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  1. Report: NBA owners, players close to deal on mid-level exception

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It’s progress. Not on the core issue that will bring us labor peace, but it’s progress. Right now, we’re not going to look askew at any sign of progress. The NBA owners and players are very close to a deal on a reduced mid-level exception going forward, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. … a source…

  2. Caron Butler says he would consider playing for Heat

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The real point of this story is not Caron Butler, but rather what Caron Butler could represent for the Miami Heat. In speaking with Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, Butler — the free agent last with the Dallas Mavericks and coming off major knee surgery — said he would consider coming back to play for…

  3. NBA players launch “let us play” twitter campaign

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Sunday night at the Drew League vs. Goodman League, the NBA players were on script — they said they just wanted to play. To a man. It was like a mantra repeated in both locker rooms. Monday, they took the campaign to twitter. NBA players starting with union president Derek Fisher and on through LeBron…

  4. Colbert Report puts together ad backing NBA owners

    Oct 10, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    Somebody needs to get the back of those poor, struggling NBA owners. It’s not me, but somebody should have their back. Fortunately, they have the Colbert Report. Some think the nightly Comedy Central show is satire, but the NBA owners will take the support anywhere they can get it. Hat tip to Eye on Basketball.

  5. Kobe wishes he could play with Carmelo Anthony

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Let the New York tabloid speculation begin. Actually, even they likely can’t come up with a reasonable scenario where Kobe Bryant becomes a Knick (not that tabloids make their money on being reasonable). But when asked who Kobe most wants to play with, he named the Knicks Carmelo Anthony (via Hoopsworld). “I would actually like…

  6. What has to happen Monday for an NBA labor deal? A lot.

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Monday in Manhattan, NBA league officials and union leaders will again sit down across the table from each other in a posh hotel and try to hash out a deal — or at least go through the motions of it. If they don’t reach a handshake agreement today the league will cancel the first couple…

  7. Video: Kevin Durant, John Wall show at Drew/Goodman rematch

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Jeff Green

    John Wall and Kevin Durant put on a show at the Pyramid at Long Beach State Sunday night. The Drew League got its revenge, winning 151-144… but really, not to many people cared about that. They came to see NBA stars do their thing. Here are the top 10 plays from the night, and frankly…

  8. Yi Jianlian signs deal to play in China during lockout

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    Yi Jianlian, the second best player to come to the NBA out of China and who played last season for the Washington Wizards, is headed home. Yi has signed a deal to play in China during the lockout. That in and of itself is not a shock — he’s a star over there and had…

  9. American pro hoops player in Europe murdered

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chauncey hardy

    UPDATE 9:45 am: The good news is that a suspect has been arrested in the case. The bad news is it makes this even more senseless (if that is possible). Here is the report via Inside Hoops: Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police early Monday. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar…

  10. Observations from Drew/Goodman payback game

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It was fun. At the end of the day, that’s all you can really take away from the Pyramid on the Long Beach State campus and the Drew League vs. Goodman League rematch. John Wall and Kevin Durant and Nick Young had monster dunks. There were 195 points scored. Fun is all it should be.…

  11. Durant, players at Drew/Goodman say 53% is as low as they go

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    Sunday night in New York, NBA league and union officials negotiated for five hours over steak dinners. They talked a lot about “basketball related income” (or at least let’s hope they did). Three thousand miles way at a gym in Long Beach where the Drew League and Goodman League had their rematch, NBA players were…

  12. Friday night video: Jordan vs. Nique dunk contest highlights

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Jordan Dunk

    This weekend, with a guillotine hanging over the start of the NBA season, players will take part in a couple of celebrity games (LeBron vs. Wade in Miami, Goodman vs. Drew in Los Angeles). We could use the escape and see some actual hoops. And as a reminder of how fun exhibitions can be, we…

  13. Owners, players can’t agree to meet; start of season doomed

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    UPDATE 8:50 pm: If you were holding out hope for a last minute settlement to save the full NBA season, you should grab another beer. Or towel to cry into. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver basically confirmed the leaks from the union we passed along before (just keep scrolling down) — the league is not…

