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  1. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  2. Evan Turner says ‘Hinkie is not my GM’ after failing to receive a contract extension from Sixers

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Evan Turner is one of three players remaining on the rebuilding Sixers roster who are talented enough to have some trade value on the open market. Along with Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, it’s even likely that if an offer of young assets or future draft picks should come along, one or all three players…

  3. Friday Night NBA Grades: What tanking? Sixers, Suns both 2-0.

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Our grades from Thursday night around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to get that cat urine smell out of your computer…. Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers. Something funny happened on the way to the lottery… the Sixers and Suns, two of the poster teams for the tanking/riggin’ for Wiggins efforts, are both…

  4. Anthony Davis talks Pelican chemistry, his game and NBA 2K14

    Oct 31, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    While you were looking at Dwight Howard or Derrick Rose this preseason, the New Orleans Pelicans put together a nice little 7-1 record. Then on opening night the Pelicans had a 16-point second half lead against the contending Pacers, a lead the more experienced Pacers were able to make evaporate behind some strong play from…

  5. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  6. Jrue Holiday welcomes Pelicans fans on behalf of the Sixers (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Jrue Holiday played his first four NBA seasons in Philadelphia, before being traded to the Pelicans this summer. We point this out because maybe, just maybe, he wasn’t necessarily the best choice to address the hometown fans of his new team before the season opener tipped off in New Orleans. [via Ball Don't Lie]  

  7. Pelicans’ stretch four Ryan Anderson fractures toe, out 1-3 weeks

    Oct 30, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson is the New Orleans stretch four that they wanted to come in off the bench, knock down shots, pull a defending big out of the paint and give guys like Anthony Davis and Greg Stiemsma room to operate. Except he will not do that for the next few weeks — Anderson is out…

  8. Three players who stood out in the NBA preseason

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    In general, you can’t read too much into what happens in the preseason. Star players are rested or play limited minutes, coaches experiment with lineups, effort is inconsistent at best, guys who will be buried on the bench or in the D-League get big run, and nobody game plans much. What you can see sometimes…

  9. 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…

  10. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The New Orleans Pelicans

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Last season: New Orleans final season as the Hornets wasn’t pretty. Eric Gordon was out much of the year, Anthony Davis showed promise but looked like a rookie at times, Austin Rivers looked like a mistake, they blew a 25-point lead to the Lakers, and they ended the season with 27 wins without even a…

  11. Report: Suns working on contract extension with Eric Bledsoe

    Oct 24, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    Phoenix is rebuilding — and completely “riggin’ for Wiggins” — but over the summer they went and got one cornerstone piece. Eric Bledsoe was one of the big trade chips on the market last year and the Suns got him as the point guard of the future (they sent Jared Dudley to the Clippers in…

  12. PBT Roundtable: Who is your League Pass team this season?

    Oct 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    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: Who is going to be your League Pass team this season (the team outside the brightest spotlights that you keep finding yourself drawn to when there are…

  13. NBA.com GM survey predicts another big season for Heat, LeBron James

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The annual NBA.com GM survey is pretty much a spot check on the conventional wisdom around the NBA. It’s not the place you see daring picks or gain deep insight. It’s generally a lot of guys picking the favorite. This year’s survey shows the conventional wisdom is “good luck beating LeBron James the Heat.” In…

  14. Monday And-1 Links: Luke Walton wants another shot in NBA

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    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. • Luke Walton spent most of last season on the Cleveland bench (he got…

  15. Coach says Sixers’ Nerlens Noel likely out for season

    Oct 21, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    This shouldn’t be a shock, it’s rather a logical extension of the 76ers long-term plans and their rather painful experience with Andrew Bynum last year. But it still is a little jarring to hear it. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Monday before the 76ers preseason game that Nerlens Noel likely will miss the entire season,…

  16. Thunder’s Thabeet suspended one game for head butt of Greg Stiemsma

    Oct 21, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet

    Last time I checked the NBA rulebook, head butting an opposing player was still illegal. Which is why Oklahoma City center Hasheem Thabeet got in trouble with the league — he has been suspended the first game of the regular season for head butting New Orleans center Greg Stiemsma. The incident happened 26 seconds before…

  17. Andre Drummond understands why he fell in draft

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    I’ll admit I was wrong. Leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft I was not high on Andre Drummond as a big man prospect. The book on him was that he had plenty of talent but a questionable work ethic and desire — and the handful of UConn game I watched that year bore that…

  18. Eric Gordon back, to start Thursday for Pelicans

    Oct 17, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    New Orleans has put together its young big three, the core of guys it thinks could grow into something special — Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon in the backcourt, with Anthony Davis up front. Except we haven’t seen that combo together this preseason as Eric Gordon has battled back from ankle surgery. We will Thursday…

  19. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 17, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Last season: Another mired below mediocre for a Kings team that has been just awful for the past seven years. Sacramento finished with just 28 wins, good for 13th out of 15 teams in the West. The team was 29th out of 30 in defensive efficiency (only the Bobcats were worse), DeMarcus Cousins remained out…

  20. 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……

  21. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade releasing documentary on Heat’s title run

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade sits with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after his team defeated the Spurs in Game 7 to win their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    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 Bostonites love to sing along with Neil Diamond…. • If you can’t…

  22. NBA’s new promo video has young stars turning on arena lights (VIDEO)

    Oct 14, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I’m not sure this is the best NBA season opening promo video I’ve seen this season, but I like it. The league put together footage of Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Kenneth Faried, Paul George and other young stars from around the league “turning on the lights” in their buildings with the…

  23. Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson trying to understand, move on from girlfriend’s suicide

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Arron Afflalo

    You can’t help but feel for Ryan Anderson. The Pelican’s stretch four is still grieving after being the one that discovered the body of his girlfriend — Gia Allemand who had been on “The Bachelor” — when she had committed suicide in August. Anderson is understandably devastated, and you could see it when he spoke…

  24. 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…

  25. Anthony Davis has looked impressive this preseason

    Oct 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Davis

    This post starts with a caveat: Don’t read too much into the preseason. Starters sit or play limited minutes while guys who will be in the D-League or Europe in a few weeks get serious run. That said… damn Anthony Davis has looked good. Through two games he has 46 points on 20-of-37 shooting (54…

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