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Wednesday morning one liners


Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT.

Steve Kerr absolutely rips Dan Gilbert. And he’s right.

Andre Iguodala is impressing at Sixers camp.

Shawn Kemp award contestant: DeSagana Diop said that he is 25 lbs overweight.

The Lakers and Knicks lead the league with the highest ticket prices. As to be expected. The Miami Heat are third, the Bulls are fourth.

Eddy Curry has yet to practice with the Heat or talk to the media in Miami. I know, we’re all shocked.

There has been very little talk about Arron Afflalo, a player a lot of GMs covet who is a restricted free agent. The Nuggets are making progress toward re-signing him.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will remain with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Knicks may add Mo Evans, who spent most of his summer in New York anyway as a member of the union’s bargaining team.

Drew Gooden is saying he still has pain in his foot, not good for a player who has battled plantar fasciitis for a while now. All that rest and here we are.

Interesting thoughts about Gerald Green joining the Lakers.

Marco Belinelli signed a qualifying offer to remain in New Orleans. David Stern did not block the move, which means it is good for “basketball reasons.”

The Warriors inked their prized rookie, Klay Thompson.

Gary Forbes reportedly has a three year deal with the Raptors (the third year is a team option).

The Bobcats, Raptors, Trail Blazers and Rockets all would like to land the PBT personal favorite Reggie Williams.

Shelden Williams signed on to be a New Jersey Net.

Lazar Hayward has goes from the Timberwolves to the Thunder. Nice upgrade.

Boris Diaw — all 6’8” of him — is going to spend some time at the center spot for the Bobcats.

Ben Wallace got probation on his DUI and gun charges.

Under Armour and the the NBA now have a deal. This means Under Armour can use NBA logos and jersys in their advertising.

Watch Blake Griffin hit a half court shot. Sitting down.

Don’t worry, rookie hazing is alive and well in the NBA.

PBT Extra bold prediction: Is this Andrew Wiggins’ breakout season?

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Minnesota is going to be entertaining to watch this season. A healthy Ricky Rubio (hopefully) dishing at the point, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a high-IQ passer, and bench players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne have shown some skills.

Then there’s Andrew Wiggins. The reigning Rookie of the Year developed quickly last season — particularly his jump shot — and he should make a big leap this season. He’s going to dunk on people and end up in a lot of highlight packages while putting up a lot of points.

Enough to set the Minnesota Timberwolves single game scoring record, currently held at 52 by Mo Williams? That’s the question for this PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.

Derrick Rose being back for start of season in question

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The Bulls have said Derrick Rose is about a week away from returning after suffering a facial fracture this preseason.

The start of the NBA season is two weeks from today (Oct. 27).

So Rose will be ready to go when the Bulls start their season that first night against Cleveland, right? Don’t bet on it, says Vincent Goodwill of, quoting coach Fred Hoiberg.

The opening night projection for a Derrick Rose return is a bit murky at this point, as the Bulls are taking a cautious approach to his recovery with Fred Hoiberg essentially ruling him out for the rest of the preseason.

“Most likely (out for the preseason),” Hoiberg said….

In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rose sit out the first handful of games, as the Bulls start the season with a three-game in four-night stretch starting Oct. 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is in two weeks.

“That will be in consideration, sure,” Hoiberg said. “We gotta make sure, he really hasn’t done anything and that will be a good two or three weeks where he has total inactivity, so just to throw him back out there going 100 percent with his speed and everything, you just don’t want to take any risks, chances, where it could be a lingering issue.”

Just what TNT and the NBA hoped for with an opening night Bulls vs. Cavaliers showcase: Kirk Hinrich vs. Mo Williams. (Don’t forget Kyrie Irving will miss the start of the season recovering from his knee surgery.)

Of course, this is the smart play for the Bulls who need to be thinking about getting Rose fully healthy and focusing on what condition he will be come April 27, not Oct. 27.

And of course, a lot of Bulls fans who are down on Rose will slam him for this. Even though the injury was a freak accident and the team is right to be patient.

Rose could play opening night, if he gets back to practice next week and can get closer to basketball shape. But I wouldn’t bet on it.