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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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:…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    2010-11 record: 39-43 Head Coach: Jerry Sloan… no, wait, Tyrone Corbin Key Departures: Ronnie Price Key Additions: Enes Kanter, Alec Burks Best-Case Scenario: Enes Kanter and Al Jefferson combine like Voltron to be one of the best offensive frontcourts in the league. Devin Harris reminds everybody why they thought the Jason Kidd trade was so…

  10. Jamal Crawford going home, to sign with Portland

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The Portland Trail Blazers always had an advantage in trying to land Jamal Crawford — and not just LaMarcus Aldridge’s naked and unabashed recruitment of him on twitter. Crawford was born in Seattle and lives in the Pacific Northwest in the offseason. The Blazers were close to home. And he is headed back, according to…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Orlando Magic

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Last season: 52-30, fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Lost a close first-round series to the Atlanta Hawks in six games. Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy, if he can manage to not go insane while continually asked about the Dwight Howard situation all season. Key Departures: None … yet. (OK, not entirely true.) Gilbert…

  12. NBA Season Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    2010-11 record: 35-47, just missing the playoffs but not in a position to get a great draft pick Head Coach: Scott Skiles Key Departures: Corey Maggette, John Salmons Key Additions: Stephen Jackson, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Beno Udrih Best-Case Scenario: The Bucks continue to play suffocating defense while finding some semblance of an offensive identity. The…

  13. Video: Watch Blake Griffin learn about CP3 trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    The Clippers were doing a bus tour with fans on Wednesday right as word started to leak out about the Clippers trading for Chris Paul. Watch the reaction of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, who realized they were about to become half of a couple of the best pick-and-roll tandems in the NBA. Elsewhere, off…

  14. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    chris paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Circle March 22 on your calendar. That is when Chris Paul and he Clippers return to New Orleans to take on the Hornets in his only game there tis year. This could end up…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Last season: 32-50, or to frame it in context, 13th place in the West out of 15 teams. Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro, who, after the team successfully traded for Chris Paul, is now officially on the hot seat. VDN has yet to prove he can be successful coaching at the NBA level, and if…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    2010-11 Record: 62-20 (best in the NBA, thanks to relentless effort on defense every night) Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (you can thank him for the defense) Key Departures: Rasual Butler, Kurt Thomas Key Additions: Richard Hamilton — a big upgrade at the two. Best case scenario (that does not involve a highly unlikely Dwight Howard…

  17. NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    2010-11 record: 37-45 Head Coach: Frank Vogel Key Departures: Josh McRoberts, T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy Jr. Key Additions: David West, George Hill Best case scenario: The Pacers build on their spirited 1st round performance against the Bulls, seamlessly integrate David West and George Hill into their frontcourt and backcourt, they run a lot of pick-and-pop…

  18. Clippers future now in hands of one Donald T. Sterling

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Wednesday night the Clippers went from “good young team with potential” to “these guys are close to being contenders.” The Clippers are not title contenders yet. Not until we see them play better and consistent defense. Not until we’re convinced Vinny Del Negro can coach a team to a championship. Not with the stopgap Chauncey…

  19. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the Western Conference. But they struggled against big lineups and so drawing Memphis in the first round was trouble. The Spurs were eliminated fast. Head Coach: Gregg Popovich, entering his 16th year at the helm of the Spurs. But he remains as cranky as ever. Key Departures: George Hill,…

  20. 2011-12 Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    2010-11 record: 17-65 Head Coach: Rick Adelman, his first year on the job in Minny. Key Departures: Sebastian Telfair, Lazar Hayward Key Additions: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea, Brad Miller (who is out injured to start the season) Best-Case Scenario: Adelman, Rubio and Williams turn the Timberwolves into a run-and-gun force made of tweeners,…

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