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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Last season: For the first half of the season Boston — with veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — looked like that team everyone wants to avoid in the first round. Remember, the year before they had taken Miami seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Maybe this version of the Celtics wasn’t going…

  2. Report: Rondo may leave Nike for Chinese company Anta

    Sep 16, 2013, 5:14 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    There was so much good stuff in the Boston Globe’s NBA column on Sunday we almost missed this (fortunately Matt at Eye on Basketball saw it): Rajon Rondo could be leaving Nike for Chinese shoe company Anta. Rajon Rondo has rehabilitated quietly from his torn right anterior cruciate ligament, but could make headlines off the…

  3. Report: Nets investigated, cleared in Kirilenko signing

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    When Andrei Kirilenko opted out of a $10 million in the last year of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves only to sign a $3.1 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a lot of eyebrows went up around the NBA. Kirilenko, who is Russian, left $7 million on the table to sign with an owner…

  4. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Newly acquired Net's Pierce, Garnett and Terry hold up their new jerseys as they pose for a photo with principal owner Prokhorov after a news conference in Brooklyn

    Today kicks off ProBasketballTalk’s season previews. Over the next six weeks we will preview every team in the NBA, looking at the upcoming season. We will start in the Atlantic Division. Last season: Brooklyn baby!! The Nets moved out of New Jersey to Brooklyn, into their sweet new crib the Barclays Center, wearing a new…

  5. Deron Williams: ‘Of course we want to run New York’

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Since Paul Pierce was traded to Brooklyn earlier this summer, there’s been seemingly non-stop talk about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Players from both teams have commented, and Deron Williams is the latest to acknowledge the competitive nature of the teams that play in such close geographical proximity to one another. From…

  6. Kris Humphries says he’s ‘not looking to be a part of a tanking situation’ with Celtics

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Kris Humphries came to the Celtics this summer in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, which launched Boston’s rebuilding project at the very same time. It’s never easy to go from a playoff team to an expected lottery team, and Humphries made it clear that he’s going to do…

  7. Brad Stevens: No timetable for Rajon Rondo’s return, urges him to do so when ready

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:39 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    There’s far less of a sense of urgency for Rajon Rondo to return to the Celtics lineup than there was for say, Derrick Rose to try to get back on the court for the Bulls last season. We may see a similar vibe around the Celtics to the one we saw in Chicago, though, at…

  8. Report: Nerlens Noel to sign shoe deal with Reebok

    Sep 13, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    The conventional wisdom is big men don’t sell shoes, attacking perimeter do — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose. But Nerlens Noel, the center out of Kentucky who will play with the Sixers once he gets healthy (remember the knee injury last season) thinks he can be the exception to the rule. Noel…

  9. Doc Rivers admits Kendrick Perkins trade was a mistake

    Sep 13, 2013, 2:07 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    When it went down, Celtics fans were up in arms — Boston traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City mainly for Jeff Green. Danny Ainge’s name suddenly came with a new adjective for Boston fans, and it’s one we can’t repeat here. Since then Boston has defended the trade and as Perkins’ production has slipped some…

  10. Nuggets give Damion James training camp invite

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:53 PM EST

    Suns Heat Basketball

    Damion James broke his foot his rookie year with the Nets and sadly that has pretty much defined his career to this point. He never really got healthy with the NEts, he had to have a second surgery to replace a screw in his foot, and with this his game never really developed as it…

  11. Doc Rivers didn’t want to see Paul Pierce leave the Celtics

    Sep 12, 2013, 9:17 PM EST

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics, before the team’s GM Danny Ainge decided it was time to enter a full-fledged rebuild, which meant ridding the club of expensive veteran salaries that remained on the roster. Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Nets this offseason, and Doc Rivers…

  12. Doc Rivers talks about leaving Boston, heaps praise on Garnett

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:40 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Doc Rivers was back in Boston, back in the TD Garden Wednesday for a charity event. It had to feel odd to him, knowing in a few weeks he would be on the other coast working with a very different team in Los Angeles. But of course, while he was there in Boston he was…

