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  1. 10 NBA games this season you don’t want to miss

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    There are a lot of interesting things in the just released NBA schedule. The Spurs have two long road trips, not just the one “rodeo trip.” The Lakers “Grammys trip” includes games against Boston and closes in Miami. And the list goes on and on. But after combing threw it for a few hours, here…

  2. NBA schedule released, some big games on the front end

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 PM EST

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    Would you look at that, a full 82 game schedule. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. Kind of missed it. The NBA released the full season schedule on Thursday and clearly they had some marketing in mind. Some fans liked the big splash when the league opened on Christmas Day last year after…

  3. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

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    After a little hiatus, 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. • As you can see from the photo to the…

  4. Summer League standout Malcolm Thomas has many suitors

    Jul 24, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    Malcolm Thomas

    For a guy on the fringe, a good showing at Summer League can change your fortunes. Meet Malcolm Thomas. The “other forward” at San Diego State when Kawhi Leonard was there who spent last season in the D-League with a couple of call ups. But at Summer League in Las Vegas he looked very good…

  5. Jeremy Lin admits “Linsanity” got into his head, that he will always have haters

    Jul 24, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Be honest here — if you suddenly you went from relative obscurity to huge international star, a lot of things would go to your head. And the temptations of excess would get the better of many. What you have to appreciate here is a level of reflection and self-awareness on the part of Jeremy Lin…

  6. Report: Bulls will not match Rockets’ Omer Asik offer sheet

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:29 AM EST

    Omer Asik

    This was expected, we were just waiting for it to become official. It will on Tuesday — the Bulls will not match the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet the Rockets gave center Omer Asik, reports K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune. Asik will become a Rocket on the exact same deal that make Jeremy Lin…

  7. Report: Marco Belinelli to Bulls deal done

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    Marco Belinelli, Nicolas Batum

    UPDATE 7:07 pm: Marco Belinelli will make $1.96 million on a one-year contract with the Bulls, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. That sticks with their plan of keeping cap space open in future years to chase after bigger fish to pair with Derrick Rose. 2:34 pm: The summer of treading water in Chicago —…

  8. Damian Lillard, Tobias Harris among the NBA Summer League standouts

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

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    LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League unfortunately came to a close on Sunday night, ending a week and a half of wonderful basketball being played on the UNLV campus. Okay, so not all of the basketball was necessarily wonderful … but there were some players that helped themselves out quite a bit while spending…

  9. The most ridiculous game of hide-and-go-seek ever committed in Vegas. Twice.

    Jul 22, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    We really need to cover this. Because it’s hilarious. So there’s this weird thing going on in free agency. For restricted free agents, here’s the process. Qualifying offer tendered, rendering the player a restricted free agent. The player is free to negotiate an offer sheet with any team in the league, and sign it. If…

  10. Reports: Bulls likely to sign Nazr Mohammed, paving way for Asik to head to Rockets

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    Omer Asik

    Peter Vecsey and ESPN Chicago report that the Bulls are “on the verge” of signing veteran C Nazr Mohammed. The big ramification of this is it signals the Bulls do not intend to match the three-year, $25 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets for big man Omer Asik, clearing the way for Asik to…

  11. Wes Johnson found his touch Saturday at NBA Summer League

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

    wes johnson

    LAS VEGAS — To put it nicely, Wes Johnson was a bit underwhelming last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. That wasn’t the case on Saturday night inside Cox Pavilion, however, as the former fourth overall pick put together quite the performance against the NBA D-League Select team in lovely Las Vegas. The wing player has…

  12. Report: Dwight Howard could be traded by early August. (This is us not holding our breath.)

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Sam Amick of SI.com reports that there are indications the Magic could trade Dwight Howard sometime soon, maybe. I can hear your waiting with baited breath from here. From Amick: …the Magic, I’m told, are hopeful that they can pull the trigger on a deal by early August (although I certainly couldn’t tell you which…

  13. Why Linsanity may have been worth more to Houston than New York

    Jul 21, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    When the New York Knicks told Jeremy Lin “don’t let Raymond Felton hit you in the backside on the way out,” the talk was a cacophony of shock. Whether you agreed with the move or not, it was a huge surprise that the Knicks wouldn’t match the offer sheet for Lin. If you thought Lin…

