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  1. The Extra Pass: Busting myths surrounding Blake Griffin, and Thursday’s recaps

    Nov 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

    In his first season playing in the league, Blake Griffin crushed any and all expectations. Now, just a few years later, he can’t seem to get out from under the weight of them. Without diving in too deep as to why that is, it’s probably fair to say that Griffin isn’t treated as even-handedly as…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Orlando Magic

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Tobias Harris

    Last season: It was a season of transition. The Magic started out near .500 (12-13) but when Glen Davis got injured things fell apart. The Magic won 8 games the rest of the year and by the trade deadline they had fully embraced the rebuild, meaning J.J. Redick was the first out the door in…

  3. James Southerland gets a training camp invite from the Bobcats

    Aug 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Syracuse forward Southerland dunks against Michigan in the second half of their NCAA men's Final Four basketball game in Atlanta

    James Southerland is a 6’8″ forward who averaged 13.3 points per game in his senior year at Syracuse, while knocking down almost 40 percent of his shots from three-point distance. Southerland went undrafted, though he had an offer from the Spurs to take him late in the second round if he agreed to spend this…

  4. Report: Josh McRoberts reaches deal to re-sign with Bobcats

    Jul 5, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

    Josh McRoberts

    Midseason Josh McRoberts was traded from Orlando to Charlotte for Hakim Warrick as two of the worst teams in the league rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic. But McRoberts liked what he got in Charlotte — a starting role and nearly double the minutes. It showed on the court as he averaged what would…

  5. Late night And-1 links: A few free agency rumors, more

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:39 AM EST

    Nick Young shirt

    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 NBA fans love free agency…. • Not long after free agency opened,…

  6. Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    A good chunk of trades went down before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get…

  7. Hakim Warrick to Orlando headlines small trades at deadline

    Feb 21, 2013, 5:28 PM EST

    Hakim Warrick, Jason Thompson

    We didn’t get any blockbuster trades at this year’s NBA trading deadline. We saw Rudy Gay moved a few weeks before and J.J. Redick did get moved just before the deadline. But a lot of what happened at the deadline was smaller deals that slid under the radar. Here is a quick wrap-up of those…

  8. PBT’s trade deadline tracker — up to minute news, analysis

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Trade deadline day in the NBA can be ridiculously hard to keep up with as reality and rumor collide. We understand. That’s why we’re here to help. This is our trade deadline day deal tracker — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. Plus you get our thoughts…

  9. LeBron takes ‘walking the dog’ to an entirely new level (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    LeBron James

    With under two minutes remaining in overtime of Miami’s game against the Magic on Monday, the Heat were trailing, and wanted to preserve every precious second on the clock to ensure enough possessions were available for the team to come back and get this victory. They got it down the stretch, but time ended up…

  10. Magic’s Glen Davis could be out a while with shoulder injury

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:01 AM EST

    Glen Davis

    The play itself doesn’t look like much — Glen Davis is going hard to the rim and Emeka Okafor fouls him, getting him across the arms as Davis tries to go up with the ball. But Big Baby is almost instantly on the floor grabbing his shoulder in a lot of pain. Those kind of…

  11. Orlando center Gustavo Ayon to miss at least two weeks

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    Amir Johnson,  Gustavo Ayon

    The losses just keep piling up for the Magic, and the season hasn’t even started yet. It was bad enough having to fire Stan Van Gundy, who is undoubtedly one of the game’s best strategic minds, because of some overblown drama caused by a petulant star. It was even worse having to trade Dwight Howard…

  12. NBA season preview: L.A. Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Last Season: Failure. For a team that measures success in terms of championships, especially when it has enough talent on paper to compete at that level, 2012 just wasn’t good enough. The Lakers struggled with depth and exited the playoffs in the second round for the second straight year, this time to a younger, more…

  13. Orlando is far from done trading, plenty of guys available

    Sep 1, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Dwight Howard is gone, but that is just knocking down one wall in the major rebuilding project that is going on in Orlando. GM Rob Hennigan is rebuilding the entire house and there is a lot more work to do. That means he is not done trading. Pretty much everyone on the roster is available.…

  14. What was in Rockets offer for Dwight Howard depends on whom you ask

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic’s new on the job general manager, and the entire Magic organization is taking a lot of incoming fire — that’s all you got for Dwight Howard? What they got in a four-team deal that landed Howard with the Lakers was a quality wing in Arron Afflalo, veteran forwards Al Harrington…

  15. It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so. But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified…

  16. Did the Lakers just become the NBA’s best team? Looks like it.

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:57 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Four years ago at the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers made what was considered a blockbuster move — they traded a package centered around Marc Gasol (although at the time we thought it was Kwame Brown) for Pau Gasol. Pairing him with Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to three straight finals and two NBA…

  17. Five things to watch: Thunder-Lakers

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    The playoff race is heating up and with the Lakers battling for the division and the third seed and the Thunder haggling with the Spurs over the top seed in the West, Sunday’s game is the rare late season meeting with meaning. The Lakers need to get a win to lock in no-worse than fifth…

  18. Tuesday morning one liners: Rip Hamilton says he’s back

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    Here is our daily 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. • Richard Hamilton got some real burn for the Bulls Monday night, the first…

  19. Mike Brown taking Andrew Bynum’s latest ejection in stride

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Rockets on Friday, and by all accounts, it was a situation that should have been completely avoided. Bynum already had picked up one technical foul, and after scoring on a strong post move inside, he turned to the Houston bench…

  20. Bynum leaves Lakers game with “moderate” ankle sprain

    Apr 1, 2012, 11:45 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Gary Vitti

    Well, at least now Andrew Bynum has a good excuse for not being Mike Brown’s huddle… Bynum sprained his ankle late in the first quarter of the Lakers game Monday against the Warriors when he landed on teammate Josh McRoberts’ foot. Bynum left the game and went back to the locker room soon after it…

  21. Report: Rasheed Wallace to sign with Lakers

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:43 PM EST

    rasheed_wallace

    I expected this about as much as I expect a “Hangover 2″ to win the Best Picture Oscar. Rasheed Wallace is close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. His return to action has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent showing at Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina…

  22. Chris Paul wants Pau Gasol to know he’s not his kid

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    los-angeles-lakers, Kobe, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Clippers

    There is starting to be a real rivalry is Los Angeles. It showed up in a little end of game sequence from the Lakers win over the Clippers Wednesday night between Chris Paul and Pau Gasol. Chris Paul was walking near Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant and all were talking a little when Gasol reached…

  23. Heat’s depth exposes Lakers’ serious lack of it

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:46 AM EST

    Chris Bosh LeBron James

    One year ago, the table was flipped. What held the Miami Heat back was a lack of depth — it was the big three and then little else they could count on. It haunted them in the finals against Dallas. The Lakers on the other hand had the sixth man of the year and while…

  24. Monday And-1 links: Who is Lakers second scoring option?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Welcome to our morning 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). Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum. Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit…

  25. The Imperative: Kobe Bryant and the variance of injury

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    The imperative is an element of urgency based off of observation with some evidence to back it up. But like most anything in the NBA, the imperative is rarely black and white, cut and dried. Basically I’m hedging in case Bryant averages 35 points per game over the next seven games.  Kobe Bryant scored 39…

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