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  1. 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…

  2. Sounds like Dwight Howard has to win James Worthy over

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    Lakers legend James Worthy will be the analyst on the Lakers next season, expanding a role he had before as Los Angeles moves into its massive new cable deal on Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Southern California. But while most Lakers fans were ecstatic at getting Dwight Howard, Worthy said he was not that impressed…

  3. Obama’s weekly pickup game is more serious than yours

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    You should read Michael Lewis’ profile of president Barack Obama in the current issue of Vanity Fair. Not for political reasons — what you think of Obama’s first term before you start the article is what you will think after — but for insights into the decisions that any president has to make and challenges…

  4. Roy Hibbert’s life of celebrities, eating chicken and waffles

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Pretty much every NBA player has stories of wild nights out on the town. The kind of nights on the town that belong in a movie. Some players have a lot of those nights. They just don’t talk publically about them. But Roy Hibbert did. Hibbert was on the NBA Hang Time podcast with comedian/writer…

  5. Tracy McGrady worked out for Spurs, Knicks up next

    Sep 13, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady is auditioning for jobs. Like a lot of veterans he is finding the financial realities of the new CBA are keeping teams from guaranteeing contracts for veterans, so he is out there working it trying to find a team that will sign him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Still searching for an…

  6. Want a 10-foot Steve Nash painted guitar? It’s just $10K.

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Steve Nash Guitar

    You were sitting around in your living room yesterday and thinking, “I need a little decoration, a little art to really bring this room to life. Just like on Home & Garden TV.” Because you watch a lot of HGTV. So, how about a 10-foot tall fiberglass guitar with a picture of Steve Nash as…

  7. Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner are your Sixer ball handlers now

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Evan Turner

    Last season in Philly, the games started with Jrue Holiday as the point guard and decision maker. Then when Lou Williams came in off the bench gunning he shared those decision-making responsibilities. Now Williams is gone to Atlanta. So who is going to be the guy with the ball in his hands when Holiday is…

  8. Report: Matt Barnes agrees to sign with L.A. Clippers

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    We told you yesterday that Matt Barnes looked done with the Lakers but was close to a deal to stay in Los Angeles with the Clippers. Now comes this tweet from Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated: Source says Matt Barnes has informed the Clippers he will sign with them. Nothing is ever final until ink…

  9. Andrew Bogut expected back for Warriors season opener

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

    andrew bogut

    For Golden State to have a shot at making the playoffs in the West — which is their stated goal for the season — they are going to need Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry to play in at least 70 games each. Which after both had ankle injuries that required surgery last season is a…

  10. Video: Stephen Jackson’s three point shooting challenge

    Sep 13, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    Think you can do better than the Spurs Stephen Jackson at an around-the-world three point shooting contest? I think we should start a pool: What reality show does Jackson end up on after his playing days end? Hat tip to NOC and Sekou Smith at the Hangtime Blog for this one.

  11. Who has the worst contract in NBA? One list starts with Hedo.

    Sep 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    It’s list season in the NBA — there is not much to write about, so everyone seems to be doing a list of some kind. Counting down the game’s best players, for example. But Sean Deveney at the Sporting News went a different way and asked “who has the worst contracs in the NBA? One…

  12. Video: Watch Joey Dorsey shatter a backboard in Greece

    Sep 13, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    DORSEY_JOEY

    Breakaway rims, Greece. Look into them. Former Rocket, King and Raptor (who played overseas last season) Joey Dorsey is playing for Greek power Olympiacos. On this play he gets a nifty little pass from the other big and on the power slam shatters the backboard. It wasn’t quite Darryl Dawkins making it rain glass, but still…

  13. LeBron changing agents, leaving CAA to be repped by friend

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    LeBron James of the 2012 USA Basketball

    Once again, LeBron James is leaning on his childhood friends and moving away from long-time industry professionals to represent him. That hasn’t always led to the best decisions in the past but it is his pattern over the years. LeBron is letting go of Leon Rose and the power of CAA (Creative Artists Agency) —…

  14. Kobe spent Wednesday working on homelessness in L.A.

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the U.S. reacts after missing a point during a charity game in Shanghai

    Kobe Bryant is a guy not exactly known for sympathy on the basketball court. On the NBA.com Hang Time podcast this week Roy Hibbert talks about how Kobe broke his nose at a game in Los Angeles, and at the All Star Game Hibbert talked to him expecting some sympathy. Young, naïve Roy Hibbert. But…

  15. Wednesday And-1 links: Who is the NBA’s coolest player?

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - 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 Apple fanatics love new, expensive toys. • The Basketball Jones asks: Who is…

  16. Report: Matt Barnes nearing deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Well, at least Matt Barnes may not have to go shopping for a new house. Barnes spent the past couple seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers but he wasn’t likely to stick around with the team next season — his minutes dried up in the playoffs as his three-point shooting went cold, then he was…

  17. Report: Hawks may go after David Blatt as assistant coach

    Sep 12, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    If you ask close observers who the smartest, best coach on the international circuit is you usually hear the name David Blatt. The average fan may not know him from the guy walking his dog down their street, but those fans know the powerhouse EuroLeague team he coaches (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and they know he…

  18. Kendrick Perkins says Thunder will keep James Harden

    Sep 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins, James Harden

    Kendrick Perkins is not the Thunder general manager, talking in qualifiers about financial realities. Kendrick Perkins is a guy who believes in team whole heartedly. He did in Boston and it was hard on him when he was traded. But he’s found it again in Oklahoma City. And he can’t see anyone letting that go…

  19. Celtics may go small, but expect more points in the paint

    Sep 12, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass,  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo

    We’ve talked plenty about the trend of going small in the East and that Boston is right in the middle of it after their playoff run. You can expect Doc Rivers to start Kevin Garnett at the five spot and for the Celtics to try to be quicker than you. But don’t think that means…

  20. Mayo says he wants to emulate Nowitzki work ethic

    Sep 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    I don’t really think this means O.J. Mayo wants to bring in an eccentric old German guy to make him take one footed jumpers from all over the court, I think we can safely say we’re talking about work ethic here. But Mayo told Mavs.com blogger Bryan Gutierrez (at Mavsfastbreak.com) that he wants to emulate…

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