NBA releases preseason schedule, games to be played in seven different countries

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The NBA got plenty of global exposure during the Summer Olympics, where USA Basketball took home the gold by sending a team made up of the world’s greatest players to compete, all of whom just happen to be members of the Association.

The league will continue to ride the international wave once its preseason schedule — which was released in its entirety on Thursday — kicks off on October 5, with games scheduled in seven countries outside the U.S. over a span of 19 days.

Here’s the complete breakdown of the international dates, via John Schuhmann of the dot com:

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Oct. 5 — Boston at Fenerbahce Ulker (NBA TV) – Istanbul, Turkey

Oct. 6 — Dallas at Alba Berlin (NBA TV) – Berlin, Germany

Oct. 7 – Boston at Emporio Armani Milano (NBA TV) – Milan, Italy

Oct. 9 — Dallas at FC Barcelona Regal (NBA TV) – Barcelona, Spain

NBA Mexico Game 2012

Oct. 7 — New Orleans vs. Orlando (NBA TV) – Mexico City, Mexico

NBA China Games 2012

Oct. 11 — Miami vs. L.A. Clippers Beijing (NBA TV) – Beijing, China

Oct. 14 — Miami vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV) – Shanghai, China

2012 NBA Canada Series

Oct. 19 — New York vs. Toronto – Montreal, Quebec

Oct. 24 — Detroit vs. Minnesota – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Seven of the nine international games will appear on NBA TV, with four more stateside games in the preseason being nationally televised on either TNT or ESPN.

DeMarcus Cousins barrels in for powerful putback dunk over Bucks (video)

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When DeMarcus Cousins builds up a head of steam like this… poor John Henson (and kind of Khris Middleton).

This helped the Pelicans pull away for a 115-108 win over the Bucks last night.

Enraged Jason Smith restrained from Mario Chalmers (video)

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During the Wizards’ win over the Grizzlies last night, Mario Chalmers tried to stop Jason Smith from shooting after Smith had been called for travelling. It’s a fairly common tactic, one pioneered by Kevin Garnett. Players don’t want their opponents to gain confidence by seeing the ball go through the net, even after play stops.

But Chalmers held onto Smith’s arm, and Smith took umbrage.

NBC Sports Washington:

I think it’s more likely, after halting Smith’s shot, Chalmers was trying to hold up Smith rather than yank him down. But I can’t know Chalmers’ intentions, and holding up a falling person by his arm isn’t very effective.

The double technical foul called seems about fair.

PBT Extra: Two months from trade deadline watch DeAndre Jordan and… Paul George?

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The NBA trade deadline got moved up this season to Feb. 8 so the league can avoid the spectacle of DeMarcus Cousins being traded during the All-Star Game and then doing an uncomfortable press interview afterward where he had to be told of the situation.

That means we are less than two months away from the trade deadline, and in this PBT Extra I look at the big names that could be on the market.

The Clippers seem likely to move DeAndre Jordan, the only questions are where and what will they get back? But three other teams have big decisions to make about their stars: Oklahoma City with Paul George, New Orleans with DeMarcus Cousins, and Memphis with Marc Gasol. Right now none of those guys are on the market, but that could change.

Trey Lyles dunks on Jayson Tatum then disrespects him far worse (video)

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Trey Lyles made a nice play in the Nuggets’ loss to the Celtics last night, driving by Jayson Tatum then dunking on him.

On the other hand, that swirl around Tatum’s head was not very nice at all.