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  1. The enduring value of the Pacers’ undeserved playoff berth

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    As third parties have banded about all kinds of system-related ideas in light of the lockout, I’ve seen the 2010-2011 Indiana Pacers, who finished the regular season with a 37-45 record, categorically used as evidence in support of an altered playoff system. As much as I understand the sentiment that teams so far under .500…

  2. Dark clouds linger over Jonny Flynn

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Jonny Flynn is only 23 years old, and has just two NBA seasons to his name. He has yet to play in a system that suits him, or for a coach with a legitimate ability to elevate the play of his roster. He was drafted into an unfavorable situation, undercut before he even began by…

  3. On Aaron Brooks and life after Steve Nash in Phoenix

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash has defined the Phoenix Suns franchise since the summer of 2004, but every passing day brings the Suns that much closer to parting with their only remaining star. Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire have all come and gone, and the last great remnant of the Suns team that embarked on Seven…

  4. Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact…

  5. Rockets forward Patterson had ankle surgery in August

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Bone spurs suck. Surgery sucks, too, but if you’re trying to play NBA basketball bone spurs in your ankle are a bigger problem. So in August Rockets forward Patrick Patterson had surgery to remove the spurs from his right ankle, his agent told the Houston Chronicle. “He was playing through it the past couple years,”…

  6. Rockets rookie Parsons signs with French team

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has the story: Rockets rookie F @ChandlerParsonsagrees to contract with France Cholet with an NBA out as early as Oct. 3, agent Mark Bartelstien tells Y!. The 6-10 Florida alum was taken by the Rockets with the 38th overall pick in the draft, and was named the SEC player of the…

  7. Yao Ming says to put his Hall of Fame nod on hold

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Eventually, Yao Ming will be welcomed into the basketball Hall of Fame. If you just rolled your eyes, remember this is not just an NBA Hall of Fame. (We need one of those, but that is a separate issue.) What Yao did to bridge the NBA with China and help the sport grow in the…

  8. Former NBA star Ralph Sampson arrested over child support

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Ralph Sampson, the former star NBA player that was part of the original “twin towers” with Hakeem Olajuwon, has been arrested concerning issues of child support, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sampson had his driver’s license suspended after failure to make payments, reports the paper. He had been pulled over just outside Atlanta after an…

  9. Chase Budinger actually is a beach volleyball player

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Kevin Love is playing beach volleyball this summer on a lark. (And will again at the Manhattan Beach Open in two weeks.) It’s not something he had done much of before, but during the lockout why not? Chase Budinger can actually play — he was as heavily recruited out of high school as a volleyball…

  10. Charlie Ward out of the NBA life and happy about it

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Charlie Ward was an impressive two-sport athlete at Florida State — remember he won the Heisman as quarterback — who went on to have an 11-year NBA career, mostly with the Knicks. From there he went on to be an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, where he stayed a couple years and had options.…

  11. Report: Houston to host 2013 NBA All-Star Game

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    The 2012 All-Star Game will be at the brand new Amway Center in Orlando. Well, if there is a 2012 All-Star Game (remember last lockout the All-Star Game was a casualty to the owners and players greed). There will be one by 2013, and it looks like we may be going back deep into the…

  12. Winderman: Wait five years? Yao could be in Hall of Fame next year.

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    With his recent retirement, the waiting period officially is under way for Yao Ming. According to enshrinement guidelines for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A player must be fully retired for five years before being eligible for Enshrinement. He/she may then be considered for Enshrinement in the sixth year of retirement.” Because the…

  13. Ray Patterson, former Bucks, Rockets president, dies

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Ray Patterson, a man who played a big role in the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets franchises, has passed away at the age of 89 after battling heart and lung diseases. Patterson was the president of the expansion Milwaukee Bucks, helping form maybe the most successful NBA expansion team ever (while keeping his job as…

  14. Luis Scola says he might play for Yao Ming’s China team

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Luis Scola, the Houston Rocket’s forward, isn’t going anywhere. He has four years, $46 million left on his NBA deal. But throw him in the “flirting with overseas” category during the lockout, although the Argentinian forward is not exactly thinking what you are thinking. At least according to the Argentinian sports site Ole (via Hoopeshype).…

  15. Video: Yao Ming’s life, career in animated form

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We leave you with this for Saturday night — how would Taiwanese animators depict the life of Yao Ming (while taking a shot at Charles Barkley)? Exactly like this. Enjoy.

  16. Video: Yo, it’s Yao

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    A decade from now, people will talk far more about Yao Ming‘s cultural impact than his game (that may already be the case, but too many people underestimate how good he was for a man his size). Yao also got some endorsements, and this one VISA commercial is one I always recall, because it was…

  17. Yao Ming walks away from NBA, makes retirement official

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

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    Yao Ming — the former No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Rockets who for several years was the best center in the game and who helped globalize the NBA by making it the most popular American sport in China — made his retirement official in a ceremony Wednesday in China. Ongoing foot problems —…

  18. RetroBall: Rockets-Lakers ’07 and the night Yao stood too tall for Kobe

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

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    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  19. Kelvin Sampson to be McHale’s top assistant in Houston

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

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    All those rumors of Bucks lead assistant Kelvin Sampson going to be the head coach in Minnesota… nah, he’d rather be an assistant somewhere else. Sampson will be the lead assistant to Kevin McHale in Houston, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, via twitter. That is a good hire — McHale may have…

  20. Without Yao, does NBA’s profile in China shrink?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Yao Ming was the face of David Stern’s dream of NBA globalization. The 7’6” center was an eight-time NBA All-Star — a few of those years he actually deserved it — and a huge presence in America and China. Basketball is booming in China and Yao was a big part of that and the reason…

  21. Jeff Van Gundy: Yao is a Hall of Famer

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    There’s going to be a lot of debate in the coming years, now that Yao Ming is retired, about whether or not he’s a Hall of Famer. It’s going to be one of the more interesting debates about the Hall, which always makes for tense discussions. Yao after all led a basketball revolution in China,…

  22. If Shane Battier plays overseas, he’s playing in China

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Since Yao Ming entered the NBA (miss you, Big Fella), China has emerged as an untapped market for both the league and its players looking for brand-expansion. The Rockets, in particular, took full advantage of their connections to Yao and cashed in, becoming celebrities as the country started to embrace the game fully. Shane Battier…

  23. Report: Yao Ming to retire

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Yao Ming, a player who was both one of the better all-around centers to ever play the game and a true ambassador of the sport — but leaves us all wondering what could have been — plans to announce his retirement. Yao, who had played just five games the past season due to injuries, has…

  24. Rockets draftee Motiejunas sees lockout, will stay in Europe

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    This was one of the reasons you saw a lot of teams drafting international players in this year’s draft. Rockets first round pick Donatas Motiejunas has gotten a look at the NBA lockout situation and decided to stay and develop for another year in Italy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Motiejunas expects to accept an…

  25. Rockets trade for Flynn, instantly put him back on market

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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    So, why exactly did the Rockets trade for Jonny Flynn on draft night again? Well, because they really wanted Donatas Motiejunas and by swapping Brad Miller for Flynn the Rockets save about $6 million over the life of the deals. But the Rockets didn’t really care about Flynn. They already have Kyle Lowry at the…

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