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  1. PBT Extra: Atlantic Division preview… this is one deep division

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    It’s back — PBT Extra has returned just in time to start doing some division previews for the NBA season. Matt Stroup and I start off our run of previews in the Atlantic, which is as deep a division as there is in the NBA. There are playoff teams and the Raptors are going to…

  2. League GMs say Durant now more clutch than Kobe

    Oct 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    There are 15 seconds left in the game, your team is down by one, and you can have anybody in the NBA take that shot. Who do you want? For years now NBA general managers have said “Kobe” in their annual survey when asked what one player they would want taking a shot with the…

  3. Avery Johnson already frustrated with Brooklyn defense

    Oct 22, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson

    You get the feeling this will be a trend this season. Avery Johnson is a coach who focuses on getting his guys to defend. He’s got a very talented offensive roster in Brooklyn but not guys really known as “defense first” players — when Brook Lopez is the guy defending the paint you’re going to…

  4. GM Survey: Where Darko Milicic is underrated and Carmelo Anthony is MVP

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Everyone has that buddy that acts perfectly logical and sane, but forces you to reevaluate your friendship after he blurts out something like, “Carlos Boozer is going to win MVP this year!” Well, good news everyone: NBA General Managers are just like you, me, and your friend you can no longer take seriously. Let’s take…

  5. Video: Meyers Leonard, Damian Lillard do the dougie

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard

    Well, at least it’s not someone doing the Gangnam Style horsey dance. I’m over that. These are your Portland Trail Blazer rookies, primarily Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard, doing the Dougie as part of some on-court hazing by LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard has got some moves. Leonard dances like a 7’1″…

  6. Is Dwyane Wade becoming underrated?

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    NBA General Managers seem to think so. In the GM survey that was released earlier today, NBA executives were asked who they thought the best shooting guard in the league is. Wade was listed second (behind Kobe Bryant), receiving 23.3% of the vote. This is down from the 40.7% of the vote Wade received last…

  7. Kobe pushing Howard to be more complete offensive player

    Oct 22, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s still a reputation among some that “all Dwight Howard can do is dunk.” It’s wrong. First, the basic premise that “all this guy can do is get the most efficient shot in basketball on a regular basis” and somehow that makes him a bad offensive player is flawed. But beyond that, anybody who has…

  8. Will Dwight Howard stay with Lakers after season? Yes. Probably.

    Oct 22, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    We didn’t need John Cusack driving across country with Daphne Zuniga to teach us there are no sure things in life. Unexpected twists turn what seem predestined into something all together different every day. So sure, it is possible that come next summer when Dwight Howard becomes a free agent he will choose not to…

  9. Report: Gilbert Arenas close to signing contract to play in China

    Oct 22, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Gilbert Arenas

    Since being amnestied by the Orlando Magic before the start of last season, Gilbert Arenas has been trying to make his way back into the league. He finally caught on with the Memphis Grizzlies near the end of the season, making 17 regular season appearances and averaging only 4.2 points in 12.4 minutes a game.…

  10. Referees to enforce “Reggie Miller rule” on shooters trying to draw fouls

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    You know the play were are talking about — the jump shooter goes up and gets his shot off as the defender comes out to challenge the shot, then just as the defender arrives the shooter kicks his legs forward, makes contact with the defender and goes down like he was shot. It’s about trying…

  11. GMs predict Heat to beat Lakers for title, LeBron to get MVP

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Lakers are the sexy new girl on the block, the latest super team to land the disgruntled star of another franchise, the team everybody says can challenge the Miami Heat for an NBA title. But NBA GMs still think the Heat get the ring. And LeBron gets another MVP. The NBA conducts an annual…

  12. Video: Roy Hibbert dances Gangnam style at mall

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Oh, flash mobs, you will never go out of style. This is some Pacers fans and dancers breaking into a spontaneous “Gangnam Style” routine, as is prone to happen at shopping centers around the nation. But this one is led by none other than Roy Hibbert. Hibbert is not only one of the best traditional…

  13. NBA season preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Last Season: A classic, and what we’ve largely come to expect from these Spurs over the last five years — achieving regular season success, making a dent in the playoffs, but ultimately falling short of a title. San Antonio finished tied for the league’s best record, then swept its way through the first two rounds of…

  14. Video: Thomas Robinson throws down over Dwight Howard

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    Welcome back to NBA action, Dwight Howard. That would be Kings rookie power forward Thomas Robinson who is not going to just let you have that rebound. That is quite the athletic move by the young Robinson. With a front line of Robinson and DeMarcus Cousins, there is some real reason for hope in Sacramento.…

  15. Gregg Popovich says LeBron has been able to tune out critics

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    You don’t like LeBron James. You still go into the comments on this blog or talk radio shows and slam him every chance you get. You boo him when he comes to the arena in your town. Your opinion seemed echoed throughout the media. Two years ago that bothered LeBron. He admitted he didn’t like…

  16. Video: Dwight Howard finishes ally-oop for first Lakers bucket

    Oct 22, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jason Thompson

    We’ve already told you how Dwight Howard‘s first game as a Laker went. Now we thought we’d bring you a shot of his first bucket. This is one thing we could see a lot of, the high-low, big-to-big passing from Pau Gasol to Howard. Defenders have to come out and respect Gasol from 18 feet…

  17. Ray Allen gives backstory on feud with Rajon Rondo

    Oct 22, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    Ray Allen isn’t done talking about the Celtics and Rajon Rondo just yet. He should be, he should just stop answering questions about his time in Boston and let his play do the talking, but he’s not. So in a series of interviews last week, Allen talked more about how he came to leave Boston…

  18. Mavericks “optimistic” Nowitzki back in 3-4 weeks

    Oct 22, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki had his knee scoped last Friday, something that needed to happen to get rid of the irritation that had already forced him to have his knee drained twice in since training camp opened. The only question is how much of the regular season he would miss. The original reports suggested he would be…

  19. Dwight Howard posts double-double in preseason debut for the Lakers

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard made his preseason debut for the Lakers on Sunday, and for the most part, he showcased every bit of the all-world individual talent that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing. The rust was noticeable, however, and if this first run was any indication, the team concept will take quite a while to develop…

  20. It’s official: Dwight Howard making Lakers debut Sunday vs. Kings

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard poses for photos during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is ready to go. Multiple reports out of Staples Center confirm rumors from this week that Dwight Howard will make his debut for the Lakers on Sunday night as they take on the Sacramento Kings. His recovery from back surgery has gotten to the point he can play in a game. What this…

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