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  1. Stalled NBA labor negotiations get players in Vegas talking

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    For once, the conversation among NBA players in Vegas wasn’t who was headed to Tao. Like it was everywhere NBA people gathered, the talk was about the stalled talks. The implosion of hope surrounding the NBA labor negotiations. At the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas, players were talking about it and where that…

  2. Report: Five top agents pushing for union to decertify

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    A couple months back, agents were pushing to blow up the players union. A group of agents met with players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and urged him to take the aggressive approach of decertifying the union (what the NFL union did right at the start of their negotiations). That followed by and anti-trust lawsuit…

  3. It’s official, J.R. Smith signs to play in China next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    What is the Chinese word for “gunner?” That word might now be J.R. Smith. The talented, athletic Denver swingman who never saw a shot he didn’t like has signed to play in China for next season, according to reports out of China via Nuibball.com as well as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. He will be the…

  4. There’s still hope in NBA talks, but it comes down to money

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    lockout

    Tuesday was not a good day for NBA fans. If you were hoping for an NBA season that will start on time and have 82 games, Tuesday sucked. What is clear right now is that the two sides are far apart, and that while there is time to get a deal so training camps could…

  5. Video: Here’s your chance to watch Steve Nash pick his nose

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has a public image to uphold, what as the floppy-haired Canadian that Phoenix and America loves. So we’re never going to see him pick his nose or fart on camera… Or, maybe we will. Below is the ad for a VitaminWater contest that you can’t enter (unless you’re one of our loyal Canadian…

  6. Today’s players more athletic than 20 years ago, but are they better?

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Nobody in their right mind wonders if Magic Johnson, Dr. J or Larry Bird could compete in today’s NBA. Certain players would succeed in any era. But could the average NBA player from the 1980s compete in the NBA of 2011? Well, let’s make that 2010 because who knows if there will be an NBA…

  7. Gordon Hayward can get to the rim… against video gamers

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol

    Last season in Utah, Gordon Hayward was taking twice as many shots from beyond 16 feet as he was at the rim. He doesn’t have the reputation as a guy who can just take you off the dribble and get to the rack. But that is not true… so long as Hayward is playing against…

  8. Artest’s daughter wants to be “World Peace,” too

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Finally, World Peace is spreading. Maybe not as we had all hoped, but it is spreading. At least in the Artest household. In the coming weeks Ron Artest is expected to become Metta World Peace (there was some traffic ticket issues to deal with), and now his daughter wants to get in on the act,…

  9. “Disappointing” negotiations lead to talk of half NBA season missed

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Any optimism you had after last week’s NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement talks can be put on the pile of now outdated, useless junk with your Commodore 64 and cassette tape Walkman. Tuesday’s meeting of expanded negotiating teams in New York ended with everyone calling it “disappointing” and saying a deal is nowhere near close. Here…

  10. What the Clippers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This is the latest installment of our “when the lockout ends” series. To see the other teams we have done, follow this link. Don’t worry, we’ll get to your team soon enough. Last season in Los Angeles: The Clippers became what Brazil is to international soccer — everyone’s second favorite team. Blake Griffin changed the…

  11. Rashard Lewis: Don’t blame me for signing a huge contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Massive guaranteed contracts are one of the real touch points of this lockout. Fans and owners can say it’s not fair their team has to pay Eddy Curry or Gilbert Arenas when they are not pulling their weight (or even playing at all). Rashard Lewis has one of those contracts. The Sonics signed him to…

  12. LeBron, Durant, CP3 jump in for Philly vs. Melo game

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The summer of pro-am games is about to jump the shark. That comes when all the big names start jumping into every game, representing cities where they have no real connection. The folks in Philadelphia should get a good show, but that seems to be what is happening for the Philly vs. Melo league contest…

  13. Adam Silver not getting fined for talking with agency head

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Over the weekend we told you about the high school drama — one that never would have made the cut as a Friday Night Lights plot — that was NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver sitting at the U.S. Open with Casey Wasserman, head of the Wasserman Media Group, which represents a number of NBA players…

