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  1. Video: Perry Jones III throws it down on Tyrus Thomas

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    In three years, we may look back and say Perry Jones III was the steal of the 2012 draft. Nobody questioned his physical gifts, but plenty of scouts questioned his desire, toughness and basketball IQ. If you watched his games at Baylor you saw flashes of what he can do physically — like the dunk…

  2. Celtics sign Leandro Barbosa to backup Rajon Rondo

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Well, I guess they are bringing in a veteran after all. The Boston Celtics have agreed to a one-year deal with point guard Leandro Barbosa, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The Celtics decided on Tuesday to let Dionte Christmas go and there were reports they might start to look…

  3. Kevin Love breaks hand at workout, will miss 6-8 weeks

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    That sound you hear is the Timberwolves playoff chances flushing away…. Kevin Love broke his hand working out at his condo building prior to the Timberwolves practice on Wednesday and is out six to eight weeks, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That would have Love back around Thanksgiving or a couple weeks later,…

  4. Celtics considering adding veteran to roster. Maybe at point.

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    When Dionte Christmas was sent packing from Celtics camp — with a nice $200,000 buyout — we were left with a question about who was going to get backup point guard minutes behind Rajon Rondo? Maybe nobody. Jason Terry can do some ball handling with the second unit (although he works better off the ball),…

  5. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  6. Deadline looms: Will Bulls give Gibson contract extension?

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    The deadline is one week from today — either teams reach terms on a contract extension with players from the draft class of 2009 or said players become restricted free agents next summer. A deal gets struck by Halloween or other teams can make a run at the guy next July. There are some interesting…

  7. Wade to play again Thursday, says he’s ahead of schedule

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Things seem to be going pretty well for Dwyane Wade this preseason. He had to skip out on winning a gold medal in Beijing to get knee surgery he really needed earlier but played through last spring to get Miami a ring. But he appears to be all the way back, although he just calls…

  8. Video: LeBron James practicing his skyhook

    Oct 17, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    We told you last week that LeBron James — the guy who plans to spend a lot more of this season operating out of the post — has been working on a skyhook. Above you see some video proof. (By the way, that half-speed, muscle memory kind of repetition is how guys get a feel…

  9. Winderman: NBA fun police enter the building with handshake timer

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It is a curious thing, this NBA of ours. On one hand, it seemingly is all about the marketing, the highlight mixes, the creation of a cult of personality. On the other hand, there has to be structure, order, decorum. Or so the league now says, with the new edict that players must be ready…

  10. NBA plans to enforce 90-second pregame rituals limit

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    James_chalk

    Once again it seems the NBA is putting in place new rules to try and please the people who don’t really watch NBA games. David Stern and the league office are going Bill Maher: New Rule: From the time pregame introductions end, teams will have 90 seconds to return to the court and be ready…

  11. NBA season preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Last Season: We could talk about the slow start, the impressive run in the season’s second half, or the eventual finish two games outside of the playoff picture. But all anyone in Phoenix will ultimately remember about the 2011-12 campaign is that it was the last time they would witness the on-court brilliance of Steve…

  12. Kobe told A-Rod to remember he’s one of the best ever. Didn’t help.

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    This has not been a great playoffs for Alex Rodriguez, to the point he was benched for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. You can see why — Rodriguez was 0-18 against right-handers in the playoffs and the Yankees were going up against probably the best right-hander in baseball in Justin…

  13. While Rockets are patient, Lin frustrated with performance

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has shot 21.1 percent through three preseason games. He is coming off knee surgery and has not found his groove with the Rockets yet. He particularly struggled against the disciplined Spurs defense on Sunday. All this has led to smirks and some cowardly anonymous attacks out of New York, but the Rockets have…

  14. Mavs lift Delonte West’s suspension, he can play Wednesday

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    So now we can get back to worrying about Dirk Nowitzki’s knee. After Delonte West met with head coach Rick Carlisle and GM Donnie Nelson on Tuesday night, the team lifted his suspension, Nelson told the media according to multiple reprots. Consider it a one-game suspension. West was suspended following a locker room outburst after…

  15. Howard’s back vs. Bynum’s knees. Kupchak calls it a toss up.

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Which is the bigger risk: Andrew Bynum’s chronic knee problems or Dwight Howard’s back coming off surgery? Bynum has had knee issues throughout his career and while he played in the 2010 finals and 60 (of 66) games last season, he has had to take the summer off to recuperate and has yet to start…

  16. Should 0-4 Lakers be worried about preseason? Not really.

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant,  Kevin Murphy

    Do not take any results from the preseason seriously. I mean it. Don’t do it. The Sixers blew out the Celtics Monday night, but a game without Kevin Garnett (and Andrew Bynum) is not an accurate reflection of anything that you might see on the court in just a couple weeks. It just doesn’t matter.…

  17. Darko to get cortisone shot in wrist, miss couple games

    Oct 16, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

    Darko Milicic

    Better to get this done now than during the regular season. In the Celtics loss to Philadelphia Monday night, Darko Milicic aggravated a wrist injury. Tuesday he is getting a cortisone shot in right wrist and will miss a couple of Celtics preseason games, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Seattle arena takes another step (plus Basketball Prospectus)

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    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 more than presidential candidates like watering down debates. • We told you the other…

  19. Knicks backup center Marcus Camby not near return

    Oct 16, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Last week, the Knicks said backup center Marcus Camby would be out a week to 10 days because of a strained calf. But it’s going to go on longer than that. How much longer isn’t known, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post. Camby, who has a calf strain, didn’t practice Tuesday and Knicks…

  20. Reports: Kris Joseph makes Celtics roster; Christmas, Smith waived

    Oct 16, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dionte Christmas

    Dionte Christmas looked pretty good for the Celtics at Summer League. He has played well enough for them this preseason that CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely thought he stood a good chance to make the team. Nope. Multiple reports have come out today that Kris Joseph has made the Celtics roster and both Christmas and Jamar…

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