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  1. Chris Paul already talking championship with Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not backing down from the challenge. Clippers nation is dreaming of having their own banner hanging up at Staples Center, something that doesn’t look like the JV next to what the other team in the building has enshrined. The Clippers are not just dreaming of respectability — that came with Blake Griffin…

  2. Stephen Jackson missing camp… is it contract issues?

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Well, that didn’t take long. Stephen Jackson has missed a few practices with the Milwaukee — he is expected to be a focal point of the Bucks’ offense — due to what is officially being called back spasms. But there is already speculation growing around the team that the real issue is Jackson wants a…

  3. Friday morning one liners (so long Brandon Roy)

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. If you read one thing today, make it the BlazersEdge look back at the career of Brandon Roy. This is spectacular stuff from Ben Golliver. In case you missed it, PBT previewed all 30 NBA…

  4. Looks like Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo stays in Spain

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker Introductory Press Conference

    For months now, we kept hearing Bismack Biyombo and everyone around the Charlotte draftee say that he could get out of his contract with his Spanish team and would be a Bobcat this year. But Fuenlabrada, the Spanish club in question, wants the full buyout in Biyombo’s contract — and the Spanish courts agreed with…

  5. Bobcats Reggie Williams out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    WILLIAMS_REGGIE

    I like the Reggie Williams signing in Charlotte — right now that offense is going to rely too much on Corey Maggette and Williams is a guy who could be the spark off the bench, the sixth man who comes in with the green light and changes the flow of the game. But 24-hours after…

  6. Kings’ Chuck Hayes held out of practice after heart test

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    Chuck Hayes was a big free agent signing for the Sacramento Kings — they needed someone to actually play defense and bring some consistency to the frontcourt and Hayes will do all that. Or rather, he will once he gets back on the court. He was pulled off it Thursday because a stress echocardiogram revealed…

  7. Is Los Angeles a Clippers town now? No.

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Blake_Griffin_grabs_his_jersey_with_Kobe_Bryant_by_his_side

    Last year, the Clippers were the hot new girl at the party in Los Angeles. You couldn’t take your eyes off her but there was nothing serious going on, it was all flirting and fun. Now, things are getting serious. The Chris Paul trade has the Clippers feeling like we all thought about the Oklahoma…

  8. Video: DeMarcus Cousins is not a morning person

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Players are no fans of media day, and no fans of early mornings. So combine the two and you get DeMarcus Cousins doing interviews in shades. He talks about what he learned in his rookie year and what the Kings expect of themselves going forward. Worth checking out. It’s the best interview you’re going to…

  9. Dwight Howard says he has not withdrawn trade request

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Orlando Magic may not be shopping Dwight Howard around, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be shopped. Howard said Thursday his trade request is still on the table, the day after Magic GM Otis Smith said that Howard was off the trading block for now. After that, Howard worked hard to dodge…

  10. ProBasketballTalk previews the entire NBA

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    As if you haven’t noticed, NBA previews for all 30 NBA teams popped up at ProBasketballTalk faster than a Scott Baio rumor. But more accurate. What you see below is one stop shopping for your NBA previews — we are all about reader convenience here at PBT . All 30 teams are here and we…

  11. Maloofs say that they will be flexible with March 1 arena deadline

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    KevinJohnson and Gavin Maloof laugh

    We expect the Sacramento Kings arena news to pick up now that we’re about three months away from the March 1 deadline for the city to have funding in place. That deadline has put Kevin Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento effort on a tight, tight schedule, but so far they appear to be on…

  12. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, Billy Baptist

    Last season: 43-39, which is not bad but in the deep West sends you to the lottery. Head Coach: Kevin McHale, last seen on the bench in Minnesota where he was forced, in a fit of poetic justice, to coach the team he had built as GM. A team that wasn’t very good. He replaces…

  13. PBT Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Last season: 46-36, tied with Memphis but on a tiebreaker drew the Lakers in the first round, which got them knocked out. Head Coach: Monty Williams, entering just his second season at the head of an NBA team. Key Departures: Chris Paul, who is now throwing lobs to Blake Griffin, and David West, who left…

  14. Josh Howard signs on with Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Utah Jazz have decided to Roll the dice on Josh Howard. Howard has signed with the Jazz for this season (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke the story). Utah has C.J. Miles at the small forward but a healthy Howard brings a lot more offensive weaponry and points to the picture. Healthy is the question mark…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Last season: 46-36, good enough for the eighth seed in the West, but then they pulled the shocking upset and beat San Antonio in the first round. They fell to Oklahoma City in a hard-fought second round. It was the kind of playoff run that raises expectations for next season. Head Coach: Lionel Hollins, who…

  16. Blazers to formally amnesty Brandon Roy as he leaves game

    Dec 15, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy is walking away from the game… which makes us sad. But he’s doing it while he can still walk, which is understandable. How Roy’s retirement is formally going down is that the Blazers will amnesty him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The reason is they need to get his salary of the books…

  17. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    2010-11 record: 55-27 Head Coach: Scott Brooks, who his players really like. Significant Departures: Robert Vaden? Significant Additions: Reggie Jackson, a personal sleeper favorite in the draft at PBT. Best-Case Scenario: The slimmed-down Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are one of the best defensive frontcourts in the league.  Russell Westbrook continues to be one of…

  18. NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    2010-11 record: 50-32 Head Coach: George Karl Key Departures: Raymond Felton, Gary Forbes, and the three guys on an extended Chinese vacation — J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler, Kenyon Martin Key Additions: Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried. They also kept Nene, which seemed unlikely at points but makes this team much, much better. Best-Case Scenario:…

  19. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    Last season: 40-42, good for 10th place in the West, and six games out of the playoff picture. Head Coach: Alvin Gentry Key Departures: Vince Carter was waived by the team and was picked up by Dallas. Aaron Brooks signed to play in China just before the lockout was resolved, and while the Suns still…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    mark-jacksonwarriors

    Last season: 35-46, 10 games out of the playoffs in the West. Head Coach: Mark Jackson, who better hope to find something better to say to his players in the huddle than “Hand down, man down!” if he hopes to keep their attention as the season wears on. Key Departures: Reggie Williams, Charlie Bell, Jeremy…

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