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  1. How Chauncey Billups helped recruit O.J. Mayo to Dallas

    Sep 14, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo had some options this summer, none of the long-term deals he was hoping for but there were a few teams calling his agent. One of them was the Dallas Mavericks, where he eventually signed. But one of the key reasons was that Chauncey Billups is a fan of Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. A…

  2. Report: Ivan Johnson signs qualifying offer with Atlanta

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    Ivan Johnson will be back with the Atlanta Hawks next season, one of their key bigs off the bench, but he will be a free agent next summer. After being unable to find a better offer in a tight market, Johnson has signed the qualifying offer the Hawks extended, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. That…

  3. Doug Collins isn’t concerned about Bynum’s maturity

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    The Lakers had concerns about Andrew Bynum’s maturity and ability to be the franchise anchor after Kobe Bryant stepped away. Not huge concerns — if Dwight Howard had not been available Bynum would still be a Laker — but they were there. Sixers coach Doug Collins doesn’t have those concerns. At least that’s what he…

  4. Wade said it was “weird” for Heat to be villains, get booed

    Sep 14, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Calvin Klein Collection Celebrates Fashion's Night Out 2012

    Sometimes when you are on inside you don’t get the vision of how the outside world sees you. That certainly was the case with the Miami Heat, where some of the players seemed taken aback by the vitriol that came their way after LeBron James announced where he was taking his talents. They became the…

  5. Mo Evans rejected Wizards front office job, he wants to play

    Sep 14, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Last year, veteran Maurice Evans was a key part of the Wizards effort to reshape their locker room. While less professional influences were moved out and away from John Wall, Evans was there to provide guidance in the vacuum. The Wizards liked what he did, so they offered him a front office job, reports the…

  6. Video: The NBA 2K13 Team USA trailer is must-see

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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    You want to buy NBA 2K13 now? This year’s game will feature both the Dream Team and the 2012 USA London Olympic squad. Which means we can totally settle that bar stool debate about which team is better by playing it out on Xbox. That will answer all questions, there can be no retorts. The…

  7. Maybe LeBron’s agent switch turns out to be a smart move

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    My initial reaction to LeBron James switching agents from Leon Rose and the powerful CAA — the agency that helped bring LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together in Miami — was that it was vintage LeBron. That once again he was tightening his inner circle to lean on close friends, and new agent Rich…

  8. Video: Rajon Rondo interns at GQ for NY Fashion week

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo GQ

    I know you were so caught up in the exciting fashion news and new designs during Fashion Week in New York that you couldn’t keep up with it all, and you may have missed that Rajon Rondo was interning at GQ last week for the event. I get that. I think we all get swept…

  9. Derrick Rose shooting, trying to jump “a little”

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    It was almost a side note in the emotional press conference where Derrick Rose talked about the release of his new shoe and new logo — there was some talk about his rehabilitation from knee surgery as well. And it’s coming along. Here are the quotes via the Chicago Tribune. “Recovery has been good,” Rose…

  10. Kenyon Martin has suitors but still wants more than minimum

    Sep 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The phone of Kenyon Martin’s agent is ringing — teams are interested in him. But the offers are all the same — veteran minimum. And for a veteran who played well at times for the Clippers last season (8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game), he doesn’t want to play for the minimum anymore. Marc…

  11. Seattle arena backer cleared to shop for NBA team

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Seattle, you have a green light. With developer Chris Hansen on the verge of a $490 million financial agreement with the Seattle City Council — it’s been recommended for approval but there is a final vote ahead on the renegotiated memorandum of understanding — the possibility of an NBA return to Seattle has never looked…

  12. Rockets’ Jon Brockman hospitalized with eye injury

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Jon Brockman

    Jon Brockman was down in Houston early, doing what a lot of NBA players are now doing a couple weeks away from the start of training camp — working out at the team facilities, playing pick-up games with teammates. Brockman was working out Monday using elastic resistance bands — something commonly used by professional athletes…

  13. Knicks hire Hakeem Olajuwon to work with big men

    Sep 13, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    This summer, Amare Stoudemire spent a couple weeks in Houston working out with Hall of Fame player turned big man guru Hakeem Olajuwon, improving his post game. The Knicks figure if it’s good enough for Stoudemire, it’s good enough for all their big men — they have hired Olajuwon to come to New York and…

  14. No surprise, but Dwight Howard officially out through first exhibition game

    Sep 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Since it is possible he will miss the start of the season, it is not a shock that he is going to miss the start of training camp and the first exhibition game. Frankly, it was expected. But it is now official — Dwight Howard will not be ready to go for the Lakers first…

  15. Thursday And-1 links: Whole lot of training camp notes

    Sep 13, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Jchildress

    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 Brooklyn Nets signing of Josh Childress is official. While that is technically…

  16. Bill Russell talks this year’s Celtics, Lakers, Jeremy Lin

    Sep 13, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Bill Russell Red

    You don’t win 11 NBA championships without a great basketball IQ, without an understanding of what makes a team work together. Bill Russell has those rings and that understanding, which is why he’s always an interesting guy to ask about today’s teams. And that’s just what NBA.com did. While talking to him about his recent…

  17. Derrick Rose breaks into tears while on stage at his new sneaker launch (VIDEO)

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Derrick Rose was in Chicago Thursday for a huge media event to launch his latest signature basketball shoe from adidas, the D Rose 3. The unveiling of the shoes, the new logo, and the apparel collection were supposed to be the centers of attention, but a raw and authentic display of emotion from…

  18. Celtics legend Bill Russell describes his surgery, recovery

    Sep 13, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Bill Russell

    We’ve been getting bits and pieces of the reports about Bill Russell having heart surgery and his recovery, but there were not many details. But in a Q&A with NBA.com Russell was up front about what happened, the surgery he had three weeks ago and he made it sound like it was no big deal……

  19. Report: James Harden nowhere near new deal with Thunder

    Sep 13, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    And the spin goes right round, baby, right round, like a record baby, right round round round round….. Yesterday, Kendrick Perkins opined that once James Harden gets into Oklahoma City training camp the issue of his contract extension would work itself out because he was back with his family and wouldn’t want to leave. Some…

  20. The Inbounds: Retro-veterans and the once-and-future rim protector

    Sep 13, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    In 2006, signing Ben Wallace to a deal would have been in an incredible franchise-changing move to radically alter the outlook of your defense. In 2009, trading for him would have been seen as a desperate and flawed move towards overpaying for an unproductive and underwhelming player. In 2012, it’s a pretty solid move which…

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