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  1. NBA to release schedule next Tuesday (Dec. 6)

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The schedule for this season is not up yet on NBA.com. It will not be for a few more days. What is up though are pictures of NBA players and stories about current NBA players — things that were not on the site during the lockout. Images of current players were banned, which gave the…

  2. Heat’s Miller out for two months after hernia surgery

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Mike Miller is injured. Again. The sharpshooter the Heat brought in to space the floor missed half the team’s games last season with thumb injuries and was never healthy (meaning his shooting percentages dropped). Now he is out again for two months due to hernia surgery, he tells the Associated Press. “It’s unreal with my…

  3. Dexter Pittman is Joel Anthony’s biggest fan

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Joel Anthony

    Joel Anthony averaged just 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Miami Heat last season. Yet if you ask the right people, they’ll preach of his on-court value. Anthony is considerably undersized for the center position, but his smart decisions, constant activity, and impressive lateral quickness make him an excellent team defender. Anthony…

  4. Video: LeBron breaks out the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    LeBron NFL commercial

    Last night Team LeBron James beat Team Kevin Durant in their flag football game. While the only score that mattered was zero torn ACL’s, it was LeBron’s team that won on the gridiron. That included him having a pick six where he went with the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration. Which we bring you now. Next time…

  5. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  6. Keeping Hill in free agency Phoenix’s “top priority”

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

    HILL_GRANT

    From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: At 7 a.m. Phoenix time, the Suns began talking to agents of players. That meant checking in on some of their own guys but the first calls needed to go to the agents of free-agent players to show the Suns’ interest. The Suns will be feeling out the market for…

  7. LeBron, Durant flag football game on for Wednesday

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    A couple of the NBA’s biggest stars are not letting the end of the NBA lockout get in the way of some good football. Kevin Durant and LeBron James will face off on the flag football gridiron Wednesday night as planned, reports Iran Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. And you can watch the game for…

  8. Jeff Van Gundy warns you: It won’t be pretty come Dec. 25

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s going to be sloppy. There are going to be missed passes and non-existent defensive rotations. There are offensive sets that will fall apart into isolation basketball. No summer workouts followed by a condensed training camp with just two preseason games is just not enough time to make things run smoothly. Don’t take my word…

  9. Goodbye Denver, Miami among suitors lined up for Nene

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Nene nuggets

    Nene is the biggest and best free agent on the market. Unless your team doesn’t need a legit 7-foot big man who plays smart, can defend the paint, rebound well, plus has a deft offensive touch around the rim and from the midrange. Denver can use one of those but after nine years in the…

  10. With rumors abound, Lakers near a franchise crossroads

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Though the formalization of the new CBA proceeds at a slow churn, the NBA rumor mill is already in mid-season form. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard — both in the final year of their respective contracts — are suddenly ready to be shipped every which way, and media outlets of every form are examining the…

  11. Rumor: Lakers to make run at Dwight Howard AND Chris Paul?

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Chris Paul

    Now we know the lockout is officially over because ridiculous, outlandish Lakers trade rumors are flying around and gaining some momentum. Like the Lakers getting Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Reality be damned. These ideas gain traction because Lakers fans dream big. Outlandishly big. Plus Lakers ownership can be bold. It’s one of the reasons…

  12. Vegas likes the Miami Heat to be your NBA champions

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We in no way want to encourage you to gamble while in Las Vegas. There are so many fantastic restaurants — PBT personally recommends RM Seafood and B & B Ristorante — where you know you will get a certain return on your investment in the form of a great meal and atmosphere. But if…

  13. Free agents already eyeing Miami as destination

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Warm weather. No state income tax. The chance to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The chance to win a ring. All of the tantalizing distractions a single man could ask for. There are a lot of reasons NBA players like Miami. And right now, the upcoming crop of free agents seems to like…

