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  1. Lakers draftee Ater Majok hanging out at Rucker Park

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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    We’ll be honest, we were not big fans of the Lakers taking Ater Majok late in the second round. Yes, he is long (7’7″ wingspan) and athletic, but he’s not done well in organized ball. He spent one season at UConn and is now playing professionally in Australia. But long and athletic can be fun…

  2. Dwyane Wade still feeling sting of finals loss

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade loves basketball. He just can’t watch it right now. He still feels the sting of the Miami heat’s loss in the NBA finals a month ago, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel. “I haven’t watched ESPN in a long time,” Wade said Wednesday morning, amid his youth basketball camp at Nova Southeastern…

  3. Rose “damn confident” about Bulls chances next season

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Don’t you get the feeling we’re going to be seeing variations of that Eastern Conference Finals for the next few years? Bulls vs. Heat. Miami won and they should get better role players and more comfortable with each other in the future — they will be better. Derrick Rose knows that, but he likes the…

  4. Suns’ Childress doesn’t get NBA players talking Europe

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Olympiacos' Josh Childress (C) shots bet

    Josh Childress has been there — when the Atlanta Hawks tried to lowball him, he took a three-year deal to go play for Olympiacos in Greece. Childress has played at Europe in his prime. He has done what everyone is talking about. He sees a lot of guys — Ty Lawson is the latest, joining…

  5. 76ers Holiday in Germany pulling for USA Women in World Cup

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday, JaVale McGee

    You may be watching the USA vs. France Women’s World Cup semi-final Wednesday — what else are you going to do, watch Criminal Minds reruns? — but you are not as dedicated as Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday is there, in Germany, cheering on the USA Women’s national team team. Of course, a lot…

  6. Blazers GM almost got $1 million fine for saying “yeah”

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    chad buchanan

    David Stern is all about controlling the message. Only he or his designated representatives will speak to the league on all lockout issues. Not general managers, not coaches, not even team owners. Nobody. The message will be controlled and on point. As a hammer to back that up, there is the threat of a $1…

  7. Free agent Aaron Brooks expects to return to Phoenix

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Damn lockout. Right now we should be up to our necks in free agent signings, rumors of signings and the fun that can be player movement in the off-season. Instead we’re talking if Nate Robinson can play NFL cornerback. Which is about as likely as the Celtics landing Dwight Howard. Point guard Aaron Brooks would…

  8. Kevin Love speaks well of Rambis, talks new coach

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love and finally fired Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis did not have a great relationship. It was one of the reasons Rambis was let go (that and all the losing). But the way Rambis was fired, left to twist in the wind for three months after the season, was just an embarrassment. It was bad…

  9. Sasha Vujacic reportedly close to signing in Turkey

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    For Sasha Vujacic, playing in Europe makes sense. And he is close to reaching a deal with Turkish team Anadolu Efes, according to Turkish publications (via Hoopshype and TalkBasket.net) Anadolu Efes is one of the traditional powers of the Turkish league, a regular part of the EuroLeague. It’s a team that has missed getting any…

  10. As lockout goes on, team employees get pink slips

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    lockout

    NBA teams around the league are looking to cut back on expenses during the lockout. Around the league, it’s starting to get ugly, as the Associated Press reports: (Charlotte Bobcats) Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer was one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week. A person familiar with…

  11. Boston’s long-shot hope at landing Dwight Howard

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Nothing passes the time during the lockout like Dwight Howard speculation. Well, maybe speculation about players going to Europe next season, but Howard is a close second. Even if he keeps saying he wants to stay and the Magic plan on keeping him. Which brings us to the Boston Celtics. As things stand now they…

  12. NBA to return $160 million in escrow money to players

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In the one move since the start of the NBA lockout, the NBA announced Tuesday that it is going to give the players back money they already earned. It’s a good thing in terms of thawing the ice, but it’s not going to really change things. As for what happened… this is going to take…

