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  1. D’Antoni on running offense through Howard: “I think it was all (politics)”

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    If you haven’t heard, Dwight Howard wasn’t happy in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and the feeling was pretty mutual. What, you heard that already? Okay, during the preseason this whole storyline has been overplayed more than “Blurred Lines,” but as the season tips off tonight, the Lakers coach decided to answer a reporters’ question in a…

  2. Three players who stood out in the NBA preseason

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    In general, you can’t read too much into what happens in the preseason. Star players are rested or play limited minutes, coaches experiment with lineups, effort is inconsistent at best, guys who will be buried on the bench or in the D-League get big run, and nobody game plans much. What you can see sometimes…

  3. Brian Shaw leaning toward starting Hickson over Faried opening night

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    If you wondered why reports had surfaced that Denver was shopping around Kenneth Faried, here’s a hint as to why. Nuggets’ coach Brian Shaw is leaning toward starting J.J. Hickson over Kenneth Faried in the Nuggets opener Wednesday at Sacramento (via the Nuggets twitter account). Part of that is that Faried is coming off a…

  4. Report: Donald Sterling almost blew up Bledsoe trade, Clippers summer

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Donald Sterling, Rochelle Sterling

    Things are different around the Clippers organization now compared to even five years ago, let alone a decade. It’s not just the winning on the court, there is more professionalism around the entire organization. But they are still owned by Donald Sterling, the man who is the reason for the decades of futility. This summer…

  5. SportsDash: Eastern Conference preview with Stan Van Gundy, Wojnarowski

    Oct 28, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    If you didn’t tune into the Sports Dash at noon (eastern) on the NBC Sports Network… well first off, what’s wrong with you? Watch this show. Anyway, if you missed it Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated hosted a roundtable with Stan Van Gundy, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and CSN New England’s Donny Marshall (he played…

  6. PBT Extra: Previewing opening night, plus season predictions

    Oct 28, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    It’s here! The NBA returns Tuesday night with a couple of marquee matchups — Chicago at Miami, then the Clippers down the hall at the Lakers. (Orlando opens up in Indiana as well, but that’s not exactly marquee worthy.) Kay Adams and I talk about the big matchups on Monday night. I think the Bulls…

  7. Nate Robinson isn’t sure why teams overlook him, but he’s sure he likes Brian Shaw

    Oct 28, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    When Nate Robinson catches fire, there is no better show in the NBA. What playoff quarter was more entertaining than his 23-point fourth quarter in the first round of the playoffs against Brooklyn in Game 4, when Robinson single handedly forced overtime? He’s the shortest player in the NBA, a fan favorite everywhere and he…

  8. Timberwolves to get $97 million arena renovation

    Oct 28, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    TargetCenter

    You can check Minnesota off the list of teams that could be moving. It was never likely they would be gone — Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is a former state senator, not the guy likely to turn his back on the state — but a an agreement on a new, $97 million renovation of the…

  9. Domestic violence charges against Celtics’ Sullinger dropped

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jared Sullinger

    We tell you when these cases come up, it’s only right we also tell you when they go away. Which is what happened in the case of Celtics second-year player Jared Sullinger. On Aug. 31 he had a fight with his girlfriend and a few days later he was arrested and eventually arraigned on charges…

  10. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  11. New Uncle Drew spot is out (we have it), Nate Robinson is in it and tells PBT about it

    Oct 28, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    pepsi-max-kyrie-irving-uncle-drew

    Not a lot of commercials create a buzz, but the new “Pepsi MAX & Kyrie Irving Present: Uncle Drew Chapter 3” has had it for weeks. The series where Irving plays Uncle Drew, an old baller getting his team back together, going out to a park and schooling the “kids” is just classic. If in…

  12. LeBron says he hopes to play in 2016 Olympics; also talks Game 6, Boston rivalry

    Oct 28, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    There were reports LeBron James doesn’t really want to go to Rio. Not the city, but another Olympics — 2016 would be his fourth, more than any American player ever. However he told David Aldridge, writing for NBA.com (you need to read the entire interview), that if he is up for it physically he will…

  13. Wizards’ Otto Porter to have MRI on hip injury that caused him to miss preseason

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Otto Porter

    Otto Porter may be the small forward of the future in Washington, but he is still not be the small forward of right now. He has missed all of training camp and the preseason with a hip flexor injury that now team doctors will do an MRI on, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com. While reports…

  14. Memphis’ forward Ed Davis fined $15,000 after ejection

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Ed Davis, Donatas Motiejunas

    I don’t recall a preseason where the league came down with this many fines and suspensions. The latest is Ed Davis, the reserve forward of the Memphis Grizzlies, who has been fined $15,000 by the league for “making excessive and unnecessary contact with Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas.” Basically, going for a shot block he…

  15. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  16. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  17. Cuban says Mavericks will retire Derek Harper’s jersey

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    Derek Harper

    Derek Harper is one of those guys where the fans of that team just love him and people outside the city may not always get it. Harper was drafted by the Mavericks in 1983 and spent his first decade in the league in Dallas. He was a strong defender (two-time NBA All Defense second team)…

  18. Commissioner-to-be Adam Silver is a big fan of advanced stats

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Deputy NBA commissioner Silver speaks during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

    If you fear that the NBA is being taken over by people who just love advanced stats… well, you’re right. Come February 1 Adam Silver will be the Commissioner of the NBA — and he loves advanced stats. Silver was at the early days of the SLOAN Conference at MIT (almost an annual convention of…

  19. Durant says his focus is on title but he’s not changing who he is to get it

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season Kevin Durant picked up 12 technical foul, which was pretty uncharacteristic of a guy cultivating an image as the nice guy around the NBA. He was yelling at teammates, referees, pretty much everyone but Rumble the Bison. The reason was his title obsession, Durant told Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman in a very…

  20. Pacers’ Granger now ruled out first three weeks of season

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Sunday the Pacers were saying Danny Granger would be out for the season opening back-to-back they have. What they meant to say is he would miss the first three weeks of the season with a calf strain. The team made the official announcement Monday and they called it a “precautionary measure.” “The length of time…

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