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  1. Report: Knicks coaches want to sign Earl Barron, but front office is undecided

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Th Knicks could use some frontcourt depth for next season, and no, the free agent signing of Andrea Bargnani isn’t what we’re talking about. New York needs defense and rebounding off the bench, particularly if it wants to contend with teams like the Nets and the Pacers who are relatively stacked at the forward or…

  2. Popovich said he’s not over Game 6 yet, but daughter’s sharp words helped

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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    If Gregg Popovich didn’t struggle to get the memory of Game 6 of the NBA Finals out of his head all summer there would be something wrong with him. You don’t get to be an NBA coach, let alone an elite one, without being very competitive. So to come within seconds of an NBA title…

  3. Cavs’ No. 1 pick Bennett back playing 5-on-5 after surgery

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Back before he could do a lot of pre-draft workouts, before he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett had surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Which is one of the reasons nobody really expected him to go No. 1. He had the surgery…

  4. Chris Andersen cleared of any wrongdoing in bizarre, complex crime against him

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen stands on the court during a time out during their NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Miami

    We wrote about it when it happened and it been a lingering cloud over him — when Miami’s Chirs Andersen (the Birdman) would have a good game in the NBA Finals (the peak of his professional career), somebody in the comments on this blog would bring up the police raid on his Denver home more…

  5. Metta World Peace: “The Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals”

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game Press Conference

    This is why there is drug testing in the NBA. Not that Metta World Peace is on drugs or needs them to say something outrageous. Never has and never will. He was certainly excessively boastful of what the Lakers could and would do when he was a member of that team. This summer the Lakers…

  6. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  7. Top 5 plays from Wednesday at EuroBasket (VIDEO)

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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    We’re down to the final eight teams at the European championships, so as you might expect we’re getting a better quality of play. And that means some solid highlights to bring you. No shock Marc Gasol‘s discus-style length of the court outlet pass won the day, that is just a fun play. As expected, Spain…

  8. Adam Silver says Milwaukee’s Bradley Center “unfit for the NBA”

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Bucks owner Herb Kohl has been working with city officials in Milwaukee for years now on a plan to get a new arena done in the city. In lean economic times, that is a big mountain to climb. However the reason is simple — it’s one of the worst buildings in the league. And cities…

  9. Avery Bradley could miss start of Celtics’ camp for personal reasons

    Sep 19, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Our heart goes out to Celtics’ two guard Avery Bradley, who recently had his mother pass away. He is dealing with an emotional roller coaster with his child due soon as well. Because of all this he could miss the start of the Celtics training camp, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. “He’s going through…

  10. Check out the game play from NBA Live 14 (VIDEO)

    Sep 19, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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    NBA Live is getting back in the game and it says it brings a more realistic look — well, here is what it’s going to look like. And it’s good. This is the first gameplay trailer released for the game that comes out next month. You can see some of the effects such as the…

  11. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Raptors Gay prepares to throw the ball into play from the end court in the first half of their NBA game against the Celtics in Toronto

    Last season: Raptors’ fans went into the season thinking the playoffs were a possibility, but it didn’t take long for that ship to run aground on the rocks of reality. The team defense struggled, Andrea Bargnani was Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas looked like rookie, Kyle Lowry battled injuries, nothing went as planned and everything fell…

  12. Hakeem Olajuwon regrets describing Dwight Howard as ‘raw’

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Dwight Howard the person through his last season in Orlando and during his ill-fated stint with the Lakers, it’s that he’s extremely sensitive to anything that can be perceived as negative that’s being said about him, in virtually any context. Howard has been working out with Hakeem Olajuwon…

  13. Andre Iguodala targeting more than 50 wins with Warriors this season

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

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    Andre Iguodala came to the Warriors as a free agent this summer, after Golden State upset his Nuggets in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The Warriors had a season of resurgence, getting to the second round of the postseason in what was only the team’s second trip to the playoffs in the last…

  14. Derrick Rose says he won’t recruit free agents to play with him in Chicago

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Recruiting has always been a way of life in college sports, but free agents on the professional level have historically made decisions based more on money, location, and chances of winning (usually in that order) over everything else. But the league has shifted in recent years. There was a time when superstars relished the opportunity…

  15. Public service announcement: Spurs’ Jeff Pendergraph is now known as Jeff Ayres

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Spurs signed Jeff Pendergraph to a two-year contract in free agency this summer, but Pendergraph will never play for the team — Jeff Ayres will instead. It’s a long and somewhat interesting story, but the basics are excerpted here as a public service announcement to Spurs fans who may wonder what’s going on once…

  16. Paul George says he’ll sign a contract extension with Pacers before the season begins

    Sep 18, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Back in July, Paul George did in fact say that “it would be tough to say no to Kobe” if the Lakers came calling when he potentially entered the summer of 2014 as a restricted free agent. There was no panic in PacerLand, however, because George qualified that statement by saying how happy he is…

  17. Lakers officially unveil black ‘Hollywood Nights’ jersey (PHOTOS)

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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    The Lakers gave us a tease about a month ago of what was officially unveiled on Wednesday: the team’s new black alternate uniforms. Officially dubbed the “Hollywood Nights” edition, the jerseys feature a black base color with numbers and lettering in purple, outlined with gold trim. Lakers executive Jeanie Buss can be seen discussing the…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: The case for Chris Webber in the HOF

    Sep 18, 2013, 7:03 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 like Southerners like fried food…. • So, you think you’re good at pop-a-shot? Think…

  19. Nets’ Deron Williams sprains ankle, should be ready for camp

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    Deron Williams is moving around in a walking boot, and that has to put a little fear in the heart of Brooklyn Nets fans who know that for all the moves made this offseason to bring in veteran stars, D-Will is what makes this team go. Fortunately, it’s not that serious. Williams suffered a sprained…

  20. Check out Marc Gasol’s length-of-court assist for Spain (VIDEO)

    Sep 18, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Top that, Mr. Outlet Pass Kevin Love. The best part of Marc Gasol‘s length of the court assist to Sergio Llull  is the discus-like pass — that is impressive. Grizzlies exec John Hollinger went on twitter and said Memphis is going to add this to their playbook. Spain won the EuroBasket quarterfinals game against Serbia 90-60…

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