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  1. Video: Jose Calderon’s Kia ad trick shots (yes, it is fake)

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

    This is well done enough that you pause for a second and ask, “is that real?” Jose Calderon is sitting around on the set of a Spanish Kia commercial just putting up incredible trick shots. They are not real. As Trey Kirby points out at The Basketball Jones, it is physically impossible to get a…

  2. Kevin Durant says it’s now time to rest, focus on Thunder

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    First there was the NBA finals. Then there was a trip to London to pick up some gold with a few friends. Then there has been a week of red carpets and movie promotion. It’s been a busy summer for Kevin Durant. With the release of his movie “Thuderstruck” this weekend Durant has been making…

  3. Eduardo Najera to retire, coach Mavericks D-League team

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Eduardo Najera

    Following a season that saw him need knee surgery and skull surgery (to repair a fracture) Eduardo Najera has decided to retire as a player and next season will be the coach of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. This is not a surprise to regular PBT readers,…

  4. First Derrick Rose/adidas “the return” video released

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    As we told you before, adidas is chronicling Derrick Rose‘s return from ACL surgery through a series of videos and interviews, and the first official one is out. Rose has said before that while he worked out and worked on his game, he had never really worked on his balance, his core, the things a…

  5. Cuban says the Mavericks almost traded for Kobe in 2007

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    The summer of 2007 was the summer of Kobe Bryant’s discontent. Since the Lakers had traded Shaquille O’Neal they had not put new pieces around Kobe that could help win a title, and Kobe let the world know. He asked for a trade, he pressured management, he ripped Andrew Bynum to random guys with a…

  6. Kelenna Azubuike reportedly looking good in Cleveland

    Aug 22, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

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    There was a time, a few years and a few knee surgeries ago, that Kelenna Azubuike was a player on the rise. His last year in Golden State he averaged 13.9 points her game on 54 percent shooting, he was incredibly athletic and had the kind of game fans love to watch. He played well…

  7. Austin Rivers says he is doing well after ankle surgery

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    Austin Rivers is the Hornets point guard of the future. That’s how they see it. How it pans out remains to be seen, but Rivers whatever happens with Rivers it will not be because of the ankle surgery he had this summer. He sounds read ready to put the Hornets’ theory to the test in…

  8. A couple highlights from Tuesday’s rookie photo shoot

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

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    This week the class of NBA rookies has been going through their official NBA indoctrination — the league meetings telling them to manage their money, watch out for relatives trying to take their money, watch out for the groupies that will come at them. You know, all the rules they will ignore over the next…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: If you think LeBron’s shoes cost too much don’t pay it

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    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 like Young The Giant loves Cough Syrup. • Lots of buzz today about Nike…

  10. Jason Terry hopes the Mavericks someday retire his jersey

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Jason Kidd is not getting his jersey retired by the Mavericks any time soon. He crossed Mark Cuban for James Dolan, and that never sits well. So, what about Jason Terry? The Jet, the second leading scorer and energy off the bench for the Mavericks title team was speaking with the Star-Telegram in Dallas —…

  11. Mark Cuban is really pissed at Jason Kidd. I mean ticked.

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban thought he had a fallback. The Mavericks were going to go hard after Deron Williams, but that might not work, the Nets were always in that picture (and really always in the lead). But if D-Will didn’t work out — and he didn’t, he signed to stay in Brooklyn — then there was…

  12. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  13. Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum. So who is going to…

  14. Derrick Favors doesn’t want to start, just wants more burn

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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    It’s a John Woodenism that probably goes back to well before he owned coaching — it’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it. Or, in today’s modern parlance, it’s about who gets the minutes. Derrick Favors wants more minutes. The Utah Jazz have the kind of problem most coaches want —…

  15. Video: Selby, Arenas put on show at Goodman Classic

    Aug 21, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    The Goodman League is they place to play Pro-Am summer games in Washington D.C. It’s where Kevin Durant plays and works out in the summer when he’s not hanging out in London. The guys at The Mars Reel put together these highlights from the Goodman Roundball Classic with Josh Selby (Memphis), Gilbert Arenas and rapper…

  16. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  17. Akron putting up signs saying “Home of LeBron James”

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    ADDITION Lebron Honored Basketball

    While that nearby city Cleveland still treats the name “LeBron James” like Hogwarts treats the name “Voldemort,” Akron is a different place. With a different feel. And a different story. Akron is where LeBron was born and raised, and there he still has fans. Family and friends that love him. And now he has signs,…

  18. Stoudemire says he is going to focus on defense. Again.

    Aug 21, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Under Mike Woodson last season (both as a head coach and “defensive coordinator” assistant) the Knicks were a good defensive team — fifth in the NBA at 98.4 points allowed per 100 possessions. That is why they made the playoffs with an offense that can sputter and has two stars that haven’t figured out how…

  19. Video: Metta World Peace is a winner on Yo Gabba Gabba!

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace on Yo Gabba Gabba (courtesy Nick Jr.)

    We told you Metta World Peace was going on children’s television sensation Yo Gabba Gabba but I bet you forgot to set the DVR, didn’t you? Fortunately, we’re here to bail you out. In the video above you can see World Peace’s running form, see him beat out an animated fox and… well, just be…

  20. Stan Van Gundy says Derrick Rose could be next star to bolt

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Paul after the Bulls turned the ball over during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    So who is next? LeBron James left Cleveland to team up with stars in Miami, following a blueprint seen in Boston (although how they got there was different). It’s a trend that continued on through Dwight Howard pushing his way out of Orlando and landing in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau…

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