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  1. Even in preseason, risks of small ball begin to show

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Matt Barnes, Ray Allen

    In Shanghai we saw it — Chris Bosh and the assortment of other Heat centers could do little to slow the bigger, stronger DeAndre Jordan short of fouling him. With Chris Paul feeding him the rock, Jordan shot 8-for-8 in a Clippers win. In Hartford we saw it — the Knicks went to the Raymond…

  2. NBA season preview: L.A. Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Last Season: Failure. For a team that measures success in terms of championships, especially when it has enough talent on paper to compete at that level, 2012 just wasn’t good enough. The Lakers struggled with depth and exited the playoffs in the second round for the second straight year, this time to a younger, more…

  3. Andrew Bynum to have another “routine” injection in knee

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    When it comes to Andrew Bynum’s knees, I’m not sure anything can be considered “routine.” But that is the word the 76ers are using to describe another procedure Bynum is about to have done to his knee. The one with the bone bruise following his last procedure that has kept him out of training camp…

  4. Nowtizki back at practice, other updates from NBA camps

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    During NBA training camps there are a rash of small injuries and guys missing games for an assortment of reasons, so many you can’t keep track. We’re here to help. Here is a little Friday rundown of camp notes from around the NBA. • Dirk Nowitzki returned to the full Mavericks practice on Friday. Nowitzki…

  5. Kobe doesn’t get why Philly paid Kwame Brown so much

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Kwame-Brown

    This summer, desperate for a center and before they traded for Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers reached a deal with Kwame Brown. He makes $2.8 million this year, $2.9 next season if Brown picks up his player option. Which he will. So Kwame Brown will pocket just shy of $6 million. A lot of people…

  6. Smush Parker says he stopped passing Kobe Bryant the ball

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant reverted to one of his favorite past times the other day, smacking around Smush Parker like his own personal piñata. He said Smush shouldn’t have been in the NBA but the Lakers were cheap and “let him walk on.” Which is how it felt. But Smush — playing in China the past couple…

  7. DeMarcus Cousins is shooting threes (and his coach isn’t angry)

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:26 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    This is not an Andrew Bynum situation. Yes, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is regularly practicing three pointers this training camp and may be taking more in games — he took and made one in the team’s preseason game against the Suns. But he has not gone rogue, Cousins told the Sacramento Bee. “Coach wants me…

  8. Iguodala was frustrated in Philly, which somehow is news

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Somehow, the fact Andre Iguodala was never quite comfortable or happy in Philadelphia, especially the last couple years, has become a story. I’m not sure how this is news to anybody, but here we are. Iguodala has a unique set of skills but he was always mismatched in the Sixers offense, and he was never…

  9. Kobe doesn’t really miss Smush Parker, Kwame Brown

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant sounds like a professional poker player here — even guys sitting around wearing World Series of Poker bracelets will remember and talk about their bad beats more eagerly than their tournament wins. Kobe has spent his career playing with Shaquille O’Neal, Glenn Rice, Robert Horry, Pau Gasol, and now Steve Nash and Dwight…

  10. Sixers’ fans need to accept Bynum is a roller coaster

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:58 AM EST

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    I know it may well be wasted bandwidth to tell Philadelphia fans to relax and go with the flow, but I’m going to try anyway. Sixers fans, when it comes to Andrew Bynum you are better off not micro-analyzing everything. Think big picture. It’ll be good for your blood pressure. Bynum is out with a…

  11. Dwyane Wade talks switch from Jordan brand to Li-Ning

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

    China NBA

    Most players grow up dreaming of wearing Jordans, of being a guy Nike promotes around the globe. Dwyane Wade had all that — and left it for Chinese shoe brand Li-Ning. While word of the change got out a couple weeks ago Wade addressed the switch for the first time Tuesday — not so coincidentally…

  12. Bynum says he’s improving, should be ready for season

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:27 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum,Doug Collins

