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

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    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…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    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…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Odom wants to apologize to Mavs fans, Cuban for last season

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lamar Odom’s fall from Sixth Man of the Year and NBA title holder to guy the Dallas Mavericks told to just go away and don’t come near the rest of the players was fast and public. Odom invited it all in when he married a Kardashian and became a reality television star, but when he…

  10. Rose says he helped recruit Kirk Hinrich back to Chicago

    Oct 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    It is the way of the world now — superstar NBA players recruit their teammates. See Miami. See Chris Paul essentially play GM for the Clippers at points this summer. See the Celtics players courting guys to come in with them. That is not his style, but Derrick Rose is going to have to become…

  11. Kobe says this is most talented Lakers team he has been on

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    New center Dwight Howard greets Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has been on Lakers teams with amazing talent — Shaquille O’Neal in his prime, Glen Rice, Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum. But he said he has never been on a more talented team than this one, which has a likely starting five of Steve Nash, Bryant,…

  12. Cousins calls USA Select Team experience “political”

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins had a bumpy time as a member of the USA Select Team this summer, playing against the London Olympians during training camp. He got called out publicly by USA basketball president Jerry Colangelo for being too physical in scrimmages against the stars. I’ll add that I was in Vegas and Colangelo wasn’t the…

  13. LeBron going to spend more time in post, play some point forward

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The Miami Heat have found their identity — they are going to play small. They are gong to have Chris Bosh spend lot of time at the five spot (he says he is ready for it) then have LeBron at the power forward spot. He says he’s ready for all of it. He says he…

  14. Lamar Odom apologizes to Cuban, Mavericks

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom Clippers

    Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted Friday the following: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told me he’d like to apologize to Mark Cuban and Mavs fans for not being himself. Felt it was beyond his power. via Twitter / RicBucher: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told …. So how did that go over, ESPN Dallas? Asked about Odom’s apology Friday evening,…

  15. Chauncey Billups says he’ll be back before the first of the year

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Say what you want about Chauncey Billups, but do not question the man’s dedication. The Clippers guard immediately got word out after his devastating Achilles injury that he would not be retiring. He’s kept that word up the entire way. He’s vowed to return this season. And at media day for the Clippers Friday, Billups…

  16. Report: Gilbert Arenas considering playing in China

    Sep 28, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas wants another shot in the NBA. He’s working out at the Lakers facilities. His agent is calling GMs all over the place. Arenas is telling gas station managers his plans and that’s somehow becoming a rumor. The truth — there are no calls for him. Teams are not interested. They weigh the off-court…

  17. Dooling says Rondo is NBA’s second best player. Behind Durant.

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo celebrates during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    Keyon Dooling said some genuinely important things during his CSNNE.com interview this week, and if you haven’t read about his discussion of him being abused you should do that first. It matters more than basketball. But Dooling talked basketball, too, and let’s just say he’s higher on Rajon Rondo than you are. Really, he’s higher…

  18. Who is NBA’s biggest trash talker? Curry says Nate Robinson, CP3

    Sep 27, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    For some of us, the first name that comes to mind is Kobe Bryant, he constantly chirps. He said he started the trash talk on Team USA. Other people – particularly smaller guards — might think of Kevin Garnett. There are a lot of guys who talk smack during an NBA game, but when The…

  19. No pressure Vinny Del Negro, but it’s the last year of your contract

    Sep 27, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    All season long the talk around the Los Angeles Clippers will be about contracts — Chris Paul will be a free agent next summer. It’s the smart move financially for him to become a free agent and re-sign with the Clippers, but that free agency gives him leverage. Enough leverage that pretty much every player…

  20. Clyde Drexler thinks the Suns will make playoffs. This year.

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

    clyde drexler

    Steve Nash is gone. Grant Hill is gone. Michael Beasley is going to be picking up a lot of the scoring slack. Channing Frye is now likely out for the season. It’s going to be a rough season for the rebuilding Suns… unless you ask Clyde Drexler. Drexler is the one Suns true believer. He…

  21. Barnes pleads no contest to traffic warrant, gets community service

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Matt Barnes will do 30 hours of community service and go through some counseling sessions as part of a no contest plea to his arrest for unlicensed driving and resisting arrest earlier this summer. Barnes, who signed with the Clippers just a couple weeks ago, was not in the Manhattan Beach courtroom Tuesday but his…

  22. Don’t expect Atlanta to extend Josh Smith. Which means more trade rumors.

    Sep 25, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    If you are taking preseason bets on “guy to show up in the most trade rumor posts” on your favorite message board, Josh Smith would be a good call. For example, look at this one from Boston already. (By the way, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and a first round pick for Smith is a horrible…

  23. Tuesday And-1 links: The Nets dancer uniforms are… pretty fly?

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-cheerleaders

    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 the twitterverse loves making fun of replacement referees. • The photo to the…

  24. Winderman: Time for shorter NBA training camps

    Sep 25, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The list of players who will miss the start of training camp is significant, everyone from Chris Paul to Al Harrington to possibly Dwyane Wade. Each, though, could be back for the start of the regular season. Which either means the offseason is too short or camp is too long. Yet here we are, on…

  25. Chris Paul says he will play in preseason, be ready Oct. 31

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chris Paul says he and his surgically-repaired thumb are going be ready to go when the Clippers tip off the season on Halloween night against he Memphis Grizzlies. And they’ll play in a preseason game, too. Remember Paul tore a ligament his thumb in a fluke play on one of the first days of Team…

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