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  1. Scottie Pippen wants to be an NBA head coach. Yes, he’s serious.

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    We’d laugh at the prospects of a guy who was a once impressive player but now just wants to be a head coach without any coaching experience… except we look to Golden State and we realize anything is possible. So why not Scottie Pippen, NBA head coach? The Hall of Famer wants the job, he…

  2. Kobe Bryant says “85% “ chance he plays Tuesday in season opener

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT


    Did you really expect otherwise? Kobe Bryant went through the Lakers shootaround Tuesday morning in advance of the Lakers season opener against the Dallas Mavericks and came out of it saying he was able to do everything and expects to play. My man Beto Duran of ESPN Radio in LA summed it up best in…

  3. Ray Allen admits he doesn’t know what to expect in opener

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Ray Allen moves against New Orleans Hornets' Al-Farouq Aminu in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    In Boston, they assume that “Benedict Allen” has a heart two sizes too small, or he wouldn’t have turned his back on the Celtics this summer and joined the hated Heat. But life is never that clean and simple. Despite all the sniping back and forth between between Miami and Boston. Ray Allen admitted that…

  4. Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    This would have been a great rookie prank if it were intentional. As you may have heard, the Houston Rockets traded for James Harden this week. We did a post or two on it. As part of the package headed north to Oklahoma City was rookie Jeremy Lamb, a promising prospect out of UConn. Rockets…

  5. Hurricane Sandy doesn’t stop NBA opening night, league “assessing” games later in week

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

    By luck of the scheduling gods, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy left the NBA’s opening night alone. The NBA has games going on in Cleveland, Miami and Los Angeles, all well away from the huge storm. But other games this week — specifically the Knicks at the Nets opening the Barclays Center in Brooklyn —…

  6. Dwight Howard says his back still feels “achy”

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will walk out on to the floor for the tip off of the NBA season Tuesday night, just like he and Lakers management — not to mention Lakers fans — wanted when they traded for him despite off-season back surgery. But don’t mistake that for his back feeling 100 percent. Howard told Kevin…

  7. A guide for which teams to watch

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Our ideas of fun may be completely different. Personally, I like to pretend I’m playing Supermarket Sweep in the grocery store, but you may like going out on “dates” or “talking to actual people.” With that said, I can’t in good faith tell you which teams will be fun this year. That’s a decision for…

  8. Pacers’ Granger out indefinitely with sore knee. Not good.

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season part of the reason Indiana burst on to the scene was health — they got very little out of their bench but their starters remained remarkably healthy all season. But just like everything did for Jerry Seinfeld, injuries have a way of evening out. Which is not good for the Pacers. And it…

  9. PBT’s preseason predictions: Yes, expect Heat vs. Lakers final

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    It’s that time of year again, when we NBA writers make predictions we will wince at in a few months. When you can read our predictions and use those as evidence that we clearly hate your favorite team (pick a team, any team). What follows are the ProBasketballTalk predictions for the 2012-13 season by myself…

  10. Kyrylo Fesenko waived by Bulls, gets workout with Hawks

    Oct 30, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT


    The Bulls brought in Kyrylo Fesenko looking to add a little depth at the five spot, but once they got a closer look at the roster they decided “we’re good here” and waived Fesenko. Now Fesenko is getting a look from the Atlanta Hawks, reports Shams Charania of Real GM: Word out of Colorado —…

  11. Kobe updates status on Facebook to say he doesn’t know if he’ll play Tuesday

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Brown did it in six words: “Kobe is a game time decision.” Kobe Bryant used a lot more words to say the same thing. And staying true to his younger generation (compared to Brown) he just posted how he is doing and feels on Facebook rather than bothering with a conversation. Getting stronger. Not…

  12. Video: Anthony Davis’ preseason highlights (he looked good)

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis looked really good this preseason. I know, he was the No. 1 pick and scouts loved him as much as they have loved any player coming out of college since Derrick Rose, he was supposed to look good. But still he was supposed to be a bit of a project on offense. Projects…

  13. Thunder have some adjustments to make with Kevin Martin

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Martin, De Andre Liggins

    For years, Kevin Martin was a player I hoped would land on a bigger stage. He was maybe the most efficient scorer in the NBA, a guy who could shoot the three, had a deceptively good handle and knew how to get to the line. He scored more than 20 points a game for five…

  14. Karl admits Lawson contract extension distracting Nuggets

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:19 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    The good news is this distraction isn’t going to last very long. Probably. There is a Wednesday deadline for when rookie contract extensions for the draft class of 2009 have to be agreed to. Ty Lawson is one of those guys. Everyone expected the Nuggets to come to terms with the young point guard who…

  15. Rockets GM Morey says Harden trade is unprecedented

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Daryl Morey is feeling pretty good about himself right now. After striking out going after Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and just about every other big name who came on the market in the past couple years, he finally made contact. He got James Harden in a trade that shocked the NBA and even shocked…

  16. Report: Amar’e Stoudemire possibly out 6-8 weeks

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:57 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    When one door closes, another one opens. Now, Knicks big men, don’t everybody clutch their lower back and slowly lurch towards the door at the same time. This is an opportunity for a player to establish that he’s truly an offensive savant, and as much fun as a Rasheed Wallace revival would be, this is…

  17. Kobe Bryant officially a “game time decision” for opener

    Oct 29, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    This is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about. We expect him to play. He’s pretty much the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail when it comes to injuries — “’Tis just a flesh wound.” But his status for the Lakers season opener remains up in the air just 24 hours before Los Angeles…

  18. Sale of Grizzlies to Robert Pera finalized for $377 million

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    Grizzlies arena

    Michael Heisley bought the team in 2000 for $160 million. In January of this year, Forbes estimated the Memphis Grizzlies to be worth $269 million. Monday the sale of the Grizzlies from Heisley to Robert Pera became official — at a price of $377 million, according to the Commercial Appeal. For those of you scoring…

  19. Video: Top 10 plays of the NBA preseason

    Oct 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    I’m not going to miss the preseason, with its sloppy play, funky lineup experiments, star players sitting out and meaningless results. But still, there were some great plays during the preseason, so here are the top 10, as compiled by the fine people at Personally I would have had Carlos Delfino number one, but…

  20. Delonte West officially waived by Mavericks

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    The rumors have been swirling for days. Delonte West‘s time with the Mavericks was coming to a close and we only need to wait for the official announcement. Well, it seems that announcement is here. From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: The Mavericks have informed the NBA office of their 15-man roster and…

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