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  1. Kyrie Irving crosses up Michael Carter-Williams then Evan Turner on same play (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 11:28 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Evan Turner

    Kyrie Irving is just fun to watch… unless you are trying to defend him. Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner of the Sixers didn’t find it fun when Irving crossed both of them up on the same play in the Cavalier’s preseason win Monday night in Columbus. Remember Turner played at THE Ohio State so fans…

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

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EST

    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…

  3. Coach says Sixers’ Nerlens Noel likely out for season

    Oct 21, 2013, 7:22 PM EST

    Nerlens Noel

    This shouldn’t be a shock, it’s rather a logical extension of the 76ers long-term plans and their rather painful experience with Andrew Bynum last year. But it still is a little jarring to hear it. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Monday before the 76ers preseason game that Nerlens Noel likely will miss the entire season,…

  4. Report: Andrew Bynum down to game weight, still no timetable for return

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:28 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum sightings feel a little bit like Bigfoot sightings — rare, always from a distance, any video is grainy, and you’re not quite sure what to believe. We had another Bynum sighting Thursday night before the Cavaliers preseason game, he was on the court getting in some work pregame with the coaches. Twitter reports…

  5. Revelations of Anthony Bennett having asthma come out… except we knew that before draft

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    Anthony Bennett’s conditioning has been a concern this preseason — he has been sucking wind, which isn’t a huge surprise considering he was coming off shoulder surgery that kept in off the court from April until recently. Then on Thursday night comes a story from the Associated Press talking about how Bennett suffers from asthma…

  6. Wednesday And-1 Links: Mark Cuban cleared of insider trading

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:23 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    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. • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was acquitted of insider trading, a case brought by…

  7. Mike Brown a little frustrated with Dion Waiters’ defense

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

    Dion Waiters, Gerald Henderson

    Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach. That is his reputation. If you see the Cavaliers as a playoff team in the East (and I do) then you are counting on a healthy Kyrie Irving, somebody stepping up in the frontcourt, and Mike Brown improving a defense that was 27th in the NBA in points…

  8. PBT EXTRA: Central Division Preview

    Oct 16, 2013, 9:17 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose waits for the start of a media interview at the start of the team's training camp at the Berto Arena in Chicago, Illinois

    Derrick Rose‘s return is certainly the biggest story in the NBA’s Central Division, but it is not the only one. In this edition of PBT Extra, Kay Adams and I focus on all the teams in this division: Did the Bucks get addition through subtraction? Is it Finals or bust for the Pacers? Just how…

  9. Report: Warriors, Bogut talking contract extension

    Oct 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Andrew Bogut

    Last season in the playoffs the Warriors defense was 7.8 points per 100 possessions better when Bogut was on the court and was the anchor in the paint. Look at it this way: When Bogut was on the court the Warriors defense was close to the Bulls regular season defensive numbers, when he sat they…

  10. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade releasing documentary on Heat’s title run

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:35 PM EST

    Heat's Wade sits with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after his team defeated the Spurs in Game 7 to win their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    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 Bostonites love to sing along with Neil Diamond…. • If you can’t…

  11. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Last season: The Warriors ultimately overachieved when all was said and done in 2013, getting to the second round of the playoffs and taking the eventual Western Conference champion Spurs to six games before their season was ended. For a sixth seed entering the playoffs with just 47 wins and having to go through the…

  12. Sacramento’s Carl Landry out 3-4 months following hip surgery

    Oct 14, 2013, 5:15 PM EST

    Carl Landry

    This is a blow to Sacramento — they went out and got Carl Landry this summer (along with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Greivis Vasquez) to provide some veteran stabilization behind their young core. Now Landry is going to be out three to four months following surgery on a hip flexor, the team announced…

  13. Cavaliers’ Jarrett Jack out 10 days with sore knee

    Oct 14, 2013, 4:59 PM EST

    Jarrett Jack, Jameer Nelson

    Jarrett Jack is going to be popular in Cleveland and he’s going to win them some games. He can backup Kyrie Irving at the one and Dion Waiters at the two, he can create shots for others plus he is good as a catch-and-shoot guard. He’s a solid defender. Well, he can do all that…

