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  1. How to win the preseason

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Marvin Wiliams, Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap

    No one has ever accused the Utah Jazz of being too trendy. Just like John Stockton defiantly ignored the whole “wearing shorts that allow circulation to the rest of your leg” thing late in his career, Utah has completely avoided the recent trend of slimming down and going small. The Jazz will start four players…

  2. Still no timetable for Nene’s return

    Oct 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    Nene was traded from Denver for a number of reasons. Among them, his injuries which held him out constantly, and a perceived lack of effort. In Washington, he’s a huge part of what the Wizards want to do. They’re banking on him, especially with John Wall out two months. Problem is, there’s no telling when…

  3. Oh, so now Dwight doesn’t want to talk about his future

    Oct 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    From the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not going to get into that stuff,” Howard said Friday in a quiet moment before the Lakers last to Sacramento, 103-98, in an exhibition game at Thomas and Mack Center. “I’m happy that I’m here. This year is very important, and I’m looking forward to doing some great things here.”…

  4. The Clippers brought in veterans for depth, who are now all banged up

    Oct 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Caron Butler

    The Clippers went for the sure thing this offseason. They want to compete now, so instead of developing young talent or going for upside, they brought in veterans to round out their roster. They wound up with a pretty deep team with a lot of experience. Who are currently all hurt in minor ways. From…

  5. Curry leaves game after rolling surgically repaired ankle

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Jerry West

    Oh, please don’t let this be serious. Golden State guard Stephen Curry left during the second quarter of Friday night’s preseason game against Portland when he rolled and sprained his surgically repaired right ankle. The ankle he has had multiple surgeries on, the one that limited him to 26 games last season. We don’t have…

  6. Friday And-1 links: Something is different with Gooden’s hair

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    drew-gooden-weird-hair

    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. • The guys at The Basketball Jones ask a great question: What is going…

  7. Mike Brown says Howard playing Sunday no certainty

    Oct 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    So who do you trust more, Adrian Wojnarowski’s sources or Lakers coach Mike Brown? Thursday night word leaked out — via Wojnarowski and Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports — that the Lakers planned to play Dwight Howard for the first time on Sunday night, in a home preseason game against the Kings. Friday Brown tried…

  8. Biggest question left in training camp: James Harden’s extension

    Oct 19, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The question is not if James Harden wants to stay in Oklahoma City, he has said many times he wants to be part of this team as it tries to win a ring. The question is not if Oklahoma City wants him back, they know without him they may not be title contenders. The question…

  9. Allen says Boston put him in a position where he had to leave

    Oct 19, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    There has been no shortage of discussion about and theories as to why Ray Allen left the Celtics for the rival Heat. Was it no longer being a starter? His role on the team? Rajon Rondo not getting him the rock on the court? Rondo off the court? As with just about everything in life…

  10. NBA season preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Last Season: More of the same, for a club that has been truly terrible for the last six seasons. Paul Westphal was run out of town mid-season in favor of Keith Smart, who thus far has had much greater success relating to the team’s young players. DeMarcus Cousins showed significant improvement, and the speedy rookie…

  11. Mavs looking for more defense from O.J. Mayo

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    With Dirk Nowitzki set to miss the next six weeks, the Dallas Mavericks will lean more heavily on O.J. Mayo to be an offensive centerpiece. He’ll have to score more and be more efficient when doing so to help keep the Mavs afloat on that side of the ball. But offense isn’t the only place…

  12. Hawks’ Larry Drew: Last year of contract, new GM. Not an ideal combo.

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Larry Drew

    Larry Drew is going to coach the Atlanta Hawks through this season. He’ll get a season to show what he can do with a less-talented roster but one built to run. (The Hawks have said they would run more for five seasons now, we’ll need proof.) He’ll get a season to build a relationship with…

  13. Jamal Crawford added working on his game to his summer to do list

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford drive

    NBA players are in the top one percent of the top one percent of basketball players. You simply won’t find a more talented group of ballers on the planet than the guys who suit up in the association. Talent alone, though, normally doesn’t get a player to the top of their profession. It takes more…

  14. Dirk Nowitzki has knee surgery Friday, out six weeks

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Rather than wait and hope it heals like it did last season, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are being proactive. Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee Friday morning and will be out for about six weeks, the team announced Friday. That timeframe has him returning around the start of December. That would…

  15. Video: Andre Drummond’s reverse ally-oop on Heat

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond is putting up some highlights this preseason. Going into last season the question was never the physical gifts and skills of Drummond, the question was desire and focus. To borrow the Bull Durham line, it was not the million dollar body it was the five cent head. So far, so good (and it’s…

  16. Lakers owner says it is no accident they have 2014 cap space

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    It wasn’t LeBron James directly, that is just sort of a happy coincidence. But it is no accident that in a couple years the Lakers are going to have a boatload of salary cap space. Lakers owner Jim Buss — his father Jerry still owns the team but Jim is the guy running the show…

  17. Dwyane Wade obviously not thrilled with media talking LeBron to the Lakers

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    A legitimate report surfaced yesterday that had the Lakers preparing to make a run at LeBron James when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season. The report — from the beyond credible Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com — was not a rumor, and instead, was based in fact: multiple general managers around the…

  18. Celtics Bass, Pierce suffer minor injuries Thursday night

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Neither one is likely all that serious, and this year’s Celtics have the depth to deal with these kind of things better that past squads, but still this is not ideal. Both Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass came out limping after the Celtics preseason beat down of the Nets Thursday night. Pierce injured himself in…

  19. Video: Latest from adidas Derrick Rose “The Return” series

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in DMR Hoody and Rose Logo Snapback

    In “Drive” — the fifth installment of the adidas “The Return series — Derrick Rose talks about his family and their influence on him. When I was growing up my thing was just changing my mom’s lifestyle. She’s my mom, my father; I can talk to her about anything. She’s like my friend. Our relationship…

  20. International anti-doping official says NBA testing has gaps

    Oct 19, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    PEDs, syringe

    It’s kind of been assumed that the NBA was a place where steroids and other performance enhancing drugs were not an issue. We picture bodybuilders and football players and the Barry Bonds of the world — guys who bulked up — as PED users. Not long, thin basketball players. But to suggest that drugs that…

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