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  1. Will Jared Dudley step into the leadership vacuum in Phoenix?

    Sep 7, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Jared Dudley

    Who is the locker room leader of the Phoenix Suns? Steve Nash and his quiet leader role has gone to a rival (where he will play good cop to Kobe Bryant’s bad cop). Veteran Grant Hill has gone to Los Angeles as well, just to the team in red and white. Much of the roster…

  2. Video: Derrick Rose “The Return” part 2 (“Hope”)

    Sep 7, 2012, 3:52 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    I was really hoping that adidas was going to title The Return episode 4 “A New Hope” but they went with hope in this, the second installment. Oh well. Above is the second of adidas series of short films on Rose’s rehab from an ACL tear suffered in the first round of the playoffs (see…

  3. GM Kupchak uses “good on paper” to describe Lakers, too

    Sep 7, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    It is what everyone has been saying about the Los Angeles Lakers — with a starting five of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard — they are very good “on paper.” As in they still have to prove it. Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and others have said…

  4. Knicks Ronnie Brewer out six weeks after knee surgery

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Ronnie Brewer, Ron Garretson

    Well, this is not the ideal way to start the season in New York. The Knicks had planned to give Ronnie Brewer a lot of run to start the season as Iman Shumpert recovers from knee surgery, then Howard Beck of the New York Times tweeted this on Friday: Knicks G Ronnie Brewer will be…

  5. “LeBron Asks” and result is educational fun with math

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    LeBron James

    This is really cool. Well, The Kahn Academy was already very really cool. It’s the brainchild of Harvard/MIT big brain Salman Khan with the idea of trying to provide simple, understandable lessons on a wide range of topics then put them on YouTube for anyone in the world to watch. Now, LeBron James has teamed…

  6. Video: A whole lot of dunks from summer games/events

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

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    I know officially when fall starts is determined by the autumnal equinox, when the sun is parallel to the equator. But that’s not it for me — I think fall starts the first weekend of NFL football. For me, fall starts Sunday. And that’s a good time to look back at summer and some of the…

  7. How Reggie, Cheryl Miller used to hustle playground games

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    Reggie Cheryl Miller

    By the end of Friday night, Reggie and Cheryl Miller will be the first ever brother/sister combination enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In fact, Cheryl will be on stage presenting Reggie when he makes his speech. That gives me a good reason to tell my favorite Miller family story, one Cheryl Miller…

  8. Pistons’ Knight says he has gotten a lot better this summer

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:08 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons' Knight goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Noah during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Right now, Brandon Knight is taking it slow trying to rest and heal up a case of plantar fasciitis, the foot condition that makes it painful to run. It’s mild and he should be ready to go by training camp. And that is when Knight plans to show what he did with his summer vacation.…

  9. The Inbounds: The NBA’s unintentional tribute to Don Nelson

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Don Nelson was in the NBA long enough to be considered in about a hundred ways over the span of his most-winning career. Longevity comes with peaks and valleys, and Nelson had tons. From his prolific Bucks teams to the start of the Mavericks’ surge with Nowitzki, Finley, and Nash, to the 2007 We Believe…

  10. Ricky Rubio says he expects to be back in December

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    It’s always smart to agree with the guy who owns the business. In the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, owner Glen Taylor said recently he expects star point guard Ricky Rubio to return in December from surgery to repair a torn ACL. So, what did Rubio tell Spanish sports publication sport.es (via Hoopshype)? “I’m eager…

  11. Another report that Andray Blatche to the Nets nearly done

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:21 AM EST

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    When the first reports came out that Andray Blatche had reached a deal with the Nets, his agents/people quickly turned and said it was not a done deal, the Heat were in the mix. Because agents like options and trying to use that as leverage. But then came John Lucas — the coach Blatche is…

  12. Chauncey Billups says he’s “way ahead of schedule”

    Sep 7, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    When Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles’ last February at age 35, it felt like it might be the end of a fantastic career. But if one guy had the discipline and drive to return, it was Billups. If he was going to fight his way back, the low-end estimates for recovery from that injury of…

  13. Owners of St. Louis ABA team want more NBA TV money

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:36 AM EST

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    Each year, the NBA pays part of the television revenue from the four former ABA teams — the Spurs, Pacers, Nets and Nuggets — to the owners of the now defunct Spirit of St. Louis. Seriously. It’s a budget line item for those teams. Nobody talks about the actual amount over the past 36 years…

  14. Ginobili hints he might play in 2014 World Championships

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    To answer your first question, 37. That is how old Manu Ginobili will be in the summer of 2014 when the FIBA Basketball World Championships take place in Spain. Normally you would say that would be old enough to preclude him from playing, but after Ginobili at 35 was one of the best players at…

  15. If you believe his coach, Blatche did reach deal with Nets

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:15 AM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    When reports came out the amnestied Wizard Andray Blatche had reached a deal with the Nets, his camp came back quickly with “there is nothing signed yet” and how the Heat might still be in the running. If you say so. But for the past month Blatche has been down training with John Lucas and…

  16. Justin Timberlake may be part of new Grizzlies ownership

    Sep 6, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

    Justin Timberlake Kobe Bryant

    Justin Timberlake has lived a charmed life, and I say that in spite of him having been in a boy band. I say that by looking at the list of women he has dated (Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, all the way back to Britney Spears. And that’s the partial list.) Timberlake…

  17. Ralph Sampson wouldn’t mind being an assistant coach

    Sep 6, 2012, 8:10 PM EST

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    When Ralph Sampson walked away from the NBA, he really walked away from it. He became a family man, not trying to enter the coaching or broadcasting or any other ranks. But now the soon-to-be Hall of Famer he may be changing his mind with his family getting older and out of the house, he…

  18. Thursday And-1 links: Want to see Shaq in his underwear?

    Sep 6, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

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    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 Katy Perry likes being in the spotlight. That would be Shaquille O’Neal walking…

  19. The Inbounds: Reggie Miller was the thorn you loved or hated watching stick

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    reggie-miller

    There’s a freaking movie about how Reggie Miller made life hell for the Knicks. That’s how legendary that rivalry was. But it wasn’t just the moments, the trash talk, the shots or the points. To be a truly worthy hero, or a villain, you have to be good enough for the damage inflicted to seem…

  20. Rajon Rondo interns at GQ during fashion week

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo GQ

    During the playoffs, Rajon rondo was drawing a lot of attention for his interesting wardrobe choices. As a guy who tries to color within the fashion lines because I look terrible when I wear clothes not approved by my wife, I am slow to criticize fashion choices. But lets say Rondo’s clothing choices were a…

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