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  1. Stern: There are four or five local buyers interested in Hornets

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Since the NBA bought out the old ownership of the New Orleans Hornets, the league started trying to solidify the financials of the team — get more sponsors, sell more season tickets, get a better arena deal with the state. Oh, and crush the players union. Maybe we can do some more profit sharing, too.…

  2. Report: Turiaf breaks hand, likely out for Eurobasket

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Just 24 hours ago, Ronny Turiaf was dancing on the court after Nicolas Batum was throwin’ it down. Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket. Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for…

  3. Nets officials can attend Kardashian/Humphries wedding. If they want.

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    humphries-kardashian

    The question isn’t if Nets officials should be allowed to attend the wedding of Kris Humphries to Kim Kardashian. Of course they should. The question is if they really want to. The league has cleared the path for them to go if they so choose, the Associated Press reports. This is the same thing that…

  4. The long, strange trip of Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton

    From our “if you’re going to read one thing today” file… There is a fascinating profile of newly-minted Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis over at Grantland. Another fine bit of work by Jonathan Abrams. Sabonis is more of a mythical player here in the United States — we’ve heard of the legend of his greatness,…

  5. Video: Run TMC reminisces about Run TMC

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Mullin, Hardaway, Richmond, Run TMC

    With Chris Mullin going into the Hall of Fame, the golden era of the Golden State Warriors has been a hot topic. For me, that will always be Run TMC. One of my favorite teams ever to watch. Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, in a “system” designed by Don Nelson. A system that…

  6. Ben Gordon says it was worse than you think in Detroit

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    From the outside looking in, the Detroit Pistons were a god-forsaken mess last season. A coach the players didn’t respect, a near mutiny at one point with players skipping a practice in protest and losses piling up fast on a proud franchise. To put it in Detroit terms, they looked worse than the automotive industry.…

  7. Kobe makes plea for players to stand behind union

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    There are owners counting on the players union coming apart at the seams. They are counting on players used to an extravagant lifestyle who, once they miss a couple paychecks, will start putting pressure on union head Billy Hunter to get a deal done fast. A deal on the owners’ terms. (The players would not…

  8. Today’s overseas roundup: John Wall isn’t going anywhere

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    John Wall

    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we’ve started putting them in a roundup. Why? Because I’m a blogger and therefore am drawn to bullet points Kirstie Alley to a cupcake. • One NBA star staying put appears to be John Wall, who says he isn’t thinking…

  9. Report: Kevin Durant’s agent in talks with CSKA Moscow

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Remember how the head of the EuroLeague said the elite teams of Europe were not going to get in the “rent an NBA star” game, that they needed stable rosters? (To be fair, I had heard similar noises from some agents.) You can pretty much throw that out the window. Kevin Durant’s agent is in…

  10. Video: Nicolas Batum throws it down, Turiaf likes it

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    All over Europe right now there are a bunch of tune-up games taking place as teams get ready for EuroBasket at the end of the month — the tournament that determines who from the continent is headed to the 2012 Olympics in London and who is watching on television. From that, we bring you this…

  11. Paul Pierce comes to Home and Garden Television Saturday

    Aug 17, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Paul Pierce went to Inglewood High School, a stone’s throw from the Fabulous Forum, where Magic Johnson ran the Showtime Lakers. But the neighborhood around that building has always been one of the poorest, more troubled hoods in all of Los Angeles. Inglewood High does not have a lot of resources, so Pierce wanted to…

  12. Perkins publicist says he only drank water night of arrest

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    perkinsthunder

    Kendrick Perkins’ arrest over the weekend was only for misdemeanors, but embarrassing ones — public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Fighting the charges is one thing — Perkins has already started to do that — but the bigger challenge may be the public relations battle. Perkins is on a squeaky clean Oklahoma City squad with a…

