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  1. Report: Lakers have begun contract extension talks with Kobe Bryant

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Kobe Bryant is in the final year of his current deal with the Lakers, and he would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014 if nothing is done to retain his services before then. Of course, no one believes that Bryant will finish his career in anything other than a Lakers jersey.…

  2. Bucks’ new court too slippery, preseason game vs. Raptors canceled midway through first quarter

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan, O.J. Mayo

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design this offseason, one that gave a nod to the artistic look of the one at the old Mecca many years ago. But the team may have focused too much on looks and not enough on functionality, at least initially. The surface was deemed too slippery to play upon,…

  3. James Harden leaves Rockets preseason game after suffering knee contusion (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    James Harden left the Rockets’ preseason finale against the Grizzlies on Friday after suffering a bruised right knee just seven minutes in. The play, as seen in the video clip above, occurred when Quincy Ponder fouled Harden on a three-point attempt. The rest of the details, from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Harden stayed…

  4. Spurs’ players in fantastic H-E-B commercials (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    These are amazing. Indubitably. Spurs players Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan are part of these ads, eating steak and doing laundry. And they are vintage Spurs in the classic campy, understated way. By the way, that is the most words I’ve heard Kawhi Leonard string together in a row. And I’ve…

  5. Report: Andrew Bogut, Warriors agree to three year, $43 million extension

    Oct 25, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    It comes down to this: In the playoffs last year, the Golden State Warriors’ defense was 7.8 points per 100 possessions better when Andrew Bogut was on the court. Stephen Curry is the new star and Andre Iguodala was brought in to be the glue guy and defend the wings, but if the Warriors are…

  6. LeBron doesn’t see Paul Pierce, anyone in NBA as his rival

    Oct 25, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Does LeBron James have a peer in the NBA? A rival? He says no. Back in the day, when LeBron James was with the Cavaliers, he and Paul Pierce in Boston had some epic individual battles. But LeBron says that time has passed and he doesn’t look to play one-on-one like that anymore — his…

  7. Report: Suns to trade Marcin Gortat to Wizards for Emeka Okafor

    Oct 25, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat

    Washington wants to make the playoffs this year. Owner Ted Leonsis demands it. No more slow rebuild. They are counting on John Wall to lead them (so he better find his jumper), but they need some balance inside and that has been hampered by the neck injury sidelining Emeka Okafor indefinitely. So they are reaching…

  8. All the 2014 PBT team previews in one spot

    Oct 25, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    Here they are: ProBasketballTalk’s previews of all 30 NBA teams. We have gone from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and all the way back To Miami, taking a look at what to expect from every team in the league in some detail. To make it easier to find these previews, we’ll keep the ones we’ve done…

  9. Spurs sign Josh Howard to non-guaranteed contract

    Oct 25, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Josh Howard

    The Spurs were looking for a veteran, reliable backup to play behind Kawhi Leonard. They went first with Corey Maggette, but that didn’t work out. So now they are trying Josh Howard — the Spurs just signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News. This is a roll of the dice by…

  10. Knicks unveil new, very orange alternate jerseys

    Oct 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Knicks orange alternate

    I will work hard to avoid the easy Halloween/pumpkin jokes here… What you see to the right is Carmelo Anthony modeling the Knicks new alternate orange jerseys, which they unveiled on Friday. Orange with blue and white has long been part of the Knicks color scheme, but this takes the orange up to a new…

  11. Hall of Fame Celtics player, Lakers coach Bill Sharman dies at age 87

    Oct 25, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    bill-sharman

    Bill Sharman’s introduction of the morning shootaround revolutionized basketball. After the Lakers on (1972) every team in the league followed suit. The result was come game time players were sharper and teams were better prepared. Bill brought a new sense of discipline and organization to the NBA that significantly upgraded the quality of play. —Phil…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki asks: Do you really think I’m done?

    Oct 25, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Mark Cuban tweeted out this new Mavericks ad on Friday… and it’s pretty good. So we’re passing it along. And no, I don’t think he’s done. I expect a bounce back season for Nowitzki, who showed he still was an elite scorer in this league last season when he finally got healthy. If Monta Ellis…

  13. ‘Melo says he had “heart to heart” talk with J.R. Smith

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony

    J.R. Smith is expected to play in his first preseason game Friday night (the Knicks final one). He had knee surgery this summer, but he put it off until he had signed a new three-year, $18 million contract, which pushed the rehab back into training camp. When the season starts Smith will miss the first…

  14. Even in preseason, Popovich is best in-game interview (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    It may be the preseason but Gregg Popovich was in midseason form. The Spurs lost to the Rockets Thursday night in a game broadcast on TNT — and in nationally televised games coaches have to do in-game interviews. Even in the preseason. To the dismay and amusement of Popovich (he’s not really mad here, he’s…

  15. Ainge says Celtics in talks to extend Avery Bradley

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson, Avery Bradley

    Not to spoil a story in the first sentence, but this may well not come together. One month ago Celtics GM Danny Ainge said he would wait until next summer when Avery Bradley was a restricted free agent to talk about a new deal with him. Meaning he planned to let the marketplace set his…

  16. Report: Mike Miller considering suing Heat over money lost in scam

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    It’s a bit of a winding story, so stay with me: Haider Zafar is awaiting trial in Ohio where prosecutors say he scammed investors out of millions of dollars. He allegedly used fake documents and claimed his uncle was the defense minister in Pakistan, in charge buying land for the government, and he had this…

  17. John Wall’s shot is off this preseason

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    John Wall, Marquis Teague

    The numbers simply are not good. At all. John Wall is shooting 35.3 percent this preseason (29-of-82) overall and 11.7 percent (2-of-17) from three. Against Cleveland Wednesday he was 1-of-7, the night before 5-of-11 against the Pistons, and in those games combined he was 3-of-13 outside the paint. (It’s preseason, some advanced stats and shot…

  18. James Harden put on a show Thursday night (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Media Day

    The Rockets took on the Spurs Thursday night, and aside the fact the game was shown on TNT it mattered as much as every other preseason game. Still, James Harden put on a show. There was the no-look fast break pass to Chandler Parsons, then there was the unstoppable step-back jumper (hey, Marco Belenelli is…

  19. Referee explains new delay of game rule enforcement

    Oct 25, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    If you watched a preseason game, you saw it. If you haven’t been watching the preseason you’re going to see it a lot starting next Tuesday. This season’s “NBA rule we’re going to enforce like crazy until mid-December then forget about” is delay of game after a made basket. Meaning after a made basket a…

  20. PBT Extra: Northwest Division Preview

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Al=Farouq Aminu

    The final of the PBT Division previews has coe and in the Northwest it all starts with Oklahoma City. They will be without Russell Westbrook to start the season and that could matter — the difference between the one seed and the five seed in the West last season was four games. Every loss early…

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