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  1. Spurs waive Corey Maggette, he said he will retire

    Oct 15, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Corey Maggette said over the weekend that if he couldn’t make the Spurs roster — and it was a long shot going in — he was going to retire. Tuesday the Spurs announced they have waived Maggette. This looks like the end of a 14-year NBA career. In those years Maggette was a solid overall…

  2. Brandon Jennings to miss start of season with tooth injury

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings, Maurice Cheeks

    It seems the Pistons suddenly have a bigger backcourt problem than deciding their starting shooting guard. Combo guard Rodney Stuckey is already out with a broken finger. Though Maurice Cheeks hopes Stuckey will return in time for the Oct. 30 opener against the Wizards, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, that seems…

  3. Maurice Cheeks intimates Charlie Villanueva is out of shape

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Charlie Villanueva’s last good season came in 2008-09. He’s due for another. Villanueva hasn’t come close to the 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game he averaged five years ago, but the upcoming season brings a potentially key similarity to 2008-09: it’s a contract year. After his breakout season with the Bucks, Villanueva got a…

  4. D’Antoni on Kobe playing opening night: “No. I don’t think so.”

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant gestures to his teammates before their game against the Golden State Warriors at the NBA Global Games in Beijing

    It always seemed pretty much impossible that Kobe Bryant would be back from his ruptured Achilles tendon in April in time for the NBA’s opening night. But because he’s Kobe Bryant we all looked at it differently — this guy played with a broken finger on his shooting hand and just adjusted his shot to…

  5. Evan Turner isn’t worrying about contract extension he won’t get

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    Evan Turner is not going to get an extension to his rookie contract, and frankly he shouldn’t (unless he’s willing to take a very small number). He hasn’t shown to be an effective or efficient scorer at the NBA level. He’s an NBA bench guy because he rebounds, passes and generally plays solid ball, but…

  6. Kevin Garnett demanded Nets not trade Reggie Evans

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans

    Remember back in July how during the surprisingly public discussions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce getting traded to Brooklyn, Reggie Evans was in the deal and headed to Boston then suddenly he wasn’t? It seemed an odd sticking point at the time. Now we know what happened — Kevin Garnett demanded the Nets keep…

  7. Andrew Bogut, Xavier Henry highlights from Lakers/Warriors in Beijing (VIDEO)

    Oct 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    You could have NBA basketball for breakfast Tuesday. The Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95 in a game played in Beijing, one that started at 7:30 am Eastern. There were a few highlights so we’re bringing them to you — Xavier Henry with the half-court alley-oop finish from Steve Blake, and Andrew Bogut…

  8. Like the rest of us, Gregg Popovich finds the government shutdown ridiculous

    Oct 15, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Gregg Popovich pregame interviews can be fascinating. Most of the time they are banal (like all coach pregame interviews, frankly), or occasionally he’s already in curmudgeon mode. Then there are the moments when he is talkative, funny and you get a little glimpse of the Popovich his players and friends rave about. Apparently he was…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Last season: The Warriors ultimately overachieved when all was said and done in 2013, getting to the second round of the playoffs and taking the eventual Western Conference champion Spurs to six games before their season was ended. For a sixth seed entering the playoffs with just 47 wins and having to go through the…

  10. PBT EXTRA: Atlantic Division Preview

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:38 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Gerald Wallace

    It’s that time of year: PBT Extra is back. We’re going to do division previews covering the entire league over the next couple of weeks, with Kay Adams throwing me some interesting questions and me trying to provide equally interesting answers. (How interesting you think my answers are usually aligns with how much you agree…

  11. Chris Duhon was intentionally hit by a car last weekend

    Oct 15, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    You last saw Chris Duhon with the Lakers… well, you didn’t see him much of him. He barely played. Even with all the problems the Lakers had last season he only got in two playoff games and that was because Mike D’Antoni had no choice (he did have 11 points in one of the Spurs…

  12. John Wall writing “playoffs” on all his game shoes this season

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    We’ve done multiple stories about the Wizards and their playoffs or bust mantra for this season (except the bust is a deep lottery). Everyone from Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has talked about it. John Wall is the key to this — he generates the offense on this team. With him on the court last season…

  13. Report: Timberwolves interested in Marquis Teague also

    Oct 14, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    For a guy in Tom Thibodeau’s doghouse, Marquis Teague has a lot of suitors around the league. We passed along the report yesterday that the Jazz may have interest in Teague now that Trey Burkes is out for at least a couple months. But they are not alone, reports the Chicago Tribune — you can…

  14. Nene stays behind for day in Brazil for personal reasons

    Oct 14, 2013, 7:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Let’s get this out of the way up front — Nene is not injured. After the last few years when Nene seemed to constantly battle various injuries, whenever something out of the ordinary happened with him fans were conditioned to expect the worst. However, that is not why he stayed behind in his native Brazil…

  15. Raptors trying to get Valanciunas to defend like Roy Hibbert

    Oct 14, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Pekovic

    In his rookie season, Roy Hibbert averaged 7.7 personal fouls per 36 minutes. You can’t stay on the court that way. Pacers coaches worked hard on teaching him how to play vertically — jump straight up and down and referees are less likely to make a call, even if there is contact. Don’t swing at…

  16. Sacramento’s Carl Landry out 3-4 months following hip surgery

    Oct 14, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Carl Landry

    This is a blow to Sacramento — they went out and got Carl Landry this summer (along with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Greivis Vasquez) to provide some veteran stabilization behind their young core. Now Landry is going to be out three to four months following surgery on a hip flexor, the team announced…

  17. Cavaliers’ Jarrett Jack out 10 days with sore knee

    Oct 14, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack, Jameer Nelson

    Jarrett Jack is going to be popular in Cleveland and he’s going to win them some games. He can backup Kyrie Irving at the one and Dion Waiters at the two, he can create shots for others plus he is good as a catch-and-shoot guard. He’s a solid defender. Well, he can do all that…

  18. Boston’s Keith Bogans out indefinitely with sprained thumb

    Oct 14, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Keith Bogan

    Keith Bogans wasn’t going to factor big in Boston’s plans this season. He is the veteran “3-and-D” guy on the wing but the Celtics plan to play get their young guys experience there — Jordan Crawford (who has had a nice preseason) and MarShon Brooks there. Plus, they have Gerald Wallace to be the veteran…

  19. As Greg Oden nears return Heat doctors measure his knees daily

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    On Monday at practice, Greg Oden played in some 5-on-5 drills, reports Ira Winderan of the Sun-Sentinel. It’s the latest in a series of small stems moving him toward a return to the court. Still, there is no timetable on his return and the Heat are being very cautious. How cautious? Check out this note…

  20. NBA’s new promo video has young stars turning on arena lights (VIDEO)

    Oct 14, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I’m not sure this is the best NBA season opening promo video I’ve seen this season, but I like it. The league put together footage of Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Kenneth Faried, Paul George and other young stars from around the league “turning on the lights” in their buildings with the…

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