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Hawks give 4-year extension to new starting PG Schroder (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:51:12 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have given new starting point guard Dennis Schroder a four-year contract extension.

Howard set to make hometown debut vs. Wizards (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:10:22 PDT)
The Washington Wizards will try to ensure the Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard Era gets off to a rocky start when they meet in the season opener on Thursday. Howard was the biggest offseason acquisition for the Hawks, who hope to return to the Eastern Conference finals and beyond. Atlanta signed the 6-foot-11 center to a three-year, $70 million deal in the offseason after incumbent center Al Horford took less money to sign with the Boston Celtics.

Celtics host Nets in Horford's Boston debut (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:17:45 PDT)
With expectations raised after the signing of free agent Al Horford, the Boston Celtics open the season with a home game against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. "Part of the reason I came here was because -- and I had a good situation in Atlanta like we've established before -- but when I looked at the guys who were here, I was like: 'It would be great to play with those guys,'" Horford said as he and his new team prepped for the opener. Signing a four-year, $113 million contract that surprised the basketball world and made him the biggest free agent signing ever for the tradition-rich Celtics, Horford left his Atlanta home and also left a Hawks team that eliminated the Celtics in the first round of last year's playoffs.

Wall, Beal say they're on same page, ready to lead Wizards (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:08:31 PDT)
With only one ball John Wall and Bradley Beal know they have to share it. The dynamic backcourt duo is standing squarely in the limelight and need to coexist successfully for the Washington Wizards to get back to the playoffs. Wall is healthy again after having surgery on each knee, and Beal is fresh off signing a $128 million, five-year contract that ranked among the richest in the NBA this offseason.

Here are 10 things to know going into the NBA season (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:59:54 PDT)
MIAMI (AP) -- The offseason is over. And only 1,230 games are left until the playoffs start.

Jump it up: NBA poised for season unlike any it has ever had (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:34:35 PDT)
The story lines are as long as a Stephen Curry 3-pointer. LeBron James is holding the title in Cleveland and Kevin Durant has settled in Golden State, so the NBA Finals could be headed for the same destination again next June. ''I think there is a somewhat an inevitability of this Cleveland-Warriors meeting in the finals again, which can sometimes make you overlook how enjoyable the regular season can be if you love basketball,'' ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said.

Rockets lose guard Beverley for opening six weeks
(Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:44:27 PDT)
Patrick Beverley, the Houston Rockets' backcourt starter alongside top scorer James Harden, will miss at least 20 games to start the NBA season with a left knee injury. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Beverley will miss the first six weeks of the upcoming campaign, which begins for Houston on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Lakers. Eric Gordon, Tyler Ennis, P.J. Hairston and K.J. McDaniels figure to share time at point guard in place of 28-year-old Beverley, who averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game last season.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Chicago Bulls (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:53:51 PDT)
The Chicago Bulls made the big, mad coach go away during the 2015 offseason, as they had to. The relationship between the Bulls front office and former coach Tom Thibodeau, due to massive missteps on the part of both sides, was beyond repair. Thibodeau had to go, and while it would have been just as effective to lose the presidential pairing of personnel chiefs John Paxson and Gar Forman along the way, teams can survive with a good-enough roster, sound coaching, and a front office with a series of screwups in its past.

Harden ready to help Rockets bounce back this season (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:30:10 PDT)
When the NBA season tips off, James Harden will be able to run Mike D'Antoni's famed seven seconds or less offense in games that count. The question is whether the scheme of Houston's new coach will be enough to help the Rockets bounce back after last year's disappointing season. Harden was second in the NBA with a career-high 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds were also career bests.

