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  1. ‘Melo says he wants to be a free agent but that doesn’t mean he’s leaving New York

    Oct 16, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The conventional wisdom around the league is Carmelo Anthony isn’t going anywhere. Sure, anything is possible, and it is extremely likely he opts out of his deal and becomes a free agent this season. However, after how hard Anthony worked to get traded to New York, how he likes being the biggest star of the…

  2. Oden has knee swelling, minor setback after scrimmage

    Oct 16, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    A couple days ago we told you that Greg Oden had been fully cleared to practice and that he was going to take part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage with the Heat. We also told you that Heat doctors were measuring his knees daily to see if there was any swelling. Wednesday they found some, reports…

  3. Mavericks getting scientific about sleep, fatigue and game performance

    Oct 16, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    getty stock pillow sleep

    For a lot of NBA players, sleep is something they fit in around everything else. Especially younger players. They tend to stay up late, get a few hours sleep, go through practice/shootaround, get an afternoon nap then be ready for the game (or whatever is on tap) that night. By the time that guys are…

  4. Mike Brown a little frustrated with Dion Waiters’ defense

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Gerald Henderson

    Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach. That is his reputation. If you see the Cavaliers as a playoff team in the East (and I do) then you are counting on a healthy Kyrie Irving, somebody stepping up in the frontcourt, and Mike Brown improving a defense that was 27th in the NBA in points…

  5. Still no timetable for Otto Porter’s return to Wizards

    Oct 16, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Otto Porter

    Like a lot of rookies, the speed of the NBA game — even the Summer League game — caught Otto Porter off guard. It’s an adjustment for everyone coming into the league. Problem is Porter hasn’t had a chance to catch up during training camp due to a hip flexor injury that has kept the…

  6. Sixers sign Daniel Orton for rest of training camp

    Oct 16, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    ORTON_DANIEL

    The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to find any kind of big man rotation that might work. And by might work I mean be better than the Kentucky front line, not actually win the Sixers a bunch of games. We shouldn’t sell the solid Spencer Hawes short, and if he eventually pairs with a healthy Nerlens…

  7. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  8. “LeBron face” focus of new Sprite ad (VIDEO)

    Oct 16, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For the record, nobody posterizes the trombone section. Nobody. The latest LeBron James ad from Sprite focuses on the “LeBron face” and it was amusing enough to pass along. Personally, I would encourage all our female readers to get the hairstyle of the woman at the salon in this ad. I think it is practical…

  9. Kobe Bryant says in “last chapter” he will be like Floyd Mayweather

    Oct 16, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Before the Lakers left for China, Kobe Bryant was hanging outside a Lakers locker room with Floyd Mayweather Jr., the boxing legend. Kobe wants to be like him. At age 36 Mayweather is still undefeated and punishing guys years his junior because he works harder and fights smarter. It’s been the model of Kobe’s career…

  10. Brooklyn Knight mascot with impressive airball dunk (VIDEO)

    Oct 16, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    It’s the first time I’ve used the words “impressive” and “airball” in the same sentence, but I’m not sure how else to describe this. The Brooklyn Knight — the Nets’ mascot — was in preseason form when his squad hosted the Boston Celtics Tuesday. The Knight went for the trampoline dunk over the dance team…

  11. Dwight Howard says he left Lakers because he had to do what was right for Dwight

    Oct 16, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Personally, I’ve moved on from what Dwight Howard did last summer. What I want to know is if he has grown from two years of turbulence around him (turbulence largely caused by him), if he is healthy, if he can take the steps he needs to if he plans to lead Houston to a title.…

  12. Stern: NBA would consider moving game start times to draw overseas audience

    Oct 16, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Indiana Pacers

    When a standard Wednesday night NBA game tips off at 7 p.m. Eastern, it is midnight in London, 4:30 a.m. Thursday in New Delhi, India, and in Beijing it is 7 a.m. Thursday morning. For a game trying to grow globally, it’s hard to get a fan overseas to sit down and watch a game…

  13. PBT EXTRA: Central Division Preview

    Oct 16, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose waits for the start of a media interview at the start of the team's training camp at the Berto Arena in Chicago, Illinois

    Derrick Rose‘s return is certainly the biggest story in the NBA’s Central Division, but it is not the only one. In this edition of PBT Extra, Kay Adams and I focus on all the teams in this division: Did the Bucks get addition through subtraction? Is it Finals or bust for the Pacers? Just how…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Oct 16, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    Last season: The Clippers finished the regular season with a franchise best 56 wins, good enough for the fourth seed in the West and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs over the Memphis Grizzlies. L.A. went up two games to none in the series, before Memphis came back to win the…

  15. Report: Warriors, Bogut talking contract extension

    Oct 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Last season in the playoffs the Warriors defense was 7.8 points per 100 possessions better when Bogut was on the court and was the anchor in the paint. Look at it this way: When Bogut was on the court the Warriors defense was close to the Bulls regular season defensive numbers, when he sat they…

  16. Kevin Durant drops 36 and makes it look easy (VIDEO)

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee

    Kevin Durant looks good this preseason. No, I mean really good. I know he always looks good but with Russell Westbrook out and coach Scott Brooks throwing lineups against the wall to see what sticks, a whole lot more has fallen on Durant. And he’s up to it. He was 13-of-20 from the floor on…

  17. Report: ‘Mutual interest’ between Jazz and Jamaal Tinsley following Trey Burke’s injury

    Oct 16, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre

    Jazz rookie Trey Burke was supposed to get the bulk of the minutes at the point guard position this season, but that was before he fractured a finger in a preseason game that required surgery and will sideline him for the next 4-12 weeks. (Burke says 4-6; his agent said 8-12) Utah is now pretty…

  18. LeBron throws down slams on consecutive possessions in preseason vs. Wizards (VIDEO)

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

    LeBron James, John Wall

    Even during the preseason, the game’s best players occasionally decide to show out. LeBron James got loose for slam dunks on back-to-back possessions during Miami’s loss to the Wizards on Tuesday. The first one was an uncontested reverse, something James can do in his sleep. But the second one, an alley-oop where James really had…

  19. J.R. Smith says he’d prefer to be a starter

    Oct 15, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award coming off the bench for the Knicks last season, and was an important reason why the team was potent enough to finish with the second best record in the East. This season, however, Smith would like a new challenge. From Ian Begley of ESPN New…

  20. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade releasing documentary on Heat’s title run

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade sits with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after his team defeated the Spurs in Game 7 to win their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    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 more than Bostonites love to sing along with Neil Diamond…. • If you can’t…

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