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

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    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) —…

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

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Blazers new coach plans to use Aldridge like Nowitzki

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Brad Miller, Jared Jeffries went alligator hunting

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Sep 10, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Aldridge, Batum stepping into leadership role for Portland

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Tuesday And-1 links: Proving Chris Paul is very, very good

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    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 your mother-in-law loves the Lifetime Movie Network. • How much better does Chris…

  12. Who is going to win Rookie of the Year? Try Damian Lillard.

    Sep 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    Predicting who is going to win Rookie of the Year is a lot like trying to predict this winter’s snowfall totals in the first week of September — we have some broad trends to go on but the specifics are ahead of us still. It’s a guess. My guess: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  13. Report: Minnesota shopping guard to free up money for big

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    We were talking with you earlier today about how the Minnesota Timberwolves want to sign one more big man, but they are limited. They would like to bring back Anthony Tolliver but he wants more than the veteran minimum. And Minnesota can’t offer more than that right now. But they are looking into ways to…

  14. Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract. Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links:

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    pau gasol tweet photo

    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. • Pau Gasol is in Chad right now, working with UNICEF on important food…

  16. Anthony Davis wants to win ROY. And DPOY. This season.

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Hornets fans, you should like what Anthony Davis said for a couple of reasons. What did he say? In a Q&A with the New York Times he talks a little about his Olympic experience, how he wants to play as hard as Kevin Garnett does every night, how he likes to draw cartoons, how he…

  17. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

  18. Martell Webster works out for, could end up with Wizards

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Martell Webster, Rick Adelman

    Trevor Ariza will be the starting swingman for the Washington Wizards, but the team is looking at adding some depth there. Apparently. The Wizards worked out free agent Martell Webster and he could sign with them, reports Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Or, they could add one of the other veterans they are considering.…

  19. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  20. Minnesota might round out its roster with… Mehmet Okur? Nah.

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Timberwolves have a pretty set front line — Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will start, with Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma behind them. And you can throw Dante Cunningham in the mix if you want. They may want one more big to round out the roster… but Mehmet Okur? That’s the rumor from Darren…

  21. Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    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 these guys love Alex Morgan. • Interesting post by the always… well, at…

  22. Wednesday And-1 links: FIBA wants 3-on-3 basketball in Olympics

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    David Stern

    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 I love a good IPA. • Forget the under-23 age limit stuff, what…

  23. Greg Oden sounds sensible, says to slow down comeback talk

    Aug 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    There have been plenty of leaks from people around Greg Oden talking about how he wants to get healthy and get back in the game. The kind of leaks that always sound like an agent or people around him looking for a paycheck. Oden himself sounds far more reasonable. Oden spoke about his attempt at…

  24. Stotts’ Blazers are going to run, launch a lot of threes

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Stotts Basketball

    There were a lot of shrugs and even some eye rolls when Portland said they were going to hire Terry Stotts as head coach — this is a guy who has had two head coaching jobs before and his career winning percentage is well below .500. Another recycled coach. But that’s not entirely fair —…

  25. Dirk Nowitzki got another ring… he got married

    Aug 9, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    I bet Mark Cuban bought them a toaster. A really, really nice and expensive toaster. Dirk Nowitzki now has another ring to go with that one Cuban bought him, he got married last month, the AP confirmed. The 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks star forward has married Jessica Olsson. State District Judge Craig Smith said Wednesday that…

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