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  1. Monday And-1 links: NBA media day edition

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:24 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    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. Today, we bring you a lot of news and notes out of the various…

  2. Jazz’s Kanter dropped 51 pounds when he stopped eating everything

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:22 PM EST

    enes-kanter

    One of the fantasies of media day around the NBA is the “look at Player X, he dropped 15 pounds and is really in shape for this season.” Often the weight loss is exaggerated, and certainly what is exaggerated is the impact that has on most players. Jazz big man Enes Kanter may be the…

  3. NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Last season: Oh, what a tangled web we weave… The Magic won 37 games (to 29 losses) last season because for a stretch in the first half of the season they were one of the top-five teams in the NBA. Dwight Howard was putting up his usual MVP numbers (well, not last season next to…

  4. Lakers sign Douglas-Roberts for camp, probably not more

    Oct 1, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a little bit of a surprise at Lakers media day when former Memphis star swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts walked out in a Lakers uniform. But the Lakers signed him to a non-guaranteed contract for training camp, the team announced. Which is not a bad roll of the dice on a player a lot of…

  5. Cousins calls USA Select Team experience “political”

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins had a bumpy time as a member of the USA Select Team this summer, playing against the London Olympians during training camp. He got called out publicly by USA basketball president Jerry Colangelo for being too physical in scrimmages against the stars. I’ll add that I was in Vegas and Colangelo wasn’t the…

  6. Nets are talking championship. And they mean this year.

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

    Kris Humphries

    It’s not just owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King talking grandiose plans of he Nets winning a title this year — their coach and players are as well. The Nets may well not be the best team in in New York City, but moving into a new building in a new market with some…

  7. Chris Bosh trying to nickname himself “random guy”

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Chris Bosh poses for a portrait during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    Chris Bosh wants to be known as “random guy.” Not for the reason you think (that he is the awkward third wheel on the Heat with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and for the casual basketball fan he is just a random guy). Rather, Bosh said he was watching film of the Heat’s positionless offense…

  8. Hornets’ Gordon has sore knee, will be held back in camp

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    Well, this isn’t good. Eric Gordon has had some soreness and swelling in his right knee — that would be the one he had surgery on last season that cost him most of the year — so the Hornets are going slow with him during training camp, the team announced. They used the words “limited…

  9. Spin out of Knicks media day: Raymond Felton is in shape

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    There are a couple of reasons that teams hire full time media relations people and now hire their own reporters for their team Web sites, and driving traffic to those sites (so they can appease sponsors/advertisers) is just a part of it. The bigger goal is to spin the narrative the way they want. It’s…

  10. Bulls announce four-year contract extension with Thibodeau

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    You knew they were going to work this out, the only questions were when and how much. We don’t know the how much part yet, but we know the when — Bulls GM Gar Forman announced a four-year contract extension with coach Tom Thibodeau during the team’s media day on Monday according to the team’s…

  11. Bynum sidelined three weeks with bone bruise in knee

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    Andrew Bynum just got back from Germany, where he had the Orthokine therapy — you know it better as the Kobe treatment — on his knee. Something he has had done before, and last season he played a full season on those troublesome knees. This time the procedure left him with a small bone bruise,…

  12. Report: Cavs keep Varejao on trade block. Shocking, I know.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Do you remember a time when Anderson Varejao wasn’t on the trade block? It seems so long ago that he was going to be a part of the Cavaliers future along with that LeBron guy, but things have changed. Varejao has been on the blocks forever and a day now, it seems. And that hasn’t…

  13. Adelman wanted Kirilenko in Minny. Brandon Roy? Meh.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Rick Adelman

    Maybe its’ because Glen Taylor is older and trying to slide out the door of Timberwolves ownership, so he is less concerned with what he tells the media. Maybe it’s because he’s a U.S. Senator who has been trusted with secrets of genuine importance that talking about what goes on behind closed doors at an…

  14. Wizards sign Pargo to come in while Wall is out

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    Jannero pargo AP

    It was expected the Wizards were doing to look around for some depth at the point guard position with John Wall out for a couple months (let us hope it is only a couple months), but they moved faster than had been expected. The Wizards have signed Jannero Pargo to a one-year deal, his agent…

  15. Heroin dealer in Philly branded his product “LeBron James”

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    Well, I guess this is kind of a status symbol. A sick, twisted, perverse status symbol but a symbol none-the-less. A heroin dealer in the Philadelphia area has been selling his product branded as “LeBron James” complete with a silhouette of LeBron dunking on the bag, reports the Philadelphia Daily News (hat tip to SLAM).…

  16. Calderon says Raptors told him he may get traded

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:28 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    We’ve all known Jose Calderon was a trade candidate — the Raptors brought in Kyle Lowry and Calderon is in the final year of his contract making $10 million. Calderon confirmed that the Raptors told him as much. The Spain native was talking with Spanish sports publication Marca.com, translated by Hoopshype. “It’s true that they…

  17. Tyreke Evans swears he’s got a jump shot now

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:09 AM EST

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans became Rookie of the Year because he can slash to the hoop off the dribble with anyone in the league. He struggled his second two seasons in the league both due to injuries and the fact he has no steady jump shot — he took 4.7 shots a game from beyond 16 feet…

  18. Karl on Lakers/Thunder dominance — that’s summer talk.

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The general consensus — and you can throw me in with the majority here — is that the race in the West is for third. Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to battle it out for the top two seeds in the regular season, then they are going to meet in the…

  19. Dwyane Wade doesn’t really want KG calling Allen anyway

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade hugs Boston Celtics' Allen after the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Last week we told you how Kevin Garnett was very Kevin Garnett when asked about Ray Allen — he said he hadn’t spoken to Allen since the sharpshooter signed with the Heat. That he lost Allen’s number. Allen’s reaction? Whatever KG. It wasn’t quite a shrug, but pretty close. As tends to happen with these kind…

  20. LeBron going to spend more time in post, play some point forward

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:19 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The Miami Heat have found their identity — they are going to play small. They are gong to have Chris Bosh spend lot of time at the five spot (he says he is ready for it) then have LeBron at the power forward spot. He says he’s ready for all of it. He says he…

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