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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Report: In 2012, Magic had deal in place to trade Dwight Howard to the Rockets

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard made the decision to join the Rockets in free agency this summer, but he could have been playing for Houston last season and skipped the largely unpleasant experience he had with the Lakers entirely. Howard was in the process of forcing his way out of Orlando late in March of 2012, but ultimately…

  4. Kevin Durant and James Harden miss playing together (VIDEO)

    Aug 14, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Kevin Durant and James Harden sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (now the guys from ABC’s NBA pregame show although both had plenty of success before that) and talked about what it felt like when everyone’s favorite young team was broken up last season in OKC. Basically, they both miss playing together —…

  5. Dwight Howard after workouts with Hakeem Olajuwon: ‘It’s not about emulating Dream.’

    Aug 13, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wasn’t exactly receptive to criticism during his season with the Lakers, constructive or otherwise. He resisted playing the pick-and-roll offense that Mike D’Antoni wanted to run, and instead wanted more touches in the post, where the results were mixed at best. Howard is attempting to improve his play down low by working out…

  6. Al Harrington says winning wasn’t on the agenda in Orlando last season

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    Al Harrington is feeling healthy once again, and should he pass a team physical, he’ll be playing for the Wizards next season. Harrington is a 15-year NBA veteran, and like most in his situation, he wants to play for a team that’s focused on winning instead of rebuilding, as the Orlando Magic were last season.…

  7. adidas unveils latest signature shoe for Dwight Howard, the D Howard 4 (PHOTOS)

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    adidas D Howard 4, 6 (G66535)

    With the drama of a season with the Lakers behind him, Dwight Howard is beginning his fresh start with the Houston Rockets. He’ll be doing it with his latest signature shoe from adidas, the D Howard 4. From the official release: “The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style…

  8. Latest Foot Locker ad shows us James Harden can’t sing (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    Well, James Harden isn’t going to end up on Michele Obama’s hip-hop album. But he’s willing to poke a little fun at himself so this Foot Locker ad with Stephen Curry is pretty funny. And since it’s August “pretty funny” qualifies as its own post.

  9. Dwight Howard works out with Hakeem Olajuwon (PHOTOS)

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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

    When the Rockets announced the hiring of Hakeem Olajuwon shortly after securing the services of Dwight Howard in feee agency, the team said that the Hall of Fame big man would be coming on board to work with the centers on the roster. We all know that Howard was the target of that particular front…

  10. Magic let $17 million trade exception received in the Dwight Howard deal expire

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When Orlando traded Dwight Howard to the Lakers last summer, the team did so with a long-term vision of entering a full-fledged rebuild in mind. Made simpler, it meant that unless something truly incredible came across the desk of Magic GM Rob Hennigan, that it was fairly likely that the $17.8 million traded player exception…

  11. Kendrick Perkins working to have some semblance of an offensive game

    Aug 12, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Last season, other teams largely would ignore Kendrick Perkins on the offensive end. The Thunder would try to get him going pretty much every night, throwing the ball to him in the post on the first couple trips down the court, getting him some touches before letting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take over. How…

  12. Jeanie Buss says she wants Kobe to be “Laker for life”

    Aug 10, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Next summer, Kobe Bryant is a free agent. He could leave the Lakers to play anywhere he chooses. Not that anyone expects him to. With five rings already, he’s not going ring chasing. He’s expected to re-sign with the Lakers, and despite some public posturing he’s expected to take a lot less money to stay…

  13. Anthony Tolliver will take his talents to Charlotte

    Aug 10, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics

    Anthony Tolliver reportedly had as many as seven teams interested in his services for the upcoming season, but the free agent forward has apparently decided to take his talents to Charlotte. Tolliver and the Bobcats agreed on a one-year deal Saturday morning, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, though the former D-League standout…

  14. Dwight Howard dances with older lady at party

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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

