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  1. Jamal Crawford added working on his game to his summer to do list

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford drive

    NBA players are in the top one percent of the top one percent of basketball players. You simply won’t find a more talented group of ballers on the planet than the guys who suit up in the association. Talent alone, though, normally doesn’t get a player to the top of their profession. It takes more…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki has knee surgery Friday, out six weeks

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Rather than wait and hope it heals like it did last season, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are being proactive. Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee Friday morning and will be out for about six weeks, the team announced Friday. That timeframe has him returning around the start of December. That would…

  3. Video: Andre Drummond’s reverse ally-oop on Heat

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond is putting up some highlights this preseason. Going into last season the question was never the physical gifts and skills of Drummond, the question was desire and focus. To borrow the Bull Durham line, it was not the million dollar body it was the five cent head. So far, so good (and it’s…

  4. Lakers owner says it is no accident they have 2014 cap space

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    It wasn’t LeBron James directly, that is just sort of a happy coincidence. But it is no accident that in a couple years the Lakers are going to have a boatload of salary cap space. Lakers owner Jim Buss — his father Jerry still owns the team but Jim is the guy running the show…

  5. Dwyane Wade obviously not thrilled with media talking LeBron to the Lakers

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    A legitimate report surfaced yesterday that had the Lakers preparing to make a run at LeBron James when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season. The report — from the beyond credible Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com — was not a rumor, and instead, was based in fact: multiple general managers around the…

  6. Celtics Bass, Pierce suffer minor injuries Thursday night

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Neither one is likely all that serious, and this year’s Celtics have the depth to deal with these kind of things better that past squads, but still this is not ideal. Both Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass came out limping after the Celtics preseason beat down of the Nets Thursday night. Pierce injured himself in…

  7. Video: Latest from adidas Derrick Rose “The Return” series

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in DMR Hoody and Rose Logo Snapback

    In “Drive” — the fifth installment of the adidas “The Return series — Derrick Rose talks about his family and their influence on him. When I was growing up my thing was just changing my mom’s lifestyle. She’s my mom, my father; I can talk to her about anything. She’s like my friend. Our relationship…

  8. International anti-doping official says NBA testing has gaps

    Oct 19, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

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    It’s kind of been assumed that the NBA was a place where steroids and other performance enhancing drugs were not an issue. We picture bodybuilders and football players and the Barry Bonds of the world — guys who bulked up — as PED users. Not long, thin basketball players. But to suggest that drugs that…

  9. Hawks point guard Teague leaves game with sprained ankle

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks are counting on Jeff Teague to make a big leap forward this season, to be more consistently aggressive and a leader. They want to run more and he is at the heart of the plans. But he can’t make that leap if his ankle is not right. Teague left the Hawks game…

  10. Report: Dwight Howard to make Lakers debut Sunday

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    He’s been reported to look strong in practice, and now Lakers fans are going to get their wish. Dwight Howard will make his debut as a Laker Sunday in a preseason game against the Kings at Staples Center, according to Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. “He is making progress,” one Lakers source…

  11. LeBron James: “I’m not going to worry” about Lakers rumors

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James passes against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James is only going to talk about this moment, about the Heat’s chance to repeat. He is not going to get caught up in what might or might not happen two seasons from now. Thursday the story leaked that the Lakers potentially will have cap space in 2014 to chase a max free agent,…

  12. Hall of Fame Lakers’ guard Slater Martin dies

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Slater Martin, the four-time NBA champion guard best known as the guy running the offense for the Minneapolis Lakers, passed away on Thursday at the age of 86. Martin was a high-scoring guard at Texas who came to the NBA and altered his game to be a slow-it-down, ball distributing guard who got the ball…

  13. Dwight Howard says dancing Gangnam style helped his back

    Oct 18, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Yup, he’s the same old goofy Dwight Howard. And he’s clearly getting comfortable in Los Angeles. We showed you video a while back that Howard had gone on the Ellen show and showed the dancing daytime talk show host how to dougie. But I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t watch the entire episode.…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    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 most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  15. Rivers says new 90-second “handshake” rule hurts coaches

    Oct 18, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    You’ve seen players complain about the NBA’s new “90 seconds from intros to tip off” rule, saying the fans love their pregame handshake rituals. You’ve seen the media complain that the NBA fun police are out, taking cues from the NFL. Now you can add a coach to the list of those who don’t like…

  16. NBA season preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 18, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    Last Season: The Warriors hope that last season was one where the decisions the franchise made put the team in position to compete for years to come — starting now. First year head coach Mark Jackson didn’t have much to work with, and Stephen Curry‘s ankle problems that allowed him to play only 26 games…

  17. Video: Another big dunk from Wednesday… Jonas Valanciunas

    Oct 18, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Raptors' Valanciunas looks on during a break in play against the Pistons during their NBA presseason basketball game in Toronto

    Ladies and gentlemen, Jonas Valanciunas. This is the Raptors rookie, the No. 5 overall pick from 2011 who is about to debut in the NBA this season. He’s looked a bit raw at times, he needs to get stronger, but he does have a move or two. And he can finish. Raptors fans have high…

  18. Cuban wants the same team back next season… if they win

    Oct 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The NBA is a bottom line business. As in it’s all about the money. The lockout made that painfully obvious. But winning can help the bottom line, plus it’s just more fun than losing. Mark Cuban gets the bottom line, but for him that includes winning. He has spent wildly in the past to try…

  19. Kevin Garnett has found himself a pupil in Jared Sullinger

    Oct 18, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Jared Sullinger is the kind of rookie who fits in on a veteran Celtics team. He’s not a guy who came in with a big ego, he’s not a guy who came in with a high-flying game. He’s more old school, lots of moves below the rim. That’s why Kevin Garnett likes the guy. That…

  20. Kevin Love broke hand doing knuckle push ups. Ugh.

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    It was like some kind of Rocky movie training montage gone bad. And without the John Cafferty “Heart on Fire” soundtrack. Kevin Love broke his hand doing knuckle pushups, according to the Timberwolves (as reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, among others). He was working out with a trainer at his condominium complex…

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