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  1. Notes from Sunday’s NBA preseason games

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:46 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It doesn’t matter who won or lost, so while the scores are listed below just consider those just a little headline so you know who we are talking about. What we want to know in preseason is who stood out — like Eric Bledsoe and Ty Lawson did in the Clippers/Nuggets game Saturday in Las…

  2. Some things never change: Shaq, Howard still feuding

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    New city, same story. Dwight Howard is now with the Lakers but that hasn’t changed Shaquille’s O’Neal’s feelings about him. Shaq doesn’t like him. Maybe it’s the silly Superman thing, maybe it’s that Dwight took the mantle from Shaq as best center in the game as Shaq’s career wound down, but they don’t get along.…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki calls flopping fines “a bunch of crap”

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

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    The new fines for flopping announced by the league are not very popular in Dallas. First Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the impact of the fines and what the fallout would be, and now Dirk Nowitzki has come out and questioned how the league will enforce the rules. From the Dallas Morning News (hat tip…

  4. The Inbounds: Chris Bosh and being what you’re not your way

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh has accepted that he has to play center for the Miami Heat. He doesn’t want to, it’s not what he has preferred, not from the moment he signed up for the Triad in South Beach. He likes his finesse game, feels that he’s better as a four, likes the freedom of power forward,…

  5. NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Last season: Oh, what a tangled web we weave… The Magic won 37 games (to 29 losses) last season because for a stretch in the first half of the season they were one of the top-five teams in the NBA. Dwight Howard was putting up his usual MVP numbers (well, not last season next to…

  6. Cousins calls USA Select Team experience “political”

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins had a bumpy time as a member of the USA Select Team this summer, playing against the London Olympians during training camp. He got called out publicly by USA basketball president Jerry Colangelo for being too physical in scrimmages against the stars. I’ll add that I was in Vegas and Colangelo wasn’t the…

  7. Hornets’ Gordon has sore knee, will be held back in camp

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Well, this isn’t good. Eric Gordon has had some soreness and swelling in his right knee — that would be the one he had surgery on last season that cost him most of the year — so the Hornets are going slow with him during training camp, the team announced. They used the words “limited…

  8. John Calipari comes to defense of John Wall

    Sep 21, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Kentucky coach John Calipari is a consummate recruiter — a combination coach and father. A guy who in private might be tough on his guys, but in public will defend them. Even after they are flown from his nest. Like John Wall. The former Kentucky point guard and former No. 1 overall pick is about…

  9. Eric Gordon looks forward to Hornets in playoffs. This year.

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    I think we’re all interested in what the New Orleans Hornets can become — they have a potential franchise anchor big man in Anthony Davis we get to watch unfold. And they have an elite young shooting guard in Eric Gordon. Around them are pieces — like just drafted Austin Rivers — who are going…

  10. Quote of the Day: Calipari praises Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose

    Sep 20, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    One point guard and one guy that blocked every shot? I got the opportunity to coach them. They both deferred to their team. Anthony Davis took the fifth most shots on my team. He was the No. 1 pick. Mom and dad never said one word. And then Derrick would rather someone else score and…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s most traded players?

    Sep 19, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    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 Linsay Lohan likes getting arrested. • Who are the most traded players in…

  12. Video: Cousins, Davis put on show at Kentucky alumni game

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    We told you before that Anthony Davis had quite a night at the Kentucky Alumni Game last week, dropping 40 points. What we didn’t tell you is that he was not the game’s high scorer — DeMarcus Cousins dropped 42. It was a summer show, not a real game. Meaning there was about as much…

  13. Hope springs eternal in New Orleans, ticket sales way up

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    They have a new owner, a guy who won a championship with the New Orleans Saints (we’ll just overlook all those “’Aints” years). They have the No. 1 overall pick and potential franchise player in Anthony Davis, plus another rookie with potential in Austin Rivers. They have a very good and often overlooked shooting guard…

  14. Eric Gordon says he plans to make Anthony Davis’ life easier

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Anthony Davis has had it pretty good — first an NCAA title at Kentucky where he was a fantastic player, then being the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets, then getting to win a gold with Team USA in London where Kobe Bryant and LeBron James kind of took him under their wings. Now,…

  15. Video: Anthony Davis drops 40 at Kentucky alumni game

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Well, Drake was impressed. And really, if he’s impressed aren’t we all impressed? Anthony Davis took his shiny new gold medal and his game back to the annual Kentucky alumni game, and we have the video courtesy City League Hoops and SLAM. Yes, they played about as much defense as one expects in summer game…

  16. Olajuwon doesn’t think “super teams” are good for NBA

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    We’ve heard this all before. Part of what fueled the owners during the lockout was what happened in Miami — that was well behind the financial motivations for the owners, but it was there. Owners didn’t like players controlling their own destiny to form a “super team.” The argument is that super teams not good…

  17. Who is going to win Rookie of the Year? Try Damian Lillard.

    Sep 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    Predicting who is going to win Rookie of the Year is a lot like trying to predict this winter’s snowfall totals in the first week of September — we have some broad trends to go on but the specifics are ahead of us still. It’s a guess. My guess: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  18. Friday And-1 links: What is Allen Iverson’s legacy?

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    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 Republicans love bashing Obama… well, maybe not that much. • Just how…

  19. The Inbounds: How the West will almost-but-not-actually be won

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    Parity has become something of a naughty word around intelligent conversation about the NBA. Because parity is another word for “competitive balance” and that was the word the owners and league used to justify killing off 20 percent of the season last year. (When in truth the hard cap wouldn’t help a damn bit with…

  20. Greg Monroe calls Andre Drummond “a beast on the boards”

    Aug 27, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Ah, the six weeks before training camps open is when optimism reigns. Every rookie looks like the rookie of the year, every injury is healing well, every player has worked on his game and will come back to camp playing his best. With that in mind, we bring you this note from Pistons.com (via the…

  21. Anthony Davis wants to win ROY. And DPOY. This season.

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Hornets fans, you should like what Anthony Davis said for a couple of reasons. What did he say? In a Q&A with the New York Times he talks a little about his Olympic experience, how he wants to play as hard as Kevin Garnett does every night, how he likes to draw cartoons, how he…

  22. Video: Team USA Blooper reel, starring millionaire superstars acting the fool

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    I’m comforted by the fact that despite their earning of millions of dollars, playing in the most competitive form of the sport on the planet, and constantly being concerned with their brand, their business, and their empire… these guys are really, really goofy. Here’s a blooper reel from Team USA released, which has a handful…

  23. Robin Lopez sounds like he’s comfortable in the Big Easy

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    Things did not really end all that great for Robin Lopez in Phoenix. He was injured. Marcin Gortat took his job. He wasn’t a natural fit with the Suns up-tempo style. He sounds a lot more comfortable in New Orleans, at least from what he told the Associated Press. “With the exception of Phoenix, in…

  24. 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…

  25. Video: Anthony Davis dunks on Skip Bayless (well, a poster of him)

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    This is not Anthony Davis‘ best dunk ever. But a lot of people have wanted to dunk on — and a whole lot more — with ESPN television personality Skip Bayless. So we thought we’d bring you Davis dunking on and running over a Bayless cardboard cutout. Because I live in a glass house, I…

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