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  1. Report: Thibodeau, Bulls talking contract extension again

    Sep 6, 2012, 1:39 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Tom Thibodeau has a contract for next season. But not the one after that. And contract extension talks between Thibodeau and the notoriously stingy Bulls ownership have not gone smoothly before, with the two sides reportedly nowhere near each other. But they seem to be talking again, according to ESPNChicago.com. Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf…

  2. As always, Erik Spoelstra wants Miami to play faster

    Sep 5, 2012, 8:28 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Last season, in the run up to the season, Erik Spoelstra tried to make the Heat’s identity a team that used pressure defense and fast break attacks to overwhelm opponents. And at the start of the season they did that. But as the season wore on the Heat’s pace dropped back to about the league…

  3. Wednesday And-1 Links: Tim Duncan likes drag racing

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:05 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    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 tennis fans love Andy Roddick.  • Tim Duncan likes to drag race his…

  4. Report: Shaq could play couple games in Mexican league

    Sep 5, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Shaquille O’Neal does not look like a guy in shape to get back on the basketball court. Frankly, he didn’t look like that his last couple of years he was still in the NBA (when the injuries mounted up). But he may be back on the court for a couple games in the Mexican Basketball…

  5. Jordan tapped to advise, motivate U.S. Ryder Cup team

    Sep 5, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Jordan golf

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t go Steve Kerr and punch Bubba Watson in the face… Michael Jordan was certainly known as a motivator as an NBA player, although mostly because he was competitive to the point of near insanity (he once told Kerr he had never felt so low as when his team had lost…

  6. Orlando Magic owner DeVos recovering from mild stroke

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

    richard-devos

    It was rumored during the Dwight Howard fiasco last season that one of the reasons the Magic were working to keep Howard is that the 86-year-old team owner Rich DeVos didn’t want to oversee a rebuilding project that could last years. But this was certainly not part of the plan. DeVos, the founder of Amway…

  7. Winderman: New NBA head of officials doesn’t mean change, technology does

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

    NBA-referees-

    Since the Tim Donaghy fiasco, we’ve had the NBA offer up a former referee and a retired two-star U.S. Army general to oversee officiating. Now, former NBA player Mike Bantom, a long-time NBA executive, takes over. Granted, Ronnie Nunn (the former referee) and Ronald Johnson (the retired general), mostly remained in the background as officiating…

  8. How good are the Nets? Coach admits not a contender.

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Brooklyn Nets are going to be one of the more interesting teams to watch come together next season. They were awful, injury plagued and seemingly unmotivated last season in Jersey, but now they have a new home in Brooklyn and a new roster — Joe Johnson has been added to a re-signed Deron Williams,…

  9. How Tyreke Evans can get his groove back. Maybe.

    Sep 5, 2012, 2:26 PM EST

    Tyreke Evans, Wesley Johnson

    This is kind of a make or break year for the former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans. His rookie year his penetration and scoring at the rim had him scoring 20.1 points plus adding 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Monster numbers for a rookie. With some growth you could see the guy…

  10. Video: NBA flagrant foul mix

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Somehow, a collection of hard NBA hits seems fitting on the day NFL football kicks off (right here on NBC, 8:30 ET tonight, Cowboys vs. Giants, and that will be the last plug for today). This is a video collection of flagrant fouls in the NBA, from the Detroit Bad Boys of Bill Laimbeer up…

  11. Here’s a new one: Massive cornfield maze tribute to Thunder

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

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    You’ll never see anyone in Manhattan do this for the New York Knicks. Oklahoma City Thunder fans are as passionate as any fans in the NBA. While they love college football (even during the NBA playoffs last year Oklahoma football stories often drew more internet traffic at the Oklahoman than the Thunder) they are full-throated…

  12. Video: Follow Royce White through NBA draft day

    Sep 5, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Kevin McHale, Royce White

    If you watch one video today, this should be it. Fantastic work. Grantland got access to Iowa State’s Royce White and it was a heck of a ride. White is a point-forward with a lot of skills, maybe top 10 talent in this draft, but a guy who battles an anxiety disorder and that was…

  13. Report: Hassan Whiteside to workout for Timberwolves

    Sep 5, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    whiteside

    Two can play at that game, Anthony Tolliver. The Timberwolves want one more big man on the bench and have been talking with Tolliver, who wants more than the league minimum so the Timberwolves have explored moving a guard to fee up some cap space. It’s a slow moving dance. One Tolliver’s people tried to…

  14. Video: Dwyane Wade on Late Night with David Letterman

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:50 AM EST

    Late Show with David Letterman

    We told you there was a lot of Dwyane Wade coming your way. He and his Century 21 gold jacket were on Late Night with David Letterman Tuesday night and above is the official highlight clip. Nothing earth shattering. But yes, NBA players are much more excited about Brooklyn than they were Newark. Sorry Newark,…

  15. Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger promises to stay tattoo free

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:17 AM EST

    Jared Sullinger, Andre Drummond

    While they may not be the majority there are NBA players — big name NBA players — who do not have tattoos. Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jeremy Lin, to name a few. And you can add Jared Sullinger to the list. The Celtics rookie tells Jessica Camerato at CSNNE.com that he…

  16. Dwyane Wade on the Lakers: “They have to make it work”

    Sep 5, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade Signs Copies Of His Book "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball"

    And we are back at “the Lakers are great on paper” discussion. Dwyane Wade is all over your television, radio and Internet this week as he does the tour for his book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.” And wherever he lands there are some pretty standard basketball questions so far:…

  17. Video: NBA highlights from Hall of Famer Reggie Miller

    Sep 5, 2012, 8:34 AM EST

    Reggie Miller

    I said this before and I’ll say it again — Reggie Miller was just fun to watch play. Except for Spike Lee and some other Knicks fans. Miller enters the Hall of Fame this Friday as one of the greatest shooters the game has ever seen, one of the first NBA players to really start…

  18. Scott Machado gets offer, chance to make Rockets team

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    Iona v Brigham Young

    It’s not guarantee, but it’s a chance. And that’s all Scott Machado could ask for. Machado may have been the best player not drafted last June — he led the nation is assists last season — and the Houston Rockets have him a chance at Summer League where he averaged 5.6 assists per game, fourth…

  19. Video highlights from Hall of Famer Don Barksdale

    Sep 5, 2012, 2:36 AM EST

    Don Barksdale

    Don Barksdale deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame as a ground breaker, the first-ever African American to be named to an NBA All-Star team and to play on a U.S. Olympic basketball team. He got those honors because he was flat out good — from college where he was an All-American to his…

  20. If Harrison Barnes wants minutes, he’s got to bury his looks

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:26 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes

    Harrison Barnes, the rookie out of North Carolina, was up and down at NBA Summer League. Against the Lakers he was aggressive, attacking the rim on his way to 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He showed a real chemistry with Klay Thompson. But then the next night Barnes would come out passive and the game…

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