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PBT Friday morning one liners

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Here are some details on the latest effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento. They’re trying, but let’s understand this is a longshot. At best.

Steve Francis’ agent has pled guilty to tax evasion and a series of other crimes and is looking at a decade behind bars.

LeBron James has Kemba Walker’s back.

Another scouting report on Jimmer Fredette that came up with similar results to what scouts told us at PBT a while ago — if he’s just a shooter in the right system he’ll be okay, but don’t expect any defense.

A conversation with Rudy Fernandez.

Lamar Odom should be the Sixth Man of the Year. He qualifies because he has come off the bench more games than he started, even if he started more than 30 games.

Here’s another good case for Odom.

A tribute to Chicago’s bench mob.

Andrew Bynum is not apologetic for his hard foul that led to a two-game suspension.

Kendrick Perkins really likes Thabo Sefolosha and the wing defense he brings to Oklahoma City.


PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.