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  1. Kendrick Perkins not worried about Lakers, his starting spot, any of your petty concerns

    Sep 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins is still recovering from the wrist injury that hampered him during the playoffs last year. Which means during the preseason we are going to see a lot of Cole Aldrich, Hasheem Thabeet and anyone else vying to be his backup at the five (Daniel Orton, for one). Early this past summer there had…

  2. Where in the world will Josh Howard play next?

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Jazz forward Howard tries to get position on Spurs forward Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Matt Barnes got inked but we still have a long list of veteran players out there waiting to sign a deal — Kenyon Martin, Mickael Pietrus, Louis Amundson, Leandro Barbosa, Anthony Tolliver, Darko Milicic. Josh Howard can be added to that list, also. Once a 19.9 points per game scorer for the Mavericks, last season…

  3. The Inbounds: Why players and their agents should consider a franchise’s spending history in free agency decisions

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Two and a half weeks ago, Business Week released a study on the “smartest spenders in the NBA.” Kurt talked about the top and bottom ten here. It’s nothing shocking. The Lakers spend really well! The Wizards and Kings spend really badly! Turns out there’s a high correlation between “being a really good team” and…

  4. Miami Heat do not seem high on Dexter Pitman. At all.

    Sep 17, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

    Dexter Pittman

    The Miami Heat are still looking for one more big man on the roster. Chris Bosh is the starting center (probably) but the Heat want some depth up front. Josh Harrellson got an extended lookout, as did Hassan Whiteside, but the Heat are still looking. Dexter Pittman has had his shot. He was with the…

  5. New city, same old Jeremy Lin sleeping on couches

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:37 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Remember back when “Linsanity” swept New York like nothing since Sex and the City? Part of the story was how Jeremy Lin wasn’t even sure he would stick with the team and slept for a while on Landry Field’s couch. It became a joke on twitter with Fields sending out pictures of the couch. Now,…

  6. Doc Rivers says the plan is for Courtney Lee to start until Bradley’s return

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    With Avery Bradley out for a while to start next season, there is a bit of a question about whether Jason Terry would move from his traditional bench spot to a starting position. Problem is that would jack with plans to have Terry back up Rondo at point guard. But what about Courtney Lee? In…

  7. Looks like MKG is ‘just fine’

    Sep 16, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was brilliant in Summer League. For a whole game. Then he was out with a knee. It was a really disappointing start to the forward’s time with Charlotte, as MKG is largely thought of as the start of their rebuilding plan. Then he disappeared. Not a word was said about Kidd-Gilchrist over the…

  8. Dwight Howard admits he learned lessons of LeBron decision too late

    Sep 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    There were lessons to be learned out of how LeBron James handled leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat. A long list of what not to do. One was the pitfalls of hubris and that not everything can be spun positively. Another was that people are going to hate you for that kind of move, and…

  9. Louisville is totally serious about getting an NBA team

    Sep 16, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    louisville_skyline_sunset_1

    Louisville’s basketball crazy, and they want more of it. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that a group of business owners met with the mayor and other government officials recently to talk about the possibility of the city bringing in an NBA team. And they sound pretty psyched about the idea. From the Courier-Journal: A group of community…

  10. Tony Allen ‘guarantees’ he’ll be back for season opener, but what about next year?

    Sep 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    tony allen

    Memphis defensive pitbull guard-forward Tony Allen had minor surgery over the summer to repair cartilage in his knee. His recovery is going to run right up against the start of training camp, but Allen made it clear that he’ll be good to go for the season opener on Halloween vs. the Clippers. “I’m definitely getting myself back…

  11. Mike Miller is (surprisingly) ready for training camp

    Sep 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    I’ll admit it, I was convinced that Mike Miller‘s three-point barrage against the Thunder in last year’s Finals was his way of blazing into glory, as in, off into the sunset. For two years, we’d watched Miller drag a body around that wasn’t just suffering in one part of his body, it was all of…

  12. Two weeks to training camp… when Tony Allen’s hungry you better let the big dog eat

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tony Allen

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. The best thing about Tony Allen‘s…

  13. Shaq has a plan for the Knicks to have a better chance against Miami which will help them not at all

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    ESPN NY got Shaquille O’Neal to talk about the Knicks for the upcoming season, not exactly a difficult thing to do, on any topic at any time. And apparently they decided to ask him what they have to do to get past the Heat, or, what they need to do to beat the Heat if…

  14. Do the Jazz need to ‘fix’ Al Jefferson and if so, how do they do it?

    Sep 15, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    In a very thorough and open-minded post on the Jazz Blog SLCDunk, they’ve reached a conclusion that Al Jefferson is not nearly the player that Jazz fans want him to be or the organization needs him to be. This is going to run counter to what a lot of people outside of SLC tend to…

  15. Two weeks to training camp… Dirk Nowitzki can kill your dreams a million ways

    Sep 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. The angles Dirk Nowitzki uses out…

  16. We know experience matters in the NBA, but the question ‘Why?’ lingers

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    There’s a certain contrast when it comes to how people view age in the NBA. Coaches and players like, trust in, and believe in experienced veterans, while fans like young players. Younger players represent upside and potential, the unknown, athleticism and possibility to fans. But to coaches and veterans, they represent mistakes, sloppiness, a lack…

  17. In case you are curious how much pull CP3 has with Clippers, check out what Barnes said.

    Sep 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Matt Barnes is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. We told you about that yesterday. We’ve also told you that Chris Paul was playing GM and doing the recruiting — the Clippers want to keep Paul happy heading into his free agency and the buzz around the league is he and CAA have been…

  18. Metta World Peace: “I don’t see anybody getting past us”

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    So much for downplaying expectations. Not that the Lakers really could — the Lakers are the 800 pound gorilla of sports in Los Angeles with a fan base is rabid and at times delusional. After the Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this summer (to pair with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol), the…

  19. Two weeks to training camp… Chris Paul’s teardrop is like a wizard from an 80’s metal animation

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Chris Paul is known for…

  20. Friday Night Video: 1984 All-Star Dunk Contest

    Sep 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Larry Nance

    1984 at the All-Star Game in Denver is when the NBA brought the Dunk Contest back (sort of, it was an old ABA thing). Dr. J was the favorite. Dominique Wilkins was competing. And Larry Nance won the thing. With a pretty cool dunk. I’m pretty sure the dunks themselves have not gotten much better…

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