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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Report: Paul George, Pacers finalizing five-year max contract

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Of the 15 players who made the All-NBA first, second or third team last season, Paul George was the youngest. On a related note, the 23-year-old is also arguably the most raw star in the league. Even though he just won Most Improved Player, George can become a a more-polished ball-handler and take his game…

  16. In memoir, Jeanie Buss says she was “stunned” Lakers didn’t hire Phil Jackson

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    9th Annual G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala - Red Carpet

    One more time down this well traveled road…. We all pretty much know how the Lakers hiring of Mike D’Antoni went down at this point: In short, Jim Buss wants to bring back more of a “ShowTime” feel and wanted to hire D’Antoni, they went through the motions with Phil Jackson thinking he wouldn’t want…

  17. Five things to know about the EuroBasket 2013 Championship Game

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    BASKETBALL-EURO2013-FRIENDLY-FRA-GEO

    Who: France vs Lithuania. The French squad features five current NBA players in Tony Parker (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Blazers), Boris Diaw (Spurs), Nando De Colo (Spurs) and Joffrey Lauvergne (Nuggets). Former NBA players Johan Petro, Alexis Ajinca and Mickael Gelabale are on the roster as well. The Lithuanian squad features only two NBA players in Donatas…

  18. Jeremy Lin speaks about playing in the shadow of Linsanity

    Sep 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    No matter what happens from here, Jeremy Lin‘s unexpected rise to prominence with the New York Knicks two years ago will always be one the greatest stories in sports. Lin was the Vince Papale of hoops; the real life Rocky of the hardwood. It was impossible not to get caught up in Linsanity, just as it…

  19. Friday And-1 links: The sad tale of Korleone Young

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    korleone Young

    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 Brazilians like spectacular soccer goals…. • If you read one thing today…

  20. Adam Silver says he doesn’t think tanking works

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    We haven’t even started the season — he’s not even commissioner yet — and already Adam Silver seems bothered by talking about tanking. Well, a lot more questions are coming this year, tanking is going to be one of the big topics around the league this season. With a deep and loaded draft next season…

  21. Hakeem Olajuwon regrets describing Dwight Howard as ‘raw’

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Dwight Howard the person through his last season in Orlando and during his ill-fated stint with the Lakers, it’s that he’s extremely sensitive to anything that can be perceived as negative that’s being said about him, in virtually any context. Howard has been working out with Hakeem Olajuwon…

  22. Derrick Rose says he won’t recruit free agents to play with him in Chicago

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    d rose lebron

    Recruiting has always been a way of life in college sports, but free agents on the professional level have historically made decisions based more on money, location, and chances of winning (usually in that order) over everything else. But the league has shifted in recent years. There was a time when superstars relished the opportunity…

  23. Olajuwon says Howard/Lin combo can be “very deadly”

    Sep 18, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Let’s remember that big man legend and guru Hakeem Olajuwon is an employee of the Houston Rockets now — everything he said comes with an element of spin. That doesn’t mean it’s all wrong, either. After working out with them, Olajuwon is very high on the potential of a Dwight Howard/Jeremy Lin combo, he told…

  24. Rockets’ GM Morey: There are at least three teams better than us

    Sep 18, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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

    Expectations are high around the Rockets. They made big strides last season getting James Harden in the fold, playing an exciting up-tempo brand of basketball, winning 45 games and getting into the playoffs. Then they went out and got Dwight Howard. The talk in Houston is of a title — this team is a contender…

  25. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    Last season: If you’ll recall, New York’s offseason leading up to last year was widely regarded as a joke. Jeremy Lin was let go, Raymond Felton was brought in, and then the Knicks seemed to sign all the oldest players available in free agency. But with the benefit of hindsight, the Knicks did about as well…

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