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  1. Is Rick Adelman really a good fit for young Minnesota?

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Rick Adelman is in negotiations to become the next head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This should be quick and clean because as we’ve said before, the Timberwolves knew the price ballpark coming into the talks — $5 million per year and maybe five years guaranteed. There should be no sticker shock. I’ve also been…

  2. NBA fined Michael Jordan $100,000 for talking lockout

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Last month, when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan talked to a paper in Australia about the lockout, our initial reaction was to start a fine countdown. David Stern said he was going to fine any team executives who talked publicly about the lockout, and when it comes to fines Stern is a man of his word.…

  3. Fisher denies texting players about staying in shape for season

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Essentially, NBA players union president Derek Fisher went on twitter today to deny telling players they should get in shape for the upcoming season while saying they should be doing exactly that. That’s some lockout logic. We told you about reports Derek Fisher texted NBA players telling them to be in case training camps open…

  4. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  5. Does anybody want to go to Milwaukee? Przybilla does.

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    Milwaukee does not usually come up on top of a player’s list of desired free agent destinations. That despite the city’s fantastic array of bratwursts eateries. But Joel Przybilla is the exception — hw wants to come back and play there. Przybilla is a free agent looking to hook on somewhere next season as a…

  6. Jason Kidd wants to play “two or three” more seasons

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Jason Kidd will turn 39 next March, and last season father time started to catch up with the old man and his game (he shot just 36.1 percent for the season, for example). But he’s a cagey veteran who can still lead, play some physical defense, make the right pass and knock down threes —…

  7. Video: Joakim Noah in an ad for Le Coq Sportif (a good one)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Noah of France is challenged by Javtokas of Lithuania during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Group E basketball game in Vilnius

    Joakim Noah is not the guy on the Chicago Bulls that usually picks up the cool endrosements and ads. Derrick Rose gets all the good stuff. Or, did. This is a pretty cool little ad for the French sporting clothing and shoe company Le Coq Sportif featuring Noah (who is French, in case you forgot).…

  8. Shaq says he told Celtics not to trade Perkins (and talks Kobe)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Shaquille O’Neal feels like a lot of Celtics fans do — that the Celtics shouldn’t have traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the deadline last season. But Shaq went a step farther telling GM Danny Ainge he might not be back and not to make the trade. That’s just one of the interesting things…

  9. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Emanuel Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrat

    Coming in to the FIBA Americas tournament, anything less than making the championship game — and with that earning a berth in next summer’s Olympics — would have been a let down for Argentina. They were the best team in the tournament on paper with a lineup that included Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino…

  10. What’s the value of an athlete’s apology? Does it matter for LeBron?

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Image (1) lebron_decision-thumb-250x191-15508.jpg for post 6206

    People tend to forget (or they don’t want to hear it), but LeBron James did apologize to Cleveland and fans for “how it all went down” with the decision. Of course, those comments came in May after the Heat had eliminated the Celtics from the playoffs, and were of the sentiment that “sorry, but I…

  11. Report: Adelman near deal to become Timberwolves coach

    Sep 10, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    If this happens, David Kahn will have won the summer. After having a second interview and some discussions about money, it appears that Rick Adelman is near a deal to take over as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Bill Ingram at HoopsWorld. Sources close to the situation told HOOPSWORLD that Adelman is…

  12. NBA referees without a contract with the league, too

    Sep 10, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    I know what you’re saying. You read that headline and said, “Good riddance. I could do a better job than those slobs the NBA hires as referees.” Which means you forgot about the preseason of 2009, when we dealt with replacement referees. Remember how we watched the wildly inconsistent calls from these temp workers, calls…

  13. EuroBasket roundup: Spain, France cruising along

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol (R) and Pau Gasol of Spain vi

    Friday at EuroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe — meant another round of play in the Group of Death. Spain, France, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia and Turkey are all in the same group and only four of them advance on to the knockout round. Spain and France are into the quarter finals/knockout round of…

