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  1. Winderman: The NBA is too nice. We need some real rivalries.

    Sep 19, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Dwight Howard somehow now is friends with Stan Van Gundy and hopes to eventually be remembered fondly in Orlando. LeBron James returned to Cleveland last season saying he would not rule out perhaps one day again playing for the Cavaliers. Ray Allen took out a full-page ad in Boston to remind Celtics fans how much…

  2. Duncan, Garnett got no trade clauses in new contracts

    Sep 19, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    Both Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett did something for their teams this summer — the veteran superstars took huge pay cuts on new deals, making less than half of what they did before, to give the franchises some financial flexibility (and less of a tax burden). But both got something in return — no trade…

  3. Video: Steve Nash visits Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Sep 19, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Steve Nash of Canada poses with his new jersey at a press conference to announce his signing with the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo

    I’m sure you watched it live, but just in case you wanted to experience the joy one more time we bring you the video of Steve Nash making his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It’s just one of those perks of signing with the Lakers — he’s a two-time NBA MVP,…

  4. Is this a glimpse of the new Jay-Z inspired Nets uniforms?

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    via Instagram

    We will find out Friday what the Nets official uniforms look like, but this leaked photo gives us a pretty good idea. I like what Jay-Z has done here (he was the guy behind the look). It’s simple, it’s clean, it’s classic. It is something that matches well with a Yankees hat (which Jay-Z believes…

  5. Video: Cousins, Davis put on show at Kentucky alumni game

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    We told you before that Anthony Davis had quite a night at the Kentucky Alumni Game last week, dropping 40 points. What we didn’t tell you is that he was not the game’s high scorer — DeMarcus Cousins dropped 42. It was a summer show, not a real game. Meaning there was about as much…

  6. Mark Cuban thinks O.J. Mayo can be star for Dallas. Of course he does.

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    Mark Cuban is better at selling his product — the Dallas Mavericks and the experience of being their fan — than just about any other owner out there. It’s part of how he turned that franchise around. Sure, he spent so they could be competitive on the court, but also he changed the game and…

  7. Video: How about some 1980s Charles Barkley flashback?

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    barkley-sixers

    If you haven’t noticed, this week NBA TV has been running a lot of the show “NB80s,” which is essentially the basketball version of VH1’s “I love the 80s” show. This segment talks about 1980s Charles Barkley, back when he owned Philadelphia and was a phenomenon in the league. As Chris Webber and others say,…

  8. Company that has stake in Lakers, owns Staples Center up for sale

    Sep 18, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Staples_Center

    AEG — the entertainment and sports subsidiary of The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz — is being put up for sale. AEG has a stake in the Los Angeles Lakers as well as being the owner of the building they play in, the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. AEG also was involved in…

  9. Kirilenko says conditioning key area for him to prep for season

    Sep 18, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    You hear people talk about what is different in the NBA and the European leagues. The NBA has more and superior athletes. Rather than rely on that, the European leagues play a system more dependent on team play and fundamentals, plus bigs who can step away from the basket and score. Former Utah Jazz player…

  10. Tuesday And-1 links: John Wall is just chillin’

    Sep 18, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    From John Wall's Instagram account

    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. • John Wall instagramed a photo of him being a model. Or trying to…

  11. Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy team up to help schools

    Sep 18, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    There are a whole lot of things in the world more important than the quibbles of NBA coaches and players. And at least some of the players and coaches get that. No pair has had a more rocky relationship of late than Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy. What with Howard’s people telling the Magic…

  12. Jeremy Lin says he dropped 10 pounds, knee is healthy

    Sep 18, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    The Rockets have a lot invested in Jeremy Lin. Not financially for the next couple years, although that third year is a monster. However, it is more about marketing and perception. The Rockets went big game hunting this summer and landed Lin. He’s the guy. And Lin says he is physically ready, reports Jonathan Feigen…

  13. Marquis Daniels, Rasual Butler trying to catch on with Bucks

    Sep 18, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Milwaukee Bucks have one open roster spot they are likely to fill. And that will attract players this time of year like uncovered watermelon will attract ants at a picnic. Veteran swingman Marquis Daniels, who last season didn’t get off the Celtics bench all that much (just over 6 minutes a game in the…

  14. The Inbounds: The First Treatise on ISOMelo

    Sep 18, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. INTRODUCTION: I’m not a big believer in the Knicks’ offense. I tend to like things like ball movement. And efficiency.…

  15. Video: Jalen Rose tells of the time he sprained Kobe’s ankle. And Karma.

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Jalen Rose

     Instant Karma’s gonna get you Gonna knock you off your feet —John Lennon This is the kind of thing Grantland does so well, getting guys to tell fantastic stories that they might not have been comfortable doing before. Of having fun with sports that get taken too seriously. Things like getting Jalen Rose to admit he…

  16. Derrick Rose, adidas unveil the D Rose 3

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    RoseLookBook-FINAL7

    Derrick Rose is the biggest name on the adidas basketball roster, and after the company signed the 2011 NBA MVP to an enormous, long-term endorsement deal this past February, the fact that he’s expected to miss the first half of the upcoming season due to injury was in no way going to stop the launch…

  17. Hope springs eternal in New Orleans, ticket sales way up

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    They have a new owner, a guy who won a championship with the New Orleans Saints (we’ll just overlook all those “’Aints” years). They have the No. 1 overall pick and potential franchise player in Anthony Davis, plus another rookie with potential in Austin Rivers. They have a very good and often overlooked shooting guard…

  18. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This week begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. Next up, your New York Knicks. Last season: Good God, where to begin. Uh, they beat Boston in their first…

  19. Report: Jazz still interested in bringing Josh Howard back

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jazz forward Howard tries to get position on Spurs forward Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    The Utah Jazz have a lot of youth on the wing, but they still want to add one veteran to the mix to balance it out. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Jazz have interest in bringing back Josh Howard for another season (even though he is looking around and worked out for the…

  20. Another report Kobe loves LA’s Princeton offense. So what?

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There is a legitimate question about Kobe Bryant and the Princeton offense. But that question is not “will he grasp it?” Laker.com and Lakers broadcast sideline reporter (plus friend of this blog) Mike Trudell tweeted this out Monday. Kobe Bryant has already had a few meetings w/Brown & Jordan about the Princeton. Jordan said he’d…

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