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  1. The case for why Chris Paul is staying with the Clippers

    Oct 21, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is technically back in that same spot so many stars have been in over the past few years which has resulted in a transition of teams. He’s a free agent at the end of this season with his contract expiring. He would have been a free agent this summer but as part of…

  2. Ricky Rubio is behind Derrick Rose in his recovery

    Oct 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio tore his ACL in March. Derrick Rose tore his in April. Both players are point guards who their teams desperately need back on the floor, both face an excruciating journey back to the court. It’s not a race between the two, as the two teams aren’t in the same division, the two aren’t…

  3. Dwight Howard’s status still murky for Sunday night vs. the Kings

    Oct 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    First, reports stated that Dwight Howard was going to play against the Kings. Upon hearing those reports, Mike Brown noted that it was far from certain Howard would suit up and added that his big man would need to get through Saturday’s practice without any setbacks. Well, Saturday has come and gone and with Dwight available…

  4. Video: Pistons have a little fun at Kyle Singler’s expense

    Oct 21, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    kyle singler

    Preseason, the time of year for harmless hazing of NBA rookies… and sometimes not so harmless. However this is about as harmless as it gets. Still the Pistons play a little prank on rookie Kyle Singler in front of the dozens of people who show up early for an NBA preseason game between Detroit and…

  5. Andrew Bogut is on schedule, but there’s still no timetable for his return

    Oct 20, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    As the Warriors shut down Stephen Curry for the preseason, they have another concern on their hands. Andrew Bogut has not played. He has not scrimmaged. He has not participated in a basketball game since surgery. And while he’s spoken of making it back for the regular season opener, the Warriors have not given a…

  6. Ray Allen wants to do more than shoot threes for Miami

    Oct 20, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is known for threes. This is not going to shock you. I mean, that’s what he does. He shoots, and makes, a ton of threes. Lots of threes. “ALL OF THE THREES” as the kids might say. But if you’ve watched the Celtics closely, you’ve seen that when teams over-commit to stopping Allen on the…

  7. Stephen Curry wants you to punch Wes Matthews (and know his ankle is fine)

    Oct 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    At this point, every roll of the ankle for Stephen Curry is accompanied by concern, frustration, and that all-too-familiar queasy feeling. Curry is just too good to always be on the bench in a suit, and no matter what team you pull for, it’s hard not to feel for the guy. As it turns out,…

  8. LeBron James out with “general soreness”

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra

    This may seem like a big deal, because LeBron James is kind of a big deal. He’s a basketball machine who rarely misses time, and all things told, he’s one of the most durable players the league has. So is it a little weird to see him hampered with such a regular folks thing like…

  9. How to win the preseason

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Marvin Wiliams, Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap

    No one has ever accused the Utah Jazz of being too trendy. Just like John Stockton defiantly ignored the whole “wearing shorts that allow circulation to the rest of your leg” thing late in his career, Utah has completely avoided the recent trend of slimming down and going small. The Jazz will start four players…

  10. Still no timetable for Nene’s return

    Oct 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    Nene was traded from Denver for a number of reasons. Among them, his injuries which held him out constantly, and a perceived lack of effort. In Washington, he’s a huge part of what the Wizards want to do. They’re banking on him, especially with John Wall out two months. Problem is, there’s no telling when…

  11. Oh, so now Dwight doesn’t want to talk about his future

    Oct 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    From the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not going to get into that stuff,” Howard said Friday in a quiet moment before the Lakers last to Sacramento, 103-98, in an exhibition game at Thomas and Mack Center. “I’m happy that I’m here. This year is very important, and I’m looking forward to doing some great things here.”…

  12. The Clippers brought in veterans for depth, who are now all banged up

    Oct 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Caron Butler

    The Clippers went for the sure thing this offseason. They want to compete now, so instead of developing young talent or going for upside, they brought in veterans to round out their roster. They wound up with a pretty deep team with a lot of experience. Who are currently all hurt in minor ways. From…

  13. Curry leaves game after rolling surgically repaired ankle

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Jerry West

    Oh, please don’t let this be serious. Golden State guard Stephen Curry left during the second quarter of Friday night’s preseason game against Portland when he rolled and sprained his surgically repaired right ankle. The ankle he has had multiple surgeries on, the one that limited him to 26 games last season. We don’t have…

  14. Friday And-1 links: Something is different with Gooden’s hair

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    drew-gooden-weird-hair

    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. • The guys at The Basketball Jones ask a great question: What is going…

  15. Mike Brown says Howard playing Sunday no certainty

    Oct 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    So who do you trust more, Adrian Wojnarowski’s sources or Lakers coach Mike Brown? Thursday night word leaked out — via Wojnarowski and Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports — that the Lakers planned to play Dwight Howard for the first time on Sunday night, in a home preseason game against the Kings. Friday Brown tried…

  16. Biggest question left in training camp: James Harden’s extension

    Oct 19, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The question is not if James Harden wants to stay in Oklahoma City, he has said many times he wants to be part of this team as it tries to win a ring. The question is not if Oklahoma City wants him back, they know without him they may not be title contenders. The question…

  17. Allen says Boston put him in a position where he had to leave

    Oct 19, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    There has been no shortage of discussion about and theories as to why Ray Allen left the Celtics for the rival Heat. Was it no longer being a starter? His role on the team? Rajon Rondo not getting him the rock on the court? Rondo off the court? As with just about everything in life…

  18. NBA season preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Last Season: More of the same, for a club that has been truly terrible for the last six seasons. Paul Westphal was run out of town mid-season in favor of Keith Smart, who thus far has had much greater success relating to the team’s young players. DeMarcus Cousins showed significant improvement, and the speedy rookie…

  19. Mavs looking for more defense from O.J. Mayo

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    With Dirk Nowitzki set to miss the next six weeks, the Dallas Mavericks will lean more heavily on O.J. Mayo to be an offensive centerpiece. He’ll have to score more and be more efficient when doing so to help keep the Mavs afloat on that side of the ball. But offense isn’t the only place…

  20. Hawks’ Larry Drew: Last year of contract, new GM. Not an ideal combo.

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Larry Drew

    Larry Drew is going to coach the Atlanta Hawks through this season. He’ll get a season to show what he can do with a less-talented roster but one built to run. (The Hawks have said they would run more for five seasons now, we’ll need proof.) He’ll get a season to build a relationship with…

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