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  1. If you want to win in the NBA, forget point guards. Go big.

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    During the summer, we get a buzz watching John Wall say he is back and slash through guys at the Goodman league. Or watching Brandon Jennings cut it up at the Drew League. We relate to the normal sized guy who can find a way to get it done in the NBA. We love Derrick…

  2. Nate Robinson not headed to the NFL, Europe maybe

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Nate Robinson liked to do a little flirting with the NFL. Which was cute, but he is due $4 million next season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and if you think playing some hoops in Europe puts that at risk imagine what getting trying to tackle Chris Johnson will do. So, the…

  3. Today’s overseas roundup: Corey Maggette close to Greek trip

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in an occasional roundup. We bring you the Labor Day edition, because nothing says Labor Day like barbeque and bullet points. • Corey Maggette has been flirting with Greek team PAOK for a while, but things are…

  4. NBA advertisers looking for other places to spend $1 billion

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    With it looking more and more like NBA games are going to be lost, the advertisers that normally fill in the commercials during NBA broadcasts are starting to look around for other places to spend their money. The concern is that once the league comes back, all those advertising dollars will not. The NBA lockout…

  5. Picture you should see: Ron Artest preparing for “Dancing”

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    ronartestballet

    We bring this picture to you of Ron Artest — soon to be Metta World Peace, but we’re not there yet — preparing for his stint on Dancing With The Stars. It’s via The Lakers Nation twitter account. We bring it to you without comment because: 1) I of the white man’s overbite dancing style…

  6. Goodman League vs. Indy Pro-Am game on for Sept. 24

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    The Goodman League will take on all comers. Well, except the Drew League again. But all other comers. Just days after agreeing to a game against the Rucker Park league, the Goodman League has agreed to a deal to take on the Indianapolis Pro-Am, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Palmer. Indy is supposed…

  7. Video: Watch Justin Bieber cross Steve Nash

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber and Steve Nash — two guys with cult-like followings that think their hero can do no wrong. Two guys with great hair. Two guys matched up on the basketball court, where Bieber — he of the All-Star Weekend celebrity game — crosses Nash and gets to the hole. Bur really, the best part…

  8. Final eight teams set in FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Argentina's Ginobili goes to the basket under pressure from Panama's Pomare, Lloreda and Warren during the FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Mar del Plata

    We are through the group stage of the FIBA Americas tournament. Long live the Group Stage, part two. After the first round of games in Argentina, two teams have been eliminated — Cuba and Paraguay. So we are down to eight and the second round of group play — because who doesn’t love more group…

  9. EuroBasket Day 5: Yup, Spain is the team to beat

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol EuroBasket

    Welcome to our daily update. Things are starting to really shake out in the group play of EuroBasket, and with that we are really starting to see who the contenders for the Olympic berths are. What we are saying is, we would like you to meet Spain, Russia and Serbia. Spain 91, Lithuania 79: Spain…

  10. Miami to make a run at Nene in free agency… yes, it’s a longshot

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Nene has been very clear that as the most coveted free agent in this upcoming class — whenever we get into a condensed, hurried free agency period post lockout — money is not going to be his deciding factor. He wants to win. It’s not about the money. I’m sure he means it. That said,…

  11. EuroBasket Day 4 Roundup: Greece was not the word

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Greece Macedonia

    We have our first real upset of EuroBasket, just as things are starting to get interesting (Lithuania vs. Spain and Germany vs. Serbia Sunday, for example). Macedonia 72, Greece 58: This is a pretty big upset — Macedonia had never won a EuroBasket game before this tournament, while in recent years Greece has been one…

  12. There will be no Drew League vs. Goodman League rematch

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    It was the game that started the buzz — West Coast vs. East Coast, Los Angeles vs. Washington D.C., Goodman League vs. Drew League. It was the game that set the stage for Goodman vs. Melo and soon Goodman vs. Rucker. The Drew League wanted a rematch — Drew lost by 1 point, there was…

  13. EuroBasket Day 3 recap: This is why you leave Nowitzki in

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

    Tony Parker

    On Day three of EuroBasket we saw a contest of teams thinking Olympic bids with Germany and France, and we saw why Spain runs its offense through the Gasol brothers. There were only six games played on Friday. France 76, Germany 65: Let’s give France their due — they are 3-0 and the questions about…

