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  1. Luol Deng says Joakim Noah is best center in East

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    Who is the best center in the Eastern Conference right now? It’s moot now, but if this was the old NBA All-Star ballot and you had to vote for a center, who would it be. We can rule out Andrew Bynum indefinitely. How about Al Horford in Atlanta, not a classic center but has played…

  2. Five early season NBA trends to be thankful for

    Nov 22, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Shane Battier

    We are 10 games or so into the NBA season and one thing is clear — this is fun. Not everything is fitting neatly into the preseason prediction boxes and that is the best part of being a sports fan. We at PBT are thankful for a lot of things. All of you who read…

  3. Lakers hold off Nets in D’Antoni’s head coaching debut

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Mike D’Antoni made his long-awaited debut as Lakers head coach on Tuesday, but the team’s previous win over the Rockets looked much more like his style. Nevertheless, the substance was there as L.A. overcame some mistakes to get a 95-90 win over the Nets that pushed the team over the .500 mark for the first…

  4. Dwight Howard doesn’t care if Deron Williams isn’t his friend anymore

    Nov 19, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    For years, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams talked about teaming up. They realized these kinds of super teams are the only way to compete with the Heat in the East. And it almost came together. Williams was in Brooklyn (well, New Jersey soon to be Brooklyn) and Howard was trying to force a trade there,…

  5. Video: Deron Williams’ sweet no-look dish to Lopez

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Nets' Williams drives to the basket past Celtics' Barbosa in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you missed it, Deron Williams was fantastic last night. It’s easier when Leandro Barbosa is covering you and not Rajon Rondo, but still he had 24 points and controlled the flow of the Nets offense as they beat the Celtics. Oh, and he had this sweet dime. Brook Lopez caught it and finished…

  6. Inconsistent Celtics miss Rondo, also miss win in Brooklyn

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    When it was all over none other than political stats guru Nate Silver tweeted that this was the “Biggest win in the history of the Brooklyn Nets.” Of course, statistically it had a 20% chance of that (this is only win five in Brooklyn) and as the others were against Toronto, Cleveland and Orlando twice…

  7. Wade, LeBron say Brooklyn now more attractive to free agents

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Now that the Nets are in Brooklyn, do they stand a chance of landing a superstar free agent? LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said yes. Could they land LeBron or Wade in 2014 when the Heat stars can opt out of their deals? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Wade and LeBron both told…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs lose and we have a DeAndre Jordan sighting

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while you were watching the first episode of the new season of Top Chef and thinking you could make an omelet…. Jazz 95, Lakers 86: Well, that was about as ugly as the Lakers have looked this season. Utah’s front line…

  9. Deron Williams needs shot in ankle, still ready for opener

    Oct 26, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Nets have a lot of firepower— starting with Joe Johnson, who can still light it up, but Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks and… you get the idea — but Deron Williams is the key. He is the mixologist that brings it all together. And Williams is hurting a little. He is…

  10. Seven players who need to answer doubters, have big years

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    John Wall

    It’s time gentlemen. Step up or be swept to the side. There are a lot of players in the NBA who need to answer questions we have about them, but maybe none more than the seven below. These are players who either need to show how good they are to get paid next summer; or…

  11. Want to sit courtside for Knicks/Nets opener? Got $8,100?

    Oct 24, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Nets court Barclay Center

    There is a lot of buzz around the Nets this season — they have moved to a new building in Brooklyn and will be the NBA’s most improved team this season. Of course, they were so bad last season that a dramatic improvement will not take them as far as some Nets fans hope, but…

  12. NBA to remove center designation from All-Star ballot

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    All-Star Ballot (2011)

    It’s about time. For years the All-Star ballot has played this silly game — Tim Duncan would play the center role for the Spurs, as he has done pretty much since David Robinson retired, but he and the team would insist he be listed as a forward on the ballot. The play of big men…

  13. Avery Johnson already frustrated with Brooklyn defense

    Oct 22, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson

    You get the feeling this will be a trend this season. Avery Johnson is a coach who focuses on getting his guys to defend. He’s got a very talented offensive roster in Brooklyn but not guys really known as “defense first” players — when Brook Lopez is the guy defending the paint you’re going to…

  14. Nowtizki back at practice, other updates from NBA camps

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    During NBA training camps there are a rash of small injuries and guys missing games for an assortment of reasons, so many you can’t keep track. We’re here to help. Here is a little Friday rundown of camp notes from around the NBA. • Dirk Nowitzki returned to the full Mavericks practice on Friday. Nowitzki…

  15. Joe Johnson wants it made known that he didn’t ask to be traded from Atlanta

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson was the face of the Hawks for over half-a-decade. He as a six-time All-Star with Atlanta, and in retrospect, took them to a level of respectability that gets overlooked because of how tough his era turned out to be. Now that he’s in Brooklyn, apparently everyone’s asking him why he decided to bail…

  16. Some things never change: Shaq, Howard still feuding

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    New city, same story. Dwight Howard is now with the Lakers but that hasn’t changed Shaquille’s O’Neal’s feelings about him. Shaq doesn’t like him. Maybe it’s the silly Superman thing, maybe it’s that Dwight took the mantle from Shaq as best center in the game as Shaq’s career wound down, but they don’t get along.…

  17. Nets are talking championship. And they mean this year.

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    It’s not just owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King talking grandiose plans of he Nets winning a title this year — their coach and players are as well. The Nets may well not be the best team in in New York City, but moving into a new building in a new market with some…

  18. Nets as title contender? Billy King thinks it could happen.

    Sep 26, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    I’m not sold the Nets are the best team in New York. They are not the best team in the Northeast. Nobody sane thinks they are the best team on the East coast, or in that conference. Yes, they are going to be much better than last season’s train wreck in Newark. This version of…

  19. Tuesday And-1 links: The Nets dancer uniforms are… pretty fly?

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-cheerleaders

    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 the twitterverse loves making fun of replacement referees. • The photo to the…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Last Season: I want you to imagine the most you’ve ever vomited. Like, literally, the greatest single bout of nauseated vomiting you’ve ever gone through. I want you to think about what you ate, what it smelled like, that cold, hard porcelain  or unfeeling trash can that embraced you after the day-old shellfish or that…

  21. The Inbounds: Why players and their agents should consider a franchise’s spending history in free agency decisions

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Two and a half weeks ago, Business Week released a study on the “smartest spenders in the NBA.” Kurt talked about the top and bottom ten here. It’s nothing shocking. The Lakers spend really well! The Wizards and Kings spend really badly! Turns out there’s a high correlation between “being a really good team” and…

  22. Report: Mavericks, Rockets to make sure Thunder pay for Harden

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    james-harden

    When Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti was talking James Harden’s contract recently, he sounded a lot like your boss before he started talking about everyone taking furlough days — “we have some inherent challenges that we face as an organization” and that kind of thing. Which is because every dollar they can get Harden to…

  23. 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…

  24. Report: Andray Blatche agrees to terms with Nets

    Sep 6, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    UPDATE  Sept. 6, 9:20 am: We mention below that the deal is not yet signed, but a report by Michael Lee in the Washington Post takes it a step further. But according to two sources close to Blatche, the 6-foot-11 forward has yet to make a decision and is also considering an offer from the…

  25. How good are the Nets? Coach admits not a contender.

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Brooklyn Nets are going to be one of the more interesting teams to watch come together next season. They were awful, injury plagued and seemingly unmotivated last season in Jersey, but now they have a new home in Brooklyn and a new roster — Joe Johnson has been added to a re-signed Deron Williams,…

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