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  1. Lou Williams says he’s ready to work off-the-ball in Atlanta

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Atlanta is going to be an interesting team to watch come together. Joe Johnson has been shipped off to Brooklyn with his massive contract and isolation jump shots. Things are going to be different on offense in the ATL. As Beckley Mason notes at TrueHoop, expect a lot of Jeff Teague/Josh Smith pick and roll,…

  2. Video: ‘Melo checks out London, gets a call from Nas

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    This is what it’s like if you’re Carmelo Anthony and want to go check out the tourist traps in London with your kid the day before the gold medal game. You do it is a sweet custom bus, cameras trail you everywhere, and then Nas calls and wants tickets. So, pretty much just like you…

  3. Quote of the Day: If you don’t think we’ll have a lockout again…

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:08 PM EST

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

    “We certainly didn’t achieve all we needed to achieve. I’ve said it multiple times that in the old CBA, financially, teams were drowning in 10 feet of water, now we’re drowning in two feet of water. It’ll be interesting. Obviously the Nets just went out and spent a boatload of money. It’ll be interesting to…

  4. Report: five teams express interest in Michael Redd

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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    As teams finish rounding out their roster, they tend to go with one of two kinds of players for spots 11-15 at the end of the bench — young players with potential they think might develop, or a veteran they think can provide a little help on the court and be good in the locker…

  5. Miami has the easiest schedule? Yes. But it makes sense.

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James celebrates near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    We tend not to take “strength of schedule” into account much when talking about the NBA. That’s because the schedule is balanced — every team will play every other team in its conference four times and every team in the other conference twice (with mild tweaks, that would equal 86). Plus, unlike a short football…

  6. Video: Jose Calderon’s Kia ad trick shots (yes, it is fake)

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:39 AM EST

    This is well done enough that you pause for a second and ask, “is that real?” Jose Calderon is sitting around on the set of a Spanish Kia commercial just putting up incredible trick shots. They are not real. As Trey Kirby points out at The Basketball Jones, it is physically impossible to get a…

  7. Kevin Durant says it’s now time to rest, focus on Thunder

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:13 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    First there was the NBA finals. Then there was a trip to London to pick up some gold with a few friends. Then there has been a week of red carpets and movie promotion. It’s been a busy summer for Kevin Durant. With the release of his movie “Thuderstruck” this weekend Durant has been making…

  8. Eduardo Najera to retire, coach Mavericks D-League team

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:47 AM EST

    Eduardo Najera

    Following a season that saw him need knee surgery and skull surgery (to repair a fracture) Eduardo Najera has decided to retire as a player and next season will be the coach of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. This is not a surprise to regular PBT readers,…

  9. First Derrick Rose/adidas “the return” video released

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    As we told you before, adidas is chronicling Derrick Rose‘s return from ACL surgery through a series of videos and interviews, and the first official one is out. Rose has said before that while he worked out and worked on his game, he had never really worked on his balance, his core, the things a…

  10. Cuban says the Mavericks almost traded for Kobe in 2007

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:38 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    The summer of 2007 was the summer of Kobe Bryant’s discontent. Since the Lakers had traded Shaquille O’Neal they had not put new pieces around Kobe that could help win a title, and Kobe let the world know. He asked for a trade, he pressured management, he ripped Andrew Bynum to random guys with a…

  11. Kelenna Azubuike reportedly looking good in Cleveland

    Aug 22, 2012, 7:53 AM EST

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    There was a time, a few years and a few knee surgeries ago, that Kelenna Azubuike was a player on the rise. His last year in Golden State he averaged 13.9 points her game on 54 percent shooting, he was incredibly athletic and had the kind of game fans love to watch. He played well…

  12. Austin Rivers says he is doing well after ankle surgery

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:13 PM EST

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

    Austin Rivers is the Hornets point guard of the future. That’s how they see it. How it pans out remains to be seen, but Rivers whatever happens with Rivers it will not be because of the ankle surgery he had this summer. He sounds read ready to put the Hornets’ theory to the test in…

  13. A couple highlights from Tuesday’s rookie photo shoot

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

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    This week the class of NBA rookies has been going through their official NBA indoctrination — the league meetings telling them to manage their money, watch out for relatives trying to take their money, watch out for the groupies that will come at them. You know, all the rules they will ignore over the next…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: If you think LeBron’s shoes cost too much don’t pay it

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:00 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 Young The Giant loves Cough Syrup. • Lots of buzz today about Nike…

  15. Jason Terry hopes the Mavericks someday retire his jersey

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Jason Kidd is not getting his jersey retired by the Mavericks any time soon. He crossed Mark Cuban for James Dolan, and that never sits well. So, what about Jason Terry? The Jet, the second leading scorer and energy off the bench for the Mavericks title team was speaking with the Star-Telegram in Dallas —…

  16. Mark Cuban is really pissed at Jason Kidd. I mean ticked.

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    Mark Cuban Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban thought he had a fallback. The Mavericks were going to go hard after Deron Williams, but that might not work, the Nets were always in that picture (and really always in the lead). But if D-Will didn’t work out — and he didn’t, he signed to stay in Brooklyn — then there was…

  17. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  18. Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum. So who is going to…

  19. Derrick Favors doesn’t want to start, just wants more burn

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:26 PM EST

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    It’s a John Woodenism that probably goes back to well before he owned coaching — it’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it. Or, in today’s modern parlance, it’s about who gets the minutes. Derrick Favors wants more minutes. The Utah Jazz have the kind of problem most coaches want —…

  20. Video: Selby, Arenas put on show at Goodman Classic

    Aug 21, 2012, 2:13 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    The Goodman League is they place to play Pro-Am summer games in Washington D.C. It’s where Kevin Durant plays and works out in the summer when he’s not hanging out in London. The guys at The Mars Reel put together these highlights from the Goodman Roundball Classic with Josh Selby (Memphis), Gilbert Arenas and rapper…

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