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  1. Luis Scola says amnesty process in Houston wasn’t easy

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    scola-suns

    Luis Scola was one of many new players sporting a Suns jersey at the team’s media day on Monday, and while he’s of course happy to be there just like other fresh faces Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, and Goran Dragic, his journey to Phoenix — or, more to the point, his exit from Houston —…

  2. Rondo says this Celtics team more talented than 2008

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    There is a whole lot of optimism in Boston about this Celtics team. Because they made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, then brought back Kevin Garnett (who played fantastically in the playoffs), then got deeper and better with the addition of guys like Jason Terry and Courtney…

  3. Make no mistake, Lakers are still Kobe’s team. For now.

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant answers questions during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Did you really think otherwise? Did you really doubt the Lakers were still Kobe Bryant’s team? This was reportedly one of the reasons Dwight Howard was hesitant to come to Los Angeles — they talked last year and Kobe told Howard that the Lakers were his team, and at time Howard would be offensive option…

  4. Video: Justin Bieber takes on Team USA in NBA 2K13

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber vs. Team USA? Well, never say never. Bieber, the idol of tween girls everywhere, is a big hoops fan, is a regular at Lakers games and he’s played in the celelbrity games All-Star weekend — and acquitted himself better than I wanted to give him credit for. But against Team USA? That only…

  5. Sixers pick up option for next season on coach Collins

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

    Doug Collins has earned the right to stick around in Philadelphia — he has instilled a defensive mindset and toughness in the team that made them respectable. It helped them get past Chicago in the first round of the playoffs last year (that and the Derrick Rose injury). Now he is going to have a…

  6. Kobe says this is most talented Lakers team he has been on

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    New center Dwight Howard greets Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has been on Lakers teams with amazing talent — Shaquille O’Neal in his prime, Glen Rice, Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum. But he said he has never been on a more talented team than this one, which has a likely starting five of Steve Nash, Bryant,…

  7. Monday And-1 links: NBA media day edition

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    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. Today, we bring you a lot of news and notes out of the various…

  8. Jazz’s Kanter dropped 51 pounds when he stopped eating everything

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    enes-kanter

    One of the fantasies of media day around the NBA is the “look at Player X, he dropped 15 pounds and is really in shape for this season.” Often the weight loss is exaggerated, and certainly what is exaggerated is the impact that has on most players. Jazz big man Enes Kanter may be the…

  9. NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Last season: Oh, what a tangled web we weave… The Magic won 37 games (to 29 losses) last season because for a stretch in the first half of the season they were one of the top-five teams in the NBA. Dwight Howard was putting up his usual MVP numbers (well, not last season next to…

  10. Lakers sign Douglas-Roberts for camp, probably not more

    Oct 1, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a little bit of a surprise at Lakers media day when former Memphis star swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts walked out in a Lakers uniform. But the Lakers signed him to a non-guaranteed contract for training camp, the team announced. Which is not a bad roll of the dice on a player a lot of…

  11. Cousins calls USA Select Team experience “political”

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins had a bumpy time as a member of the USA Select Team this summer, playing against the London Olympians during training camp. He got called out publicly by USA basketball president Jerry Colangelo for being too physical in scrimmages against the stars. I’ll add that I was in Vegas and Colangelo wasn’t the…

  12. Nets are talking championship. And they mean this year.

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    It’s not just owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King talking grandiose plans of he Nets winning a title this year — their coach and players are as well. The Nets may well not be the best team in in New York City, but moving into a new building in a new market with some…

  13. Chris Bosh trying to nickname himself “random guy”

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh poses for a portrait during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    Chris Bosh wants to be known as “random guy.” Not for the reason you think (that he is the awkward third wheel on the Heat with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and for the casual basketball fan he is just a random guy). Rather, Bosh said he was watching film of the Heat’s positionless offense…

  14. Hornets’ Gordon has sore knee, will be held back in camp

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Well, this isn’t good. Eric Gordon has had some soreness and swelling in his right knee — that would be the one he had surgery on last season that cost him most of the year — so the Hornets are going slow with him during training camp, the team announced. They used the words “limited…

  15. Spin out of Knicks media day: Raymond Felton is in shape

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    There are a couple of reasons that teams hire full time media relations people and now hire their own reporters for their team Web sites, and driving traffic to those sites (so they can appease sponsors/advertisers) is just a part of it. The bigger goal is to spin the narrative the way they want. It’s…

  16. Bulls announce four-year contract extension with Thibodeau

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    You knew they were going to work this out, the only questions were when and how much. We don’t know the how much part yet, but we know the when — Bulls GM Gar Forman announced a four-year contract extension with coach Tom Thibodeau during the team’s media day on Monday according to the team’s…

  17. Bynum sidelined three weeks with bone bruise in knee

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    Andrew Bynum just got back from Germany, where he had the Orthokine therapy — you know it better as the Kobe treatment — on his knee. Something he has had done before, and last season he played a full season on those troublesome knees. This time the procedure left him with a small bone bruise,…

  18. Report: Cavs keep Varejao on trade block. Shocking, I know.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Do you remember a time when Anderson Varejao wasn’t on the trade block? It seems so long ago that he was going to be a part of the Cavaliers future along with that LeBron guy, but things have changed. Varejao has been on the blocks forever and a day now, it seems. And that hasn’t…

  19. Adelman wanted Kirilenko in Minny. Brandon Roy? Meh.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Maybe its’ because Glen Taylor is older and trying to slide out the door of Timberwolves ownership, so he is less concerned with what he tells the media. Maybe it’s because he’s a U.S. Senator who has been trusted with secrets of genuine importance that talking about what goes on behind closed doors at an…

  20. Wizards sign Pargo to come in while Wall is out

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Jannero pargo AP

    It was expected the Wizards were doing to look around for some depth at the point guard position with John Wall out for a couple months (let us hope it is only a couple months), but they moved faster than had been expected. The Wizards have signed Jannero Pargo to a one-year deal, his agent…

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