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  1. Italian league working “intensely” to rearrange schedule for Kobe

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If only the sense of urgency and willingness to compromise we see from the Italian league in efforts to bring in Kobe Bryant could be seen from the NBA and its players union in talks to end the lockout. Because in Italy they are doing whatever it takes to get a deal done. We told…

  2. Isiah Thomas: People don’t like LeBron because he’s successful

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Say what you want about Isiah Thomas — and we’ve said plenty over the years — the man knows about being disliked. He was the best player on the “bad boy” Pistons teams. You’ll be hard pressed to find people around the old CBA league that speaks well of him. And then there’s the entire…

  3. NBA labor talks continue Monday, at least that’s something

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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    At least they are still talking. Despite the finger pointing and testy dialogue at times, the NBA owners and players continue to sit across the table from each other. They’re talking. That is a real, tangible positive. It may be the only good one out of the NBA labor talks. And it continues this week.…

  4. Kobe’s knee work was more cutting edge than we thought

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We know that Kobe Bryant is playing on knees that have about as much cartilage left as knee as Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has money left. The difference is Kobe is smart about it, and is trying to figure out how to make what he has left last. Hence the trip to Germany this summer…

  5. Face facts: The NBA season is not going to start on time

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    Nov. 1 was going to be a fun night. The Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the rest of the Mavericks were finally going to get their championship rings (or whatever) and Mark Cuban was going get a banner raised to the rafters in Dallas. Then the Mavericks were going to take on the Chicago Bulls…

  6. Dwyane Wade on lockout: “We may lose a year”

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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

    Dwyane Wade took time out from pointing fingers at David Stern on Friday to talk with Darren Rovell, the CNBC sports business guru who has a fun new show on Versus, “Sports Biz: Game On” (he comes from a different perspective than most sports talk shows). And like he did with Stern, Wade pulled no…

  7. Report: Dwyane Wade yelled at Stern during labor talks

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:08 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Dwyane Wade is now the hero to a lot of players. Commissioner David Stern is the biggest power broker in these ongoing labor negotiations but Wade got in his face Friday. Wade went Dee Snider — he wasn’t going to take it anymore. During Friday’s talks it was Wade who stood up to and yelled…

  8. Friday Night Video: Don’t forget how good Penny Hardaway was

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Anfernee Hardaway #1

    Say “Penny” Hardaway and too many people now think of ‘lil Penny, the wise cracking puppet Penny. Nike marketing sticks with you like that. But lest we forget that Anfernee Hardaway could ball, we bring you his top 10 plays from the 1994-96 season. This is just a series of highlights that don’t show off…

  9. NBA owner, union talks “engaging,” will continue Saturday

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    There is no NBA labor deal yet. And a source has told PBT there is still a healthy gap between the NBA owners and players on key issues. But there appears to be a real push and commitment from both sides to try and get a deal done this weekend, and that’s a huge leap…

  10. Stephen Curry would love to play in Charlotte someday

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry grew up in Charlotte, played his high school ball there, played his college ball at Davidson in the city — he loves it in North Carolina. And if the chance to play professional ball for the Bobcats ever came up, Curry told the Charlotte Observer he’d be interested. Even if he does use…

  11. Horace Grant says Bulls’ Boozer needs to be like Pippen

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s no real secret that the Chicago Bulls need to add some versatility to their offense. Our own John Krolik talked about that in his post about what the Bulls need to do when the lockout ends — when LeBron James locked down Derrick Rose in the fourth quarter of playoff games, Chicago had no…

  12. Oddsmakers betting all-or-nothing on NBA season

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    About a week ago, I would say that the conensus among people in and around the NBA was that there would ba a partial season. Somewhere between 50-60 games. (Today, hope is up with talks going on in New York.) But that’s not what the oddsmakers think. Bodog.com is letting you bet on the length…

