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  1. Quote of the Day: Darko will “kill someone on the court” if he has to. Yikes.

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic has formualated, either on his own or with his agent, the line to use when talking about his disappointment as a former No.2 pick. He talks about how he’s not going to get dragged into discussions about not living up to expectations. He just wants to help his team, be a part of…

  2. Really quietly, Ray Allen’s ankle’s not totally OK

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    For some reason, this just skated on through media day on Friday, and no one really picked up on it. From our own Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Ray Allen said ankle issue likely will be ongoing throughout the season, something he will have to manage. He said he never wanted to let…

  3. George Karl has a really good reason for not starting JaVale McGee

    Sep 30, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    JaVale McGee

    Word started to surface on Friday that the Nuggets might actually not start JaVale McGee, even after his tremendous playoff performance against the Lakers, and despite what many are calling an unbelievable offseason of workouts. Is Kosta Koufos or Timofey Mozgov really better than McGee at this point? In an interview with the Denver Post,…

  4. Quote of the Day: Paul Pierce expects Rondo to take the shot

    Sep 30, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Pierce on Rondo: “He’s knocking down his shot. He’s TAKING his shot. That’s what we’re going to expect from him. He’s our leader.” — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) September 29, 2012 Rajon Rondo shot 45 percent from the floor last year. NBA.com reports that Rondo shot 39 percent from 16-24 feet. He was better, but inconsistent.…

  5. Lamar Odom apologizes to Cuban, Mavericks

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Lamar Odom Clippers

    Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted Friday the following: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told me he’d like to apologize to Mark Cuban and Mavs fans for not being himself. Felt it was beyond his power. via Twitter / RicBucher: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told …. So how did that go over, ESPN Dallas? Asked about Odom’s apology Friday evening,…

  6. Ray Allen brushes off Kevin Garnett’s barking while enjoying the beach

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    There are some players and stories that in order to get the real feeling for how intense the situation is, you have to divide the hype by about 10. Others, though, you have to multiply by 10 to get a real sense of the bad blood. Ray Allen vs. the Celtics is a multiplier situation.…

  7. Is Paul Millsap actually in a battle for the starting spot with Derrick Favors?

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul Millsap is following the right path when it comes to his free agency next summer. He’s just not going to talk about it. Word has leaked that he won’t sign an extension and will instead pursue free agency, but other than that, he’s shut down any and all talk about it. Millsap clearly doesn’t…

  8. It’s official: Rasheed Wallace to be part of Knicks training camp

    Sep 29, 2012, 6:37 PM EST

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, New York Knick. If he can make it there… well, let’s wait and see if he can make a difference there before we move on with the song. We’ve been telling you for days this was coming, now it’s official in the sense that Rasheed Wallace has agreed to a deal that he…

  9. Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, landed a 25 percent raise during lockout

    Sep 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    USA Today discovered a department of labor filing with regards to Billy Hunter’s salary with the NBPA last year, much of which was spent during the lockout of the NBPA by the owners in the labor dispute. Mr. Hunter did quite well for himself. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was paid $3…

  10. With John Wall out for a while, what is Plan B in Washington?

    Sep 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    John Wall, Wizards, Heat

    By Thanksgiving, maybe Washington can get back to what they pictured their offense would look like this season — John Wall running the break, Wall passing to Nene on the block, Wall driving and kicking out to Trevor Ariza, and of course Wall scoring a lot. But due to a stress fracture on his patella…

  11. Report: Dwight Howard targeting opening night for return

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:55 PM EST

    Dwight Howard, Mitch Kupchak

    The Lakers have been completely silent about when Dwight Howard could return, refusing to give any timeline. Howard himself has been dead quiet on the subject, using the “I just want to get where I need to be” stuff. There has been talk of December, January, even Febuary for a possible return of the Lakers’…

  12. Chauncey Billups says he’ll be back before the first of the year

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Say what you want about Chauncey Billups, but do not question the man’s dedication. The Clippers guard immediately got word out after his devastating Achilles injury that he would not be retiring. He’s kept that word up the entire way. He’s vowed to return this season. And at media day for the Clippers Friday, Billups…

  13. That Jazz are like “Nah, that’s cool, Raja Bell. No need to come to training camp.”

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Raja Bell

    Things have gone from bad to worse to apathetic in Salt Lake City as the Salt Lake Tribune reports that disgruntled guard Raja Bell has been asked by the Jazz not to show up next week when the team begins its preseason. The Jazz announced Friday that veteran guard Raja Bell won’t attend training camp…

  14. Sometimes Morey had no idea what Dikembe Mutombo was saying

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey did a Reddit AMA yesterday — think of it like an on-line Q&A — and he said some interesting things about Jeremy Lin and the Rockets long-term plans. But he also had a great answer to a Dikembe Mutombo question: When Dikembe Mutumbo would speak to you, would you sometimes just…

  15. Friday night video: Lebron James’ passing skills

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:52 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    LeBron James gets compared to Michael Jordan based on accomplishments. Jordan is the gold standard. But they are very different players. Jordan was a scorer like none other, but LeBron is more like Magic Johnson or Oscar Robertson — they can score but they are all-around playmakers. And LeBron has been a passer since high…

  16. Heat being cautious with Wade, he could miss season opener

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    It’s about June not October. With that in mind, Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said again at media day Friday that the Heat were going to take it slow bringing back Dwyane Wade from his off-season knee surgery. Really slow. Tom Haberstroh of ESPN’s Heat Index spells it out. Spoelstra said he’ll be patient with…

  17. A very honest Daryl Morey talks Rockets, Lin, 2004 Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

    daryl-morey-rockets

    Daryl Morey is a geek. In a good way. And I’m not just saying that because he clearly knows his way around Reddit. Well, that is part of the reason. But clearly he does. Morey did an IAMA on Reddit Friday — which for the uninitiated is kind of an online Q&A — and in…

  18. Report: Rasheed Wallace will sign with Knicks or nobody

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 5:32 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent spoke with ESPNNewYork.com and said that other teams should not get their hopes up about Sheed — he will play for the Knicks or nobody. “That’s my understanding, based on his relationship with Coach (Mike) Woodson,” Strickland said by phone. A team source said Wallace has not yet signed…

  19. Quote of the day: KG lost Ray Allen’s phone number

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    “I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate with him.” — Kevin Garnett, talking to CSNNE.com at media day about former Celtic and now Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen.  Allen took less money to become part of the Miami Heat machine this season after being part of the championship “big three” era in…

  20. NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Greg Monroe, D.J. White, DeSagana Diop

    Last season: They are a rebuilding team, so you don’t expect them to be good and the 25-41 record reflected that. But they flew under a lot of people’s radar because they are just not that interesting to watch. They are not good on offense, not good on defense, they have a couple nice players…

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