  13. LeBron’s former teammate sees two sides of the man

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    lance_allred

    Lance Allred is one of the more interesting guys in the NBA — legally deaf (and a very good lip reader), raised Mormon, in his youth part of a polygamous sect (that he and his family have renounced) and one of those people who has been in the NBA but comes with a broader perspective…

  14. Video: Dwight Howard and Josh Powell rap

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    We bring you this because… well, because there’s a lockout. And it’s fairly amusing. Below we have NBA stars Dwight Howard and J-Peazy (Josh Powell) rapping all decked out like it was 1988, with gold chains, ill-fitting hats and everything except a Flava Flav clock. (Video via I am a GM and Terez Owens) This…

  15. Kelvin Sampson to be McHale’s top assistant in Houston

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Chicago State v Indiana

    All those rumors of Bucks lead assistant Kelvin Sampson going to be the head coach in Minnesota… nah, he’d rather be an assistant somewhere else. Sampson will be the lead assistant to Kevin McHale in Houston, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, via twitter. That is a good hire — McHale may have…

  16. Report: Kobe, Rose, Durant to play in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Durant AP

    While the talks have been of a barnstorming tour of China, there may be another in the Far East first. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will be part of an exhibition game in the Philippines, according to the sports web site of TV5 in the island nation (via SLAM). The three stars will…

  17. Minnesota finally, officially fires Kurt Rambis

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    We’ve known for a month this was coming — maybe longer, when your team wins 17 games the coach’s seat is going to be hot. But David Kahn and the Timberwolves dragged this out in an embarrassing fashion. Now it is official, both the Associated Press and others such as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who had…

  18. Paul Pierce knocked out of World Series of Poker

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce still has his championship ring, but he will not get a bracelet to go with it. Paul Pierce has been knocked out of the World Series of Poker according to CSN New England. After surviving the first day of the World Series of Poker on Sunday, Pierce was eliminated from the main event…

  19. Nate Robinson he says may try NFL during NBA lockout

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Apparently, Nate Robinson loves all sports that are locked out. Plenty of people forget that before Nate Robinson was an undersized NBA point guard he was an undersized cornerback for the University of Washington — his original scholarship to the school was for football. So with the NBA lockout suck in the mud and the…

  20. Agent shoots down idea Ron Artest would play in England

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    There will be no World Peace coming to England. The agent for Metta World Peace — aka Ron Artest — has shot down another rumor of the player’s off-season wanderings. After shooting down the Finland rumor last week, this time around David Bauman was shooting down the idea from his client he wanted to play…

  21. Report: Pistons want to re-sign Tayshaun Prince

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

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    When free agency opens up — eventually — Tayshaun Prince is going to have options. He will turn 31 next season and while he can bring you some solid offense (14.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting last season and he can hit the three) what really makes him valuable is his wing defense.…

  22. Derrick Rose admits he wore down during playoffs

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    It seemed at times during the playoffs (and regular season) the Chicago Bulls offense was a playground style “give the ball to Derrick Rose and let’s see what he can create.” It wasn’t, there were plays and everything, but Rose is the one guy on that team who can consistently create shots for himself and…

  23. NLRB taking close look at players claim against owners

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You may have forgotten that back before the lockout started the players union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaining the owners were not negotiating in good faith. The NLRB didn’t forget. They are on it, according to a tweet from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. In recent weeks…

  24. Kevin Durant’s agent throws his name in overseas pool

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    It might only be news at this point if a player said he wouldn’t consider going overseas, but because Kevin Durant is a big name, we’ll pass this along. Durant’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated that Durant is open to the idea of playing in Europe. So is another client of…

  25. Rapper Bow Wow pays $1,000 to find out Kobe is better at hoops

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Maybe provoking then betting the ultra competitive Kobe Bryant you can beat him at the sport where he is one of the best in the world is not the wisest move. But that’s what Rapper Bow Wow did — he bet Kobe a grand he could beat him at a game of one-on-one and video…

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