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  1. Roger Mason Jr. plans to run for players union’s presidency

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

    It’s not as exciting to most casual fans as LeBron James thinking about running for the players union’s presidency, before ultimately backing off of those plans, as was expected. But the union needs new and experienced leadership during a transitionary phase that will see the Players Association add both a new president and a new…

  2. Gia Allemand, girlfriend of Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson, dies of suicide at age 29

    Aug 14, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    via Gia Allemand on Instagram

    UPDATE 5:39 p.m.: The family released a statement through a representative confirming that the cause of death was an apparent suicide. Anderson was the one who found Alleman in her home on Monday night, via Today.com. “The model’s boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, found Allemand in her New Orleans…

  3. Sixers waive Justin Holiday

    Aug 14, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Justin Holiday

    Justin Holiday was waived by the Sixers on Wednesday, reports Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The move was made in order for the team to avoid being on the hook for a portion of his salary next season. Had Holiday remained on the roster through August 15, his contract would have become partially guaranteed…

  4. Girlfriend of Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson, Gia Allemand, in critical condition

    Aug 13, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    via Gia Allemand on Instagram

    Sad news to relay out of New Orleans, where the girlfriend of the Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson has been hospitalized and is in critical condition following an undisclosed medical emergency. From Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports Southwest: The New Orleans Pelicans star 3-point shooter Ryan Anderson is at the bedside of his girlfriend, reality TV star…

  5. Report: Grizzlies sign Nick Calathes to two-year, nearly $2 million contract

    Aug 9, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Nick Calathes

    Nick Calathes rated No. 6 in the 2009 NBA Draft, according to John Hollinger’s statistical system – behind only Ty Lawson, Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Austin Daye* and Stephen Curry. Back then, there was nothing Hollinger could do about Calathes falling to No. 45 in the draft. Now an executive for the Grizzlies, Hollinger has…

  6. Who are Rookie of the Year favorites? Burke, Oladipo to start

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    There’s a formula for who often wins the Rookie of the year. They have to be a good player, certainly. More than that, he needs to be a player with the ball in his hands and on a team where he is going to be asked to take on a lot of responsibility. Damian Lillard…

  7. Matt Barnes says Shabazz Muhammad getting sent home from NBA’s Rookie Transition Program is ‘BS’

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad was sent home early from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for a blatant violation of the event’s rules. The infraction itself wasn’t at all that serious; Muhammad apparently had a female guest in his room hours after being informed that it wasn’t allowed. But rules are rules, and as a rookie…

  8. Eric Gordon says he feels “pretty good,” hopes to be 100 percent for camp

    Aug 4, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Jrue Holiday with Eric Gordon could be one of the more interesting backcourts in the NBA. Throw in an improved Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans at the three, Ryan Anderson to space the floor and suddenly that is a potentially dangerous team in the Big Easy. The question is how much Gordon can do? He wasn’t…

  9. 76ers finally ready to enter free-agent marketplace

    Aug 2, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie

    The 76ers, for my money, had one of the best offseasons in the NBA. Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick was a great trade, one that gave Philadelphia clear direction. In their rebuilding efforts, the 76ers made a few other small moves: drafting Michael Carter-Williams, trading for Royce White and Furkan…

  10. Thursday And-1 links: Derrick Rose’s first game may be Oct. 5 vs. Pacers

    Aug 1, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    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 I love bullet points more than I love a good Phó (and I do love a good Phó)…. • When…

  11. New Orleans Pelicans officially unveil new uniforms

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    PelicansTeamStore.com

    The New Orleans Pelicans officially unveiled their uniforms for the upcoming season, and the simple design is underwhelming, at best. No sign of the Pelicans logo, and no bright or interesting color scheme. Just the city’s name on the front of both the home and away jerseys, with some gold trim making its way down…

  12. USA Basketball wants Roy Hibbert, but probably can’t have him

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    When USA Basketball held its four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas last week, Roy Hibbert was a noticeable omission from the roster. There’s a reason, of course, and it has nothing to do with Hibbert’s level of talent or ability to commit to the program. The fact that he’s played for another country in the past,…

