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  1. Bulls, Taj Gibson starting contract negotiations

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    They are talking. But if I were a betting man I would bet the open market is going to determine Taj Gibson’s worth. Taj Gibson is about to enter his fourth NBA season, which means the Bulls can offer him an extension to his rookie contract. Like they did with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.…

  2. John Calipari comes to defense of John Wall

    Sep 21, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Kentucky coach John Calipari is a consummate recruiter — a combination coach and father. A guy who in private might be tough on his guys, but in public will defend them. Even after they are flown from his nest. Like John Wall. The former Kentucky point guard and former No. 1 overall pick is about…

  3. Eric Gordon looks forward to Hornets in playoffs. This year.

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    I think we’re all interested in what the New Orleans Hornets can become — they have a potential franchise anchor big man in Anthony Davis we get to watch unfold. And they have an elite young shooting guard in Eric Gordon. Around them are pieces — like just drafted Austin Rivers — who are going…

  4. Chris Paul a few weeks away from workouts due to thumb

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Chris Paul quietly played through pain to get a gold medal in London — his thumb injury suffered one of the first days in Las Vegas was bad enough to require surgery afterward, but he was not going to bow out. He got his surgery, and he should be ready to go when the season…

  5. Matt Barnes talks about NBA players trend of MMA workouts

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    When Matt Barnes started to focus on really getting in shape for the upcoming NBA season, he couldn’t do what a lot of ballers in the Los Angeles area do through the summer — head over to UCLA, home of some NBA-level pickup games. Some days it seems like half the NBA is there. Barnes…

  6. Quote of the Day: Bogut shakes head at Lakers riches

    Sep 21, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    “The rich get richer. That’s generally how it is in the NBA. Grown accustomed to it the last five-six years. The rich get richer and the poor have to kind of scrounge and find other role players to fill it in. That’s kind of the way it is.” —Golden State center Andrew Bogut talking about…

  7. Barclays Center officially opens doors in Brooklyn

    Sep 21, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Brooklyn New Arena

    Brooklyn has a professional sports team again — but this ain’t baseball. And the new, intentionally-rusted looking Barclays Center is not going to be confused with Ebbets Field. Still, this could be something good for Brooklyn. It certainly will be good for the Nets (much better than their Jersey homes). Friday was the official ribbon…

  8. Hardaway says Derrick Rose should take his time coming back

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Tim Hardaway

    Not many people can speak to what Derrick Rose is going through — a hard-luck Chicago kid that grows up to be a young NBA franchise player, his star is on the rise then he suffers a freak, non-contact, major knee injury with a torn ACL. Tim Hardaway can. The Chicago native with one of…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    We wrap up PBT’s Atlantic Division previews this week by going north of the border. Next week we head to the Midwest and the Central Division. Last season: Sure, a 23-43 record isn’t good. But it really wasn’t that bad. Seriously. Sure, the Toronto offense was dreadful and would have been the worst in the…

  10. Reports: 76ers promote from within, give DiLeo GM job

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia looked everywhere outside the organization for a replacement for Rod Thorn as team president and GM. They wanted Danny Ferry but he went to Atlanta. They talked to former Blazer guy Tom Penn and former Hornet GM Jeff Bower but that didn’t come together. They made a run at Nuggets’ GM Masai Ujiri but…

  11. Dwight Howard says decision to stay in L.A. comes after season

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    Nobody around the league really thinks Dwight Howard is going leave the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the season. Howard’s people had said this was a “trial season” in Los Angeles, but nobody really believes it. For one, the guy just went through a nine-month public relations disaster trying to force his way…

  12. Frye says he likely will miss season with enlarged heart

    Sep 21, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    When news first broke Thursday that Suns stretch four Channing Frye would miss time with an enlarged heart, my first thought is it would cost him the season. Because that is what had happened to other players with the same condition. But the team (as teams do) was being vauge and cautious with predictions. Frye…

  13. Sponsors fleeing Maloofs amidst uncertainty over Kings’ future

    Sep 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    How much would you pay for the right to advertise with a basketball team that refuses to guarantee where it will be a year from now? If you’re mattress maker Sleep Train and hamburger purveyor Carl’s Jr., the answer is nothing. Those are the reports coming out of Sacramento from the well-connected Carmichael Dave, who…

  14. Andrew Bogut plans to play in a couple preseason games

    Sep 21, 2012, 8:12 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier

    The Warriors continue to get good news about their two key pieces battling ankle injuries. First came the reports that point guard Stephen Curry had been cleared to play 5-on-5 and was getting in run with teammates. Now comes this good news about center Andrew Bogut — coming off ankle surgery last April — via…

  15. Report: Sixers tried to poach Nuggets’ GM Masai Ujiri

    Sep 21, 2012, 7:47 AM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    There were questions about Masai Ujiri as a general manager when the Nuggets hired him. He seemed a bit of a reach, someone who hadn’t had a lot of experience and that raised a few eyebrows around the league. But Ujiri has answered every question, looked smart in the role and reshaped a roster following…

  16. Thursday And-1 links: What NBA players could play in NFL?

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

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    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. • There are a handful of NBA players who you see in the locker…

  17. Report: Marquis Daniels agrees to one-year deal with Bucks

    Sep 20, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Looks like veteran swingman Marquis Daniels is going to provide a little depth for the Milwaukee Bucks this year. Daniels, who has been working out in Milwaukee the past week, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. While officially the terms of the deal are…

  18. Suns’ Channing Frye out indefinitely with enlarged heart

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Channing Frye

    Heart screening of NBA players is a regular part of their pre-training camp physicals. It is what found Jeff Green’s heart condition that needed surgery last season. A number of other NBA players such as Ronny Turiaf have faced the same thing. Now Suns forward Channing Frye is out indefinitely with an enlarged heart, the…

  19. The complex personality, career of J.R. Smith

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    This is from our “if you read one post today make it this one” file: J.R. Smith — former Hornet, former Nugget, current enigmatic backup shooting guard for the Knicks — is one of the most fascinating people to league to follow. Mostly because his talent is undeniable and he rarely sticks to the script.…

  20. Keyon Dooling retires after dozen seasons in NBA

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    There will be no more “What’s driving you?” As the Boston Celtics were getting around to finalizing their roster, Keyon Dooling — who they re-signed this summer but to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal — was not going to be a part of it. Thursday they waived him. And that has prompted Dooling to announce is…

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