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  1. NBA overseas roundup: Kevin Martin likely staying stateside

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin

    We told you the big news already — J.R. Smith had a potentially serious injury and AK47 had one that looks painful but will only keep him out a few weeks. But there is other news about NBA players looking overseas, so here is a roundup. • Rockets guard Kevin Martin is getting overseas options…

  2. Nike, Adidas not feeling pinch from NBA lockout. Yet.

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    For Nike, maybe basketball never does stop. There has been no NBA for Nike to promote its basketball shoes (which account for 95 percent of the basketball shoe market, thank you Michael Jordan). The marketing has continued, but the biggest stage for Nike remains dark. But that hasn’t hurt sales much, reports the Oregonian (via SLAM).…

  3. NBA coaches association head pleads for end of lockout

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    While the NBA lockout starts to reach the “fans are really getting ticked” portion of the program, we have another plea for sanity. It’s likely to fall on deaf ears, but we bring it to you anyway. Michael H. Goldberg, Executive Director NBA Coaches Association, wrote an open letter to both sides asking for the…

  4. Video: Ricky Rubio, other highlights from Gooden charity game

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Drew Gooden put on a charity fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation over the weekend in the Bay Area, but he wasn’t the star. This was the American debut of Ricky Rubio, the Spanish sensation who will be playing for the Timberwolves. Eventually. But he’s a highlight factory and in a wide-open game without defense he…

  5. Andrei Kirilenko suffers concussion, breaks nose in Russia

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Russia's Andrei Kirilenko vies with defe

    It’s the irony of calling the players that come out of Europe soft — the referees over there allow the game to be far more physical. Current free agent but long-time Jazz big man Andrei Kirilenko is evidence of that as he suffered a broken nose and a concussion when his head slammed into the…

  6. LeBron, Wade, ‘Melo to host four city “homecoming tour”

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Duane Wade, Carmelo Antho

    And the charity games just keep on coming… and in this case getting bigger. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony will headline a four-city homecoming tour with money raised from the games going to charity, reports the Associated Press. Other players will slide in and out of the tour, but those four…

  7. Video: Rondo with the off-the-head ally-oop to Rudy Gay

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    In case you wondered if anybody was playing defense at the charity games taking place lately, we bring this to you as evidence they are not. It also might still be the most entertaining ally-oop of the year. Rondo goes with the soccer header to Rudy Gay for the slam. Creative, got to give him…

  8. Man arrested after altercation with Rajon Rondo at club

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo was back Boston this week for a charity game, and with that cam an appearance at a nightclub in the area. At the end of the evening, a man took a swing at Rondo and was wrested to the ground and later arrested, reports the Lowell Sun. The man, Eric Valarezo, 31, was…

  9. J.R. Smith suffers potentially major knee injury in China

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This is the nightmare scenario, for both teams and players. Nuggets swingman J.R. Smith has apparently suffered a knee injury in his first game for his Chinese team, Zhejiang. It was a non-contact injury as he cut into the lane. We do not yet know the extent of the injury (you can watch the video…

  10. Video: Jimmy Kimmel has ideas to fill time on NBA TV

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t been watching NBA TV during the lockout, well, join the club. It’s been a steady stream of classic games (which can be fun), with “Teen Wolf” and “One on One” staring Robbie Benson mixed in. It’s painful. Jimmy Kimmel has some ideas to fill all that air time, and we thought we’d…

  11. President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one. Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes. But…

  12. Friday night video: Remember how great Magic Johnson was

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    I’ll admit my bias up front — Magic Johnson is my favorite player of all time. We talk all the time about the next Jordan or the next Bird (although there will never be anyone like them), but we can’t really talk about the next Magic because 6’9″ point guards with impossible court vision do…

  13. Former NBA player, UCLA star Walt Hazzard dies

    Nov 18, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Walt Hazzard, a guy who helped start UCLA’s glory years and went on to a 10-year NBA career, has passed away. Hazzard, 69, had been ill for some time and suffered complications from heart surgery. He passed surrounded by family and friends at UCLA Medical Center on Friday. Hazzard was co-captain and star of the…