  14. Raptors close to hiring 76ers Stefanski as general manager

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Ed Stefanski, the 76ers general manager who has basically been a lame duck in Philadelphia since the ownership brought in Rod Thon to run the show, is close to landing a new gig. He is in “advanced talks” to become the GM and No. 2 guy with the Toronto Raptors behind team president Bryan Colangelo,…

  15. Video: Josh Selby highlights from summer runs

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    One of the fun parts of summer basketball is getting to see the games of guys who, for whatever reason, you hadn’t seen much before. Guys buried on an NBA bench or who you didn’t catch your eye in college, then on a stage with NBA talent wow you in person. (No Vegas Summer League…

  16. Derrick Rose settles to avoid lawsuit from Memphis boosters

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    A few Memphis boosters were ticked. Really ticked. And they would not quit. So they threatened a lawsuit naming former Memphis player Derrick Rose, former Memphis coach John Calipari, and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson after the team got put on sanctions, all surrounding Rose not taking his own SATs (allegedly). Be clear, if Calipari…

  17. Might Nets try to go big, get a center for twin towers look?

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Nets have a lot of challenges to deal with when the lockout ends. And they have ticking clock — Deron Williams can opt out and walk at the end of the season if he wants. Most people — including we here at PBT — think at upgrade at the two forward spots makes the…

  18. Drew League gets another shot at Goodman League Sunday

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    In a sure sign that the lockout continues to drag on, the charity game/pro-am circuit is going strong this weekend on both coasts. Saturday night in Miami pretty much all of the NBA stars in the Nike galaxy will play in a LeBron vs. Wade charity game at Florida International University. But the game that…

  19. Nowitzki shoots down report he’s talking to Real Madrid

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Earlier this week reports started to come out of Greece (and repeated other places) that Dirk Nowitzki was talking to European power Real Madrid to play there during the lockout. Nowitzki said he is not. That’s part of a conversation with ESPN’s Marc Stein where the big German talked about his plans if the lockout…

  20. Warriors Curry says relationship with Ellis “a lot better”

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    There is something tantalizing about the Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis backcourt in Golden State. Two guys who can create, who play smart, who can knock down shots (they combined for 42.7 points per game last season). But it’s never seemed smooth. To be sure, part of it is the whole “who plays defense” thing. Still,…

  21. Kobe Bryant tells a story that sums up Kwame Brown

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kwame-Brown

    Kobe Bryant finally won his NBA MVP trophy during the 2007-08 season. But frankly he deserved it more the couple years before that. If you watched the post Shaq-trade Lakers, Kobe carried that team. Bynum was raw and learning, Lamar Odom was inconsistent (some things never change) and Kobe dragged a team that STARTED Kwame…

  22. Michael Jordan’s private plane is very… Michael Jordan

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    michael_jordans_personalized_private_plane

    You are not going to mistake Michael Jordan’s toys for anyone else’s. Not his golf bag. And not his private plane, pictured below. (If you want to bask for a minute in the irony of an NBA owner who is claiming the current NBA financial system is really hurting his pocket book having a sweet…

  23. Video: Watch Adam Morrison get ejected in Serbian game

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    amorrison

    We know you woke up this morning saying to yourself, “whatever happened to Adam Morrison?” Of course you did. Well, he’s let his hair grow out and is getting ejected from games with his Serbian team. Below is the video of his ejection against German powerhouse Bayern Munich, complete with Morrison waiving his arms to…

  24. Agent asks: Why don’t NBA fans get some rollbacks?

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    We are just a weekend away from seeing NBA regular season games canceled. Why? Because the two sides can’t decide how to divide up the fans’ money. The money fans pay in ticket prices. The money paid for overpriced beers and parking spots. The money sponsors pay to reach those fans. The money television networks…

  25. Report: Trail Blazers to restart GM search from square one

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

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    At some point, the Portland Trail Blazers are going to need a general manager. And if that time is sooner rather than later, well, they are in trouble. More than four months after the Trail Blazers started their search for a new general manager after firing Rich Cho, after interviews with at least four candidates,…

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