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  1. Former Suns CEO Rick Welts takes job with Warriors

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Rick Welts

    Just a couple weeks ago, Rick Welts walked away from his gig as the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, saying he wasn’t leaving for another job, he was leaving to “get my personal and professional lives better aligned.” Turns out he found a job pretty quickly after all. Welts has been hired as the new…

  2. Who is winning the NBA lockout? The lawyers.

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    The players are not winning the lockout, they are giving back and are still faced with being asked to give a lot more or not get paid. The owners are not winning the lockout, they are cutting off their nose to spite their face, killing the momentum the league had generated to get a financial…

  3. Union president Fisher sends letter to players urging unity

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Right now, the biggest job for union president Derek Fisher and NBA Commissioner David Stern is keeping their charges in line. Stern’s trying to keep a muzzle on Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban, which is akin to wrestling alligators. On the other side, there are 450 young guys, most with twitter accounts. There is pressure…

  4. Is it time for NBA stars to be more vocal during lockout?

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    When the NFL was locked out during the summer, Drew Brees was front and center at the negotiating table, then standing in front of the cameras talking after the meetings. Tom Brady was one of the guys to file anti-trust lawsuits against the league. While in the end Jeff Saturday did the dirty work of…

  5. Lockout? What lockout, people in OKC still buying tickets

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    images

    There are only two professional sports in Oklahoma — college football and the NBA. And fans are flocking to see both. Or, in the case of the NBA, they will be flocking there once there is a season. The Oklahoma City Thunder became the fifth NBA team to sell out its allotment of season tickets,…

  6. Want to own a Kobe autographed smart car? Move to China.

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    kobe-smart-brabus

    You kind of expect a limited edition, signed Kobe Bryant “black mamba” car to be a Ferrari 360 Modena. Something he owns and seems to fit his personality. Or maybe something he could jump over. A limited edition smart car? That’s the black mamba car and you can’t get it here, according to the Orange…

  7. Report: NBA, players to meet Tuesday, maybe Wednesday

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    So if you’re looking for few rays of sunshine poking through the clouds of the lockout, here you go — the two sides are going to meet again Tuesday. Things have not gone well at recent sessions, but at least they are talking. If that bargaining session goes well they could meet again on Wednesday,…

  8. Agent David Falk thinks he could get a deal done in one day

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    David Falk

    David Falk is right. He went a little Dave Mason on us, but he’s right. It’s not that hard for most of us to imagine an NBA labor deal getting done because we can see the middle ground pretty clearly. We can all pretty much guess where a deal will land. But yet, both sides…

  9. About the owners losing money, it’s really complicated

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    nets-barclays-center-basketball-2011-4-4-18-10-24

    There are NBA owners who have wondered if player endorsements should not be money in the basketball related income pool — those players wouldn’t make their money if not for the teams. But what about the other side of that coin — money the owners make on other businesses because they own and NBA franchise…

  10. Tweet this: Suns to have sideline social media reporter

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    twitter-whale

    Twitter is a fun place to hang on NBA game nights — you can get game updates, some game analysis, some clever jokes, some mocking of bad shots, some terrible jokes and a nice enhancement to your NBA experience. And since you have your smartphone out while watching the game anyway — admit it, you…

  11. Union VP Evans doesn’t think entire season will be lost

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Unless there is a handshake deal in place between the NBA and its players union by the first couple days of next week, there is no chance the NBA season starts on time. There’s not enough time to pull it off. Nobody really expects a deal in place by then (it’s not even known if…

  12. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The adjustments for NBA players heading to China are massive. The language, the food, the culture is all radically different. China has a high turnover rate among players for a reason. But Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is enjoying it, he tells the Boston Globe. Part of that is because he has an American coach…

  13. Video: There’s this evil Blake Griffin puppet and… just watch

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    You read that headline right. Over at Funny or Die they are having fun with the Blake Griffin internship. They got former “Sliders” star Jerry O’Connell (what, he did other stuff?) to jump in on a story where the pitch had to go something like “it’s ‘lil Penny meets Chucky.” Whatever, it works. It’s funny,…

