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  1. Warriors Curry says relationship with Ellis “a lot better”

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    There is something tantalizing about the Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis backcourt in Golden State. Two guys who can create, who play smart, who can knock down shots (they combined for 42.7 points per game last season). But it’s never seemed smooth. To be sure, part of it is the whole “who plays defense” thing. Still,…

  2. Kobe Bryant tells a story that sums up Kwame Brown

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kwame-Brown

    Kobe Bryant finally won his NBA MVP trophy during the 2007-08 season. But frankly he deserved it more the couple years before that. If you watched the post Shaq-trade Lakers, Kobe carried that team. Bynum was raw and learning, Lamar Odom was inconsistent (some things never change) and Kobe dragged a team that STARTED Kwame…

  3. Michael Jordan’s private plane is very… Michael Jordan

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

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    You are not going to mistake Michael Jordan’s toys for anyone else’s. Not his golf bag. And not his private plane, pictured below. (If you want to bask for a minute in the irony of an NBA owner who is claiming the current NBA financial system is really hurting his pocket book having a sweet…

  4. Video: Watch Adam Morrison get ejected in Serbian game

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    We know you woke up this morning saying to yourself, “whatever happened to Adam Morrison?” Of course you did. Well, he’s let his hair grow out and is getting ejected from games with his Serbian team. Below is the video of his ejection against German powerhouse Bayern Munich, complete with Morrison waiving his arms to…

  5. Agent asks: Why don’t NBA fans get some rollbacks?

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    We are just a weekend away from seeing NBA regular season games canceled. Why? Because the two sides can’t decide how to divide up the fans’ money. The money fans pay in ticket prices. The money paid for overpriced beers and parking spots. The money sponsors pay to reach those fans. The money television networks…

  6. Report: Trail Blazers to restart GM search from square one

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

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    At some point, the Portland Trail Blazers are going to need a general manager. And if that time is sooner rather than later, well, they are in trouble. More than four months after the Trail Blazers started their search for a new general manager after firing Rich Cho, after interviews with at least four candidates,…

  7. Former NBA player manager admits theft, tax evasion

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    It’s a challenge for NBA players — many come from backgrounds where they didn’t have money growing up, then suddenly at age 19 or so they have millions. They don’t always handle it well. The smart ones bring in a financial manager. But what if that person is a crook? The Washington Examiner tells the…

  8. Celtics legend Bill Russell joins lawsuit against the NCAA

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Of all the areas from which the NCAA is under attack, a lawsuit accusing the organization from benefiting from the likenesses and images of players without compensating them is maybe the most dangerous one. And the suit is spot on. You can buy historic videos of NCAA hoops games, but the players don’t ever see…

  9. Did both owners, players make their “best offer?” Probably not.

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, you need to treat every rumor you hear about the NBA labor negotiations like you treat (or should treat) every rumor the week before the NBA trade deadline — assume it is someone trying to gain leverage. For example, when we all hear that player “X” is close to being traded then suddenly…

  10. What the Magic should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    PBT is working its way through what every team in the NBA should do when the NBA lockout ends. See all the teams we’ve done so far here. Today, we talk Orlando Magic. Last season in Orlando: They had a solid regular season — 52 wins, which was fourth best in the Eastern Conference. But…

  11. Ty Lawson struggling to adjust to play in Lithuania

    Oct 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Deron Williams is not the only American point guard finding playing in Europe is not so easy. Nuggets point guard of the future Ty Lawson is finding the going rough in the Lithuanian league, according to Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld. Ty Lawson is still struggling in Lithuania. Today, he went scoreless in six minutes of…

  12. Rondo says Chicago has the most “obnoxious” fans

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Can you have bulletin board material during a lockout? If so, Rajon Rondo gave some to the Bulls and the Chicago fans. Not that they need it — Boston and Chicago have a great rivalry already. One that was rekindled by the knock-down, drag-out seven game series from the first round of the 2009 playoffs.…

