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  1. Report: Longtime NBA employee calls 2012-13 Bucks’ locker room worst he’d ever seen

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks have had one of the NBA’s busiest offseasons. They traded Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ish Smith, waived Drew Gooden and Gustavo Ayon, let Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert and Mike Dunleavy Jr. walk in free agency and signed-and-traded Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick. That’s most of the roster turned over, yet it’s…

  2. Danny Ainge: Not worth tanking for Andrew Wiggins

    Oct 4, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Every active No. 1 pick, with the exception of Tim Duncan, who has been in the NBA at least six seasons – Greg Oden, Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Kenyon Martin and Elton Brand –  has changed teams by age 28. It’s an era where teams must kowtow to top…

  3. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron designed a $50K watch. Because he can.

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day Basketball

    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 more than Seth MacFarlane likes doing cutaways in Family Guy… • LeBron James helped…

  4. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Last season: It was the end of an era. Josh Smith‘s final season in Atlanta ended the only way it really could: with plenty of ill-advised shot attempts, tons of highlight-reel plays, and probably most importantly, another early playoff exit. After a first round loss to the Indiana Pacers in six games, it was fair to yet…

  5. Monday And-1 Links: SNL cast member Taran Killam has NBA Jams arcade game in his office

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    NBA-Jam-Cabinet

    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 more than we loved the Breaking Bad finale (and we liked that a lot)….…

  6. Bulls plan to limit Joakim Noah’s minutes to help plantar fasciitis

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Joakim Noah says right now he feels no pain in his foot, no plantar fasciitis. That despite a summer where he worked out plenty, even training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His foot feels fine. If the Bulls are going to be the contenders they think they are, Noah still has to be fine in April and…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Last season: The Bucks went 38-44, reaching the playoffs despite a mid-season firing of Scott Skiles. Their high-scoring and high-shooting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis defined the team, but it was really as a team without a strong identity. Before the playoffs began, Jennings predicted the Bucks would beat the Heat in six…

  8. Monday And-1 Links: Blake Griffin is a new dad (with Matt Leinart’s ex)

    Sep 23, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Take Flight Media Event 2013

    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. • Blake Griffin is a new proud father of Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin, who was…

  9. How Al Horford learned to stop worrying and love Danny Ferry

    Sep 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Al Horford admits it. Like a lot of other Hawks fans this summer he wondered what GM Danny Ferry was thinking. Then it all came together. Now Al Horford looks around at the guys working out before training camp starts with the Hawks next week and he thinks he sees the plan. At least he…

  10. Five things to know about the EuroBasket 2013 Championship Game

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Who: France vs Lithuania. The French squad features five current NBA players in Tony Parker (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Blazers), Boris Diaw (Spurs), Nando De Colo (Spurs) and Joffrey Lauvergne (Nuggets). Former NBA players Johan Petro, Alexis Ajinca and Mickael Gelabale are on the roster as well. The Lithuanian squad features only two NBA players in Donatas…

  11. Atlanta Hawks Guard Lou Williams Not Yet Cleared for Training Camp

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette, Lou Williams, John Salmons

    As Derrick Rose taught us last season, recoveries from ACL surgery can vary wildly. Some guys can recover in as quickly as six or seven months, while others can take more than a year before they even feel “right” again. Every body is different, and expecting athletes to rehabilitate at the exact same level and…

  12. Gustavo Ayon earns FIBA Americas MVP

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

    ayon bucks

    It’s been a summer of uncertainty for Gustavo Ayon, who had his option picked up by the Bucks in June, only to see the team waive him a month later. The Hawks claimed Ayon off waivers shortly thereafter, and if his performance for Mexico in the FIBA Americas tournament ends up being any indication, Atlanta…

  13. Lou Williams’ recovery may decide if Hawks fill final roster spot

    Sep 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette, Lou Williams, John Salmons

    The Atlanta Hawks roster is pretty much set, they have 14 guys under guaranteed contracts. They could add a 15th player, but don’t expect them to. The reason is Lou Williams and his recovery from knee surgery, speculates Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. I expect the Hawks to keep just 14 on the…

  14. FIBA Americas: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico qualify for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Martinez celebrates after defeating Canada during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament will wrap up this week, but the important part was concluded on Sunday when the semifinalists were finalized. The top four teams of the tournament automatically earn berths to next year’s FIBA World Cup (an Olympic qualifier) meaning Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico are one step closer…

  15. Report: Gordon Hayward, Jazz talking contract extension

    Sep 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    Gordon Hayward has developed into a solid wing player for the Utah Jazz, and has shown improvement in each of his last two seasons since entering the league in 2010. Hayward will finish up the final guaranteed year of his rookie deal next season, which means he’s currently eligible for a contract extension — and…

  16. Ten free agents still out on the market

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    At this point, the free agent cupboard is pretty bare, and a number of teams have filled out their rosters anyway. Let’s just be honest — if you’re still on the free agent market there is a reason. Still, there are a few teams still looking to add player 14/15 to the roster off minimum…

  17. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  18. FIBA Americas Tournament schedule continues with Canada vs. Puerto Rico

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Jose Barea goes for a basket against Brazil during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    Friday’s action was fine at the FIBA Americas tournament down in Venezuala, but Saturday’s games should offer a bit more intrigue. Four of the top five teams will be in action in the second day of round-robin play, featuring an interesting matchup of Canada against Puerto Rico. Both teams take 1-0 records into the first…

  19. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  20. Wall, Sanders got their rookie extensions, what about the other rookies?

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    John Wall will be with the Wizards for five more seasons, making $80 million. Larry Sanders will be with Milwaukee for four more years, $44 million. Those are the first two extensions to the rookie deals out of the 2010 draft. They were both expected and both got done early — teams have until Oct.…

  21. FIBA Americas tournament tips off today

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Juan Barea, Nicolas Laprovittola

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament begins in beautiful Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday morning. This is actually the fourth FIBA tournament of the year — following Asia (where Hamed Haddadi was MVP), Oceania (which was just Australia vs. New Zealand a couple of times) and Africa (where Nigeria was just upset despite featuring four players…

  22. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  23. Ivan Johnson agrees to deal to play in China

    Aug 29, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    A couple weeks ago Ivan Johnson gave NBA teams an ultimatum: give me a decent offer of I’m going to play overseas next season. Nothing came and Johnson was true to his word — he reached a deal to play next season in China, reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He will play…

  24. Rick Carlisle says Monta Ellis is fastest player in NBA. That seems high.

    Aug 22, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Who is the fastest player dribbling the ball end to end in the NBA? These are the guys who are one-man fast breaks and can get your team points in transition, plus are quick in the half court But who is the fastest? There is no easy metric for this; it’s a bit of an…

  25. DeJuan Blair, Mavericks enforcer? It’s what Carlisle wants

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair

    Rick Carlisle wants the Dallas Mavericks to be tougher this season. The man for the job is… DeJuan Blair? Coach Rick Carlisle says so, speaking at Blair’s introductory press conference, as reported by ESPNDallas.com. “DeJuan was a really important acquisition for us because Elton Brand didn’t return,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “We need that…

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