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  1. LeBron James is bringing back the chalk toss

    Oct 2, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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    The pregame chalk toss was a signature part of LeBron James’ pregame routine. He didn’t invent it, but he was the one known for it — this was his thing. Until halfway through the 2011 playoffs his first season in Miami, when things got serious and LeBron went away from it. He stayed away from…

  2. Because apparently you can’t get enough, a Dwight Howard documentary is coming

    Oct 2, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Haven’t had your fill of Dwight Howard drama yet? I’m kidding. I know we all have. We’re all weary of him and his off-the-court spectacle, weary of the discussion of how he got to Houston (or left Los Angeles, if you prefer). We’re sick of the endless image battle — we just want to see…

  3. NBA makes new League Pass features official, all nationally televised games now archived

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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    When the NBA posted the list of features for its League Pass offering this season, a couple of new ones immediately caught the attention of the hardcore fans that routinely pay for the privilege of watching every game during the regular season. A limitation in the past was the lack of nationally televised games available,…

  4. How big a setback is the Westbrook injury to the Thunder?

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    It’s not good news. Russell Westbrook having to go back under the knife because a loose stich in the repair of his torn meniscus was causing irritation, now he’s going to miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season. That puts him back likely some time after Thanksgiving but before Christmas. He’s…

  5. Report: Delonte West signs to play next season in China

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    When NBA players want to get paid but are sliding out of the league, China has become the destination of choice — lots of money in that market and a shorter season. Looks like you can add Delonte West to that list, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. Free agent guard Delonte West has signed…

  6. Jameer Nelson understands he’s on the trade block

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson is not in the future plans of the Orlando Magic, which is why he’s on everybody’s trade watch lists for this season. The Magic are rebuilding with youth, he is a 31-year-old point guard making a team-high $8.6 million this season but can be bought out for $2 million next season. (Yes, technically…

  7. Report: Stan Van Gundy told Dwight Howard to go to Houston

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard are still tight. Despite all the drama in Orlando a couple years back they text regularly and both say they have a good relationship. What, you’ve never fought with a friend then made up? That’s what we guys do. So when Dwight Howard was faced last summer with the…

  8. Blazers GM is incredibly sick of LaMarcus Aldridge trade questions

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    LaMarcus Aldridge has said he has not requested a trade — but he has admitted to frustration. He has said he likes the team’s off-season moves and wants to see if they can win in Portland. But somebody around Aldridge is talking. Reportedly he has his eye on the door when he’s a free agent in…

  9. Michael Beasley’s latest plan: ‘I’m not going to be looking at not making mistakes or trying not to mess up’

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    The Michael Beasley experiment is officially underway in Miami, after the Suns negotiated a buyout of his contract following a disappointing first season in Phoenix that came along with it some off-the-court legal troubles that helped make the franchise’s decision to part ways with the troubled forward a little bit easier. Beasley is being given…

  10. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Charlotte Bobcats

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    Last season: Remember when the Bobcats started the season out 7-5 and we all kind of did a double take? That really happened, there was a moment where we wondered if this team wasn’t as terrible as we all thought. Then reality hit. The Bobcats went 14-56 the rest of the season. Charlotte had the…

  11. Pelican’s Eric Gordon out first couple weeks of preseason, just as a precaution

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon played in 42 games last season for New Orleans due to battling ankle issues, which led to another surgery in May. That was better than the 9 games the season before that. For those of you counting at home, that’s 51 games since he was traded to New Orleans as a cornerstone in…

  12. Marcin Gortat feels like Suns may trade him this season

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat

    There’s no disputing that the Suns are in the beginning stages of a full-fledged rebuild as they enter the upcoming season, and given the changes in the front office and on the bench, everyone in Phoenix seems to be just fine with that. This includes Marcin Gortat, a six-year NBA veteran who finds himself in…

  13. J.R. Smith admits delaying knee surgery until after he signed new contract with Knicks

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith took home the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season, and was an important piece to a Knicks team that finished the season with the second best record in the East, behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. But he hasn’t exactly been doing things to ingratiate himself to the fan…

  14. Chris Kaman discusses the perils of playing on a one-year contract

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    As the Lakers rounded out their veteran roster with a few key free agents this summer, they targeted experienced players who could still produce, but who for one reason or another were willing to sign on for one-year deals. Chris Kaman was one of those, a 10-year veteran seven-footer who can put up more than…

  15. Derrick Rose reminds us that ‘basketball is everything’ in latest adidas spot (VIDEO)

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose has been consistent in his message throughout his video spots with adidas, and this latest clip is no exception. Rose reminds us that after family, basketball is everything to him, and all the things that come with it — the money, the fame, and the lifestyle — will never have anything to do…

  16. Carmelo Anthony says there’s no pressure on Andrea Bargnani because it’s all on him

    Oct 1, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    When the Raptors traded away Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks this summer, the team not only rid themselves of a large contract that would hinder their rebuilding project, but they successfully performed an exorcism of sorts of a demon that’s haunted the team since 2006. Bargnani never lived up to being the number one overall…

  17. Jason Kidd told Kevin Garnett he planned to cut his minutes, KG did not like that

    Oct 1, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn

    Doc Rivers tried to limit Kevin Garnett’s minutes a little in Boston last season, having him sit out some games, but Garnett still averaged almost 30 minutes a night when he did play. (Rivers’ hands were tied, when KG came off the court the Boston defense turned to mush.) New Nets coach Jason Kidd want’s…

  18. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant respond to Jordan’s one-on-one comment

    Oct 1, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    We told you about this while you were having your morning coffee — Michael Jordan did an interview promoting NBA 2K14 (in stores now) and was asked about playing LeBron James and other players of this era one-on-one if he were still in his prime. It was a softball question. What did you think Jordan…

  19. Corey Maggette, Sam Young try to earn last Spurs roster spot

    Oct 1, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    The San Antonio Spurs have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster and they may go into the season with just that many. But they can add a 15th guy. They have identified a need — a physical three who can play limited minutes off the bench in certain matchups as a backup to Kawhi Leonard…

  20. NBA 2K14 is in stores, here’s a look at next-gen feature in it

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

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    If you’re an avid gamer, you probably knew NBA 2K14 landed on store shelves today (or more realistically for how you shop, in your online marketplace of choice). You probably already picked up a copy. But if you were on the fence, here is a look at the next-gen video feature that is part of…

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