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  1. PBT’s preseason predictions: Yes, expect Heat vs. Lakers final

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    It’s that time of year again, when we NBA writers make predictions we will wince at in a few months. When you can read our predictions and use those as evidence that we clearly hate your favorite team (pick a team, any team). What follows are the ProBasketballTalk predictions for the 2012-13 season by myself…

  2. Kyrylo Fesenko waived by Bulls, gets workout with Hawks

    Oct 30, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

    FESENKO_KYRYLO

    The Bulls brought in Kyrylo Fesenko looking to add a little depth at the five spot, but once they got a closer look at the roster they decided “we’re good here” and waived Fesenko. Now Fesenko is getting a look from the Atlanta Hawks, reports Shams Charania of Real GM: Word out of Colorado —…

  3. Kobe updates status on Facebook to say he doesn’t know if he’ll play Tuesday

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Brown did it in six words: “Kobe is a game time decision.” Kobe Bryant used a lot more words to say the same thing. And staying true to his younger generation (compared to Brown) he just posted how he is doing and feels on Facebook rather than bothering with a conversation. Getting stronger. Not…

  4. Video: Anthony Davis’ preseason highlights (he looked good)

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis looked really good this preseason. I know, he was the No. 1 pick and scouts loved him as much as they have loved any player coming out of college since Derrick Rose, he was supposed to look good. But still he was supposed to be a bit of a project on offense. Projects…

  5. Thunder have some adjustments to make with Kevin Martin

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Martin, De Andre Liggins

    For years, Kevin Martin was a player I hoped would land on a bigger stage. He was maybe the most efficient scorer in the NBA, a guy who could shoot the three, had a deceptively good handle and knew how to get to the line. He scored more than 20 points a game for five…

  6. Karl admits Lawson contract extension distracting Nuggets

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:19 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    The good news is this distraction isn’t going to last very long. Probably. There is a Wednesday deadline for when rookie contract extensions for the draft class of 2009 have to be agreed to. Ty Lawson is one of those guys. Everyone expected the Nuggets to come to terms with the young point guard who…

  7. Rockets GM Morey says Harden trade is unprecedented

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Daryl Morey is feeling pretty good about himself right now. After striking out going after Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and just about every other big name who came on the market in the past couple years, he finally made contact. He got James Harden in a trade that shocked the NBA and even shocked…

  8. Report: Amar’e Stoudemire possibly out 6-8 weeks

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:57 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    When one door closes, another one opens. Now, Knicks big men, don’t everybody clutch their lower back and slowly lurch towards the door at the same time. This is an opportunity for a player to establish that he’s truly an offensive savant, and as much fun as a Rasheed Wallace revival would be, this is…

  9. Kobe Bryant officially a “game time decision” for opener

    Oct 29, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    This is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about. We expect him to play. He’s pretty much the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail when it comes to injuries — “’Tis just a flesh wound.” But his status for the Lakers season opener remains up in the air just 24 hours before Los Angeles…

  10. Sale of Grizzlies to Robert Pera finalized for $377 million

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    Grizzlies arena

    Michael Heisley bought the team in 2000 for $160 million. In January of this year, Forbes estimated the Memphis Grizzlies to be worth $269 million. Monday the sale of the Grizzlies from Heisley to Robert Pera became official — at a price of $377 million, according to the Commercial Appeal. For those of you scoring…

  11. Video: Top 10 plays of the NBA preseason

    Oct 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    I’m not going to miss the preseason, with its sloppy play, funky lineup experiments, star players sitting out and meaningless results. But still, there were some great plays during the preseason, so here are the top 10, as compiled by the fine people at NBA.com. Personally I would have had Carlos Delfino number one, but…

  12. Delonte West officially waived by Mavericks

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    The rumors have been swirling for days. Delonte West‘s time with the Mavericks was coming to a close and we only need to wait for the official announcement. Well, it seems that announcement is here. From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: The Mavericks have informed the NBA office of their 15-man roster and…

  13. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  14. Joel Anthony ruled out for Heat season opener

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Joel Anthony

    The NBA season begins in earnest on Tuesday and the marquee game will be a rematch of last season’s eastern conference finals when the Heat face the Celtics. There’s no shortage of bad blood between these two teams and every player is ready to jump into the fray and be part of it. Well, except…

  15. Four teams that could head off a Lakers vs. Heat NBA final

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    It’s the consensus of prognosticators (and me as well) — the NBA finals will be the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. You can already sense David Stern drooling like a Pavlovian dog thinking about the television ratings. What teams could destroy David Stern’s dream? There are four. While we…

  16. Video: Blake Griffin helps his younger self in clever Kia ads

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin has just found his groove in front of the camera. He’s got a great, dry  sense of humor that works really well with the right material. These ads from Kia are the right material. Pretty funny stuff. Personally, I’d be afraid of what 10-year-old me would say back to current me if I…

  17. Manu Ginobili to miss Spurs season opener with back pain

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Terrel Harris

    This is not the way the San Antonio Spurs want to start the season. Manu Ginobili will not travel with the Spurs to New Orleans for the season opener due to ongoing back issues, reports Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili’s back will be reassessed on Thursday. Which implies this could last a while longer,…

  18. Report: Dallas Mavericks shopping Dominique Jones

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    JONES_DOMINIQUE

    Anyone looking for an athletic guard who isn’t a very good shooter getting paid $1.3 million this season? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller? Beuller? Dallas is shopping Dominique Jones if you’re interested. They’re doing it to see if they can keep Delonte West. Maybe. That’s still up in the air, but Jones is on the market. From…

  19. Harden reportedly “devastated” by trade. I can think of 25 million reasons he’ll get over it.

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden didn’t want to be traded from the Thunder. He said as much. He was having fun on a contending team that he had kind of grown up in the NBA on. But business is business. Harden earned his right to get paid — the Thunder reportedly offered four years, $52 million (an offer…

  20. Deron Williams says Knicks better with Felton than Lin

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Nets Williams drives to the basket past Knicks Lin during their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin is gone from New York, which led to a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth among some Knicks fans. He was their savior midseason, the guy who helped turn the team’s season around, a guy the fans related to and loved and now he is in Houston. Deron Williams thinks the Knicks…

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