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  1. Video: Ricky Rubio plays Connect Four basketball

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    My first thought when watching this video of a Spanish television show where Ricky Rubio appeared: Why don’t we have talk shows in America where there are puppets on stage helping/heckling the host? Sure, Triumph the Comic Dog was a start, but I think this show’s little alien creatures are the next logical evolution of…

  2. Derrick Rose tweets about Chicago teachers’ strike

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    Derrick Rose is a Chicago guy born and raised, a guy invested in the city in a way few mercenary professional athletes are. So he cares about things like the Chicago teachers’ strike going on right now. And he took to twitter to say what most people have said about this — “Really, you two…

  3. Despite non-guaranteed contracts, expect Blatche, Childress to make Nets

    Sep 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jchildress

    Usually teams go young, looking at rookies with potential to round out their final couple roster spots. They Nets got potential but they went another direction — they snatched up two athletic players coming off contracts they did not live up to, two guys amnestied by their former teams. Josh Childress and Andray Blatche are…

  4. Report: Bill Russell doing well following heart procedures

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    We reported a few days ago that Celtics icon Bill Russell had undergone a couple of heart procedures, which had kept him resting in his Seattle area home rather than attending charity events. We didn’t know much else. An updated report says Russell is doing well and could be back in Boston for events next…

  5. Blazers new coach plans to use Aldridge like Nowitzki

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    For the past few years, Terry Stotts was an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle in Dallas. Now, he’s the head coach in Portland. But he’s bringing a little of Texas to the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, he wants to use LaMarcus Aldridge like Dallas uses Dirk Nowitzki. Something that could mean more minutes and opportunity for…

  6. Tyreke Evans promises a big year. Coincidentally, it’s his contract year.

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans All-Star

    On your “guys who have to step up next season” list, Tyreke Evans should be near the top. He was the rookie of the year three years ago, averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game — only a handful of guys have ever done 20-5-5 as a rookie. But the next two…

  7. Report: Nets, Lakers, Suns talking to Leandro Barbosa

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Anybody looking for a backup point guard? Leandro Barbosa is still on the market. He’s one of those guys who thinks he deserves more but is likely only going to see veteran minimum offers. Welcome to the new CBA. But some teams are talking to him, the Brazilian guard told UOL Esporte, a publication in…

  8. Portland’s Elliot Williams tears Achilles, done for season

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    elliot_williams

    This is bad news for a guy who was trying to be part of a rebuilt future in Portland. Elliot Williams, the former first round pick entering his third year with the team, tore his left Achilles during voluntary workouts on Tuesday, reports Joe Freeman of the Oregonian on twitter. The Blazers have confirmed the…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: Who are the best shooters never to win three-point contest?

    Sep 11, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    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 like Guy Fieri loves bacon and bad hair. • Who are the best three-point…

  10. McGee may not be biggest draw in Denver, but he’s trying

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    One of the best parts of athletes on twitter is that is can help break down the barrier between them and the fans that cheer them and ultimately pay their salary. It can be a glimpse into how a player thinks and acts (or, it can be a stated PR tool). JaVale McGee, he’s trying…

  11. Josh Childress reaches one-year deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 11, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    Adding some depth and athleticism on the wing — something they already had but can you ever have enough? — the Nets have reached a one-year deal with Josh Childress. Childress himself confirmed this on twitter. Howard Beck of the New York Times broke the story. This is a non-guaranteed deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  12. Will Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen drastically overpay for the Sacramento Kings?

    Sep 11, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    chris hansen seattle

    News of billionaire Chris Hansen striking a deal with the Seattle City Council hit the wire late Monday night, as the sides have agreed to a framework on an arena deal that moves them a few smaller hurdles away from becoming an NBA-ready city (courtesy of Chris Daniels of King 5 in Seattle). In a…

  13. Jordan brand showing up as part of NASCAR

    Sep 11, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Federated Auto Parts 400 - Practice

    Michael Jordan is a basketball icon. The Jordan Brand is a business, it’s part of Nike, and like any brand it needs to expand its markets. But to NASCAR? Yes. It may seem like an odd marriage — the sport with the most urban of fan base and the one with the most middle-American and…

  14. Seattle developer, City Council agree to arena plan

    Sep 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    The money is always the hardest part — contract negotiation, NBA lockout, just about anything in life. It’s very true of getting a new arena built for an NBA team. But they have figured that out in Seattle, bringing them much closer to making the dream of an NBA team returning to Seattle a reality.…

  15. Will Celtics’ Avery Bradley get his job back when healthy?

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley played so well when Ray Allen was out injured last year, he meshed so well with the other starters, that when Allen returned Doc Rivers started bringing one of Boston’s big four off the bench. Bradley and Rajon Rondo looked like the Boston backcourt of the future. It was part of what pushed…

  16. J.R. Smith says Knicks expect “nothing less” than title

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    What else do you expect him to say? You and I and even most Knicks fans realize they are not title contenders as presently constructed. How good they are this season depends on how Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (and Tyson Chandler) mesh on offense. Because when all three were on the court together last…

  17. Nets go for stylish herringbone pattern on court… if you care

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Nets court Barclay Center

    The Nets have a new stadium in a new city with new luxury boxes and new food options and a few new players. And, a new court. They have unveiled the new look, showing it off to the New York Post and releasing pictures of the herringbone pattern look on Tuesday. My first thought? I…

  18. Video: The best Brian Scalabrine highlight compilation, ever

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    Fans may call him the “human victory cigar” but pretty much all of us would take Brian Scalabrine‘s NBA career — 11 years in the Association, a stretch big who could knock down shots. A guy that Kevin Garnett called the best teammate he had and a guy Tom Thibodeau recruited to come with him…

  19. Report: ESPN’s Simmons, Stan Van Gundy to join ESPN studio show

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    UPDATE 12:45 am: Sports By Brooks, which broke the story, has this update: SbB has learned Chris Broussard & Jon Barry won’t returm to ESPN’s NBA studio. Added to show: @sportsguy33 & Stan Van Gundy Which means the lineup would be Mike Wilbon and Magic Johnson as holdovers with ESPN’s Sports Guy Bill Simmons and Stan Van…

  20. Deron Williams explains why players flock to major markets

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams was not trying to make a statement about the balance of small versus large markets in the NBA, he was simply answering a question posed to him by the New York Post. Williams, the star point guard of the Brooklyn Nets, is on the cover of the new video game “NBA Baller Beats.”…

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