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  1. David Stern says D-League better educates players than NCAA

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    David Stern, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Someone must be one year removed from high school to play in the NBA, but he must be just 18 to play in the D-League. Right now, that doesn’t mean much. Few players go to the D-League because they’re not old enough for the NBA. They  go to college. But as the D-League expands, that…

  2. Bobcats’ Brendan Haywood out at least 12 weeks following foot surgery

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Brendan Haywood

    Brendan Haywood is not a central figure for the Bobcats this season, all they want from him is a few solid defensive minutes a night off the bench behind Al Jefferson, splitting time with Bismack Biyombo. Now they are going to have to wait for even that. Haywood is expected to be out more than…

  3. Brandon Knight blames Pistons for his low assist total

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Jennings, now the the Pistons’ point guard, blamed the Bucks for his subpar shooting percentage. Now, Brandon Knight, the player traded for Jennings, is bringing it full circle by blaming the Pistons for his subpar assist numbers. (As you’ll see, Knight says he’s not blaming anyone. But when you start a sentence, “I’m not…

  4. Iman Shumpert playing with an edge, but not getting much love from Mike Woodson

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert has started his last 62 games, including all 45 last season. Yet, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is not guaranteeing him a starting spot this season. That seems like a motivational ploy, and if so, it’s working. Ian Begley of ESPN New York: Shortly after he hit his third 3-pointer of the first half…

  5. Rick Carlisle likes Renaldo Balkman’s eyelid tattoos, dreads

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman gets past Argentina's Scola during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    Renaldo Balkman is most famous for choking a teammate in the Philippines and being a strange pawn in the Knicks’ quest to sign LeBron James.  But there’s more to Balkman than that. He’s a complex human being with hopes and dreams, tragedies and triumphs, dreadlocks and eyelid tattoos. Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:…

  6. Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala competing for two starting spots

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    Ever since the Warriors signed Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes has been pegged as Golden State’s sixth man. To his credit, Barnes said he’d be fine with that role. Barnes had an up-and-down rookie year, but he broke out in the playoffs by averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. That’s the type of performance…

  7. Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson trying to understand, move on from girlfriend’s suicide

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Arron Afflalo

    You can’t help but feel for Ryan Anderson. The Pelican’s stretch four is still grieving after being the one that discovered the body of his girlfriend — Gia Allemand who had been on “The Bachelor” — when she had committed suicide in August. Anderson is understandably devastated, and you could see it when he spoke…

  8. Andre Drummond has a new free throw style (VINE)

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond had a rookie season that made you think “this guy could be a franchise anchor.” He only started 10 games and played 20 minutes a night — you can thank Lawrence Frank for giving us more Jason Maxiell over Drummond, that’s the way to build a young team! — but he averaged 7.9…

  9. Carmelo isn’t over Pacers series

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. Many proclaimed the Heat would roll to a championship, defacing what had once been an honor that went to a team that earned it through grit and hard work. What happened? Miami lost in the Finals. Most…

  10. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Last Season: The Blazers spent the first half of the season threatening for a playoff spot, but one of the worst benches in NBA history ultimately sunk the team’s chances. Damian Lillard‘s scoring prowess made him the fourth unanimous Rookie of the Year winner in NBA history, and it simulatenously provided hope that Portland’s current core…

  11. Thunder may be looking for Serge Ibaka to emerge as team’s third scoring option

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    It’s easy to argue that the Thunder got worse this summer by losing Kevin Martin to the Timberwolves in free agency, and getting nothing in return to replace his offensive production in the lineup. For a slide to be avoided, Kevin Durant is going to have to raise his game to an even higher level,…

  12. Al Harrington ‘pulls the chair out’ from Andray Blatche (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

    harrington blatche

    It’s a wily defensive tactic used by veteran players defending the post, and one that was made famous by Rick Mahorn while playing for the Bad Boys era Pistons in the mid-late 80s: Pulling the Chair. It works like this — a post defender places pressure on the offensive player once he gets the ball…

  13. Tim Hardaway Jr. hits game-winner to send Knicks past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The first game of the preseason is the perfect time to give rookies or seldom-used players confidence by allowing them to perform in crunch-time situations. The Knicks were faced with one of those on Tuesday against the Celtics, and Tim Hardaway Jr. made the most of the opportunity, hitting the baseline jumper with 8.2 seconds…

  14. In old interview, Kyrie Irving tells children he won’t leave Cavaliers like LeBron did (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving has been saying he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers in free agency a lot the last few months, though he’s mostly qualified it slightly by adding the words “right now” into any conversation surrounding the topic. Making its way around the Web right now is Irving’s two-year-old answer to the question,…

  15. Prosecutors drop domestic violence case against Ty Lawson

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    Ty Lawson was arrested on a domestic violence charge back in August, but immediately after the news made the rounds, Lawson essentially proclaimed his innocence. It’s all now officially behind the Nuggets’ star point guard, as the prosecutors have dropped the case. From the Associated Press: Lisa Pinto, a spokeswoman for 18th Judicial District Attorney’s…

  16. Wednesday And-1 Links: Lamar Odom pleads not guilty to DUI

    Oct 9, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    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. • Lamar Odom‘s attorney has pled not guilty to the DUI charge filed against…

  17. Quote of the Day: Kobe Bryant thinks he looks fat in those shorts

    Oct 9, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    “I gotta get my fat ass back in shape too!” —Kobe Bryant, speaking about his return, via Serena Winters of Lakers Nation. Kobe said he needs about three weeks of “rigorous conditioning.” Not so coincidentally, it is about three weeks until the start of the NBA season. He also said he hasn’t done anything explosive…

  18. Kendrick Perkins says he looked himself in the mirror after last playoffs

    Oct 9, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins is who Kendrick Perkins is. After a decade in the league we all have a pretty good idea what that is. But after a rough playoffs last season — 2.2 points a game on 26.3 percent shooting with a PER of -0.6 — he became a scapegoat for frustrated Thunder fans. Why would…

  19. Magic want D-League team in Jacksonville, Pistons want one somewhere

    Oct 9, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Kyle O'Quinn

    Fourteen NBA teams have sole control of a D-League team. That means the other 16 NBA teams are sharing three D-League teams, a situation that won’t remain tenable for long. We’re headed to a 30-team D-League with each NBA team either owning or have a one-to-one affiliation with a D-league team. Like in baseball, every…

  20. Chauncey Billups gets seat in Pistons shooting guard musical chairs, leaves Kentavious Caldwell-Pope standing

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were frontrunners to start at shooting guard. At least that’s how it was paraphrased in an MLive report. Either something was lost in translation, or Cheeks had a change of heart. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: After naming Chauncey Billups the starter at…

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