Will it work? A look at some NBA free agent deals of note (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:24:02 PDT)
MIAMI (AP) -- Out of the nearly $4 billion worth of new contracts that were signed this offseason, some of them seem fairly certain to benefit the team that's laying out the money.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:42:27 PDT)
The Cleveland Cavaliers might not have been the kind of team likely to suffer from a championship hangover, anyway. “We’re still pretty much uptight,” James recently said, according to Tom Withers of The Associated Press. As soon as Kevin Durant announced he would join the Golden State Warriors — the team that had just posted a record-setting 73 wins, and the foe the Cavs had just knocked off to win it all — Cleveland had a new mountain to climb, a new dragon to slay, a new quest to complete.

Jeremy Lin gets chance to lead rebuilding Nets in Brooklyn (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:00:01 PDT)
Jeremy Lin was briefly the biggest thing in the Big Apple, maybe in all of basketball, the last time he played in New York. Linsanity didn't last long and neither did Lin's time as a starting point guard. The Brooklyn Nets are giving Lin the keys to their team and believe he's ready to run it.

Davis returns with 33 points in Pelicans' last exhibition (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:58:58 PDT)
The New Orleans Pelicans would have been happy just seeing Anthony Davis on the court.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:48:57 PDT)
Oct 20 (The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Hawks waived veteran guard Jarrett Jack, the team announced Thursday. Jack has been unable to practice after suffering torn knee ligaments last season. He missed all seven of the Hawks' exhibition games this preseason. - - Philadelphia 76ers veteran forward Elton Brand announced his retirement at the team's training complex in Camden, N.J. Over 17 NBA seasons, Brand has appeared in 1,058 career games with 868 starts, posting averages of 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. ...

Hawks like their new-look lineup with Howard, Schroder (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:47:19 PDT)
There was a buzz in the Hawks' locker room after their long-awaited first look at their new starting five together. Clearly, Atlanta's new big man has generated big expectations for the season. The Hawks' final home preseason game on Tuesday night provided the first chance for forward Paul Milsap, who has made three straight All-Star teams, to play beside center Dwight Howard, an eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Indiana Pacers (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:08:44 PDT)
An outsider would be forgiven for seeing the Indiana Pacers’ 2015-16 season as something of a return to normalcy. After narrowly missing out on a postseason berth the previous season as Paul George played only a handful of games, Indiana rebounded with 45 wins, the No. 7 seed in the East, and a top-three ranking in points allowed per 100 possessions. A seven-game elimination at the hands of the Toronto Raptors suggested that the Pacers were not terribly far off from rising back to their former position as top challengers to Whichever Team LeBron James Plays For, albeit with clear needs to become more consistent and add new offensive wrinkles.

A look at the NBA coaching changes entering this season (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:37:58 PDT)
Coaches changing jobs is an annual rite in the NBA, and one-third of the league's 30 teams have changed coaches since last season ended. Here's a look at the 10 coaches in new jobs:

Sixers forward Brand retires after 17 seasons
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:26:56 PDT)
Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand retired Thursday, calling it quits at age 37 after 17 NBA seasons since being the first overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft. Brand played in 1,058 career games, 868 of them as a starter, for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and 76ers.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Detroit Pistons (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:20:49 PDT)
In their second season under Stan Van Gundy, the Detroit Pistons improved from a 32-win also-ran to a respectable-as-heck 44-38 squad. With Jackson in his first full year at the controls, Detroit took care of the ball, posting the NBA’s eighth-lowest turnover rate and allowing its fifth fewest points off turnovers. With Drummond vacuuming up caroms at a league-best clip, they dominated the boards, posting the NBA’s second-highest rebounding percentage (tops on the defensive glass) and giving up the league’s fewest second-chance points.

76ers veteran Elton Brand announces retirement (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:46:27 PDT)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has announced his retirement.

Horford's addition gives Celtics high hopes for new year (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:52:50 PDT)
From afar, Al Horford has always had respect for the history of the Boston Celtics. As the Celtics biggest free agent signing since then, Horford - with his four-year, $113 million contract - is now the centerpiece of the franchise as it chases banner No. 18. The immediate goal is to help Boston advance past the first round of the playoffs for first time since 2012.

