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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers keep it simple and win. Finally.

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:55 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Jason Maxiell

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while thinking that a 14-year-old is a whole lot better at golf than you…. Lakers 108, Pistons 79: The Lakers had a 23-5 run in the second half of the first quarter, and that was pretty much it…

  3. Amir Johnson wore shoes with Amir Johnson’s face on them

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

    amir johnson face shoes

    Half the league (or more) wear shoes with Michael Jordan’s silhouette on them. A handful of guys have their own signature shoes to lace up. Then there is Toronto’s Amir Johnson, who took the floor in the opener wearing custom Nike’s with his own face on them (hat tip to The Basketball Jones for noticing…

  4. Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as…

  5. Jrue Holiday signs $41 million contract extension with Philly

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young celebrate a win over the Denver Nuggets during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    The Philadelphia 76ers like the idea of a core built around Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum. Now comes the time the have to start to pay to keep that core together. It starts with Holiday, who at the last minute before the Wednesday night deadline reached terms for then signed a four-year, $41…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  7. Taj Gibson agrees to 4-year, $38 million extension with Bulls

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:45 AM EST

    Taj Gibson

    It came down to the last minute, but a deal got done just before the deadline. We’ll let you be the judge who got the better of it. Taj Gibson and the Bulls agreed to a contract extension worth up to $38 million over four years. Reports say it’ll be difficult for Gibson to reach…

  8. Video: George Hill’s game-winning floater buries the Raptors

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:39 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors

    Entertaining opening night contest in Toronto between the Raptors and the Pacers. There were plenty of solid performances for both teams — David West had his way offensively with 25 points in 28 minutes, Paul George finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, and for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry did it all with…

  9. Raptors, DeMar DeRozan reach terms on $40 million extension

    Oct 31, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    The Raptors are rebuilding. Trying to figure out who is part of their future. DeMar DeRozan is now locked in as a part of it. At a bigger price that many expected, much likely more than he would have gotten on the open market. The Raptors and DeRozan agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension…

  10. A guide for which teams to watch

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Our ideas of fun may be completely different. Personally, I like to pretend I’m playing Supermarket Sweep in the grocery store, but you may like going out on “dates” or “talking to actual people.” With that said, I can’t in good faith tell you which teams will be fun this year. That’s a decision for…

  11. Report: Raptors unlikely to offer contract extension to DeMar DeRozan

    Oct 27, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    DeMar DeRozan is essentially in the same boat as James Harden. Not the one that will sail him into the max contract territory that Harden is pursuing with the Thunder of course, but DeRozan similarly has until Oct. 31 to work out a contract extension with his team, or else become a restricted free agent…

  12. Friday And-1 links: As season nears, a lot of players waived

    Oct 26, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    NBA basketball spaulding

    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. Right before the season starts is when a lot of players who were invited…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Kevin McHale, Jeremy Lin

    Last Season: Riding a deep roster and the creativity of a coaching staff and front office to cover up their weaknesses with in-season trades, the Rockets were in the playoff hunt into the season’s final days only to fall short and finish 9th in the West. They battled injury, illness, and the transition to new…

  14. The 2012-2013 All-Breakout Team

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Last season, Jeremy Lin coming out of nowhere (and the ensuing Linsanity) was the perfect headlining story for a crazy, compacted season. Lin was absolutely the breakout star of the year, but we also saw Ersanity (Ersan Ilyasaova) become a thing — at least in Milwaukee, anyway. And Kevin Love‘s nightly performances? Just good old-fashioned…

  15. Five players that need a change of scenery

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:41 PM EST

    Kevin Martin

    Breakups are never fun, but sometimes it just has to be done. Maybe there’s someone new, or things have become stale, or both parties just need to go a different direction. The following is a list of five talented players who could really use the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech from their current teams.…

  16. Video: John Lucas III with the shot of the night from Monday

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Raptors guard John Lucas III goes to the basket between Bucks defenders Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    John Lucas III isn’t going to see the floor a lot early in the season in Toronto — Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon are ahead of him on the depth chart. Until the Raptors find someone to take on Calderon and his quality play and inflated $10 million contract in a trade, Lucas is going…

  17. GM Survey: Where Darko Milicic is underrated and Carmelo Anthony is MVP

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Everyone has that buddy that acts perfectly logical and sane, but forces you to reevaluate your friendship after he blurts out something like, “Carlos Boozer is going to win MVP this year!” Well, good news everyone: NBA General Managers are just like you, me, and your friend you can no longer take seriously. Let’s take…

  18. Friday And-1 links: Something is different with Gooden’s hair

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

    drew-gooden-weird-hair

    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. • The guys at The Basketball Jones ask a great question: What is going…

  19. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    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 like most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  20. Video: Another big dunk from Wednesday… Jonas Valanciunas

    Oct 18, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Raptors' Valanciunas looks on during a break in play against the Pistons during their NBA presseason basketball game in Toronto

    Ladies and gentlemen, Jonas Valanciunas. This is the Raptors rookie, the No. 5 overall pick from 2011 who is about to debut in the NBA this season. He’s looked a bit raw at times, he needs to get stronger, but he does have a move or two. And he can finish. Raptors fans have high…

  21. Steve Nash was “very close” to being a Raptor

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Steve Nash of Canada poses with his new jersey at a press conference to announce his signing with the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo

    Only three days after the NBA free agency period began, a bombshell was dropped on the NBA landscape when it was announced that Steve Nash would be a Laker via a sign and trade with the Phoenix Suns. Shock spread around the league with everyone wondering how the Lakers could pull the deal off and…

  22. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  23. Reports: Kris Joseph makes Celtics roster; Christmas, Smith waived

    Oct 16, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    Dionte Christmas

    Dionte Christmas looked pretty good for the Celtics at Summer League. He has played well enough for them this preseason that CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely thought he stood a good chance to make the team. Nope. Multiple reports have come out today that Kris Joseph has made the Celtics roster and both Christmas and Jamar…

  24. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    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. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

  25. Stop the silly rumors: Jose Calderon is not headed to Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:52 AM EST

    Raptors' Calderon poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    I can think of 10 million reasons Jose Calderon will not be a Laker. That rumor — Calderon to the Lakers — got going on twitter over the weekend. Because on twitter nobody has to think about reality or finances, plus this didn’t even have a source. Yet somehow it picked up steam, so let’s…

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