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  1. Howard, Kobe expected to sit out Wednesday vs. Clippers

    Oct 23, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s the preseason, you pay for your tickets and you take your chances. Sometimes you might not get to see LeBron James or whoever you paid to see. If you bought tickets to the Lakers vs. Clippers game Wednesday night in L.A. hoping to see a little Los Angeles rivalry, well, sorry. You lose. This…

  2. Winderman: Replay officials in NBA — an idea whose time has come

    Oct 23, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA referees instant replay

    The comment came during one of those informal pregame chats NBA referees have been conducting with the media over the past month. “I think that replay is only going to be growing,” the veteran referee said. He wasn’t commenting on whether it was a good thing or otherwise, but rather that it was an inevitable…

  3. Report: Raja Bell, Jazz end buyout talks, start trade talks

    Oct 23, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    BELL_RAJA

    Anyone interested in adding Raja Bell and his $3.5 million deal to your roster? Since this summer the Jazz and Bell’s agent have been trying to workout a buyout of the veteran guard, but the Jazz wanted a deeper discount to let him go then Bell was offering. And frankly, why should Bell take less?…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 23, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Last season: Memphis had hoped to turn a magical second-round playoff run (which included pushing OKC to seven games) into momentum for the next season. They were still good — 41-25, which earned them the four seed — but when Zach Randolph went out with knee issues the Grizzlies were not the same. He came…

  5. ‘Sheed finally in shape enough to practice with Knicks

    Oct 23, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three weeks of intense conditioning has finally gotten Rasheed Wallace in shape enough to step on a basketball court. Rasheed Wallace practiced with the Knicks on Tuesday. So tweets Jonah Ballow of Knicks.com. The Knicks signed Wallace a few weeks back, but to a non-guaranteed contract, in part because of conditioning concerns. After a couple…

  6. Video: New “License to Lillard” follows him through draft

    Oct 23, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Damian Lillard

    We think of the NBA Draft as one night, but really it’s the culmination of years of work to get considered, them months and months of workouts and evaluations and the Draft Combine. It’s a lot of work. This lastest “Licensed to Lillard” video follows Damian Lillard through the process (all the way to being the…

  7. Ray Allen says surgically repaired ankle still sore every day

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    This may be something Ray Allen has to deal with for the rest of his career. Allen has not looked like his vintage self in the preseason — he is 6-of-22 from three (27.3 percent) and admits he’s not been able to get in into the kind of shape he wants. The reason for the…

  8. Who are the key role players on contending teams?

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    In the NBA, you win with star players (except if you’re the 2004 Pistons, the exception to every championship rule). They’re the guys you lean on in the closing minutes of tight games. The guys that can affect a game with their sheer talent and turn what looks to be a sure loss into a…

  9. Eric Spoelstra talks embracing LeBron, positional versatility

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James talks with head coach Erik Spoelstra during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Heat coach Eric Spoelstra calls what the Heat do position-less basketball — the idea is to have any player be able to play in any spot on the floor if it creates and/or takes advantage of a mismatch. For example, Chris Bosh is the center, but he can knock down threes and you have to…

  10. Video: In case you forgot, DeAndre Jordan knows how to finish

    Oct 23, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    There are a couple of reasons to run this clip. One is the DeAndre Jordan finish which is monster. He was like this all game against the Andrew Bogut-less Warriors, a team that lacks an inside presence and Jordan took advantage. The other is that Ralph Lawler’s calls are the best. Jordan has looked good…

  11. ‘Melo says he’ll play the four until Stoudemire returns. It should be longer.

    Oct 23, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    The challenge of getting Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire to mesh on offense — to get the Knicks playing well when the two of them and Tyson Chandler are all on the court — remains the key to the entire season on the island of Manhattan. But not the start of the season. With Stoudemire…

  12. Quote of the Day: Carlisle compares Mavs turnovers to “Kama Sutra”

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    “We’re doing it every way you can do it. If we were a sex manual it’d be a best-seller.” —Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle discussing the rash of Mavericks turnovers this preseason, speaking to the Star Telegram (hat tip to SLAM). The Mavericks are averaging 19.2 points per game this preseason. They are doing it…

  13. Video: John Lucas III with the shot of the night from Monday

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Raptors guard John Lucas III goes to the basket between Bucks defenders Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    John Lucas III isn’t going to see the floor a lot early in the season in Toronto — Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon are ahead of him on the depth chart. Until the Raptors find someone to take on Calderon and his quality play and inflated $10 million contract in a trade, Lucas is going…

  14. Dwight Howard thought he should have won DPOY last year

    Oct 23, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard was the three-time defending NBA Defensive Player of the Year going into last season. But there was no four-peat. Howard had a messy off-the-court season in Orlando that he should want to forget, plus he finished the season injured. Tyson Chandler won the award for his fantastic play in the paint that turned…

  15. PBT Extra: Southeast Division preview… the Heat are really good

    Oct 23, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and teammate Wade walk to the bench in a timeout against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome back to our PBT Extra preview tour of the NBA divisions, the next stop is the Southeast division. Which is top-heavy with a Miami Heat team that should be better than last year’s title squad. It’s not just LeBron James‘ newfound maturity or the addition of Ray Allen, it’s that the Heat have figured…

  16. Jeff Van Gundy confirms it was NBA who kept his brother off air

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Stan Van Gundy came right out and said the reason he is not one of the studio hosts for ESPN’s NBA Countdown studio show (the one that wraps around their game broadcasts on ESPN and ABC) was that David Stern and the NBA shut him out. His brother Jeff Van Gundy — the lead analyst…

  17. Austin Rivers sprains ankle he had surgery on last summer

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    UPDATE #2, 11:17 pm: Austin Rivers left the building in a walking boot, but that is no big deal as they are used as a precaution by teams on almost any ankle sprain anymore. Rivers also said:  “I don’t think it’s nothing too serious.” I will ignore the double negative and assume he meant it…

  18. PBT Extra: Atlantic Division preview… this is one deep division

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    It’s back — PBT Extra has returned just in time to start doing some division previews for the NBA season. Matt Stroup and I start off our run of previews in the Atlantic, which is as deep a division as there is in the NBA. There are playoff teams and the Raptors are going to…

  19. League GMs say Durant now more clutch than Kobe

    Oct 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    There are 15 seconds left in the game, your team is down by one, and you can have anybody in the NBA take that shot. Who do you want? For years now NBA general managers have said “Kobe” in their annual survey when asked what one player they would want taking a shot with the…

  20. Avery Johnson already frustrated with Brooklyn defense

    Oct 22, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson

    You get the feeling this will be a trend this season. Avery Johnson is a coach who focuses on getting his guys to defend. He’s got a very talented offensive roster in Brooklyn but not guys really known as “defense first” players — when Brook Lopez is the guy defending the paint you’re going to…

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