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  1. Antoine Walker back in the D-League. Everybody shimmy!

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    It’s good to have Antoine Walker news that involves a basketball court and not a court of law. Walker is about to join the Idaho Stampede for the upcoming D-League season, the team announced Thursday. The former Celtics All-Star averaged 16 points per game in 43 games for Idaho last season. He had a 12-year…

  2. Why are there 82 games anyway? Nobody really knows.

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    If there seems to be one consensus among fans and pundits as the discussion of a post-lockout NBA schedule picks up steam, it is this: The NBA season is too long. It is 82 games, as it has been since most of us can remember. As it has been since most of us were born.…

  3. NBA owners, players back at bargaining table Thursday

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    This is good. There is a growing sense of optimism from both the NBA owners and players sides that a deal is there to be had — and now they are both actually working hard toward it. Less than 11 hours after they walked away from the bargaining table at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, representatives…

  4. Video: Joe Smith argues with a pumpkin. Yes, a pumpkin.

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Joe Smith

    What, you want another post breaking down the minutia of the NBA lockout? Or, do you want an NBA journeyman and most recent Laker arguing with a pumpkin? Exactly. So, here you go. Joe Smith arguing with a pumpkin. Enjoy. Hat tip to The Basketball Jones.

  5. Apparently Humphries/Kardashian marriage is not perfect. Shocking.

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    They really need to end the lockout. Soon. So we can talk about basketball. In that absence we bring you this bit of shocking news — things may not be “happily ever after” for free agent forward Kris Humphries and reality star Kim Kardashian. First came reports that former Nets forward Humphries is weary of…

  6. Economist Murphy takes us all to school on players stance

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    Kevin Murphy is smarter than you. And me. And David Stern and Billy Hunter and everyone else in the negotiating room. There’s no objective way to prove that, but do you have a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant?” Are you the guy the people who wrote “Freakanomics” think is the smartest person they know? That’s Murphy.…

  7. Kings struggle to keep all those new sponsors happy

    Oct 27, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Kings Farewell Basketball

    It is one of the key reasons the Kings are still the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento Mayor walked up to the NBA’s owners — not the Maloof brothers that own the Kings, but the rest of them — and said he could bring in $10 million more in local corporate sponsorship. Then he went out and…

  8. Video: New Under Armour ad speaks to hoops purist in us

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    There may be optimism, but there is still a lockout. I’m sick of writing about BRI splits and punitive luxury taxes. I miss basketball. So this new ad from Under Armour works for me right now. It features Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams, but it’s the message that works. In that vein, I pass…

  9. Don’t worry Warrior fans, Mark Jackson isn’t going to work too hard

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    NBA coaches tend to be workaholics. Guys who spend countless hours studying film, coming up with game plans and finding ways to pass that information on to players in a manner they can digest. Those are long, long days. Not Mark Jackson. The New Warriors coach spoke with Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com and said he…

  10. Iverson says family issues behind him, wants one more shot

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    Guys who are 36 years old, are coming off an injury and played last season overseas don’t usually get another shot at the NBA. But Allen Iverson has never fit the mold. Iverson has said for a while that he wants another shot at ending his career in the NBA. He reiterated that to Marc…

  11. Can a full 82 game season be saved? Maybe, but it shouldn’t.

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    padlockap

    Thursday morning’s 4 a.m. press conference following a marathon 15-hour negotiating session between the NBA and its players took a few interesting turns. Specifically when discussion turned to how much of an NBA season there would be if a deal could be reached soon. (That’s a big if, there’s a lot of ground to cover…

  12. J.R. Smith learning the good, bad of playing in China

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

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

    The Chinese Basketball Association has an insanely high turnover rate for Western players who sign on. The basketball is different, but more so it’s the radical culture change that players struggle with, things like the food. J.R. Smith is getting some of that, but he’s adjusting. A fascinating post over at Sheridanhoops.com breaks down the…

  13. After 15 hours of meetings, “some progress” in NBA labor talks

    Oct 27, 2011, 3:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    I’ve got to say this for the owners and players, when they sit down to talk they don’t get up. NBA owners and players union representatives met for more than 15 hours in New York Wednesday — going until 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning. The two sides will get back at it on Thursday at 2…

