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  1. Shane Battier would like to stay in Memphis, but….

    Nov 25, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You know those videos of a piranha feeding frenzy when a cow picks a poor time to walk across the Amazon? That is pretty much what the NBA free agency period will look like after the lockout. Shane Battier is about to be one of those free agents. Memphis wants to keep the band together…

  2. Mullens went to jail to play pickup hoops with prisoners

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    For once, we have a good story out of an NBA player going to prison. Thunder center B.J. Mullens has been going regularly to an Ohio prison this summer and fall to play some pickup basketball. With the prisoners. It’s something he has done before, playing and teaching clinics, as was explained in a fantastic…

  3. Video: Basketball never stops for Durant (well, except….)

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Kevin Durant. Josh Howard

    Kevin Durant‘s marketing this summer is such a coordinated thing of beauty. He is running around the nation playing in every pro-am and charity game he can find, all the time wearing “basketball never stops” shirts. He is selling his love for the game, a great counter to the lockout. He probably does love the…

  4. Dwyane Wade has dancing cameo in Cameron Diaz film

    Nov 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Dwyane Wade can dance? Is he better than Metta World Peace? He apparently was good enough — or at least famous enough — to get a dancing role in a movie. That nugget came out in a Palm Beach Post story about how busy Wade had been this offseason. Into August. A GQ photo shoot…

  5. Russian club will not renew Austin Daye’s contract

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Daye_dunk

    The Pistons’ Austin Daye packed up in September and was off to Moscow, signing a two-month deal to play with BC Khimki. He learned that life in Moscow is different than where he grew up in Los Angeles The staff at BC Khimki learned they don’t really want to keep Daye around. With his contract…

  6. Stoudemire wants to see Knicks play defense. Don’t we all?

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t come to New York so his wife could have a reality television show, he came there to win. He came to transform the Knicks from a decade of despair back into a team you had to respect. He came before there were other stars there. And he knows the Knicks were basically…

  7. Cavs broadcaster talks LeBron, Ilgauskas’ move to Miami

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas rests his head on the shoulder of LeBron James in Cleveland

    Joe Tait was the Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster for four decades, starting with when the NBA first dropped an expansion team in Cleveland to try and slow the growth of the ABA. Tait has a new book out about his recollections as a broadcaster, and of course there’s plenty of talk about LeBron James, something highlighted…

  8. NBA labor talks resume Friday with Fisher, escrow talk

    Nov 25, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Friday talks will resume as the NBA owners and players try to reach a labor deal in time to save games on Christmas and have a 66-game season. After talks have seemed close to a deal so many times only to blow up it’s hard to get too optimistic, but there seems to be a…

  9. Report: Kings guard Tyreke Evans signs to play in Italy

    Nov 25, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Tyreke Evans

    And the list of quality players signing overseas during the lockout continues. Tyreke Evans, the guard that is one of the cornerstones of the Sacramento Kings rebuilding effort has signed to play with Virtus Roma in Italy for the remainder of the NBA lockout, reports Sportando. No word yet on what he will be paid,…

  10. Report: Lamar Odom agrees to play in Turkey during lockout

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:50 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Only Billy Hunter and David Stern can now save us from “Khloe & Lamar in Istanbul.” There may be no greater reason to resolve the lockout and get the NBA players back to work. Lakers forward Lamar Odom has reached a deal to play with Besiktas in Turkey, joining the team that already has Deron…

  11. Video: Globetrotters, Dude Perfect and some crazy shots

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:33 PM EST

    Globetrotters

    For your Thanksgiving evening entertainment, how about a trick shot video with Dude Perfect (you’ve seen them here before) and the Harlem Globetrotters. How you going to beat that? NFL football? Ha. (Okay, maybe that is better.) Best part for me, that is Amazing Race veteran Big Easy trying to hit the fishing pole shot.…

  12. What to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Yao Ming wine.

    Nov 24, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Yao Ming

    It’s always one of the tricky questions surrounding Thanksgiving dinner — what wine goes best with this feast? Traditionally you think white wine with fowl, but who wants some overly oaky California Chardonnay to go between mouthfuls of stuffing and sweet potatoes? I usually lean toward a nice Pinot Noir, but those can be so…

  13. Video: Dwight Howard on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Nov 24, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Disney XD'S "Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil" - Comic-Con 2011

    Dwight Howard was on the Jay Leno show Wednesday night talking lockout, Call of Duty, China and sleeping in. Well done telling all the military members in the audience you sleep in to 9:30. They do more before breakfast than you do all day.