  14. Retired NBA players are fighting amongst themselves, too

    Nov 18, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Charles Smith

    There may be no more NBA players union, just a sad litle NBA players trade association. But don’t you worry, we still have your NBA union drama fix. We just have to turn our attention to the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Even after they have retired, NBA players know how to screw things up…

  15. Buddies Rondo, Perkins want to play together overseas

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    When I hear Kevin Love is thinking about playing overseas, I can see it — a big man who can board and stretch the floor with his shot should blend in seamlessly in international basketball. I wonder if a point guard with an inconsistent jumper (to be kind) like Rajon Rondo and a big who…

  16. The NBA owners and the myth of competitive balance

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The owners got their money and it was not enough. The players offered to come far enough down on the split of revenue to cover all of the owners claimed losses of $300 million a year. And it was not enough. The owners demanded changes to the system so that any team can compete for…

  17. Jay-Z turns away NBA stars from GQ party VIP room

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Jay-Z

    Oh, the horror. This damn NBA lockout continues to cause NBA players untold pain. Like not being able to get in to the VIP areas of swank Los Angeles parties. Like the GQ party Thursday where Jay-Z was in attendance along with Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown,…

  18. Kevin Love considering offer to play in Turkey

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    In our overseas roundup Friday, we told you that Besiktas — the Turkish team that has Deron Williams — was making run at Luol Deng, to provide a little inside presence. They also are talking to Kevin Love, and he tells Yahoo Sports he is seriously considering it. “I’ve been going back and forth with…

  19. NBA owners going to sit back, wait out players

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The story today on NBA lockout moves is the same story we may be seeing for the next few weeks: Nothing. Nada. Zip. The NBPA filing a disclaimer of interest and walking away from the talks on Monday, followed by antitrust suits against the league, has not moved the owners one bit. Rather the opposite…

  20. Harvard business class takes a look at LeBron marketing

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Bashing LeBron James the brand has become a national past time. Maverick Carter — James confidant and business manager — has taken almost as much incoming fire as LeBron the past year. Since the decision to take his talents south, LeBron’s popularity has plummeted and some marketing options have dried up. There are all sorts…

  21. Owners will have a hard time waiting out Jeff Foster

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Foster

    The perception is that every NBA player is living life like Vinny Chase in Entourage. Women, drugs, parties, hangers on and money flowing out in a river. It happens. But not to everyone. Businessweek has a story with Jeff Foster, the Pacers center you usually think of as the other guy in the poster but…

  22. Today’s overseas roundup: Wade tells his agent to look around

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    In the days since the NBA labor talks blew up, conversations between NBA players and some overseas teams have picked up. Here’s a roundup of todays rumors and reports, but take it with a grain of salt. • Dwyane Wade has told his agent to start looking into things, reports our own Ira Winderman at…

  23. Video: Rudy Gay dunks on 25-foot rim, lands in colorful foam

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Gay Charity Game

    Odd little video here via TMZ (and I am a GM) where the Rudy Gay‘s shoulder looks fine as he leaps off a ledge to dunk on a 25-foot rim, then land in a pit of colorful foam squares. At least Gay is working on his game during the lockout. Sort of.

  24. Former NBA union head no fan of decertification strategy

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    A couple months back when PBT spoke with Charles Grantham, former head of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union that is now the players trade association — he said that there were some hills worth dying on for players in these labor talks. Things like guaranteed contracts or the owners’ idea of…

  25. Warren Sapp says “pretty boy” LeBron not built for NFL

    Nov 18, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Could LeBron James make it in the NFL? It’s a moot question, but thanks to this interminable lockout we have time to dwell on moot questions. Pete Carroll told him to come try out and James did practice with a high school team. LeBron is certainly athletic enough to be a tight end in the…

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