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  1. Quietly, Lance Stephenson is back and trying to fit in with Pacers

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    We watched Lance Stephenson at Summer League and thought in an intriguing player. A guy who might be able to find a niche in Indiana and help right away. Then he got arrested for domestic violence, and the Pacers told him to stop working out at Conseco Fieldhouse. You knew he’d be back, the Pacers…

  2. Terror alert up in Europe but will not slow NBA tour

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    There is enough chatter out there in the intelligence community that the United States warned travelers about potential terrorist attacks in Europe today. Right as the Lakers, Knicks and Timberwolves are touring that continent of a preseason, game globalization trip. The Lakers and Timberwolves are in London, the Knicks in Milan. The Lakers will travel…

  3. Are you more surprised Kobe thinks he can beat LeBron one-on-one or that the sun came up today? We say the latter.

    Oct 3, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Look, if you built a robot, designed to replicate Michael Jordan’s intensity and scoring ability, combined with the frame of Hakeem Olajuwon and the defensive ability of your pick between Shane Battier and Bruce Bowen, and asked Kobe Bryant “Could you beat the robot one-on-one?”, he’s going to say yes. Quickly. That’s how he’s programmed.…

  4. Carmelo Anthony better get used to the boos

    Oct 2, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony went to an MMA event in suburban Denver the other night, according to Chris Tommason at FanHouse. As they do at just about every sporting event — including NBA games in some cities — the celebrities in the crowd get shown on the big screen. Anthony’s picture went up. The crowd booed. Anthony…

  5. Vegas has a list of odds on the first coach to get canned, and it's pretty harsh

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Like we said, a coach will get canned before the calendar flips to 2011. But who’s the unlucky guy? Turns out Vegas has its own list of candidates. The New Jersey Star-Ledger checked in with a gambling site called YouWager.com and looked at the list of prospective candidates to get canned. Essentially, if this is…

  6. George Karl has a theory on the LeBron criticism

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    So there was “The Decision.” And then the backlash to the “The Decision.” And then reaction to the backlash of “The Decision.” And now criticism of the reaction to the backlash of “The Decision.” Kill me. So after LeBron pulled out the race card (which I actually don’t begrudge him for, it’s just an opinion,…

  7. Luis Scola needs a nap

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It was inevitable. We had too many “No, I feel great” comments about playing in FIBA this summer. We needed the inevitable comment from someone who just admits they’re exhausted. Playing a full season, then playing in training camp for FIBA, then the travel, then the play in FIBA, then training camp for the league?…

  8. So, the Sixers are trying Evan Turner out at point guard. Yeah, it blows our mind, too.

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    I’m not going to waste your time with a workup of an intro. Let’s just get into the meat on this one, okay? The Sixers were in training camp and put Evan Turner and Lou Williams in the backcourt for the second team. Makes sense. You would have thought Turner might wind up on the…

  9. Al Jefferson's a little tubby but the Jazz are cool with it

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson talked about how Deron Williams said he was going to make him an All-Star, and how he was going to fulfill his end of the bargain. Al Jefferson talked about coming in and making a difference. Al Jefferson sounded like the model off-season addition. Then Al Jefferson showed up at 280 lbs. Which…

  10. The Saturday Starting Five: Your Season Assured

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    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. Our…

  11. What exactly did Kenyon Martin expect?

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    We brought you news from FanHouse yesterday that Kenyon Martin was not going to be rushing back from injury to help the Nuggets because he’s miffed they elected to give Al Harrington “their money.” Martin’s in no hurry to help out the Nuggets after they failed to give him a big contract extension. Now, Kenyon…

  12. Video: Nate Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal are two classic comedy peas in a pod

    Oct 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    You might think that the media would wholeheartedly be embracing the Miami Heat. But honestly, they’re covering it, we’re covering it, whatever, mostly out of necessity. It is a story. It will be a story. But if you want to know who’s really being given the sweet treatment? It’s Boston. The refrains goes as such:…

  13. Dan Gilbert opened his mouth on the internet again. It went about as well as last time.

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Hi, everybody! (Hi, Dan Gilbertcavsdan Okay, Dan.Might be time for some therapy. Because if you plan on owning the Cavaliers for a long time? This will not be the last 25-year-old to bolt for greener pastures. Maybe you’ll find a player like Kevin Durant who just wants to stay where he’s at and loves, you…

  14. Who’s arguing now? NBA doubles fines for technicals.

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:37 PM EDT

    We now know it is a two-step process to try and reduce arguing with referees about calls. Step one we learned last week, that NBA referees have been instructed to put up with no guff and give a technical to anyone who makes an “overt gesture” to question a call. Step two — hit them…

  15. Three quick thoughts from the Miami Heat scrimmage

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Here is the only thing that really matters from the Miami Heat’s televised (NBATV) intersquad scrimmage Friday night: 225 service men and women got to watch some big stars up close and for free. Nothing else really can be counted on to translate into the regular season. The game was full of sloppy at times.…

  16. Richard Jefferson ready to bounce back after offseason "makeover"

    Oct 1, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    It’s no secret that Richard Jefferson was one of last season’s biggest disappointments. After being traded to the Spurs in the 2009 offseason, Jefferson had one of the worst seasons of his career, averaging only 12.3 points and 2.0 assists per game on 46.7% shooting from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc.  However,…

  17. Dude Perfect shatters longest shot record

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Here’s the latest from the Texas A&M-based trick shot group Dude Perfect, and boy is it impressive. Dude Perfect first gained mainstream attention for making a shot off the third deck of Kyle Field, which was, at the time, a record for the World’s Longest Basketball shot.  That shot got the Dude Perfect crew on…

  18. NBA Season Preview: The Washington Wizards

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Last season: 26-56, which actually sounds better than it was. The Wizards were disappointing long before two pistols ever found their way into the Washington locker room, or Gilbert Arenas unholstered his finger guns, or the Wiz started trading away their most productive players.   Head Coach: Flip Saunders. Considering last season’s extracurricular activities, Saunders…

  19. Wizards Al Thornton hit by a car, but uninjured. Fortunately.

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Al Thornton sent maybe the most frightening tweet we’ve ever seen Thursday night: This may sound crazy but I just literally got hit by a car walking.. Wtf. He was walking on the George Mason campus where the Wizards are conducting camp when the incident happened. He is doing fine and was back shooting jumpers…

  20. Rockets’ stand on extensions make this season now or never

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Yao Ming does not have a contract for next season. Nor does Shane Battier. Or Chuck Hayes. Jordan Hill and Courtney Lee’s deals are at the team’s option. Aaron Brooks did not get an extension and is pretty ticked about it. The Houston Rockets are not giving out extensions to anyone, as GM Daryl Morey…

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