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  1. Shaq will not be playing in the Mexican League

    Sep 9, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    There was a report last week about Shaquille O’Neal possibly playing in the Mexican League. It would have been just a publicity gig, but would have worked out well for both sides. But then, the report would have to be accurate. And Shaq, speaking to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, says it isn’t. Is there any truth…

  2. Three weeks to training camp… Kyrie Irving is not afraid of the moment

    Sep 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The wait is almost over. We’re three weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. The point guard position in…

  3. Marcus Camby was having a hard time with the idea of putting on a Heat jersey

    Sep 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby Knicks

    The Heat were locked in a tough free agent bidding war for Ray Allen at the same time they were pushing for Marcus Camby. Allen became their priority, and while that was happening, Camby slipped up to New York and rejoined the Knicks. In an interview with Newsday, Camby admits that the idea of playing…

  4. Dwyane Wade is trying to fix his jumper by tweaking his catch

    Sep 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade is an elite scorer in the NBA, but one drawback has always been his range. He’s flat-out not a good perimeter shooter, and despite the ability to nail some monster shots off the pull-up, that’s just not the strongest part of his game. But he’s trying to improve it after what he felt…

  5. Olajuwon doesn’t think “super teams” are good for NBA

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    We’ve heard this all before. Part of what fueled the owners during the lockout was what happened in Miami — that was well behind the financial motivations for the owners, but it was there. Owners didn’t like players controlling their own destiny to form a “super team.” The argument is that super teams not good…

  6. Report: Isiah Thomas could have job with Knicks but is hesitant to take it. For now.

    Sep 9, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    Right now, the Madison Square Garden organization — which owns the New York Knicks (along with the Rangers and other assets) — is in flux. Young, hard-charging MSG sports president Scott O’Neil is out and we don’t know which direction MSG goes next. Or how that impacts the Knicks. So Knicks and MSG head honcho…

  7. Could Gustavo Ayon ditch Orlando for Spain eventually?

    Sep 9, 2012, 6:55 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson,  Gustavo Ayon

    Dwight Howard is gone and Gustavo Ayon is in for Orlando. For now. Ayon isn’t near the same level but he played well as a rookie for the New Orleans Hornets last year, giving them an efficient 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game, with an above-average PER of 16.7. That’s an impressive start. He…

  8. Three weeks to training camp… Rajon Rondo knows ball fakes

    Sep 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The wait is almost over. We’re three weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to It’s a singularly unique move…

  9. So what does the 2013 Hall of Fame look like?

    Sep 8, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    With a wrap on the 2012 class after Friday night’s activities, of course the attention turns to next year and the next class. Scott Howard Cooper broke down the list for NBA.com. The big first-year addition in terms of eligibility is Gary Payton. Glove’s a lock for inclusion in the Hall, eventually, even though it’s…

  10. Guess who’s back? Back again? Isiah’s back (meeting with Dolan), tell a friend

    Sep 8, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    That sound you hear is dozens of scribes all across the internet salivating with anticipation at the meat being thrown to the wolves. Isiah Thomas never stopped talking to the Knicks. He was always a member of James Dolan’s counsel, always a trusted advisor. But the New York Post reports of a meeting that has…

  11. Three weeks to training camp… Kenneth Faried is a Manimal

    Sep 8, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    kenneth-faried

    The wait is almost over. We’re three weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Kenneth Faried wasn’t even supposed…

  12. Video: Reggie Miller thanks sister, admits he pushed off on Greg Anthony as he enters Hall of Fame

    Sep 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Reggie Cheryl Miller

    Reggie Miller gave a super speech upon his induction to the Naismith Hall of Fame Friday night. He was warm, funny, self-deprecating, and yet still so confident in his own abilities and impishly proud of his constant needling. He told stories about being abused by Michael Jordan and what the game has meant to him.…

  13. Video: Phil Knight compared Michael Jordan to what now?

    Sep 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    So Nike exec Phil Knight was inducted to the Hall of Fame last night, and his presenter happened to be Michael Jordan, on account of the symbiotic relationship between the two men’s cultural rise. In the video below, Knight thanks Jordan by elevating him, calling him the greatest of all time and talking about his…

  14. Quote of the Day: Don Nelson thinks life in Maui doesn’t suck

    Sep 8, 2012, 7:01 AM EDT

    “Hopefully, this will be the last tuxedo I’ll be wearing. “There is life after basketball. Come out and have a cup of coffee with me in Maui.” —Don Nelson, the legendary Celtics player and the winningest coach NBA history, during his induction into the Hall of Fame speech Friday. After Nelson chased after the Minnesota…

  15. Friday Night Video: Bruce Lee fights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a movie fight. This is why YouTube should exist. The scene is from the film “Game of Death,” which was one of Bruce Lee’s final films but not released in the United States until five years after his death (with all sorts of reshoots). He filmed most of the…

  16. Video: Watch RG III, Trent Richardson play some HORSE

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Washington Redskins quarterback Griffin III passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of their NFL preseason football game in Landover

    Are you ready for some football? We are, it’s a great way to pass some fall weekend days (and now Monday, Thursday and… what day isn’t football on anymore?) until the NBA starts. So, to get in the spirit of our friends Florio and MDS at PFT, here is the guy everyone in Washington has…

  17. The Inbounds: For the 500th time, we need an NBA Hall of Fame

    Sep 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    When I make this column, as I do every year, I go through the usual flip side. Do we really need a Hall of Fame? Is there anyone who should be included in a Hall of Fame for the NBA that is not or will not be in the Naismith? Is recognition in the Naismith not…

  18. Friday And-1 links: Another report Brandon Roy looks good

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy 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 Packers fans like bratwurst. • We are in the “everyone looks good working…

  19. Will Jared Dudley step into the leadership vacuum in Phoenix?

    Sep 7, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley

    Who is the locker room leader of the Phoenix Suns? Steve Nash and his quiet leader role has gone to a rival (where he will play good cop to Kobe Bryant’s bad cop). Veteran Grant Hill has gone to Los Angeles as well, just to the team in red and white. Much of the roster…

  20. Video: Derrick Rose “The Return” part 2 (“Hope”)

    Sep 7, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    I was really hoping that adidas was going to title The Return episode 4 “A New Hope” but they went with hope in this, the second installment. Oh well. Above is the second of adidas series of short films on Rose’s rehab from an ACL tear suffered in the first round of the playoffs (see…

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