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  1. Knicks’ Marcus Camby out 7-10 days with calf strain

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:03 AM EST

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    While not ideal, it’s really not that big a deal either. Marcus Camby will be out for the Knicks first couple of preseason games after straining his left calf, as reported by Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Camby underwent an MRI on his left calf, which led to the diagnosis. He will not play Thursday when…

  2. Doc Rivers has a good understanding of Sullinger’s weaknesses, and a plan to combat them

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Jared Sullinger

    I was down on Jared Sullinger in this year’s draft, and it had nothing to do with the medical red flags. So much of his game was predicated on being able to control the game off the glass against smaller college players. Bigger players gave him fits. The bigger issue, honestly, was lateral quickness and…

  3. Thomas Robinson could get time at small forward for the Kings

    Oct 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    thomas robinson

    The Kings are apparently thinking about going with a super-big lineup. From the Sacramento Bee: Don’t rule out Thomas Robinson seeing time at small forward during the preseason. During one 5-on-5 session, Robinson was the small forward with Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins the other frontcourt players. Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton were the other…

  4. Can the Bobcats afford to improve?

    Oct 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Just a reminder, from Hoopsworld: Chicago Bulls: Receives 2013 first-round pick (top-12 protected in 2013, top-10 in 2014, top-8 in 2015, unprotected in 2016) from the Charlotte Bobcats via the Tyrus Thomas trade on 2/18/10. via Draft Pick Debt | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors. The rare trade that was bad at the outset,…

  5. The self-defeating prophecy in Sacramento

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    In a pair of articles this week, Tom Ziller of SBNation.com elucidated the conditions of fandom in Sacramento as the Kings’ season approaches. What could be the last Kings season in Sacramento. To catch you up….(big breath): The Maloofs were great owners and then the economy tanked and they became bad owners and then they…

  6. Stephen Jackson wants a contract extension. In related news, sky is blue, water wet, gravity works.

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Stephen Jackson‘s last contract with Golden State was a killer. They were forced to dump it to Charlotte, who was desperate for anyone who could play (and that decision helped lead them to, you know, last year). Then Charlotte had to get rid of it by dropping it to Milwaukee. Milwaukee was able to handle…

  7. Doc Rivers is pretty much treating Darko like Robin Williams treated Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Darko Milicic

    I think one of the worst things that can happen to a writer is when his references become outdated. So naturally I elected to go with the “Good Will Hunting” reference, here. Anyway, Doc Rivers was talking about Darko Milicic, and the conversation comes across like a horse whisperer or some sort of counselor. He’s…

  8. The Warriors have a good problem at small forward

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors, when the draft was approaching, were desperate for small forward help. They wanted an experienced player to “make the” at the position. They couldn’t find a star upgrade by trading the draft pick, so they picked up  Harrison Barnes. They still don’t have that star, but as it turns out, they have enough…

  9. For every season, turn, turn turn, J.R. Smith wants to start, turn, turn ,turn

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    J.R. Smith‘s abilities are both limited by and boosted by his confidence in his abilities. He has every bit of faith that he can make any shot he needs to, most often without the use or help of his teammates. It can propel his team to victory or send his coaches into a deep depression.…

  10. Roddy Beaubois injures ankle in Mavs’ first preseason game

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Rodrigue Beaubois, Goran Dragic

    Rodrigue Beaubois injured his ankle in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ exhibition matchup Saturday against Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Beaubois came down wrong trying to defend on a drive and just buckled. Video courtesy of Eye on Basketball: Beaubois has had injuries derail his potential the last few years, and it was thought…

  11. Andrew Bogut wants his team to fight. Each other.

    Oct 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut has what you might call a false positive ID for being injury-prone. While it’s true that Bogut has lost a huge number of games over the  past three seasons to injury, much of that has stemmed from a serious of freak injuries. He doesn’t have the worrisome food problems that plague so many…

  12. Marcin Gortat may have the worst NBA nickname ever

    Oct 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat kind of gets lost when people talk about the Suns. He had some really great years next to Steve Nash (related, everyone has really great years next to Steve Nash). With all the changes to the Suns, the focus is always on the new players like Goran Dragic (who’s actually an old player…

  13. A question of point guard extensions starring Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings, and Jrue Holiday

    Oct 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Ty Lawson

    October brings with it a rush of NBA news. Training camp starts, teams begin assessing if they need to make a pre-season trade, injuries unfortunately occur, preseason games begin and everyone is in the “best shape of their careers” on teams “ready to compete for a championship.” October is Hopetober for the NBA and outside…

  14. Joe Johnson wants it made known that he didn’t ask to be traded from Atlanta

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson was the face of the Hawks for over half-a-decade. He as a six-time All-Star with Atlanta, and in retrospect, took them to a level of respectability that gets overlooked because of how tough his era turned out to be. Now that he’s in Brooklyn, apparently everyone’s asking him why he decided to bail…

  15. Isiah Thomas wants on your television set more than in Madison Square Garden

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Isiah Thomas

    Isiah Thomas continues to haunt Knicks fans like the ghost of Balkmans past. Meetings with James Dolan, consulting for superstars and their careers, Knicks fans are always looking over their shoulder for the return of the once and future GM. Well maybe now they can rest a little easier. Thomas said in an interview with…

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

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:45 PM EST

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    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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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