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  1. Mark Cuban talks in some detail about Mavericks’ decisions, past and present

    Aug 4, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    Mark Cuban can be as guarded as anyone in interviews — he sets the company line, but the NBA can be a place where details are few and far between from the mouths of cautious exeutives. Flying in the face of that, Cuban took to his personal blog Saturday with a 3,300 word missive, talking…

  2. Carmelo Anthony reiterates he will not have shoulder surgery

    Aug 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Carmelo Anthony played through the NBA playoffs last year with a shoulder injury, a partially torn labrum. That is an injury that can be slow to heal (just ask Dwight Howard) and sometimes requires surgery. Anthony said six weeks ago he did not want surgery. Speaking with the New York Daily News he reiterated he…

  3. Mark Cuban releases video Mavericks used in pitch to Dwight Howard

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    A+E Networks Hosts the NCTA Reception - Arrivals

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard considered in free agency, although their plan to first pair the center with an aging Dirk Nowitzki and then try to lure other stars to join the team a year later ended up not being the most appealing option. Teams go to great lengths to show…

  4. James Harden gives important Eurostep lessons in Nike’s latest #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Aug 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In Nike Basketball’s latest spot for the Summer Is Serious campaign, James Harden shows us the proper way to Eurostep, while making sure his beard remains properly fluffed between takes. When I think of current players known for their Eurostep, Harden is maybe third on my list behind Manu Ginobili and Dwyane Wade. The Ginobili…

  5. Rockets’ Terrence Jones pleads not guilty to charge of harassment of a homeless man

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    terrence jones

    Rockets forward Terrence Jones Wednesday pled not guilty to a harassment charge in his native Portland stemming from an incident where he allegedly kicked a homeless man outside a nightclub. Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle had the details. Terrence Jones has Sept. 6 court date on harassment charge. Atty O'Connell said "He's very embarrassed…

  6. Rockets’ Terrence Jones arrested for allegedly kicking homeless man

    Jul 31, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

    Terrence Jones

    Rockets’ forward Terrence Jones was arrested in his native Portland early Wednesday morning (late Tuesday night) after an altercation with a homeless man, reports NBC affiliate KGW in Portland. A patrolling officer said he saw a group of people leaving the Tube nightclub spill out onto the sidewalk on Northwest 3rd Avenue just after 2…

  7. Kurt Rambis talks Lakers, Howard and even some Pistons (VIDEO)

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    kurt rambis

    Kurt Rambis may have been surprised Mike D’Antoni asked him to be an assistant coach (and it will make for an interesting dynamic around the team if the Lakers struggle) but he jumped at the chance. He’s excited about trying to coach a Lakers defense that lost Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, plus has…

  8. Steve Nash discusses his soccer tryout with Inter Milan (VIDEO)

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    We told you about Steve Nash getting a shot to try out with Inter Milan, and while it was more like a day at soccer fantasy camp than an actual tryout, he seemed to enjoy the experience as much as expected. Nash joined The Crossover to discuss his adventure, the courting of Dwight Howard, and…

  9. D’Antoni says he really doesn’t understand Howard’s decision

    Jul 30, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    What was he going to say? Mike D’Antoni spent his portion of the Lakers’ Dwight Howard free agency meeting in early July trying to show Howard how the center really did fit in the D’Antoni offense — how Howard is vastly better on the pick-and-roll than he is just getting the ball in the post.…

  10. The Oklahoma City Thunder really want to avoid luxury tax

    Jul 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    When we say NBA rookies are on a “rookie scale contract” what really is going on is there is a salary level set for said player (amount based upon draft pick), and teams can offer between 80 percent and 120 percent of that number. Around the league, it’s a pretty standard for teams to give…

  11. Lakers expect to have Nash, Gasol ready for training camp. Kobe… we’ll see

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers are not going in the tank next season — they are going for the high lottery, they are going to come out and try to make the playoffs. The West is deep next season but making the postseason as a lower seed is not out of the question… if everything goes right. Which…

  12. To fix USA Basketball, Colangelo first had to fix relationship with Nike

    Jul 29, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2013 Class Announcement

    Nike and USA Basketball are intertwined. They exert some influence — particularly over players we need on Team USA if we are serious about winning — and while some would argue too much control it is a reality. So when Jerry Colangelo was given carte blanche as USA Basketball President to fix what was wrong…

  13. Lakers make it official, hire Kurt Rambis as assistant coach

    Jul 29, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    Kurt Rambis and Mike D’Antoni together? Sure, why not. It’s not like Rambis just spent last season as an ESPN analyst questioning D’Antoni’s use of the Lakers roster every chance he got. (Okay, that’s exactly what he did.) I mean, what happened the last time D’Antoni was a coach somewhere and management demanded he bring…

  14. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  15. What Dwight Howard brings to Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    The Rockets won the big prize of the off-season… so what exactly did they win. Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown does great work (like this video on Brandon Jennings) and he turned his lens toward Dwight Howard. He talks about things we have here — this move makes the Rockets much better defensively, he’s an upgrade…

  16. Report: Marcus Camby will sign with the Rockets

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Rockets have made another free agent big man acquisition, and while it’s not as big of a deal as the one involving Dwight Howard earlier this summer, it may be an important one to the team’s ultimate chances nonetheless. Marcus Camby is expected to sign with Houston today, according to a report from Marc…

  17. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  18. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  19. Lakers first take on Howard, Rockets on Nov. 7; open against Clippers

    Jul 25, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The first showdown between Dwight Howard and his new friends on the Rockets and his old team the Lakers may happen before Kobe Bryant returns from Achilles surgery. The Lakers will face the Rockets first on Nov. 7 in Houston, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Kevin Ding of…

  20. Chandler Parsons says credit him for Dwight Howard picking Houston

    Jul 24, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    We told you during the Dwight Howard period of indecision (well, the most recent one) that Chandler Parsons was going full on college recruiting on Dwight. It worked. And Parsons would like a little credit for that. Speaking with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports Parsons laid out what he did to recruit Howard — and…

  21. Tuesday And-1 Links: Three years out, Lorenzen Wright’s murder unsolved

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Lorenzen Wright

    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 Americans love baby English monarchs… well maybe not that much. • Three…

  22. Harden thinks Thomas Robinson will be fit in with Portland

    Jul 22, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    Thomas Robinson had a nice Summer League in Las Vegas. He’s a plus rebounder that not only gets the balls in his position but also takes them away from other guys, and he averaged 12.8 rebounds a game. He also averaged 10.4 points and 1.2 blocks through five games. However, the shooting woes were still…

  23. Lower expectations next season should give Mike D’Antoni a real chance with the Lakers

    Jul 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni was placed into a situation as head coach of the Lakers last season where he never really had a fair chance to succeed. The hope in Los Angeles this year is that due to expectations being lowered significantly from the championship-or-bust mentality that (rightfully) surrounded the team a season ago, D’Antoni won’t be…

  24. Lots of interest in Mike Miller, with Durant, Marc Gasol recruiting him

    Jul 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    This has been one of the dominant themes of this offseason — good shooters have value. Guys like J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver are getting longer deals (four years) well over the average NBA salary because they are deadeye shooters. Meanwhile, if you dominate the ball and are not an efficient shooter you find the…

  25. Jordan Farmar made a financial sacrifice to rejoin the Lakers

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    jordan farmar

    It’s no secret that the Lakers needed to find talent willing to sign up to play for them at a bargain price to round out their roster for next season, once the plan to convince Dwight Howard to stay fell through and the team still had a payroll north of $70 million staring them in…

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