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  1. Report: Andrei Kirilenko near multi-year deal with Nets

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    This is not the superstar the Nets need — or the guy that keeps Deron Williams with the team into Brooklyn — but it would be a nice step forward. Sportando out of Europe reports Andrei Kirilenko — currently playing well for CSKA Moscow — is close to a multi-year deal to join the New…

  2. PBT’s NBA season predictions: LeBron James gets his ring

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    Before Miami Heat fans get excited about this, remember that I suck at making predictions. But thanks to my never-exhausted capacity for self-embarrassment, I’m giving you my predictions for the coming season (scroll down to see Brett from PBT’s calls for this season). I think that the condensed schedule — and condensed playoff schedule —…

  3. It’s official, Knicks roll the dice on Baron Davis

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    This is not going to work. That said, the Knicks are desperate for point guard help and they got a guy who can — when focused and involved — be the best guard on their roster. The only issues are he is out with a chronic bad back and that needed focus never lasts. The…

  4. Vinny del Negro on Chris Paul: “He’s gonna lose a few pounds”

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul stands with coach Del Negro as he holds his new jersey after a news conference in Playa Vista

    The Clippers had their first scrimmage — and Chris Paul’s second ever practice with the team — on Sunday and Clipper fans were ecstatic. As they should be. By all reports Paul looked pretty good but like a guy trying to find his way on a new team. After the game, Clippers coach Vinny del…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  6. Mark Cuban expects openly gay NBA player in “3 to 5 years”

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    How would an openly gay NBA player be received in the NBA? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in an interview with TMZ said he expects it to happen within the next three to five years (via USA Today and SLAM) “I think it will be more of a media sensation when someone comes out than it…

  7. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  8. Biyombo will reach into own pocket to play for Bobcats

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    Bismack Biyombo wanted badly to play for the Charlotte Bobcats this season — so much so that he will reach into his own pocket and pay much of his salary this season to a Spanish club. Biyombo was under contract to Fuenlabrada for the next two seasons and had a $1.5 million buyout. A number…

  9. Kobe Bryant says his knee is “90 percent better”

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant arrives for a news conference announcing the players rejection of the league's latest offer in New York

    Kobe Bryant is practicing with the Lakers again. That is big. Last season he didn’t, something he and Phil Jackson decided on together — they were going to save his sore knee for game time and so he only practiced a handful of times all season. It showed. Not in Kobe’s game so much as…

  10. Video: Rajon Rondo with the behind the back assist

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Actual basketball highlights from an actual basketball game. Remember those? Okay, it’s preseason so we can debate actual basketball game if you want. Still, the Rajon Rondo behind the back assist is sweet. And by the way, I like the Brandon Bass get by the Celtics, he’s far from perfect but he’s an upgrade over…

  11. Hey fellow Android phone users, NBC SportsTalk app upgraded

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    android_apps

    I’m just talking to my fellow Android phone users here (G2, to answer your question). The rest of you, just move along. I use the NBC SportsTalk app all the time. The one that lets you follow ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, ProHockeyTalk,and the rest (including this humble blog) from your phone or tablet. Best way to keep…

  12. Report: Chinese team considers releasing Kenyon Martin

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Turnover in the Chinese Basketball Association is common — especially with American players — but it hasn’t been that way with the NBA players inked to play there during the NBA lockout. At least not yet. That could be changing, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports. The Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China are giving strong consideration to…

  13. Nick Young to sign Wizards qualifying offer, will enter free agency 2012

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports: Restricted free agent shooting guard Nick Young is in the process of catching a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Washington and is expected to sign his one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer with the Wizards on Monday, according to people with knowledge of the situation. via Sources: Nick Young…

  14. The Sixers and a question of patience on the path to greatness

    Dec 18, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Star power is an abject must in this league, from any angle. It’s not just about the fact that this is a player-driven league or that “good players are good.” It’s that they drive ticket sales and those players are essential to winning a title. Detroit is the only real team in the last… long,…

  15. Grizzlies’ Darrell Arthur suffers “serious Achilles injury”

    Dec 18, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    ARTHUR_DARRELL

    Darrell Arthur came into his own last season. After injuries plagued his first two seasons, Arthur emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Grizzlies. He spent an inordinate amount of time working on his mid-range last year and became the Grizzlies’ best pick-and-pop weapon. When the Spurs decided in the playoffs to pick their poison…

  16. Report: Baron Davis will join Knicks

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Baron Davis Warriors

    Baron Davis will, eventually, be back under the bright lights of a big city basketball team. After being amnestied by the Cavaliers following a diagnosis of a bulging disc that will keep him out indefinitely, ESPN reports the former Warrior and Clipper (and Hornet) has decided to take the veteran minimum to join the New…

  17. The Houston Rockets have not gotten over the Pau Gasol trade falling through

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    It was supposed to be different this time. After years of trying to trade for a legitimate star or sign one in free agency and having it fall apart at every turn, the Rockets were going to land their big fish. It was there on the table. It was agreed to by all parties. And…

  18. Report: Warriors to trade Lou Amundson to Pacers for Brandon Rush

    Dec 18, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

    From Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times: UPDATE II: The Warriors are in the process of trading Lou Amundson, according to a team source. A second source confirmed it is for Indiana Pacers swingman Brandon Rush. Amundson was held out of Saturday’s game vs. Sacramento. It is not official and likely won’t be before…

  19. Suns successful in avoiding media circus around Nash’s impending free agency

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns held their annual media day on Friday, and overall, things were pretty quiet. Too quiet, even. Especially when you consider that the face of the franchise, heart and soul of the team, and two-time MVP Steve Nash is playing in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent…

  20. Ricky Rubio showed up

    Dec 18, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio of Spain eyes the ball durin

    After years of waiting, Ricky Rubio took the floor for the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The score isn’t important, it’s a preseason game. What is important is that Rubio finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and just 1 turnover in 24 minutes. Not bad for the youngster’s…

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