  14. Kyrie Irving’s foot will not be right for three more months

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Cavaliers No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving is not a guy who likes to sit on the sidelines — he rushed back to play for Duke in the NCAA Tournament last March even though his foot was not 100 percent. So if the Cavaliers training camp were to open next week — it’s not — he…

  15. They will be the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z will open the building

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    It’s became official Monday — next season they will be the Brooklyn Nets. To open their new arena — the Barclay Center — hip hop mogul and minority Nets owner Jay-Z will do a series of concerts, something that also was announced on Monday, something the New York Daily News told us to expect. The odds that…

  16. Carmelo Anthony had knee, elbow surgeries this summer

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    Carmelo Anthony has been working the pro-am basketball circuit — he was part of the Goodman team that was in Indianapolis Sunday night — and looking like himself putting up big numbers in smooth way. He dropped 31 points and played a full 48 minutes in Indy. But this summer he also had operations on…

  17. Video: Tyreke Evans, LeBron James put on show for Philly fans

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    I could tell you that Team Philadelphia beat the Goodman League team Sunday. That would be Goodman League team with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Philly got out to a fast start and a big lead, and no amount of stars could chase them down. I could tell you that, but do you…

  18. China earns Olympic berth with FIBA Asia victory

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    One’s gut reaction to the “who should win the FIBA Asia tournament?” is China. The country’s youth love basketball and there certainly is a large population pool to draw from. But without Yao Ming around to anchor that squad in the paint, it wasn’t so easy. Still, China earned a berth in the 2012 London…

  19. Kevin Durant has Russell Westbrook’s back, wants him to stay

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    The people calling for Russell Westbrook to be traded after the Thunder were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals are just plain crazy. In the end up on Horders kind of way. Westbrook is one of the best young point guards in the league, and while he made mistakes he and…

  20. All-Star Game in Orlando may have December deadline

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Already, the deadline has passed for the first week of the preseason — the NBA has cancelled it. Without a handshake agreement in the next week, the rest of the preseason is at risk as well. Not long after that comes the start of the regular season. But what about the All-Star Game? In 1999,…

  21. What the lockout hath wrought: more agents poaching clients

    Sep 24, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    money

    Agents can get a little bored during the lockout. Normally they’d spend July and August getting their clients new deals, helping them with marketing and exposure, trying to sweep indiscretions under the table. It’s keeps a man busy. This summer there have been no negotiations. Well, there are the negotiations between the NBA players union…

  22. Who will be on Team USA for 2012 London Olympics?

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski — head coach of Team USA — has some brutal choices ahead of him next summer. Team USA is in the 2012 London Olympics and will come in the heavy favorite, but there are some other very good teams out there that could push the USA — Spain and Argentina come to mind,…

  23. Book on Kansas hoops call Kris Humphries an “absolute jerk”

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    To most of America, Kris Humphries is that guy who married Kim Kardashian. Not that Laker that married the other sister, but if pressed people might remember Humphries plays basketball for a living. But Humphries was a big deal player coming out of high school in Minnesota, a guy that was pretty clearly going to…

  24. Video: Watch a WNBA star take it to Sebastian Telfair

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Cappie Pondexter

    Friday, the final day of the Impact Competitive Training Series, was a super casual little run that really didn’t offer much. The small crowd was silent. Except where WNBA star Cappie Pondexter took it to Sebastian Telfair. If you don’t know Pondexter, she is a two-time All WNBA first team guard now of the New…

  25. Team executives send nearly identical “personal” letters to fans

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    writing_letter

    When the NBA formally cancelled the first preseason games on Friday, team executives from all 30 teams reached out to fans with a personal letter saying they apologize and promise them that the league is working on the labor situation. Except, the letter wasn’t all that personal. It shows that NBA execs do know how…

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