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  1. Tuesday And-1 links:

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    pau gasol tweet photo

    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. • Pau Gasol is in Chad right now, working with UNICEF on important food…

  2. Deron Williams is hanging out with a preppy President Clinton

    Aug 27, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Deron Williams Bill Clinton

    We bring you this photo with little comment, you can have at it yourselves. We know that Deron Williams has hung out with and played some ball with President Barack Obama. We know he got a hug from Michelle Obama in London like the rest of Team USA after their first game. She’s kind of…

  3. Kevin Garnett has made more in NBA salary than anyone. Ever.

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett took a pay cut to come back to the Boston Celtics this year. It’s three years, $34 million. We’d all like a pay cut like that. But it was still enough — with his new contract Kevin Garnett passes Shaquille O’Neal as highest career earner in NBA history. WarriorsWorld tweeted out a new…

  4. What did Joe Johnson do when he got traded? Traded himself on NBA2K.

    Aug 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    How did Joe Johnson learn he was traded from the Hawks to the Nets? He got a phone call that morning from the GMs involved that it was likely to go down later in that day, the new Nets wingman told Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated. But that wasn’t the best part of the story…

  5. Lopez, Johnson think the Nets can win a ring. This year.

    Aug 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Joe Johnson

    I’m going to mock them a little for it. Some of you are going to mock them a lot for it in the comments and on twitter. It’s clear why. But ask yourself this — do you want a key player on a good team to say they can’t win a ring this year? Do…

  6. Report: Donte Greene agrees to deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Aug 23, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Donte Green

    The Nets have rounded out their roster. Apparently. They bringing in swingman Donte Greene — a guy who had a lot of shots in Sacramento, but like his three pointers often missed the mark. The report of a deal comes from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. Over at Nets are Scorching they add this is…

  7. Nets worth 60% more in Brooklyn, may turn profit this season

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Russians Go To The Polls In Presidential Election

    This is why Nets ownership has worked to make a move to Brooklyn — it’s all about the dollars. The Nets are worth 60 percent more now than they were last season, according to a sports economist. And they may well turn a profit this year, too. That according to the New York Post. As…

  8. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

  9. What is a fair contract offer for Stephen Curry right now?

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    nba-lockout-curry

    The other day we brought you the news that while Stephen Curry is eligible for an extension to his rookie deal right now, he likely will go into next summer a restricted free agent where he and the Warriors will let the market set his value (Golden State has the right to match any offer).…

  10. Lou Williams says he’s ready to work off-the-ball in Atlanta

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Atlanta is going to be an interesting team to watch come together. Joe Johnson has been shipped off to Brooklyn with his massive contract and isolation jump shots. Things are going to be different on offense in the ATL. As Beckley Mason notes at TrueHoop, expect a lot of Jeff Teague/Josh Smith pick and roll,…

  11. Cuban says the Mavericks almost traded for Kobe in 2007

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    The summer of 2007 was the summer of Kobe Bryant’s discontent. Since the Lakers had traded Shaquille O’Neal they had not put new pieces around Kobe that could help win a title, and Kobe let the world know. He asked for a trade, he pressured management, he ripped Andrew Bynum to random guys with a…

  12. Mark Cuban is really pissed at Jason Kidd. I mean ticked.

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban thought he had a fallback. The Mavericks were going to go hard after Deron Williams, but that might not work, the Nets were always in that picture (and really always in the lead). But if D-Will didn’t work out — and he didn’t, he signed to stay in Brooklyn — then there was…

  13. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  14. Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum. So who is going to…

  15. Monday And-1 links: Looking at the Lakers offense with Howard

    Aug 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    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. • With all the hits Dwight Howard took on the public relations side lately,…

  16. Possessions and You: The Atlanta Hawks

    Aug 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    From time to time, we’ll take a look at what teams looked like on offense last year using some basic but nifty charts. Today the Atlanta Hawks.   I’ve done these before with overlays of production, but it’s difficult to get a real indication relative to usage. Points per minute? Still impacted by too many…

  17. Brook Lopez says he’s 90 percent

    Aug 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez broke his foot in December, before the season. After just five games, he sustained an ankle injury, and that was the season. He re-signed with the Nets during their shopping binge on a four-year max deal that will pay him over $12 million each year for the duration of the contract. Training camp…

  18. Thunder agree to terms with Serge Ibaka on four-year extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Update 5:51 p.m. ET Saturday:  The Thunder have announced the signing as official. Sam Presti held a call to congratulate everyone… before he left to get married. Dude signed his power forward to a four-year extension on his wedding day. Those guys are machines ********** Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Sports reports that the…

  19. Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    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 these guys love Alex Morgan. • Interesting post by the always… well, at…

  20. The Inbounds: The vanishing trade offer for Dwight Howard act

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. If one were to really want to, you could find out what exactly the Magic were offered for Dwight Howard…

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

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Billy King says he tried to resign after Iverson’s practice rant

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    “Practice. We’re talkin’ bout practice.” Allen Iverson’s rant about skipping practice when he was with the Philadelphia 76ers is a pop culture touchstone, something people not even familiar with the basketball setting and the conflict between old-school Larry Brown and new-school Allen Iverson will talk about it. But Billy King was there. He was the…

  23. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    daryl-morey-rockets

    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  24. Orlando admits what became obvious: It’s about the draft

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Rob Hennigan

    There are a lot of ways to question the ultimate decision that Orlando made in trading Dwight Howard. That has to start with, why didn’t you just do this at the trade deadline? I know you wanted to keep your superstar but everyone could see where this was headed, you needed to get out quick…

  25. Eleven guys who came out of London Olympics big winners

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    The USA is the big winner in London — in our “winner take all” society they won the gold medal, they get the spoils. And no doubt they were the best team in the games. But a number of players came out of London as winners in the reputation game. Eric Freeman nailed a great…

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