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  1. Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    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 Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson… • In the Celtics locker room there is…

  2. Patrick Beverly makes Jrue Holiday’s life miserable (VIDEO)

    Oct 7, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Patrick Beverly

    People who watched Patrick Beverly go after the ball last playoffs and in the process hit Russell Westbrook wrong and injure his knee last playoffs, them blamed Beverly for trying to make that aggressive play, haven’t watched him play. That’s how he defends — he is a relentless pest. That play was unfortunate, but the…

  3. Austin Rivers finds Anthony Davis for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    We wrote a lot about Austin Rivers while seeing him in action at Summer League in Las Vegas, and with good reason. Rivers was terrible for most of last year, but then was able to string together a series of nice performances just before breaking his hand which prematurely ended his season. Rivers looked good…

  4. Dwight Howard records first blocked shot with Rockets (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

    We could have brought you video of Dwight Howard scoring his first bucket as a member of the Houston Rockets, but considering his defensive impact will be far more important to the ultimate fortunes of his new franchise, a blocked shot seems much more appropriate. It didn’t take long for Howard to make his presence…

  5. Tyreke Evans leaves with an ankle sprain in preseason debut with Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    PELICANS TYREKE EVANS

    The Pelicans signed Tyreke Evans to a large free agent contract this summer, so obviously the last thing they want to see is the player they just invested in go down with an injury in the first game of the preseason. Evans landed awkwardly after hitting a shot in the lane early in the second…

  6. Evan Turner thought he’d be traded from Sixers this summer

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    There’s no question that the Philadelphia 76ers are in the first year of a full-fledged rebuilding situation, with the franchise essentially starting from scratch. They have a new GM in Sam Hinkie, and didn’t even bother to hire a new head coach in Brett Brown until August — well after the draft had already taken…

  7. Pelican’s Eric Gordon out first couple weeks of preseason, just as a precaution

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon played in 42 games last season for New Orleans due to battling ankle issues, which led to another surgery in May. That was better than the 9 games the season before that. For those of you counting at home, that’s 51 games since he was traded to New Orleans as a cornerstone in…

  8. Nowitzki, World Peace tie for best quotes at media day

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:28 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    NBA media days are a combination of fluff and teams essentially trying to spin their own talking points for the season (which is actually its own version of fluff). Little of any import is actually said on these days. The fact we got one legitimate basketball story — Pelicans coach Monty Williams plans to start…

  9. Pelicans’ Williams plans to bring Tyreke Evans off the bench

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    It’s a stunning development — we have actual on-the-court basketball news out of NBA media day. It may be a first in a day usually reserved for positive stories and fluff. Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he plans to bring Tyreke Evans in off the bench as a sixth man, at least initially. That according…

  10. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  11. John Wall says Wizards need to win for him to become an All-Star

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall received a max contract extension from the Wizards this summer that will see him earn $80 million over the next five years. Now that he’s being paid like an All-Star, it’s time for him to go out and actually perform well enough to deserve the honor. Wall was limited to just 49 games…

  12. Grizzlies’ owner to play Tony Allen one-on-one for charity

    Sep 26, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Grizzlies' Tony Allen celebrates on the bench during the third quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis

    Grizzlies owner Robert Pera plays in a regular pick-up run and according to those who have seen him he’s got some game — he has a jumper from the outside and some hops around the rim to the point he used to be able to dunk. That doesn’t mean he’s beating Tony Allen one-on-one. But…

  13. Report: Louis Amundson gets invited to Clippers training camp

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Lou Amundson

    The Los Angeles Clippers are thin along the front line. Sure they start with the incredibly athletic pairing of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but when they go to the bench (or when Jordan has to sit the fourth quarter) it is Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens. And that’s it. Now Louis Amundson will try…

  14. Roger Mason Jr. works out for the Heat

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

    When we last heard from Roger Mason Jr., he was planning to run for the players’ union’s presidency, and was even considered likely to be the one to win the job based on several years of experience in dealing with union matters. That was before LeBron James briefly considered the role, and before Chris Paul…

  15. Shaq doesn’t care for the Pelicans name, might not know what a pelican is

    Sep 22, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Shaquille O’Neal is not overly fond of the Pelicans nickname. This is not an uncommon opinion. Shaq’s reasoning for not liking the new name, though? Pretty spectacular. “It’s a terrible name. I told Charles on TNT, I don’t think I’ve seen a Pelican before. Pelicans, are they that big white bird? I would had named…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    Last season: The 76ers went 34-48, the 11th time in the last 12 seasons they won between 33 and 48 games. They made the playoffs most seasons during that span, but they only one two postseason series. With the emergence of the NBA’s second-youngest All-Star last year, Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia seemed like it had a…

  17. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: The case for Chris Webber in the HOF

    Sep 18, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

    Chris Webber

    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 Southerners like fried food…. • So, you think you’re good at pop-a-shot? Think…

  19. Nerlens Noel says he’s feeling like his old self, still no timetable

    Sep 18, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    The Philadelphia 76ers are not going to rush Nerlens Noel back on the court. More like the opposite. They are not in it for winning this season, they are in for the long haul and the lottery, which is why they took on Noel in a trade for Jrue Holiday — Noel has a high…

  20. Stern on Sixers: I hope they make the playoffs (and miss out on lottery)

    Sep 17, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Philadelphia is one of several that are going bad to get good. Call it the Oklahoma City method, call it tanking, call it “winless for Wiggins,” call it whatever you like — the fact is this is one of the deepest drafts in a decade next summer and teams will be finding ways to lose…

  21. Jrue Holiday says his goal is to be more efficient this season

    Sep 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Jrue Holiday had a good season last year — he was an All-Star who averaged 17.7 points and 8 assists a game. He took on a lot more of the Philadelphia offense and produced some good numbers. But not efficient ones — he shot 43.1 percent overall, a respectable 36 percent from three but he…

  22. Report: Nerlens Noel to sign shoe deal with Reebok

    Sep 13, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    The conventional wisdom is big men don’t sell shoes, attacking perimeter do — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose. But Nerlens Noel, the center out of Kentucky who will play with the Sixers once he gets healthy (remember the knee injury last season) thinks he can be the exception to the rule. Noel…

  23. Playing the two or three, starter or sixth man, Tyreke Evans is good with it

    Sep 12, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs. Tyreke Evans could be that guy. Following his Rookie of the Year campaign his improvement stalled out in Sacramento, then the team went through a series of changes and Evans never seemed to have a set role. Everything was in flux, and while Evans’ shooting…

  24. Greg Stiemsma wants Pelicans starting center job

    Sep 10, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma

    New Orleans coach Monty Williams has some rotation decisions to make. Such as whether to start Tyreke Evans at the three (the most expected outcome) or have him come off the bench as a sixth man (then you start Al-Farouq Aminu or Anthony Morrow at the three). Then there is the frontcourt. Do you start…

  25. Pelicans’ Darius Miller out 8-12 weeks following foot surgery

    Sep 9, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Darius Miller,

    Darius Miller, fresh off his rookie season and one of the young players working to be part of the future in New Orleans, has suffered a big setback. He had a stress fracture in his foot that needed to be surgically repaired, and he is out for eight to 12 weeks the team announced. That…

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