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  1. Which NBA team has best under-23 players?

    Sep 4, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

    Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Carter-Williams

    Bucks owner says Milwaukee. Is he right?

  2. Greg Stiemsma signs one-year, $1 million deal with Toronto Raptors

    Sep 4, 2014, 2:45 PM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

    It’s for the minimum, basically, but if you see a lot of him on the court it’s a bad sign for the Raptors.

  3. FIBA Word Cup Day 4 roundup: Australia picks up big win over Lithuania

    Sep 3, 2014, 1:22 AM EST

    BASKET-WC-2014-AUS-LTU

    Mexico picked up a key win and looks poised to advance to the knockout stage (where they would get the USA on Saturday).

  4. Record 45 current NBA players to compete in FIBA World Cup

    Aug 29, 2014, 11:15 PM EST

    Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (R) watch as th

    Tournament features a record 75 players who have played in the NBA at some point, and we have the complete list.

  5. FIBA World Cup preview: USA, Spain, then who else can medal?

    Aug 29, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

    Pau Gasol, Kevin Love

    It should be USA/Spain for the gold, everyone else is playing for third.

  6. Coach K had DeMarcus Cousins as USA’s backup big long before final cuts

    Aug 28, 2014, 11:44 AM EST

    Dominican Republic v USA

    Cousins was long safe and part of the USA rotation.

  7. World Cup preview: No Durant, no problem USA still one of two teams with legit shot to win gold

    Aug 28, 2014, 8:45 AM EST

    Team USA Showcase

    Doesn’t matter who didn’t show up, the guys that did make Team USA one of two teams with a legit shot at gold.

  8. Report: USA Basketball considers adding another star to roster…. but don’t expect Kevin Love

    Aug 8, 2014, 9:15 AM EST

    USA v Great Britain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Love’s motivation to avoid injury remains even after the trade — he’s a free agent next summer.

  9. PBT Power Rankings: After summer shakeups, Spurs still team to beat

    Jul 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    After all the players shifts this summer, the top three teams in the power rankings remain unchanged from the last one lst year.

  10. Reports: Raptors give coach Dwane Casey three-year extension

    May 5, 2014, 7:02 PM EST

    Dwane Casey

    Raptors’ GM Masai Ujiri kept him around one more year to see what Casey could do, and liked what he saw.

  11. Andray Blatche, a backcourt violation, a possible goaltend and a wild finish in Raptors-Nets Game 5

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:37 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets - Game Three

    Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez make ending pretty nerve-racking themselves

  12. Tuesday NBA grades: Beal, DeRozan not perfect but good enough

    Apr 23, 2014, 2:34 AM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors

    Teams leading scorers were not perfect but they were good enough.

  13. Nets defense smothers Raptors, gets Brooklyn Game 1 win on road

    Apr 19, 2014, 4:06 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) battles under the hoop with Brooklyn Nets centre Kevin Garnett (2) but they couldn't get it done as the Nets won 94-87

    Playoff games are played in the halfcourt and the Nets owned that in Game 1.

  14. Jonas Valanciunas charged with driving under the influence

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

    Jonas Valanciunas, John Henson

    Open beer bottles reportedly seen in his vehicle

  15. Extra Pass: Kyle Lowry-Greivis Vasquez backcourt sparking Raptors

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    BKN Kings Raptors

    Two point guards better than one for Toronto

  16. Anthony Davis with the block on one end, alley-oop finish on the other (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:16 PM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    NEW ORLEANS – Don’t say nobody plays defense in the Rising Stars Challenge All-Star weekend… Actually, you can say that all you want. Nobody plays defense in this game. Trust me, I was in the building and my Monday night pickup games (with no guy over 6’4″) have more effort on defense. But Anthony Davis…

  17. Watch Charles Barkley’s ridiculous attempt at pronouncing Jonas Valanciunas (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:14 AM EST

    Charles Barkley

    During Thursday night’s draft of the teams for All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, Charles Barkley had an unexpectedly tough time pronouncing the name of the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas. Val-so-een-o-wausauce? That’s way more difficult than simply sounding out the spelling phonetically, and hey, I suppose we could blame the show’s producers for not briefing Barkley in…

  18. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EST

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  19. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  20. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  21. Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard all in All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:45 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge — watching the games best young players put on a little show. And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season. Last season’s Rookie of…

  22. Raptors’ bench Jonas Valanciunas for play vs. Los Angeles Lakers

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors

    After seeing him bulked up at Summer League and looking like a man among boys, after seeing him play well for his native Lithuania over the summer, a lot of people picked Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas to have a breakout season. Not so much. He’s scoring a little more per game but that’s just because he’s…

  23. The Extra Pass: Why D’Antoni is the right man for the job; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    You may consider this curious timing to take up for Mike D’Antoni, considering his Lakers just gave up 137 points at home to a Denver Nuggets team that can best be described as “meh.” Believe it or not, though, pulling the wool over your eyes isn’t my intention here. Let’s be truthful: D’Antoni’s teams really…

  24. The Extra Pass: A rookie report (plus Wednesday’s recaps)

    Jan 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Due to injuries and the lack of a transcendent talent, this year’s draft class has been pretty underwhelming as a whole. Still, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few pleasant surprises along the way. Now that we’ve had a little more time to evaluate, let’s check in on three of the most impressive rookies…

  25. Bobcats’ Kemba Walker drains overtime game winner to beat Raptors (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 AM EST

    Kemba Walker

    Kemba Walker just owned the Toronto Raptors. This was his game — 29 points on 18 shots, he could get into the paint or went 5-of-7 from three. Plus, he sank the game winner. The Bobcats had 1 second to get a shot off, the score tied 102-102 at the end of overtime. Walker comes…

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