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  1. Jeremy Lin has huge game in Taiwan (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin, Fancisco Garcia

    Right at the start of Sunday’s exhibition game in Taiwan, Jeremy Lin stepped up and knocked down a three. Linsanity never really died in Lin’s ancestral home of Taiwan and by the end of the game Sunday it felt like New York at the peak of the craze. That opening three sparked a first half…

  2. Greg Oden cleared for full practice, could play for Heat in preseason

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:21 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    When Miami took a chance on signing Greg Oden this offseason, the plan was to bring him along slowly, with the hope that he’d be healthy enough to contribute at some point before the postseason run to a third straight title began. All indications now are that he’ll be ready much, much sooner than was…

  3. Danny Granger returns too, but appeared ‘a little rusty’ to Pacers’ head coach

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Danny Granger

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only player making a long-awaited return to the court when the Bulls and the Pacers opened the preseason against each other on Saturday. Danny Granger, who missed essentially all of last season with a knee injury, came off the bench for Indiana and scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in 29…

  4. Derrick Rose’s first basket in preseason return against Pacers (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    The wait is over. Derrick Rose returned to the court for the first time in almost 18 months on Saturday, playing as part of the starting lineup for the Bulls in the team’s preseason opener against the Pacers. Rose started off slowly, initiating the offense and preferring to observe his teammates go to work during…

  5. Tyson Chandler motivated by getting his ‘a– kicked’ by Roy Hibbert in the playoffs

    Oct 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks made it to the second round of the playoffs, only to be bounced from the postseason by a very tough Pacers team in a six-game series. Tyson Chandler was wholeheartedly outplayed by Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, due in part to injury and illness which limited his ability to perform at that late stage of…

  6. Roy Hibbert’s chance of joining USA Basketball appears to be a long shot

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    We brought you the news of Roy Hibbert working behind the scenes to cut through a tremendous amount of red tape in an effort that, if successful, would give him the opportunity to play for Team USA in international basketball competition. The problem is that Hibbert once played for Jamaica, and although he was born…

  7. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton – not Iman Shumpert – guaranteed to start for Knicks

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:50 AM EST

    Iman Shumpert

    As Mike Woodson played mad chemist with the Knicks’ starting lineup last season, four players started both every game they played and a majority of all New York’s games: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert. All four return to the Knicks this season, and three will definitely start again. Sorry (maybe), Iman.…

  8. Roy Hibbert trying to find a workaround to join USA Basketball

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Roy Hibbert was absent from this summer’s USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, but only because he isn’t eligible to play. Hibbert has suited up for Jamaica in the past, making the mutual desire for him to be a part of team USA going forward difficult, at best. But Hibbert seems intent on getting the…

  9. Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans.

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    Andrea Bargnani

    Carmelo Anthony thrived last season on offense for the Knicks playing the four, the power forward spot — he could take bigger guys outside and beat them off the dribble, if teams went small against him he could post up. But that creates some roster challenges for Mike Woodson this season because Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e…

  10. Greg Oden goes through his first NBA practice in four years with Heat

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    The Heat will not place any expectations at all on the fragile psyche of Greg Oden this season, at last not publicly. There will continue to be no timetable for his return to games that count, but Miami signed him for a reason. If the gamble pays off, the Heat will have a big and…

  11. Corey Maggette, Sam Young try to earn last Spurs roster spot

    Oct 1, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Corey Maggette

    The San Antonio Spurs have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster and they may go into the season with just that many. But they can add a 15th guy. They have identified a need — a physical three who can play limited minutes off the bench in certain matchups as a backup to Kawhi Leonard…

  12. Monday And-1 Links: SNL cast member Taran Killam has NBA Jams arcade game in his office

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    NBA-Jam-Cabinet

    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 we loved the Breaking Bad finale (and we liked that a lot)….…

  13. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  14. Is Mills hiring a stepping stone to Allan Houston as Knicks GM?

