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  1. Knicks’ Woodson likes combo of ‘Melo, Bargnani and Chandler

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    How about this Knicks frontcourt: Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler? My first thought is it moves Anthony to the three when he performs better at the four, plus that puts a world of defensive pressure on Chandler. However this is why the preseason exists, run this lineup out there and see how it…

  2. Amir Johnson really, really, really loves Toronto

    Oct 4, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Understandably, Raptors fans are a little fearful of being jilted again. Chris Bosh, Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady all left Toronto via free agency or by forcing a trade. When the team’s top players – probably uncoincidentally Americans – all flee for the states, that’s no longer just a coincidence. And it doesn’t sit well…

  3. Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans.

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Carmelo Anthony thrived last season on offense for the Knicks playing the four, the power forward spot — he could take bigger guys outside and beat them off the dribble, if teams went small against him he could post up. But that creates some roster challenges for Mike Woodson this season because Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron designed a $50K watch. Because he can.

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day 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 more than Seth MacFarlane likes doing cutaways in Family Guy… • LeBron James helped…

  5. Rudy Gay isn’t worried about role as fault line between old school, advanced stats

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:57 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    What you think about Rudy Gay says a lot about how you view the NBA game. If you come from the old school you see a guy who can create his own shot off the dribble, is athletic and gets you 18 points and 6 rebounds a night. You probably see him as a high…

  6. Harrison Barnes hopes to participate in this year’s dunk contest

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    Harrison Barnes had more than his fair share of amazing slam dunk highlights during his rookie season with the Warriors — just check out the clip above, or this collection of the team’s best plays from last year for visual confirmation. It’s rare that we get the best in-game dunkers wanting to participate in All-Star…

  7. Masai Ujiri cautious with his words but thinks Raptors headed in right direction

    Sep 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    There are a lot of fans in Toronto that think they have a playoff team this season. A lot thought that last season, something encouraged by the bold words of Bryan Colangelo. Didn’t exactly work out that way…actually it was nothing close to that way. Now there is a new sheriff in town, GM Masai…

  8. Amir Johnson wants his fans to have the new Drake album

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    JOHNSON_AMIR

    If you’re already taking bets on who will perform at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game halftime show in Toronto, remember that Canadians love them some Drake. Who just so happens to be Canadian. (So is Rush, but I’m guessing they don’t get to play.) NBA players love Drake, too. So when you combine the fact…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Last season: The Pacers continued their upward trajectory – missing the playoffs in 2009-10, reaching the first round in 2010-11, reaching the second round in 2011-12 and reaching the conference finals in 2012-13. With George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert, Indiana had statistically the best lineup in the NBA. The…

  10. Felton says younger Knicks better prepared for long season

    Sep 24, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game Press Conference

    Gone are Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, and Marcus Camby. In their place are Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. It’s not quite that clean and simple (Chris Copeland and Steve Novak are gone as well) but the idea is clear — New York got younger. Last season they…

  11. Bargnani working out with Knicks, still recovering from pneumonia

    Sep 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Some Knicks fans seem to have an unrealistic expectation of what Andrea Bargnani will bring to Manhattan this season. Count me in the group that thinks the attitude changes once they see him play, but this is what the time before training camp starts is for — unbridled optimism. But first they need to get…

  12. Five things to know about the EuroBasket 2013 Championship Game

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    BASKETBALL-EURO2013-FRIENDLY-FRA-GEO

    Who: France vs Lithuania. The French squad features five current NBA players in Tony Parker (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Blazers), Boris Diaw (Spurs), Nando De Colo (Spurs) and Joffrey Lauvergne (Nuggets). Former NBA players Johan Petro, Alexis Ajinca and Mickael Gelabale are on the roster as well. The Lithuanian squad features only two NBA players in Donatas…

  13. How France Advanced: Tony Parker and Clutch D (Video)

    Sep 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-SRB-FRA

    In the EuroBasket semi-finals, France was finally able to conquer Spain in overtime, thanks in large part to Tony Parker‘s big 32-point performance. Parker is just one of many NBA players racking up big minutes this summer, but when you watch these games, you begin to understand how important it is to these guys to…

  14. Linas Kleiza with impressive reverse slam at EuroBasket (VIDEO)

    Sep 20, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-UKR-LTU

    I feel safe is saying this is the first time this sentence has ever been typed: That was Linas Kleiza with the impressive baseline drive and reverse slam. Complete with some hanging on the rim. Kleiza had 22 points to help lead his native Lithuania past Croatia and into the EuroBasket championship game. Since we’re showing…

  15. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Raptors Gay prepares to throw the ball into play from the end court in the first half of their NBA game against the Celtics in Toronto

    Last season: Raptors’ fans went into the season thinking the playoffs were a possibility, but it didn’t take long for that ship to run aground on the rocks of reality. The team defense struggled, Andrea Bargnani was Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas looked like rookie, Kyle Lowry battled injuries, nothing went as planned and everything fell…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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