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  1. Two weeks to training camp… when Tony Allen’s hungry you better let the big dog eat

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Tony Allen

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. The best thing about Tony Allen‘s…

  2. Shaq has a plan for the Knicks to have a better chance against Miami which will help them not at all

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:56 PM EST

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    ESPN NY got Shaquille O’Neal to talk about the Knicks for the upcoming season, not exactly a difficult thing to do, on any topic at any time. And apparently they decided to ask him what they have to do to get past the Heat, or, what they need to do to beat the Heat if…

  3. Do the Jazz need to ‘fix’ Al Jefferson and if so, how do they do it?

    Sep 15, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    In a very thorough and open-minded post on the Jazz Blog SLCDunk, they’ve reached a conclusion that Al Jefferson is not nearly the player that Jazz fans want him to be or the organization needs him to be. This is going to run counter to what a lot of people outside of SLC tend to…

  4. Two weeks to training camp… Dirk Nowitzki can kill your dreams a million ways

    Sep 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. The angles Dirk Nowitzki uses out…

  5. We know experience matters in the NBA, but the question ‘Why?’ lingers

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    There’s a certain contrast when it comes to how people view age in the NBA. Coaches and players like, trust in, and believe in experienced veterans, while fans like young players. Younger players represent upside and potential, the unknown, athleticism and possibility to fans. But to coaches and veterans, they represent mistakes, sloppiness, a lack…

  6. In case you are curious how much pull CP3 has with Clippers, check out what Barnes said.

    Sep 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Matt Barnes is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. We told you about that yesterday. We’ve also told you that Chris Paul was playing GM and doing the recruiting — the Clippers want to keep Paul happy heading into his free agency and the buzz around the league is he and CAA have been…

  7. Metta World Peace: “I don’t see anybody getting past us”

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    So much for downplaying expectations. Not that the Lakers really could — the Lakers are the 800 pound gorilla of sports in Los Angeles with a fan base is rabid and at times delusional. After the Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this summer (to pair with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol), the…

  8. Two weeks to training camp… Chris Paul’s teardrop is like a wizard from an 80’s metal animation

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Chris Paul is known for…

  9. Friday Night Video: 1984 All-Star Dunk Contest

    Sep 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

    Larry Nance

    1984 at the All-Star Game in Denver is when the NBA brought the Dunk Contest back (sort of, it was an old ABA thing). Dr. J was the favorite. Dominique Wilkins was competing. And Larry Nance won the thing. With a pretty cool dunk. I’m pretty sure the dunks themselves have not gotten much better…

  10. Friday And-1 links: No pressure Evan Turner, none at all

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:36 PM EST

    Evan Turner

    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 this kid seems to love surfing the Web (and gets a little testy…

  11. You can bid on Michael Jordan’s expired AMEX card

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    Via ESPN's Darren Rovell

    You know the memorabilia market for an athlete is out of control when… Pretty soon, you’ll be able to bid on owning an expired Michael Jordan American Express card. To be fair, the card does have his signature on the back, which increases it’s value. Why did Jordan sign the card? In case someone stole…

  12. Just how much ink does Chris Andersen have? A lot.

    Sep 14, 2012, 6:25 PM EST

    chris-andersen tattoos

    Right now, Chris Andersen — the Birdman — is trying to find a team that wants to bring him in. He was amnestied by the Nuggets and has yet to find a new home. Like Kenyon Martin and others, he’s finding a dry market where the only offers are for the veteran minimum, and in…

  13. Chris Bosh says he is getting used to playing center

    Sep 14, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Chris Bosh is going to play center for the Miami Heat this season, maybe at the start of games certainly at the end of them. When the Heat get serious, he is their five. It’s not what Bosh wanted — he did that a lot in Toronto but the experience wasn’t positive. In Miami, however,…

  14. It’s official: Matt Barnes signs with Los Angeles Clippers

    Sep 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    We told you this was coming and now it is official — Matt Barnes has signed to play with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, the team announced Friday. Getting an athletic player who can defend on the wing for the league minimum is a good signing for the Clippers. While the official terms of…

  15. Brandon Roy expects to be his old self with Timberwolves

    Sep 14, 2012, 2:49 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy has no doubt he will be the old Brandon Roy in Minnesota — the All-Star, one of the game’s best players, a guy who was able to control and impact the outcome of games night after night. The rest of us are hesitant, we saw the Roy of his final couple years in…

  16. How Chauncey Billups helped recruit O.J. Mayo to Dallas

    Sep 14, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo had some options this summer, none of the long-term deals he was hoping for but there were a few teams calling his agent. One of them was the Dallas Mavericks, where he eventually signed. But one of the key reasons was that Chauncey Billups is a fan of Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. A…

  17. Report: Ivan Johnson signs qualifying offer with Atlanta

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    Ivan Johnson will be back with the Atlanta Hawks next season, one of their key bigs off the bench, but he will be a free agent next summer. After being unable to find a better offer in a tight market, Johnson has signed the qualifying offer the Hawks extended, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. That…

  18. Doug Collins isn’t concerned about Bynum’s maturity

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    The Lakers had concerns about Andrew Bynum’s maturity and ability to be the franchise anchor after Kobe Bryant stepped away. Not huge concerns — if Dwight Howard had not been available Bynum would still be a Laker — but they were there. Sixers coach Doug Collins doesn’t have those concerns. At least that’s what he…

  19. Wade said it was “weird” for Heat to be villains, get booed

    Sep 14, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

    Calvin Klein Collection Celebrates Fashion's Night Out 2012

    Sometimes when you are on inside you don’t get the vision of how the outside world sees you. That certainly was the case with the Miami Heat, where some of the players seemed taken aback by the vitriol that came their way after LeBron James announced where he was taking his talents. They became the…

  20. Mo Evans rejected Wizards front office job, he wants to play

    Sep 14, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Last year, veteran Maurice Evans was a key part of the Wizards effort to reshape their locker room. While less professional influences were moved out and away from John Wall, Evans was there to provide guidance in the vacuum. The Wizards liked what he did, so they offered him a front office job, reports the…

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