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  1. Walt Frazier says Knicks need ‘Melo to play like LeBron

    Sep 20, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are going to be one of the more interesting stories in the NBA this season, and not just because they are in New York. As our own Matt Moore previewed, they have talent and they are going to be good, but the question remains about how well all the puzzle pieces fit together.…

  2. Video: Rondo talks fashion, GQ on Today Show

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo GQ

    By now you know Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was an intern at GQ during Fashion Week in New York. Which had to be interesting. GQ did a video but on Wednesday Rondo went on NBC’s Today Show to talk about the experience, and we bring you that bit above.  Why? Because it’s the middle…

  3. Brooks says Thunder could re-sign Fisher, but don’t bet on it

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks was being diplomatic, although there certainly is truth in coaches wanting proven leaders on their team. And Derrick Fisher is a proven leader. He’s also a 38-year-old point guard without a contract. Fisher played with the Oklahoma City through the playoffs last year. So, Brooks, is there a chance your team…

  4. Lakers coach Mike Brown thinks Dwight Howard will help

    Sep 20, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    It’s an interesting contrast of styles. For years the Lakers had Phil Jackson as coach and he used an economy of words but usually gave media and fans a little insight, he often said something interesting. Now Mike Brown is the coach and he likes to talk, he gives long-winded answers, but rarely reveals much…

  5. Report from Europe says Darko Milicic may sign with Boston

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic a Celtic? Stranger things have happened. Not many, but the fact you know who Snooki is proves anything is possible. We know that Milicic has been looking for an NBA job since being amnestied by the Timberwolves this summer, but is one of the veterans finding the market tight. He had returned to…

  6. NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Last Season: I want you to imagine the most you’ve ever vomited. Like, literally, the greatest single bout of nauseated vomiting you’ve ever gone through. I want you to think about what you ate, what it smelled like, that cold, hard porcelain  or unfeeling trash can that embraced you after the day-old shellfish or that…

  7. Quote of the Day: Calipari praises Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose

    Sep 20, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    One point guard and one guy that blocked every shot? I got the opportunity to coach them. They both deferred to their team. Anthony Davis took the fifth most shots on my team. He was the No. 1 pick. Mom and dad never said one word. And then Derrick would rather someone else score and…

  8. Stephen Curry is back to playing 5-on-5 for first time since March

    Sep 19, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

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    You can bet this comes up in the PBT preview of the Golden State Warriors, but Stephen Curry staying healthy this season is one of their keys to making the playoffs. So what Curry tweeted late Wednesday is a good sign. Finally got the go ahead to play some pickup with the squad today. Felt…

  9. Video: Old man sings best Thunder song ever. EVER.

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

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    This is the best song about the Thunder ever. Or thunder in general. What? Garth who? Don’t know what you’re talking about. Sung to the classic “Rawhide” theme (previously done best by the Blues Brothers) this song should be the new Thunder anthem. Not should, must. Also, a Kendrick Perkins cutout with two gallons of…

  10. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s most traded players?

    Sep 19, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    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 Linsay Lohan likes getting arrested. • Who are the most traded players in…

  11. Joakim Noah worked out with Kareem this summer

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Joakim Noah doesn’t have what you would call a traditional low post game. No doubt he has touch around the rim and will out-work you for everything he can. He averaged 10.2 points a game on 50 percent shooting last season. But this year, you might see a little more from him. Which is good…

  12. Sale of AEG could impact more than 10 NBA teams

    Sep 19, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night when we mentioned that AEG was for sale — that would be the entertainment and sports subsidiary of The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz — the focus was on Los Angeles basketball. And with reason — AEG owns 40 percent of the Los Angeles Lakers plus the Staples Center where…

  13. Video: Part three of Derrick Rose’s “The Return” videos

    Sep 19, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in Family Story Tee and DMR Hoody

    In case you thought that in the past week Derrick Rose stopped working hard or decided he didn’t really miss basketball all that much, we bring you the third installment of adidas’ “The Return” series on his recovery from an ACL injuries. As always when I hear Rose talk about getting back on the court,…

  14. Minnesota owner says expect Rubio back before Christmas

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    The timetable for Ricky Rubio’s return from a torn ACL has been December for a while now. Which is something, if not terribly specific. But now we get this tweet from Darren Wolfson in Minnesota, referencing team owner Glen Taylor. #Twolves want to bring in a big man and a wing. Issue is guaranteed $$.…

  15. Kidd-Gilchrist trying to straighten out jumper before camp

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    General managers liked what they saw in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist heading into the draft — but coaches loved him. Coaches like leaders, and Kidd-Gilchrist was that on a loaded Kentucky team. He defended hard, hustled every play, attacked the rim and showed a real ability to score. He just needed a jump shot. His jumper didn’t…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Sep 19, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Last season: They went 39-27 and won the Atlantic Division, which was nice but in Boston division titles are not how a team is measured. They handled the Hawks as expected in the first round of the playoffs, then in the second round ran into a plucky but inexperienced Sixers team and Boston won in…

  17. Chris Paul still pissed about Pau Gasol’s pat on the head

    Sep 19, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Gasol looks back at Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    First thing: You should go read the entire Chris Paul feature in GQ because it’s a good insight into one of the more grounded NBA superstars you’re going to come across. He is as competitive as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, but he doesn’t let that fire consume him to the point he doesn’t play…

  18. Video: Watch Dwyane Wade get fitted for his new ring

    Sep 19, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Why are we showing this? Because it’s the dog days of the offseason, that’s why. But here you go. Dwyane Wade earned his second NBA championship ring with the Heat last June and now faces such First World problems as which finger to put it on. Oh, and we learn he plans to be happily…

  19. Brandon Roy says he is a smarter player, if not as explosive

    Sep 19, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy Basketball

    Part of what made Brandon Roy so dangerous with Portland — before his knees robbed him of his game and us of the pleasure of watching it — was his ability to change speed, change direction, and just explode past people. He got in the lane seemingly at will. That went away as his knees…

  20. Grant Hill says what Nash did like going from Duke to North Carolina

    Sep 19, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Grant Hill left Phoenix for Los Angeles, but nobody in the Valley of the Sun really holds that against him because he’s going to the Clippers and, while they certainly will be good, nobody really hates them yet. Everyone kind of shrugs at that move west. Steve Nash going from the Suns to the hated…

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