  14. Lamar Odom in Europe? That’s reality television gold, baby.

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Apparently Lakers forward and reality television star Lamar Odom has some interest in playing in Europe next season. Also, apparently Odom does not understand how to work the direct message function of twitter. I say that because of this tweet from Odom: @paugasol it’s ya boy @RealLamarOdom ! My dude really want 2 talk 2…

  15. Video: Highlights from first day of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Mo Williams Clippers

    We already told you who looked good at Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas. But why not see for yourself. BallisLife.com has your video highlights of Day 1. Watch and enjoy. But remember, this is an exhibition and any results here should not be confused or equated with future success…

  16. Maybe Adelman came to Minnesota in spite of GM Kahn

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    rick adelman

    It is official — the Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that they have reached a deal with Rick Adelman to become the franchises next head coach. Sure, PBT and every other news outlet in America reported that yesterday, but now the team is confirming it. But is Adelman doing this in spite of GM David Kahn?…

  17. Civility is nice, but will there be NBA labor progress?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In the last two weeks there have been three long meetings between the lead negotiators of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (the union). What has mattered most — what has sparked optimism in some corners — is the lack of rancor. After early meetings there was real frustration and anger on both…

  18. Who looked good in Vegas Day 1: Marreese Speights, Iman Shumpert

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    MArreese Speights; Amir Johnson

    Monday was Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series out in Las Vegas. That is some organized run for NBA guys, a chance for them to fine tune their games and get in shape for training camps and a season that may or may not come soon. About 40 guys were there for the…

  19. Adelman’s deal with Timberwolves four years, $20 million

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Money was always the biggest potential stumbling block to Rick Adelman coming to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota has been a notoriously cheap franchise. Owner Glen Taylor has a mid-market team and he ran it on a budget. It explained things like why former coach Kurt Rambis was embarrassingly left to twist in the wind…

  20. What if the Wizards threw a workout and nobody showed up?

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    You keep hearing the buzz — teams are trying to get together, to work out together. Normally this is the pre-camp time when teammates workout and play pickup together at the team facilities, but thanks to the lockout there is none of that. So some team leaders are trying to organize workouts. Andray Blatche tried…

  21. Give David Kahn credit, he hit a home run this summer

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Image (1) david-kahn-thumb-250x166-16426.jpg for post 3277

    Kicking Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn has been a favorite past time of bloggers and NBA writers for years. With reason. There were moves like brining in Kurt Rambis as coach to run the triangle offense — an offense minimizes traditional point guard play — then instantly drafting Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back-to-back at…

  22. Quarterfinal knockout round set at EuroBasket

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (R) watch as th

    There has been drama — like the Russian win Monday that eliminated Macedonia. There have been surprises — none bigger that Germany being eliminated in group play and thereby eliminated from the Olympics. Dirk Nowitzki admitted later he was tired and maybe not able to help his team as much as he wanted to. And…

  23. Derek Fisher denies he will play in Las Vegas Impact series

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    UPDATE 6:41 pm: Derek Fisher took to his twitter account late Monday afternoon to deny the report that he is set to play in the Impact Professional Training Series in Las Vegas. While he will be in Vegas for a meeting with players on Thursday, he denied he signed up to play. While I fully…

  24. Video: Watch Ron Artest eat an entire orange (skin and all)

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    Welcome to the latest installment of “lockout video,” where we run a video and if you were to ask us why we’d just say “lockout.” Today we see Ron Artest — he’s still Ron Artest until the end of this week, when he should become Metta World Peace — leaving a Dancing With The Stars…

  25. More summer hoops action: Philly vs. Melo League pro-am set

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Hakim Warrick

    The summer of pro-am games is not over, but we have now finally found one that will not involve Kevin Durant. (Actually, there are reports he might play, even though he has no ties to either side.) Philadelphia vs. the Melo League from Baltimore is now set for Sept. 25 at The Palestra (the gym…

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