  13. Darius Miles to face felony charges for airport gun incident

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Just a reminder out there for those of you traveling this weekend: The federal government severely frowns on you brining a gun on board an airplane. Former NBA player Darius Miles forgot that back in August, now he is about to face felony charges for it. KMOX.com has the details (via Eye on Basketball). Former…

  14. Other Italian league players plan special welcome for Kobe

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It looks more and more like the plans to get Kobe Bryant playing in Italy are dead in the water. Unless some incentive is found for other teams in the league to re-arrange their schedules to accommodate Virtus Bologna — so the team can get more games in larger venues while Bryant is there —…

  15. If you have the accent, Brooklyn Nets need announcer

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Do you have a thick Brooklyn accent, one that makes people instantly think of Coney Island and egg creams? Can you yell? Then we may have a job for you. With their move to Brooklyn next season, the Nets are looking for a new public address announcer and are hosting open tryouts, according to the…

  16. Zydrunas Ilgauskas officially retires from NBA

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Lithuanian big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas is retiring from the NBA after 13 seasons, 12 of them anchoring he middle for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ilgauskas spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which tweeted his quotes. Ilgauskas: “enough is enough. My body is beat up and I’m tired physically. There is no age limit, but everyone knows…

  17. Are NBA’s biggest stars underpaid? Actually, yes.

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Is Kobe Bryant underpaid at $25 million next season? What about LeBron James at $16 million? Dirk Nowitzki at $19 million? Dwayne Wade at $15.5 million? Yes, actually they are. A bunch of teachers, firemen, nurses and other hardworking people just cursed my name. If I were on a stage tomatoes would come flying out…

  18. LeBron, Wade, Durant headline NBA stars at labor talks

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    carmelo-lebron-wade

    Friday is a big day in the NBA labor talks — negotiations over the past weeks and years have led to a larger meeting in New York between nearly half the NBA owners and a number of NBA players. The union will have it’s brightest stars on hand — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade…

  19. Report: Ben Wallace had wife’s gun, knew he was in the wrong

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers

    Details have emerged from the arrest of Pistons center Ben Wallace for drunk driving and carrying a concealed weapon. According to a police report obtained by the Detroit News, Wallace said the gun in the car was registered to his wife and he had forgotten it was in the car. Also, police described him a…

  20. Report: Scheduling issues could kill Kobe deal in Italy

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The Italian League where Kobe Bryant is close to playing is not quite like the NBA in a lot of ways. One is the scheduling — as in it’s not set yet. The league is set to tip-off Oct. 9 but the schedule is still being reworked. For example, Venezia was just being added as…

  21. Kobe reaches deal to play in Italy. Almost. Team calls it “95 percent.”

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE #2, 9:56 am: And as fast as it came together, the deal may already be falling apart. Virtus Bologna had requested a special schedule during the 40 days the team was to have Kobe Bryant, but that has been rejected by the Italian league. This may lead to the entire deal to collapse as the…

  22. Video: Jordan, Cuban, Drake all pitch NBA 2K12

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    in just a few days NBA 2K12 hits the streets, and we are pumped. 2K11 just killed it, and this year you can play some of the best teams in NBA history. Of course, who is the best is up for debate. Which is the point of this commercial where Michael Jordan and others make…

  23. Report: Owners suggest “Carmelo rule” among many changes

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    About half the NBA’s owners and a number of big-name NBA players have descended upon New York for what will be a crucial bargaining session Friday (and with any success through the weekend). This is likely the last chance to save a full NBA season. The negotiations are going to be intense. The primary issue…

  24. Andre Iguodala a Merrill Lynch intern this summer

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala has a lot of money to take care of — he’s already made $44 million in his career and he has about that much more coming to him the next three years (which is why the 76ers shop him around). Most players treat that much money like they’re in an episode of “Entourage”…

  25. NBA players face the limbo question: How low will you go?

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    limbo

    At this stage of the NBA labor talks, the players union faces the age-old limbo question: How low will you go? Let me explain. I know I keep repeating this but it can’t be stated often enough — the NBA labor fight is really about the split of basketball related income, or BRI (and how…

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