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

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Rajon Rondo says he felt nothing when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers left Celtics

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo played seven seasons for Doc Rivers and with Paul Pierce and six seasons with Kevin Garnett. Rondo won a championship with those three. He battled nightly with those three. He took cross-country trips with those three. Then, they all left Rondo alone in Boston. Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Nets, and…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  8. Jason Kidd says Joe Johnson gets the Nets final shot

    Sep 24, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    Deron Williams. Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett. Jason Terry. Every last one of them can create their own shot and have hit clutch shots before. Plenty of them. So when a Brooklyn Nets game comes down to :06 left and they need a bucket, Jason Kidd is going to design a play for… Joe Johnson. That’s…

  9. Derrick Rose says team chemistry will help Bulls compete with league’s elite

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    CHICAGO – The Bulls are expected by many to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference when factoring in the return of Derrick Rose. But while teams like Brooklyn, New York, and Indiana added talent through trades or free agency, Chicago lost a couple of guys who helped the team make its playoff…

  10. After his playing days, Paul Pierce says he will return to Boston

    Sep 23, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    He may have grown up in the shadow of the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles (where the Showtime Lakers played), but Paul Pierce is a Boston guys now. So much so that after he retires from basketball — probably after two more seasons with Brooklyn — he wants to retire and work in Boston.…

  11. Brook Lopez says he is 100 percent healthy

    Sep 21, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams, Lopez and Wallace tap hands as Chicago Bulls' Robinson walks off the court in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball playoff game in New York

    Considering the age and injury history of the Brooklyn Nets starting five this season, managing minutes and injuries should rank pretty high on the list of priorities for head coach Jason Kidd. Even though there may be some concerns heading into training camp about Deron Williams‘ ankle or the minutes racking up for Paul Pierce,…

  12. Paul Pierce’s reaction to J.R. Smith: “Who?”

    Sep 19, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Which seems more staged right now, the Knicks/Nets rivalry or the show “Amish Mafia?” I can’t tell, but I can turn off the Amish Mafia show (and have). However, as an NBA news blog I have a level of obligation to bring you this. Remember J.R. Smith fired some shots across the bow of the…

  13. New team, new tattoo — Jason Terry getting Nets tattoo

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    JasonTerry

    Back in the summer of 2010, then Maverick Jason Terry got the Larry O’Brien trophy tattooed on his arm… and we all laughed. Dallas was a good team but a whole lot of things needed to break their way to win the title. Pretty much everything broke their way and a Dallas team that melded…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    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…

  15. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    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…

  16. Deron Williams: ‘Of course we want to run New York’

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Since Paul Pierce was traded to Brooklyn earlier this summer, there’s been seemingly non-stop talk about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Players from both teams have commented, and Deron Williams is the latest to acknowledge the competitive nature of the teams that play in such close geographical proximity to one another. From…

  17. Kris Humphries says he’s ‘not looking to be a part of a tanking situation’ with Celtics

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Kris Humphries came to the Celtics this summer in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, which launched Boston’s rebuilding project at the very same time. It’s never easy to go from a playoff team to an expected lottery team, and Humphries made it clear that he’s going to do…

  18. Brad Stevens: No timetable for Rajon Rondo’s return, urges him to do so when ready

    Sep 13, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    There’s far less of a sense of urgency for Rajon Rondo to return to the Celtics lineup than there was for say, Derrick Rose to try to get back on the court for the Bulls last season. We may see a similar vibe around the Celtics to the one we saw in Chicago, though, at…

  19. Doc Rivers didn’t want to see Paul Pierce leave the Celtics

    Sep 12, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics, before the team’s GM Danny Ainge decided it was time to enter a full-fledged rebuild, which meant ridding the club of expensive veteran salaries that remained on the roster. Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Nets this offseason, and Doc Rivers…

  20. Kevin Garnett says he showed Rondo how to lead Celtics

    Sep 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo was arguably the best player on the Celtics the past two seasons, but he was not the team leader. Kevin Garnett was, with Paul Pierce (and a couple seasons back Ray Allen) in that mix as well. Now, Rondo has been thrust into the roll of unquestioned leader of a young, rebuilding Boston…

  21. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of…

  22. John Havlicek says Paul Pierce is the best one-on-one player of all Celtics

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Paul Pierce has solidified his position as one of the all-time greatest Celtics, having finished his 15-year career in Boston at or near the top of the team’s leader board in most of the major statistical categories. Pierce is the team leader in three-pointers made and attempted and free throws made and attempted, and is…

  23. Bernard King says injuries will determine whether Knicks or Nets are the better team next season

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets is real, despite the Brooklyn team’s relatively new entry into the New York situation. The addition of proven winners in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets side for the upcoming season has only fueled the fire, especially considering all the talking that Pierce has been…

  24. Garnett confirms he only accepted trade because Pierce was moved too

    Sep 5, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn

    We pretty much knew this already — Kevin Garnett has said that he wanted to retire a Celtic, and they were about to go through a rebuilding process he didn’t want to be a part of, but Paul Pierce convinced him that going to Brooklyn to make one more run at it was a good…

  25. Reggie Evans LOLs at J.R. Smith’s championship guarantee

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Reggie Evans, Jason Kidd. Camelo Anthony

    The Nets’ Paul Pierce and Knicks’ Raymond Felton went at it in defense of their teams, and even the NBA saw Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Knicks owners James Dolan were on the same track. J.R. Smith also said the Nets weren’t good. There might have been more sniping between the two sides at some…

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