  14. Spurs’ Blair makes it official, he will play in Russia

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

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    No real shock here, we told you this was coming, but Spurs big man DeJuan Blair has made it official. Blair has signed to play next season with Krasnye Krylya in Russia, reports  Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The deal has an opt-out to return to the NBA once (or if) the lockout ends. There’s an…

  15. Video: Behind the scenes at Goodman vs. Drew with Durant

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has been working on a new video series, designed to take you into the average day in his life and show you how it is not that different than yours. You know, playing some X-box, chilling with your friends, going to the Goodman vs. Drew game and dropping 44. Okay, so your day…

  16. Ricky Rubio is struggling at EuroBasket. Time to worry?

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio of Spain eyes the ball durin

    This was the guy the Minnesota Timberwolves have been banking on since they drafted him three years ago. Ricky Rubio, the Spanish sensation who has been playing at the highest level of European ball since he was 16. The guy with the rare gift of natural court vision. He has been a mess through three…

  17. Dwight Howard planking with 100 Chinese people

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    howard-plank1

    Planking is dead. Your grandma knows what planking is, heck, she probably has done it with her friends in the mall. It just takes her a lot longer to get back up. But it’s not done for Dwight Howard and his friends in China. Below is a photo courtesy the twitter account of CNBC business…

  18. How about Goodman vs. Rucker Park showdown? It’s on.

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    rucker-park

    This could be better than any of the summer pro-am league showdowns this summer (and beating Goodman vs. Drew and Goodman vs. Melo will be hard): How about Washington D.C.’s Goodman League vs. ECB Rucker Parck? The best of New York now in the mix. It is set for Oct. 1, according to the official…

  19. Does Australia want Bogut enough for the government to help?

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut is a big deal in Australia. They have other players in the NBA — hello Patty Mills — but Bogut is a defensive stalwart, the former college player of the year at Utah who, if he gets his shooting touch back, is a borderline All-Star. Plenty of teams in the Australian league (the…

  20. Video: This is what EuroBasket looks like

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki EuroBasket

    We’ve been updating you on the first two days of the EuroBasket (and we will continue), telling you what things look like. But you should see for yourself. So here are the highlights from day one of EuroBasket, check it out for yourself. From VisoSports (via Crossover Chronicles).

  21. Lawrence Frank interviews 31 for assistant coaching jobs

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    Lawrence Frank is detail oriented and very thorough. I’m not clinically trained to diagnose someone as obsessive. So I’ll let you judge for yourself. Frank was given the freedom to hire his own staff, so he has left no stone unturned in his search for assistants, according to Pistons.com. He’s talked to 31 coaches and…

  22. Hakim Warrick wants some Philly vs. Baltimore action

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Warrick_suns

    We have seen Los Angeles vs. Washington D.C. (Drew League vs. Goodman League). And D.C. vs. Baltimore (Goodman vs. Melo). Now Philadelphia wants in on the action. Suns forward Hakim Warrick is trying to organize some players from the city of Brotherly Love to take on Baltimore’s Melo league in a showcase, reports Marc Stein…

  23. Nets coach Johnson heads to Russia for game with Prokhorov

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Avery Johnson Portrait

    How much does the Little General have in the tank? We’re about to find out… well, “we’re” only includes you if you live in Russia. New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson is heading to Russia to play in a charity exhibition game with team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, reports the Star-Ledger. Money raised at the Set.…

  24. Mark Jackson explains ties to alleged drug kingpin

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Warren Braithwaite was arrested in Arizona last month, accused by the DEA of heading an international drug-smugling ring. That sent shockwaves through some circles as Braithwaite was friend of people such as Jamie Foxx and Lady Gaga, among many other celebrities. You can put new Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson in that group, too.…

  25. Pau Gasol says he’ll play in Spain if lockout drags on

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain receives a ball durin

    We’re just a couple days into EuroBasket, but if favorite Spain goes on to win the gold medal, Pau Gasol is headed to being named MVP of the tournament. He has looked like the old Gasol — not the one from the Dallas series in the playoffs — with a plethora of moves around the…

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