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  1. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Charlotte Bobcats

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    Last season: Remember when the Bobcats started the season out 7-5 and we all kind of did a double take? That really happened, there was a moment where we wondered if this team wasn’t as terrible as we all thought. Then reality hit. The Bobcats went 14-56 the rest of the season. Charlotte had the…

  2. Chris Kaman discusses the perils of playing on a one-year contract

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    As the Lakers rounded out their veteran roster with a few key free agents this summer, they targeted experienced players who could still produce, but who for one reason or another were willing to sign on for one-year deals. Chris Kaman was one of those, a 10-year veteran seven-footer who can put up more than…

  3. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

  4. Westbrook has knee surgery Tuesday, will miss 4-6 weeks of regular season

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This is bad news for the Thunder — not “the season is lost, woe is me” kind of news but for a team with championship aspirations it is a step back. Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to reduce swelling on Tuesday, the team announced. The big news — it pushes back…

  5. 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)….…

  6. Dwight Howard explains in detail his reasons for leaving Lakers to join Rockets

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Both the Lakers and the Rockets have opened their training camps for the upcoming season, which means the summer’s drama involving Dwight Howard and his free agent decision is now officially behind us. At media day in Houston, Howard made the cold but realistic statement that he left the Lakers because he wanted to win…

  7. Russell Westbrook says Thunder don’t need to fill James Harden’s slot

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, James Harden

    At the time the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, the thinking in OKC was that if they were never going to come to terms on a contract extension, then the team might as well get something in return for its most dynamic scorer off the bench. History, however, will not be kind to…

  8. Kobe Bryant on Dwight Howard leaving Lakers: ‘Honestly, man, I don’t really give a s—‘

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers held their annual media day to open training camp on Saturday, and before the team could move forward to the business of the upcoming season, a question forced Kobe Bryant to take one final look at the one that just passed. Asked about his surprise level when Dwight Howard chose to leave L.A.…

  9. Rockets unveil state-of-the-art new locker room (VIDEO)

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    rockets locker room

    Most would agree that the Rockets were the biggest winners in free agency this summer, inking one of the game’s best all-around players in Dwight Howard to a five-year deal that puts them in the championship conversation for the upcoming season. The franchise apparently decided to go all-in with their facilities too, and unveiled a…

  10. Omer Asik won’t comment on trade demand, will ‘see how it goes’ playing with Dwight Howard

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    dwight asik

    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made it very clear earlier this week that he has no interest in Omer Asik‘s feelings about Dwight Howard now being in Houston. “I haven’t had an opportunity to talk with him about all that, but Daryl (Morey’s) job is to try to improve the team,” McHale told the Houston…

  11. Bulls plan to limit Joakim Noah’s minutes to help plantar fasciitis

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Joakim Noah says right now he feels no pain in his foot, no plantar fasciitis. That despite a summer where he worked out plenty, even training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His foot feels fine. If the Bulls are going to be the contenders they think they are, Noah still has to be fine in April and…

  12. Harden, Howard say Durant/Wade twitter feud legit (and Harden is Top 10)

    Sep 26, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    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

    The other day Kevin Durant said James Harden belonged on the list of the Top 10 players in the NBA, not the aging Dwyane Wade. Which meant Wade responded to him and soon we had a little twitter war going. Was it real or did this spring from the imagination of a Gatorade marketing executive…

  13. Dwight Howard says leaving Los Angeles was tough but he wanted to win

    Sep 26, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    Here’s the money quote from the pre-camp Dwight Howard interview done by CSNHouston.com. “The biggest part was leaving a storied franchise and also leaving a lot of money on the table, but in order to win you’ve got to sacrifice something. It would have been great to have that stuff, the money and all that…

  14. GM Presti thinks Thunder can improve on 60-win season

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    James Harden left before last season starter, yet the Thunder improved — they scored 2.6 points more per 100 possessions and allowed 0.8 less per 100. They were a 60-win team, a better team than the year before, their playoffs just cut short by Russell Westbrook’s injury. This year Kevin Martin is gone and the…

  15. Knicks shake up front office: Glen Grunwald out, Steve Mills back in

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    mills

    Glen Grunwald — the man who has steered the good ship New York Knicks the past several seasons, hired Mike Woodson as coach and said there was “no scenario” Jeremy Lin would not stay a Knick — has been pushed out of power. The Knicks have re-hired Steve Mills as Team President and GM. Mills…

  16. Kevin McHale says Howard needs to use speed, improve balance

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Rockets coach Kevin McHale makes a good point to start this video — Dwight Howard is a very good player. He is a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, a guy who averaged 18.3 points a game on 57.7 percent shooting plus pulls down 12.3 rebounds a game as his career averages. Because he…

  17. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Last season: Kyrie Irving became the youngest All-Star since LeBron James, but the Cavaliers were decidedly awful throughout the year, finishing 24-58. Only the Bobcats were worse both offensively and defensively, Injuries took a major toll (more on that below), but the season never looked promising at any point, regardless. On the bright side, Dion…

  18. Mitch Kupchak: Kobe won’t play a certain way to lure free agents to Lakers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    kobe mitch

    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak knows Kobe Bryant professionally as well as anyone at this point, considering that he’s been in the team’s front office for every one of Bryant’s 17-year career in Los Angeles. So while Bryant’s will to win is unparalleled in today’s NBA, Kupchak knows that he won’t change his game for…

  19. Kevin McHale has no interest in Omer Asik’s feelings about Dwight Howard joining Rockets

    Sep 25, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Kevin McHale spent plenty of time detailing his plans on how he’ll coach the Rockets now that Dwight Howard is in place for the upcoming season. He’s going to try to maintain the team’s identity by pushing the tempo, but expects things to dramatically improve defensively, and is going to experiment quite a bit to…

  20. Lakers GM says expect more Pau Gasol… and eventually Kobe

    Sep 25, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will be back when he’s back, and when he is you can expect him to play like Kobe Bryant — he’s not changing. But what else can you expect from the Lakers this season? What about next summer? Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak met with the media on Wednesday and basically reiterated previous answers…

  21. Kevin McHale still wants Rockets to play fast but admits he will be experimenting

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    This is the season the Houston Rockets have to figure out how the pieces fit (and which ones need to be changed). They have quality pieces. There’s an All-Star guard (and NBA Top 10 player if you ask Kevin Durant) in James Harden. They have the best center in the game when healthy in Dwight…

  22. Jim, Jeanie Buss release statements saying they are past Phil Jackson drama

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Jeanie Buss updated her autobiography “Laker Girl” recently to talk in some detail about how the entire Lakers hiring process that teased fans with Phil Jackson and landed on Mike D’Antoni.  Buss said she was “stunned” and the incident almost sapped her passion for her job — the Lakers’ owner in charge of the business…

  23. Kevin Durant says Dwyane Wade is no longer a top-10 NBA player, Wade responds

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    wade durant

    Kevin Durant did a media tour promoting the work he’s doing with one of his sponsors, and any time you’re in front of the camera for that long answering a seemingly endless stream of questions, you’re bound to say something that could be construed as an insult by someone who may be looking for some…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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