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  1. NBA to remove center designation from All-Star ballot

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    All-Star Ballot (2011)

    It’s about time. For years the All-Star ballot has played this silly game — Tim Duncan would play the center role for the Spurs, as he has done pretty much since David Robinson retired, but he and the team would insist he be listed as a forward on the ballot. The play of big men…

  2. Grant Hill to miss “at least a couple of weeks”

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    Remember that scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when the bad guy “chooses poorly” and ages rapidly until he deteriorates into nothingness? Well, this kind of feels like that. Grant Hill managed to be amazingly healthy during the last five seasons with the Phoenix Suns, who just so happen to employ what many…

  3. Five players that need a change of scenery

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin

    Breakups are never fun, but sometimes it just has to be done. Maybe there’s someone new, or things have become stale, or both parties just need to go a different direction. The following is a list of five talented players who could really use the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech from their current teams.…

  4. Cavaliers Daniel Gibson out for now with concussion

    Oct 23, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Daniel Gibson

    Veteran Cavaliers shooting guard Daniel Gibson is not suiting up for Tuesday night’s preseason game against Indiana and he could be out a little while. Gibson has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms, the team reports. That means to get back on the court he has to pass a battery of tests and he has to…

  5. Blazers to start Hickson at center. They open against Lakers.

    Oct 23, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    J.J.Hickson

    It’s looked more and more through the preseason like this was the direction things were headed. At 6’9” J.J. Hickson is not a traditional center by any means, but he is going to get the starting five job in Portland this season. At least on opening night. New coach Terry Stotts announced his decision Tuesday…

  6. Dwyane Wade admits Heat’s lack of size is weakness

    Oct 23, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and teammate Wade walk to the bench in a timeout against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    When NBA general managers were asked who they thought would win the NBA title this year, they overwhelmingly chose the Miami Heat to repeat. Even people looking to pick against the Heat this season have to do so in terms of defining their pick against Miami. They have the best player in the game, two…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Shed a tear, Spurs waive Eddy Curry

    Oct 23, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry, Andre Iguodala

    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. • Eddy Curry had actually looked better than you might expect for the Spurs…

  8. Howard, Kobe expected to sit out Wednesday vs. Clippers

    Oct 23, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s the preseason, you pay for your tickets and you take your chances. Sometimes you might not get to see LeBron James or whoever you paid to see. If you bought tickets to the Lakers vs. Clippers game Wednesday night in L.A. hoping to see a little Los Angeles rivalry, well, sorry. You lose. This…

  9. Winderman: Replay officials in NBA — an idea whose time has come

    Oct 23, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA referees instant replay

    The comment came during one of those informal pregame chats NBA referees have been conducting with the media over the past month. “I think that replay is only going to be growing,” the veteran referee said. He wasn’t commenting on whether it was a good thing or otherwise, but rather that it was an inevitable…

  10. Report: Raja Bell, Jazz end buyout talks, start trade talks

    Oct 23, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    BELL_RAJA

    Anyone interested in adding Raja Bell and his $3.5 million deal to your roster? Since this summer the Jazz and Bell’s agent have been trying to workout a buyout of the veteran guard, but the Jazz wanted a deeper discount to let him go then Bell was offering. And frankly, why should Bell take less?…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 23, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Last season: Memphis had hoped to turn a magical second-round playoff run (which included pushing OKC to seven games) into momentum for the next season. They were still good — 41-25, which earned them the four seed — but when Zach Randolph went out with knee issues the Grizzlies were not the same. He came…

  12. ‘Sheed finally in shape enough to practice with Knicks

    Oct 23, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three weeks of intense conditioning has finally gotten Rasheed Wallace in shape enough to step on a basketball court. Rasheed Wallace practiced with the Knicks on Tuesday. So tweets Jonah Ballow of Knicks.com. The Knicks signed Wallace a few weeks back, but to a non-guaranteed contract, in part because of conditioning concerns. After a couple…

  13. Video: New “License to Lillard” follows him through draft

    Oct 23, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Damian Lillard

    We think of the NBA Draft as one night, but really it’s the culmination of years of work to get considered, them months and months of workouts and evaluations and the Draft Combine. It’s a lot of work. This lastest “Licensed to Lillard” video follows Damian Lillard through the process (all the way to being the…

  14. Ray Allen says surgically repaired ankle still sore every day

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    This may be something Ray Allen has to deal with for the rest of his career. Allen has not looked like his vintage self in the preseason — he is 6-of-22 from three (27.3 percent) and admits he’s not been able to get in into the kind of shape he wants. The reason for the…

  15. Who are the key role players on contending teams?

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    In the NBA, you win with star players (except if you’re the 2004 Pistons, the exception to every championship rule). They’re the guys you lean on in the closing minutes of tight games. The guys that can affect a game with their sheer talent and turn what looks to be a sure loss into a…

  16. Eric Spoelstra talks embracing LeBron, positional versatility

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James talks with head coach Erik Spoelstra during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Heat coach Eric Spoelstra calls what the Heat do position-less basketball — the idea is to have any player be able to play in any spot on the floor if it creates and/or takes advantage of a mismatch. For example, Chris Bosh is the center, but he can knock down threes and you have to…

  17. Video: In case you forgot, DeAndre Jordan knows how to finish

    Oct 23, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    There are a couple of reasons to run this clip. One is the DeAndre Jordan finish which is monster. He was like this all game against the Andrew Bogut-less Warriors, a team that lacks an inside presence and Jordan took advantage. The other is that Ralph Lawler’s calls are the best. Jordan has looked good…

  18. ‘Melo says he’ll play the four until Stoudemire returns. It should be longer.

    Oct 23, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    The challenge of getting Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire to mesh on offense — to get the Knicks playing well when the two of them and Tyson Chandler are all on the court — remains the key to the entire season on the island of Manhattan. But not the start of the season. With Stoudemire…

  19. Quote of the Day: Carlisle compares Mavs turnovers to “Kama Sutra”

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    “We’re doing it every way you can do it. If we were a sex manual it’d be a best-seller.” —Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle discussing the rash of Mavericks turnovers this preseason, speaking to the Star Telegram (hat tip to SLAM). The Mavericks are averaging 19.2 points per game this preseason. They are doing it…

  20. Video: John Lucas III with the shot of the night from Monday

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Raptors guard John Lucas III goes to the basket between Bucks defenders Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    John Lucas III isn’t going to see the floor a lot early in the season in Toronto — Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon are ahead of him on the depth chart. Until the Raptors find someone to take on Calderon and his quality play and inflated $10 million contract in a trade, Lucas is going…

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