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  1. Gary Payton says he was so frustrated as a rookie he almost quit basketball

    Aug 28, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    In the past year, just elected Hall of Famer Gary Payton has been working with John Wall. Outside the obvious reasons one might want to work with the best defensive guard of his generation, there was another reason Wall sought out Payton — both guys struggled at the start of their career. “First of all…

  2. Former first round pick Luke Babbitt signs in Russia

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Babbitt shoots over Fournier during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    Luke Babbitt shot up draft boards back in 2010, all the way to No. 16, where he was taken by Minnesota and traded to Portland as part of the Martell Webster deal. He was a 6’9” guy who impressed in workouts and at the Draft Combine with his scoring touch, both from inside and out.…

  3. Charles Barkley doesn’t believe in analytics, uses current Rockets team as his primary example

    Aug 28, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

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

    Charles Barkley is good at his job of being an NBA analyst for TNT primarily because of the lack of filter he has when giving us his thoughts. He’s paid to have strong, sometimes silly opinions. But unlike other television personalities, Barkley isn’t engaging in any kind of schtick — he’s telling us what he…

  4. Stan Van Gundy talks how rules helped change center position

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    It’s something Shaquille O’Neal talks about and Dwight Howard seems to buy into more than he should — the idea that a good center should have his back to the basket in the low block and dominate from there. But the NBA doesn’t work that way way anymore because of zone defenses. When Shaq came…

  5. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  6. 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…

  7. Stan Van Gundy talks player minutes, criticism of resting guys

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    Stan Van Gundy still is speaking his mind. The former NBA coach and now employee of NBC Sports (doing some college color commentary, among other things) doesn’t get why so many coaches are getting fired, he still is tight with Dwight Howard, he doesn’t really think the media can impact a team (unless the team…

  8. 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…

  9. Royal Ivey to work out with Rockets, Spurs

    Aug 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Royal Ivey, Randy Foye

    Teams are now in the “who should we get for roster spot 13/14/15” mode, looking at names you know but will have little impact during the season. Names such as Royal Ivey, who has been in the NBA for nine seasons and spent the last one in Philadelphia, where he averaged 3.2 points a game…

  10. Jeremy Lin says Dwight Howard ‘really likes to play pick-and-roll,’ which may be news to Dwight Howard

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, and managed to average 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game despite the ball dominant ways of James Harden. The addition of Dwight Howard brings all kinds of new possibilities to the offense, at least on paper. That’s what Lin is counting on in…

  11. Mark Cuban, on whether this is a rebuilding year for the Mavericks: ‘Don’t even go there.’

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of the teams that made a pitch to Dwight Howard in free agency, and believed that with Dirk Nowitzki in the fold and with a roster’s worth of cap space available in advance of the 2014-15 season, that they’d be able to build a championship contender around Howard in just two…

  12. Report: Dwight Howard wanted D’Antoni fired, Kobe amnestied if he was to remain with Lakers

    Aug 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The Dwight Howard saga as it related to his decision to ultimately choose the Rockets over the Lakers in free agency has been well-chronicled, and it feels like we’ve heard just about all of the details surrounding the reasons for his departure. In short, Howard didn’t like the way he was being utilized in Mike…

  13. When you vote for West All-Star guards, who you going to snub?

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    When you sit down to fill out your All-Star ballot this year (or you may not sit down, you can do it from your phone while standing) who are you going to select as the starting guards in the West? Are you going to take Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, like last year? Smart money…

  14. Andre Drummond being leader, getting Pistons rookies into town early

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond, team leader. It’s just his second season and Detroit has a locker room with veterans such as Chauncey Billups and Josh Smith, but it has been Drummond reaching out to the Pistons rookies and telling Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell, and Peyton Siva to come to Detroit early for pre-camp workouts, reports the Pistons…

  15. Pistons agree to partially-guaranteed deal with Josh Harrellson

    Aug 20, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    The Pistons have reached an agreement to add free agent big man Josh Harrellson to the roster, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The contract will be partially guaranteed for this season, with a team option for a second year. Harrellson appeared in 37 games for the Knicks two years ago,…

  16. Jeremy Lin used to think he had to save Rockets’ basketball

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei

    While he was in the middle of the swirling vortex that was Linsanity in New York, Jeremy Lin talked about trying to keep his head about him and not get sucked into it. But he did a little — how could you not? — and that impacted how he played in Houston his first year.…

  17. Thomas Robinson says he feels “wanted” in Portland

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    One year ago Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 overall pick, now he enters he second NBA season already on his third team. He was drafted into the mess that was Sacramento, was traded to Houston where he showed some flashes but where he was mostly an asset to be moved in the Rockets’ Dwight…

  18. Should NBA referees wear Google glass?

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    This is not very likely to happen — the league wouldn’t let Victor Oladipo wear Google Glass to the NBA Draft, so they’re not about to let them wear it in games. But should they — wear glasses that record and upload what they see so we can see, so the league office can see…

  19. Mike D’Antoni says Lakers will have better chemistry next season (without Dwight Howard)

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    d'antoni dwight

    Mike D’Antoni didn’t mention Dwight Howard‘s name once in a lengthy interview with Mike Bresnahan that appeared in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. But the implication of what he did actually say was unmistakable. As you’re likely well aware by now, Howard was never a fit with the Lakers, and in hindsight, there was virtually zero…

  20. Daryl Morey defends Jeremy Lin in Reddit AMA

    Aug 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey did a Reddit AMA — which stands for “ask me anything.” For those who don’t know what this means, it is essentially a cool kids Q&A. As happens pretty much every time there is public discussion of the Rockets, Jeremy Lin takes some hits. He put up a nice 13.4 points…

  21. Rockets GM says team will experiment with Dwight Howard at power forward alongside Omer Asik at center

    Aug 16, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    dwight asik

    The Rockets have plenty of talent on the roster now that Dwight Howard is in place, so it makes sense that they’d experiment with their new toy as much as possible to find the most productive ways to utilize one of the best big men in the game. It was thought by many initially that…

  22. Lakers biggest challenge: Adapting tradition to changing times

    Aug 15, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    The legend, the tradition of the Lakers is not in question. In the past 14 years the Lakers have seven trips to the finals and five titles, and since the Buss family took over it is up to 10 titles. In the past 30 years they have simply been the best run, most successful franchise…

  23. Olajuwon describes Dwight Howard as “very raw”

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

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

    Houston has Kevin McHale as coach and hired Hakeem Olajuwon because they have two quality NBA big men — Dwight Howard and Omer Asik — who both can score but are not exactly polished on the offensive end. Particularly their new anchor, Howard. Actually, Olajuwon was blunt in assessing Howard that speaking with Rockets.com, saying…

  24. Jeremy Lin’s pretty funny take on fame: “You’ve changed bro” (VIDEO)

    Aug 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Jeremy Lin may have changed, but he still has a great sense of humor and he still doesn’t mind being the butt of the joke. This is an amusing video from Lin’s own YouTube channel, where he looks back on how those around him think fame has changed him — he’s not practicing enough for…

  25. Jim Buss says Dwight Howard ‘was never really a Laker’

    Aug 15, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Lakers did their due diligence in free agency this summer where Dwight Howard was concerned, getting the last word in their formal pitch after the coveted big man had met with other teams. In the end, Howard chose to sign with the Houston Rockets — a decision that many felt was a foregone conclusion…

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