  13. Video: Behind the scenes at Derrick Rose matador commercial

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Thursday Adidas released some behind the scenes footage from Derrick Rose‘s new “matador” commercial for his adiZero Rose 2 — which coincidentally went on sale on Thursday. Okay, not so coincidentally. We showed you the original ad (which is pretty sweet and filmed in Madrid) so we thought “why not roll the behind the scenes…

  14. How far are the NBA and players, really? Well, it depends…

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    This much is clear — the NBA and its players union are much closer to a deal today than they were a week ago. Tuesday’s intense negotiations may have ended with threats of the first weeks of the season being canceled, but it also saw real progress. First, they are finally talking about the real…

  15. Insight into the complex, fascinating mind of Jerry West

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    If you’re looking for something to read that gives you a basketball fix during the NBA lockout, I would recommend heading to your local bookstore (if it’s still open) and picking up a copy of Roland Lazenby’s Jerry West biography. It’s simply a fantastic portrait. (West has his autobiography coming out soon, which should be…

  16. Reggie Miller’s greatest moments recreated in China

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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    Reggie Miller is big in China. Apparently. There is a Web site called ChinaPacers.com where they have a video recreating Miller’s legendary Pacer moments on an outdoor court in China with guys who might not be able to touch the net when they jump. And yet, it is brilliant. YouTubey brilliant. I just wish they…

  17. Insurance will keep Bogut from playing in Australia after all

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut wanted to play in Australia during the lockout. He even tweeted it was almost a reality. He could sharpen his game coming off an injury and bring attention to a hoops league in a nation where rugby, Australian Rules Football, soccer, cricket and other sports are thought of well before hoops. (Well, Australian Rules…

  18. J.R. Rider arrested in Arizona on parole violation

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Sadly, this isn’t shocking or unlikely. Isaiah “J.R.” Rider has been picked up on a parole violation and remains behind bars in Arizona, TMZ reports. He was on probation for a 2010 violation where he tried to flee from police who wanted to pull him over for erratic driving. But it could also have been…

  19. John Wall drops moves on unsuspecting guys on the street

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    You’re just walking down the street minding your own business, thinking about if you’d fire Hank Williams Jr. or maybe checking twitter out on your phone, then… BAM, John Wall drops a crossover on you. It happens. The Wizards’ point guard was speaking with ESPN’s high school site and talked about what could happen if…

  20. Sunday will be the day if full NBA season to be saved

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern set the deadline — if there is no handshake deal between NBA owners and players by Monday, the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. The two sides are playing a game of chicken. But if the season is to be saved, it has to happen Sunday. After talks…

  21. Blake Griffin gets naked for ESPN, but in a good way

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    ESPN the Magazine is coming out soon with its annual “body issue” where artistic photographs of athletes’ bodies — barely covered — show off the human form. And likely sells some copies, because isn’t the point of art to make money off of it? Which leads us to Funny or Die intern — and someday…

  22. Italian squad down to offering Kobe one game contract

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    It looks like the ride on the Kobe Bryant publicity train is almost over for Italian club Virtus Bologna, but the team is going public trying to milk it for all its worth. Not that they didn’t want him — they re-arranged the league’s schedule to help facilitate his arrival. It’s just that it was…

  23. Update: Jamario Moon just practicing with Quebec, not playing

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jamario Moon

    Yesterday the coach of the Quebec Kebs of Canadian NBL was saying how having NBA player Jamario Moon joining his team was not only good for his squad but also for the league. Oh, you didn’t think he was actually playing in games, did you? Where would you get that crazy idea? I’m not sure…

  24. Deron Williams not impressing anyone in Europe so far

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    Deron Williams has not looked good. At all. There is no sugar coating it. A few games in playing for Turkish side Besiktas, the biggest name in the NBA to sign overseas has not impressed anyone. Williams led Besiktas into the EuroCup last week, which is a second tier tournament that took place in Belgium,…

  25. Report about Rip Hamilton shows players, agents not all unified

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:52 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of agents talked on the phone Wednesday amongst themselves, saying they were looking for ways to help the union in its struggle with the owners. Of course it was not about what the agents wanted, it was about their players and an overriding concern for the greater good. Agents are altruistic like that.…

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