  14. Nets’ Stackhouse said Rockets overpaid for Jeremy Lin

    Jul 20, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Way more than fans, NBA players get that they are commodities in a business. They want to get as much as they can while they can because they know the window closes fast. Guys may be a little jealous of other players’ deals, but nobody really begrudges each other making money. So long as they…

  15. Celtics trade for Courtney Lee done, but it got very complex

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:47 PM EST

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    We told you a couple days ago that Boston had reached a sign-and-trade deal to get Courtney Lee from the Rockets — and that is a beautiful fit for Boston. They get a guy who can defend on the perimeter, knock down threes and come off the bench. A defensively better version of Ray Allen.…

  16. Stoudemire says it’s a championship or bust for Knicks

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Be ready for failure, Knicks fans. Amare Stoudemire set the parameters for next season while speaking with MSG during a Knicks Summer League contest (as transcribed by Newsday). And like you want a competitor to say, he set the bar very high. “Anything less than a championship,” the power forward said on MSG Thursday during…

  17. The Inbounds: Daryl Morey and the point of no return

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Daryl Morey

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Someone asked me two weeks ago why it was that everyone thought Daryl Morey was so good at his job.…

  18. Damian Lillard continues to impress at NBA Summer League

    Jul 20, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

    damian lillard

    LAS VEGAS — Seven days in Las Vegas is a long time regardless of the occasion, but there are times that it has seemed particularly long this week as four games in a gym watching fringe NBA players play basketball can surprisingly take its toll on a guy. There are always a few moments that…

  19. Report: Courtney Lee going to Celtics in sign-and-trade

    Jul 19, 2012, 5:13 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    Ray Allen, Celtics fans are going to miss you. But they are really going to like the guy filling your role. Boston has reached a deal to acquire Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Celtics to acquire G Courtney Lee from Rockets in a sign and…

  20. The Inbounds: Hennigan’s Rainbow

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Earlier this month, it seemed like new Magic GM Rob Hennigan was trapped, and succumbing to the pressure. Word spread that the Nets were that magical word, “close” to a deal for Dwight Howard, in one of the most complicated trades maybe ever proposed, involving up to 14 players being swapped. The result was shady…

  21. Adam Morrison impresses on sixth day of NBA Summer League

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:33 AM EST

    adam morrison

    LAS VEGAS — NBA Summer League finished up with its fifth consecutive day of basketball on Wednesday evening and, as usual, there was a lot of basketball played. Not all of it was good basketball, unfortunately, but it was all basketball and there were some good things happening. The best thing that happened was the…

  22. Report: Raptors near deal for John Lucas III

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:06 PM EST

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Kyle Lowry is in for Toronto (and will play well, this being a contract year and all). Jose Calderon wants no part of being a backup, so his agent and the Raptors are working to find a trade for him. Which means the Raptors need a backup point guard… enter John Lucas III. The former…

  23. Jeremy Lin a good fit in Houston, but don’t expect playoffs

    Jul 18, 2012, 6:23 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    As Knicks fans are slowly coming to grips with, when the NBA season tips off next fall Jeremy Lin will be a Rocket. Maybe he wanted to stay, doesn’t matter. Marketing people are already making the switch — bootleg No. 17 Lin rocket shirts are already out on the market, and the not bootleg ones…

  24. The Inbounds: The Knick problem isn’t Lin, it’s consistency

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    So Jeremy Lin is  a Rocket, no longer a Knick. That actually happened. The Knicks elected not to match the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets and for Knicks fans who loved Lin, this is awful, terrible, gut-wrenching stuff. For everyone else, it’s a lot of fun. Why? Because it makes for…

  25. Josh Selby shows he’s closer to reaching potential at NBA Summer League

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:34 AM EST

    josh selby

    LAS VEGAS — Josh Selby earned a vote for the NBA’s All-Rookie Third Team this past that many in the media felt wasn’t deserved. While that may have been the case, there’s a good chance he cemented himself a spot on the All-Summer League roster following Monday evening’s performance at the Cox Pavilion in lovely…

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