In the East, it's the Cavs and then everyone else - again (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:25:16 PDT)
The Cleveland Cavaliers know what it feels like to enter the season as Eastern Conference favorites. The rest of the East has spent the last six years unsuccessfully trying to unseat LeBron James from the throne. Whether he has been in Cleveland or Miami, James has led his team to the NBA Finals every year since 2011.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Utah Jazz (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:31:34 PDT)
Lead guard Dante Exum looked as skittish and ill-prepared as any teenaged point guard prospect with limited low-end international experience would during his 2014-15 rookie season, but his offseason ACL tear cast a bit of a pall on a Jazz team that was hoping to turn a corner and make the playoffs for just the second time since Jerry Sloan left the franchise. Instead, the Jazz slowed the pace behind a pair of should-be reserves at point guard and weathered the too-critical storm of significant injuries to a point where they didn’t embarrass, yet didn’t contend. Exum missed the entire season, the Jazz fell a win short of hitting the .500 mark, and the payoff was yet another year of Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors’ youth wasted, coupled with placement at the bottom of the NBA’s draft lottery.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Milwaukee Bucks (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:43:50 PDT)
The Milwaukee Bucks are entering the 2016-17 NBA season with a potentially still-growing 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo playing point guard, and the basketball world is pretty excited about it. After Michael Carter-Williams, the point guard who Milwaukee just dealt for backup Chicago Bulls wing Tony Snell, suffered a season-ending hip injury in late February — starting on Leap Day of all days — Antetokounmpo averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.4 combined blocks and steals over the final 23 games of 2015-16.

The Hawks' coach left a game after getting trucked on the sideline (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:05:18 PDT)
Mike Budenholzer wants to know if anyone got the license plate number of that truck. Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer entered Tuesday night’s preseason game with a cast on his right hand, a covering intended to protect the paw after recent surgery to repair a broken finger. Unfortunately, Pelicans guard Langston Galloway is a lot bigger than a ball, and a lot harder to steer aside.

A pair of NBA coaches sidelined with illness and injury (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:30:33 PDT)
Injuries and illness had a clear impact on Tuesday's slate of NBA preseason games.

Hawks' Budenholzer leveled in collision near team bench (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:48:35 PDT)
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was escorted to the locker room late in the first half of Tuesday night's preseason win over New Orleans after being bowled over by Pelicans guard Langston Galloway, who was chasing a loose ball. The second-quarter collision with Galloway knocked Budenholzer over the first row of seats and into the press seating. Assistant coach Darvin Ham, who took over for the remainder of the game, said Budenholzer did not aggravate his hand injury in the collision.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Oklahoma City Thunder (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:26:06 PDT)
Before the Golden State Warriors could blow a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder had to go and blow a 3-1 lead of its own in the Western Conference finals against those same Warriors. In a vacuum, noticing the “Lost NBA Western Conference finals (3-4)” designation next to the 2015-16 Thunder’s name might not seem all that galling. This was the first full (technically, as the 2011-12 turn was lockout-addled) and healthy season that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook paired together as championship contenders while working in their primes, and falling just short of taking that act to the Finals (especially with Game 7 played on the road, against a team that was pining for its 85th win in 99 tries) looks like a worthy, if not slightly disappointing, exercise.

BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Portland Trail Blazers (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:18:10 PDT)
The Portland Trail Blazers were undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable surprises of the 2015-16 NBA season. After losing four starters in the summer of 2015, the Blazers reassembled themselves around star point guard Damian Lillard in the hopes that they could rebuild a playoff team without racing to the bottom. Lillard welcomed the pressure of his new role, third-year guard C.J. McCollum thrived as second scorer and playmaker to nab Most Improved Player honors, and additions like Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee contributed consistently at both ends in ways that should cement their reputations for years.

Woes of 2013 draft class all over the court on Monday night (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:36:51 PDT)
When Michael Carter-Williams was traded for backup wing Tony Snell on Monday, it further underscored just how disappointing the 2013 NBA draft class has been.

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