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  1. NBA players react on twitter to James Harden trade

    Oct 28, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    When James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets Saturday night, just like you NBA players had their reactions. Just like you they took to twitter. Here are some of their reactions, starting with Kevin Durant. Who is a company man and isn’t going to go and rip management, but didn’t really praise the move.…

  2. Thunder weaken title chances to save almighty dollar

    Oct 28, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    James Harden

    Mark Cuban once said that there are two kinds of NBA owners: Those that want to win and those that want to make money. We know where the Thunder owners fall. Oklahoma City traded their Sixth Man of the Year and best playmaker James Harden — the guy with the sweet beard who often had…

  3. Thunder trade James Harden to the Rockets

    Oct 27, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Mavericks Thunder Basketball

    Well, this was unexpected. After contract talks broke down, with the Thunder failing to come through with a max contract extension offer for last season’s Sixth Man of the Year in James Harden, Oklahoma City’s GM Sam Presti decided to pull the plug altogether, and has traded Harden to the Houston Rockets. Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Jeremy Lin

    Last Season: Riding a deep roster and the creativity of a coaching staff and front office to cover up their weaknesses with in-season trades, the Rockets were in the playoff hunt into the season’s final days only to fall short and finish 9th in the West. They battled injury, illness, and the transition to new…

  5. The 2012-2013 All-Breakout Team

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 24, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Five players that need a change of scenery

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Oct 23, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    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…

  12. While Rockets are patient, Lin frustrated with performance

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Tracy McGrady bids goodbye to NBA fans on FaceBook

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    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…

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