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  1. LeBron: “I want to be the best of all-time. It’s that simple.”

    Oct 27, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    LeBron James

    He has said this before. Seemingly every year. When he said it as he entered the NBA and in first few years in the league it came off as the hubris of an immature player and person. Because it was. LeBron James is not an immature player anymore. The shiny championship ring he picks up…

  2. Cuban says no final decision, Delonte West could return to Mavs

    Oct 27, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    When the Dallas Mavericks suspended Delonte West this week, it had a pretty permanent feeling. There’s the part where the Mavs said it was indefinite. Or the reports they were negotiating with his agent on a buyout. Or the part where they went out and got Eddy Curry and Chris Douglas-Roberts to potentially fill in…

  3. Austin Rivers sprains ankle in Hornets preseason finale

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    The last thing teams want to see happen in the final game of the preseason is for one of their players to go down with an injury. Friday night in Miami, the Hornets unfortunately witnessed exactly that. Rookie guard Austin Rivers got the start at the two-guard spot against the Heat, but was forced to…

  4. Doc Rivers talks more about Ray Allen. Lord make it stop.

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:34 PM EST

    Doc Rivers

    It’s becoming a close contest, what do I want to hear least: Another Obama/Romney attack ad or more back and forth between Ray Allen and the Celtics. Ray has consistently said that basically he didn’t feel wanted by the Celtics — they had him coming off the bench (which is he doing in Miami anyway),…

  5. Amar’e Stoudemire seeks second opinion on knee, may miss first month of the season

    Oct 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    When the news broke that Amar’e Stoudemire was experiencing an issue with his left knee, it was supposed to be relatively minor. At the time, it was expected that he’d miss the Knicks season opener, along with maybe another game or two beyond that. It now appears that he’ll be out a little longer, according…

  6. All your PBT NBA season previews in one convenient place

    Oct 26, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Finally, the NBA season is almost here. In just days there will be actual NBA games that matter (not just training camp and exhibition games). The crew here at PBT has put together our NBA season previews for all 30 teams, which we started in the Atlantic Division and moved west through the entire NBA.…

  7. Adam Morrison waived by Portland, now may wave goodbye

    Oct 26, 2012, 7:04 PM EST

    Adam Morrison

    Adam Morrison made it to the last cut, but he was cut. Friday the Portland Trail Blazers waived Morrison (along with Coby Karl and F Justin Holiday), reports CSNNW.com. Of that group, Karl impressed the most and he could get some 10-day call-ups with the Blazers if he doesn’t get snapped up by another team.…

  8. Friday And-1 links: As season nears, a lot of players waived

    Oct 26, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    NBA basketball spaulding

    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. Right before the season starts is when a lot of players who were invited…

  9. Stephen Curry confirms that he will play season opener

    Oct 26, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Donta Smith

    It hasn’t been ideal, but it could have been worse. Stephen Curry started out the preseason going slow, then still tweaked his surgically-repaired ankle, and after that coach Mark Jackson shut him down for the rest of the preseason. That included sitting out practices this week. But come opening night, Curry will be ready to…

  10. Stern’s scouting report on Obama’s game: He’s not that good

    Oct 26, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

    President Barack Obama

    Taped before he made that little announcement yesterday, this is David Stern sitting down with Robert Wolf and as part of the interview he uses a little bit of the sharp wit he is known for to take apart Barack Obama’s game — “he can only go one way” and “he’s not as good as he…

  11. Jordan didn’t exactly like Barkley calling him out

    Oct 26, 2012, 2:52 PM EST

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    Charles Barkley is a lot of things, but one of them is forthright. He’s going to tell you what he thinks. No matter who you are or what you think of him. Barkley and Michael Jordan are tight, but that didn’t stop Barkley from saying Jordan was bad at running a team. Which evidence points…

  12. Deron Williams needs shot in ankle, still ready for opener

    Oct 26, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Nets have a lot of firepower— starting with Joe Johnson, who can still light it up, but Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks and… you get the idea — but Deron Williams is the key. He is the mixologist that brings it all together. And Williams is hurting a little. He is…

  13. Tyson Chandler isn’t buying ‘Melo scoring less this season

    Oct 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Alan Anderson, Carmelo Anthony,

    Carmelo Anthony is not just going to be a scorer anymore. He’s changed. It’s about team and trust and distributing the rock. That’s what he’s saying, anyway. “I’m done trying to score 35, 40 points to win the basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore” You buying that? Tyson Chandler isn’t. From the Wall…

  14. The one where Mike Woodson let Zaza Pachulia skip practice for a “hot date”

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    zaza pachulia

    Who says Mike Woodson is an old-school, hard-ass coach. You work hard for him, you get some perks. Woodson, the current Knicks coach, was on “The Game 365” on MSG Network, and the show was such a snoozer that just about everybody tuned out. Everybody but the folks at nba247365.com, and they were rewarded with…

  15. How does Steve Nash fit in with Lakers’ offense, style?

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    Back in 2008, when the Suns acquired Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash‘s transition to running a more traditional offense was described by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz as “a hummingbird trapped in a sandwich bag”. Forced to play a more slow down style to accommodate a plodding big man that clogged the paint, the visual of that phrase…

  16. With Silver, NBA gets same business with softer face

    Oct 26, 2012, 11:50 AM EST

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    Things are not going to change much. There will come a time, just a few years into his tenure as commissioner, when Adam Silver will walk out on the stage at the NBA Draft and be instantly booed by fans. Just as David Stern has been for years. A lot of things will stay the…

  17. NBA season preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Last Season: The player the franchise had built itself around, Chris Paul, decided he wanted out before last season began. He did so in a far less-aggravating way than his superstar counterparts (we’re looking at you, Mr. Anthony and Mr. Howard), but he did it just the same. Since the key piece the Hornets received in…

  18. Delonte West’s time over with Mavs, he doesn’t get why

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:13 AM EST

    delonte

    If one thing became clear as news around Delonte West being suspended indefinitely by the Mavericks, it is that it wasn’t indefinite — it was going to be permanent. The Mavericks wanted out of the Delonte West game and were negotiating a buyout with West’s agent. They are already looking at replacements, such as Eddy…

  19. Pacers’ George Hill could miss season opener with sore hip

    Oct 26, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    George Hill

    After George Hill took control during the playoffs last year, the Indiana Pacers let Darren Collison walk and gave Hill the starting point guard job this season. Except, he may not be able to start the season. Coach Frank Vogel is trying to remain optimistic he’ll be there, he told the Indy Star. The Pacers…

  20. Video: Another day, another CP3 to Blake Griffin ally-oop

    Oct 26, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    They make it look routine. There are challengers to the “most entertaining team in the NBA” crown that for my money the Clippers still have. OKC is always good, Denver is going to be one of those teams this year but the Clippers are just fun. They have Chris Paul throwing lobs to Blake Griffin.…

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