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  1. Video: LeBron James plays hoops to Frank Sinatra music

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    As our man Matt Moore pointed out over the weekend, Nike is better at getting out the message its players want to send than the players are. The “Basketball Never Sleeps” campaign works during the lockout as players show you they are ready and just want to play, if only the owners would be fair.…

  2. Knicks owner Dolan is the rational guy in the room

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

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    It has come down to this — if you want to see NBA basketball soon, you need to root for the rational mind of James Dolan to prevail. Yes, the Knicks’ James Dolan. The band front man and loyal friend of Isiah Thomas. That rational mind. He is now a guy you can pin your…

  3. Video: Kevin Durant is pretty good at flag football, too

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Here’s some video of Kevin Durant doing something very Durant — playing flag football with some college kids. This whole thing came together because an OSU student simply responded to KD on twitter. Durant had asked if there were any games, the student responded he was playing in one up at Oklahoma State in Stillwater,…

  4. Wolf Blitzer convinced Jordan to play for Wizards? Thanks a lot.

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

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    In my “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” world, I have wiped out memories of Michael Jordan in a Wizards jersey. But it did happen. And really he didn’t play poorly, he was an older good player on a bad team, something we see plenty of in the NBA. That’s just not how I choose…

  5. Welcome to NBA opening day… oh, never mind

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

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    Tuesday was the day that Mark Cuban was to raise a banner he has worked hard to bring to Dallas. It was the day Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd were to finally get NBA championship rings. It was the day we got to see Derrick Rose in action. The day we gut to watch the…

  6. Pointing out hypocrisy of NBA owners lockout position

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Let’s be clear about two things. First, the NBA owners are going to win the lockout. Big. Just how big remains to be seen, but even if they took the players terms last Friday they would have had a massive win. It’s just not enough for them. Second, they are fighting to save themselves from…

  7. Durant plays a little intramural football at Oklahoma State

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

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    There are a few guys you see around the NBA — Ron Artest and LeBron James, for example — and when you look at their build you think they could have played in the NFL. Not Kevin Durant. He is lankly and not built for violent contact. But he played some football Monday evening. Intramural…

  8. Fisher thrashes report, urges unity in letter to players

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

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    Any time you start to see any potential rift in unity from the players, you can expect a letter from union president Derek Fisher to the players. Right on cue Monday — following a report saying he was in David Stern’s pocket and wanted a 50/50 split of revenues with owners — Fisher sent out…

  9. Report: League fines Heat owner $500,000 for tweets

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

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    You knew the second you read the tweets from Heat owner Micky Arison Friday that was he going to be forking over a healthy check to the league soon. Those tweets included his response to one fan who accused Arison of being one of the greedy owners ruining the NBA. “Honestly u r barking at…

  10. Video: This boy pretty much speaks for all of us about lockout

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

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    I don’t put my children’s tantrums on YouTube, mostly because I’m not sure the Internet is big enough to handle all of them. But this boy, well, we’ve all felt like that recently. Thanks for expressing it so clearly. Hat tip my man Eric Freeman and Ball Don’t Lie.

  11. Shaq says he got in Pat Riley’s face in Miami, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book hit the Web and of course our eyes are drawn to the Hatfields and McCoys that is he and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. A legendary feud. But that’s not all that is there in the excerpts Deadspin published. There is also this description of his confrontation with then…

  12. Is Luke Walton contemplating retirement? Don’t bet on it.

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Luke Walton inherited from his father the genetic gifts needed to be an NBA player, plus the gene that makes you like the Grateful Dead. But he also seems to have inherited his father’s debilitating back issues. Those issues have kept the younger Walton on the Lakers bench much of the last two seasons, frustrating…

  13. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  14. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

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    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

  15. JaVale McGee may become citizen of, play for Philippines

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee of the Wizards gets ready to throw one of his jerseys into the crowd before a USO "Hoops for Troops" event at Schofield Army Barracks in Wahiawa

    Last summer, while NBA big men were dropping like flies, Wizards center JaVale McGee came close to being part of the Team USA squad that won gold at the FIBA World Championships. But he didn’t make the cut, Tyson Chandler did. However, if McGee were on the Philippines national team, he would be the best…

  16. Kings minority owners may be forced to sell share of team

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Because the Kings didn’t have enough instability in their organization right now…. A long-standing minority owner of Sacramento may be forced to sell his share of the team soon as he had the misfortune of putting a lot of his money behind a new luxury hotel that opened right as the economy started to tank,…

  17. Video: Stephen Colbert has Mark Cuban’s back

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    You know Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some strong opinions on the lockout — and he is sure he is right and everyone else is wrong. Even you. But David Stern has muzzeled everyone (even Micky Arison of the Heat) and Cuban can’t tell you how you are wrong. So isn’t it nice that the…

  18. Report: Kardashian to file for divorce from Kris Humphries

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Apparently Kim Kardashian will be the first to put the NBA’s new amnesty clause into effect. And whoever had 72 days in the office pool, please come to the front desk and collect your winnings. The couple lasted only half as long as Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, who got to 144. Okay, enough with…

  19. It’s gotta be the shoes! NBA lockout hurts shoe companies, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Adidas has Derrick Rose as a matador. Nike is spotlighting that “basketball never sleeps.” They are both still marketing like there is no tomorrow. But while basketball may never sleep, the NBA is taking a nap right now. And that lockout could hurt major NBA shoe companies to the tune of $500 million if the…

  20. Union head Billy Hunter denies any rift with Derek Fisher

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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    In case you weren’t reading PBT over the weekend — and if not, what is wrong with you? The outdoors are overrated — we told you about a report that union president Derek Fisher was good with a 50/50 split and that union director Billy Hunter confronted him about it. Hunter denied that there is…

  21. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  22. Chandler, Smith could be released from China when lockout ends

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

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    What the Chinese government — which is what really runs the Chinese Basketball Association — did not want was teams to rent an NBA player during the lockout. So they only allowed their teams to sign NBA free agents and no opt-out clause for when the lockout ended. But even as seemingly half the Denver…

  23. Dwight Howard has taken up “Tebowing”

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Dwight Howard loves his twitter trends. He planked with a hundred people in China. Now “Tebowing” is the latest craze. That is where you strike a pose — on one knee with your hand to your head — that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow struck on the field when he prayed after the Broncos come…

  24. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

  25. Were Fisher, Kobe down with 50/50 split? Maybe, as some players are.

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Everyone is not on the same page in the NBA labor negotiations. The owners are not a unified front and neither are the players. I have heard from players willing right now to take a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI) — the league’s revenues — and get on with a season right now.…

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