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  1. Video: Brandon Jennings off-the-backboard dunk

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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    Brandon Jennings looks pretty healthy this sumer. Last week he dropped 51 points in a game at the Goodman League in Washington D.C. Monday he swing by the Melo Center in Baltimore (yes, Carmelo Anthony’s center for youth development in Baltimore) for a little run. And nobody plays any defense at these pro-am games, so…

  2. Boy injured in Lamar Odom car accident passes away

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    We told you yesterday that Lakers and reality television star Lamar Odom was back in New York for the funeral of a family member when a car he was a passenger in was involved in an accident. At the time, we knew Odom was uninjured but not the severity of the other injuries. The 15-year-old…

  3. How intense are lockout negotiations? Fisher headed to Philippines.

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We tried to tell you earlier that there are no meaningful negotiations going on between the owners and players, that everyone is playing a game of lockout chicken, waiting for the deadline to put pressure on the talks. Here is another sign just how little is going on — union president Derek Fisher is heading…

  4. Attend a Liverpool game, get to meet LeBron James

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    When English Premier League power Liverpool tour Asia next month — a chance to get in some warmup matches before the season and promote the brand in China — fans of the franchise would love the chance to meet Dirk Kuyt or Steven Gerrard. But they could get to meet LeBron James, reports the Sports…

  5. Timberwolves interview Mike Woodson for coaching gig

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    For the past few weeks, once the ownership change went through and John Kuester was let go, it was thought Mike Woodson was he frontrunner to be the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons. But Celtics assistant (and former Nets head coach) Lawrence Frank reportedly impressed owner Tom Gores in the interview. The Pistons…

  6. Report: Owners, players have no high level talks planned

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Every day we have some posturing news to report — “big name player X is really serious about playing in Europe/China next year” — but as for actual progress to end the NBA lockout…. Crickets. That’s not getting any better in the near future, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The two sides are not…

  7. Michael Jordan can still dunk at age 48

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    Perks of going to the Charlotte Bobcats fantasy camp is that the owner may show up and hang out. Which is what happened Monday. According to Bobcats.com at the morning camp session one girl asked if MJ could still dunk. And we know how Jordan reacts to a challenge. At the evening session he showed…

  8. Celtics near major broadcast rights deal with Comcast New England

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Just months after the Los Angeles Lakers brokered a deal that will pay the franchise handsomely to be the anchor of a new regional sports network in that city, the Boston Celtics are near their own blockbuster deal. The Celtics and Comcast Sports Net New England (CSNNE) are close to a 20-year extension of their…

  9. Terry Porter interviews for Timberwolves coaching job

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    Don Nelson is getting all the hype, but he is still in Maui. (If you have to be somewhere, that’s not a bad place to choose.) But former Bucks and Suns head coach Terry Porter is in Minnesota talking to the Timberowolves official about their head coaching job, according to the Star Tribune. Porter has…

  10. Lockout has players flocking to Drew, Goodman leagues

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    summer league

    The Drew League in Los Angeles is an institution, a part of the fabric of hoops in the city, and it usually has some name NBA players taking part — Baron Davis has run there seemingly forever. But this year it seemed more NBA guys came in (including Kevin Durant, who was putting on a…

  11. Brandon Jennings says “it’s time to become an all-star”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Brandon Jennings has been good. After skipping college to go play professionally in Europe not everyone was convinced he could be a team leader over here, but he started out on fire and had an impressive rookie season. But injuries slowed him last season — he missed 19 games and was never quite right. He…

  12. Agents expect overseas signings to escalate. Of course they do.

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    At the end of the day, what is the job of an NBA players agent? Make his client as much money as possible. Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. yelling “show me the money.” If a player isn’t going to be getting paid in the NBA — and a lot of agents think this lockout is going…