    Sep 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    James Dolan

    Trying to discern what is going on within the New York Knicks front office and who has the power is a lot like Kremlinology — you try to figure out what is going on based on who is standing next to owner James Dolan during a parade. Or something along those lines. So why the…

  15. Team talks pressure, more at Indiana Pacers media day

    Sep 27, 2013, 2:26 PM EST

    via @Pacers on twitter

    Over the next few days every team in the NBA will host Media Day — media members are invited in to ask questions, watch players get their pictures taken and generally hang around the team. Generally, these are about as interesting as a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting in front of the new Yogurtland. It’s…

  16. Roy Hibbert plays paintball while wearing Google Glass (VIDEO)

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:06 AM EST

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    Google Glass seems like a great idea in theory, especially when it comes to having kind of a heads up display that will allow you to read emails, text messages, or directions in front of your face in real time. But I’m not sure these first person videos will end up catching on. Nevertheless, here’s…

  17. It’s official, Paul George signs five-year max extension with Pacers

    Sep 25, 2013, 11:48 AM EST

    Larry Bird, Paul George

    Paul George is part of the core of the Indiana Pacers future now. George has officially signed a new contract extension with the Pacers — believed to be a max deal at five-years worth at least $80 million (a number that could go up north of $90 million if George makes the All-NBA Team again…

  18. Larry Bird says Pacers are ‘all in,’ believes they can compete for a title

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:49 AM EST

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    The Pacers took the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, and reloaded with plenty of reserve talent this summer. In addition to the return of Danny Granger to the lineup, Indiana added Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, and C.J. Watson in order to solidify the bench unit for…

  19. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Last season: The Pacers continued their upward trajectory – missing the playoffs in 2009-10, reaching the first round in 2010-11, reaching the second round in 2011-12 and reaching the conference finals in 2012-13. With George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert, Indiana had statistically the best lineup in the NBA. The…

  20. Knicks bring in Cole Aldrich, but with camp invite only

    Sep 24, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    Cole Aldrich

    The guy drafted one spot ahead of Cole Aldrich back in 2010 is on the cusp of signing a $90 million contract extension (Paul George). Aldrich has been the opposite NBA story. He could not carve out a spot in Oklahoma City (losing time to Nick Collison), and while he had a short stint with…

  21. Felton says younger Knicks better prepared for long season

    Sep 24, 2013, 12:49 PM EST

    2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game Press Conference

    Gone are Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, and Marcus Camby. In their place are Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. It’s not quite that clean and simple (Chris Copeland and Steve Novak are gone as well) but the idea is clear — New York got younger. Last season they…

  22. Lakers not talking extension with Kobe (as if that was a surprise)

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:19 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant could walk away from the Lakers as a free agent next summer. That’s not at all likely — Kobe has said repeatedly he is a Laker for life and team management has said they want to keep him in the Laker family as long as he wants to play — but how unlikely…

  23. Derrick Rose says team chemistry will help Bulls compete with league’s elite

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 AM EST

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    CHICAGO – The Bulls are expected by many to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference when factoring in the return of Derrick Rose. But while teams like Brooklyn, New York, and Indiana added talent through trades or free agency, Chicago lost a couple of guys who helped the team make its playoff…

  24. Report: DeMarcus Cousins near contract extension with Kings

    Sep 23, 2013, 2:45 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Paul George just about has his. John Wall got his. Larry Sanders got his. They all got extensions to their rookie contracts, the early extensions out of the 2010 Draft. DeMarcus Cousins was one other name where we expected a deal — he is potentially the best player in the 2010 draft class but with…

  25. Once again Paul George, Danny Granger say they can play well together

    Sep 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers' George shoots over Miami Heat's Allen during their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    Soon we will move past the tedious summer “talk a good game” phase of the NBA season and into the “actually prove it on the court” phase. That will be a welcome moment, because all we have now are people answering questions we have about teams with their words. For example, can Paul George and…

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