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  1. Ricky Rubio says he expects to be back in December

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    It’s always smart to agree with the guy who owns the business. In the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, owner Glen Taylor said recently he expects star point guard Ricky Rubio to return in December from surgery to repair a torn ACL. So, what did Rubio tell Spanish sports publication sport.es (via Hoopshype)? “I’m eager…

  2. Another report that Andray Blatche to the Nets nearly done

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    When the first reports came out that Andray Blatche had reached a deal with the Nets, his agents/people quickly turned and said it was not a done deal, the Heat were in the mix. Because agents like options and trying to use that as leverage. But then came John Lucas — the coach Blatche is…

  3. Chauncey Billups says he’s “way ahead of schedule”

    Sep 7, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    When Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles’ last February at age 35, it felt like it might be the end of a fantastic career. But if one guy had the discipline and drive to return, it was Billups. If he was going to fight his way back, the low-end estimates for recovery from that injury of…

  4. Owners of St. Louis ABA team want more NBA TV money

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Each year, the NBA pays part of the television revenue from the four former ABA teams — the Spurs, Pacers, Nets and Nuggets — to the owners of the now defunct Spirit of St. Louis. Seriously. It’s a budget line item for those teams. Nobody talks about the actual amount over the past 36 years…

  5. Ginobili hints he might play in 2014 World Championships

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

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    To answer your first question, 37. That is how old Manu Ginobili will be in the summer of 2014 when the FIBA Basketball World Championships take place in Spain. Normally you would say that would be old enough to preclude him from playing, but after Ginobili at 35 was one of the best players at…

  6. If you believe his coach, Blatche did reach deal with Nets

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:15 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    When reports came out the amnestied Wizard Andray Blatche had reached a deal with the Nets, his camp came back quickly with “there is nothing signed yet” and how the Heat might still be in the running. If you say so. But for the past month Blatche has been down training with John Lucas and…

  7. Justin Timberlake may be part of new Grizzlies ownership

    Sep 6, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Justin Timberlake has lived a charmed life, and I say that in spite of him having been in a boy band. I say that by looking at the list of women he has dated (Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, all the way back to Britney Spears. And that’s the partial list.) Timberlake…

  8. Ralph Sampson wouldn’t mind being an assistant coach

    Sep 6, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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    When Ralph Sampson walked away from the NBA, he really walked away from it. He became a family man, not trying to enter the coaching or broadcasting or any other ranks. But now the soon-to-be Hall of Famer he may be changing his mind with his family getting older and out of the house, he…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: Want to see Shaq in his underwear?

    Sep 6, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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    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 like Katy Perry likes being in the spotlight. That would be Shaquille O’Neal walking…

  10. The Inbounds: Reggie Miller was the thorn you loved or hated watching stick

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    There’s a freaking movie about how Reggie Miller made life hell for the Knicks. That’s how legendary that rivalry was. But it wasn’t just the moments, the trash talk, the shots or the points. To be a truly worthy hero, or a villain, you have to be good enough for the damage inflicted to seem…

  11. Rajon Rondo interns at GQ during fashion week

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    During the playoffs, Rajon rondo was drawing a lot of attention for his interesting wardrobe choices. As a guy who tries to color within the fashion lines because I look terrible when I wear clothes not approved by my wife, I am slow to criticize fashion choices. But lets say Rondo’s clothing choices were a…

  12. Amare Stoudemire explains “slap” of Miami fire extinguisher

    Sep 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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    It became a story as the Heat blew past the Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, on their way to an NBA title. Walking off the court after a Game 2 loss, the Knicks Amare Stoudemire was frustrated and hit a fire extinguisher case, leaving lacerations in his hands that caused him…

  13. Video: Breaking down Reggie Millers’ 8 points, 9 seconds

    Sep 6, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    We’ve already shown you what is Reggie Miller’s arguably most famous moment — 8 points in 9 seconds in the playoffs against the Knicks — but that was just because we enjoy watching it. And I enjoy the tweets from Knicks fans suggesting anatomically impossible things I should do. But I bring you this video…

  14. Nelson talks says he played Nellie Ball because he had to

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    As Don Nelson enters the Hall of Fame as the coach who has won more games than anyone in NBA history, he is getting praise as an innovator. He went small — played Nellie Ball at a fast tempo — long before other teams. Now you see the Heat, Celtics and others modeling it. Necessity is…

  15. Report: Magloire gets camp-invite deal from Raptors

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Jamaal Magloire thanks the fans before their last home game against the New Jersey Nets in their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The Toronto Raptors don’t really need another big man. They already have Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas, Quincy Acy. Bargnani is the scorer, the young guys are going to get minutes because they need to develop. But the Raptors think Jamaal Magloire might be a good veteran presence in the locker room, an…

  16. Scalabrine says no to Bulls coaching job to be Celtics broadcaster

    Sep 6, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Brian Scalabrine — a cult hero in Boston — has turned down a coaching job with the Bulls to head into broadcasting this fall in Boston. That is what the man himself told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (on twitter): Brian Scalabrine has turned down coaching job with Bulls and will call games for Comcast…

  17. The Inbounds: Rajon Rondo and a game of art not science

    Sep 6, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Over Labor Day, I had an opportunity to share a beach house with both a scientist and an artist. (Don’t get jealous, we were pretty much living off our friends’ generosity, it’s not like I’m skipping off to the Hamptons every other weekend.) A social situation involving people on opposite ends of the conceptual spectrum, particularly in…

  18. Video: Stephen Jackson eating ribs in slo-motion

    Sep 6, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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    It’s the dog-days of the off-season, when most of the league is on vacation or just working out somewhere not making much noise. And yes, I love cooking shows. So today, this video makes my cut. It’s Stephen Jackson eating his uncle’s fried ribs. Now his uncle is a true Southern cook in the sense…

  19. As he enters Hall of Fame, Don Nelson again says he’s done coaching

    Sep 6, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Don Nelson is deservingly going into the Hall of Fame as a coach this week — he has won more games than any NBA coach ever, he was the innovator of small ball. But at every stop he seems to be asked, “are you coming back?” He did have some conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves…

  20. Things to watch: Brandon Knight battling plantar fasciitis

    Sep 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons' Knight goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Noah during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    It’s mild. It’s summer when he can rest it and get it right. It’s not a big deal, it’s just something to watch. But this report on Pistons point guard Brandon Knight caught my eye. From Keith Langlois of the True Blue blog at Pistons.com. Brandon Knight suffered mild case of plantar fasciitis at Grgurich’s…

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