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  1. The Nets.com site is not exactly what Nets fans expect

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    netscom-mark-cuban

    The Brooklyn Nets have a really good official team Web site. Ben Couch and the guys provide good content, plus they have all the usual stuff (roster, schedule, etc.) But that’s not what you get if you go to Nets.com. You get what you see to the right (and below). That domain name belongs to…

  2. Josh Smith says no more threes, call him “mid-range shawty”

    Oct 3, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Among the training camp clichés that seem never pan out to be true — “we’re going to play faster this year” and “Player X has shot 500 jump shots a day this summer” are our favorites — is this classic from Atlanta: Josh Smith says he will be better about his shot selection. This year…

  3. Dwight Howard wants to be back for exhibition game

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard poses for photos during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    This shouldn’t be about if Dwight Howard can play in a meaningless exhibition game. Nor should it be about Dwight Howard being ready to play for the Lakers on Oct. 30. It’s about games in May and June. It’s about the next six years. What the Lakers don’t want is Howard’s surgically repaired back to…

  4. Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    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 old people love In The Heat of the Night. • Raymond Felton will…

  5. NBA Preview: Washington Wizards

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Ernie Grunfeld, Randy Wittman

    Last season: It wasn’t pretty, 20-46 never is, but the Wizards made some moves to push this team in the right direction. This was as dysfunctional a locker room as there was in the league, so trading JaVale McGee and firing coach Flip Saunders made sense. The team needed to bring in professional players and…

  6. Odom wants to apologize to Mavs fans, Cuban for last season

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lamar Odom’s fall from Sixth Man of the Year and NBA title holder to guy the Dallas Mavericks told to just go away and don’t come near the rest of the players was fast and public. Odom invited it all in when he married a Kardashian and became a reality television star, but when he…

  7. Video: Gasol, Howard, Nash talk Lakers “insane” season

    Oct 2, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Lakers Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain react as they see how many media members have turned up for NBA media day in Los Angeles

    Just a little video spliced together from Lakers media day. Pau Gasol is the best when he tries to use American slang and work it into his personality and style. You’ve also got a snippet from Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, and Steve Nash making it clear this is still Kobe’s team. As if there…

  8. Big Baby is going to miss Dwight Howard’s farting most of all

    Oct 2, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Not the shot blocking. Not the 20 points a game. Not the 14.5 rebounds a game. Not the way he blows up the pick-and-roll on defense. Not having him around the locker room. No. What is Glen Davis going to miss most about Dwight Howard in Orlando? This is what he said on 740 The…

  9. Heat to move slowly, but Wade expects to play in preseason

    Oct 2, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    The Miami Heat seem to be going a little slowly and easing into the long season ahead. Players are talking about how coach Erik Spoelstra, usually a task master of the Pat Riley mold, has changed his style and the practices are more mellow and workman like. That slower pace includes bringing back Dwyane Wade…

  10. Knicks could be oldest team in NBA history, watch a lot of Matlock

    Oct 2, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Stop saying that the Knicks bench walked the earth with the early dinosaurs. Let’s not blow this out of proportion. There is no way Kurt Thomas was on the earth during the Triassic era walking around with Nothosaurs. Maybe like the Crustaceous Period with the Triceratops, but no earlier. Knick age jokes — “What was…

  11. Carmelo Anthony promises less scoring, to be team player

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Carmelo Anthony is at least saying the right things. The Knicks need to get Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire meshing together on offense. You know it. I know it. There are people in Thailand who know it. Mike Woodson knows it too, but to keep his job as Knicks coach he had to have ‘Melo…

  12. Chris Bosh held out of Heat practices with sore knee

    Oct 2, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Right now, teams are going to be very, very cautious with star players. Guys are going to miss training camp days for things they wouldn’t blink of playing through during the season. With that, we bring you this note about Chris Bosh from Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Chris Bosh was held out of…

  13. You think Kobe is selfish, can’t mesh with Nash. He thinks you’re dumb.

    Oct 2, 2012, 1:17 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

    There has been a lot of speculation about how the Lakers will mesh this season. Specifically Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. These are both guys used to having the ball in their hands. Both guys used to making decisions. The leaders. There are people convinced Kobe can’t put his ego and scoring mentality aside to…

  14. Rose says he helped recruit Kirk Hinrich back to Chicago

    Oct 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    It is the way of the world now — superstar NBA players recruit their teammates. See Miami. See Chris Paul essentially play GM for the Clippers at points this summer. See the Celtics players courting guys to come in with them. That is not his style, but Derrick Rose is going to have to become…

  15. Hornets’ executive stopped when he tried to fly with handgun

    Oct 2, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    airport security

    This is far more innocent sounding than the headline implies. And as much as it is a stupid move, this story really just worries me more about the fine folks working for TSA than it does the individual involved. A Hornets executive flew from New Orleans to the New York area with a gun in…

  16. Luis Scola says amnesty process in Houston wasn’t easy

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    scola-suns

    Luis Scola was one of many new players sporting a Suns jersey at the team’s media day on Monday, and while he’s of course happy to be there just like other fresh faces Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, and Goran Dragic, his journey to Phoenix — or, more to the point, his exit from Houston —…

  17. Rondo says this Celtics team more talented than 2008

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    There is a whole lot of optimism in Boston about this Celtics team. Because they made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, then brought back Kevin Garnett (who played fantastically in the playoffs), then got deeper and better with the addition of guys like Jason Terry and Courtney…

  18. Make no mistake, Lakers are still Kobe’s team. For now.

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant answers questions during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Did you really think otherwise? Did you really doubt the Lakers were still Kobe Bryant’s team? This was reportedly one of the reasons Dwight Howard was hesitant to come to Los Angeles — they talked last year and Kobe told Howard that the Lakers were his team, and at time Howard would be offensive option…

  19. Video: Justin Bieber takes on Team USA in NBA 2K13

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber vs. Team USA? Well, never say never. Bieber, the idol of tween girls everywhere, is a big hoops fan, is a regular at Lakers games and he’s played in the celelbrity games All-Star weekend — and acquitted himself better than I wanted to give him credit for. But against Team USA? That only…

  20. Sixers pick up option for next season on coach Collins

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

    Doug Collins has earned the right to stick around in Philadelphia — he has instilled a defensive mindset and toughness in the team that made them respectable. It helped them get past Chicago in the first round of the playoffs last year (that and the Derrick Rose injury). Now he is going to have a…

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