  14. Beasley sues AAU coach, former agent in one ugly mess

    Oct 27, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    College recruiting is an ugly, dirty business. One most basketball fans just try to ignore it because, well, we love the game and don’t like to see its reputation sullied. But a lawsuit filed by Timberwolves forward brings it all out in the open, as reported by the Washington Post. In September Joel Bell, Beasley’s…

  15. World All Star Classic tour will go on, minus a few stars

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    It will be the biggest summer showcase yet — what the promoters are humbly calling a “showcase of unprecedented proportions” — with a galaxy of NBA stars. Just ignore the few black holes. Even after some defections there will be a World All-Star Classic tour, starting in Puerto Rico on Oct. 30 (Sunday). From there…

  16. Allen Iverson has lined up some big names for Vegas game

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    UPDATE 9:51 pm: The format for this weekend has now been announced. All the players will be broken out into four teams. There will be two games on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Thomas and Mack off the strip in Vegas (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Then on Saturday night all the players will watch…

  17. Report: Hawks sale in jeopardy due to new funding questions

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Alex Meruelo

    It seemed like a good story — Alex Meruelo was to become the first Hispanic to own an NBA team, and at the same time rescue a good franchise from the clutches of a dysfunctional and unimpressive ownership group. Meruelo was the guy on the white horse, talking big and he already had a press…

  18. Our survey said: Chris Paul to play “Family Feud”

    Oct 26, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    “Let’s play the Feud!” Chris Paul is dragging along his family to be on an episode of “Family Feud,” reports the Times-Picayune (via SLAM). Money he and his family wins will go to the CP3 Foundation (his charity) and the episode will air next Tuesday (although check your local listings). Paul got on the show…

  19. Report: LeBron, ‘Melo, Chris Paul pull out of international tour

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Chris Paul

    You know that big planned international tour of players going all over the globe? The World All-Star Classic? The legs may have just come out from under it. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul all have pulled out of it at the last minute, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. This was on top of Derrick…

  20. Larry Hughes wants back in the NBA. I want a Maserati.

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Seriously, I do want a Maserati. A 2004 Sypder, ideally. The problem is it’s a tad outside the “blogger affordability index.” Also, as a father of young daughters in car seats, the two-seat convertible Sypder may not be an ideal match for my current lifestyle. Basically, I want it, but it’s not going to happen.…

  21. Rose wants to do away with salary cap. Of course he does.

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Right now, Derrick Rose is an absolute steal for the Chicago Bulls. Thank you, rookie pay scale! The league’s MVP made $5.6 million last season, well below market value, and is due to make just a shade under $7 million next season. Then his rookie deal ends and he’ll get max money (whatever that is…

  22. ESPN column puts cap in owners’ “competitive balance” argument

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    We at PBT have been calling out the owners claim they want “competitive balance” from the start — it’s a more palatable way for small market owners to say they want more money from the players and larger market owners. Phrasing it as an issue of competitive balance is just clever spin, not reality. But…

  23. Video: Tyreke Evans drains game winner at USO showcase

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Hoops For Troops

    It feels almost like the NBA finals again, with guys hitting rainbow jumpers over the outstretched arms of Mike Miller. In this case though, it was Tyreke Evans draining the sweet game-winning jumper over Miller at a showcase event in Hawaii put on by the USO for American military men and women. Great cause. Also…

  24. Can we blame the Lakers television deal for the lockout?

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are still sitting here with an NBA lockout going on and the regular season postponed. David Stern, Billy Hunter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Allen, Derek Fisher, Robert Saver and Bennett Salvatore are all to blame. Oh, wait, not Salvatore. I just blame him for everything…

  25. Big names lined up for “World All-Star Classic” tour (but not Rose)

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    The world-traveling exhibition tour that will feature a number of NBA players will get underway Saturday in Puerto Rico, with plenty of highlights to follow. Not a lot of defense, but a lot of highlights. And we’re starting to get a list of who is on board, via Chris Broussard at ESPN. Kobe Bryant, Dwight…

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