  14. Thanksgiving one liners: Kevin Durant returning to Seattle

    Nov 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Kevin-Durant seattle

    Happy Thanksgiving. We know you have a lot on your plate — literally — so we just bring you a few appetizers.  • We at PBT are thankful for all of you who read us every day. What makes this site fun is the comments and interaction with you. (What would make it even more…

  15. Conflicting reports on what owners want: Deal or ultimatum?

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Lots of rumors flying around about the NBA negotiations over the last 24 hours and what the owners exactly will push for — there has always been a divide among ownership on what exactly they want, and that gulf seems to be widening. Whether that gulf is wide enough to kill efforts to get a…

  16. Report: Brook Lopez to join Deron Williams in Turkey

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:28 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like Turkish side Besiktas has found its NBA big man — and it turns out to be Deron Williams’ teammate. Brook Lopez is near a deal with the Istanbul-based team to join them for the remainder of the lockout, reports Kartal Basketball )via Sportando). The deal is in place and just needs to…

  17. If season cancelled, Magic would owe Orlando $2.8 million

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    Amway-Center

    Yes, there are some owners willing to miss the season to crush the union. But there also are motivations for other owners to get a deal done. Take the Orlando Magic, for instance. While they would love tools in the new deal to make it more likely they can keep Dwight Howard, they also have…

  18. NBA talks picked up where last ones left off… but progress?

    Nov 24, 2011, 2:35 AM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The first thought when I heard the NBA owners and players were talking again and had been since Tuesday? Good. They can’t reach a deal without talking. And the fact there have been fewer media leaks out of these talks than any previous is a good sign. The second thought? What are the starting points…

  19. Jerseys for Obama fundraiser game are pretty sweet

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    Obama basketball-jersey

    Conveniently on the market just in time for Black Friday, we bring you the latest in presidential basketball game wear. Barack Obama is hosting a charity fundraising game Dec. 12 that will feature a number of NBA players helping Obama pad his reelection campaign coffers. (If there is a Thanksgiving miracle and the lockout is…

  20. Labor talks focused on mid-level exception, 66-game season

    Nov 23, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    NBA basketball

    As PBT and other outlets have already reported, the attorneys for the NBA owners and players are talking Wednesday. The goal — to reach a deal in the next few days, one that can have the NBA starting games on Christmas Day. That’s the day seen as the NBA’s second opening day by many around…

  21. Chris Andersen practices with his old high school team

    Nov 23, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    chris-andersen

    Chris Andersen, role model. The Birdman has been getting in some run during the lockout with the team of his old high school coach in Texas — Rob Stewart — and he left an impression on some impressionable youth. But not about tats and flamboyant style, rather about work ethic and understanding the game, according…

  22. Video: Steve Kerr tells of his first encounter with Jordan

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    Jordan Kerr

    We tend to think of Steve Kerr as the guy Michael Jordan trusted enough to pass to for an NBA finals-clinching jumper over the Jazz in 1997. But Kerr had been in the league long before then and been in awe of Jordan long before then. On the new NBATV show Open Court — which…

  23. How Stephon Marbury saved J.R. Smith’s job in China

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    marbury_china

    This is one of the most amazing stories of the entire lockout. We’ve talked about how in the wake of an injury in his first game, and how J.R. Smith left the team to seek treatment, his Chinese squad (the Zhejiang Golden Bulls) had just about enough of him. Smith has been Smith — late…

  24. Cavaliers center Semih Erden has surgery on thumb

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Turkey Serbia Basketball Worlds

    Quick an update on an injury we told you about previously. Cavaliers center Semih Erden has now had surgery on the thumb he broke in a game this week for Turkish side Besiktas, reports Sportando on twitter. He will be out at least six weeks with the injury. That means if a settlement to the…

  25. Video: Wait, DeMar DeRozan likes Justin Bieber? Really?

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    I used to feel for DeMar DeRozan, a thin-blooded Los Angeles guy freezing up in Toronto playing some good ball. A guy who should have lasted longer in the Dunk Contest. And this The Basketball Jones interview starts off gaining points as he gives a shout out to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Then he admits…

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