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  1. D.J. Mbenga arrested for public intoxication in Dallas

    Oct 16, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Ilunga_Mbenga_Didier

    D.J. Mbenga — not on an NBA roster since he was waived two weeks ago by the Mavericks — was arrested in Dallas Monday early Tuesday morning for public intoxication, reports the Dallas Morning News. Mbenga was reportedly leaving a Dallas area restaurant around 4 a.m. when he ran into some police then ran into…

  2. Celtics fans, don’t expect to see Chris Wilcox anytime soon

    Oct 16, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

    The Celtics have had a problem this preseason — when Kevin Garnett sits, opposing centers are having a field day. It wasn’t pretty when he rested a game Monday night. Doc Rivers sings the praises of Dark Milicic and Jason Collins as if that is going to solve the problem when the games matter. Not…

  3. Check out some 1990s NBC “Inside Stuff” highlights

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    NBA on NBC

    I love that as part of my job I have the old “NBA on NBC” logo as my twitter avatar. A lot of us look back fondly on the days when NBC carried he league, it’s the glory days when Jordan ruled all things basketball. NBC also used to run a show called “Inside Stuff”…

  4. Report: Bynum to start practice Oct. 24, conditioning an issue

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Doug Collins

    Andrew Bynum is set to begin practicing with the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 24, one week before they open the season against Denver, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Those practices would start two days after Bynum gets an injection of the “joint lubricant” Synvisc-One in both knees (it replaces fluid that is gone to cushion the…

  5. Boston’s pick-and-roll defense has not looked good

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Micah Downs

    First, the brilliant (and OG) Celtics Blog posted a composite of several Boston preseason game stories suggesting the same thing — the usually strong Celtics pick-and-roll defense has not been good this preseason. Brian Scalabrine has come right out and said it on Comcast SportsNet New England after the Sixers used it to carve up…

  6. Enes Kanter and Jazz cheerleaders. He is living the life.

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter cheerleaders

    Three years ago, if someone suggested you night want to switch lives with Enes Kanter, you would have said, “who?” Even last year, after he sat around Kentucky for a year (the NCAA wouldn’t let him play) and had been drafted by the Jazz, you may not have wanted his life. But this year… got…

  7. Rockets patient as they wait for Jeremy Lin to find his mojo

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Jeremy Lin himself admitted it — he was a bit surprised by his success and isn’t sure what this season will be like for him. That isn’t how the Rockets see things. He is their major off-season acquisition. It is Lin’s face on billboards and buses all over town. He is the face of the…

  8. NBA season preview: L.A. Clippers

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Last Season: Perhaps it was the start of a cultural change in Clipperland, or maybe it was simply the beginning of a very short-term spike of relative success. Either way, your 2011-12 Clippers were competitive, fun to watch, and a team that made its way into the playoffs — three qualities that have been completely…

  9. Deron Williams, A.J. Price have some words (and a push)

    Oct 16, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

    A.J. Price was back in his native New York (he’s a Long Island guy) last night as the starting point guard of the Washington Wizards. He’s only starting because John Wall is injured, but he was starting nonetheless and he had some of friends in the Barclays’ Arena in Brooklyn for a preseason game against…

  10. Dionte Christmas waived from Celtics roster despite strong preseason

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Dionte Christmas

    UPDATE  4:51 pm: Nope. Turns out Kris Joseph has made the roster and both Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith have been waived. It is a bit of a surprise considering how Christmas has played. 10:55 am: It looks like Christmas is coming to Boston a little early this year. Dionte Christmas — the 26-year-old NBA…

  11. Mavericks suspend Delonte West for locker room outburst

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Things are never dull around Delonte West. The Dallas Mavericks suspended West from Monday night’s game for “conduct detrimental to the team.” What does that mean? Some kind of outburst, reports ESPNDallas.com. Sources told ESPNDallas.com that West’s suspension stems at least in part from an outburst in the locker room after the Mavs’ 123-104 preseason…

  12. Report: Lakers could sign Derek Fisher tomorrow. Not that they should.

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    The real question here is why should they? Still, we should report that our understanding of the situation has changed. According to a report last week, we said that even if they wanted to the Lakers could not re-sign point guard Derek Fisher until March, the one-year anniversary of when he was waived. But the…

  13. Jeremy Lin doesn’t know how this season will turn out, either

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    There’s been this ridiculous “let’s slam Jeremy Lin anonymously” thing coming out of New York lately, some kind of attempt to spin the frustration of some fans that Lin is now gone to Houston. Tom Ziller of SBN rightly called people out on this. Part of the argument is “we only had Lin for 25…

  14. Gentry wants Michael Beasley to shoot more. Be careful.

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    beasley_8503_1

    Steve Nash is gone and it’s rebuilding time in Phoenix. But that’s a process, and in the interim the points still have to come from somewhere. Alvin Gentry expects that to be Michael Beasley, who has shown little reluctance to shoot the rock. But through two preseason games Beasley has 24 points and 7 dimes,…

  15. Check out Chicago’s All-NBA team. You could win with it.

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    They played a fun game over at CSNChicago.com — what if they put together an All-NBA team just of current players in the league who are from or played high school ball in Chicago? It’s a damn good team. You could win a lot of games… heck, you could contend with it. Your starting five:…

  16. Nowitzki out Monday, still no plans for surgery. Yet.

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    UPDATE 11:36 pm: Dirk Nowitzki spoke to the media and said no surgery planned. Yet. Here’s the money Dirk quote from Mike Fisher at Dallasbasketball.com: “I’m doing everything I can not to have surgery,” Nowitzki said, stressing his wish to be “conservative.” “I guess that’s obvious that I really don’t want it done now. If…

  17. Marvel’s new LeBron James comic book is out there. Literally.

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James comic

    Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to say here. We’ll start at the beginning: Marvel and ESPN have teamed up for a new LeBron James comic book, which you can now check out on your iPad or Internet enabled device of choice. This has been in the works for a while and is titled “LeBron:…

  18. Report: Jalen Rose to join Simmons, Wilbon, Magic on “NBA Countdown”

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Weigh-In

    ESPN wanted to shake up its “NBA Countdown” game-day studio show because… well, it wasn’t very good. And while I liked the idea of the show with Stan Van Gundy on it better (and idea reportedly shot down by David Stern) it appears they have rounded out what could be a more interesting roster. The…

  19. All aboard the Sleep Train — the Kings have new arena name

    Oct 15, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Arco Arena

    I’m not going to make the easy jokes here, even though they kind of write themselves. Because really, this is a good move. The Sacramento Kings have reached a new sponsorship deal that will rename the Kings home the Sleep Train Arena, with the Sleep Train Mattress Centers as the new sponsors. We told you…

  20. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    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. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

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