    There are a lot of changes in Philadelphia, but Andrew Bynum is at the hub of them all. But so far this season, while the Sixers have spirited practices with players fighting for positions and minutes, Bynum has been on the sideline. He ended up with a bone bruise from the knee procedure he had…

  13. Report: Sixers talking contract extension with Jrue Holiday

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Philadelphia knows who it wants to be its core guys going forward — Andrew Bynum in the paint, Evan Turner on the wing, and Jrue Holiday at the point. Of course, that means keeping some guys under contract, like Andrew Bynum getting a new deal after this season. And then there is Jrue Holliday who…

  14. A question of point guard extensions starring Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings, and Jrue Holiday

    Oct 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Ty Lawson

    October brings with it a rush of NBA news. Training camp starts, teams begin assessing if they need to make a pre-season trade, injuries unfortunately occur, preseason games begin and everyone is in the “best shape of their careers” on teams “ready to compete for a championship.” October is Hopetober for the NBA and outside…

  15. Thaddeus Young day-to-day with sprained ankle

    Oct 5, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Thaddeus Young

    It’s not that serious, nothing that would likely cause a player to miss more than a game in the regular season. However, in the preseason teams tend to be more cautious. Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young sprained his ankle and is day-to-day, tweets Bob Cooney of the Daily News. He didn’t take part in a team scrimmage.…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:54 PM EST

    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.…

  17. Video: Dwight Howard shooting threes… does he think he’s Bynum?

    Oct 3, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Just a fun little video of Dwight Howard in a three-point shooting contest with Laker reserve (if he can make the roster again) Andrew Goudelock. Lakers fans having a flashback to Andrew Bynum… well, Howard took two more more threes than Bynum in games last season and missed all of them. He is 0-21 the…

  18. NBA Preview: Washington Wizards

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Bradley Beal, Ernie Grunfeld, Randy Wittman

    Last season: It wasn’t pretty, 20-46 never is, but the Wizards made some moves to push this team in the right direction. This was as dysfunctional a locker room as there was in the league, so trading JaVale McGee and firing coach Flip Saunders made sense. The team needed to bring in professional players and…

  19. Knicks could be oldest team in NBA history, watch a lot of Matlock

    Oct 2, 2012, 3:14 PM EST

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Stop saying that the Knicks bench walked the earth with the early dinosaurs. Let’s not blow this out of proportion. There is no way Kurt Thomas was on the earth during the Triassic era walking around with Nothosaurs. Maybe like the Crustaceous Period with the Triceratops, but no earlier. Knick age jokes — “What was…

  20. Sixers pick up option for next season on coach Collins

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

    Doug Collins has earned the right to stick around in Philadelphia — he has instilled a defensive mindset and toughness in the team that made them respectable. It helped them get past Chicago in the first round of the playoffs last year (that and the Derrick Rose injury). Now he is going to have a…

  21. Kobe says this is most talented Lakers team he has been on

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:53 AM EST

    New center Dwight Howard greets Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has been on Lakers teams with amazing talent — Shaquille O’Neal in his prime, Glen Rice, Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum. But he said he has never been on a more talented team than this one, which has a likely starting five of Steve Nash, Bryant,…

  22. Monday And-1 links: NBA media day edition

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:24 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    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. Today, we bring you a lot of news and notes out of the various…

  23. NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 PM EST

    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…

  24. Bynum sidelined three weeks with bone bruise in knee

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    Andrew Bynum just got back from Germany, where he had the Orthokine therapy — you know it better as the Kobe treatment — on his knee. Something he has had done before, and last season he played a full season on those troublesome knees. This time the procedure left him with a small bone bruise,…

  25. NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Greg Monroe, D.J. White, DeSagana Diop

    Last season: They are a rebuilding team, so you don’t expect them to be good and the 25-41 record reflected that. But they flew under a lot of people’s radar because they are just not that interesting to watch. They are not good on offense, not good on defense, they have a couple nice players…

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