  14. No surprise here: NBA jersey sales off 38 percent

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Jersey

    There are some very complex marketing principles at work here. (Re-read that sentence in your best sarcastic voice.) Turns out if you cancel 480 NBA games, stage a lockout where the owners and players snipe at each other while sounding greedy, fewer people buy NBA jerseys. Who knew? The New York Post has the numbers…

  15. Report: Paul Millsap is on the trading block. Any bidders?

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    We welcome with open arms our first real trade rumor of the post-lockout era. We’ve missed you guys. Jazz forward Paul Millsap is available, according to a story in the Indy Star and backed up by John Hollinger of ESPN. This is not a huge shock, the Jazz were reportedly shopping Millsap around during the…

  16. Mike Miller still likely gone in Miami, amnesty casualty

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In an ideal world, the Miami Heat would like to keep Mike Miller around, because if he does bounce back from last season’s injuries and this summer’s surgeries, he is a perfect fit. He can stretch the floor with his shot, is a solid team defender and can rebound. But alas, the math of the…

  17. Winderman: Chris Paul rumors show why Hornets need owner fast

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Since the NBA last bounced a ball, one team has changed hands (Philadelphia) and another was sold only to have that deal fall apart (Atlanta). All the while, a franchise that might have as great an impact as any in reshaping the league remains in the hands of the league (New Orleans). While the NBA…

  18. Are the Knicks considering Kwame Brown? Apparently.

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Kwame Brown

    Free agent priority No. 1 for the Knicks — maintain projected cap space for next summer so they can try to bring in one more star player (cough* Chris Paul *cough). Priority No. 2: find a big defensive minded center, but one will take a one-year deal as not to screw up priority No. 1.…

  19. LeBron, Wade, ‘Melo homecoming tour now just one game

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:54 AM EST

    LeBron James, Duane Wade, Carmelo Antho

    The summer (and fall) of NBA charity games has come to an end… but not without at least one more. The “homecoming tour” to be anchored by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony has been cancelled, to be replaced by one game in New York this Tuesday. Games in Akron, New Orleans…

  20. Amnesty players may not help high payroll teams much

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Here was the scenario: Teams would use the new amnesty clause in the labor deal to wipe out the oversized contracts of guys who could still contribute some (just not at the level they are getting paid). As a hypothetical example, we will make up a player named B. Roy who plays in the Pacific…

  21. Lakers, Mavericks, other big spenders safe for two years

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:06 AM EST

    Image (1) jbuss-thumb-250x140-15577.jpg for post 3061

    Part of the reason we lost 480 NBA games this season is because a bunch of owners were pissed at the Lakers, Mavericks, Heat, Celtics and other owners willing to spend over the luxury tax. Small market owners wanted to tie the hands of the big spenders in the name of the mythical “competitive balance.”…

  22. Dalembert considering Heat, Knicks, Rockets

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Centers are at a premium in this league, that should be evident by now. Nene, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, all will lead this free agency class. Dwight Howard headlines the next. Chandler’s defensive impact was a primary factor in the Mavericks winning the title. So Samuel Dalembert will be getting his fair share of calls…

  23. Heat, Knicks may be big winners in last minute deal changes

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Part of the motivation for the hardline owners during the NBA lockout was to never let what happened with LeBron James going to Miami to ever happen again. To never let what Carmelo Anthony did to the Nuggets ever happen again (they lost the ‘Melo part of the fight). Small market owners didn’t like players…

  24. NBA Christmas Day openers likely to see finals rematch

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    It’s not official yet (and may not be for a couple weeks) but we have a pretty good idea what the new NBA opening day will look like. Which is exactly what the old Christmas Day schedule looked like. That slate of games was to and most likely will start where the NBA labor talks…

  25. Dwyane Wade has dancing cameo in Cameron Diaz film

    Nov 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Dwyane Wade can dance? Is he better than Metta World Peace? He apparently was good enough — or at least famous enough — to get a dancing role in a movie. That nugget came out in a Palm Beach Post story about how busy Wade had been this offseason. Into August. A GQ photo shoot…

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