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  1. Thomas Robinson is ‘pissed off’

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Thomas Robinson

    Thomas Robinson, when the season begins, will be playing for his third team in two years. He was drafted by the Kings, traded mid-season to the Rockets and traded again in the offseason to the Trail Blazers. The last top-five pick to play for so many teams in his first two years was drafted in…

  2. Brandon Jennings fires back at Larry Sanders: ‘I had to take those shots’

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders have traded comments through the media recently, with the former teammates each seeming to take a little bit of a shot at the other. It began with relatively innocuous remarks from Jennings that seemed more like excitement to play with the likes of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe…

  3. Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans.

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Carmelo Anthony thrived last season on offense for the Knicks playing the four, the power forward spot — he could take bigger guys outside and beat them off the dribble, if teams went small against him he could post up. But that creates some roster challenges for Mike Woodson this season because Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e…

  4. Corey Maggette, Sam Young try to earn last Spurs roster spot

    Oct 1, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    The San Antonio Spurs have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster and they may go into the season with just that many. But they can add a 15th guy. They have identified a need — a physical three who can play limited minutes off the bench in certain matchups as a backup to Kawhi Leonard…

  5. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

  6. Larry Sanders questions Brandon Jennings’ willingness to pass

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Brandon Jennings said the Pistons could become Lob City under his direction. Of course, the first step of a lob is a pass, and Jennings has a reputation for being a reluctant passer. But Jennings explained he’d pass more in Detroit, where’s he’s not burdened by the Bucks’ lackluster offensive options and can instead throw…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Last season: It was the end of an era. Josh Smith‘s final season in Atlanta ended the only way it really could: with plenty of ill-advised shot attempts, tons of highlight-reel plays, and probably most importantly, another early playoff exit. After a first round loss to the Indiana Pacers in six games, it was fair to yet…

  8. Monta Ellis on bad shots: ‘"I’m gonna play Monta-ball"

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, the Bucks’ backcourt last season, took a lot of deserved flack for taking bad shots. After being signed-and-traded to the Pistons, Jennings said he had to take many bad shots to bail out Milwaukee’s limited offensive players. Whether that was true or not, Jennings can make it look true by…

  9. What is the future for Greg Monroe in Detroit?

    Sep 30, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe

    We have talked about Detroit’s front line as a trio — the veteran free agent Josh Smith, the budding young potential franchise player Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe playing at near an All-Star level (he had 37 double doubles and a PER of 19.5). But how long are they going to be a trio? Detroit…

  10. Report: Stephen Curry leaving Nike for Under Armour endorsement deal

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    Under Armour has been trying to break bigger into the NBA market for a while and they lined up some nice stars — Brandon Jennings, DeAndre Jordan — who fans know but who have never really broken into the big time. That has changed. Stephen Curry is leaving Nike for a new Under Armour deal,…

  11. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Last season: The Bucks went 38-44, reaching the playoffs despite a mid-season firing of Scott Skiles. Their high-scoring and high-shooting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis defined the team, but it was really as a team without a strong identity. Before the playoffs began, Jennings predicted the Bucks would beat the Heat in six…

  12. Report: Spurs add Corey Maggette to training camp roster

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Corey Maggette had a rough season with the Pistons last year. He appeared in only 18 games — none after Dec. 15, for reasons unknown — while putting up career-low averages in points, minutes, and field goal percentage. Maggette has been known throughout his 14-year career for his ability to score and get to the…

  13. It’s official: That’s Coach Rasheed Wallace to you

    Sep 26, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    You can just call him coach. We’d known for a while Rasheed Wallace was going to be hired by the Detroit Pistons as a coach and he had been working with players at the Pistons’ facilities prior to training camp opening next week. Now it’s official, the Pistons announced — Rasheed Wallace has been added…

  14. Report: Brandon Jennings punched by rapper The Game at L.A. club

    Sep 24, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    This post must start with a disclaimer: Take all of this with plenty of salt. Reports of what celebrities did in a club late at night are as reliable as milk a week past the use by date. But if you choose to believe the reports, apparently rapper The Game got fed up with Brandon…

  15. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive…

  16. How Al Horford learned to stop worrying and love Danny Ferry

    Sep 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Al Horford admits it. Like a lot of other Hawks fans this summer he wondered what GM Danny Ferry was thinking. Then it all came together. Now Al Horford looks around at the guys working out before training camp starts with the Hawks next week and he thinks he sees the plan. At least he…

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

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Josh Smith working with Rasheed Wallace on midrange shots, post moves

    Sep 18, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season, Josh Smith shot 30.5 percent from the midrange. He was less bad (38.4 percent) if he was 15 feet out closer to the baselines, but in general if Smith wanted to take a midrange jumper the other team would let him. With Smith going to be the starting three for the Detroit Pistons,…

  19. Pistons’ Villanueva testified former UConn player Tate George scammed $250,000 from him

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    While there were a whole lot of Pistons players in Detroit on Tuesday working out to get ready for training camp, Charlie Villanueva was on a witness stand. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are going after former Connecticut Huskies basketball player Tate George saying he is a con man who misused money invested with his…

  20. With three bigs who can finish, Josh Smith says Detroit alley-oops will be “race to the rim”

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    “Me, Drummond and Monroe, it’s going to be a race to the rim to see who can get there fastest for lobs.” That is Josh Smith talking about the blessing and the curse of the Detroit Pistons — with Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the front court, the paint could get a little…

  21. Rasheed Wallace has Andre Drummond working on post moves, midrange

    Sep 11, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    This is why you want Rasheed Wallace as a coach. Look past the mountain of technical fouls, past the forest of quirks, and you have a guy who really understood how to play the game. A guy young player will respect and listen to. Right now before camp opens, Wallace is working with second-year big…

  22. Brandon Jennings says Pistons ‘should own the glass’ next season

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    The Pistons have a lot of new pieces to fit together once training camp opens at the end of the month, but that’s going to be part of the fun. Detroit added Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith to an already talented group of young players, and put a new head coach in place in Maurice…

  23. Rick Pitino thinks Brad Stevens is a perfect fit for the Boston Celtics

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Brad Stevens was introduced as the Boston Celtics new coach in early July. The former Butler head coach is making the daring jump, leaving the college ranks for the NBA. In the past, this has not gone well for many great collegiate coaches. John Calipari lasted three seasons in New Jersey and Rick…

  24. Wednesday And-1 links: Updates on Liggins, White domestic violence cases

    Sep 4, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

    DeAndre Liggins

    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 Slovenian basketball fans love Goran Dragic right now (he carried them to a…

  25. Watch some Clippers play a little flag football (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    We’re all ready for some football (remember the NFL season kicks off right here on NBC Thursday night). Blake Griffin and some other Clippers were ready as well and they took part in a flag football game for charity hosted by Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg. Among the celebrities taking part are Griffin, DeAndre Jordan,…

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