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  1. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Last season: Just another Hawks season. That’s the best way to put it after a year where despite losing Al Horford for the vast majority of the season, Atlanta managed to land a top four seed in the East. They had this bizarro season underneath the headline of “Boring.” They would look awesome one night,…

  2. Nets are talking championship. And they mean this year.

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

    Kris Humphries

    It’s not just owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King talking grandiose plans of he Nets winning a title this year — their coach and players are as well. The Nets may well not be the best team in in New York City, but moving into a new building in a new market with some…

  3. Nets as title contender? Billy King thinks it could happen.

    Sep 26, 2012, 7:57 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    I’m not sold the Nets are the best team in New York. They are not the best team in the Northeast. Nobody sane thinks they are the best team on the East coast, or in that conference. Yes, they are going to be much better than last season’s train wreck in Newark. This version of…

  4. The Inbounds: The Chicago Bulls can defy expectations again. Is that a good thing?

    Sep 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. The Bulls were supposed to be a middle-seed in 2011, maybe a 4 or a 5 seed. They took the…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Last Season: I want you to imagine the most you’ve ever vomited. Like, literally, the greatest single bout of nauseated vomiting you’ve ever gone through. I want you to think about what you ate, what it smelled like, that cold, hard porcelain  or unfeeling trash can that embraced you after the day-old shellfish or that…

  6. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

    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…

  7. Hawks waive Jordan Williams, expect some team to grab him

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New Jersey Nets

    You can add one new name to the list of available power forward free agents, one that will quickly move to the top of the board for a lot of teams. The Atlanta Hawks waived Jordan Williams, the second-year player out of Maryland. Williams had been with the Nets last season but was traded to…

  8. Who has the worst contract in NBA? One list starts with Hedo.

    Sep 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    It’s list season in the NBA — there is not much to write about, so everyone seems to be doing a list of some kind. Counting down the game’s best players, for example. But Sean Deveney at the Sporting News went a different way and asked “who has the worst contracs in the NBA? One…

  9. Despite non-guaranteed contracts, expect Blatche, Childress to make Nets

    Sep 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Jchildress

    Usually teams go young, looking at rookies with potential to round out their final couple roster spots. They Nets got potential but they went another direction — they snatched up two athletic players coming off contracts they did not live up to, two guys amnestied by their former teams. Josh Childress and Andray Blatche are…

  10. How good are the Nets? Coach admits not a contender.

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Brooklyn Nets are going to be one of the more interesting teams to watch come together next season. They were awful, injury plagued and seemingly unmotivated last season in Jersey, but now they have a new home in Brooklyn and a new roster — Joe Johnson has been added to a re-signed Deron Williams,…

  11. Obama compared Mitt Romney to Jeremy Lin. I don’t get it.

    Sep 3, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

    100316_obama_basketball_ap__regular

    For a guy known for his oratory skills, this Barack Obama shot at Mitt Romney looks like an Andrew Bynum three pointer. Obama is out on the campaign trail this holiday weekend, firing up his supporters before heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A city where he might not want to compare his…

  12. Kevin Garnett has made more in NBA salary than anyone. Ever.

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:53 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett took a pay cut to come back to the Boston Celtics this year. It’s three years, $34 million. We’d all like a pay cut like that. But it was still enough — with his new contract Kevin Garnett passes Shaquille O’Neal as highest career earner in NBA history. WarriorsWorld tweeted out a new…

  13. What did Joe Johnson do when he got traded? Traded himself on NBA2K.

    Aug 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    How did Joe Johnson learn he was traded from the Hawks to the Nets? He got a phone call that morning from the GMs involved that it was likely to go down later in that day, the new Nets wingman told Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated. But that wasn’t the best part of the story…

  14. Lopez, Johnson think the Nets can win a ring. This year.

    Aug 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Deron Williams, Joe Johnson

    I’m going to mock them a little for it. Some of you are going to mock them a lot for it in the comments and on twitter. It’s clear why. But ask yourself this — do you want a key player on a good team to say they can’t win a ring this year? Do…

  15. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

  16. Lou Williams says he’s ready to work off-the-ball in Atlanta

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Atlanta is going to be an interesting team to watch come together. Joe Johnson has been shipped off to Brooklyn with his massive contract and isolation jump shots. Things are going to be different on offense in the ATL. As Beckley Mason notes at TrueHoop, expect a lot of Jeff Teague/Josh Smith pick and roll,…

  17. Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum. So who is going to…

  18. Monday And-1 links: Looking at the Lakers offense with Howard

    Aug 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    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. • With all the hits Dwight Howard took on the public relations side lately,…

  19. Possessions and You: The Atlanta Hawks

    Aug 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    From time to time, we’ll take a look at what teams looked like on offense last year using some basic but nifty charts. Today the Atlanta Hawks.   I’ve done these before with overlays of production, but it’s difficult to get a real indication relative to usage. Points per minute? Still impacted by too many…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 25 Observations about the Dwight Howard trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    25 observations about the Dwight Howard trade to send Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and very little to the Orlando Magic. 1. Let’s start with LA, since they’re the moneymaker for media and they get the best player. Wow. Holy Wow. Holy Geez Wow. The amount…

  23. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the NBA’s arms race gone too far

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    “Weapons are like money, no one knows the meaning of enough.” – Martin Amis In 2008, it was the Celtics getting both an aging Kevin Garnett and an aging Ray Allen. Then it was the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, commonly a sub-star due to his market at the time. Then came The Decision, Melodrama, the…

  24. Monday And-1 links: Photographic evidence of Celtics changes

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

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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 Alex Morgan loves headers. • How much have the Celtics changed the roster?…

  25. 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…

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