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  1. Friday Night Video: Grizzlies owner Penny Hardaway could flat-out ball

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:45 PM EST

    Image (1) hardaway_penny.jpg for post 3176

    In case you missed the news, Memphis native Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway is about to become a minority owner of the Grizzlies (along with Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake). Consider this a reminder that there was a time when the four-time All-Star and Shaq partner in Orlando could just flat out ball.

  2. Friday And-1 links: Kobe misses practice, other camp notes

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:26 PM EST

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    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. • Kobe Bryant has sat out the last couple of Lakers practices with a…

  3. J.R. Smith says he would prefer to start for Knicks

    Oct 5, 2012, 7:49 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith may get his wish, but not for a full season. Smith has been one of the best sixth men in the NBA for years — he comes off the bench, can score, picks up the defensive intensity. He can be a gunner, he can be erratic, but the energy can’t be questioned. And…

  4. NBA uses stars to demonstrate flops that will be fined

    Oct 5, 2012, 6:41 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Since the NBA announced they were going to be reviewing potential flops at the league office the next day, and fining players determined to have flopped, the big question has been “where will they draw the line?” Friday, the league released a video showing what would and would not draw a flop (that video is…

  5. Celtics drop NBA’s preseason opener to Turkish team 97-91

    Oct 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    ilkan Karaman, Brandon Bass

    Don’t read anything into the final score. Yes, the Celtics dropped their preseason opener 97-91 to Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey. No, at times it was not really pretty — stretches of weak rebounding, too many turnovers and an offense that had fits and starts — but what do you expect in your first preseason…

  6. Phil Jackson talks in a Zen way about new Lakers

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    What Phil Jackson did as a coach better than any coach ever was get players to believe in their roles. Not simply just know, but fully and totally believe in that role and its place in the team dynamic. He often did it by guidance and letting the players discover this for themselves — the…

  7. Thaddeus Young day-to-day with sprained ankle

    Oct 5, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Thaddeus Young

    It’s not that serious, nothing that would likely cause a player to miss more than a game in the regular season. However, in the preseason teams tend to be more cautious. Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young sprained his ankle and is day-to-day, tweets Bob Cooney of the Daily News. He didn’t take part in a team scrimmage.…

  8. NBA Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

    Oct 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Last season: Worst. Team. Ever. Literally, no team has ever finished with a worse winning percentage than the 7-59 Bobcats. That had to sting owner Michael Jordan. They were the least efficient team in the league on offense and defense (they both scored the fewest and allowed the most points per possession in the league).…

  9. Video: 90 Chris Pauls cut a swath through Los Angeles

    Oct 5, 2012, 2:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    The headline is a little misleading, Chris Paul doesn’t cut a swath through L.A. in this video, just Venice Beach. Which is it’s own, interesting, subset of Los Angeles. It’s one of the most visited, most iconic parts of L.A., but it’s not L.A. No one place is. That’s the great thing about the city.…

  10. Kevin Love, facilitator. He wants to do more of that.

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    It’s one of the mantras of star players heading into the season — they want to get their teammates involved more. “I’m going to shoot less and pass more.” Everyone says that until the games start, and even if they do it in November by February it’s a different story. But there are exceptions to…

  11. George Karl thinks he has the stopper he needs in Iguodala

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    The Denver Nuggets can score. That was never really the question. They finished last season with the third best efficient offense in the NBA and they played at the second fastest pace. Points were not the issue. Stops, that’s another story. The Nuggets were 19th in the NBA in defensive efficiency (points allowed per possession)…

  12. Allen Iverson is not signing on with Israeli team. So stop it.

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    The rumors started out of an Israeli sports Web site and quickly picked up steam in major US outlets, in part because Allen Iverson is a draw, and in part because there are a segment of Allen Iverson fans stuck in a decade-old time warp, convinced that if teams just saw him play they’d give…

  13. Quote of the Day: Jameer Nelson lost his love for Superman

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:41 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    “Well, it used to be Superman. But not anymore.” —Jameer Nelson, Magic point guard, when asked who his favorite superhero was. Via the twitter of John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. Do I really have to explain the whole Dwight Howard/Superman thing here, or can we all just move on? Good, moving on then.

  14. Brandon Jennings wants to steal some moves from Nash

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Everyone steals moves in the NBA the way novelists openly admit they steal techniques and ideas from other writers. The key — if you’re going to steal, steal from the best. Which is what Brandon Jennings has been doing this past summer. In an effort to boost his field goal percentage — a career best…

  15. Kevin Durant is bulking up… relatively.

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Remember how at the NBA Draft Combine Kevin Durant couldn’t bench press the 185 pound bar even once? That led some pundits to suggest he would get pushed around like a rag doll and struggle to find his game in an NBA made up of strong men. Turns out, while the bench press may be…

  16. ‘Sheed talks about why he chose Knicks (try Mike Woodson)

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA. Which should be a good test of the NBA’s technical policy if nothing else. He’s had a few other chances to return from retirement the past two years, a number of teams including the Celtics (where he last played) have approached him. He said no. He didn’t want…

  17. Rookie White will report to Rockets camp Monday with plan

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Kevin McHale, Royce White

    The Rockets and rookie and Royce White have a plan. White had missed the first week of training camp as he and the Rockets tried to hammer out a plan (a process White took the blame for not starting earlier). That plan calls for him to ride in a rented bus (at his expense) to…

  18. Playoffs? Wizards’ owner Leonsis isn’t talking playoffs.

    Oct 5, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Ted Leonsis, Adam Oates

    Washington Wizards players want to make the playoffs this year. John Wall and others have talked openly about that as a goal. They think the team — with the additions of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza — can make the leap. But in speaking to the media, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis seemed to tamp…

  19. Gooden says guys who draw charges will pay flopping fines

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:12 AM EST

    Paul George, Drew Gooden

    Mark Cuban doesn’t love it. Neither does Blake Griffin. And Dirk Nowitzki. While a lot of players have said they like the NBA’s new policy of fines for flops and hope that it starts to curtail the embellishment of contact in the NBA, not everyone does. There are concerns about enforcement, about unintended consequences, about…

  20. Thursday And-1 link: News, notes from around NBA camps

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    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. • It was news when Kobe Bryant said this was the most talented Lakers…

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