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  1. Derrick Rose on rivalry between Bulls and Pacers: ‘I don’t really see it’

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    As we’ve discussed before in the recent case of the budding rivalry between the Nets and the Knicks, whether or not a rivalry exists is often times in the eye of the beholder. Where one team may view another as a rival, that team may not exactly see things the same way. A rivalry would…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Eric Bledsoe

    Last season: Believe it or not, the Suns actually had playoff aspirations when the regular season began. The front office believed that Michael Beasley would be different in Phoenix than he had been anywhere else, and mandated that he be given a chance to be a difference-maker in the lineup. Once it became clear that…

  3. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  4. Raptors trying to get Valanciunas to defend like Roy Hibbert

    Oct 14, 2013, 6:59 PM EST

    Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Pekovic

    In his rookie season, Roy Hibbert averaged 7.7 personal fouls per 36 minutes. You can’t stay on the court that way. Pacers coaches worked hard on teaching him how to play vertically — jump straight up and down and referees are less likely to make a call, even if there is contact. Don’t swing at…

  5. NBA’s new promo video has young stars turning on arena lights (VIDEO)

    Oct 14, 2013, 2:29 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I’m not sure this is the best NBA season opening promo video I’ve seen this season, but I like it. The league put together footage of Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Kenneth Faried, Paul George and other young stars from around the league “turning on the lights” in their buildings with the…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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)….…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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