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  1. Bulls to add depth at center, sign Kyrylo Fesenko

    Sep 26, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

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    He’s no Omer Asik, but he will have to do. The Bulls reportedly are about to add depth at center with the signing veteran Kyrylo Fesenko to a one-year, none guaranteed deal, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The decision to sign him came after working him out on Monday. While this is a non-guaranteed deal…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    Last season: Abort the mission! New plan! New plan! The Bucks slammed on the parking brake, wrenched the wheel and Tokyo Drifted in a new direction last season, abandoning the “all defense all the time” team built around Andrew Bogut and giving p on the fleeting hope Bogut will ever, ever be healthy. They swapped…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    Last season: Once again the Bulls outworked everybody in the regular season — while 29 teams treat games like the regular season, the Bulls grind every night and they were a league best 50-16 because of it. And that was with Derrick Rose missing 27 games. They were the top seed in the East and…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    We wrap up PBT’s Atlantic Division previews this week by going north of the border. Next week we head to the Midwest and the Central Division. Last season: Sure, a 23-43 record isn’t good. But it really wasn’t that bad. Seriously. Sure, the Toronto offense was dreadful and would have been the worst in the…

  5. Thursday And-1 links: What NBA players could play in NFL?

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

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    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. • There are a handful of NBA players who you see in the locker…

  6. Jeremy Lin says he dropped 10 pounds, knee is healthy

    Sep 18, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    The Rockets have a lot invested in Jeremy Lin. Not financially for the next couple years, although that third year is a monster. However, it is more about marketing and perception. The Rockets went big game hunting this summer and landed Lin. He’s the guy. And Lin says he is physically ready, reports Jonathan Feigen…

  7. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This week begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. Next up, your New York Knicks. Last season: Good God, where to begin. Uh, they beat Boston in their first…

  8. Monday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao and other camp notes

    Sep 17, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    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 Stanford loves beating USC. • MaShon Brooks keeps talking about being Sixth Man…

  9. New city, same old Jeremy Lin sleeping on couches

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:37 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Remember back when “Linsanity” swept New York like nothing since Sex and the City? Part of the story was how Jeremy Lin wasn’t even sure he would stick with the team and slept for a while on Landry Field’s couch. It became a joke on twitter with Fields sending out pictures of the couch. Now,…

  10. Friday And-1 links: No pressure Evan Turner, none at all

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    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 this kid seems to love surfing the Web (and gets a little testy…

  11. Rockets’ Jon Brockman hospitalized with eye injury

    Sep 14, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Jon Brockman

    Jon Brockman was down in Houston early, doing what a lot of NBA players are now doing a couple weeks away from the start of training camp — working out at the team facilities, playing pick-up games with teammates. Brockman was working out Monday using elastic resistance bands — something commonly used by professional athletes…

  12. Bill Russell talks this year’s Celtics, Lakers, Jeremy Lin

    Sep 13, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Bill Russell Red

    You don’t win 11 NBA championships without a great basketball IQ, without an understanding of what makes a team work together. Bill Russell has those rings and that understanding, which is why he’s always an interesting guy to ask about today’s teams. And that’s just what NBA.com did. While talking to him about his recent…

  13. Wednesday And-1 links: Who is the NBA’s coolest player?

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - 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 Apple fanatics love new, expensive toys. • The Basketball Jones asks: Who is…

  14. The Inbounds: The NBA Hierarchy of Needs Part II, the Basketball Collective and success

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    In Part 1, we talked about the individual’s needs in order to play at the highest level they can, those transcendent performances that defy logic and make us love the game. But a player reaching a status as self-actualized doesn’t just sometimes fail to lead to victories, it often times does. The ability to play…

  15. Ginobili hints he might play in 2014 World Championships

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    To answer your first question, 37. That is how old Manu Ginobili will be in the summer of 2014 when the FIBA Basketball World Championships take place in Spain. Normally you would say that would be old enough to preclude him from playing, but after Ginobili at 35 was one of the best players at…

  16. Thursday And-1 links: Want to see Shaq in his underwear?

    Sep 6, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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    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 Katy Perry likes being in the spotlight. That would be Shaquille O’Neal walking…

  17. Amare Stoudemire explains “slap” of Miami fire extinguisher

    Sep 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    It became a story as the Heat blew past the Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, on their way to an NBA title. Walking off the court after a Game 2 loss, the Knicks Amare Stoudemire was frustrated and hit a fire extinguisher case, leaving lacerations in his hands that caused him…

  18. Video: Jeremy Lin, David Lee play pick-up ball in Taipei

    Sep 6, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    This is a fun video, and while the media crush was real, obviously the “we will go unnoticed if we put a huge Hello Kitty head on Jeremy Lin” part was staged. But Lin and David Lee playing some pickup ball in Taipei seems real enough. And this is a pretty fun video, worth watching…

  19. Video: Follow Royce White through NBA draft day

    Sep 5, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Royce White

    If you watch one video today, this should be it. Fantastic work. Grantland got access to Iowa State’s Royce White and it was a heck of a ride. White is a point-forward with a lot of skills, maybe top 10 talent in this draft, but a guy who battles an anxiety disorder and that was…

  20. Video: Dwyane Wade on Late Night with David Letterman

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Late Show with David Letterman

    We told you there was a lot of Dwyane Wade coming your way. He and his Century 21 gold jacket were on Late Night with David Letterman Tuesday night and above is the official highlight clip. Nothing earth shattering. But yes, NBA players are much more excited about Brooklyn than they were Newark. Sorry Newark,…

  21. Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger promises to stay tattoo free

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Jared Sullinger, Andre Drummond

    While they may not be the majority there are NBA players — big name NBA players — who do not have tattoos. Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jeremy Lin, to name a few. And you can add Jared Sullinger to the list. The Celtics rookie tells Jessica Camerato at CSNNE.com that he…

  22. Dwyane Wade on the Lakers: “They have to make it work”

    Sep 5, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Signs Copies Of His Book "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball"

    And we are back at “the Lakers are great on paper” discussion. Dwyane Wade is all over your television, radio and Internet this week as he does the tour for his book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.” And wherever he lands there are some pretty standard basketball questions so far:…

  23. Scott Machado gets offer, chance to make Rockets team

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Iona v Brigham Young

    It’s not guarantee, but it’s a chance. And that’s all Scott Machado could ask for. Machado may have been the best player not drafted last June — he led the nation is assists last season — and the Houston Rockets have him a chance at Summer League where he averaged 5.6 assists per game, fourth…

  24. How good can Bulls be until Derrick Rose returns?

    Sep 4, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,

    For the past two regular seasons, the Chicago Bulls were the best team in the East. They were the top seed. But they played much of the season in their top gear — especially on defense — which overwhelmed opponents but left questions about whether they could step it up in the playoffs. We’ll never…

  25. Kevin McHale talks fitting together Rockets’ pieces

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Rockets are not the most talented team in the NBA this season, which was kind of the plan. Well, the first plan was to get Dwight Howard, but when that fell apart the plan was to be pretty bad and get a high draft pick next year and rebuild that way. That’s not fun…

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