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  1. Dallas’ Mahinmi says Kobe is NBA’s most arrogant player

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The Lakers are down are down, and people are lining up to kick them. After three straight trips to the finals and two titles, the Los Angeles was unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs in the second round by Dallas. Then the Lakers lost their coach, who was a bigger star than most of the…

  2. League says it lost money every year of this CBA

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We’ve been bringing you reports questioning how much money the NBA owners are really losing. Frankly, we have doubts about the owners’ veracity on the numbers — they are losing some money but how m. It’s hard to believe the owners when they say the league has lost money in each of the last 11…

  3. Who are the most underpaid players in the NBA?

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Last night we brought you the most overpaid players in the NBA, at least according to the Wages of Wins blog. But who are the best values? Who are the most underpaid according to the Wages of Wins blog? Not necessarily who you think. Often it can be good player still on a rookie deal.…

  4. Who are the most overpaid players in the NBA?

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

    MRedd

    With the NBA locked out because the owners aren’t making any (or enough) money? Who are the worst contracts in the NBA? Who are the guys we can blame for this mess? Well, we should blame the general managers and owners who gave out these contracts. But who have the worst contracts in the NBA?…

  5. Video: One reason Faried will be a fan favorite in Denver

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Kenneth Faried is a guy all about hustle. He’s not making it to the NBA based on an advanced skill set, he was drafted because he is ferocious on the boards and works harder than you do. Oh, and he can dunk. What follows are a few highlights from his play at the Drew League…

  6. Kemba Walker signs shoe deal with Under Armour

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Who knows when we are going to get to see Kemba Walker step out on the court in a Charlotte Bobcats uniform. But when he does, he’ll be wearing Under Armour shoes. Walker signed with the shoe manufacturer that is trying to gain a foothold in the Nike dominated basketball shoe market, according to Daren…

  7. Don’t look for Stoudemire to join tour of China

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    We were telling you about some potential barnstorming tours of China by NBA players if the lockout extends into the next season, the brainchild of agents trying to grow the brand of their clients when there are no games. We also told you, it’s not that simple. There’s the whole Chinese Government thing, insurance and…

  8. Derek Fisher talks lockout, sounds like a politician

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers guard and NBA players union president Derek Fisher is a great talker. Media love him because he’s good for a quality quote after the game. He’s prized for radio and television interviews because he is smooth. When he went on ESPN Los Angeles over the holiday weekend to talk lockout, he sounded like someone running…

  9. Foul called on NBA owners’ claims of money lost

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA owners continue to say the lockout is going on because the players don’t understand the fundamental need to change the league’s poor financial system — that $300 million was lost this past year. More and more reports are questioning the severity of that loss. The latest is Nate Silver at the New York…

  10. Carlos Arroyo rumored, Malik Hairston for sure to Italy

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Arroyo Heat

    The NBA lockout has been pushing some players to Europe and it looks like a couple more happened on Tuesday. Carlos Arroyo may be headed to Italy, reports Vocero. The club Pallacanestro Cantœ has interest in the Pureto Rican guard that could not hold on to the Miami Heat’s starting point guard job. For now,…

  11. Wall scores, Cousins gets T’d up in streetball game

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    This time of summer a lot of NBA players show up in high-end street leagues — the Goodman League in D.C. is one of those. There are announcers calling the game, a good level of talent and some fans getting a show. According to Afro.com, at in D.C. the fans at the Goodman League did…

  12. Kyrie Irving already had to file police report against twitter stalker

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Hey Kyrie Irving, welcome to the NBA. Not the playing basketball part of the NBA, you don’t get to do that until Billy Hunter and David Stern come to an understanding. No, we mean the unwanted attention part of the equation. Rumors had circulated that a woman — Jessica Jackson, who goes by “Miss Hawaii”…

  13. Andrew Bynum has taken up boxing this summer

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    During this lockout, some NBA players are going to get fat. It happened last time with Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker, to name a couple. It’s not happening to Andrew Bynum. He’s teamed up with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach and is doing the boxing workout. Here is Bynum’s tweet about his plans for Monday…

  14. There are NBA owners who need next season to happen

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The hardliners always get the headlines (have you watched much political news coverage?). It’s true of the NBA lockout as well — there are hardline owners that in the last decade leveraged themselves to pay hundreds of millions for a mid-to-small market NBA team and they need the business model to change. They are willing…

  15. Dale Ellis is the best shooter ever. Just ask him.

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    dale-ellis

    The best shooters come with a swagger. They have to. Ray Allen misses threes, but he believes without a doubt the next on will fall. Without question. He has put in the work, perfected his form, he paid the price. He believes in himself. That swagger never goes away. Such that former Sonic Dale Ellis…

  16. Video: Woman gets Thunder logo tattoo on thighs

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    thunderthighs

    I watch this video and think I made a mistake not getting into the tattoo removal business. This woman is one serious, committed fan. More committed than you. She now has an Oklahoma City Thunder logo tattooed on her thigh — yes Thunder Thighs! — as well as slogans like “Thunder Up” and “Rise Together.”…

  17. Fernandez to play out NBA deal before returning to Spain

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend we told you about Real Madrid’s effort to entice Rudy Fernandez to come play in Spain. Which was a pretty smart move by the team, to try and lure him over during the lockout and be able to keep him in his native Spain, a place he said he wanted to return…

  18. Parker, Hill, Batum to play in French exhibition game

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    The Los Angeles Drew League isn’t the only place to catch NBA stars right now, if you happen to be in France this Friday… Portland Trail Blazer Nicolas Batum is putting together an “all star” exhibition in France this Friday that will feature Tony Parker, George Hill and Ian Mahinmi, according to the French paper…

  19. Report: NHL owners tell NBA brethren losing season “worth it”

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    There are six NBA teams that are owned by people who also own NHL teams (or at least did during that sport’s big lockout in 2004). Those owners are telling their NBA brethren that the lockout that cost the NHL a full season was worth it to get a good financial deal, according to ESPN’s…

  20. Pitt’s Gilbert Brown signs in Europe as insurance

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Connecticut v Pittsburgh

    Gilbert Brown was one of those undrafted guys who stands a chance of making an NBA roster. The Pitt senior plays on the wing and is a good athlete who plays a smart all-around game. He may not be explosive, but he does all the little things well. He’s a guy who needed Summer League…

  21. Scouts, other basketball staff already feeling lockout pain

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Jason Smith, the backup forward for the New Orleans Hornets, said that he was told when he came into the league in 2007 there might be a lockout coming this summer — four years ago there were thoughts this could get ugly. Smith is not highly paid by NBA standards (he made $2.1 million last…

  22. Video: Best of Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown has been working its way across the country this spring and into the summer, with some of the best amateur dunkers in the nation putting on a real show. Because you will not get to see some fun competition and highlight dunks from Summer League this year — thank you…

  23. Would a hard cap really be good for small markets?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    When we talk about a hard cap, we wonder how the Lakers at $90.4 million, or the Magic at $89.9 million, or the Mavericks at $86.6 million would get under those numbers. (For all of you out there that thought Dallas winning the title was a triumph of building a team over buying one, know…

  24. Report sees fans in San Antonio, Boston quick to return after lockout

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    Let’s say the lockout does end up costing part of a season, we have already talked about how a league that has picked up so much momentum with casual fans will be kicking that to the curb and have a lot of rebuilding to do with fan bases. But which teams will bounce back quickest.…

  25. NBA season ticket holders will get refunds if games missed

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    Before the season has even ended the calls start coming in to make sure you are going to get — and pay for — your season tickets for next year. You have to sign up (to keep your seats) before you know what your team will do in the draft or free agency — before…

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