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  1. Keeping Hill in free agency Phoenix’s “top priority”

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    HILL_GRANT

    From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: At 7 a.m. Phoenix time, the Suns began talking to agents of players. That meant checking in on some of their own guys but the first calls needed to go to the agents of free-agent players to show the Suns’ interest. The Suns will be feeling out the market for…

  2. Nets reportedly interested in Nene, Tyson Chandler

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard: NJ will pursue free agents Nene & Tyson Chandler in hopes of landing 1. Could use either as trade bait to land Howard or players around him. Seeing as to how center Brook Lopez is one of New Jersey’s core players, this report is a bit baffling. Nene is the best…

  3. Penny, The Worm, The Glove, Uncle Cliffy, and more players with awesome nicknames are going to Asia

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Penny Glove China Tour

    From ballislife.com: Think back to 1995 when the unstoppable Chicago Bulls with Pippen and Rodman were battling the beasts in East like Penny Hardaway and the Orlando Magic & Western conference teams like the Supersonics lead by Gary Payton and the Houston Rockets with Clyde Drexler.  It was to many basketball fans the greatest time…

  4. Jamal Crawford is in high demand. Why?

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    More good stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe: Jamal Crawford is a confounding player. He has a fairly high-profile, takes the sort of difficult crunch-time jumpers that make highlight reels and just looks the part of a dynamic NBA player. LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge have both recruited Crawford, an impending free agent, via Twitter the…

  5. Arron Afflalo talks free agency, efficiency, and the Bulls

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe recently did a great interview with forward Aaron Afflalo, who is a free agent after four seasons with Detroit and Denver. Here are a few highlights: SI.com: The Nuggets have had a crazy offseason, with Nene about to be an unrestricted free agent and three different free agents (J.R. Smith, Kenyon…

  6. Scalabrine says 2010-11 Bulls were “not really close” to winning a championship

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    scalabrinedark

    From CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam: The always-entertaining Brian Scalabrine, currently playing in Italy for Benetton Treviso, recently did an interview with HoopsHype.com. In it, he addressed a variety of topics, including last season’s Bulls team, which he described as “not really close” to winning a championship, in comparison to the two Boston Celtics teams he was…

  7. Luol Deng considering playing overseas

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    From CSNChicago.com’s Aggrey Sam: Born in South Sudan and growing up in London, Luol Deng exploring the option of playing abroad during the ongoing NBA lockout doesn’t come as a surprise. A posting on the website of his agency, Interperformances, Tuesday, stated the Bulls small forward was “considering to play overseas.” Deng reportedly told British-based website mvp247.com,…

  8. Reports: Lockout talks break down over BRI split

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    According to multiple sources, the lockout talks between the player’s union and the owners have hit an impasse over the BRI split. The players want 52%, the owners want to give them 50%, and neither side is budging. Talks for the day are reportedly over, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, no future talks have been scheduled…

  9. Greg Oden can now run

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    ODEN_GREG

    From Oden’s Facebook page (via Blazer’s Edge): In LA right now working out. I ran the other day for the first time in awhile. Felt good! The 2007 #1 pick’s NBA career has been decimated by a series of brutal knee injuries, and he underwent the 2nd microfracture surgery of his career 11 months ago.…

  10. LeBron James makes fun of his hairline, then tries to recruit Steve Nash and Jamal Crawford

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    LeBron James has drawn criticism over the past few years for coming across as narcissistic and/or programmed in his public statements, completely turning the city of Cleveland against him with “The Decision,” melting down in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals and the 2011 NBA Finals, and his receding hairline. To his credit, LeBron showed a sense…

  11. Friday Video: Kevin McHale working in the post

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    1. This is my favorite YouTube highlight video of all time. One of my big NBA theories is that what makes an NBA player great is not the ability to convert difficult shots, but to create easy ones. Most YouTube highlight videos, by their nature, are a compilation of difficult long jumpers or a quick cut to…

  12. Owners of teams with great rosters are eager for season to begin

    Oct 21, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst has some news that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody: If it were up to Heat owner Micky Arison, his team would be preparing for its final three preseason games right now and he’d be spending the majority of his time running his cruise lines and not at labor meetings in…

