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  1. Watch the top plays from Howard, Bynum, Iguodala

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:48 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Fans in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Denver are pumped for next season after the big four-team Dwight Howard trade. As they should be. their teams got a lot more interesting. And better. Magic fans… I’d recommend watching a lot of college ball next season. Get your scouting in early. So to get you guys more…

  2. Popeye Jones’ kid expected to be top-3 pick in NHL draft

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:11 PM EST

    Popeye-Jones

    Back in September 2000, a couple weeks before training camp opened, Popeye Jones was traded to the Washington Wizards. His fifth team in five years. That’s the business, but it’s tough on guys with a family. So Jones told his wife to setting in Colorado (he had played in Denver before) and he would go…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Looking at the Lakers offense with Howard

    Aug 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    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. • With all the hits Dwight Howard took on the public relations side lately,…

  4. The real question: How much tax is Oklahoma City willing to pay?

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    Olympics - Opening Day

    Clay Bennett and the Oklahoma City ownership has said before they are willing to pay some luxury tax to keep the core of their team together. Next year that will be put to the test. They have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on max deals, and they just signed Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $48…

  5. The 76ers roster could see a lot more shakeups

    Aug 20, 2012, 4:03 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Philadelphia has gone another direction — Andre Iguodala is out, Andrew Bynum is in as the new face of the franchise. The young, anchor center who has Philly talking about something other than the Eagles. Well, for five minutes. The idea is to sell hope in Philly and build on a young core of Bynum,…

  6. Chauncey Billups wants to be ready for start of season

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Chauncey Billups wants to go out on his own terms. Not as a once-fantastic player and NBA finals MVP whose career was cut short by an Achilles injury, but as a guy who came back and helped the Clippers reach new heights as both a player and almost an on-court coach. It usually takes about…

  7. Stan Van Gundy continues to drop bombs on Magic front office

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Burn the bridge? Ha, this is more like how The Bridge over the River Kwai ended up. Which is going to be an interesting discussion in Van Gundy’s next job interview. Stan Van Gundy has been doing media interviews lately and has started just carpet-bombing is former employers, the Orlando Magic. He was fired from…

  8. Kevin Durant is going to spend this week talking acting

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    kevin-durant-thunderstruck-movie-405x350

    It’s “Thunderstruck” week!! This coming weekend Kevin Durant’s movie “Thunderstruck” hits the theaters nationwide. So rather than spending this week recovering from his gold medal trip to London and getting in a little run with teammates, he is going to be walking the red carpet and doing the movie promotion thing. The movie’s premise isn’t…

  9. Quote of the day: LeBron James says biggest change was him

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    LeBron James participates in the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    “It’s been a… huge turnaround. I think the biggest turnaround for me, personally, who I was and who I became in this last year, it’s a big turnaround. That’s what helped me get to those accomplishments. And I just didn’t take anything for granted.” — LeBron James, talking to ESPN about his incredible year that…

  10. Prokhorov refers to James Dolan as “the little man”

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    If nothing else this season, I’m going to enjoy watching the Knicks and Nets go back and forth at each other like four-year-old girls fighting over a Barbie doll. The battles will be both on the court — the Knicks are the Nets first home game in the Barclays Center — and in the media.…

  11. Warriors have decision to make about Curry contract

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry is going to get a healthy contract after his rookie deal ends. Because, when you shoot the rock — and there is no doubt he can shoot, he hit 45.5 percent from three last year — you play in the NBA. But ankle injuries have limited him the last two seasons, he’s had…

  12. NBA teams with Ticketmaster to create NBA ticket (and resale) “supersite”

    Aug 20, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    NBA tickets (2008 finals)

    If the NBA teaming with ticketing behemoth Ticketmaster — the company that charges you a fee to print your ticket out yourself at home — makes you a little uncomfortable, well, it probably should. But this isn’t about you — unless you’re a team season ticket holder who sells off some of your tickets every…

  13. Brandon Jennings wants a contract extension before season

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:46 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Brandon Jennings rookie deal is almost up, the Bucks can either come to extension terms with him or give him a qualifying offer and let the market determine his worth (then they can match if they want). Jennings has said in the past he was doing “his research” on big market teams, but really what…

  14. Thunder GM says they are going to work to keep Harden

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:20 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    When the Oklahoma City Thunder inked Serge Ibaka to a new four-year, $48 million deal fans of 29 other teams licked their lips and thought “now they can’t keep James Harden, too, can they? Maybe we can get him.” Chill out. The Thunder plan to keep Harden, too. Just ask Thunder general manager Sam Presti,…

  15. The Inbounds: The commonly sensible signing of Serge Ibaka

    Aug 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    I’m not known as the biggest Serge Ibaka guy. I have an analytic relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder that too closely mirrors that of an indie rock fan in its obnoxiousness. In short, I saw the jump coming in the early months of 2010 when they started the leap to contention and was huge on them,…

  16. Video: James Harden’s inflatable raft is bigger than yours

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:31 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

    This is not as good as the “mustard on the beard” ad by Foot Locker, but their latest one isn’t bad either. And it’s filled with NBA players — Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. And it’s the dead of the offseason. So…. enjoy. Man, I can’t wait for actual games.

  17. LeBron James says he wants to play in 2016 Rio Olympics

    Aug 20, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Right after capturing gold in London, LeBron James suggested this could be it for him and the Olympics. He didn’t know if he would keep going. But after thinking about it for a week, he sounds like he’s in. LeBron was back in Akron doing charity events last weekend and spoke with the Associated Press:…

  18. Bogut says he may miss preseason games, will be ready for season

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:35 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    What is the single most important key to the Golden State Warriors making the playoffs is a healthy Andrew Bogut. They need him in the middle. And not just him, but the him of three years ago before his elbow injury and surgery, the Bogut that was one of the better young centers in the…

  19. Video: Kobe Bryant scores 68 points in 15 minutes in Chinese celebrity game

    Aug 19, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    OK, if you were hoping for any sort of defense to be played at all in this and that it is some sort of validation of Kobe Bryant, I would recommend not watching the video, then saying you watched the video, then lying about what the actual video shows to all your friends at the…

  20. Andray Blatche says all the right things while waiting for the call

    Aug 19, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

    Andray Blatche personified a lot of the problems for the post-Arenas era in Washington that the Wizards have tried so hard to shake. A hot shooting stretch after Arenas was suspended and Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were traded in a blow-up lead to a huge contract. Knuckleheaded behavior and poor shot selection soon followed,…

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