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  1. Report: Nets, Lakers, Suns talking to Leandro Barbosa

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Anybody looking for a backup point guard? Leandro Barbosa is still on the market. He’s one of those guys who thinks he deserves more but is likely only going to see veteran minimum offers. Welcome to the new CBA. But some teams are talking to him, the Brazilian guard told UOL Esporte, a publication in…

  2. Portland’s Elliot Williams tears Achilles, done for season

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    elliot_williams

    This is bad news for a guy who was trying to be part of a rebuilt future in Portland. Elliot Williams, the former first round pick entering his third year with the team, tore his left Achilles during voluntary workouts on Tuesday, reports Joe Freeman of the Oregonian on twitter. The Blazers have confirmed the…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Who are the best shooters never to win three-point contest?

    Sep 11, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    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 Guy Fieri loves bacon and bad hair. • Who are the best three-point…

  4. McGee may not be biggest draw in Denver, but he’s trying

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    One of the best parts of athletes on twitter is that is can help break down the barrier between them and the fans that cheer them and ultimately pay their salary. It can be a glimpse into how a player thinks and acts (or, it can be a stated PR tool). JaVale McGee, he’s trying…

  5. Josh Childress reaches one-year deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 11, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    Adding some depth and athleticism on the wing — something they already had but can you ever have enough? — the Nets have reached a one-year deal with Josh Childress. Childress himself confirmed this on twitter. Howard Beck of the New York Times broke the story. This is a non-guaranteed deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  6. Will Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen drastically overpay for the Sacramento Kings?

    Sep 11, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    chris hansen seattle

    News of billionaire Chris Hansen striking a deal with the Seattle City Council hit the wire late Monday night, as the sides have agreed to a framework on an arena deal that moves them a few smaller hurdles away from becoming an NBA-ready city (courtesy of Chris Daniels of King 5 in Seattle). In a…

  7. Jordan brand showing up as part of NASCAR

    Sep 11, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Federated Auto Parts 400 - Practice

    Michael Jordan is a basketball icon. The Jordan Brand is a business, it’s part of Nike, and like any brand it needs to expand its markets. But to NASCAR? Yes. It may seem like an odd marriage — the sport with the most urban of fan base and the one with the most middle-American and…

  8. Seattle developer, City Council agree to arena plan

    Sep 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    The money is always the hardest part — contract negotiation, NBA lockout, just about anything in life. It’s very true of getting a new arena built for an NBA team. But they have figured that out in Seattle, bringing them much closer to making the dream of an NBA team returning to Seattle a reality.…

  9. Will Celtics’ Avery Bradley get his job back when healthy?

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley played so well when Ray Allen was out injured last year, he meshed so well with the other starters, that when Allen returned Doc Rivers started bringing one of Boston’s big four off the bench. Bradley and Rajon Rondo looked like the Boston backcourt of the future. It was part of what pushed…

  10. J.R. Smith says Knicks expect “nothing less” than title

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    What else do you expect him to say? You and I and even most Knicks fans realize they are not title contenders as presently constructed. How good they are this season depends on how Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (and Tyson Chandler) mesh on offense. Because when all three were on the court together last…

  11. Nets go for stylish herringbone pattern on court… if you care

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Nets court Barclay Center

    The Nets have a new stadium in a new city with new luxury boxes and new food options and a few new players. And, a new court. They have unveiled the new look, showing it off to the New York Post and releasing pictures of the herringbone pattern look on Tuesday. My first thought? I…

  12. Video: The best Brian Scalabrine highlight compilation, ever

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    Fans may call him the “human victory cigar” but pretty much all of us would take Brian Scalabrine‘s NBA career — 11 years in the Association, a stretch big who could knock down shots. A guy that Kevin Garnett called the best teammate he had and a guy Tom Thibodeau recruited to come with him…

  13. Report: ESPN’s Simmons, Stan Van Gundy to join ESPN studio show

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    UPDATE 12:45 am: Sports By Brooks, which broke the story, has this update: SbB has learned Chris Broussard & Jon Barry won’t returm to ESPN’s NBA studio. Added to show: @sportsguy33 & Stan Van Gundy Which means the lineup would be Mike Wilbon and Magic Johnson as holdovers with ESPN’s Sports Guy Bill Simmons and Stan Van…

  14. Deron Williams explains why players flock to major markets

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams was not trying to make a statement about the balance of small versus large markets in the NBA, he was simply answering a question posed to him by the New York Post. Williams, the star point guard of the Brooklyn Nets, is on the cover of the new video game “NBA Baller Beats.”…

  15. Video: Watch EXTRA’s Maria Menounos get dunked on

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Maria Menounos

    You know Maria Menounos from EXTRA, the “tabloid on your television” celebrity-tracking show — admit it, you watch it. And you should know she is a huge Celtics fan. She was out at “EXTRApalooza” in Los Angeles recently (an event put on by the show) and the streetball team Ball Up was there, too, putting on a…

  16. Reggie Miller says he would consider Pacers front office job

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    I think I can speak for all Pacers fans who have listened to Reggie Miller analyze a basketball game on television when they say, “NOOOOOOO” to this idea. But it is still out there. While speaking with Mike Wells of the Indy Star last weekend at the Hall of Fame (where Miller was inducted), the…

  17. Report: Ewing insulted by offer to coach Knicks D-League team

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 10:42 am: ESPNNewYork took this one step further, saying that not only did Ewing turn down the D-League job, he was pretty ticked that’s all the franchise ever offered. One source close to Ewing said the Hall of Famer felt a bit slighted by the Knicks’ offer to coach the Erie Bayhawks because he…

  18. Report says D.J. Mbenga to sign deal Dallas, but is he really?

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    Ilunga_Mbenga_Didier

    We’re passing this along, but we’re not sure you’re going to see D.J. Mbenga in the NBA next year. A report from Belgian publication RTBF says Mbenga, the veteran NBA big man, has reached terms on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks (hat tip to Hoopshype). There are a few reasons to sprinkle this report…

  19. Thunder GM uses all kinds of qualifiers when talking Harden

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    The Thunder want to re-sign James Harden, to keep him paired with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. But those three have already gotten their new contracts. James Harden wants to stay with Durant and the Thunder, to chase titles with them in Oklahoma City. But he’s a max player getting his first big…

  20. Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries went alligator hunting

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries

    Brad Miller may be done with the NBA and said he was going to focus on doing hunting shows. Which apparently he is. He showed up on the Country Boys Outdoor twitter account with that photo you see to the right — him and fellow Indiana native Jared Jeffries on an alligator hunt, with this caption.…

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