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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: FIBA wants 3-on-3 basketball in Olympics

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:55 PM EST

    David Stern

    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 I love a good IPA. • Forget the under-23 age limit stuff, what…

  2. What was in Rockets offer for Dwight Howard depends on whom you ask

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic’s new on the job general manager, and the entire Magic organization is taking a lot of incoming fire — that’s all you got for Dwight Howard? What they got in a four-team deal that landed Howard with the Lakers was a quality wing in Arron Afflalo, veteran forwards Al Harrington…

  3. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    daryl-morey-rockets

    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  4. Report: Rockets sign Carlos Delfino to two-year deal

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:50 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino reacts after making a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Rockets successfully filled their “underrated Argentinian player who drives opposing fans insane and seems to score way more than he should be capable of” gap left vacant when they waived Luis Scola using the amnesty clause. The Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets have signed Carlos Delfino to a two-year deal, with a team option…

  5. And at long last, the NBA goes to sleep for a month

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:57 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

    The lockout had a lot of effects. One beat writer told me last week that because of the frequency of the games, stacked on top of each other, it didn’t feel like a 66-game season, but a 120-game season. Then there were the playoffs, with back-to-backs in the second round. The conference finals whizzing by…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: Remembering the 1972 Gold Medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    1972 Olympics

    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 US Women’s soccer players love gold medals. • If it does end up…

  7. If Jeremy Lin were a GM, he would even trade himself for LeBron

    Aug 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is touring Taiwan right now, trying to increase his marketability in the country that thinks it’s not part of China but China disagrees. It’s smart marketing by Lin. And he is getting peppered with questions there: How would he explain Linsanity? (He can’t.) What he’s looking for in a girlfriend? Where does he…

  8. Melo says that he’s called selfish because of Linsanity

    Aug 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Carmelo Anthony apparently thinks that the whole idea of him being “selfish” started with Linsanity. Yeah. From USA Today: But he pinpoints exactly when the “Anthony is selfish” meme began. “Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the…

  9. Who will be better next season, the Knicks or Nets?

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    With rosters pretty much getting set except for a few final pieces around the NBA — save for one big shakeup still to come out of Orlando… eventually — we can start to get a serious look at how rosters are shaking out. And after all the moves the Nets made so they could open…

  10. Video: How Jeremy Lin is spending his summer vacation

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is spending his summer vacation just like you are… well, except for the filming of commercials and the professional training. But he’s hanging out with friends, too, and that’s what you are doing. This is the latest in the series of very slick, not very insightful views into how Lin is spending the…

  11. Celtics officially sign Collins, three others to round out roster

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    Collins_Jason

    Except for our national Dwightmare, we’ve reached the point in the summer where teams are making small signings to round out their rosters. There are some good players still out there, but we are talking role and end of the bench players now. The big moves are done. With that, we bring you news of…

  12. Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Daryl Morey

    For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.…

  13. Mike D’Antoni says he would have “walked to Phoenix” to bring Steve Nash to New York

    Jul 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni Steve Nash

    The Knicks had dreams of Steve Nash this summer before the Lakers swooped in and took over to land Nash in their sign-and-trade. Nash eventually made his decision based on the proximity to his kids, so there may have been nothing for the Knicks to do. But you have to imagine that having Mike D’Antoni…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

    durant-williams-harden-segway-tour-1

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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 —…

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

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    tobias harris

    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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