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  1. Paul Pierce with the rejection on LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Heat Nets Basketball

    Here’s how you know that LeBron James isn’t quite in midseason form just yet: He had his shot blocked by Paul Pierce, a largely flat-footed defender who is playing in his 16th NBA season. This particular play was more a function of Pierce’s footwork and basketball IQ than it was his athleticism, but James clearly…

  2. Nets in control from start, hang on at end to finally beat LeBron and gain confidence

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:51 PM EST

    Heat Nets Basketball

    There are no statement games on Día de los Muertos. I’m not sure there are statement games in early April either, but right now it’s far, far too early to talk about them. Teams change and evolve a lot over the course of a season. A lot. Plus regular season series are not reliable predictors…

  3. Wednesday Night’s NBA Grades: How about that Michael Carter-Williams?

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:50 AM EST

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while throwing back a few bottles of snake venom with your buddies. Michael Carter Williams, Philadelphia 76ers. His first NBA bucket came on a steal and coast-to-coast drive and slam against the Miami Heat. It doesn’t get much better than that… except it did.…

  4. Five NBA players likely to get traded this season

    Oct 29, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

    Jameer Nelson

    When I started compiling this list more than a week ago, Marcin Gortat was the guy on top of it — then his trade happened earlier than anyone expected. The Wizards want to make the playoffs this year, the Suns want to tank and so they had a common ground. Now who is most likely…

  5. 5 teams that could prevent the Miami Heat from winning the 2014 NBA title

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    The Miami Heat will open the 2013-14 NBA season at home against the Bulls on Tuesday, after receiving their championship rings and raising a banner to the rafters for the second straight season. They’ll also open the year as the favorites to win a third straight title, but history has not been kind to teams…

  6. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  7. LeBron says he hopes to play in 2016 Olympics; also talks Game 6, Boston rivalry

    Oct 28, 2013, 3:10 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    There were reports LeBron James doesn’t really want to go to Rio. Not the city, but another Olympics — 2016 would be his fourth, more than any American player ever. However he told David Aldridge, writing for NBA.com (you need to read the entire interview), that if he is up for it physically he will…

  8. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  9. Will the Nets or Rockets make a Finals splash?

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Flash back to April 26, 2012. The Nets closed the season with their six straight loss, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Rockets picked up a meaningless win that day, but they had just lost seven of their previous eight games to ensure they’d miss their third straight postseason. Both teams had…

  10. LeBron doesn’t see Paul Pierce, anyone in NBA as his rival

    Oct 25, 2013, 6:50 PM EST

    LeBron James

    Does LeBron James have a peer in the NBA? A rival? He says no. Back in the day, when LeBron James was with the Cavaliers, he and Paul Pierce in Boston had some epic individual battles. But LeBron says that time has passed and he doesn’t look to play one-on-one like that anymore — his…

  11. Deron Williams back practicing; Nets to rest entire starting five vs. Boston Wednesday

    Oct 23, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Brooklyn Nets are headed to Boston for a preseason game Wednesday night — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are coming home… Or not. The Brooklyn Nets (as had been expected) will sit their entire likely starting five on Wednesday night, the team announced. No new injuries, just Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Pierce…

  12. Gerald Wallace: Celtics’ coaches didn’t like my criticism of team’s effort

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Gerald Wallace

    It’s always risky when a player criticizes his teammates, but Gerald Wallace dug into the Celtics’ selfishness and lack of effort during the preseason. Wallace, a well-established veteran, had to play hard to find his way in the NBA, so he knows what it takes to succeed in the league. And when Boston wasn’t showing…

  13. Paul Pierce doesn’t want Deron Williams to return until he’s 100 percent

    Oct 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The plan all along was for Deron Williams to miss the majority of the preseason for the Nets after suffering a sprained ankle, but to be ready to go by the time the regular season begins on October 30. But Williams has been slow to recover, and after dealing with ankle issues that limited him…

  14. Nets coach Kidd confirms Pierce and Garnett won’t play preseason game in Boston

    Oct 19, 2013, 5:02 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Nets face the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday in what is one of two remaining preseason games on the team’s schedule. But Jason Kidd won’t be using it to get a look at some of his better lineups in action a week before the regular season begins, because two of his starters will be…

  15. Jason Kidd reached out to Nets about becoming head coach, not the other way around

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    NBA Draft Basketball

    The Nets hired Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach this summer, less than 10 days after his retirement from a Hall of Fame career that lasted 19 seasons. Brooklyn’s front office wasn’t exactly camped out on Kidd’s doorstep, however, waiting to pounce once he technically became available. No, it was Kidd who reached out…

  16. Paul Pierce commits the preseason hard foul against LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:29 AM EST

    Paul Pierce

    In case you were wondering if the Nets, now with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the fold, would be taking on any portion of the Celtics’ past rivalry with the Miami Heat, we saw in Thursday’s preseason game in Brooklyn that the answer was a resounding “yes.” In addition to the Nets making sure…

  17. LeBron, Wade call out former Celtics who dissed Ray Allen then left Boston themselves

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    One year ago at this time the story we were all sick of was the “feud” between Ray Allen and his former teammates on the Boston Celtics. Allen didn’t feel respected or part of the Celtics plans (Avery Bradley had taken his starting job) and so he took less money to bolt for Miami. He…

  18. Kevin Garnett demanded Nets not trade Reggie Evans

    Oct 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EST

    Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans

    Remember back in July how during the surprisingly public discussions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce getting traded to Brooklyn, Reggie Evans was in the deal and headed to Boston then suddenly he wasn’t? It seemed an odd sticking point at the time. Now we know what happened — Kevin Garnett demanded the Nets keep…

  19. Friday And-1 Links: What have we learned from Jason Collins?

    Oct 11, 2013, 6:41 PM EST

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    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 kids love pizza…. • Jason Collins is not on an NBA team as…

  20. Carmelo isn’t over Pacers series

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. Many proclaimed the Heat would roll to a championship, defacing what had once been an honor that went to a team that earned it through grit and hard work. What happened? Miami lost in the Finals. Most…

  21. Evan Turner thought he’d be traded from Sixers this summer

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

    Evan Turner

    There’s no question that the Philadelphia 76ers are in the first year of a full-fledged rebuilding situation, with the franchise essentially starting from scratch. They have a new GM in Sam Hinkie, and didn’t even bother to hire a new head coach in Brett Brown until August — well after the draft had already taken…

  22. Deron Williams says he will sit out Nets’ first preseason game

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:02 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    There is a whole semi-truck of things that need to come together if the Nets are going to be the contenders they think they are, and at the top of that list will be getting vintage play out of Deron Williams. For all the talent on that roster Williams is the table setter, the best…

  23. Nets GM says Brooklyn’s championship window is ‘this season’

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:35 PM EST

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    The Nets have maybe the most stacked starting lineup in the entire league, after adding Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to a roster that already has Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez firmly in place. Making major offseason moves and spending close to $200 million on payroll and luxury tax penalties for a single…

  24. Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans.

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    Andrea Bargnani

    Carmelo Anthony thrived last season on offense for the Knicks playing the four, the power forward spot — he could take bigger guys outside and beat them off the dribble, if teams went small against him he could post up. But that creates some roster challenges for Mike Woodson this season because Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e…

  25. Knicks’ Woodson on J.R. Smith: “He’s got to grow up”

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:39 PM EST

    J.R. Smith

    Let’s run through J.R. Smith’s summer: He delayed getting needed surgery on his knee until after he got a new contract signed, which has pushed his rehab back possibly all the way into the start of the season. He requested (and got) a lot money from the three-year contract up front. He was driving around…

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