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  1. Tuesday And-1 links: Proving Chris Paul is very, very good

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    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 your mother-in-law loves the Lifetime Movie Network. • How much better does Chris…

  2. Houston Rockets to get Texas-sized video board in arena

    Sep 4, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Rockets arena video board

    The Houston Rockets are hosting the All-Star Game this February and as part of that are doing $15 million in upgrades to the arena so it looks all spiffy for its guests. Kind of like how you only hire a cleaning service for your home right before a party. Among those additions — the largest…

  3. Clippers promote Gary Sacks, basically make him GM

    Sep 4, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin has gotten what he wanted. As had been rumored, the Clippers have promoted from within, announcing that 19-year Clipper veteran Gary Sacks is the new Vice President of Basketball Operations. So, while he is not formally the general manager, he is in practice the general manager. “Gary has been a valuable and loyal…

  4. Ann Meyers Drysdale to broadcast some Suns games

    Sep 4, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Ann Meyers Drysdale Charles Barkley

    For the first time since 1979, an NBA team is going to have a female broadcaster do some games. Ann Meyers Drysdale is joining the Suns broadcast team for at least 20 games next season, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic. “I learned from Don (Drysdale, her late husband and former Dodger broadcaster) about…

  5. Ever want to work in NBA? The Suns need a new gorilla.

    Sep 4, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    It's like this, but not in an NBA arena and a much worse idea.

    For 22 years, the Phoenix Suns have had a gorilla as a mascot. Why a gorilla, as the species is not exactly native to the American Southwest’s deserts? Because in 1980 a guy delivering a singing telegram to the arena did a couple dances near the basket and the fans loved it. It grew from…

  6. Nets may be in Brooklyn, but players still living in Jersey

    Sep 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT


    The Brooklyn Nets have a very flashy new building in Brooklyn. Well, it looks a little rusty on the outside, but that’s intentional. Inside it’s as state of the art as arenas get now, according to all reports. And it is set up with plenty of revenue-generating luxury boxes, then more exclusive Jay-Z designed suites.…

  7. Report: Allen Iverson says he’ll play in China if no NBA shot

    Sep 4, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    Despite the fervent wishes of his fans, Allen Iverson is not going to get another shot in the NBA. Teams are not showing interest. There are health concerns and his game has deteriorated to the point that he is not considered worth the disruption and distraction his presence would bring into a locker room (how…

  8. How good can Bulls be until Derrick Rose returns?

    Sep 4, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,

    For the past two regular seasons, the Chicago Bulls were the best team in the East. They were the top seed. But they played much of the season in their top gear — especially on defense — which overwhelmed opponents but left questions about whether they could step it up in the playoffs. We’ll never…

  9. Wade says again he is “ahead of schedule” with knee

    Sep 4, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The “Dwyane Wade media blitz” begins today in support of his new book about fatherhood, so expect a lot of Wade quotes to come flowing out over the next few days. But if you’re a Heat fan that wants to attend another parade, really only one question matters: How’s the knee you had surgery on…

  10. It’s come to this: McGrady “might” work out for Bobcats

    Sep 4, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a time when Tracy McGrady was one of those players you stopped flipping channels to watch, he was that special, that entertaining. Injuries robbed us (and the Rockets) of that McGrady. He’s still a serviceable guard just trying to find a spot in the league. Any spot, apparently. There is this tweet from…

  11. Video: Tony Parker drains halfcourt shot to help kid out

    Sep 4, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT


    Tony Parker is a charitable guy. He wants to help out the world’s youth and took part in Boris Diaw‘s Babac’Ards organization charitable event last week in France. Parker doesn’t think any child should have to go without a large, expensive watch that will not fit him properly for a decade or more. So when…

  12. Did LeBron promises Liverpool players wild Vegas weekend?

    Sep 4, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    LeBron James post title party

    I so want this story to be true, because I want to believe in a secret Vegas only guys like LeBron James and Kanye West can buy their way into… but I also know the British tabloids make the TMZ look like the Washington Post. My head and heart are torn. Our story starts here…

  13. Jackson says Reggie Miller is third best shooting guard ever

    Sep 4, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    Reggie Miller is entering the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this week. Deservedly so — he is one of the great pure shooters the game has ever seen. But while we tend to think of him as just a guy at the arc he could put the ball on the floor and draw fouls, he…

  14. Josh Harrellson gets one-week tryout with Heat before camp

    Sep 4, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    Josh Harrellson is getting his chance. It’s in his hands now. Yesterday we told you about Harrellson tweeting he was headed to Miami where he would hopefully be “for 9 months.” But he doesn’t have a deal with the Heat, he simply is getting an extended look, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. According…

  15. Kevin McHale talks fitting together Rockets’ pieces

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Rockets are not the most talented team in the NBA this season, which was kind of the plan. Well, the first plan was to get Dwight Howard, but when that fell apart the plan was to be pretty bad and get a high draft pick next year and rebuild that way. That’s not fun…

  16. Taj Gibson throws out first pitch for White Sox… I’ve seen worse

    Sep 4, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Taj Gibson does not have a career ahead of him in baseball. His first pitch Monday at the White Sox game, from the pitchers mound to home plate, had more arc on it than one of his jumpers. Watch him get up to the mound with the ball, look at the catcher and mouth “that…

  17. Video: Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech

    Sep 3, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    With this being the week where some greats of the game — Reggie Miller, Jamaal Wilkes, Don Nelson, and others — are enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, we’re going to have some speeches to remember no doubt. Nothing is going to top Michael Jordan’s acceptance speech. Which is such vintage Jordan, the…

  18. Rondo says three Celtics keys to a title: defend, rebound, stop LeBron

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Rajon Rondo is two thirds right about this. Rondo is on his Red Bull sponsored and fueled stop in Hong Kong and spoke with the South China Morning Post for an interesting interview. He discusses having to learn and adjust as a rookie who went from a Kentucky star to third string on a losing…

  19. New stats confirm you want to take shots at rim or from three

    Sep 3, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s a standard lament of old-school coaches and scouts — “the midrange game has died in basketball.” Statistically, that’s a good thing. It’s more complicated than that — there are good midrange and bad midrange shots, and those can change player-to-player — but by and large what you want your team to do is take…

  20. Rapper Lil B wants to take on Kevin Durant one-one-one

    Sep 3, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    From our “because it’s the middle of the off-season and I don’t want to talk about what the Lakers offense might look like any more” file, I bring you this… Apparently rapper Lil B’ and Kevin Durant have had a twitter fight going back and forth since May and the artist wants to take on…

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