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  1. NBA season preview: L.A. Clippers

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Last Season: Perhaps it was the start of a cultural change in Clipperland, or maybe it was simply the beginning of a very short-term spike of relative success. Either way, your 2011-12 Clippers were competitive, fun to watch, and a team that made its way into the playoffs — three qualities that have been completely…

  2. Even in preseason, risks of small ball begin to show

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Matt Barnes, Ray Allen

    In Shanghai we saw it — Chris Bosh and the assortment of other Heat centers could do little to slow the bigger, stronger DeAndre Jordan short of fouling him. With Chris Paul feeding him the rock, Jordan shot 8-for-8 in a Clippers win. In Hartford we saw it — the Knicks went to the Raymond…

  3. 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…

  4. Chris Paul to make preseason debut Sunday

    Oct 13, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is back in action. After offseason thumb surgery for an injury sustained in Team USA practice, Paul was only cleared for basketball activity in the last week. But late Friday night, the Clippers announced that Paul’s going to get run in the Clippers’ preseason game Sunday: Paul, who was medically cleared for full…

  5. Friday And-1 Links: Discussing coming out in the NBA

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:15 PM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    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. • Statistically speaking, there is somebody playing in the NBA right now who is…

  6. NBA season preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Last season: Nothing will push you toward rebuilding like disappointment, and their 28-38 record was that. This was a 48 win team a couple seasons ago, but last season a team that should be playing fast and pressuring teams was average in pace and threatening nobody. Point guard Raymond Felton took the blame from fans…

  7. Video: LeBron James vicious putback dunk vs. Clippers

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    LeBron James — still really good at that basketball thing. While you were sleeping or just not paying attention, the Hear beat the Clippers 94-80 in Beijing. The real news out of this for Heat fans was that Dwyane Wade and his balky knee were back on the court for 23 minutes (it was an…

  8. Rajon Rondo explains why he is best point guard in NBA

    Oct 10, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is convinced he is the best point guard in the NBA. We’ve heard him say it before, laughed to ourselves (or rolled our eyes), patted him on the back and said, “sure you are, kid” then moved on. But Rondo isn’t backing down. And in the cover story of the current edition of…

  9. Winderman: Wade’s move to Li-Ning good for marketplace

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:08 PM EST

    Dwyade Wade

    Left unclear by Dwyane Wade‘s move from Jordan Brand to Chinese brand Li-Ning is whether he had opted for innovation or simply was not offered what he believed to be a commensurate deal. But that’s not the point. The point is this: When the Miami Heat, still arguably the NBA’s most high-profile team, take the…

  10. Chris Paul returns… just don’t expect to see him vs. Heat

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was back on the court with his Clippers teammates. Held back by doctors after off-season thumb surgery, he has been cleared for full-contact practices and is out there getting run. That’s the good news. It doesn’t mean we are going to get to see him against the Miami Heat as the two teams…

  11. Monday And-1 links: Royce White joins Rockets; more camp notes

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

    Royce White

    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 men love Mila Kunis. • Rookie Royce White joined the Houston Rockets training…

  12. Report: Tracy McGrady finalizing deal to play in China

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady was looking for another year in the NBA, a 16th NBA season. But not finding a guaranteed deal, he is taking his talents to the port city of Qingdao, China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. McGrady, 33, will likely complete the deal within the next couple days and leave for China within…

  13. Notes from Sunday’s NBA preseason games

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:46 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It doesn’t matter who won or lost, so while the scores are listed below just consider those just a little headline so you know who we are talking about. What we want to know in preseason is who stood out — like Eric Bledsoe and Ty Lawson did in the Clippers/Nuggets game Saturday in Las…

  14. Friday And-1 links: Kobe misses practice, other camp notes

    Oct 5, 2012, 9:26 PM EST

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    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. • Kobe Bryant has sat out the last couple of Lakers practices with a…

  15. NBA uses stars to demonstrate flops that will be fined

    Oct 5, 2012, 6:41 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Since the NBA announced they were going to be reviewing potential flops at the league office the next day, and fining players determined to have flopped, the big question has been “where will they draw the line?” Friday, the league released a video showing what would and would not draw a flop (that video is…

  16. Video: 90 Chris Pauls cut a swath through Los Angeles

    Oct 5, 2012, 2:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    The headline is a little misleading, Chris Paul doesn’t cut a swath through L.A. in this video, just Venice Beach. Which is it’s own, interesting, subset of Los Angeles. It’s one of the most visited, most iconic parts of L.A., but it’s not L.A. No one place is. That’s the great thing about the city.…

  17. Gooden says guys who draw charges will pay flopping fines

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:12 AM EST

    Paul George, Drew Gooden

    Mark Cuban doesn’t love it. Neither does Blake Griffin. And Dirk Nowitzki. While a lot of players have said they like the NBA’s new policy of fines for flops and hope that it starts to curtail the embellishment of contact in the NBA, not everyone does. There are concerns about enforcement, about unintended consequences, about…

  18. Thursday And-1 link: News, notes from around NBA camps

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM 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

    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. • It was news when Kobe Bryant said this was the most talented Lakers…

  19. Dirk Nowitzki calls flopping fines “a bunch of crap”

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:18 PM EST

    350x-4

    The new fines for flopping announced by the league are not very popular in Dallas. First Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the impact of the fines and what the fallout would be, and now Dirk Nowitzki has come out and questioned how the league will enforce the rules. From the Dallas Morning News (hat tip…

  20. 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,…

  21. Blake Griffin says flopping fines just NBA going after cash

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    For the most part, NBA players have been backed the NBA’s new penalties for floppers — plays will be reviewed by the league office and guys will be warned for the first instance and fined after that up to $30,000 for the fifth incident. Players seem to think maybe this will cut down on flopping…

  22. Video: Blake Griffin with 75 foot shot… and some dunks

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    If Blake Griffin knows how to do one thing, it’s put on a show. Teams right now are doing their public scrimmages (something they are required to do, a remnant of the lockout before last as a gift to the fans) and usually these are not much. But Griffin is a walking show and so…

  23. Iverson playing exhibition in China against Marbury’s team

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    iverson-turkey

    Heck, I’d pay to see this. Maybe more than the Heat/Clippers exhibition games that tip off in China in just more than a week. Allen Iverson and Jason Williams are going to play in an exhibition game in Beijing against Stephon Marbury and his team, the Beijing Ducks. Other guys playing on the NBA alumni…

  24. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat player LeBron James hoists the championship trophy as team mate Dwyane Wade looks on stage at a rally in Miami, Florida

    Last season: It was not flawless, but it was superb. It was not easy, but it was rewarding. And it was not what they thought it would be, but it was spectacular. The Miami Heat accomplished all of their goals in the 2012 season, that being the only goal they had: win the title. They…

  25. Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    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 old people love In The Heat of the Night. • Raymond Felton will…

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