  14. Tristan Thompson talks switch from left to right-handed shooter

    Oct 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EST

    Tristan Thompson

    Through two preseason games, Tristan Thompson is 11-of-18 shooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s 61.1 percent for those of you scoring at home. It’s just two preseason games, be careful reading too much into it, but maybe it portends a big jump from last season when he shot 48.8 percent from the field. This isn’t…

  15. Cavaliers still searching for small forward to replace that guy who left town

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

    Earl Clark, Miroslav Raduljica

    Since LeBron James bolted Cleveland for Miami, the small forward spot has been a black hole for the Cavaliers. There was Jamario Moon. Then Omri Casspi. Then Alonzo Gee, who is still on the roster. Now Earl Clark is getting a shot. Not exactly a murderer’s row. The Cavaliers have built a team they like…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Last season: It was supposed to be yet another year spent contending for a championship for a storied Lakers franchise that already has 16 of them. L.A. loaded up with free agent talent in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and was on paper the team most believed would stand in the way of a second straight…

  17. Cavaliers’ Tyler Zeller had emergency appendectomy Friday

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:59 AM EST

    Tyler Zeller

    Tyler Zeller didn’t play for the Cavaliers Friday night and at the time it was listed as due to the strained hip flexor that he has battled through camp. But instead he was having an emergency appendectomy — having his appendix removed — tweets Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer John Michael. This is a common operation…

  18. Anthony Bennett scores 14 fourth quarter points in Cavaliers’ preseason win over Magic (VIDEO)

    Oct 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    When the Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, the move came as a bit of a surprise.  Truth be told, there was no obvious, clear-cut choice to be made, but Bennett was recovering from shoulder surgery, so teams didn’t get a chance to see him during the…

  19. Anthony Bennett struggling with conditioning as he starts NBA career

    Oct 11, 2013, 9:04 PM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    Part of the reason it was a surprise Anthony Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick is that nobody had seen him workout — he had shoulder surgery and did not go through the NBA Draft Combine, or do pre-draft workouts this season. After that he couldn’t play in Summer League either. So maybe it’s…

  20. Karl Malone doesn’t bring his gun, bow to Jazz practice. So he can focus.

    Oct 10, 2013, 3:44 PM EST

    Karl Malone

    Karl Malone is back working with the Utah Jazz as a special assistant coach — Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and the rest of the young Jazz front line are now learning the tricks of the Mailman. And Malone is focused on that — at least until next month and his annual hunting trip, he told…

  21. In old interview, Kyrie Irving tells children he won’t leave Cavaliers like LeBron did (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 10:26 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving has been saying he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers in free agency a lot the last few months, though he’s mostly qualified it slightly by adding the words “right now” into any conversation surrounding the topic. Making its way around the Web right now is Irving’s two-year-old answer to the question,…

  22. Kendrick Perkins says he looked himself in the mirror after last playoffs

    Oct 9, 2013, 5:40 PM EST

    Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins is who Kendrick Perkins is. After a decade in the league we all have a pretty good idea what that is. But after a rough playoffs last season — 2.2 points a game on 26.3 percent shooting with a PER of -0.6 — he became a scapegoat for frustrated Thunder fans. Why would…

  23. Jarrett Jack’s behind-the-back assist for Anthony Bennett’s first NBA bucket (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    Jarrett Jack is going to win over a lot of people in Cleveland — he is fun to watch and a great guard to have coming in off the bench (the Warriors will miss him). Among those new fans — Anthony Bennett. The No. 1 overall pick from last season got his first NBA points…

  24. Doug Collins says he is done coaching, the business has changed

    Oct 8, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    Doug Collins

    Doug Collins will be back on your television this year, working for ABC/ESPN as an analyst before games and also doing some color commentary. He was in Philadelphia the last three years including this past season when, as he put it, the Sixers swung for the fences with Andrew Bynum. And whiffed. It was a…

  25. Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    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 Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson… • In the Celtics locker room there is…

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