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  1. Lakers open season on back-to-back-to-back

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    In every NBA season there are what are called “scheduled losses” where some team is going to lose a game thanks to the schedule maker. If you are on your third game in four days and draw a rested Oklahoma City, you are in trouble no matter who you are. This year there are going…

  2. Report: Hornets, Magic both thinking deal with Lakers

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    The New Orleans Hornets have their eyes wide open and know they are going to have to trade Chris Paul. The Orlando Magic are holding out more hope of retaining Dwight Howard but that feels like a longshot as well. The front offices in both cities have to be gauging offers right now, or they…

  3. Frank Vogel, the Indiana Pacers, and the “next step”

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    The Indiana Pacers snuck into the NBA Playoffs last season thanks to weak competition among the middling teams of the Eastern Conference, but the playoff appearance itself — and the dogfight Indiana was able to give the Chicago Bulls in the first round — still meant plenty to the Pacers’ young, developing core. Then-interim head…

  4. Hornets preparing for the worst or subtly appealing to Chris Paul’s pride?

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    As has been made abundantly clear over the last few weeks, the New Orleans Hornets are in a tough spot. Most reports have Chris Paul with one foot out the door — a colossally bad omen for the franchise in virtually every sense. Paul is the Hornets’ livelihood. He is the team’s leader, its star player, and…

  5. Labor deal details getting done, vote set for Thursday

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It was expected to happen, but don’t confuse that with being easy. Lawyers and officials with the NBA owners and players union put in nearly 28 hours over the weekend to hammer out all the B-list issues that were remaining undone with the NBA labor deal, a source told ProBasketballTalk. It’s sort of the dirty…

  6. If not in Dallas, J. J. Barea wouldn’t mind being a Knick

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    There are some things you can just easily picture in your mind. Like J.J. Barea coming off the bench for the New York Knicks to run Mike D’Antoni’s offense. We’re not saying it’s going to happen — smart money says he stays a Maverick — but the Puerto Rican point guard told the New York…

  7. Deron Williams says 90 percent chance he stays with Nets

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams name gets thrown in with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard a lot. And he is in the same situation — he is an elite player who can opt out at the end of this season and become a free agent. But when the Jazz traded him to New Jersey last year Williams’ situation…

  8. Grant Hill choices down to Suns, Clippers, Knicks, Bulls

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    It’s going to come down to what Grant Hill really, really wants. He has narrowed his free agent teams down to four quite different choices, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. Grant Hill has his free agent Final Four, according to sources: the incumbent Suns, the Clippers, the Bulls and the Knicks. Each provides its own…

  9. Video: Shaq sings his intro into TNT, so get ready

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Usually I am a fan of the “don’t mess with a good thing” school of thought. But sometimes you take something good like waffles, combine it with fried chicken and you get something better. Or, if you take Charles Barkley and the TNT crew and mix in Shaquille O’Neal, maybe you improve the best game-night…

  10. Tom Thibodeau wants Bulls fans to lay off Carlos Boozer

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Chicago Bulls fans were frustrated with Carlos Boozers’ performance last season and let him know about it. Utah Jazz fans stood off in the corner nodding with a “we warned you” look on their face. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wants you to back off. Thibodeau did what any good coach would do and defended…

  11. Caron Butler to meet with Clippers, lots of other teams in line

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    UPDATE 11:33 am: Caron Butler has four meetings set, the Clippers just being one of them. Here is the report from ESPN Dallas.   Butler will visit with team officials from the Chicago Bulls on Monday morning, followed by trips to sit down with officials from the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, the San…

  12. Oden likely stays with Portland. You expected otherwise?

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Greg Oden

    There are a few teams out there desperate enough for a big man — we’re looking at you, Miami — that they may take a risk on Greg Oden. But the smart money says Oden was never leaving Portland, and Marc Spears at Yahoo is reporting he is about to take his $8.8 million option…

  13. Monday morning one liners: How CP3, Dwight Howard can team up

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not other posts here at PBT. What if the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Magic? That would be interesting. The Nets are going very hard after Nene. New Orleans has made bringing back David West its top priority. The Lakers might consider Delonte West…

  14. Winderman: NBA should bring order to free agency chaos

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA was smart, it would swoop collectively upon Dallas, claim the already-booked hotel space and tell Major League Baseball that, at this moment, they need winter meetings far more than any other sport. In 2010, when the NBA actually had time to conduct an orderly free-agent process, most of the league found itself…

  15. Elite prep recruit asks LeBron where he should go to college

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Duke v Ohio State

    Deciding where to go to college is difficult, and you’re smart to ask for advice on the process. It’s not smart to say you’ll go where a basketball star who never went to college tells you. But that’s what Chris Walker has done. Walker is the kind of guy you might hear about on this…

  16. Dwight Howard and his Orlando dilemma

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Everyday until Dwight Howard makes a decision about his future we will hear conflicting reports about whether he wants to stay or go in Orlando. Because Howard himself is conflicted, torn between the only franchise he’s known and what is best for him as a player. The evidence of this conflict comes via this Baynews9.com…

  17. NBA Free Agency: The final chance for Vince Carter’s redemption

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:56 PM EST

    vince-carter-suns

    At the 2000 NBA All-Star Game, Vince Carter put in one of the most prolific, maybe the single best performances in NBA history. In the 2000 summer Olympics, Vince Carter dunked over Frederic Weis in arguably the most famous posterization of all time. And in the early to mid-2000’s, Carter put together one of the…

  18. Report: Heat in the lead for Battier

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is the type of player you would expect to take a discount to ring chase. He’s been a glue guy in Houston, sticking with them through injuries and curious decisions. He was the chemistry guy in Memphis, helping the younger players get better and making the three that gave the franchise its first…

  19. Report: Nets, Warriors Rockets leaders in Tyson Chander sweepstakes

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    It starts here: Tyson Chandler wants to get paid. A lot. This is likely his last big contract and the man wants his money (reportedly he asked the Mavericks for a $20 million deal and wants max money from others). Dallas has balked at the cost and that is why Chandler has said he expects…

  20. J.J. Barea wants to go back to the Mavs

    Dec 4, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    J.J. Barea

    Jose Juan Barea is going to get a lot of offers in free agency. That’s what happens when you’re the spark plug on the championship team. Barea does what he does very well. He manages the offense, hits some shots, and if you lose him for a minute, bam, he’s backdoor and you’ve given up…

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