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  1. No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day. Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it. But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the…

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

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    The Question

    Welcome to a new feature here at PBT, where we answer your twitter questions regarding basketball, food, comics and just about everything else. Well, no food questions this week but maybe in the future. Basically, if you ask it we’ll try to answer it. I admit to stealing this column idea from Hardball Talk’s Craig…

  3. Kevin Love says barnstorming tour of China coming

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    You know Kobe Bryant and other stars have talked about a “barnstorming” tour of China, to make some money and promote their brands if the lockout drags into the season. You also know there are obstacles, because this is China. But something is coming together, Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated. Oh, it’s very real. I…

  4. Wade says he, LeBron passed chemistry last season

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat passed chemistry. Early in the season they were failing it pretty badly as Wade and LeBron James seemed to just take turns trying to get isolation sets and take over games. But that evolved. Somewhat. Wade said that by the end of the season concerns that he and LeBron…

  5. Amar’e Stoudemire will not eat scorpions on a stick

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    amare stoudemire in china from amarestoudemire

    When in China… Nope, not going to do it. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire would not do as the Chinese do with one thing — he would not eat some Chinese street food. Which would be deep fried scorpions on a stick. That doesn’t work for you? How about deep fried seahorses? Silkworms? Here is what…

  6. Dwight Howard has hired free throw shooting guru

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There are moments — crucial end-of-close-game moments — when Stan Van Gundy has to sit his best player, Dwight Howard. Or they can’t trust giving him the ball. Because Howard will get fouled, and he shot only 59.6 percent from the free throw line last year (which is pretty much right at his career average…

  7. Sorry Ron-Ron, Friday was almost Metta World Peace day

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    UPDATE 1:10 pm: Sorry folks, no World Peace today. The name change has been delayed to Sept. 16. 9:15 am: Today, August 26, there is only World Peace. There is no more Ron Artest. At some point today, a judge in Los Angeles will officially sign that paper that will change the name of Lakers…

  8. Kevin Love is good with Rick Adelman as Wolves coach

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Love,

    Rick Adelman may be the next Minnesota Timberwolves coach. We know he interviewed for the job this week and there appears to be mutual interest, but there remain questions and until we see a name on the doted line nothing is certain. The key for any coach in the NBA now is player management. Yes,…

  9. Report: Only top executives to attend next week’s bargaining session

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to say if this will turn out to be fruitful or not, but it is interesting. We told you that the players union and league were expected to meet next week in New York (only the second official bargaining session since the lockout started July 1). Not only is that a go, it…

  10. Why is he called Shane Battier? Bad handwriting.

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is working his way through China (what NBA player isn’t?) promoting PEAK, his China-based shoe company. With that comes a lot of media stops and pictures and press conferences and the like. Most of them sound identical after a while, like white noise in the background. But Battier broke that up at one…

  11. NBA keeps going about its business as if nothing is wrong

    Aug 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We all had a good laugh when the NBA released its schedule last month. We circled the games on the schedule we wished we were going to see, all with a nod and a wink knowing there was little to no chance of that schedule, in an unaltered form, taking place. Then the preseason schedule…

  12. Report: Adelman “definitely interested” in Timberwolves

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Rick Adelman had his interview this week with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the situation was a little bit upside down — rather than the coach having to sell the team on him, it was the team that needed to sell Adelman on the job. They wanted him, but did he want them. Apparently so, if…

  13. Former NBA star Ralph Sampson arrested over child support

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    ralph-sampson

    Ralph Sampson, the former star NBA player that was part of the original “twin towers” with Hakeem Olajuwon, has been arrested concerning issues of child support, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sampson had his driver’s license suspended after failure to make payments, reports the paper. He had been pulled over just outside Atlanta after an…

  14. Dwyane Wade says Bulls are “one player away”

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade is just like the rest of us in one respect — he’s a Derrick Rose fan. Wade can also relate to Rose, not just as a Chicago native but also on the court. For years in Miami (after the 2006 title year) it was the Dwyane Wade show and nothing else — he…

  15. Dikembe Mutombo calls for more aid to Africa

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    We have problems here in America, no doubt. But they pale in comparison to what the combination of draught and war has brought upon people in parts of Africa. Dikembe Mutombo — who has worked hard for people in his native Congo — is now calling for help for the people of Somalia. There a…

  16. Turkish head coach sticks up for Enes Kanter

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Yesterday we brought you word how a highly-respected, old school Turkish national team assistant coach ripped Enes Kanter as not ready for the NBA. Which would be pretty bad news for the Utah Jazz as they drafted him No. 3 overall back in June. Today came the rebuttal, with the honors going to Turkey’s first…

  17. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler headed to Italy

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and that is what we do. • Wilson Chandler has inked to play for Olympia Milano in Italy, but has struck one of…

  18. Video: Derrick Williams can finish at the rim

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams was the clear No. 2 pick in the last NBA draft because he can score. He’s athletic and scouts saw him as a guy who could almost immediately get you some buckets at the NBA level. This is why. This is some video of Williams at the Elite 24 Midnight Run with Brandon…

  19. Has Tyreke Evans developed a reliable jump shot?

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, John Salmons

    Tyreke Evans is a beast when he drives the lane. Just a couple years into the league he is one of the best penetrators in the league and he finished an impressive 59.8 percent of shots when he got inside. But if you could keep him outside it was a different story. He shot 25.2…

  20. If you thought Phil Jackson was weird, check out Turkish coaches

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Phil Jackson did some pretty out-of-the-box things as a coach — group meditation and drum beating to get his team focused and unified. That whole Zen thing of letting teams find their own way by not calling timeouts. But he has nothing on what is going on in Turkey. That is where Deron Williams and…

  21. Video: Jordan Farmar is one popular guy in Israel

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Farmar reacts to missed shot at buzzer as Dallas Mavericks win their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Jordan Farmar — one of the handful of Jewish players in the NBA — will play during the lockout for Maccabi Tel Aviv, essentially the Yankees of the Israeli league and a European powerhouse. And they are pretty excited to have him there — this is video of his arrival at the airport. (hat tip…

  22. Mo Evans reiterates just how far apart owners, players are

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Great news — the owners and players reportedly will sit down at a table next week and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. And maybe a season. Not that it will do any good. Don’t believe me? Look at what National Basketball Players Association VP Mo Evans told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated then tell…

  23. Judge cites twitter in saying Arenas’ ex can go on “Basketball Wives”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Gilbert Arenas’ twitter account got him in some trouble again. Arenas had sued trying to stop a former fiancé Laura Govan from going on VH1’s new series “Basketball Wives L.A.” which debuts next week. Maybe the most amazing thing to me is that show did well enough to get a spin-off. Who is watching that…

  24. One thing the owners really want — to get out of bad deals

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Arenas_beardshot

    Next season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the NBA. That seems fair. Rashard Lewis will be second at $22.1 million. Gilbert Arenas will be fifth at $19.2 million. Antawn Jamison will make $15 million. There are some terrible deals in the NBA landscape and one of the real sticking points in…

  25. Donnie Walsh is relaxing in Indiana, not retired

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    After the Knicks thanked Donnie Walsh for turning around the franchise by kicking him to the curb and making him a “consultant,” he went home to Indiana. There the notorious workaholic has relaxed. Spent time with his family, done work around the house and a few crossword puzzles, basically just taken it easy. Which is…

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