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  1. Video: What’s it like to be in a pickup game with Derrick Rose?

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Turns out, if you put NBA MVP Derrick Rose in a pickup game with a bunch of average Joes, he will make you look bad, even going half speed. Remember, he did an event to called “Run with D-Rose” promote his new adiRose 2 shoes (which are about to drop a new all-black version for…

  2. Chris “The Birdman” Andersen works with kids, Rubik’s Cubes

    Oct 24, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

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    There could be a tattoo of a Rubik’s Cube on Chris Andersen. Hard to say. But we can now officially say that the Nuggets colorful shot blocker off the bench is a Rubik’s Cube guy. You remember, the cube you learned how to take apart and put back together with all the colors aligned so…

  3. Union head Hunter: “We don’t want to be totally exploited”

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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    NBA players union director Bill Hunter sat down with Bill Simmons for an ESPN podcast. Hunter didn’t break a lot of new ground, but you again get to see the players thinking — that the owners are trying to exploit them by driving down salaries so the ultra rich can get richer. Sure, the players…

  4. Video: Rudy Fernandez hits ridiculous three pointer

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Spain's Rudy Fernandez drinks chapmpagne

    The crazy thing is the shot didn’t even count (watch the ref waive it off right after the shot). And the ref is right, Rudy Fernandez pops out for the catch and shoot, pump fakes, draws the foul and then starts his shooting motion. He might have gotten the call in the NBA, but not…

  5. Should the Sixers use the “amnesty clause” on Elton Brand?

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Elton Brand

    Elton Brand has been a let down to fans in Philadelphia. A max deal guy not playing up to his standards in a tough town. His first year there he played just 29 games due to injury. His second season he was back for 76 games but was just average, not fully recovered and stuck…

  6. What your team should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    We promise that someday, eventually, the lockout will end. It may not seem like it, but it will. And when it does, it will feel like chaos. There will be a lot of questions and a mad scramble for free agents. The teams that go into that with the best plan will win. In that…

  7. Tyson Chandler says owners are negotiating like “dictators”

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    We keep trying to give you some insights into the players mindset during the lockout, how they will not back down because they feel the offer from the owners is unfair. As our latest example, we bring you Tyson Chandler of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. He was ESPN radio in Los Angeles (remember he…

  8. Dwight Howard among latest planning charity games

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    As the NBA lockout drags on, the number of charity games featuring NBA players keeps increasing. The latest big name to say he is planning a big charity game in an NBA city is Dwight Howard, who tweeted it out this weekend, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Promising festivities akin to “a Magic All-Star weekend,” Orlando…

  9. Say you’re done, but history shows you’ll come back to NBA

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    That’s it. You’re done. You are going to walk away from the NBA. You’re sick of the pampered millionaire players. You’re sick of the hardline, greedy NBA owners. This lockout — now at day 116 with no talks scheduled and some games cancelled — has pushed you over the edge. You are walking away from…

  10. Where we stand with NBA labor talks. Besides screwed.

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The NBA owners and players will not be getting together on Monday to look for an end to the lockout. There are a few key things that separate the NFL from NBA lockouts — primarily that the NFL is a money making machine and the NBA’s profitability is questionable at best — but one key…

  11. First stop in Kobe, LeBron world tour already in jeopardy

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s going to happen in some form because the biggest names have signed up — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and others are in for a six-game world exhibition tour. ESPN’s Ric Bucher reports that 14 players have inked deals. But it’s not that simple to put together a tour, and already…

  12. Players talk lockout, sticking together at Durant’s event

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Fans are pretty sick of the appetizers — charity games like the one Kevin Durant hosted Sunday in Oklahoma City — they are ready for the main course. They want NBA basketball back. As it was at every one of these games for the past month, most of the questions thrown at the players are…

  13. Video: Top 10 plays from Kevin Durant’s charity game

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Kevin Durant gave the fans in Oklahoma City what they have been dying to see — a huge game from Michael Beasley. No? Well, Beasley did have 56 points in Durant’s Sunday charity game in Oklahoma City, showing that when he plays in a game with no defense he can score (he was almost scoreless…

  14. Deron Williams, Nets GM King not hurt in Turkish earthquake

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The 7.2 earthquake that has devastated Turkey has cost more than 260 lives (and that count is still climbing), wounded thousands and many more left homeless and in need of assistance. It’s natural in this kind of situation to wonder about people we know in the area, and that led many to ask on twitter…

  15. Expect NBA to indefinitely postpone start of season soon

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

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    When the NBA labor talks blew up last Thursday, we all knew it would just be a matter of time before more games were cancelled. Probably Monday or Tuesday of this week. The first two weeks of the season we already toast so what was next, another two weeks? How about just saying it’s indefinite?…

  16. New movie “Elevate” shows hope hoops provides in Africa

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    There have been eight players out of Senegal that have made it to the NBA, the most notable of which is Bobcats center DeSagana Diop. But the path out of there is hard — they learn the game on a dirt court at the SEEDS academy. If they catch a coach’s eye and can get…

  17. Some owners thinking sale price, not hoops, as lockout drags on

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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    I didn’t think there was much that could make me more depressed about the prospects of the NBA season. Then I read Adrian Wojnarowski well-researched post at Yahoo, ripping apart Blazers owner Paul Allen, his interest (or lack thereof) in the team and his motivations for being the heavy during Thursday’s labor negotiating session, when…

  18. Dirk Nowitzki explains the World Series first pitch situation

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Saturday night you can see NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki in action. Not playing basketball. No, that’s a whole screwed up mess. Instead, you can see him throw out the first pitch at the World Series Game 3 in Texas. Which was a screwed up mess in its own right. First the Rangers asked him to…

  19. NHL’s Bill Guerin tells NBA players “It’s not worth it”

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Consider this a cautionary tale. There are a lot of similarities between the current NBA lockout and the NHL lockout of 2004-05 that cost that league an entire season. Particularly in the rhetoric of the owners, talking about needing to radically change the system. “Competitive balance” has become the new “cost certainty” that NHL owners…

  20. Which players have the most to lose with a long lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable. It looks like we could be at this lockout thing for a long, long time now. The longer this drags out, players are going to get hurt. The question is, which players get hurt the most? The conventional wisdom is…

  21. Quote of the Day: Owners seeking revenge

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    Our quote of the day is actually a tweet of the day, from former NBA player and front office guy for the Nuggets Rex Chapman. Yes, there’s some animosity between the sides.

  22. ‘Melo wants CP3 in New York. Isn’t this why there’s a lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jordan Brand Presents The 23/25 Energy Space In Dallas, TX

    This news is not surprising. In fact, I’d be shocked if Carmelo Anthony didn’t say he wants Chris Paul to play for the Knicks. It’s been on the radar since ‘Melo’s wedding and New Yorkers are salivating. But it also has lockout undertones. It helps explains why we are here. First, the quote from the…

  23. Raja Bell says David Stern is the impediment to a deal

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Raja Bell is frustrated. Like the rest of us. Frustrated that we are talking about a “percentage of basketball related income” and games missed rather than the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. And he’s frustrated with David Stern. Really, he’s frustrated with the owners and the entire NBA family for not making a deal…

  24. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  25. J.J. Hickson signs to play in Israel during lockout

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    2008 NBA Rookie Portraits

    You are not going to see a flood of NBA stars headed overseas now that the lockout has gotten ugly. Players talk about it, but most teams have full rosters and the NBA players that have gone overseas have struggled to adjust. Teams are not going to pay big money to NBA guys if they…

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