  14. Phil Jackson is retired, still picking up endorsement deals

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson is no longer an NBA coach. He also remains the most recognizable and marketable coach out there. So he is still picking up endorsement deals and doing commercials, like the one below for Audi. Which is a pretty clever little ad. Note to Vinny Del Negro, if you want a few of these…

  15. Next week we find out if owners, players can save season

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    Was there progress in the labor negotiations between the owners and the players last week? Depends on who you ask. Ask Chris Sheridan (he formerly of ESPN and AP) and he says there is a 70 to 80 percent chance the NBA season will start on time Nov. 1. There are other whispers out there…

  16. Report: Adelman wants $25 million guaranteed from Wolves

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    Rick Adelman has interviewed twice to be the head coach in Minnesota, met the owner, he has a good relationship with the star player, likes to have his team run and just generally is the perfect fit on paper for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yet, no deal so far. Why not? It’s about the money. It’s…

  17. Video: Gordon Hayward makes his “decision” parody

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    HAYWARD_GORDON

    Now that the skinny white kid from Utah has made his “decision” parody video, can we officially say that the LeBron James “Decision” meme is dead. Please let it be dead. We already told you how Hayward was going to be a professional Starcraft II player during the lockout. Which doesn’t quite pay as well…

  18. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    ARG_vs_PAR_102

    It all comes down to one game. Well, two games, actually. Brazil vs. the Dominican Republic. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico. Those are your two semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday. But if your goal is a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, these are the big games. Win Saturday and you are in,…

  19. Suns CEO Rick Welts steps down

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Rick Welts

    Usually it’s best when a team’s CEO doesn’t end up in the news, but the Suns Rick Welts made an exception earlier this year when he came out of the closet as a gay man. Doing that in the world of professional sports takes serious courage and it sparked a good debate about homosexuality in…

  20. Australia wins Oceania Tournament, headed to Olympics

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    autralia-Patty Mills

    We’ve been giving you regular updates on what is happening with the Olympic qualifying tournaments taking place in Europe and South America right now. But we haven’t really discussed the Oceania qualifier that just wrapped up — because it is pretty much always won by Australia. And was again Friday, with the Aussies beating New…

  21. Here’s your roster of guys playing in Vegas Impact Series

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    We’ve been telling you about the Impact Competitive Training Series — don’t you dare call it a league — which kicks off next week. And if you’re in Vegas, you can attend it. Impact Basketball, the training facility putting on the event, released to official list of participants. They will form teams, trying to keep…

  22. You asked questions on twitter, time to answer them

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    The Question

    Welcome to the latest installment of our twitter mailbag, where we answer your questions. Any questions. You have to date a girl that looks exactly like Joakim Noah or Tyronn Lue. Who do you date, and why? (@adonismuir) I spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about this. A disturbing amount. Obviously, if faced with…

  23. Commercial takes Kevin Durant “Back for the Future”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    kevin-durant-union

    Sometimes Nike seems like a marketing company that happens to make some shoes on the side. They do that marketing thing oh, so well. Take this latest ad, which features Kevin Durant and some guys from the original “Back to the Future” movies promoting a new Nike shoe (and an upcoming charity event). This “Back…

  24. Shaq in bronze — he gets statue at alma mater LSU

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    shaq-lsu

    If you want to remember the young, almost skinny Shaquille O’Neal, you need to head on down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Sure, you could also go to YouTube, but Baton Rouge is a lot more fun.) On the LSU campus Thursday they unveiled a new statue of Shaq — dunking of course — from his…

  25. Man sentenced to 97 years for shooting Grizzlies’ Burks

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Antonio Burks (Getty)

    Antonio Burks was a former Memphis guard who had been out of the NBA a few years when he was shot during a dice game back in 2009. This week, Darquan Lynneral Swift (age 20) was sentenced to 97 years for that crime, reports the Associated Press (via Eye on Basketball). Burks testified at Swift’s…

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