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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    Last season: If you’ll recall, New York’s offseason leading up to last year was widely regarded as a joke. Jeremy Lin was let go, Raymond Felton was brought in, and then the Knicks seemed to sign all the oldest players available in free agency. But with the benefit of hindsight, the Knicks did about as well…

  2. Final eight set for quarterfinal matchups at EuroBasket

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-SRB-FRA

    Officially seven of the eight teams left in EuroBasket quarter finals — we’ve now advanced to the tournament style rounds of the European championships — will get an invite to the World Championships next summer. Technically Europe is set to send six teams, but with Spain already in as host, that number jumps to seven…

  3. Raptors invite recent AfroBasket MVP to training camp

    Sep 16, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

    BASKET-AFR-ANG-EGY

    Carlos Morais is not a household name in North America, but he is a large part of the reason Angola has become one of the best teams in Africa. Morais, a point guard, led Angola to the AfroBasket championship this summer and was named tournament MVP averaging 15.9 points per game. Now he’s going to…

  4. Grizzlies’ GM says better offense is key to team’s goals

    Sep 15, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Memphis Grizzlies were a defensive force last season — they had the second best defense in the NBA during the regular season (giving up 97.4 points per 100 possessions) and a still strong 101.4 in the playoffs, which helped propel them to the Western Conference Finals. However, their offense was pedestrian. The Grizzlies slowed…

  5. Raptors to give Julyan Stone, Chris Wright training camp invites

    Sep 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julyan Stone, John Salmons

    The Toronto Raptors have 14 players with guaranteed contracts in place for next season, meaning that any players they add to the training camp roster beyond that have a very slim chance of actually making the squad. Nevertheless, the Raptors (like all NBA teams) are bringing in additional bodies to go through the motions, and…

  6. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of…

  7. Report: Luol Deng, Bulls contract extension talks stall out

    Sep 10, 2013, 2:57 AM EDT

    Luol Deng

    Earlier this summer, the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng started talking contract extension. He is set to make $14.3 million this season in the final year of his deal and there was interest on both sides to extend their 10-year relationship. However, talks have stalled out, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. But when the talks…

  8. Comedian Kevin Hart blocks Kyle Lowry’s shot (VIDEO)

    Sep 5, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    'Real Husband Of Hollywood' Photocall - MIP TV 2013 In Cannes

    Kevin Hart has become ubiquitous at NBA events — from All-Star Weekend to smaller Summer League events, he seems to be everywhere. And he’s won the MVP of the All-Star Celebrity Game before, so he has enough game to do that. And enough game to block a Kyle Lowry shot. And yes, Hart is… not…

  9. Wednesday And-1 links: Updates on Liggins, White domestic violence cases

    Sep 4, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

    DeAndre Liggins

    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 Slovenian basketball fans love Goran Dragic right now (he carried them to a…

  10. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    BASKET-FRIENDLY-SLOVENIA-FRANCE

    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  11. Amir Johnson loses in tug-of-war with elephant (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson elephant

    Doesn’t the headline kind of say it all? Toronto Raptor Amir Johnson went to Thailand this offseason and when in Thailand… you get in a tug-of-war with an elephant. Sure, why not. I’ve never been so despite my inclination I can’t say for sure this isn’t the norm.

  12. Watch some Clippers play a little flag football (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    We’re all ready for some football (remember the NFL season kicks off right here on NBC Thursday night). Blake Griffin and some other Clippers were ready as well and they took part in a flag football game for charity hosted by Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg. Among the celebrities taking part are Griffin, DeAndre Jordan,…

  13. Ten free agents still out on the market

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    At this point, the free agent cupboard is pretty bare, and a number of teams have filled out their rosters anyway. Let’s just be honest — if you’re still on the free agent market there is a reason. Still, there are a few teams still looking to add player 14/15 to the roster off minimum…

  14. Friday And-1 Links: Toronto’s Amir Johnson rides an elephant

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson elephant

    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 Fox News loves blond female anchors… • That is the Raptors’ Amir…

  15. Report: Toronto Raptors waive Quentin Richardson

    Aug 30, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    New York igned and traded Quentin Richardson with a three-year deal as part of the Andrea Bargnani deal, however Toronto wasn’t interested in him as a player. He and his salary were needed to make the trade work out, that was it. The Raptors have a glut of players on the wing and planned to…

  16. Wall, Sanders got their rookie extensions, what about the other rookies?

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    John Wall will be with the Wizards for five more seasons, making $80 million. Larry Sanders will be with Milwaukee for four more years, $44 million. Those are the first two extensions to the rookie deals out of the 2010 draft. They were both expected and both got done early — teams have until Oct.…

  17. Video proof Rudy Gay is working out with Olajuwon

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Yes, the video is more grainy than the Zapruder Film, but some people see that as proof so we’re going to take that Instagram video as proof. Raptors wing Rudy Gay is in Houston this week working out with Hakeem Olajuwon, as you can see above. This is a good thing, Raptors fans. Gay getting…

  18. Hamed Haddadi has workout with New Orleans Pelicans

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Haddadi_Hamed

    The New York Knicks are looking for a little depth along the front line, but at this point in free agency the pickings get slim. Jeremy Tyler is going to get a look after playing with the Knicks Summer League team and averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. However, the Knicks want a more…

  19. New Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger says he’ll play starters less than Lionel Hollins did

    Aug 27, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Grizzlies didn’t overly rely on any single player last season. Marc Gasol played 35.0 minutes per game (32nd in the NBA), Mike Conley 34.5 (40th) and Zach Randolph 34.3 (45th). But collectively, Memphis was extremely reliant on its starters Just three other teams – the Warriors, 76ers and Trail Blazers, who had four –…

  20. Heat, Thunder have smallest roster turnover this summer

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and teammates wait to take the court against the Spurs during the second half in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Roster consistency is a good thing. Look at the final four teams left standing in the NBA last season — Miami, Indiana, Memphis and San Antonio. Every one of them is consistent. You have to make some moves to get the talent you need, but after that there is really something to be said for…

  21. Dorell Wright said being brought along slowly is why he is still in NBA

    Aug 26, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright

    Dorell Wright was one of six guys taken straight out of high school back in 2004 — Dwight Howard was the biggest name but Josh Smith and J.R. Smith were as well. (The reason there is a one-and-done rule now is how other picks that year like Robert Swift and Sebastian Telfair made owners want…

  22. Trailer for new “Linsanity” movie looks pretty good

    Aug 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    “Linsanity” was a perfect storm in the perfect market. You had a player in Jeremy Lin about to be cut but with one really good skill — he could attack off the pick-and-roll going right (and he was good in transition). He gets thrown on the court out of desperation by a struggling Knicks team…

  23. Top 10 rookie plays of the 2013 season (VIDEO)

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes gets a backwards slam dunk on Denver Nuggets' Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of their second NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver, Colorado

    This video could be more appropriately titled the top rookie dunks of the 2013 season, since Terrence Ross and Harrison Barnes make multiple worthy appearances. Like most of these compilations, if you paid attention at all last season, the highlight coming in at number one should have been obvious. But it’s all about the journey…

  24. Kevin Durant, other stars light up NYC gym (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Kevin_Durant

    This was supposed to be the EBC Finals at the legendary Rucker Park in New York… but Mother Nature was not in the mood for hoops and rained on the parade. So the game got moved indoors in the Bronx to the Gauchos Gym, where some NBA stars still put on a show. Kevin Durant dropped…

  25. Thursday And-1 Links: Dion Waiters party angers neighbors

    Aug 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters

    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. • Dion Waters was part of the attraction at an evening pool party outside…

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