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  1. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  2. Oklahoma City’s big mistake was Perkins trade, extension

    Oct 28, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins, James Harden

    We all have at least a little bit of stubbornness in us. Not asking for directions? A common mistake rooted in pride. Going down a random, unmarked dirt road for five miles after not asking for directions? A little more foolish. Ending up out of gas in the middle of a field hoping the hills…

  3. Four days left and Harden, Thunder still talking extension

    Oct 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    James Harden

    Halloween is the deadline for rookies from the draft class of 2009 to sign extensions. And there are some real questions out there. Would you offer an extension to Stephen Curry? What about Jrue Holiday? Or Ty Lawson? The Bulls are expected to reach a deal with Taj Gibson but it hasn’t happened yet. Tyreke…

  4. Friday And-1 links: As season nears, a lot of players waived

    Oct 26, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    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. Right before the season starts is when a lot of players who were invited…

  5. How does Steve Nash fit in with Lakers’ offense, style?

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Back in 2008, when the Suns acquired Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash‘s transition to running a more traditional offense was described by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz as “a hummingbird trapped in a sandwich bag”. Forced to play a more slow down style to accommodate a plodding big man that clogged the paint, the visual of that phrase…

  6. Don’t ask Doug Collins when Andrew Bynum is returning

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Maalik Wayns Doug Collins

    Coaches notoriously are in the “I will focus on what I can control” camp. If it is something beyond their control, they are not going to spend time worried about it. Injuries, and when guys come back from injuries, are beyond a coach’s control. So it’s no shock when Sixers coach Doug Collins plays dumb…

  7. Sixers slow down Bynum timetable, so don’t bet on opening night

    Oct 24, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    The team won’t say it, but I will: Don’t expect to see Andrew Bynum in a Sixers uniform opening night. Expect to see him in a nice jacket and shirt. Sixers fans will get to see Andre Iguodala that night running the floor in Denver Nuggets powder blue (that’s who the Sixers face), but they…

  8. Andrew Bynum did not practice Wednesday, still has knee “discomfort”

    Oct 24, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE 1:36 pm: Once again, things did not go according to schedule on Andrew Bynum‘s knee. I don’t want to say you should get used to that, Sixers fans, but… well, just ask some Lakers fans about it. Bynum did not practice with the Sixers and was held out due to knee “discomfort” tweets Sixers…

  9. NBA to remove center designation from All-Star ballot

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    All-Star Ballot (2011)

    It’s about time. For years the All-Star ballot has played this silly game — Tim Duncan would play the center role for the Spurs, as he has done pretty much since David Robinson retired, but he and the team would insist he be listed as a forward on the ballot. The play of big men…

  10. NBA season preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Last Season: More of the same, for a club that has been truly terrible for the last six seasons. Paul Westphal was run out of town mid-season in favor of Keith Smart, who thus far has had much greater success relating to the team’s young players. DeMarcus Cousins showed significant improvement, and the speedy rookie…

  11. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    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 most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  12. NBA season preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 18, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    Last Season: The Warriors hope that last season was one where the decisions the franchise made put the team in position to compete for years to come — starting now. First year head coach Mark Jackson didn’t have much to work with, and Stephen Curry‘s ankle problems that allowed him to play only 26 games…

  13. Howard’s back vs. Bynum’s knees. Kupchak calls it a toss up.

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Which is the bigger risk: Andrew Bynum’s chronic knee problems or Dwight Howard’s back coming off surgery? Bynum has had knee issues throughout his career and while he played in the 2010 finals and 60 (of 66) games last season, he has had to take the summer off to recuperate and has yet to start…

  14. Should 0-4 Lakers be worried about preseason? Not really.

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant,  Kevin Murphy

    Do not take any results from the preseason seriously. I mean it. Don’t do it. The Sixers blew out the Celtics Monday night, but a game without Kevin Garnett (and Andrew Bynum) is not an accurate reflection of anything that you might see on the court in just a couple weeks. It just doesn’t matter.…

  15. Report: Bynum to start practice Oct. 24, conditioning an issue

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Doug Collins

    Andrew Bynum is set to begin practicing with the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 24, one week before they open the season against Denver, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Those practices would start two days after Bynum gets an injection of the “joint lubricant” Synvisc-One in both knees (it replaces fluid that is gone to cushion the…

  16. NBA season preview: L.A. Clippers

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Last Season: Perhaps it was the start of a cultural change in Clipperland, or maybe it was simply the beginning of a very short-term spike of relative success. Either way, your 2011-12 Clippers were competitive, fun to watch, and a team that made its way into the playoffs — three qualities that have been completely…

  17. Check out Chicago’s All-NBA team. You could win with it.

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    They played a fun game over at CSNChicago.com — what if they put together an All-NBA team just of current players in the league who are from or played high school ball in Chicago? It’s a damn good team. You could win a lot of games… heck, you could contend with it. Your starting five:…

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

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    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…

  19. NBA season preview: L.A. Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    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…

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