    Well… I’d say that Instagram clip ruined “Love Train” for me, but Coors Light did that long ago. For the record that is Dwight Howard, newly of the Houston Rockets, and an older woman who is not afraid to put it out there, dancing together at a party. Hey, it’s the middle of August, this…

  15. Jeanie Buss thinks her dad could have kept Dwight Howard in L.A.

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    There were a multitude of reasons Dwight Howard bolted the Lakers to land with the Rockets, but in the end it all came down to trust — Howard didn’t trust the Lakers would feature him properly and build a contender around him. That’s the opposite of Kobe Bryant back in 2004 — Kobe was very…

  16. Ten NBA must-watch games this season

    Aug 6, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The NBA schedule is out and it’s a little like Christmas Day (unless you’re a beat reporter, then it’s explain to your wife how much you’ll be gone day, which is a lot less fun). Today is the day you can really start to taste the matchups that are coming. There are more good storylines…

  17. NBA releases 2013-14 schedule, here are your opening night and Christmas Day matchups

    Aug 6, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After several notable leaks over the past couple of weeks, we finally have the official version of the 2013-14 NBA schedule. Let’s get right to it by taking a look at the slate for some of the key dates in the season. OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, October 29 MAGIC at PACERS: The first game of the…

  18. Ralph Sampson says Rockets have built a “good foundation”

    Aug 6, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    ralph-sampson

    Ralph Sampson was part of the pitch to bring Dwight Howard to Houston — he’s a Hall of Famer and part of the Rockets history of big men. But like a guy who has been through the long grind of an NBA season, Sampson knows assembling good players is like having all the ingredients to…

  19. Monday And-1 Links: Watching Cody Zeller go to work

    Aug 5, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    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. • Here is what Cody Zeller was doing right at Summer League. • You…

  20. Harden finishes DeRozan alley-oop at Drew League (VIDEO)

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    The Drew League draws some of Los Angeles’ best to come on out for a little pro-am action. So sometimes you get Compton High’s DeMar DeRozan throwing the lob and Artesia High’s James Harden finishing the play. Impressively, we should add. Just a little summer fun.  Hat tip to Hoopmixtape and SLAM.

  21. Kurt Rambis not sure how fast Lakers can play next season

    Aug 5, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    The Lakers played pretty fast last season — they averaged the fifth most possessions per game in the league. (Houston was the fastest, have fun with that Dwight Howard.) Of course, Mike D’Antoni would like the Lakers to play faster. But Kurt Rambis doesn’t sound optimistic the Lakers can do that with the roster as…

  22. Mark Cuban talks in some detail about Mavericks’ decisions, past and present

    Aug 4, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    Mark Cuban can be as guarded as anyone in interviews — he sets the company line, but the NBA can be a place where details are few and far between from the mouths of cautious exeutives. Flying in the face of that, Cuban took to his personal blog Saturday with a 3,300 word missive, talking…

  23. Carmelo Anthony reiterates he will not have shoulder surgery

    Aug 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Carmelo Anthony played through the NBA playoffs last year with a shoulder injury, a partially torn labrum. That is an injury that can be slow to heal (just ask Dwight Howard) and sometimes requires surgery. Anthony said six weeks ago he did not want surgery. Speaking with the New York Daily News he reiterated he…

  24. Mark Cuban releases video Mavericks used in pitch to Dwight Howard

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    A+E Networks Hosts the NCTA Reception - Arrivals

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard considered in free agency, although their plan to first pair the center with an aging Dirk Nowitzki and then try to lure other stars to join the team a year later ended up not being the most appealing option. Teams go to great lengths to show…

  25. James Harden gives important Eurostep lessons in Nike’s latest #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Aug 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In Nike Basketball’s latest spot for the Summer Is Serious campaign, James Harden shows us the proper way to Eurostep, while making sure his beard remains properly fluffed between takes. When I think of current players known for their Eurostep, Harden is maybe third on my list behind Manu Ginobili and Dwyane Wade. The Ginobili…

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