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  1. Deron Williams, A.J. Price have some words (and a push)

    Oct 16, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

    A.J. Price was back in his native New York (he’s a Long Island guy) last night as the starting point guard of the Washington Wizards. He’s only starting because John Wall is injured, but he was starting nonetheless and he had some of friends in the Barclays’ Arena in Brooklyn for a preseason game against…

  2. Dionte Christmas waived from Celtics roster despite strong preseason

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Dionte Christmas

    UPDATE  4:51 pm: Nope. Turns out Kris Joseph has made the roster and both Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith have been waived. It is a bit of a surprise considering how Christmas has played. 10:55 am: It looks like Christmas is coming to Boston a little early this year. Dionte Christmas — the 26-year-old NBA…

  3. Mavericks suspend Delonte West for locker room outburst

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Things are never dull around Delonte West. The Dallas Mavericks suspended West from Monday night’s game for “conduct detrimental to the team.” What does that mean? Some kind of outburst, reports ESPNDallas.com. Sources told ESPNDallas.com that West’s suspension stems at least in part from an outburst in the locker room after the Mavs’ 123-104 preseason…

  4. Report: Lakers could sign Derek Fisher tomorrow. Not that they should.

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    The real question here is why should they? Still, we should report that our understanding of the situation has changed. According to a report last week, we said that even if they wanted to the Lakers could not re-sign point guard Derek Fisher until March, the one-year anniversary of when he was waived. But the…

  5. Jeremy Lin doesn’t know how this season will turn out, either

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    There’s been this ridiculous “let’s slam Jeremy Lin anonymously” thing coming out of New York lately, some kind of attempt to spin the frustration of some fans that Lin is now gone to Houston. Tom Ziller of SBN rightly called people out on this. Part of the argument is “we only had Lin for 25…

  6. Gentry wants Michael Beasley to shoot more. Be careful.

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    beasley_8503_1

    Steve Nash is gone and it’s rebuilding time in Phoenix. But that’s a process, and in the interim the points still have to come from somewhere. Alvin Gentry expects that to be Michael Beasley, who has shown little reluctance to shoot the rock. But through two preseason games Beasley has 24 points and 7 dimes,…

  7. Check out Chicago’s All-NBA team. You could win with it.

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    They played a fun game over at CSNChicago.com — what if they put together an All-NBA team just of current players in the league who are from or played high school ball in Chicago? It’s a damn good team. You could win a lot of games… heck, you could contend with it. Your starting five:…

  8. Nowitzki out Monday, still no plans for surgery. Yet.

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    UPDATE 11:36 pm: Dirk Nowitzki spoke to the media and said no surgery planned. Yet. Here’s the money Dirk quote from Mike Fisher at Dallasbasketball.com: “I’m doing everything I can not to have surgery,” Nowitzki said, stressing his wish to be “conservative.” “I guess that’s obvious that I really don’t want it done now. If…

  9. Marvel’s new LeBron James comic book is out there. Literally.

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James comic

    Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to say here. We’ll start at the beginning: Marvel and ESPN have teamed up for a new LeBron James comic book, which you can now check out on your iPad or Internet enabled device of choice. This has been in the works for a while and is titled “LeBron:…

  10. Report: Jalen Rose to join Simmons, Wilbon, Magic on “NBA Countdown”

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Weigh-In

    ESPN wanted to shake up its “NBA Countdown” game-day studio show because… well, it wasn’t very good. And while I liked the idea of the show with Stan Van Gundy on it better (and idea reportedly shot down by David Stern) it appears they have rounded out what could be a more interesting roster. The…

  11. All aboard the Sleep Train — the Kings have new arena name

    Oct 15, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Arco Arena

    I’m not going to make the easy jokes here, even though they kind of write themselves. Because really, this is a good move. The Sacramento Kings have reached a new sponsorship deal that will rename the Kings home the Sleep Train Arena, with the Sleep Train Mattress Centers as the new sponsors. We told you…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    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. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

  13. How do you bust out of a slump? Steve Kerr grew a goatee.

    Oct 15, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Steve-Kerr

    Every athlete goes through slumps. How they deal with it changes. Some guys need a slump buster. Some guys talk to confidants. A lot of just simply try to practice their way out of it and get their confidence back — they take more shooting reps after practice. Or, some guys lose it, like Andris…

  14. New Celtic Jason Terry already hates Heat, Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Jason Terry loves being a Celtic. He’s getting fresh Celtics ink. He’s hanging with the fine folks of Boston and working on the accent. He’s having fun in a city that embraces its basketball team like few others. Oh, and he’s hating the Heat and Lakers. Terry is blogging his experiences this season for ESPNBoston.com…

  15. Miami Heat bringing Rashard Lewis along slowly

    Oct 15, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Heat Camp Basketball

    We should all be careful trying to read too much into preseason stats, but so far both watching him and looking at the numbers, Rashard Lewis has looked rusty for the Heat. He has hit 4-of-13 shots overall, 2-of-6 from three. Some rust is to be expected, knee injuries and circumstance have left Lewis playing…

  16. With full training camp, Mike Brown going slower with Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There were a lot of things Lakers fans criticized Mike Brown for last year. Some were deserved, some not. Such is the life of an NBA head coach. But one legitimate complaint was he burned the Lakers candle at both ends — long practices and lots of them, not a lot of time off, and…

  17. Bay Area rapper Lil B, 76-year old man try out for D-League

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    SantaCruzWarriors

    Not to go all Forest Gump (because we all should avoid that as much as possible), but you really do never know what you are going to get with a D-League tryout. Take the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State affiliate (moved from South Dakota the season before), which held an open tryout on Saturday.…

  18. Aldridge says he’s a No. 1, Blazers should build around him

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is LaMarcus Aldridge a real No. 1 guy for an NBA team? How you answer that question determines what you think the Blazers need to be doing as they restructure the roster. If you think he is a Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard you can build a contender around, then the Blazers should be…

  19. George Karl doesn’t care how much money JaVale McGee makes

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    So far in Denver’s training camp, veteran big man Kosta Koufos has turned heads with his play. They also have Timofey Mozgov, who can be counted on for solid minutes every night. What about JaVale McGee, who the Nuggets paid big money to keep this summer? Well, he has looked like JaVale Mcgee — some…

  20. Even in preseason, risks of small ball begin to show

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes, Ray Allen

    In Shanghai we saw it — Chris Bosh and the assortment of other Heat centers could do little to slow the bigger, stronger DeAndre Jordan short of fouling him. With Chris Paul feeding him the rock, Jordan shot 8-for-8 in a Clippers win. In Hartford we saw it — the Knicks went to the Raymond…

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