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  1. NBA Season Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    Last season: Abort the mission! New plan! New plan! The Bucks slammed on the parking brake, wrenched the wheel and Tokyo Drifted in a new direction last season, abandoning the “all defense all the time” team built around Andrew Bogut and giving p on the fleeting hope Bogut will ever, ever be healthy. They swapped…

  2. You will not see much, if any, Kendrick Perkins in preseason

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti sat down with the media on Wednesday to talk about the upcoming season, his love of music documentaries (seriously, he loves things like VH1’s Classic Albums show), James Harden’s contract and team expectations. On all of it, he pretty much stuck to the expected script. But there was one thing…

  3. Quote of the Day: Sam Presti loves classic Pink Floyd

    Sep 26, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Sam Presti

    “Well as I was saying about Dark Side of the Moon, it’s a really great album.” —Thunder GM Sam Presti, jokingly trying to change the topic when asked Wednesday about the contract status of James Harden, (via Royce Young on twitter). My guess is he was listening to “Money” over and over. That or “Us…

  4. More positivity from Kevin Love about Timberwolves

    Sep 26, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    After last season then when hanging out with Team USA, Kevin Love was more than happy to tell you how frustrated he was with the Timberwolves roster. Frustrated that their playoff chances blew up with Ricky Rubio’s knee. Frustrated that when Rubio went down the Timberwolves roster was exposed. But this summer the Timberwolves got…

  5. Juwan Howard still hoping to land with Heat. Good luck.

    Sep 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard

    When the Miami Heat gave a contract to Josh Harrellson, it was assumed by many that would be it for veteran Juwan Howard. The Heat are going to start Chris Bosh at center (or at least play him there a lot this season) and now they have Joel Anthony, Mickell Gladness and Harrellson on the…

  6. Doc Rivers doesn’t know what to expect from Darko, either

    Sep 26, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    If Darko Milicic were taken, say, 25th in the 2003 NBA Draft, you would think the Celtics made a good signing bringing him in this summer — a serviceable big man to bring in off the bench, a guy who for 12 minutes a night will not suck and give guys like Kevin Garnett some…

  7. How bad rumors start: Gilbert Arenas to Lakers or Clippers?

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    Arenas_beardshot

    This is not a post about Gilbert Arenas. Not really. It’s a post about how rumors start and how you need to be an educated media consumer when reading them. This is about knowing your sources of information. We will start with some logic — the Lakers and Clippers are both top teams in the…

  8. Danny Granger tweaks knee, Pacers will be cautious

    Sep 26, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Let’s start here — it’s not that bad. When the season starts, Danny Granger should be ready to roll for the Pacers. He’s working out with teammates now. But coach Frank Vogel told the Indianapolis Star that Granger suffered a mild knee injury during his off-season training in California. He is now back at the…

  9. Nets as title contender? Billy King thinks it could happen.

    Sep 26, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    I’m not sold the Nets are the best team in New York. They are not the best team in the Northeast. Nobody sane thinks they are the best team on the East coast, or in that conference. Yes, they are going to be much better than last season’s train wreck in Newark. This version of…

  10. Clyde Drexler thinks the Suns will make playoffs. This year.

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

    clyde drexler

    Steve Nash is gone. Grant Hill is gone. Michael Beasley is going to be picking up a lot of the scoring slack. Channing Frye is now likely out for the season. It’s going to be a rough season for the rebuilding Suns… unless you ask Clyde Drexler. Drexler is the one Suns true believer. He…

  11. Barnes pleads no contest to traffic warrant, gets community service

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Matt Barnes will do 30 hours of community service and go through some counseling sessions as part of a no contest plea to his arrest for unlicensed driving and resisting arrest earlier this summer. Barnes, who signed with the Clippers just a couple weeks ago, was not in the Manhattan Beach courtroom Tuesday but his…

  12. Don’t expect Atlanta to extend Josh Smith. Which means more trade rumors.

    Sep 25, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    If you are taking preseason bets on “guy to show up in the most trade rumor posts” on your favorite message board, Josh Smith would be a good call. For example, look at this one from Boston already. (By the way, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and a first round pick for Smith is a horrible…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Last season: The Pacers made moves to become a top-tier team in the East and they worked out. Roy Hibbert and Paul George both took some big steps forward, while David West added the consistent scorer they were looking for and George Hill provided balance with Darren Collison, though the two didn’t work well together.…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: The Nets dancer uniforms are… pretty fly?

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-cheerleaders

    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 the twitterverse loves making fun of replacement referees. • The photo to the…

  15. Video: Another Derrick Rose recovery ad… but it’s good

    Sep 25, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose  in D Rose Short, Family Story Tee and DMR Hoody

    Adidas seems to be putting out a lot more video and interesting stuff with the injured Derrick Rose than the healthy, MVP one. Maybe that’s just how it feels. No doubt, his new line of signature shoes look good and there is always plenty of ads and hype when a new line comes out. I…

  16. Coach confirms Lillard, Hickson will start for Blazers

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Lamarcus Aldridge Wesley Matthews

    The names aren’t really a surprise, but it shows that the Trail Blazers are going to be young and athletic this season. And a lot of fun to watch. Speaking with the media, coach Terry Stotts confirmed the starting five in Portland (via Joe Freeman of the Oregonian): Damian Lillard, Wesley Mathews, Nicolas Batum, J.J.…

  17. Add Nene to “will miss camp, be ready for season” list

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    While John Wall is the guy we all will be watching — and the guy who will get too much credit or criticism for whatever happens with the Wizards this season — Nene might be the second most important player on that team. After years of enigmatic and underwhelming big men in our nation’s capital,…

  18. Quote of the Day: Jason Terry is ready to kill Heat, Lakers

    Sep 25, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    “My mission is to kill; whether it’s the Heat, whether it’s the Lakers. Hopefully both. That’s my mission, and that’s what I’m here to do.” —Jason Terry, via CSNNE.com. The quote came before Terry stepped out for a round of golf for a Celtics charity. Terry is key for the Celtics this year because he…

  19. Anthony Tolliver to sign with Atlanta Hawks

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    If you want confirmation of where Anthony Tolliver will play next season, ask Anthony Tolliver himself: I will be signing with the Atlanta Hawks for the upcoming season…thanks to all the Twolves for 2 great yrs! #thedecision #finally lol — Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 25, 2012 To be fair, Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida…

  20. Batum feels bad he punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the nuts

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It was one of the most talked about moments of the Olympic basketball tournament — Nicolas Batum (he of the huge new contract with the Trail Blazers) and his French teammates needed to foul Spain, down 6 with 24 seconds left. Batum did foul Juan Carlos Navarro by punching him in the place a man…

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