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  1. No, still no timetable for Andrew Bynum. What, you expected one?

    Sep 24, 2013, 12:23 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum on the court and playing anywhere near his old self would be a game changer for the Cavaliers. That’s not really in doubt. Bynum getting on the court and playing like his old self is where the doubt comes in. After watching the public relations train wreck that was Philadelphia last season, the…

  2. Russell Westbrook not yet cleared for basketball activity

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:49 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Exactly when Russell Westbrook will be back from the torn meniscus that ended his — and essentially Oklahoma City’s — playoff run is not clear. The Thunder are part of the NBA’s new “we don’t give timelines” trend (which became popular in the wake of Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose last season). But we know…

  3. Friday And-1 links: The sad tale of Korleone Young

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    korleone Young

    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 Brazilians like spectacular soccer goals…. • If you read one thing today…

  4. Still no official timeline for Gallinari return in Denver

    Sep 20, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets forward Gallinari reacts after making a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    This summer Danilo Gallinari has been doing his knee rehab in Italy, because… well, if you could choose where to do your knee rehab work wouldn’t you choose Italy? Gallinari partially tore his ACL back on April 4, and on that day the Denver Nuggets playoff dreams tore as well. When he returns he will…

  5. Cavs’ Varejao says he is at 70 percent, will be ready for camp

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:42 AM EST

    Anderson Varejao

    Last season Anderson Varejao played in 25 games, his health slowed by blood clots in his leg. He spent last season and most of this summer (except when he was getting married) working on getting healthy. Which would be nice — 31 games is the most Varejao has played in a season the last three.…

  6. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:02 AM EST

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    Last season: The 76ers went 34-48, the 11th time in the last 12 seasons they won between 33 and 48 games. They made the playoffs most seasons during that span, but they only one two postseason series. With the emergence of the NBA’s second-youngest All-Star last year, Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia seemed like it had a…

  7. Tristan Thompson says switching shooting hands is working out well

    Sep 19, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

    Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving

    It’s one of the more bizarre off-season story lines — Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson decided to switch his shooting hands. His first two seasons in the league he has been left handed and last season he shot 48 percent overall, 39.7 percent beyond five feet from the rim and 60.8 percent from the free throw line.…

  8. Cavs’ No. 1 pick Bennett back playing 5-on-5 after surgery

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:34 PM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    Back before he could do a lot of pre-draft workouts, before he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett had surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Which is one of the reasons nobody really expected him to go No. 1. He had the surgery…

  9. Check out the game play from NBA Live 14 (VIDEO)

    Sep 19, 2013, 9:58 AM EST

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    NBA Live is getting back in the game and it says it brings a more realistic look — well, here is what it’s going to look like. And it’s good. This is the first gameplay trailer released for the game that comes out next month. You can see some of the effects such as the…

  10. Report: Andrew Bynum ‘nowhere near ready,’ likely to miss preseason

    Sep 18, 2013, 12:16 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    The Cavaliers took a chance on Andrew Bynum, but it was a small one considering that the team signed him to a contract that is only guaranteed for $6 million, and doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after January 10. There would seem to be an incentive for Bynum to get back on the court for…

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

    Sep 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EST

    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…

  12. Reports: Varejao, Bennett healthy for Cavaliers

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:50 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Cleveland has its sights set on one of the last couple playoff spots in the East next season. To get there is going to take more than just the “Kyrie Irving Show” — he’s going to need help. Particularly help along the front line. Enter Anderson Varejao and Anthony Bennett. Reports have both power forwards…

  13. Report: Anderson Varejao cleared to return in time for training camp

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

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    Anderson Varejao was having his best season statistically last year, until a knee injury forced him out of action in December, and then the ensuing blood clot that developed ended his season entirely. Now comes word that he’s been medically cleared in time for the start of training camp in a few weeks, but questions…

  14. Victor Oladipo says “I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland” (then tries to retract it)

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:43 AM EST

    via @NBA twitter

    Sports stars are learning what politicians have started to learn — in today’s media environment your comments are not just heard by the small audience in front of you. Your comments are national, they are everywhere. (Politicians love to tell each audience what they want to hear, but do that today and the inconsistencies in…

  15. 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…

  16. Quote of the Day: Terrell Owens thinks he could play in NBA

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:17 AM EST

    17th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant

    “I could play, I’m better than Luke Walton!” —Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, appearing on ESPN’s Sports Nation. Should we tell Owens that Luke Walton isn’t in the NBA right now? He doesn’t even have a training camp invite this season, his 10-year NBA career could be done. Or to put it in SAT…

  17. Tyler Zeller added weight this summer thanks to Krispy Kreme

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

    Tyler Zeller

    This is the time of summer when the reports are flying that “Player X lost 15 pounds and is in great shape” or “Player Y added 10 pounds of muscle this summer.” All such claims should be taken with all the salt you would take late-night infomercial claims of weight loss/muscle gain. What makes Cavaliers…

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

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:27 AM EST

    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…

  19. Brad Stevens talks in coachspeak, doesn’t have Rondo timeline

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

    New Boston Celtics Head Coach Stevens smiles during a news conference at the Celtics training center in Waltham

    New Celtics coach Brad Stevens sat down with Comcast Sportsnet New England and said… not much of consequence. A lot of coachspeak. There was another non-update on a Rajon Rondo timeline. “He’s been very diligent when he’s been in town. … A couple of young guys came into the gym and just having him here…

  20. Andrew Bynum says he is on schedule for return… but doesn’t know schedule

    Sep 5, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    There is no date set yet — Cleveland learned the lesson of putting a timeline on things watching the Philadelphia 76ers. It could be the start of training camp, it could be later. Based on history, maybe much later. But make no mistake, Andrew Bynum says he is on track to return this season and…

  21. FIBA Americas down to 8 teams after Brazil, Paraguay eliminated

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:39 AM EST

    Venezuela World Qualifier Basketball

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament is taking the day off on Wednesday, but it’s not just because the most star-laden Eurobasket tournament tipped off. The first portion of round-robin play was completed Tuesday night, meaning two eliminations had to be made. One was surprising, one wasn’t: Brazil was sent home after losing to Jamaica in…

  22. Gary Payton picks Golden State to win Western Conference

    Sep 3, 2013, 3:59 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Golden State is going to be a trendy pick for some this season. They have the shooting in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, they have added Andre Iguodala to help them in transition and with perimeter defense, they have a double-double machine in David Lee coming back, they bring Harrison Barnes off the bench. Optimism…

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

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:05 AM EST

    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.…

  24. Kyrie Irving gets a personalized edition of Nike’s Hyperdunk 2013 (PHOTOS)

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley

    I first saw Nike’s new Hyperdunk 2013 that was designed specifically for Kyrie Irving while covering USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas back in July. Irving had just finished the camp’s first day of activities wearing them, and while the shoe itself had been around in multiple colorways, the uniqueness of this particular pair definitely…

  25. Tristan Thompson’s free throw percentage up 20 points right handed

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EST

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    Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is left handed… and not a terribly good shooter that way. Last season he shot 39.7 percent beyond five feet from the rim and 60.8 percent from the free throw line left handed. Thompson went with a radical fix: start to shoot right handed. Don’t laugh — it’s working. Through his first…

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