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  1. J.R. Smith says Knicks expect “nothing less” than title

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    What else do you expect him to say? You and I and even most Knicks fans realize they are not title contenders as presently constructed. How good they are this season depends on how Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (and Tyson Chandler) mesh on offense. Because when all three were on the court together last…

  2. Nets go for stylish herringbone pattern on court… if you care

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Nets court Barclay Center

    The Nets have a new stadium in a new city with new luxury boxes and new food options and a few new players. And, a new court. They have unveiled the new look, showing it off to the New York Post and releasing pictures of the herringbone pattern look on Tuesday. My first thought? I…

  3. Video: The best Brian Scalabrine highlight compilation, ever

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    Brian Scalabrine

    Fans may call him the “human victory cigar” but pretty much all of us would take Brian Scalabrine‘s NBA career — 11 years in the Association, a stretch big who could knock down shots. A guy that Kevin Garnett called the best teammate he had and a guy Tom Thibodeau recruited to come with him…

  4. Report: ESPN’s Simmons, Stan Van Gundy to join ESPN studio show

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    UPDATE 12:45 am: Sports By Brooks, which broke the story, has this update: SbB has learned Chris Broussard & Jon Barry won’t returm to ESPN’s NBA studio. Added to show: @sportsguy33 & Stan Van Gundy Which means the lineup would be Mike Wilbon and Magic Johnson as holdovers with ESPN’s Sports Guy Bill Simmons and Stan Van…

  5. Deron Williams explains why players flock to major markets

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams was not trying to make a statement about the balance of small versus large markets in the NBA, he was simply answering a question posed to him by the New York Post. Williams, the star point guard of the Brooklyn Nets, is on the cover of the new video game “NBA Baller Beats.”…

  6. Video: Watch EXTRA’s Maria Menounos get dunked on

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    Maria Menounos

    You know Maria Menounos from EXTRA, the “tabloid on your television” celebrity-tracking show — admit it, you watch it. And you should know she is a huge Celtics fan. She was out at “EXTRApalooza” in Los Angeles recently (an event put on by the show) and the streetball team Ball Up was there, too, putting on a…

  7. Reggie Miller says he would consider Pacers front office job

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    I think I can speak for all Pacers fans who have listened to Reggie Miller analyze a basketball game on television when they say, “NOOOOOOO” to this idea. But it is still out there. While speaking with Mike Wells of the Indy Star last weekend at the Hall of Fame (where Miller was inducted), the…

  8. Report: Ewing insulted by offer to coach Knicks D-League team

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 10:42 am: ESPNNewYork took this one step further, saying that not only did Ewing turn down the D-League job, he was pretty ticked that’s all the franchise ever offered. One source close to Ewing said the Hall of Famer felt a bit slighted by the Knicks’ offer to coach the Erie Bayhawks because he…

  9. Report says D.J. Mbenga to sign deal Dallas, but is he really?

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:41 AM EST

    Ilunga_Mbenga_Didier

    We’re passing this along, but we’re not sure you’re going to see D.J. Mbenga in the NBA next year. A report from Belgian publication RTBF says Mbenga, the veteran NBA big man, has reached terms on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks (hat tip to Hoopshype). There are a few reasons to sprinkle this report…

  10. Thunder GM uses all kinds of qualifiers when talking Harden

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    The Thunder want to re-sign James Harden, to keep him paired with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. But those three have already gotten their new contracts. James Harden wants to stay with Durant and the Thunder, to chase titles with them in Oklahoma City. But he’s a max player getting his first big…

  11. Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries went alligator hunting

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:42 AM EST

    Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries

    Brad Miller may be done with the NBA and said he was going to focus on doing hunting shows. Which apparently he is. He showed up on the Country Boys Outdoor twitter account with that photo you see to the right — him and fellow Indiana native Jared Jeffries on an alligator hunt, with this caption.…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s worst owners?

    Sep 10, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

    Phil, George, Gavin Maloof

    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 Scotland loves Andy Murray. • Who are the worst owners in the NBA?…

  13. LeBron and Durant are working out together. Again.

    Sep 10, 2012, 8:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    They did it last year during the lockout — LeBron James and Kevin Durant worked out together. And both said it was the best training of their summer. They bonded. They pushed each other. So, they are back at it again this summer, tweets Brian Windhorst at ESPN. LeBron & Durant are back working out…

  14. Video: Injured knee can’t stop Ricky Rubio trick shot

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    If your knee is recovering from an ACL surgery, you do your trick shots sitting down, right Ricky Rubio? Damn straight. Rubio is expected to be out until December for the Timberwolves as his knee recovers, but during the season maybe he can do trick shots from chairs as halftime entertainment in Minnesota. I mean,…

  15. How Jordan is stepping out of Bobcats basketball decisions

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    The Bobcats started out a mess under Michael Jordan, which was a problem because he took over a mess from the owner before him. And on the court last season, things did not look a lot better as they went 7-59. But it was a mess for very Jordan reasons. And there should be legitimate…

  16. Celtics icon Bill Russell had a couple recent heart procedures

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    We don’t have a lot of details here, all we can do is hope for the best. Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was not at a youth charity golf event in Long Island last weekend — an event to which he has deep personal ties as one of the founders of the MENTOR organization. Now…

  17. Chris Bosh’s shoes have Larry O’Brien trophy on them

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Chris Bosh

    Last week, NBA folks were all over New York Fashion week. Rajon Rondo was there working for GQ. Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Kris Humphries, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler. even Knicks coach Mike Woodson made an appearance watching near a runway. And Chris Bosh was there, too. The photo on the right is courtesty GQ, and…

  18. Real Madrid calls, then hangs up phone on Mehmet Okur

    Sep 10, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur is still out there as a free agent. He could play a role as a big off the bench for a minimum salary, but the Timberwolves, Nets and others have passed. You would think at this point Okur would fit better in Europe, but according to a tweet from Spanish basketball writer Paco…

  19. Report: Alonzo Gee reaches multi-year deal with Cavaliers

    Sep 10, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    They were reportedly close to a deal nearly a month ago, yet nothing got finalized. The Cavaliers wanted Alonzo Gee back and he actually could have a starting role for them, but as always it came down to money. Apparently the two sides have figured it out, tweets the Plain Dealer. F/G Alonzo Gee, who…

  20. Aldridge, Batum stepping into leadership role for Portland

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    A few years ago, there was no doubt that the Portland Trail Blazers were Brandon Roy’s team. Then his knees happened. Now we are all rooting for him to make a comeback in Minnesota that sticks. And now other guys are stepping up to lead in Portland. New Blazers GM Neil Olshey was talking on…

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