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  1. Brandon Knight likely out Friday night for Bucks with hamstring injury

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Knight played just 1:45 of the Bucks season opener against the Knicks Wednesday night before he tweaked his hamstring and had to leave the game, not to return. Now he is likely out Friday night as the Bucks are in Boston — officially he is doubtful so there is a chance, but a slim…

  2. Andy Miller sues Happy Walters’ and Dan Fegan’s agency for stealing Larry Sanders

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    The National Basketball Players Association certifies agents before they can work with its players, and to become certified, agents must agree to a set of rules. Among them: B. Prohibited Conduct Subject to DisciplineTo further effectuate the objectives of these Regulations players agents are prohibited from: (b) Providing or offering a monetary inducement (other than…

  3. Report: Donald Sterling almost blew up Bledsoe trade, Clippers summer

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Donald Sterling, Rochelle Sterling

    Things are different around the Clippers organization now compared to even five years ago, let alone a decade. It’s not just the winning on the court, there is more professionalism around the entire organization. But they are still owned by Donald Sterling, the man who is the reason for the decades of futility. This summer…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  5. Greece wanted nothing to do with his family until NBA noticed Antetokounmpo’s basketball skills

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo Corey Brewer

    The life of an NBA rookie such as Giannis Antetokounmpo has its challenges. Sure, suddenly he’s the rookie with some buzz after showing flashes of his seemingly limitless potential while getting a little run with the Bucks this preseason; but come the regular season he will spend a lot of time on the bench behind…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki warned Mark Cuban the Mavericks had big problems before last season

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The Mavericks were so desperate to find a point guard last season, they started Darren Collison, Mike James, Derek Fisher and Dominique Jones in a futile attempt to keep throwing floor generals at the wall until one stuck. O.J. Mayo started all 82 games at shooting guard, but his play did not impress Rick Carlisle.…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 23, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Last season: For the first time in his career, Dirk Nowitzki missed a chunk of the season due to major knee surgery. Dallas started 12-15 without their star German then promptly dropped 8-of-9 after his return, putting them in a deep hole. The result was the players grew “.500 beards” they let grow like they…

  8. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Last season: The Rockets began the year with the somewhat surprising trade for James Harden — surprising because of the Thunder’s choice to deal him so soon instead of pursuing a title with him in place for one more season. It was the right call on Houston’s part, as Harden immediately turned into the offensive…

  9. Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hands are freakishly large

    Oct 21, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Giannis Antetokounmpo is a project — a guy with a fantastic frame, great athleticism and he’s shown a few skills this preseason, but it’s going to be a couple years before we know just how good the young Greek can be. What we do know now: He has freakishly large hands. All weekend NBA twitter…

  10. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season: The Spurs finished with the second best record in the Western Conference, and blew through the playoffs with a 12-2 record (including sweeps against the Lakers in the first round and the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals) before facing the Heat in the NBA Finals. The series was one for the ages, with…

  11. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Last season: Believe it or not, the Suns actually had playoff aspirations when the regular season began. The front office believed that Michael Beasley would be different in Phoenix than he had been anywhere else, and mandated that he be given a chance to be a difference-maker in the lineup. Once it became clear that…

  12. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  13. Evan Turner isn’t worrying about contract extension he won’t get

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    Evan Turner is not going to get an extension to his rookie contract, and frankly he shouldn’t (unless he’s willing to take a very small number). He hasn’t shown to be an effective or efficient scorer at the NBA level. He’s an NBA bench guy because he rebounds, passes and generally plays solid ball, but…

  14. Bucks center Ekpe Udoh out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    Oct 11, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh

    The Bucks thought they were going to have some good depth along the front line this season, but it hasn’t taken long for injuries to change that. Backup center Ekpe Udoh will be out 4-6 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, the team announced. Udoh played a limited role with the Bucks…

  15. However you pronounce it, Antetokounmpo looks pretty good for Bucks

    Oct 11, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    The book on Giannis Antetokounmpo is that he was raw and untested, but he had some good physical tools. Down the line maybe he could be a point forward in the league. The Bucks took him at 15 and this was a guy we weren’t going to have to figure out how to pronounce his…

  16. Brandon Knight blames Pistons for his low assist total

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Jennings, now the the Pistons’ point guard, blamed the Bucks for his subpar shooting percentage. Now, Brandon Knight, the player traded for Jennings, is bringing it full circle by blaming the Pistons for his subpar assist numbers. (As you’ll see, Knight says he’s not blaming anyone. But when you start a sentence, “I’m not…

  17. Bucks Ersan Ilyasova will miss time with sprained ankle

    Oct 9, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Ersan Ilyasova

    The good news is there is nothing broken. Two sets of X-rays found no structural damage. But don’t expect to see Ersan Ilyasova suiting up for the Bucks for a couple of weeks or more. One of the league’s most underrated stretch fours sprained his ankle Tuesday night against the Cavaliers and had to leave…

  18. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  19. Suns’ president gives glimpse of how sausage of trades is made

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Making a trade in the NBA is not so simple as one GM calling up another and saying, “let’s swap Player X for Player Y.” It’s a long slog of conversations between assistant GMs about various players, then conversations between GMs and coaches, agents and other teams. Lon Babby, the Phoenix Suns President of Basketball…

  20. Pistons seemingly narrow starting shooting guard options to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey

    The Pistons have essentially four starters locked: Brandon Jennings at point guard, Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center. That leaves shooting guard, where there seemed to be several contenders. Chauncey Billups Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kyle Singler Rodney Stuckey Now, halve that list, Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks indicates.…

  21. Report: Longtime NBA employee calls 2012-13 Bucks’ locker room worst he’d ever seen

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks have had one of the NBA’s busiest offseasons. They traded Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ish Smith, waived Drew Gooden and Gustavo Ayon, let Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert and Mike Dunleavy Jr. walk in free agency and signed-and-traded Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick. That’s most of the roster turned over, yet it’s…

  22. Brandon Jennings fires back at Larry Sanders: ‘I had to take those shots’

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders have traded comments through the media recently, with the former teammates each seeming to take a little bit of a shot at the other. It began with relatively innocuous remarks from Jennings that seemed more like excitement to play with the likes of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe…

  23. O.J. Mayo tells his side of the story of playing one-on-one with Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    As part of a wide-ranging interview to promote the release of NBA 2K14, Michael Jordan said a lot of semi-interesting things that became newsworthy. One of the more entertaining stories Jordan told was one of a young O.J. Mayo, fresh out of high school, attending Jordan’s camp and immediately beginning to engage the legend in…

  24. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron designed a $50K watch. Because he can.

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Heat 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 more than Seth MacFarlane likes doing cutaways in Family Guy… • LeBron James helped…

  25. Setback with broken foot to keep Bucks’ Delfino out through most of camp

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino

    The Bucks picked up Carlos Delfino this summer at a very reasonable $3.2 million per year, part of their “we’re not tanking, but we are reshaping the roster and we’ll not be all that good” strategy (which was led by getting O.J. Mayo). Now the Bucks are going to be without Delfino for most of…

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