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  1. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  2. NBA season preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Last Season: We could talk about the slow start, the impressive run in the season’s second half, or the eventual finish two games outside of the playoff picture. But all anyone in Phoenix will ultimately remember about the 2011-12 campaign is that it was the last time they would witness the on-court brilliance of Steve…

  3. Aldridge says he’s a No. 1, Blazers should build around him

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is LaMarcus Aldridge a real No. 1 guy for an NBA team? How you answer that question determines what you think the Blazers need to be doing as they restructure the roster. If you think he is a Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard you can build a contender around, then the Blazers should be…

  4. NBA season preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Last season: Nothing will push you toward rebuilding like disappointment, and their 28-38 record was that. This was a 48 win team a couple seasons ago, but last season a team that should be playing fast and pressuring teams was average in pace and threatening nobody. Point guard Raymond Felton took the blame from fans…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Royce White joins Rockets; more camp notes

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

    Royce White

    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 men love Mila Kunis. • Rookie Royce White joined the Houston Rockets training…

  6. Coach’s assessment: Blazers’ Leonard is a work in progress

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Leonard from Illinois University shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after he was selected by the Portland Trailblazers as the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA basketball Draft in Newark

    Portland is rebuilding their team. They will not be terrible because LaMarcus Aldridge won’t let them be (and because I think Damien Lillard is going to be pretty good), but they have time to let young players learn and develop. Like rookie center Meyers Leonard. He has a lot of developing to do. Blazers assistant…

  7. Adam Morrison says he makes Blazers’ roster or retires

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:53 AM EST

    adam morrison

    Adam Morrison is back in an NBA training camp. The former No. 3 pick earned it — after being out of the league a couple years he played well enough in Serbia last season to get an invite to NBA Summer League in Vegas, and once there he averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds a…

  8. Tuesday And-1 links: The Nets dancer uniforms are… pretty fly?

    Sep 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    brooklyn-nets-cheerleaders

    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 the twitterverse loves making fun of replacement referees. • The photo to the…

  9. Coach confirms Lillard, Hickson will start for Blazers

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Lamarcus Aldridge Wesley Matthews

    The names aren’t really a surprise, but it shows that the Trail Blazers are going to be young and athletic this season. And a lot of fun to watch. Speaking with the media, coach Terry Stotts confirmed the starting five in Portland (via Joe Freeman of the Oregonian): Damian Lillard, Wesley Mathews, Nicolas Batum, J.J.…

  10. Batum feels bad he punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the nuts

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It was one of the most talked about moments of the Olympic basketball tournament — Nicolas Batum (he of the huge new contract with the Trail Blazers) and his French teammates needed to foul Spain, down 6 with 24 seconds left. Batum did foul Juan Carlos Navarro by punching him in the place a man…

  11. Pistons ink Jonny Flynn to non-guaranteed deal

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:00 AM EST

    Jonny Flynn

    The Pistons aren’t looking for a starting point guard — Brandon Knight is the man. In fact with Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum the backcourt is pretty set. Maybe there could be some minutes to be had behind them. Jonny Flynn is going to get a shot at some of those minutes, he has been…

  12. Could LaMarcus Aldridge win MVP? Well, no, but let’s talk about it anyway

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to today’s “There’s a week left until training camp and I’d chew my own arm off if it meant I could blog about it” post. Blazers Edge posted a link to a story on Rip City Project on Saturday night. It contained the following passage regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and a possible MVP bid: It…

  13. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s most traded players?

    Sep 19, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    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 Linsay Lohan likes getting arrested. • Who are the most traded players in…

  14. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This week begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. Next up, your New York Knicks. Last season: Good God, where to begin. Uh, they beat Boston in their first…

  15. Report: Knicks, Celtics like Kenyon Martin, but money is issue

    Sep 18, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks are still looking to add one more backup power forward to the roster, and a lot of Knicks fans look out at the rather barren landscape of available free agents and see Kenyon Martin as the best option. He probably is. And the Knicks fans are not alone in seeing it. But this…

  16. Friday And-1 links: No pressure Evan Turner, none at all

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:36 PM EST

    Evan Turner

    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 this kid seems to love surfing the Web (and gets a little testy…

  17. LeBron changing agents, leaving CAA to be repped by friend

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:35 AM EST

    LeBron James of the 2012 USA Basketball

    Once again, LeBron James is leaning on his childhood friends and moving away from long-time industry professionals to represent him. That hasn’t always led to the best decisions in the past but it is his pattern over the years. LeBron is letting go of Leon Rose and the power of CAA (Creative Artists Agency) —…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: Who is the NBA’s coolest player?

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    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 Apple fanatics love new, expensive toys. • The Basketball Jones asks: Who is…

  19. Report: Mavericks, Rockets to make sure Thunder pay for Harden

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:54 AM EST

    james-harden

    When Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti was talking James Harden’s contract recently, he sounded a lot like your boss before he started talking about everyone taking furlough days — “we have some inherent challenges that we face as an organization” and that kind of thing. Which is because every dollar they can get Harden to…

  20. Blazers new coach plans to use Aldridge like Nowitzki

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:18 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    For the past few years, Terry Stotts was an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle in Dallas. Now, he’s the head coach in Portland. But he’s bringing a little of Texas to the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, he wants to use LaMarcus Aldridge like Dallas uses Dirk Nowitzki. Something that could mean more minutes and opportunity for…

  21. Portland’s Elliot Williams tears Achilles, done for season

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

    elliot_williams

    This is bad news for a guy who was trying to be part of a rebuilt future in Portland. Elliot Williams, the former first round pick entering his third year with the team, tore his left Achilles during voluntary workouts on Tuesday, reports Joe Freeman of the Oregonian on twitter. The Blazers have confirmed the…

  22. Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries went alligator hunting

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:42 AM EST

    Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries

    Brad Miller may be done with the NBA and said he was going to focus on doing hunting shows. Which apparently he is. He showed up on the Country Boys Outdoor twitter account with that photo you see to the right — him and fellow Indiana native Jared Jeffries on an alligator hunt, with this caption.…

  23. Real Madrid calls, then hangs up phone on Mehmet Okur

    Sep 10, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur is still out there as a free agent. He could play a role as a big off the bench for a minimum salary, but the Timberwolves, Nets and others have passed. You would think at this point Okur would fit better in Europe, but according to a tweet from Spanish basketball writer Paco…

  24. Aldridge, Batum stepping into leadership role for Portland

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    A few years ago, there was no doubt that the Portland Trail Blazers were Brandon Roy’s team. Then his knees happened. Now we are all rooting for him to make a comeback in Minnesota that sticks. And now other guys are stepping up to lead in Portland. New Blazers GM Neil Olshey was talking on…

  25. Winderman: Juwan Howard, other name players could fade away from NBA

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The fadeaway long has been an NBA fact of life. While the stars hold press conferences to announce enough is enough, their fame to keep them in the spotlight (and possibly part of broadcast teams) long after their playing days — something we soon might get from Ben Wallace — for the majority of those…

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