  13. Even Obama thinks Rondo needs to get a jumper

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    One game this March, Rajon Rondo’s jumper was just off. What game? Take your pick. But this time it was President Barack Obama’s fault. At least that’s how Shaquille O’Neal remembers it. Shaq, who was with the Celtics in spirit last year if not on the court, has a new book coming out written with…

  14. China will vote to curb NBA influx by end of week

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some of the biggest names in the NBA — Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and others — are looking hard at China. There are good reasons for this. First, there is good sponsorship money there (and companies like Nike might help pay to get stars in the world’s largest shoe market). Also, the league doesn’t start…

  15. Tony Parker will play in native France if lockout drags on

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    While a number of NBA players have signed, or at least flirted, with a deal overseas during the lockout, only one real star has signed up — Deron Williams of the Nets headed to Turkey. But that is going to change as the lockout moves forward. And while most of the big names will likely…

  16. Love says players want compromise but will not roll over

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Kevin Love 2

    The players are not winning the public relations battle with the lockout. Frankly, they can’t. The average sports fan knows the owners are ultra-rich, but they don’t relate to 20-somethings making millions. The players tend to get blamed for a lockout, no matter whose not budging. The NBA players realize they are going to come…

  17. Kobe Bryant drops 43, hits game winner at Drew League

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    How big have the summer pro-ams become? A couple of weeks after LeBron James dropped by the Drew League in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant came down Tuesday night and put on a show — he scored 43 points. Then he dropped the game winner in right over James Harden. Vintage Kobe to get frustrated at…

  18. Video: Top 10 Pistol Pete Maravich highlights

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    The lockout can bring up some ugly feelings and frustrations with basketball, and sometimes we can forget just how much fun basketball can be. How we love the sport. A good cure for that: classic highlights. Like “Pistol” Pete Maravich. A man so often imitated (and wait until Ricky Rubio starts playing) but never duplicated.…

  19. Kobe Bryant denies injuring man in San Diego church

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    As one would expect, Kobe Bryant has denied injuring a man by snatching a cell phone out of his hand in a San Diego church. His attorney issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Mr. Bryant is aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him,” said a statement issued by attorney Mark Campbell, “and…

  20. Minnesota may get around to choosing a coach this week

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    When Pistons GM Joe Dumars was asked why he moved quickly to bring in new head coach Lawrence Frank in the middle of the lockout, he said that if you want to change the energy of your organization you should not wait. The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone the other direction. GM David Kahn let former…

  21. Former NBA, current college referee commits suicide

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Troy Raymond

    There is just nothing good about this story. Former NBA (and recent college hoops) referee Troy Raymond was found dead due to suicide — a gunshot wound to the head — in a New Orleans hotel just hours after police had found his wife dead in the couple’s Houston area home, according to CBS Sports.…

  22. Charlie Ward out of the NBA life and happy about it

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Charlie Ward

    Charlie Ward was an impressive two-sport athlete at Florida State — remember he won the Heisman as quarterback — who went on to have an 11-year NBA career, mostly with the Knicks. From there he went on to be an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, where he stayed a couple years and had options.…

  23. Kendrick Perkins’ attorney threatens police brutality charges

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    perkinsthunder

    Well, that didn’t take long. Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins was arrested Saturday night on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and already a Perkins’ attorney has filed a pretrial motion. Misdemeanor cases like this rarely see high priced attorneys and pretrial motions, but this is going to be that and more, including…

  24. Video: Get a first look at 2012 Olympics basketball court

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

    London Olympics basketball

    The 2012 Olympic basketball tournament will be played in a temporary but cool looking building in London (pictured to the right). One well-protected building. Perks of being the host is that the team from Great Britain gets its team in (they never would have qualified out of a brutal European competition) and the get to…

  25. What you saw of Dennis Rodman at the Hall was the real him

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    If you read just one thing today — other than PBT, because by definition you are already reading that — I suggest you set aside some time for Yahoo’s Michael Silver’s recounting of Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame enduction night. The story starts after 3 a.m. in a strip club surrounded by Patron shots and…

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