  13. How about Bulls vs. Mavericks to open NBA season?

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Chicago Bulls

    The NBA schedule for next season will get released in full on Tuesday — write that down in pencil — but little bits are getting leaked out now. Like an NBA finals rematch on Christmas Day. Looks like the Bulls will open their season against the Dirk Nowitizki and the defending world champions on Nov.…

  14. Union to help players get insurance if they head overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There are hurdles to getting NBA players overseas during the lockout. One is getting FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to sign off on letting guys under contract go play for another team. FIBA has not officially ruled on that, yet. Then there is the little matter of insurance. Well, it’s not such a…

  15. Winderman: NBA to release schedule, but put it in pencil

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the NBA schedule is announced Tuesday, it either will be embraced or taken as yet another lockout tease, sort of like the list of available free agents. It will be a tangible, yet tormenting, moment, particularly when it comes to the interconference portion of the schedule. For those who forget, when the NBA endured…

  16. Knicks, D’Antoni could turn to Frank for defensive help

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Lawrence Frank coming to the rescue of the New York Knicks? Maybe, if Mike D’Antoni gets his way. At least that’s the report. The Knicks want — and need — an assistant coach to take over and be “defensive coordinator” and Frank did that job last season for the Boston Celtics (who had the second…

  17. Lamar Odom uninjured in New York City car accident

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Lamar Odom — thanks to his marriage, thanks to the reality shows that came with it, and thanks to playing on a championship team in a city where the entertainment industry reigns — is now news even when something that isn’t even his fault happens. Lamar Odom was in a car accident in New York…

  18. Watch out now, Wade can see — he had Lasik surgery

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Interesting little note out of the Miami Herald (in a story with a number of interesting tidbits)— Dwyane Wade has had Lasik surgery. For those who were born with perfect eyes and never had to deal with it, Lasik is the laser eye surgery that corrects vision problems. Not every player is comfortable with this…

  19. Brian Grant’s fundraiser not held up by lockout. So that’s good.

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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    Just a quick post for sake of clarity. We had mentioned last week it seemed odd that a number of weddings, the ESPYs and other events were cleared by the league as places players and management could mingle without fear of a hefty fine during the lockout, but that former NBA player Brian Grant’s Parkinson’s…

  20. Howard says there is a “huge possibility” he plays overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There is a lot of risk in Dwight Howard playing overseas during the lockout — he has two years, $37.5 million on his existing deal that can be wiped out if he gets injured. What’s more, he has said he is going to opt out of that last year, meaning he would be a free…

  21. Kobe joins the “Hey, I may play overseas” parade

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Kobe China

    Make no mistake, this is about leverage in negotiations. However the threat of going overseas to play sounds reasonable coming from Kobe, a guy who has the money and is a competitor at heart. Doesn’t mean the guy whose body could use a little rest is actually going to go over to Europe or China,…

  22. Deron Williams confirms he has signed in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    It’s official, we saw it on twitter. Actually, it’s official because Deron Williams tweeted it and added a picture of his signature on a contract with Besiktas. Williams has signed a deal that will have him playing in Turkey this fall if the NBA lockout isn’t resolved. Well, maybe it will, but he has signed…

  23. Kings star Tyreke Evans says foot “100 percent”

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    For much of last season plantar fasciitis slowed Tyreke Evans. He missed long stretches of games (19 at one point), and when he did play he was not exploding to the hole in the way that won him Rookie of the Year (he got to the rim two fewer times per game in his sophomore…

  24. Kobe, Chris Paul part of star-studded Philippines exhibition

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    If you want to see NBA players on the court, you need to head to the Philippines. There may be a lockout stateside killing even Summer League but a couple big exhibition games have gotten approval in Manilla and will feature Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and other NBA stars, according to the Philippines Star newspaper…

  25. Fredette sees similarities between himself, Tim Tebow

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Is Jimmer Fredette the Tim Tebow of the NBA? Interesting question. Both were huge college stars with questions about how their games would translate to the next level. Both have a religious aspect to their popularity. Both are locked out right now. Tebow and Fredette also both are at the American Century Championships this weekend,…

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