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  1. GM Presti thinks Thunder can improve on 60-win season

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    James Harden left before last season starter, yet the Thunder improved — they scored 2.6 points more per 100 possessions and allowed 0.8 less per 100. They were a 60-win team, a better team than the year before, their playoffs just cut short by Russell Westbrook’s injury. This year Kevin Martin is gone and the…

  2. Kobe says he would love Derek Fisher to come back to Lakers

    Sep 26, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    This is why you don’t let current players act as your GM. Derek Fisher is back with the Thunder this season on a one-year minimum contract, and after that he is expected to retire. Fisher was one of the great role players of his era and had a skill set that fit beautifully with Phil…

  3. Russell Westbrook not yet cleared for basketball activity

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Exactly when Russell Westbrook will be back from the torn meniscus that ended his — and essentially Oklahoma City’s — playoff run is not clear. The Thunder are part of the NBA’s new “we don’t give timelines” trend (which became popular in the wake of Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose last season). But we know…

  4. Report: Paul George, Pacers finalizing five-year max contract

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Of the 15 players who made the All-NBA first, second or third team last season, Paul George was the youngest. On a related note, the 23-year-old is also arguably the most raw star in the league. Even though he just won Most Improved Player, George can become a a more-polished ball-handler and take his game…

  5. Adam Silver says he doesn’t think tanking works

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    We haven’t even started the season — he’s not even commissioner yet — and already Adam Silver seems bothered by talking about tanking. Well, a lot more questions are coming this year, tanking is going to be one of the big topics around the league this season. With a deep and loaded draft next season…

  6. This Grizzlies season promo video is pretty darn good

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Well done. The line that hope has been replaced by expectations in Memphis hits the nail on the head — they reached the Western Conference Finals last season and fans now expect that or more. And that is going to be hard to do for a few reasons. For one, I don’t think Memphis really…

  7. TNT’s Steve Kerr predicts Bulls will knock off Heat this year

    Sep 17, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The last team to make the NBA Finals four straight years was Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics from 1984-87 — so many things need to go right for you to make the Finals (health being the key) that it’s hard to have it all break for you year after year after year. So expect a lot…

  8. How many “real” point guards are there in the NBA? Gary Payton says three.

    Sep 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The NBA game is different then when Gary Payton was a lock down defender on his way to a Hall of Fame career — in 2000 the NBA took away hand checking and any contact on the perimeter, a year later zone defenses were permitted again in the NBA. Payton told us at PBT earlier…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Ben McLemore playing tricks on his mother

    Sep 16, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Kings McLemore McCallum 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. • Ben McLeMore played a prank on his mother, putting a rubber snake in…

  10. How good will Russell Westbrook be upon his return?

    Sep 16, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The good news is Russell Westbrook will be on the court with the Oklahoma City Thunder when training camp starts in a couple of weeks — he is recovered from the torn meniscus that knocked him out of the playoffs last season, and ultimately knocked the Thunder out of the playoffs as well. But will…

  11. Thursday And-1 Links: Russell Westbrook was all over New York Fashion Week

    Sep 12, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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    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 more than the kids on “How I Met Your Mother” want that story to…

  12. Russell Westbrook takes on New York Fashion Week

    Sep 10, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Courtesy GQ

    Fashion reigns supreme in the NBA  (see Paul, Chris). Sometimes, ugly fashion reigns supreme (see Bynum, Andrew; and Bryant, Kobe).  And it’s not only players, either – I’m looking at you, Craig Sager. But the Fashion King award goes to none other than Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has a long history of giving postgame news crews plenty to talk about – before they ever start asking…

  13. Durant confirms Westbrook expected back to start season

    Sep 9, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    When last we saw Russell Westbrook on an NBA court, it was in a game where a collision left him with a torn meniscus and needing knee surgery. This week, we’ve seen him at Fashion Week in New York, because where else can you get the shirts he wears? But when will we seen back…

  14. Damian Lillard sets goal of being All-Star

    Sep 9, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    Damian Lillard sets his goals high. Last season’s Rookie of the Year isn’t shying away from expectations — he wants to help lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs and he wants to make the All-Star Team this year. He believes he can. That’s what Lillard said to Matt Moore of CBS’s Eye on Basketball,…

  15. Report: A year ago, some Bucks officials wanted to cut Larry Sanders

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    There are issues with the Bucks signing Larry Sanders to a long-term, four-year, $44 million contract extension, but overall it’s probably not a terrible decision. Sanders has been accused of mailing it in at times, and was among the leaders in technical fouls last season, tying for third with Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, and…

  16. Victor Oladipo holds his own with Kevin Durant at Goodman League (VIDEO)

    Aug 27, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Magic rookie to be Victor Oladipo could not stop Kevin Durant from scoring at the Goodman League the other day. When you can find somebody who can stop Durant from scoring (besides than Russell Westbrook in selfish mode), let me know. But Oladipo held his own — watch the highlights (we showed you some shorter…

  17. When you vote for West All-Star guards, who you going to snub?

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    When you sit down to fill out your All-Star ballot this year (or you may not sit down, you can do it from your phone while standing) who are you going to select as the starting guards in the West? Are you going to take Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, like last year? Smart money…

  18. Rick Carlisle says Monta Ellis is fastest player in NBA. That seems high.

    Aug 22, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Who is the fastest player dribbling the ball end to end in the NBA? These are the guys who are one-man fast breaks and can get your team points in transition, plus are quick in the half court But who is the fastest? There is no easy metric for this; it’s a bit of an…

  19. Kevin Durant and James Harden miss playing together (VIDEO)

    Aug 14, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Kevin Durant and James Harden sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (now the guys from ABC’s NBA pregame show although both had plenty of success before that) and talked about what it felt like when everyone’s favorite young team was broken up last season in OKC. Basically, they both miss playing together —…

  20. Kendrick Perkins working to have some semblance of an offensive game

    Aug 12, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Last season, other teams largely would ignore Kendrick Perkins on the offensive end. The Thunder would try to get him going pretty much every night, throwing the ball to him in the post on the first couple trips down the court, getting him some touches before letting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take over. How…

  21. Kevin Durant says ‘it’s not about what other teams are doing’ when discussing Thunder’s quiet offseason

    Aug 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, after Kevin Durant announced his commitment to play in the World Championships next summer for USA Basketball, he took questions from reporters as is customary in these situations. Durant is always polite and professional to deal with, but as soon as a question was asked about the Thunder’s…

  22. Ten NBA must-watch games this season

    Aug 6, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The NBA schedule is out and it’s a little like Christmas Day (unless you’re a beat reporter, then it’s explain to your wife how much you’ll be gone day, which is a lot less fun). Today is the day you can really start to taste the matchups that are coming. There are more good storylines…

  23. Report: Thunder agree to one-year deal with Ryan Gomes

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Plenty of teams got better this offseason, either via trade or by the signing of promising free agent acquisitions. The Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of them. While Western Conference clubs like the Clippers and Rockets made multiple moves to fortify the roster for a run deep into the postseason, the Thunder did nothing…

  24. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  25. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

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