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  1. Thibodeau wants to know how restricted area will be officiated this season

    Sep 16, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau yells out during the first quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Chicago, Illinois

    Each year about this time, the NBA coaches get together for a series of meetings in Chicago — consider it a little meeting where the coaches just talk shop for a few days with their guard down. Relatively. Part of it is fun — you can get fitted for a suit, the coaches all go…

  2. Report: Nets investigated, cleared in Kirilenko signing

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    When Andrei Kirilenko opted out of a $10 million in the last year of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves only to sign a $3.1 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a lot of eyebrows went up around the NBA. Kirilenko, who is Russian, left $7 million on the table to sign with an owner…

  3. Jay Z, Beyoncé performed at LeBron’s wedding. It’s good to be the King.

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Beyonce,Jay Z

    It’s good to be LeBron James. There are a lot of perks that come with being the best basketball player walking the face of the earth, and one of them is if you get married you can book a better wedding band than most. Say, for example, Jay Z and Beyoncé. Beyoncé apparently flew back…

  4. Shane Larkin’s ankle healed, he is ready for Mavericks camp

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Shane Larkin

    It’s good for rookie Shane Larkin that he is going to be ready to go for Dallas’ training camp when it opens in a couple weeks, because that is going to be his best chance to get some court time. Larkin, who was drafted No. 18 out of the University of Miami, broke his ankle…

  5. Don’t expect to see Bill Laimbeer coaching in the NBA again

    Sep 16, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Bill Laimbeer

    Bill Laimbeer has been as successful a coach in the WNBA as has been seen — his teams have won three titles in six years. He’s direct and harsh in an old-school kind of way that has served him well in the WNBA. Just don’t expect to see him back on an NBA bench. Kate…

  6. How good will Russell Westbrook be upon his return?

    Sep 16, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The good news is Russell Westbrook will be on the court with the Oklahoma City Thunder when training camp starts in a couple of weeks — he is recovered from the torn meniscus that knocked him out of the playoffs last season, and ultimately knocked the Thunder out of the playoffs as well. But will…

  7. Fourteen NBA owners on Forbes 400 richest Americans list

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

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    If you’re part of the one percent, an NBA team can make a nice toy. At least it seems that way after Forbes released its list of the 400 richest Americans on Monday and the list contains 14 NBA owners, something pointed out by Darren Rovell of ESPN. By the way, to answer your first…

  8. Stephen Jackson explains his side of club altercation with Steve Francis

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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    A couple of weeks back in our And-1 links we pointed you toward video of former Spur Stephen Jackson getting in an altercation with former NBAer Steve Francis at a club where Jackson was performing, an incident that ended  Jackson putting his hand on Francis’ throat. (Here is the link again, we’re not running that…

  9. Raptors invite recent AfroBasket MVP to training camp

    Sep 16, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

    BASKET-AFR-ANG-EGY

    Carlos Morais is not a household name in North America, but he is a large part of the reason Angola has become one of the best teams in Africa. Morais, a point guard, led Angola to the AfroBasket championship this summer and was named tournament MVP averaging 15.9 points per game. Now he’s going to…

  10. Sasha Vujacic still hoping to land NBA roster spot

    Sep 16, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    There was a time this summer, when the Lakers went out and got Jordan Farmar and fans thought they may be getting the 2009 band back together, that Sasha Vujacic looked like maybe he could get an NBA roster spot again. That time came and went (and the Lakers chose wisely not to live in…

  11. Happy birthday Elgin Baylor, here are a few highlights

    Sep 16, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

    Elgin Baylor

    “Elgin Baylor as a forward beats out Bird, Julius Erving, and everybody else. A lot of people don’t remember him, but he had the total game—defense, offense, everything, rebounding, passing the ball.” —Celtics legend Tom Heinsohn, from Roland Lazenby’s “The Show.” When you talk about the guy whose game opened the door for Dr. J…

  12. Owner confirms Adelman will be back to coach Minnesota

    Sep 16, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    There really is no surprise here — Rick Adelman has been around the Timberwolves offices of late, working to get ready for the season, plus team president Flip Saunders said he was confident the coach would return for this season. Now the owner says it is a done deal — Adelman will be back on…

  13. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Net's Pierce, Garnett and Terry hold up their new jerseys as they pose for a photo with principal owner Prokhorov after a news conference in Brooklyn

    Today kicks off ProBasketballTalk’s season previews. Over the next six weeks we will preview every team in the NBA, looking at the upcoming season. We will start in the Atlantic Division. Last season: Brooklyn baby!! The Nets moved out of New Jersey to Brooklyn, into their sweet new crib the Barclays Center, wearing a new…

  14. Grizzlies GM says Derrick Rose helped influence Pau Gasol trade

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    Back in 2008, when Memphis traded Pau Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and the rights to an untested European player in Marc Gasol, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace was ripped by seemingly everyone. It was said he got nothing for giving up an elite player such as Gasol (who instantly…

  15. Reports: Varejao, Bennett healthy for Cavaliers

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Cleveland has its sights set on one of the last couple playoff spots in the East next season. To get there is going to take more than just the “Kyrie Irving Show” — he’s going to need help. Particularly help along the front line. Enter Anderson Varejao and Anthony Bennett. Reports have both power forwards…

  16. Top 5 plays from Sunday’s Eurobasket action (VIDEO)

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    In the only truly competitive basketball we have going on right now featuring NBA players, here are the five best plays from Eurobasket action in Slovenia on Sunday. As for players you might more easily recognize, only the number three highlight — featuring Nicolas Batum finding Boris Diaw — is likely to catch the eye…

  17. Kobe Bryant says he tried to ‘pull the tendon up’ to keep playing following Achilles injury

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Kobe Bryant suffered the torn Achilles injury that ended his season, it happened near the end of a game in which the Lakers were trailing by two with just over three minutes remaining, while needing every win at that point just to have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. Bryant heroically managed to…

  18. Mike Fratello believes the time for a European head coach in the NBA is coming

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Mike Fratello coached 17 seasons in the NBA, and is currently coaching the Ukrainian team at Eurobasket in Slovenia. He knows as much about the international coaching landscape as anyone, and believes we’re not far away from seeing a European head coach land a job in the states roaming an NBA sideline. From Mark Woods…

  19. Deron Williams: ‘Of course we want to run New York’

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Since Paul Pierce was traded to Brooklyn earlier this summer, there’s been seemingly non-stop talk about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Players from both teams have commented, and Deron Williams is the latest to acknowledge the competitive nature of the teams that play in such close geographical proximity to one another. From…

  20. Report: Rajon Rondo unlikely to be ready for start of season

    Sep 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We’re going to be hearing plenty of updates and non-updates about when exactly Rajon Rondo will be ready to return to the Celtics lineup, even though this season is likely to involve more losing than winning in Boston. Consider this latest report of the non-update variety, but Celtics fans will find it of interest nonetheless.…

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