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  1. Kevin Durant is bulking up… relatively.

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Remember how at the NBA Draft Combine Kevin Durant couldn’t bench press the 185 pound bar even once? That led some pundits to suggest he would get pushed around like a rag doll and struggle to find his game in an NBA made up of strong men. Turns out, while the bench press may be…

  2. ‘Sheed talks about why he chose Knicks (try Mike Woodson)

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA. Which should be a good test of the NBA’s technical policy if nothing else. He’s had a few other chances to return from retirement the past two years, a number of teams including the Celtics (where he last played) have approached him. He said no. He didn’t want…

  3. Rookie White will report to Rockets camp Monday with plan

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Royce White

    The Rockets and rookie and Royce White have a plan. White had missed the first week of training camp as he and the Rockets tried to hammer out a plan (a process White took the blame for not starting earlier). That plan calls for him to ride in a rented bus (at his expense) to…

  4. Playoffs? Wizards’ owner Leonsis isn’t talking playoffs.

    Oct 5, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, Adam Oates

    Washington Wizards players want to make the playoffs this year. John Wall and others have talked openly about that as a goal. They think the team — with the additions of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza — can make the leap. But in speaking to the media, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis seemed to tamp…

  5. Gooden says guys who draw charges will pay flopping fines

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

    Paul George, Drew Gooden

    Mark Cuban doesn’t love it. Neither does Blake Griffin. And Dirk Nowitzki. While a lot of players have said they like the NBA’s new policy of fines for flops and hope that it starts to curtail the embellishment of contact in the NBA, not everyone does. There are concerns about enforcement, about unintended consequences, about…

  6. Thursday And-1 link: News, notes from around NBA camps

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    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. • It was news when Kobe Bryant said this was the most talented Lakers…

  7. Some things never change: Shaq, Howard still feuding

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    New city, same story. Dwight Howard is now with the Lakers but that hasn’t changed Shaquille’s O’Neal’s feelings about him. Shaq doesn’t like him. Maybe it’s the silly Superman thing, maybe it’s that Dwight took the mantle from Shaq as best center in the game as Shaq’s career wound down, but they don’t get along.…

  8. Quote of the day: David Stern, still plenty condescending

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    David Stern

    “Actually, many players have said, that’s great,’’ Stern said about the reaction he’s gotten so far. “Now we can make the game about basketball talent rather than acting talent. “I think the players association has a different perspective. I guess they like acting. But we think we have the greatest athletes in the world playing…

  9. Dirk Nowitzki calls flopping fines “a bunch of crap”

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

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    The new fines for flopping announced by the league are not very popular in Dallas. First Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the impact of the fines and what the fallout would be, and now Dirk Nowitzki has come out and questioned how the league will enforce the rules. From the Dallas Morning News (hat tip…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Last season: Just another Hawks season. That’s the best way to put it after a year where despite losing Al Horford for the vast majority of the season, Atlanta managed to land a top four seed in the East. They had this bizarro season underneath the headline of “Boring.” They would look awesome one night,…

  11. When Chalmers grows up, LeBron will stop yelling at him

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Mario Chalmers is the Heats’ whipping boy. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, pretty much all the Heat players are not shy about yelling at Chalmers. He’s no rookie anymore — he has a ring and he’s hit big shots for the Heat — but he makes the little mistakes that infuriate veterans, and they let him…

  12. Cuban says flopping rules may have “unintended consequences”

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    It’s just not going to be clean and simple. The NBA announced plans for new fines for flopping (which the union is appealing). The idea of punishing floppers sounds great and it’s an easy move on the most obvious and egregious calls. But most calls fans thinks of as flops are embellishments of real contact,…

  13. Celtics fans dream video: Scalabrine interviews Terry

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    It’s a little slice of modern day Celtics heaven — old fan favorite Brian Scalabrine interviewing fast growing fan favorite Jason Terry for Comcast SportsNet New England. They talk about what it is like to jump into a veteran team, living in Boston and more. Celtics fans must check it out, the rest of you…

  14. Barkley says LeBron “bigger, stronger, faster” than Jordan

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Move over Kobe Bryant, it’s time for the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparisons to start ramping up. And at the front of it all — Charles Barkley. He is on the opening episode of NBA TV’s Open Court” (which first airs next Tuesday) and he says LeBron could be better than Jordan. From the…

  15. Report: Peyton Manning, Penny Hardaway to be Grizzlies minority owners

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Oakland Raiders v Denver Broncos

    Robert Pera — the young tech billionaire in the process of buying the Memphis Grzzlies — continues to put together his ownership group and continues to bring in big names. Like Peyton Manning. And Penny Hardaway. They are both in, reports well connected Memphis radio personality Chris Vernon. SCOOP:Peyton Manning has agreed in principle to…

  16. Blake Griffin says flopping fines just NBA going after cash

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    For the most part, NBA players have been backed the NBA’s new penalties for floppers — plays will be reviewed by the league office and guys will be warned for the first instance and fined after that up to $30,000 for the fifth incident. Players seem to think maybe this will cut down on flopping…

  17. The Return of D Rose: Episode 4 – PUSH

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Today is Derrick Rose‘s 24th birthday, and adidas is helping him celebrate by officially releasing his signature shoe, the D Rose 3. They also dropped the latest episode in The Return series, with this one continuing to focus on Rose’s rehabilitation while including a behind-the-scenes look at what went into filming the TV spot. The…

  18. White tells Rockets he wants to travel to some games by bus

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White, the No. 16 pick of the Houston Rockets in the June draft, is still not at Rockets camp. The talented and versatile forward fell out of the lottery in part because teams were wary of the anxiety disorder he struggles with. White has a fear of flying. At times a paralyzing fear. He…

  19. LeBron James, Nike introduce the LeBron X (VIDEO)

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

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    The latest version of LeBron James‘ signature shoe has started to hit retail, and by all accounts this appears to be the best edition yet. James tells the story of the shoe’s design in the video above, and we have a photo gallery below for a more detailed look. From the official release: “Inspired by…

  20. Knicks, Pistons to play regular season game in London

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    london

    How about this for a road trip? The New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons are traveling to London for a regular season game Jan. 17, the league confirmed Thursday. The game will be a homecoming to the O2 Arena for the Knicks Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, who won gold there with Team USA this…

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