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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

    nba-2k14

    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…

  13. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was disappointed in his play last season

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Bobcats Spurs Basketball

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had an okay rookie season — he averaged 9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game but his shot from outside five feet was a disaster (29.6 percent from the midrange and he just doesn’t shoot threes, nor should he). He had the ugliest jump shot in the NBA. He  brings the intangibles of…

  14. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

  15. Setback with broken foot to keep Bucks’ Delfino out through most of camp

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino

    The Bucks picked up Carlos Delfino this summer at a very reasonable $3.2 million per year, part of their “we’re not tanking, but we are reshaping the roster and we’ll not be all that good” strategy (which was led by getting O.J. Mayo). Now the Bucks are going to be without Delfino for most of…

  16. Rajon Rondo says he felt nothing when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers left Celtics

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo played seven seasons for Doc Rivers and with Paul Pierce and six seasons with Kevin Garnett. Rondo won a championship with those three. He battled nightly with those three. He took cross-country trips with those three. Then, they all left Rondo alone in Boston. Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Nets, and…

  17. Westbrook has knee surgery Tuesday, will miss 4-6 weeks of regular season

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This is bad news for the Thunder — not “the season is lost, woe is me” kind of news but for a team with championship aspirations it is a step back. Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to reduce swelling on Tuesday, the team announced. The big news — it pushes back…

  18. Rajon Rondo has two new best friends, and only one is Brad Stevens

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Can Brad Stevens connect with NBA players? That was one of the biggest questions facing Stevens when the Celtics hired him from Butler, the only other place he’d coached, including as an assistant. It’s much different running a team of unpaid students (and that’s closer to the truth at Butler than, say, Kentucky) than running…

  19. Ben McLemore posterizes Travis Outlaw at Kings’ Media Day

    Oct 1, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    Ben McLemore

    That is the Kings’ Patrick Patterson playing the role of the basket, he seeks out an unsuspecting victim in Travis Outlaw… And in comes Ben McLemore with the posterizing dunk. With what appears to be a toy or NERF ball. Best part of the video may be DeMarcus Cousins‘ reaction. Well done Cowbell Kingdom.

  20. Cavaliers’ Bennett, Varejao cleared for basketball activities

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    We have some rare good injury news out of a training camp: The Cleveland Cavalier’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the guy he may someday replace in the lineup, Anderson Varejao, both have been fully cleared for basketball activities entering training camp. This was expected, but now it is official. Bennett had shoulder surgery…

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