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  1. Deron Williams hits 3 three-pointers in a span of 67 seconds in his preseason debut (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Norris Cole, Chris Andersen

    It wasn’t that long ago that Deron Williams was considered as questionable for the Nets’ season opener, but after seeing him get his first action of the preseason on Friday, it would now be a surprise if he wasn’t in the starting lineup when Brooklyn visits Cleveland to begin the regular season on Wednesday. Williams…

  2. LeBron doesn’t see Paul Pierce, anyone in NBA as his rival

    Oct 25, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Does LeBron James have a peer in the NBA? A rival? He says no. Back in the day, when LeBron James was with the Cavaliers, he and Paul Pierce in Boston had some epic individual battles. But LeBron says that time has passed and he doesn’t look to play one-on-one like that anymore — his…

  3. Wednesday And-1 Links: Cavaliers pick up options for Irving, Waiters, Zeller, Thompson

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s time for 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 Skittles… • If you are rebuilding with youth, rule one is…

  4. Deron Williams back practicing; Nets to rest entire starting five vs. Boston Wednesday

    Oct 23, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Brooklyn Nets are headed to Boston for a preseason game Wednesday night — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are coming home… Or not. The Brooklyn Nets (as had been expected) will sit their entire likely starting five on Wednesday night, the team announced. No new injuries, just Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Pierce…

  5. Gerald Wallace: Celtics’ coaches didn’t like my criticism of team’s effort

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    It’s always risky when a player criticizes his teammates, but Gerald Wallace dug into the Celtics’ selfishness and lack of effort during the preseason. Wallace, a well-established veteran, had to play hard to find his way in the NBA, so he knows what it takes to succeed in the league. And when Boston wasn’t showing…

  6. NBA GMs would take Kevin Durant over Kobe Bryant for last shot

    Oct 22, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s a great barstool debate: Who do you want taking the final shot with the game on the line? General Managers around the NBA say Kevin Durant. For many years that question was one Kobe Bryant owned in the annual NBA.com GM survey, but for the second straight GMs picked the scoring machine out of…

  7. Monday And-1 Links: Luke Walton wants another shot in NBA

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    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. • Luke Walton spent most of last season on the Cleveland bench (he got…

  8. Deron Williams has no idea when he’ll be back playing for Nets

    Oct 21, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Brooklyn Nets have almost a week off between preseason games (they played the Heat last Thursday and next up is Boston Wednesday), so it was hoped Deron Williams could return in that stretch. Not so much, apparently. He is still recovering from an ankle sprain and bone bruise suffered in a pre-camp workout. The…

  9. Paul Pierce doesn’t want Deron Williams to return until he’s 100 percent

    Oct 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The plan all along was for Deron Williams to miss the majority of the preseason for the Nets after suffering a sprained ankle, but to be ready to go by the time the regular season begins on October 30. But Williams has been slow to recover, and after dealing with ankle issues that limited him…

  10. Nets coach Kidd confirms Pierce and Garnett won’t play preseason game in Boston

    Oct 19, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Nets face the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday in what is one of two remaining preseason games on the team’s schedule. But Jason Kidd won’t be using it to get a look at some of his better lineups in action a week before the regular season begins, because two of his starters will be…

  11. Jason Kidd reached out to Nets about becoming head coach, not the other way around

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    The Nets hired Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach this summer, less than 10 days after his retirement from a Hall of Fame career that lasted 19 seasons. Brooklyn’s front office wasn’t exactly camped out on Kidd’s doorstep, however, waiting to pounce once he technically became available. No, it was Kidd who reached out…

  12. Report: Derrick Favors agrees to 4-year, $49 million contract extension with Jazz

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Matt Boland

    When the Jazz let both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap walk in free agency without getting anything in return, that was a sign that they were ready to turn the franchise over to their young players. The large contract extension just offered and agreed to by Derrick Favors is the team putting its money where…

  13. Garnett fires back at LeBron, says to mind his own business

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    We may actually have a little Heat/Nets rivalry brewing. Preseason talk matters usually matters about as much as preseason games, but the tension built up in years past between LeBron James and Kevin Garnett as led to a few shots across the bow this preseason. That could lead to some actual drama during the regular…

  14. Heat’s Eric Griffin hurdles Nets’ Mason Plumlee (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    Fun play from the Nets preseason win over the Heat on Thursday night. Miami’s Eric Griffin rotates over on defense to cover Mason Plumlee, then completely bites on  the pump fake. At which point he has no choice but to hurdle Plumlee. Then, welcome to preseason basketball, Plumlee can’t finish. Still, entertaining play.

  15. Paul Pierce commits the preseason hard foul against LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    In case you were wondering if the Nets, now with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the fold, would be taking on any portion of the Celtics’ past rivalry with the Miami Heat, we saw in Thursday’s preseason game in Brooklyn that the answer was a resounding “yes.” In addition to the Nets making sure…

  16. Even if they could, should the Lakers go after ‘Melo to pair with Kobe, Nash? No.

    Oct 17, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We start this exercise in the hypothetical with this grounded in reality caveat — very few people around the league think Carmelo Anthony is leaving New York next summer as a free agent. Yes, he certainly will opt out of his current deal as he told the New York Observer, and anything can happen in…

  17. Andrei Kirilenko has missed two straight games with back spasms

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    When the Brooklyn Nets got Andrei Kirilenko this summer (at $3.2 million, which is a whole different issue) it was a brilliant pickup. There is no doubt if healthy the Nets starting five is very dangerous, but AK-47 gives them some quality depth along the front line to rest the older legs of Kevin Garnett.…

  18. LeBron, Wade call out former Celtics who dissed Ray Allen then left Boston themselves

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    One year ago at this time the story we were all sick of was the “feud” between Ray Allen and his former teammates on the Boston Celtics. Allen didn’t feel respected or part of the Celtics plans (Avery Bradley had taken his starting job) and so he took less money to bolt for Miami. He…

  19. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  20. Kevin Garnett demanded Nets not trade Reggie Evans

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans

    Remember back in July how during the surprisingly public discussions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce getting traded to Brooklyn, Reggie Evans was in the deal and headed to Boston then suddenly he wasn’t? It seemed an odd sticking point at the time. Now we know what happened — Kevin Garnett demanded the Nets keep…

  21. Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic fight in Nets practice

    Oct 14, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

    Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche

    The Nets could be paying more than $189 million for players next season, and obviously, such a payroll comes with expectations. And expectations come with pressure. Brooklyn needed overtime to the Wizards and then lost by 11 to the Pistons on Saturday, Obviously, those are just preseason games, but it’s possible to see how a…

  22. DeAndre Jordan gets loose for the fast break slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    DeAndre Jordan is going to be possibly the most important player for the Clippers this season. Doc Rivers has already tabbed him as being part of the team’s so-called Big Three along with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, and Rivers has been grooming Jordan to use his athleticism to anchor the defense much in the…

  23. Jason Kidd says Deron Williams could miss start of season. Not good.

    Oct 12, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    If Brooklyn is going to be a contender this season — and there is that potential — a plethora of things need to break their way. On that list is a healthy and playing at his peak Deron Williams — this is still his team. He is the best player and he has to lead.…

  24. Friday And-1 Links: What have we learned from Jason Collins?

    Oct 11, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    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 kids love pizza…. • Jason Collins is not on an NBA team as…

  25. Fear not, Reggie Evans is bringing the beard back

    Oct 11, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans

    It was a sad, sad day when we learned that Reggie Evans had shaved off his epic beard. We all poured some out for the beard. But it is coming back. He explained it himself. And all seems right with the world. Hat tip to Lang and his beard at All Ball.

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