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  1. League good with Jordan, locked-out NBA players golfing together

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    As he has done for years, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will be at Lake Tahoe this weekend golfing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. So will Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. They’ll all be hanging out together. Most years this shouldn’t strike you as…

  2. USA Basketball to start asking players about 2012 Olympics

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    USA Basketball should expect a lot of vague answers. With an unsettled labor situation and everything a year away, players are going to be hesitant to fully commit now to USA basketball for the 2012 Olympics in London. But the organization’s head Jerry Colangelo is going to start asking, according to a tweet from Brian…

  3. Rajon Rondo’s elbow still not right after dislocation

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    It was the most gruesome sight of the playoffs (unless you’re a Lakers fan, then it was Game 4 against Dallas) — Rajon Rondo falling in the series against Miami and his elbow bending the wrong way. An entire nation winced at the replay. Months later, hanging out at his youth camp in his native…

  4. Union letter to NBA players: Keep looking overseas

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s all about leverage. In a letter sent out to 450 NBA players, players union Executive Director Billy commended Deron Williams and all but encouraged players to look overseas. He said that he did not think FIBA or the NBA would stand in a player’s way (FIBA would have to clear players under contract to…

  5. Report: Deal reached in sale Philadelphia 76ers

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    UPDATE JULY 13, 6:23 pm: Over at CSNPhilly.com, Dei Lynam has confirmed that a deal has been reached. She also talks about the next steps in the process.  Now the deal must be approved by the league’s board of governors. The NBA needs to approve the sale and they will be thorough in their investigation.…

  6. Deron Williams new Turkish team not great about paying players

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    Talk with any hoop player who has worked outside the very highest levels of European basketball and they can tell you horror stories about trying to get paid. Check out what former Cavalier Lance Allred told Sports Illustrated today, about the $160,000 he never got from an Italian team. Stories like that are common. Among…

  7. Dwight Howard would choose China over Europe?

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    This is a hypothetical exercise, Dwight Howard is not going to play overseas. He may say he is open to it but there is only in infinitesimal chance Dwight Howard would actually lace up the Adidas. The fact is he is on the verge of a huge new contract — the max under whatever the…

  8. Video: John Wall takes it to Julius Hodge

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Since we’re not out sweltering in Vegas this week at the cancelled-and-missed Summer League — it was only 100 degrees there today — we’re monitoring all the fun leagues going on around the nation for some action. Like the North Carolina Pro-Am. That’s where John Wall is playing. Wall is coming off a good rookie…

  9. Sixers’ Elton Brand producer of new Tupac film

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Elton Brand got the movie industry bug when he was a Clipper out in Los Angeles. He even had his own production company for a wile. And he learned that it’s a cutthroat business as his company got sued multiple times (hello deep pockets). But he’s back at it, according to Philly.com. The man doesn’t…

  10. Roddy Beaubois not going to Europe, some players are

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    roddybeaubois

    It’s time to play another round of everyone’s favorite game: “Who is going to Europe?” France’s own Roddy Beaubois — the player the Mavericks had high hopes for but who missed most of the season after a foot injury and even when he returned was not right — is one of the players who is…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Free agent Aaron Brooks expects to return to Phoenix

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    aaron-brooks-suns-qo

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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