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  1. Clippers and Cavaliers talked Mo Williams, Moon for Baron Davis this summer

    Oct 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers were desperate this summer. They needed another name to bring in hopes of keeping LeBron James in town. They talked to Toronto but Chris Bosh didn’t want to go to Cleveland. That was just one of the steps, they asked around everywhere. The Cavs got desperate enough to look to Baron Davis as…

  2. Chris Kaman has a piggy bank ready in case of lockout

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    NBA players make a lot, I don’t know if you’ve heard. Millions, in fact. So when they say they’re saving, it’s not really all that notable. After all, they do get a per-diem, which continues to blow my mind. They make millions of dollars, but then they get a considerable amount of money just to…

  3. Jerryd Bayless traded to New Orleans for first round pick

    Oct 23, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Jerryd Bayless was drafted by a team that didn’t need him. He’s a combo-guard, of the most combo of combo-guards. His best skill is attacking the basket and getting buckets. He doesn’t manage an offense, he’s not a great distributor, he’s not an offense-manager. But repeatedly, Nate McMillan told him he was going to have…

  4. Last Weekend of Hope: Eastern Conference

    Oct 23, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday the 2010-2011 NBA season begins. From that point on, the reality will be set for 30 teams in the NBA. One team will wind up in possession of the trophy which defines careers, while 29 others will find themselves deeply disappointed in themselves, their teammates, their organization, or all three. The fans, likewise,…

  5. Dwyane Wade practices, Miami Triad returned to full power

    Oct 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Yes, Mike Miller is on the shelf. And yes, they are bringing in Jerry Stackhouse to fill a role on the team. But in South Beach, as Dwyane Wade said this morning, the “band is back together.” “We’re excited about having the band back together,” Wade said after the two-hour, non-contact session. “It felt great.…

  6. Miami Heat sign Jerry Stackhouse

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

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    With designated gunslinger off the bench Mike Miller sidelined until January with a thumb injury, the Miami Heat have signed veteran wing Jerry Stackhouse to a deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The move got approval from the other Heat players. “I think he proved last year, coming back with the Bucks,…

  7. DeMar DeRozan dislocates finger, it is gross

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    In last night’s Raptors preseason finale, DeMar DeRozan dislocated his finger. I’m not talking like “oh, it got bent out of shape” like your cranky boss gets bents out of shape. I’m saying his finger was placed in a position to which it is not natural to point. I’m not kidding. It was gross. Seriously…

  8. To get Andrei Kirilenko in a trade, you better blow Utah’s doors off with the offer

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Andrei Kirilenko’s name came up in the now-dead four-team Carmelo Anthony to the Nets deal. It’s going to come up a lot this season in a lot of trade talks — he has a $17.8 million expiring contract. He is the perfect guy to bring in for teams because he can give you some points…

  9. Celtics won’t attack LeBron James at point guard

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a second here, because, guys. You guys. We have actual basketball-related stuff that actually matters to talk about. I know. I’m excited too. Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program. Turns out the Celtics have been talking a little bit about how they’re going to defend the Heat come Thursday’s opener. Particularly, the…

  10. Blazers will sign Fabricio Oberto

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Portland Trail Blazers, as you may have heard, kind of have a problem with healthy bigs. Greg Oden, still out. Joel Przybilla, still out. Jeff Pendergraph, now out for the year. Basically, if I’m Marcus Camby, I’m investing in tape. Lots and lots of tape. And the Blazers, apparently, are investing in a new…

  11. Saturday Starting Five: Underground storylines before the season tip

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

  12. Why other players love what LeBron did this summer: He stuck it to the owners

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Fans have not been loving what LeBron James did this summer. Well, outside of Miami anyway, there they love it. Understandably. But you’ve seen the polls and heard the pundits for months — most of the country thought the way he handed this summer was amateurish and some thought the decision itself flawed. Other NBA…

  13. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  14. NBA Previews: The whole league from PBT

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Here are the PBT previews. The Association entire, division by division, all 30 teams. We look at what happened this summer, what you’re impossible fan dreams are, and then we’re looking at reality. This also gives you an easy place to look back at the end of the season so you can remind us just…

  15. Heat’s Mike Miller out until January

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Bad news on the thumb injury Miami Heat sharpshooter Mike Miller suffered in practice — he will be out until January, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The injury was a fluke — Miller’s thumb just got caught in another player’s jersey and got pulled. He underwent a 45-minute procedure Friday to repair…

  16. NBA Cancels Orlando vs. Miami preseason game in Tampa due to wet floor

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Finally they sell out a sporting event in Tampa Bay… and it’s canceled. The NBA cancelled the preseason game in Tampa between the Heat and Magic, which was schedule for tonight (and was to be shown on ESPN). Officially the NBA says it is because of unsafe playing conditions. Officially — the floor is wet.…

  17. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Oct 22, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Last season: 29-53, a season that seemed lost when Blake Griffin fractured his kneecap landing after a monster dunk in the preseason. But only the Clippers can find ways to bring that down even farther: there was the Mike Dunleavy firing (which is on its way to court), Baron Davis checked out mentally, then there…

  18. David Stern says it will be the best season ever… except for all that lockout stuff

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

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    David Stern realizes what is happening, that there is a genuine swell of interest and excitement around the NBA. I think we’re going to have perhaps our best season ever this year,” he said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. He talked about the buzz and acknowledged the fan interest in the Miami…

  19. David Stern talks contraction: We’re not that serious, but we’re going to talk about it anyway.

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

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    One David Stern quote from his conference call with the media Friday showed just how of two minds the league is on the idea of contraction (folding one or more struggling franchises). “The issue of contraction is one that has to be asked as part of negotiation with players…” Stern said. “But if there are…

  20. Magic, Heat slip-sliding away on damp court in Tampa before tonight’s game

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

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    NBA courts get a little wet, what with sweaty men running up and down it, running into each other and falling to the ground. There’s a reason people are out there drying off the courts all game. But when the court is wet even before the game starts? Not good. That’s what is happening today…

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