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  1. Magic GM says team cautious with Glen Davis’ return, could miss start of camp

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:13 PM EST

    Glen Davis

    It was thought a month ago that Glen Davis would be back for the start of Orlando’s training camp after missing most of last season following foot surgery. Maybe not. Orlando GM Rob Hennigan did a Q&A with Orlando’s own site and sounded very cautious about the return of Davis. “He’s progressing on schedule and…

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EST

    Andre Drummond

    Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive…

  3. Report: NBA, players union nowhere near deal on HGH testing

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

    needle, syringe, drug

    To hear NBA Commissioner David Stern or commissioner in waiting Adam Silver tell it, the NBA has been working on setting up Human Growth Hormone (HGH) testing and is close, it’s just waiting for the players union to agree. There was even a report last March saying it could be in place for this coming…

  4. Friday And-1 links: The sad tale of Korleone Young

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    korleone Young

    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 Brazilians like spectacular soccer goals…. • If you read one thing today…

  5. Seven collegiate 2013 second round draft picks have international contracts

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:57 PM EST

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    We have mentioned this before, the draft and stash is not just for European players anymore. Used to be a time when teams drafted a young Euro in the second round, let him develop overseas, then brought him over if and when he was ready. See Marc Gasol as a prime example. But now teams…

  6. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Last season: For the first half of the season Boston — with veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — looked like that team everyone wants to avoid in the first round. Remember, the year before they had taken Miami seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Maybe this version of the Celtics wasn’t going…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Newly acquired Net's Pierce, Garnett and Terry hold up their new jerseys as they pose for a photo with principal owner Prokhorov after a news conference in Brooklyn

    Today kicks off ProBasketballTalk’s season previews. Over the next six weeks we will preview every team in the NBA, looking at the upcoming season. We will start in the Atlantic Division. Last season: Brooklyn baby!! The Nets moved out of New Jersey to Brooklyn, into their sweet new crib the Barclays Center, wearing a new…

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

    Sep 13, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

    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…

  9. Victor Oladipo says “I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland” (then tries to retract it)

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:43 AM EST

    via @NBA twitter

    Sports stars are learning what politicians have started to learn — in today’s media environment your comments are not just heard by the small audience in front of you. Your comments are national, they are everywhere. (Politicians love to tell each audience what they want to hear, but do that today and the inconsistencies in…

  10. Kings sign DeQuan Jones to training camp contract

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:14 AM EST

    DeQuan Jones

    DeQuan Jones played in 63 games with the Orlando Magic last season and was a regular part of the rotation, but with Victor Oladipo coming in Jones was out. Since then he hasn’t been able to find a landing spot. He’s going to go training camp with the Sacramento Kings on a non-guaranteed deal, reports…

  11. Magic to use Victor Oladipo at both guard spots

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Victor Oladipo

    At Summer League, the Orlando Magic decided to play just drafted Victor Oladipo at the point in what was seen then as an experiment — could the rookie really play the position? The answer seemed to be no. Or at best, he has a lot of work to do before you put him there. But…

  12. Khalif Wyatt agrees to partially-guaranteed deal with Sixers

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:04 AM EST

    Temple v Indiana

    Khalif Wyatt, an undrafted rookie out of Temple University, has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via CSN Philly): He will sign a partially guaranteed, mutli-year contract on Friday. The guard will be on the team’s roster when it opens the season against the Miami Heat on…

  13. Magic’s Glen Davis expected to be cleared for training camp

    Sep 9, 2013, 5:19 PM EST

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Glen Davis, who missed much of the last Orlando Magic season after foot surgery, should be ready to go at the start of training camp. Davis is expected to be cleared for basketball activities by the end of month, right about when training camp starts, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Does that mean he’ll…

  14. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    BASKET-FRIENDLY-SLOVENIA-FRANCE

    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  15. Magic to baby Glen Davis as he returns from foot injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    The Orlando Magic are not tanking. Don’t suggest that they are. However, if it took a little longer than scheduled for veteran forward “Big Baby” Glen Davis to get back on the court following his second foot surgery, is that such a bad thing? The Magic have said they plan to baby… er, be cautious…

  16. Two months later, Magic and Turkoglu closer to buyout

    Sep 2, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Hedo Turkoglu will not be a member of the Orlando Magic next season. Bet on it. He likely isn’t in the NBA. He has an offer waiting back in Turkey that will be better than any offer he is getting in this country, smart money says that is where he ends up. But before we…

  17. FIBA Americas schedule features Canada vs. Brazil on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Axier Sucre, Diego Bareiro

    The FIBA Americas tournament enters Day 3 on Sunday after a solid first two days of action. Sunday’s games don’t feature the marquee matchups that littered Friday and Saturday, but the first contest of the day should be worth watching. Canada and Brazil are both in the conversation for the Final Four next weekend, a…

  18. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  19. Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley starred at Goodman League’s Roundball Classic

    Aug 31, 2013, 12:37 PM EST

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    The allure of pro-am basketball isn’t what it was during the 2011 NBA lockout, but watching the best players in the world play basketball — wherever they’re at and regardless of their opponents — is still fun to watch on a lazy August day. And, because of that, we’re bringing you highlights of the 2013…

  20. FIBA Americas Tournament schedule continues with Canada vs. Puerto Rico

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Puerto Rico's Jose Barea goes for a basket against Brazil during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    Friday’s action was fine at the FIBA Americas tournament down in Venezuala, but Saturday’s games should offer a bit more intrigue. Four of the top five teams will be in action in the second day of round-robin play, featuring an interesting matchup of Canada against Puerto Rico. Both teams take 1-0 records into the first…

  21. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  22. John Salley talks about veganism and the NBA

    Aug 29, 2013, 11:19 PM EST

    Sports Spectacular 2013 - Inside

    The NBA can be a pretty testosterone driven world — and in that world men eat meat. Lots of it. Maybe boiled chicken breasts, maybe steaks, Kobe Bryant mixes in the odd In-n-Out burger as his vice (which is better than 5 Guys, but that’s another debate for another day). But there are vegetarians in…

  23. DeQuan Jones doesn’t like NCAA’s Manziel ruling

    Aug 29, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

    DeQuan Jones

    DeQuan Jones played four years at the University of Miami, but he wasn’t really considered an NBA prospect. That said he got in with the Magic and hung with them last season, getting in 63 games and being a regular part of the rotation. Not a good part, really, but part. Then the Magic drafted…

  24. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

    FIBA_Americas_Championship_Venezuela_FC

    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  25. Victor Oladipo holds his own with Kevin Durant at Goodman League (VIDEO)

    Aug 27, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Magic rookie to be Victor Oladipo could not stop Kevin Durant from scoring at the Goodman League the other day. When you can find somebody who can stop Durant from scoring (besides than Russell Westbrook in selfish mode), let me know. But Oladipo held his own — watch the highlights (we showed you some shorter…

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