  13. Lockout talks have stopped, things looking extremely grim

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Just when things were starting to look up — federal mediators! Marathon bargaining sessions! Small concessions from both sides! — it’s starting to look very, very grim for NBA fans once again. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, talks between the owners and the players have stopped, and the lockout has suffered what Wojnarowski calls…

  14. Deron Williams is blogging from Turkey and playing some 2-guard

    Oct 20, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is over in Turkey, playing pro basketball for Beskitas, and he’s blogging about the whole experience on his website. Here’s a quick excerpt: This is my first year playing international ball, so I’m still just trying to figure everything out with regard to my role. Obviously I’ve played in…

  15. Chicago Tribune: 82-game season “could be salvaged”

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Things are looking grim. The first two weeks of the season have been cancelled, and cancellation of games through Christmas Day may be coming soon. However, one league source gave the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson a sliver of hope for NBA fans: Another league source said that, despite Stern’s cancellation, there still is a possibility…

  16. David West’s agent says David West is healthy

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    david-west-torn-acl

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent David West, one of top players on market, has doctor’s full clearance to return after ACL surgery, agent Lance Young tells Y! West averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, and his combination of a good inside game and a reliable pick-and-pop jump shot has made him…

  17. This is a video from Russia of Andrei Kirilenko dancing the Macarena

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Kirilenko Tattoo

      I’m guessing that this was hosted by Kirilenko’s new Russian team, which would honestly make me look at the Heat’s “welcome party” from last off-season in an entirely new light. (I’m not sure if I would like it more, I’d just think of it differently.) If Kirilenko’s giant World of Warcraft back tattoo had…

  18. Blake Griffin cuts foot, will miss OKC charity game

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Clippers forward, reigning Rookie of the Year, reigning Dunk Contest Champion, and former Oklahoma college superstar Blake Griffin will not be playing in a star-studded exhibition game this Sunday because of a cut he suffered while in the ocean: Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin has been forced to pull out of the…

  19. Quote of the day: Billy Hunter is frustrated, metaphorically armed

    Oct 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    “If someone wants to point a gun at my head, I’ll point it right back at him.”  -NBAPA chief Billy Hunter at the NBPA press conference, regarding David Stern’s comments about the possible cancellation of games until Christmas if a new CBA deal doesn’t get worked out soon. Reading between the lines just a little…

  20. What the 76ers should do if the lockout ends

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    DCollins_TYoung

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Philadelphia 76ers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. After a miserable 09-10 campaign, the 76ers made their way back to…

  21. Stoudemire calls Turiaf, Diaw “smelliest players in the league”

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Columnist and ESPN host Dan Le Batard recently had Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire on his show, and at around the 3:00 mark of the interview, he asked Stoudemire who the smelliest players in the league are. Here’s Stoudemire’s response, courtesy of I am a GM and The Basketball Jones: Dan Le Batard: Kevin Love told…

  22. Udonis Haslem gets cleared to play basketball, would like to play NBA basketball soon

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Udonis Haslem‘s twitter account is less than 24 years old, but he’s already using it to post major news and his opinions about the lockout: How ironic. Just got cleared by doctors for full workouts. Hardwood here I come. LET US PLAY #STANDUNITED A foot injury caused Haslem to miss most of the regular season and…

  23. Rudy Gay talks about his shoulder injury, recovery

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay, who was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch the Grizzlies’ incredible playoff run last season, recently sat down and talked with Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams about his recovery from the serious shoulder injury he suffered: What’s it like to get back on the court? I was excited and kind of had to crash.…

  24. Nash makes twitter plea for owners to end lockout

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has never been shy about his opinions, and today he’s using his twitter account to ask the owners to end the ongoing NBA lockout. Here’s what he tweeted: The NBA has experienced over 60 yrs of growth with new growth projected using the current model. After a banner year the players are still willing…

  25. Brandon Jennings is playing a lot of pickup basketball

    Oct 5, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Over the lockout, there have been a lot of very good stories about what NBA players are doing to keep busy while they wait for news on when the season is going to start. Here’s the latest one of those stories, a lengthy and interesting profile of LA native Brandon Jennings’ Summer basketball regimen by…

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