player to really embrace the look and swagger of hip hop and become controversial because of it — and his…

  18. Friday And-1 links: What is Allen Iverson’s legacy?

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    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 more than Republicans love bashing Obama… well, maybe not that much. • Just how…

  19. Matt Barnes would like to stay with Lakers, but it’s not likely

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Matt Barnes is one of those players who seems a little too good to still be out there as a free agent, not snapped up by some teams. Maybe even a return to the Lakers — his defense, willingness to work off the ball, and athleticism seem a fit with Steve Nash and some of…

  20. Shed a tear: Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova broke up

    Aug 31, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel And Ceramic Pavee Watch Launch

    I’m sure this brings a tear to your eye… OK, not really. It’s more offseason distraction. But let’s be honest here — you have no shot at her. So back off that fantasy. Anyway, it’s true. The rumors that former Laker and Net (and current Turkish league player) Sasha Vujacic and tennis icon Maria Sharapova…

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