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  1. Report: Ewing insulted by offer to coach Knicks D-League team

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 10:42 am: ESPNNewYork took this one step further, saying that not only did Ewing turn down the D-League job, he was pretty ticked that’s all the franchise ever offered. One source close to Ewing said the Hall of Famer felt a bit slighted by the Knicks’ offer to coach the Erie Bayhawks because he…

  2. Report says D.J. Mbenga to sign deal Dallas, but is he really?

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:41 AM EST

    Ilunga_Mbenga_Didier

    We’re passing this along, but we’re not sure you’re going to see D.J. Mbenga in the NBA next year. A report from Belgian publication RTBF says Mbenga, the veteran NBA big man, has reached terms on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks (hat tip to Hoopshype). There are a few reasons to sprinkle this report…

  3. Thunder GM uses all kinds of qualifiers when talking Harden

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:58 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

    The Thunder want to re-sign James Harden, to keep him paired with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. But those three have already gotten their new contracts. James Harden wants to stay with Durant and the Thunder, to chase titles with them in Oklahoma City. But he’s a max player getting his first big…

  4. Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries went alligator hunting

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:42 AM EST

    Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries

    Brad Miller may be done with the NBA and said he was going to focus on doing hunting shows. Which apparently he is. He showed up on the Country Boys Outdoor twitter account with that photo you see to the right — him and fellow Indiana native Jared Jeffries on an alligator hunt, with this caption.…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s worst owners?

    Sep 10, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

    Phil, George, Gavin Maloof

    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 Scotland loves Andy Murray. • Who are the worst owners in the NBA?…

  6. LeBron and Durant are working out together. Again.

    Sep 10, 2012, 8:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    They did it last year during the lockout — LeBron James and Kevin Durant worked out together. And both said it was the best training of their summer. They bonded. They pushed each other. So, they are back at it again this summer, tweets Brian Windhorst at ESPN. LeBron & Durant are back working out…

  7. Video: Injured knee can’t stop Ricky Rubio trick shot

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    If your knee is recovering from an ACL surgery, you do your trick shots sitting down, right Ricky Rubio? Damn straight. Rubio is expected to be out until December for the Timberwolves as his knee recovers, but during the season maybe he can do trick shots from chairs as halftime entertainment in Minnesota. I mean,…

  8. How Jordan is stepping out of Bobcats basketball decisions

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    The Bobcats started out a mess under Michael Jordan, which was a problem because he took over a mess from the owner before him. And on the court last season, things did not look a lot better as they went 7-59. But it was a mess for very Jordan reasons. And there should be legitimate…

  9. Celtics icon Bill Russell had a couple recent heart procedures

    Sep 10, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    We don’t have a lot of details here, all we can do is hope for the best. Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was not at a youth charity golf event in Long Island last weekend — an event to which he has deep personal ties as one of the founders of the MENTOR organization. Now…

  10. Chris Bosh’s shoes have Larry O’Brien trophy on them

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Chris Bosh

    Last week, NBA folks were all over New York Fashion week. Rajon Rondo was there working for GQ. Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Kris Humphries, Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler. even Knicks coach Mike Woodson made an appearance watching near a runway. And Chris Bosh was there, too. The photo on the right is courtesty GQ, and…

  11. Real Madrid calls, then hangs up phone on Mehmet Okur

    Sep 10, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur is still out there as a free agent. He could play a role as a big off the bench for a minimum salary, but the Timberwolves, Nets and others have passed. You would think at this point Okur would fit better in Europe, but according to a tweet from Spanish basketball writer Paco…

  12. Report: Alonzo Gee reaches multi-year deal with Cavaliers

    Sep 10, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    They were reportedly close to a deal nearly a month ago, yet nothing got finalized. The Cavaliers wanted Alonzo Gee back and he actually could have a starting role for them, but as always it came down to money. Apparently the two sides have figured it out, tweets the Plain Dealer. F/G Alonzo Gee, who…

  13. Aldridge, Batum stepping into leadership role for Portland

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    A few years ago, there was no doubt that the Portland Trail Blazers were Brandon Roy’s team. Then his knees happened. Now we are all rooting for him to make a comeback in Minnesota that sticks. And now other guys are stepping up to lead in Portland. New Blazers GM Neil Olshey was talking on…

  14. Kevin Garnett reiterates: “I will retire as a Celtic for sure”

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:05 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Not that there was much doubt after he inked a new three-year deal at age 36, but Kevin Garnett wants you to know where his loyalties lie. He’s a Celtic. Forever. KG is touring through Asia pimping shoes (as a lot of NBA players do this time of year, Garnett is with Anta) and spoke…

  15. The Inbounds: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and the actualization of scorers

    Sep 10, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Does Kobe Bryant need to be more like Dwyane Wade? Or does Dwyane Wade need to be more like Kobe Bryant? Neither? Both? Hungry? Who’s hungry? The biggest challenge for any player in the NBA is the same one so many children struggle with: how to play with others. Particularly those whose talents are self-mobilized.…

  16. Could the Heat be looking to move Joel Anthony?

    Sep 10, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Joel Anthony

    Pat Riley is not afraid to make moves. He’s got his big three in Miami, a few nice role players around them and that is enough to have them in title contention. If he can make a move that improves the team or saves some money, he’ll do it, but he can do it on…

  17. Video: Official trailer for NBA 2K13… we’re getting pumped

    Sep 10, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    Kevin_Durant NBA 2K13

    There are things I love seeing in this video: A healthy Derrick Rose on the bounce, Jason Terry in Celtics green, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook doing their thing, DeMarcus Cousins creating position on the block like the beast he is. All the things that have me pumped for the start of regular season. Or…

  18. Shaq doesn’t want to talk Howard until he wins three rings

    Sep 10, 2012, 11:52 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    Okay, we get it — Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t really like Dwight Howard. Maybe it goes back to the Superman nickname, or maybe Shaq disliked all challengers to his status as the best center in the game, but the thing has taken on a Hatfields vs. McCoys level of foolishness. Especially since Howard is now following…

  19. Thaddeus Young wants to start at three spot for Sixers

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

    Thaddeus young

    Thaddeus Young should be on your “Sixth Man of the Year” watch list. He averaged 12.8 points and 5 rebounds a game for the Sixers last year and this season he could bring a surge of athleticism and scoring when he enters the game for the Sixers. Except he doesn’t want to be on your…

  20. Winderman: Juwan Howard, other name players could fade away from NBA

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The fadeaway long has been an NBA fact of life. While the stars hold press conferences to announce enough is enough, their fame to keep them in the spotlight (and possibly part of broadcast teams) long after their playing days — something we soon might get from Ben Wallace — for the majority of those…

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