  13. Should Sixers trade Evan Turner? Do they wait hoping his value goes up?

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    When Jrue Holiday was traded, it felt like a trade countdown clock started over Evan Turner’s head — he was the logical next to go. Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young are on that list, too, but Turner has real value around the league. Plus, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has said he’s not done shaking up…

  14. It took Jrue Holiday five minutes to get over being traded

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    A couple years ago the Philadelphia 76ers looked like an up-and-coming team — Doug Collins had them playing good defense, they had Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner to go with Andre Iguodala. There was some reason for hope… then the gamble on Andrew Bynum went bad. Very bad. Now the Sixers are rebuilding and Holiday…

  15. Sixers new GM not done shaking up roster, will be active with trades

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Sam Hinkie

    When the Sixers moved Jrue Holiday on draft night, the plan of new GM Sam Hinkie became clear — they were going to get worse to get better. Philly is not going to be good this year, but they will have two first round draft picks (theirs and New Orleans, so long as that isn’t…

  16. Isaiah Thomas shows off moves, drops 49 at Seattle pro-am

    Jul 29, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas

    We already brought you some Jamal Crawford and Tyreke Evans highlights from the Seattle pro-am. So how about some more from Seattle native Isaiah Thomas. He dropped 49 in his game and put on a ball handling display that shows why the Kings have a good one-two punch at the point (with Greivis Vasquez). Hat tip…

  17. Jamal Crawford hits game winning three at Seattle pro-am (VIDEO)

    Jul 29, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The end of the Seattle pro-am this weekend came down to Jamal Crawford and Tyreke Evans trading shots. Good news for Pelicans fans — Tyreke Evans was knocking down some outside shots and looked pretty good. But that would be Crawford with your dramatic game winner. Hat tip to SLAM and Ball is Life. And…

  18. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  19. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  20. U.S. Soldier with windmill dunk in full fatigues (VIDEO)

    Jul 26, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    U.S. Flag

    We showed you the other highlights out of Thursday night’s Team USA scrimmage, but this was the best play of the night: A windmill dunk by a young U.S. Airman in full fatigues and wearing boots. If you can dunk like that wearing all that gear, you got hops. Sir, we salute you.

  21. Damian Lillard plans to work out with Gary Payton

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Doug McDermott

    Newly minted, soon to be inducted Hall of Famer Gary Payton is a Damian Lillard fan. “I like Damian Lillard because he’s from Oakland, California, and he’s a phenomenal basketball player,” Payton told ProBasketballTalk last January. “He should be the rookie of the year, he’s playing very well right now for Portland and I love…

  22. New Sixers CEO apologizes for Andrew Bynum debacle, preaches patience

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Scott O'Neil

    It was a gamble, but I still contend at the time the Philadelphia 76ers made a good one — they had a chance to get Andrew Bynum fresh off a season where he played in 60 of 66 games (it was the lockout year), averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game, and shot 55.8…

  23. Report: Kings, DeMarcus Cousins to start talking contract extension

    Jul 26, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    How big an extension would you give DeMarcus Cousins? If you are paying on potential, he’s a max player no doubt. And if the Kings don’t give him the max this summer another team almost certainly will next summer when he is a restricted free agent. Then the Kings will match it and all that…

  24. Harrison Barnes with a massive throw-down on Ryan Anderson at the USA Basketball showcase (VIDEO)

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    USA Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis were the stars of the USA Basketball showcase on Thursday, but this dunk from Harrison Barnes might have been the night’s greatest highlight. Ryan Anderson was victimized here, and while Barnes finished with 18 points in just 13 minutes, 10 of those came in the fourth quarter…

  25. Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis shine in USA Basketball showcase

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    LAS VEGAS – The White team beat the Blue team 128-106 in the USA Basketball intra-squad showcase that put a bow on a four-day mini-camp held in Las Vegas this week, but the event was about anything but this game’s final score. The powers that be were looking for mostly intangibles from players in terms…

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