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  1. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

  2. Nets Brook Lopez has surgery, expected back in 6-8 weeks

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

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    Brook Lopez had successful surgery Friday to fix the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal (the long bone above the little toe) in his foot, the team announced. What really matters to them is they expect him back in six to eight weeks, in mid to late February. Which is before the March 15 trading…

  3. Previewing NBA’s Christmas Day tip-off

    Dec 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    Time to unwrap the present of an NBA season — and just like the gifts under the tree there may be some assembly required. Condensed training camps and just two preseason games is going to mean some sloppy openers on Christmas day. But they are games, which are vastly superior to antitrust lawsuits. So let’s…

  4. Howard says relationship with Van Gundy “needs to grow”

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy sat down and talked for over an hour not long after training camps opened, and you can bet the topic was not the best way to brine a turkey before cooking it on Christmas. Their relationship is going to impact the Magic on the court and ultimately if Howard…

  5. Rose, Durant go different path with contracts than LeBron

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    When LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade came up for contract extensions, they all asked for three-year deals, or options that let them opt out of their deals after three years. The idea was simple — gain leverage over the team, pressure them to build a winner or they could lose their star. (We…

  6. Lopez injury limits Orlando’s Dwight Howard trade options

    Dec 22, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

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    The foot injury to Nets center Brook Lopez has not left the Dwight Howard trade stuck in the mud. It was already there. Orlando has put the breaks on the process — they are not ready to trade Howard. Maybe they think they can convince him to stay, maybe they think the offers improve closer…

  7. Nets Brook Lopez breaks foot, out indefinitely after surgery

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The Nets just cannot catch a break. Well, not a good one. Brook Lopez – their quality starting center and the anchor of their proposed trade package with Orlando for Dwight Howard — has a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and will have surgery on it Friday, the team announced.…

  8. LeBron says Dwight Howard is not going through what he did

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard is under the microscope this year. Every thing he says, every move he makes will be broken down in terms of where he’s going to play next season. “He shook Spike Lee’s hand, he’s going to the Knicks!” “He went out to dinner in Los Angeles, he’s going to be a Laker for…

  9. Video: Jameer Nelson talks Magic, Dwight Howard

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:16 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard and his trade demands over the Magic like the cloud over Joe Btfsplk. That said, we are talking about a 52-win team last season. A team undergoing a lot of changes — Glen Davis is in for Brandon Bass — but still a team you ignore at your own peril. Magic point guard…

  10. Big Baby likes starting, getting out of Garnett’s shadow

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Glen Davis

    Glen Davis has his ring. He’s had his moments in the sun. He’s done the Shrek and Donkey thing on a national stage. Now, he wants to play a bigger role. That wasn’t happening in Boston where Kevin Garnett will start at the four until he can no longer clap in the face of smaller…

  11. Deron Williams says he will be “grumpy” if Nets lose a lot

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams is going to be grumpy. D-Will is a very competitive player and he’s about to be on a team that is going to lose a lot of games. He’s not used to that (college Final Four, Olympic gold, won more than he lost in Utah). The Nets have been trying desperately to land…

  12. Can Dwight Howard lead the Magic this season?

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Orlando did not look very impressive in their first preseason game, a 118-85 drubbing at the hands of the Heat. To which the normal — and correct — response is: so what? It’s their first preseason game, it’s meaningless. Dwight Howard was off for a night and we should not care. Nobody expects playoff execution…

  13. PBT’s NBA season predictions: LeBron James gets his ring

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Miami Heat Media Day

    Before Miami Heat fans get excited about this, remember that I suck at making predictions. But thanks to my never-exhausted capacity for self-embarrassment, I’m giving you my predictions for the coming season (scroll down to see Brett from PBT’s calls for this season). I think that the condensed schedule — and condensed playoff schedule —…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  15. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  16. Suns successful in avoiding media circus around Nash’s impending free agency

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns held their annual media day on Friday, and overall, things were pretty quiet. Too quiet, even. Especially when you consider that the face of the franchise, heart and soul of the team, and two-time MVP Steve Nash is playing in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent…

  17. New York will be better, but fans will be thinking about what’s next

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks are going to win a playoff game this year. For the first time since 2001. Having Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire together for a full season will boost the offense, having Tyson Chandler along the back line will turn them from terrible to average on defense (or maybe a little better,…

  18. Is Los Angeles a Clippers town now? No.

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    Last year, the Clippers were the hot new girl at the party in Los Angeles. You couldn’t take your eyes off her but there was nothing serious going on, it was all flirting and fun. Now, things are getting serious. The Chris Paul trade has the Clippers feeling like we all thought about the Oklahoma…

  19. Dwight Howard says he has not withdrawn trade request

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Orlando Magic may not be shopping Dwight Howard around, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be shopped. Howard said Thursday his trade request is still on the table, the day after Magic GM Otis Smith said that Howard was off the trading block for now. After that, Howard worked hard to dodge…

  20. ProBasketballTalk previews the entire NBA

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    As if you haven’t noticed, NBA previews for all 30 NBA teams popped up at ProBasketballTalk faster than a Scott Baio rumor. But more accurate. What you see below is one stop shopping for your NBA previews — we are all about reader convenience here at PBT . All 30 teams are here and we…

  21. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    nash-gentry-preview

    Last season: 40-42, good for 10th place in the West, and six games out of the playoff picture. Head Coach: Alvin Gentry Key Departures: Vince Carter was waived by the team and was picked up by Dallas. Aaron Brooks signed to play in China just before the lockout was resolved, and while the Suns still…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Orlando Magic

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Last season: 52-30, fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Lost a close first-round series to the Atlanta Hawks in six games. Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy, if he can manage to not go insane while continually asked about the Dwight Howard situation all season. Key Departures: None … yet. (OK, not entirely true.) Gilbert…

  23. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    2010-11 Record: 62-20 (best in the NBA, thanks to relentless effort on defense every night) Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (you can thank him for the defense) Key Departures: Rasual Butler, Kurt Thomas Key Additions: Richard Hamilton — a big upgrade at the two. Best case scenario (that does not involve a highly unlikely Dwight Howard…

  24. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    Last season: 57-25, second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The trip to the postseason was shorter than usual for the then-back-to-back defending champs, as they were unceremoniously swept out of the second round by the eventual champion Mavericks. Head Coach: Mike Brown takes the helm in his first season with the Lakers after Phil…

  25. Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    The Los Angeles Lakers lost a battle for a superstar with the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time that happened… come on, that never happened before. But now Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off. Not really at the Clippers, who Lakers fans never had a rivalry with — they view…

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