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  1. Monday And-1 links: Royce White joins Rockets; more camp notes

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Royce White

    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 men love Mila Kunis. • Rookie Royce White joined the Houston Rockets training…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    Last season: So freaking close. The Thunder beat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals in Oklahoma City by 11 points. A double-digit victory over he mighty triumverate. It was their fifth win in a row and they looked, as teams do when the win by double-digits, like the superior team…

  3. Lakers backup big man Hill out with herniated disc in back

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    With Dwight Howard out until whenever (likely around the start of the season), the Lakers have been counting on Jordan Hill to soak up a lot of his minutes, both in practice and in games. But now Hill is out with a herniated disc in his back, reports the Lakers (hat tip to Kevin Ding…

  4. Report: Tracy McGrady finalizing deal to play in China

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady was looking for another year in the NBA, a 16th NBA season. But not finding a guaranteed deal, he is taking his talents to the port city of Qingdao, China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. McGrady, 33, will likely complete the deal within the next couple days and leave for China within…

  5. Raptors to sit Kyle Lowry for week to heal thigh injury

    Oct 8, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Raptors' Lowry poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    Kyle Lowry has a lot of expectations heaped on him in Toronto. No pressure. But he was the Raptors biggest offseason move and while GM Bryan Colangelo may see him as a trade chip fans see him as a guy who can improve the team. But not this week. The Raptors announced they will rest…

  6. Kobe sounds exactly like a guy ready to retire in two years

    Oct 8, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s impossible to know what Kobe Bryant will be thinking in two years. It’s not going to be easy for him to walk away from a sport he loves, to walk away from the locker room camaraderie, to refocus his competitive drive away from the basketball court that has been his home since childhood. But…

  7. Coach’s assessment: Blazers’ Leonard is a work in progress

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Leonard from Illinois University shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after he was selected by the Portland Trailblazers as the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA basketball Draft in Newark

    Portland is rebuilding their team. They will not be terrible because LaMarcus Aldridge won’t let them be (and because I think Damien Lillard is going to be pretty good), but they have time to let young players learn and develop. Like rookie center Meyers Leonard. He has a lot of developing to do. Blazers assistant…

  8. Deron Williams says Cuban not meeting with him helped “clinch” Nets deal

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    UPDATE 4:55 pm: Mark Cuban and the Mavericks are in Spain for an exhibition game, but when reached by Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com for a response to what Deron Williams said Cuban took the high road. “I’m very happy with the ways thing turned out for the Mavs and wish DWill the best,” Cuban said…

  9. Nash crossed Jarrett Jack, looked good in Lakers debut

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    That is the highlight everyone is talking about in Los Angeles, Steve Nash crossing over Jarrett Jack during the Lakers preseason opener against the Warriors in Fresno. It’s really not what Nash did best in this game. What Nash did well is something the Lakers have not done consistently in recent years — quick ball…

  10. David Stern sounds positive about NBA returning to Seattle

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    It is not really a dramatic bit of news, but this does give you a sense of the NBA’s attitude. At David Stern’s press conference is Milan Sunday, a foreign reporter asked the final question of the day, about a return of the NBA to Seattle. Here was Stern’s response: “The answer is there seem…

  11. Report: Camby was surprised Knicks gave him 3-year deal

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby Knicks

    It’s usually a basic NBA law — 38-year-old players don’t get three-year contracts. By NBA terms, 38 is the age where you eat dinner at 5 p.m. and watch a lot of “In The Heat of the Night” reruns on television. It’s old. But a couple guys got them this year — Steve Nash with…

  12. Video: Allen Iverson’s crossover can still break ankles

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    I love this video, with an Iverson crossover just knocking down a Chinese defender in an exhibition game, because it’s such a throwback to a time when Iverson was the most entertaining player in the NBA. He will always be near the top of that all-time list for me. But please, please people don’t take…

  13. Durant not sure why you care he worked out with LeBron

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant (L) and US forwa

    Some fans want sports to live in this idealized old-school world where players share their passion for the name across the front of the jersey. (I’m not sure that was really ever the case, but that’s another debate.) As such, some Celtics fans don’t want their guys mixing with the Heat or Lakers during the…

  14. Dwyane Wade is done talking about how old he is

    Oct 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    There were all sorts of whispers (and in some corners, some very loud talking) last season about how Dwyane Wade is getting old and starting to slip. I’m not sure why — his points per game dropped three to 22.1, but he set up teammates more and turn the ball over less, and his PER…

  15. Video: Rajon Rondo with nifty pass to Courtney Lee

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We’re not going to base predictions about June games based on a couple preseason games against European teams, but I have to say this: Rajon Rondo has looked really good so far. He has looked like the team’s offensive leader, his jump shot looks steadier, and he looks like a guy capable of helping the…

  16. Stoudemire says he didn’t have to learn post play with D’Antoni

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    It’s been much discussed this summer — Amar’e Stoudemire went down to Houston to learn post moves from the master, Hakeem Olajuwon (following the pattern of a lot of big men). The idea is that it will provide him more opportunities in the Knicks offense because he’ll space out better with Carmelo Anthony. We’ll see,…

  17. Stern says owners divided on idea of ads on NBA jerseys

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern’s first talk with the media came in Milan, Italy, Sunday, where the Celtics were about to play an exhibition. And it’s a city where the jersey of the most popular team says “Fly Emirates” across the chest, while the logo for AC Milan is a smaller crest. In Europe, the idea of ads…

  18. Chandler didn’t think Lin ran the Knicks offense correctly

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    The few weeks of “Linsanity” last year, the Knicks offense was really not all that great. The Knicks were winning because they were playing good defense and getting enough points with Jeremy Lin running a pick-and-roll heavy offense with Tyson Chandler and shooters like Steve Novak around the floor. Chandler likes the Knicks point guards…

  19. Video: Enes Kanter’s dancing skills are…. something

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    enes-kanter

    The Jazz make their rookies do a dance-off at their team scrimmage every year, kind of a tradition. And usually a great source of video hilarity. But they didn’t do it last year, another of the many sad casualties of the lockout. So it’s back and this time first and second year players had to…

  20. Report: Sixers talking contract extension with Jrue Holiday

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Philadelphia knows who it wants to be its core guys going forward — Andrew Bynum in the paint, Evan Turner on the wing, and Jrue Holiday at the point. Of course, that means keeping some guys under contract, like Andrew Bynum getting a new deal after this season. And then there is Jrue Holliday who…

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