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  1. Report: Raptors have talked about trading Rudy Gay, being patient

    Oct 30, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    When the Toronto Raptors traded for Rudy Gay last year, some saw it as a bold and smart move for a franchise that needs a star. Others saw it as the last desperate gasp of Bryan Colangelo. What we know is it wasn’t Masai Ujiri ‘s move, and he is the current general manager of…

  2. Toronto’s Amir Johnson makes a very good zombie (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

    AUSTRALIA-ZOMBIE WALK

    Zombie Walks are a Halloween tradition in some cities (I stumbled into the one in my city last weekend). Toronto has a huge one and the Raptors’ Amir Johnson decided to go all out. Thing is, even if you don’t find zombies intimidating a 6’9″, 210 pound one pretty much is by definition. He was…

  3. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  4. Bucks’ new court too slippery, preseason game vs. Raptors canceled midway through first quarter

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:03 AM EST

    DeMar DeRozan, O.J. Mayo

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design this offseason, one that gave a nod to the artistic look of the one at the old Mecca many years ago. But the team may have focused too much on looks and not enough on functionality, at least initially. The surface was deemed too slippery to play upon,…

  5. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 24, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Last season: After totaling up 56 wins in the regular season, the Memphis Grizzlies got sweet revenge over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, then extinguished a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder team before finally falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. This was the best season in franchise history by a large…

  6. Quote of the Day: Metta World Peace loves Mr. Softee ice cream (not players)

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    Mister Softee 01

    “We’ve got a lot of Mister Softees now. You remember Mister Softee in New York? They’re made right from the ice cream cone. A lot of these guys, a lot of basketball players are made right from the Mister Softee Ice Cream truck. “I like Mister Softee, but I don’t like playing basketball with Mister…

  7. Tyler Hansbrough backs down from confrontation after realizing it’s Metta World Peace (VIDEO)

    Oct 22, 2013, 12:09 AM EST

    Newly acquired NBA basketball player Hansbrough goes up for a slam dunk during a photo shoot  for the Toronto Raptors in Toronto

    This is THE video of the NBA night, and one you will see replayed thousands of times, especially  every time Tyler Hansbrough‘s toughness comes up. During an otherwise often tedious double overtime preseason game, Toronto’s Hansbrough missed a shot and as he went for an offensive rebound and putback he got fouled solidly from behind. Hansbrough didn’t see…

  8. Monday And-1 Links: Luke Walton wants another shot in NBA

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    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. • Luke Walton spent most of last season on the Cleveland bench (he got…

  9. Derrick Rose on rivalry between Bulls and Pacers: ‘I don’t really see it’

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    As we’ve discussed before in the recent case of the budding rivalry between the Nets and the Knicks, whether or not a rivalry exists is often times in the eye of the beholder. Where one team may view another as a rival, that team may not exactly see things the same way. A rivalry would…

  10. Final seconds of Celtics/Raptors was…. pure preseason

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

    Dwight Buycks; Courtney Lee

    Just because the games are meaningless doesn’t mean there isn’t some drama — there are close games and exciting endings in the preseason, too. Look at the end of the Celtics/Raptors game from Wednesday. After a Celtics bucket on a nice cut and finish by Jared Sullinger, it’s a two point game with 11 seconds…

  11. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  12. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade releasing documentary on Heat’s title run

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:35 PM EST

    Heat's Wade sits with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after his team defeated the Spurs in Game 7 to win their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    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 Bostonites love to sing along with Neil Diamond…. • If you can’t…

  13. Raptors trying to get Valanciunas to defend like Roy Hibbert

    Oct 14, 2013, 6:59 PM EST

    Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Pekovic

    In his rookie season, Roy Hibbert averaged 7.7 personal fouls per 36 minutes. You can’t stay on the court that way. Pacers coaches worked hard on teaching him how to play vertically — jump straight up and down and referees are less likely to make a call, even if there is contact. Don’t swing at…

  14. Steve Novak disappointed in last season’s playoff benching while playing for Knicks

    Oct 11, 2013, 10:27 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    The Knicks were in Toronto for a preseason game against the Raptors on Friday, so all eyes were on the players involved in the trade that went down between the teams this summer. Andrea Bargnani leaving Toronto was the biggest part of the deal, considering his status as a former number one overall draft pick…

  15. Wednesday And-1 Links: Lamar Odom pleads not guilty to DUI

    Oct 9, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    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. • Lamar Odom‘s attorney has pled not guilty to the DUI charge filed against…

  16. Jeff Green blocks D.J. Augustin’s shot as he hurdles him (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    More Jeff Green for the Celtics this season is going to mean more of this — he is wildly athletic and it leads to some dynamic plays. Like hurdling Toronto’s D.J. Augustin on the break while blocking his shot during Sunday night’s game. More Jeff Green will also mean more lines like he had in…

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

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:17 PM EST

    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…

  18. Amir Johnson really, really, really loves Toronto

    Oct 4, 2013, 10:25 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:35 PM EST

    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…

  25. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

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