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  1. Warriors’ owner says team was ‘a lot closer than people realize’ to landing Dwight Howard in free agency

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

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

    Before ultimately deciding to sign with the Rockets, Dwight Howard met with four other teams in free agency — the Lakers, the Mavericks, the Hawks, and the Warriors. No one on the outside truly believed that Howard would end up anywhere but Houston or Los Angeles, and Golden State especially appeared to be a long…

  2. What if Russell Westbrook is never quite as explosive again?

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is just 25 years old and diligent about recovery from the meniscus injury he suffered last playoffs. We’ve seen him throw his crutches into the pool, but we’ve now also seen him need a second surgery to clean everything up. Still, he has said when he comes back he will be the same…

  3. Dwight Howard says he feels like a villain, relates to LeBron

    Oct 3, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    After the LeBron James “decision” process and television show, myself and a lot of others said that nobody could make a bigger public relations mess of their switching teams than LeBron. Then along came Dwight Howard. Two years of a roller coaster that had him out of Orlando, spending an uncomfortable year in Los Angeles,…

  4. Report: Dwight Howard hit 8 of 10 free throws with his eyes closed

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    I can hear the Lakers fans now — “Why didn’t he just shoot them that way last season? Couldn’t have been any worse.” Free throw shooting has been Dwight Howard’s kryptonite on the court, he shot just 49 percent the last two seasons (he is a career 57.7 percent from the stripe). It leads to…

  5. 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…

  6. LeBron James tops NBA’s worldwide jersey sales list

    Oct 2, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is coming off of back-to-back NBA titles and consecutive regular season MVP awards, while being widely recognized as the best basketball player on the planet. That last part was recently hammered home from a global popularity standpoint, as well. LeBron topped the league’s worldwide jersey sales list, in figures released on Wednesday. From…

  7. Glen Davis says surgically repaired foot will never be the same

    Oct 2, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Before he went down last season, Big Baby was having the best season of his career. Forced into a larger role with Dwight Howard on another coast, Glen Davis stepped up his game and was averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds a game — he wasn’t dominating, but he was solid. Which is a good…

  8. Because apparently you can’t get enough, a Dwight Howard documentary is coming

    Oct 2, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Haven’t had your fill of Dwight Howard drama yet? I’m kidding. I know we all have. We’re all weary of him and his off-the-court spectacle, weary of the discussion of how he got to Houston (or left Los Angeles, if you prefer). We’re sick of the endless image battle — we just want to see…

  9. Report: Stan Van Gundy told Dwight Howard to go to Houston

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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

    Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard are still tight. Despite all the drama in Orlando a couple years back they text regularly and both say they have a good relationship. What, you’ve never fought with a friend then made up? That’s what we guys do. So when Dwight Howard was faced last summer with the…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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)….…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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