  13. Cavaliers’ rookie Carrick Felix really wanted to be Tony Hawk

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:09 PM EST

    Carrick Felix

    Ask young players coming into the league who they wanted to be growing up and you get a lot of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan, some Allen Iverson, some young ones say LeBron James, a few other players are mixed in there. Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Carrick Felix went another direction: Tony Hawk. He said…

  14. Kevin Garnett says he showed Rondo how to lead Celtics

    Sep 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo was arguably the best player on the Celtics the past two seasons, but he was not the team leader. Kevin Garnett was, with Paul Pierce (and a couple seasons back Ray Allen) in that mix as well. Now, Rondo has been thrust into the roll of unquestioned leader of a young, rebuilding Boston…

  15. Wednesday And-1 links: Mavericks officially sign Fab Melo for camp

    Sep 11, 2013, 7:03 PM EST

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    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 you love stumbling on a showing of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron…

  16. Quote of the Day: Jason Terry thinks Knicks could win title this year… at Rucker Park

    Sep 11, 2013, 10:55 AM EST

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Jason Terry smiles as he is introduced to the media during a news conference in Brooklyn

    “Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, not the NBA championship. I don’t see how they could guarantee that, at all. I’m not buying it.” —Jason Terry of the Brooklyn Nets, talking to Dime Magazine about J.R. Smith‘s boast the New York Knicks will win the NBA championship this season. There’s been a fair…

  17. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of…

  18. John Havlicek says Paul Pierce is the best one-on-one player of all Celtics

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Paul Pierce has solidified his position as one of the all-time greatest Celtics, having finished his 15-year career in Boston at or near the top of the team’s leader board in most of the major statistical categories. Pierce is the team leader in three-pointers made and attempted and free throws made and attempted, and is…

  19. Bernard King says injuries will determine whether Knicks or Nets are the better team next season

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    bernard-king-608

    The rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets is real, despite the Brooklyn team’s relatively new entry into the New York situation. The addition of proven winners in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets side for the upcoming season has only fueled the fire, especially considering all the talking that Pierce has been…

  20. Reggie Evans shaved his beard. That’s going to take some getting used to.

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    Reggie Evans

    That is Reggie Evans of the Brooklyn Nets. I still prefer to think of him this way. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to get used to this.

  21. Garnett confirms he only accepted trade because Pierce was moved too

    Sep 5, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn

    We pretty much knew this already — Kevin Garnett has said that he wanted to retire a Celtic, and they were about to go through a rebuilding process he didn’t want to be a part of, but Paul Pierce convinced him that going to Brooklyn to make one more run at it was a good…

  22. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    BASKET-FRIENDLY-SLOVENIA-FRANCE

    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  23. Reggie Evans LOLs at J.R. Smith’s championship guarantee

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Reggie Evans, Jason Kidd. Camelo Anthony

    The Nets’ Paul Pierce and Knicks’ Raymond Felton went at it in defense of their teams, and even the NBA saw Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Knicks owners James Dolan were on the same track. J.R. Smith also said the Nets weren’t good. There might have been more sniping between the two sides at some…

  24. Knicks will win NBA championship this year, according to J.R. Smith

    Sep 1, 2013, 4:38 PM EST

    J.R. Smith

    The New York Knicks are guaranteed to win an championship this year, according to a column written by Marc Berman of the New York Post. Berman’s source, however, was none other than Knicks sixth-man extraordinaire J.R. Smith. Smith made headlines on Saturday after Ian Begley fired off a few tweets regarding the beef between Smith…

  25. J.R. Smith is angry with Paul Pierce, apparently

    Aug 31, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    J.R. Smith, Paul Pierce

    J.R. Smith has never been shy and, unsurprisingly, the New York Knicks swingman didn’t put his filter on before talking to Ian Begley about comments new Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce recently made. Pierce recently said that the Nets will take over as New York’s team, but Smith isn’t so sure that’ll be the case as…

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