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  1. Your Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 and look very confused

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Stability mattered more than ever this season. Shortened training camps and just two preseason games means switching systems was going to be a challenge. But Jim Buss was intent on wiping all traces of Phil Jackson from the Lakers, not keeping Brian Shaw and the triangle offense with a team built to run it. No,…

  2. DeMarcus Cousins will try to play smarter this season

    Dec 26, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: Mention some of DeMarcus Cousins‘ less-than-flattering statistics from last season and you won’t hear any excuses for them.Cousins doesn’t blame his teammates’ inability to catch passes for averaging 3.3 turnovers, ninth-most in the NBA. Nor is there complaining about officiating as a reason Cousins led the NBA with…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  4. Kings’ GM Geoff Petrie issues statement on re-signing of Chuck Hayes

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    When the Sacramento Kings dropped the news that they were voiding the contract of recently-signed free agent center Chuck Hayes, it was depressing for multiple reasons, not the least of which was legitimate concern for the health of Hayes himself. But after seeking a second opinion and getting clearance to play, the story, for now,…

  5. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    New name, same drill. This is our morning 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). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  6. It’s official: Kings to sign Chuck Hayes. Again.

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:05 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    UPDATE 9:05 am: It’s official, the Kings have reached terms with Chuck Hayes, who is back with the team. The important thing in all this is that Hayes is healthy, that whatever the issue was could be treated and dealt with. Now we can  get back to watching him ball and seeing how he pairs…

  7. Chuck Hayes’ agent says no heart condition, he is cleared to play

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    The representatives for Chuck Hayes — who did not pass his physical with the Sacramento Kings and had rumors swirling of a serious heart condition — say none of that is true. Hayes has been cleared to play, according to his agent. Here is the report, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Free agent Chuck Hayes,…

  8. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    LeBron James Quentin Richardson

    Our morning 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). Free Darko’s Bethlehem Shoals is blogging the NBA season over at GQ. I know that mag is your browser home page anyway, but be sure to check…

  9. Report: Samuel Dalembert reaches deal with Rockets

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets got a big man. Finally. It’s not the All-Star they had hoped for (Nene or Pau Gasol) but they have a deal with defensive stalwart Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately…

  10. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    Our morning 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). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  11. Paul Pierce to miss preseason game… maybe opening day?

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce has a right heel injury, one that will keep him out of Wednesday’s preseason game against the Raptors. But a veteran missing a preseason game is not going to turn any heads. But him missing the season opener against the Knicks would. It is possible, the Celtics are admitting. Here are the cryptic…

  12. Report: Rockets out of the Dalembert sweepstakes, Kings in

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Samuel Dalembert is the best free agent big out there on the market right now. Problem for him is the market is shrinking and he may not get paid like he hoped. The Houston Rockets are out of the running, tweets David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Sources: Rockets, at the moment, taking a pass…

  13. Chuck Hayes fails physical with Kings, contract voided

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    In the wake of what happened with Jeff Green of the Celtics last week, we can only hope that this isn’t as serious or at least is as treatable. In a surprise move the Sacramento Kings have voided the free agent contract of Chuck Hayes, the team announced, as reported by CSNBayArea.com. He had abnormalities appear…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  15. Kings claim Travis Outlaw off the amnesty wire: a story in 15 sentences.

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:12 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets forward Outlaw celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Raptors during triple overtime in their NBA game in London

    The following is a sentence-by-sentence explanation of a basketball transaction. Please forgive the one-line paragraphs in pursuit of novelty. The Kings today grabbed Travis Outlaw off the amnesty wire. Outlaw was not very good for the Nets last year, that’s why they used the amnesty clause on him. In fact, he was so bad he…

  16. Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important. But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season —…

  17. Celtics’ Jeff Green to miss entire season after heart surgery

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We thought things didn’t sound good, and they are not for the Celtics. Jeff Green — expected to be Boston’s sixth man — will miss the entire season after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics announced on Saturday. The important thing is that Green is expected to make a full recovery. This can…

  18. Friday morning one liners (so long Brandon Roy)

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. If you read one thing today, make it the BlazersEdge look back at the career of Brandon Roy. This is spectacular stuff from Ben Golliver. In case you missed it, PBT previewed all 30 NBA…

  19. Video: DeMarcus Cousins is not a morning person

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Players are no fans of media day, and no fans of early mornings. So combine the two and you get DeMarcus Cousins doing interviews in shades. He talks about what he learned in his rookie year and what the Kings expect of themselves going forward. Worth checking out. It’s the best interview you’re going to…

  20. Maloofs say that they will be flexible with March 1 arena deadline

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:20 PM EST

    KevinJohnson and Gavin Maloof laugh

    We expect the Sacramento Kings arena news to pick up now that we’re about three months away from the March 1 deadline for the city to have funding in place. That deadline has put Kevin Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento effort on a tight, tight schedule, but so far they appear to be on…

  21. NBA Season Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    2010-11 record: 35-47, just missing the playoffs but not in a position to get a great draft pick Head Coach: Scott Skiles Key Departures: Corey Maggette, John Salmons Key Additions: Stephen Jackson, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Beno Udrih Best-Case Scenario: The Bucks continue to play suffocating defense while finding some semblance of an offensive identity. The…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

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    Last season: 24-58, second to last in the West. Head Coach: Paul Westphal Key Departures: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi Key Additions: Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: Continued development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, and dramatic improvement in the team’s offense. The Kings will need to see some serious…

  23. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:00 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Last Season: 19-63 Head Coach: Byron Scott Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi Key Departures: Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: A spirited campaign for a near-.500 record and a slim chance at grabbing the 8th playoff spot in the East. For that to happen: Kyrie Irving comes on strong, the team’s…

  24. Sacramento City Council votes 7-2 to go forward with next step in arena process

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:09 PM EST

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    City council meetings can be dull, but the Sacramento City Council meeting on Tuesday to decide if the Kings should go forward with a key element of their plan to secure a new Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) was anything but. Alright, it was still pretty boring, but Tuesday’s meeting had everything you could ask…

  25. Jamal Crawford rules out Knicks, narrows choices to Portland and Sacramento

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford has narrowed his free agent choice to two teams, according to multiple reports. Portland and Sacramento have emerged as the leading candidates to land Crawford’s services, after the Knicks and Pacers were reportedly also in the chase. It’s unclear if the Knicks made an official offer, but Crawford did reject one worth $10…

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