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  1. The 2012-2013 All-Breakout Team

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Last season, Jeremy Lin coming out of nowhere (and the ensuing Linsanity) was the perfect headlining story for a crazy, compacted season. Lin was absolutely the breakout star of the year, but we also saw Ersanity (Ersan Ilyasaova) become a thing — at least in Milwaukee, anyway. And Kevin Love‘s nightly performances? Just good old-fashioned…

  2. Taj Gibson doesn’t want to talk contract extension we all expect

    Oct 24, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

    Taj Gibson

    The feeling around the league is that by the Halloween deadline, the Chicago Bulls will reach some kind of contract extension to his rookie deal deal with Taj Gibson. They like him too much to risk losing him as a restricted free agent next year — he’s a lock-down defender, good athlete, solid rebounder and…

  3. Five players that need a change of scenery

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:41 PM EST

    Kevin Martin

    Breakups are never fun, but sometimes it just has to be done. Maybe there’s someone new, or things have become stale, or both parties just need to go a different direction. The following is a list of five talented players who could really use the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech from their current teams.…

  4. Tuesday And-1 links: Shed a tear, Spurs waive Eddy Curry

    Oct 23, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

    Eddy Curry, Andre Iguodala

    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. • Eddy Curry had actually looked better than you might expect for the Spurs…

  5. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    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 like most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  6. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  7. Deadline looms: Will Bulls give Gibson contract extension?

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

    Taj Gibson

    The deadline is one week from today — either teams reach terms on a contract extension with players from the draft class of 2009 or said players become restricted free agents next summer. A deal gets struck by Halloween or other teams can make a run at the guy next July. There are some interesting…

  8. While Rockets are patient, Lin frustrated with performance

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:08 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has shot 21.1 percent through three preseason games. He is coming off knee surgery and has not found his groove with the Rockets yet. He particularly struggled against the disciplined Spurs defense on Sunday. All this has led to smirks and some cowardly anonymous attacks out of New York, but the Rockets have…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: Seattle arena takes another step (plus Basketball Prospectus)

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:17 PM EST

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    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 presidential candidates like watering down debates. • We told you the other…

  10. Rockets patient as they wait for Jeremy Lin to find his mojo

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Jeremy Lin himself admitted it — he was a bit surprised by his success and isn’t sure what this season will be like for him. That isn’t how the Rockets see things. He is their major off-season acquisition. It is Lin’s face on billboards and buses all over town. He is the face of the…

  11. Jeremy Lin doesn’t know how this season will turn out, either

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    There’s been this ridiculous “let’s slam Jeremy Lin anonymously” thing coming out of New York lately, some kind of attempt to spin the frustration of some fans that Lin is now gone to Houston. Tom Ziller of SBN rightly called people out on this. Part of the argument is “we only had Lin for 25…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    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. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

  13. Dahntay Jones says “Linsanity” was bigger because Lin was Knick

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:40 AM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Dahntay Jones is not the first person to say this. Heck, Mark Cuban said it. But the Mavericks swingman is the latest to say new cross-state rival Jeremy Lin would not have had the same hype last season if he hadn’t been playing in New York City. That the fire of “Linsanity” spread because the…

  14. Tracy McGrady bids goodbye to NBA fans on FaceBook

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Tracy McGrady

    T-Mac has left the league he excited, dominated, disappointed, and called home for over a decade. He’s headed to China, and in that decision comes a departure from the NBA which he has been a part of the tapestry of his entire career. McGrady took to FaceBook recently to thank some people and some fans.…

  15. Report: Josh Smith won’t sign an extension, Hawks can thank the new CBA

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Josh Smith

    From the New York Daily News: Josh Smith has told the Hawks that he isnt going to sign an extension during the season. Hed rather wait to become a free agent, when he can get a five-year deal. An extension would limit him to a three-year deal, according to the new CBA rules. New GM…

  16. Nowtizki back at practice, other updates from NBA camps

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    During NBA training camps there are a rash of small injuries and guys missing games for an assortment of reasons, so many you can’t keep track. We’re here to help. Here is a little Friday rundown of camp notes from around the NBA. • Dirk Nowitzki returned to the full Mavericks practice on Friday. Nowitzki…

  17. Lin admits he’s still working way back from knee surgery

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    Rockets Lin Basketball

    Jeremy Lin has spent the summer playing down his knee issues that forced him to have surgery last season. Every time he was asked he said he was fine, he was 100 percent. He’s not. And he admitted he is not going to play extended minutes for the Rockets as they open the exhibition season,…

  18. Monday And-1 links: Royce White joins Rockets; more camp notes

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

    Royce White

    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 like men love Mila Kunis. • Rookie Royce White joined the Houston Rockets training…

  19. Chandler didn’t think Lin ran the Knicks offense correctly

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    The few weeks of “Linsanity” last year, the Knicks offense was really not all that great. The Knicks were winning because they were playing good defense and getting enough points with Jeremy Lin running a pick-and-roll heavy offense with Tyson Chandler and shooters like Steve Novak around the floor. Chandler likes the Knicks point guards…

  20. Rookie White will report to Rockets camp Monday with plan

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Kevin McHale, Royce White

    The Rockets and rookie and Royce White have a plan. White had missed the first week of training camp as he and the Rockets tried to hammer out a plan (a process White took the blame for not starting earlier). That plan calls for him to ride in a rented bus (at his expense) to…

  21. White tells Rockets he wants to travel to some games by bus

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Royce White

    Royce White, the No. 16 pick of the Houston Rockets in the June draft, is still not at Rockets camp. The talented and versatile forward fell out of the lottery in part because teams were wary of the anxiety disorder he struggles with. White has a fear of flying. At times a paralyzing fear. He…

  22. Royce White not in Rockets camp, deals with anxiety disorder

    Oct 3, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Royce White

    Royce White’s anxiety disorder was well known around the time of the draft and it scared a few teams off. White has the potential to be a quality point/forward in the NBA, but he also has a fear of flying as part of the disorder. He’s a big man with real ball handling skills and…

  23. Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    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 like old people love In The Heat of the Night. • Raymond Felton will…

  24. Monday And-1 links: NBA media day edition

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:24 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp 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. Today, we bring you a lot of news and notes out of the various…

  25. Spin out of Knicks media day: Raymond Felton is in shape

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    There are a couple of reasons that teams hire full time media relations people and now hire their own reporters for their team Web sites, and driving traffic to those sites (so they can appease sponsors/advertisers) is just a part of it. The bigger goal is to spin the narrative the way they want. It’s…

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