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  1. Report: Eric Gordon ruled out indefinitely

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon comes into the season with a lot to prove. His newly minted max contract combined with his flirtations with the Phoenix Suns have him looking to prove his worth as a player and seeking redemption with Hornets’ fans. All of that will have to wait, though. Gordon, still having soreness in his knee…

  2. Suns won’t pick up contract option on Wesley Johnson

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Delonte West, Wesley Johnson

    Wesley Johnson was in a tough situation. He got a chance to play his first two seasons in Minnesota (24.6 minutes per game), but couldn’t do a lot with the opportunity, averaging just under eight points and three rebounds a night. Coming over to Phoenix as part of the deal that sent Robin Lopez out…

  3. A guide for which teams to watch

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Our ideas of fun may be completely different. Personally, I like to pretend I’m playing Supermarket Sweep in the grocery store, but you may like going out on “dates” or “talking to actual people.” With that said, I can’t in good faith tell you which teams will be fun this year. That’s a decision for…

  4. PBT’s preseason predictions: Yes, expect Heat vs. Lakers final

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    It’s that time of year again, when we NBA writers make predictions we will wince at in a few months. When you can read our predictions and use those as evidence that we clearly hate your favorite team (pick a team, any team). What follows are the ProBasketballTalk predictions for the 2012-13 season by myself…

  5. Video: Anthony Davis’ preseason highlights (he looked good)

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis looked really good this preseason. I know, he was the No. 1 pick and scouts loved him as much as they have loved any player coming out of college since Derrick Rose, he was supposed to look good. But still he was supposed to be a bit of a project on offense. Projects…

  6. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  7. Count LeBron among those impressed with Anthony Davis

    Oct 28, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

    Anthony Davis

    We all knew Anthony Davis was potentially a very special player — some scouts graded him out as the best player in years, better than Blake Griffin or a host of other recent No. 1 overall picks. But he was supposed to be a bit of a project on offense, a guy with potential that…

  8. Austin Rivers sprains ankle in Hornets preseason finale

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    The last thing teams want to see happen in the final game of the preseason is for one of their players to go down with an injury. Friday night in Miami, the Hornets unfortunately witnessed exactly that. Rookie guard Austin Rivers got the start at the two-guard spot against the Heat, but was forced to…

  9. NBA season preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Last Season: The player the franchise had built itself around, Chris Paul, decided he wanted out before last season began. He did so in a far less-aggravating way than his superstar counterparts (we’re looking at you, Mr. Anthony and Mr. Howard), but he did it just the same. Since the key piece the Hornets received in…

  10. Tyson Chandler’s knee injury is a bone bruise; listed as day-to-day

    Oct 25, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler

    Good news and bad news here. After leaving the arena last night on crutches after suffering a knee injury, MRI results indicate that Chandler has avoided any structural damage, which is a huge break for the Knicks. That’s the good news. The bad news? He’s been slapped with the “bone bruise” designation — an injury…

  11. Seven players who need to answer doubters, have big years

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:37 PM EST

    John Wall

    It’s time gentlemen. Step up or be swept to the side. There are a lot of players in the NBA who need to answer questions we have about them, but maybe none more than the seven below. These are players who either need to show how good they are to get paid next summer; or…

  12. MRI finds no structural damage, Austin Rivers day-to-day

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    It looked pretty bad wben Austin Rivers sprained his right ankle. The one he had surgery on this past summer. So this is good news for the Hornets. And rookie Austin Rivers. And Doc Rivers. And fellow rookie Anthony Davis. An MRI of Rivers’ ankle revealed no structural damage, the team announced Tuesday. That is…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: Shed a tear, Spurs waive Eddy Curry

    Oct 23, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

    Eddy Curry, Andre Iguodala

    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. • Eddy Curry had actually looked better than you might expect for the Spurs…

  14. Video: New “License to Lillard” follows him through draft

    Oct 23, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

    Mo Williams, Damian Lillard

    We think of the NBA Draft as one night, but really it’s the culmination of years of work to get considered, them months and months of workouts and evaluations and the Draft Combine. It’s a lot of work. This lastest “Licensed to Lillard” video follows Damian Lillard through the process (all the way to being the…

  15. Austin Rivers sprains ankle he had surgery on last summer

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:17 PM EST

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    UPDATE #2, 11:17 pm: Austin Rivers left the building in a walking boot, but that is no big deal as they are used as a precaution by teams on almost any ankle sprain anymore. Rivers also said:  “I don’t think it’s nothing too serious.” I will ignore the double negative and assume he meant it…

  16. GMs predict Heat to beat Lakers for title, LeBron to get MVP

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:28 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Lakers are the sexy new girl on the block, the latest super team to land the disgruntled star of another franchise, the team everybody says can challenge the Miami Heat for an NBA title. But NBA GMs still think the Heat get the ring. And LeBron gets another MVP. The NBA conducts an annual…

  17. Eric Gordon could be held out the entire preseason

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon was limited in training camp with soreness in his knee which has given him problems for over a year. He was supposed to return for preseason, but that hasn’t happened yet. And now coach Monty Williams is talking about him missing the entire preseason. From the Times-Picayune: But Williams said Sunday that Gordon could miss the final…

  18. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  19. NBA season preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Last Season: We could talk about the slow start, the impressive run in the season’s second half, or the eventual finish two games outside of the playoff picture. But all anyone in Phoenix will ultimately remember about the 2011-12 campaign is that it was the last time they would witness the on-court brilliance of Steve…

  20. Check out Chicago’s All-NBA team. You could win with it.

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    They played a fun game over at CSNChicago.com — what if they put together an All-NBA team just of current players in the league who are from or played high school ball in Chicago? It’s a damn good team. You could win a lot of games… heck, you could contend with it. Your starting five:…

  21. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    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. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

  22. 5 Preseason Observations

    Oct 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    1. The disconnect isn’t necessarily obvious. If you watch preseason, on the surface, there’s not much outside of the number of minutes for starters between regular season and this. I mean, the game is fundamentally the same. But the speed and intensity differential is startling, and you’ll see the shift for small moments with the…

  23. Friday And-1 Links: Discussing coming out in the NBA

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:15 PM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    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. • Statistically speaking, there is somebody playing in the NBA right now who is…

  24. Eric Gordon not expected to practice for another week

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:07 AM EST

    Eric Gordon

    And Eric Gordon is still out in New Orleans. His surgically-repaired right knee kept him out the first week of drills at camp and it is still giving him trouble. Which means it could be another week before he is back on the court. Or longer, like the entire preseason. That according to the Times-Picayune.…

  25. Coach’s assessment: Blazers’ Leonard is a work in progress

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Leonard from Illinois University shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after he was selected by the Portland Trailblazers as the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA basketball Draft in Newark

    Portland is rebuilding their team. They will not be terrible because LaMarcus Aldridge won’t let them be (and because I think Damien Lillard is going to be pretty good), but they have time to let young players learn and develop. Like rookie center Meyers Leonard. He has a lot of developing to do. Blazers assistant…

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