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  1. Pelican’s Eric Gordon out first couple weeks of preseason, just as a precaution

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon played in 42 games last season for New Orleans due to battling ankle issues, which led to another surgery in May. That was better than the 9 games the season before that. For those of you counting at home, that’s 51 games since he was traded to New Orleans as a cornerstone in…

  2. Chris Paul: Doc Rivers told me I’m nothing

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I can’t stand the championship-or-bust ethos in the NBA. Plenty of great players have never won titles, and many more bad players have. Of course, championships should remain a piece of the puzzle when evaluating players, but only a piece and definitely not the largest piece. The same issue exists on a team level, too.…

  3. Chris Paul shows up Chinese street baller (VIDEO)

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-US-NBA

    Chinese street baller “More Free” decided to try to show up Chris Paul in an exhibition game while CP3 was going through Asia promoting Nike. More Free chose…. poorly. Chris Paul is a good defender in part because of great instincts and in part because of quick hands. On offense, he’s patient and just wears…

  4. Roger Mason Jr. works out for the Heat

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

    When we last heard from Roger Mason Jr., he was planning to run for the players’ union’s presidency, and was even considered likely to be the one to win the job based on several years of experience in dealing with union matters. That was before LeBron James briefly considered the role, and before Chris Paul…

  5. Report: NBA, players union nowhere near deal on HGH testing

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    needle, syringe, drug

    To hear NBA Commissioner David Stern or commissioner in waiting Adam Silver tell it, the NBA has been working on setting up Human Growth Hormone (HGH) testing and is close, it’s just waiting for the players union to agree. There was even a report last March saying it could be in place for this coming…

  6. How many “real” point guards are there in the NBA? Gary Payton says three.

    Sep 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The NBA game is different then when Gary Payton was a lock down defender on his way to a Hall of Fame career — in 2000 the NBA took away hand checking and any contact on the perimeter, a year later zone defenses were permitted again in the NBA. Payton told us at PBT earlier…

  7. Jrue Holiday says his goal is to be more efficient this season

    Sep 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Jrue Holiday had a good season last year — he was an All-Star who averaged 17.7 points and 8 assists a game. He took on a lot more of the Philadelphia offense and produced some good numbers. But not efficient ones — he shot 43.1 percent overall, a respectable 36 percent from three but he…

  8. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    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…

  9. Magic to use Victor Oladipo at both guard spots

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    At Summer League, the Orlando Magic decided to play just drafted Victor Oladipo at the point in what was seen then as an experiment — could the rookie really play the position? The answer seemed to be no. Or at best, he has a lot of work to do before you put him there. But…

  10. Damian Lillard sets goal of being All-Star

    Sep 9, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    Damian Lillard sets his goals high. Last season’s Rookie of the Year isn’t shying away from expectations — he wants to help lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs and he wants to make the All-Star Team this year. He believes he can. That’s what Lillard said to Matt Moore of CBS’s Eye on Basketball,…

  11. Gary Payton takes his era of point guards over today’s, calls him and Shawn Kemp ‘the original Lob City’

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gary Payton is one of a dozen people being enshrined as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend in Springfield, Mass. Leading up to this weekend, the Glove has made several noteworthy comments, which continued during Saturday’s press conference. Earlier this week, Payton said that John Stockton was…

  12. Top 10 Gary Payton alley-oops to Shawn Kemp (VIDEO)

    Sep 6, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    1996 NBA Finals Game 6:  Seattle SuperSonics vs. Chicago Bulls

    Gary Payton to Shawn Kemp may have been the greatest alley-oop combination ever. There are combos who will make a run at them (Chris Paul and Blake Griffin) but Payton to Kemp is the gold standard. With Payton going into the Hall of Fame this weekend, NBA.com put together a video of the 10 best…

  13. Jamal Crawford says there’s ‘no question’ Eric Bledsoe will be a star

    Sep 5, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless

    The Clippers loved what they got from Eric Bledsoe last season, an explosive 6’1″ guard who was dubbed “mini-LeBron” by none other than King James himself. Bledsoe is still on his rookie contract, however, and at some point soon he’s going to get an extension commensurate with what he brings to the table. L.A. has…

  14. Does Jamal Crawford have the game’s best handles? (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The ability to control the ball off the dribble in a variety of ways is a key component of being able to score from the guard position. This video mix of Jamal Crawford, compiled from his summer pro-am in Seattle, is proof that he’s among the best in the league at this very specific skill.…

  15. Antawn Jamison: “I would never count Kobe Bryant out of anything”

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe prepares to throw a basketball to fans while attending a youth basketball final match in Hong Kong

    Kobe Bryant has an obstacle in front of him, and that is when he is at his best. That is when he is most driven. Kobe at age 35 is working on a comeback from a ruptured Achilles that might have ended the career of lesser players. But Kobe was not going to let the…

  16. 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.…

  17. Suns’ Dragic says Eric Bledsoe is “mini-LeBron James”

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless

    I’m as big a fan of Eric Bledsoe as the next guy, but… The Suns acquired Bledsoe to be part of their rebuilding going forward, but this season they are planning to start him and Goran Dragic for stretches together. Phoenix wants to run so you can call this “going small” but you can bet…

  18. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  19. When you vote for West All-Star guards, who you going to snub?

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    When you sit down to fill out your All-Star ballot this year (or you may not sit down, you can do it from your phone while standing) who are you going to select as the starting guards in the West? Are you going to take Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, like last year? Smart money…

  20. Report: Chris Paul wants union to challenge league on flopping fines, HGH testing

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    chris paul players union president

    There was a feeling among a number of players (fueled by their agents) that the former leadership of the NBA players union — executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher — were too soft with the NBA and too cozy with David Stern and NBA leadership. That stems out of the last lockout (which…

  21. Doc Rivers embraces high expectations for Clippers

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Jared Dudley, Ryan Hollins, Chris Paul, ,J.J. Redick

    On paper, the Los Angeles Clippers should be contenders. In reality, they got eliminated from the playoffs in the first round — they got up 2-0 on Memphis then were swept out of the playoffs. The Clippers started that series with a good plan, the Grizzlies adjusted and Los Angeles had no counters. They went…

  22. Caron Butler says nobody from Clippers called to tell him he was traded

    Aug 22, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    It’s a common courtesy in the NBA — guys who are about to be traded hear about it from their agents and others around the league, but when the hammer drops the GM or coach or someone from the team calls with the formal notification. “Thank you for your service ” and all that jazz…

  23. Chris Paul elected as players’ union president

    Aug 21, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    chris paul players union president

    The days of veteran players with nothing more than fringe roles on NBA rosters heading up the players’ union are over for now, because for the first time in over a decade, a legitimate All-Star with plenty of name recognition has been elected as president. From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: Los Angeles Clippers point…

  24. Chris Paul can pretty much destroy high school, college defenders (VIDEO)

    Aug 19, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Elite NBA defenders struggle to contain Chris Paul. His step back jumper is wicked, he’s physically strong with the ball, he has a very good first step and he has the ability to survey the court then make the right play at lightning speed. So if the NBA’s best can’t slow him, what are high…

  25. Deron Williams hosting Nets players-only workouts

    Aug 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    The Brooklyn Nets have a lot of bonding to do — and fast. They have a veteran team that can win big if a lot of things go right for them — one of those keys is they need to bond as a unit. This isn’t the Rockets, which can take a year to have…

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