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  1. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    chris paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Circle March 22 on your calendar. That is when Chris Paul and he Clippers return to New Orleans to take on the Hornets in his only game there tis year. This could end up…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Last season: 32-50, or to frame it in context, 13th place in the West out of 15 teams. Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro, who, after the team successfully traded for Chris Paul, is now officially on the hot seat. VDN has yet to prove he can be successful coaching at the NBA level, and if…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    2010-11 Record: 62-20 (best in the NBA, thanks to relentless effort on defense every night) Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (you can thank him for the defense) Key Departures: Rasual Butler, Kurt Thomas Key Additions: Richard Hamilton — a big upgrade at the two. Best case scenario (that does not involve a highly unlikely Dwight Howard…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    2010-11 record: 37-45 Head Coach: Frank Vogel Key Departures: Josh McRoberts, T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy Jr. Key Additions: David West, George Hill Best case scenario: The Pacers build on their spirited 1st round performance against the Bulls, seamlessly integrate David West and George Hill into their frontcourt and backcourt, they run a lot of pick-and-pop…

  5. Clippers future now in hands of one Donald T. Sterling

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

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    Wednesday night the Clippers went from “good young team with potential” to “these guys are close to being contenders.” The Clippers are not title contenders yet. Not until we see them play better and consistent defense. Not until we’re convinced Vinny Del Negro can coach a team to a championship. Not with the stopgap Chauncey…

  6. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:21 AM EST

    Tim Duncan

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the Western Conference. But they struggled against big lineups and so drawing Memphis in the first round was trouble. The Spurs were eliminated fast. Head Coach: Gregg Popovich, entering his 16th year at the helm of the Spurs. But he remains as cranky as ever. Key Departures: George Hill,…

  7. 2011-12 Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    2010-11 record: 17-65 Head Coach: Rick Adelman, his first year on the job in Minny. Key Departures: Sebastian Telfair, Lazar Hayward Key Additions: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea, Brad Miller (who is out injured to start the season) Best-Case Scenario: Adelman, Rubio and Williams turn the Timberwolves into a run-and-gun force made of tweeners,…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    kobe-lakers-preview

    Last season: 57-25, second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The trip to the postseason was shorter than usual for the then-back-to-back defending champs, as they were unceremoniously swept out of the second round by the eventual champion Mavericks. Head Coach: Mike Brown takes the helm in his first season with the Lakers after Phil…

  9. Eric Gordon found out he was traded next to bus of Clippers fans

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Awk-ward. Wednesday night the Clippers had a bus-tour with fans — Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon and other players were riding around Los Angeles. Just as they were milling around afterward, word started to lead out that the Chris Paul to the Clippers trade was a reality. Griffin called out “lob city” and chest…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    2010-11 record: 48-34 Head Coach: Nate McMillan Key Departures: Brandon Roy, Greg Oden (out for season), Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller Key Additions: Nolan Smith, Raymond Felton Best-Case Scenario: The Blazers somehow find a way to once again overcome a slew of injuries and use their depth to be a mid-level playoff team in the Western…

  11. Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    The Los Angeles Lakers lost a battle for a superstar with the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time that happened… come on, that never happened before. But now Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off. Not really at the Clippers, who Lakers fans never had a rivalry with — they view…

  12. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:50 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Last season: 56-26 and a tough out by the hand of LeBron James. Head Coach: The perennially fantastic Doc Rivers. He may not have the mystique of Gregg Popovich or the cult appeal of Stan Van Gundy, but Rivers consistently does a great job of balancing the personalities on Boston’s roster while drawing up highly…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:45 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday

    Last season: 41-41, resulting in a competitively uncompetitive first-round loss to the Miami Heat. Head Coach: Doug Collins, who still wants to be your friend. Need a ride to the airport, Thaddeus? He’s your guy. Need someone to help you move, Elton? Please, you don’t even have to ask. Dog-sitting? His pleasure! Creating a stable…

  14. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:30 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Last season: 42-40 — good enough for a middling playoff seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, who has an intriguing roster but will have to step out of his comfort zone. As a playmaker, Toney Douglas isn’t Steve Nash…or Raymond Felton…or Chauncey Billups. As…

  15. NBA Season Preview: New Jersey Nets

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:05 AM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Last season: 24-58, a better-than-last-year mark that reminds us all just how terrible bad teams can be. Head Coach: Avery Johnson, who still has a lot to prove. We know he can yell at teams filled with veterans until they win 60+ games, but how effectively can he groom young talent? How does his system…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    2010-11 record: 30-52 Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester). Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest…

  17. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 AM EST

    dwane Casey

    Last season: 22-60. It was even uglier than it sounds. Head Coach: Dwane Casey, who will finally get another crack at a head coaching gig. Casey seemed to be unfairly typecast as an assistant over the last few seasons, but the Raptors have brought him in on the strength of a championship-worthy defensive system. Casey’s…

  18. NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    jimmer-kings-preview

    Last season: 24-58, second to last in the West. Head Coach: Paul Westphal Key Departures: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi Key Additions: Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: Continued development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, and dramatic improvement in the team’s offense. The Kings will need to see some serious…

  19. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:00 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Last Season: 19-63 Head Coach: Byron Scott Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi Key Departures: Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: A spirited campaign for a near-.500 record and a slim chance at grabbing the 8th playoff spot in the East. For that to happen: Kyrie Irving comes on strong, the team’s…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 AM EST

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    Last season: 44-38, fifth seed in the East. Took out the Orlando Magic in six in the first round, before losing in six to the Chicago Bulls in the second. Head Coach: Larry Drew Key Departures: Jamal Crawford is technically still with the Hawks, but several reports have him trying to decide between Portland, the…

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