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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 23, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Last season: For the first time in his career, Dirk Nowitzki missed a chunk of the season due to major knee surgery. Dallas started 12-15 without their star German then promptly dropped 8-of-9 after his return, putting them in a deep hole. The result was the players grew “.500 beards” they let grow like they…

  2. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  3. D’Antoni on saying Lakers would score 110 a game: “I was on drugs back then”

    Oct 22, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike D’Antoni just wants to run his system his way again. He’s been mocked for that system by some fans who say it can’t win a ring, but two facts remain: 1) Back in Phoenix with the right personnel (a younger Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, plus Shawn Marion and others) they won 54 games…

  4. Even if they could, should the Lakers go after ‘Melo to pair with Kobe, Nash? No.

    Oct 17, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We start this exercise in the hypothetical with this grounded in reality caveat — very few people around the league think Carmelo Anthony is leaving New York next summer as a free agent. Yes, he certainly will opt out of his current deal as he told the New York Observer, and anything can happen in…

  5. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Last season: It was supposed to be yet another year spent contending for a championship for a storied Lakers franchise that already has 16 of them. L.A. loaded up with free agent talent in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and was on paper the team most believed would stand in the way of a second straight…

  6. Chris Kaman injures finger tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    The Lakers are in China as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, with two preseason games on tap against the Golden State Warriors. Part of the excursion involves the team taking in some of the sights, although Chris Kaman seemed to get a little too aggressive with one of the attractions, and wound up…

  7. Steve Nash’s ankle kept him sidelined Thursday, D’Antoni hints we may see that during season

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash didn’t play the final three quarters of the Lakers preseason loss in Las Vegas to the Kings because of his ankle. It didn’t loosen up well during warm-ups, yet he started the game and played 8:34 minutes where he took one three (missed it), dished out a couple of assists, then went to…

  8. Pau Gasol, on whether he’d take a significant pay cut to re-sign with Lakers: ‘Probably not’

    Oct 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    The Lakers only have two players under guaranteed contracts for next season in Steve Nash and Robert Sacre, and just a little more than $10 million in total salary committed. That means there’s a wealth of possibilities in terms of how the team could decide to fill out its roster for 2014 and beyond, and…

  9. Dwight Howard sings, dances his way through Philippines (VIDEO)

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard wants… no, needs to have fun. It’s part of the reason he didn’t mesh with the serious and driven Kobe Bryant (and to a lesser degree Steve Nash) in Los Angeles. It’s part of what drew him to Houston as Chandler Parsons sold him on a college-like experience. So you had to know…

  10. Lakers’ Kaman, Sacre bought a cow. You can’t make this up.

    Oct 8, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    Nobody knows for sure, but the phrase “going the whole hog” most likely comes from butchers back in the day when pork was king in America trying to convince people it was less expensive to buy an entire animal’s worth of meat not just pick the parts they wanted. Now Lakers big men Chris Kaman…

  11. Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    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 Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson… • In the Celtics locker room there is…

  12. Lakers’ Xavier Henry’s half court buzzer beater (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Xavier Henry, Dewayne Dedmon

    Kobe Bryant is in Germany (he was going to get around to telling Mike D’Antoni he was going but it slipped his mind). Pau Gasol and Steve Nash were watching in suits. So the Lakers had to turn to some of the guys fighting to make the team/get minutes to step up against Golden State…

  13. Pau Gasol, Steve Nash to sit out Lakers’ preseason opener vs. Warriors

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Pau Gasol of Spain, watch the Lakers play against Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Lakers had all the talent in the world last year on paper, but as was well-chronicled just about everywhere, the season ultimately was a complete disaster that saw the team barely sneak into the playoffs before being swept in the first round. A lack of chemistry with a certain center who shall not be…

  14. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Kobe will not be the same player this season

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s one of the major story lines of this season: When will Kobe Bryant be back on the court for the Lakers? And once he is, how is a 35-year-old coming off an Achilles tendon rupture going to look? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says not to expect the same Kobe. The NBA’s all time leading scorer was…

  15. LeBron James tops NBA’s worldwide jersey sales list

    Oct 2, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is coming off of back-to-back NBA titles and consecutive regular season MVP awards, while being widely recognized as the best basketball player on the planet. That last part was recently hammered home from a global popularity standpoint, as well. LeBron topped the league’s worldwide jersey sales list, in figures released on Wednesday. From…

  16. Monday And-1 Links: SNL cast member Taran Killam has NBA Jams arcade game in his office

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    NBA-Jam-Cabinet

    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 we loved the Breaking Bad finale (and we liked that a lot)….…

  17. Kobe Bryant says there’s no timetable for his return

    Sep 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    As the Lakers opened training camp with media day on Saturday, the first questions posed to Kobe Bryant were ones about his recovery from the torn Achilles injury he suffered back in April near the end of the regular season. Bryant seemed to be in good spirits, and is feeling optimistic about the way his…

  18. Steve Nash open to taking games off to rest during regular season

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Now that Grant Hill has retired and the playing days of Kurt Thomas similarly appear to be behind him, the players whose birthdays are just a day apart no longer top the list of the league’s oldest players. The honor now belongs to Steve Nash, and if he wasn’t aware of it before, he is…

  19. Kobe Bryant thinks he will play in season opener Oct. 29

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    Kobe prepares to throw a basketball to fans while attending a youth basketball final match in Hong Kong

    We know Kobe Bryant isn’t going to be ready to go at the start of training camp — he has yet to fully run on a treadmill at 100 percent, let alone get on the court and make cuts or do other basketball moves. Team officials dodge the timeline question but are understandably cautious. Kobe…

  20. Lakers trainer suggests fewer minutes for Steve Nash

    Sep 23, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Mike D’Antoni leaned heavily on Steve Nash last season, when he could. A broken leg and an assortment of other injuries kept Nash down to 50 games last season, but when he did play he averaged 32.5 minutes a game. Up from the season before. With the Lakers moving this season toward a more pure…

  21. Metta World Peace: “The Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals”

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game Press Conference

    This is why there is drug testing in the NBA. Not that Metta World Peace is on drugs or needs them to say something outrageous. Never has and never will. He was certainly excessively boastful of what the Lakers could and would do when he was a member of that team. This summer the Lakers…

  22. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  23. Kickstarter campaign raising funds to finish Steve Nash documentary

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash has had an NBA career that will eventually land him in the Hall of Fame. He’s earned two league MVPs, led the league in assists five times, and will very possibly end up as the all-time leader in free throw percentage before his career is all said and done. But there’s always been…

  24. 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…

  25. Derrick Rose says he’s been working on shooting range

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    NBA Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose acknowledges fans as he attends a promotional event as part of his Asia tour in Hong Kong

    When Derrick Rose was out with his torn ACL, Tim Hardaway — who went through the same injury as a player — said Rose needed to use the time to become a better jump shooter. Hardaway should know, he had some of his best years after he returned. Rose will be back at the start of…

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