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  1. What the Celtics should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    PBT is working its way through what every team in the NBA should do when the NBA lockout ends. To see all the teams we’ve done so far, click here. Today, we talk Boston Celtics. Last season in Boston: The Celtics won 56 games, entered the playoffs as the three seed and smacked the Knicks…

  2. Consider USA, Spain favorites for 2012 London Olympics

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are 298 days left until the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. We, as Americans, expect a gold medal in basketball as our birthright, as we expect inexpensive gasoline and a well-grilled steak. To make sure we get what we want, USA Basketball will be sending its big guns — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant,…

  3. Top agents tell clients to reject any more givebacks in labor deal

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    padlockap

    Top NBA agents may be throwing a monkey wrench into the NBA labor negotiations on the eve of the biggest day of negotiations. Six of the top NBA agents — who are no fan of union chief Billy Hunter and have been worried the union is giving up too much in negotiations — sent a…

  4. Video: Kobe’s Italian movie trailer (for Nike, of course)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    Got to say this for Nike — that is one awesome marketing department. Out of Nike’s Italian sportswear division comes this beauty of a movie trailer for “Milano Kalibro Kobe.” Which is interesting because Kobe was not going to play in Milan…. unless Nike knows something we don’t. Honestly, I’d see this movie. Subtitles or…

  5. Golden State has an impressive front office, if they work together

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jerry-West

    To me, the Golden State Warriors are starting to look a lot like the Corleone family. You remember, from “The Godfather.” Bear with me and we’ll get to it. Golden State was about as poorly run a basketball operation as there has been in the NBA for two decades. The franchise has made the playoffs…

  6. Monday NBA labor meetings set table for do-or-die Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Here is where things finally stand — tomorrow is the big deal, best offer, drop-dead date for the NBA labor negotiations. If things go poorly on Tuesday, well, hope you have some NBA games stored on your DVR to watch. There was a five-hour meeting Monday between commissioner David Stern and the heads of the…

  7. Andrew Bogut close to deal to play in Australia

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut is playing down under, mate. Insurance issues had been holding back the biggest name in Australian basketball from signing with a team in his native land, but that appears to have been worked out, according to The Age (via Brewhoop, which has a great breakdown). Bogut and his manager Bruce Kaider have received…

  8. Zach Randolph says Josh Selby was the steal of the draft

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    Coming out of high school, Josh Selby was a sure fire lottery pick. Last June, the Memphis Grizzlies scooped the guard up at No. 49. His stock fell fast in Kansas. Then this summer, he has done nothing but impress. I saw him at the Impact Series “lockout league” in Las Vegas and he stood…

  9. Video: Watch Wade, LeBron work out for start of… oh, forgot

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (L) and teammate LeBron James wait to leave the stadium after losing the NBA Championship to the Dallas Mavericks in Miami

    We’ve got some pretty good video here of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other Heat players working out to get ready for the start of… Oh, forgot. There is nothing going on today. Nor will there be for a little while. But like a lot of NBA players, these Heat members will be in shape…

  10. Dirk Nowitzki has advice for Tony Romo: Ignore the haters

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Tony Romo is getting hit harder by Dallas fans Monday than any time he did Sunday. The Cowboys choked away a 24-point lead against the Lions and the Dallas quarterback is taking fire from his own people like he he was a South American dictator. Romo has no friends in Dallas. Well, he has one.…

  11. Kevin Durant wants to do Oklahoma City charity game

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Since we’re apparently not going to have any NBA ball for a while, might as well keep the pro-am circuit rolling. This weekend has LeBron James and the Heat hosting a charity event in Miami, then on Sunday the Drew vs. Goodman League rematch is in Los Angeles. After that… How about a game in…

  12. Heat, Celtics players party together. With Knicks guys.

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics, Game 5

    Never, not for one minute, think that how you as a fan feel about your heated rival is how a player feels. No matter what intensity you see on the court. This is not the 1950s. As evidence, we present you Knicks, Celtics and Heat players all partying together like it’s 1999. That just hours…

  13. Today would have been “NBA media day” instead….

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    lakers-practice-court

    Today, the eyes of the NBA will be on a swanky Manhattan hotel where the NBA and players union will meet again. NBA talk will be about salary caps and basketball related income, with breaks to discuss star-studded games in Miami and Los Angeles next weekend. What today should be about was NBA training camps…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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