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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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.…

  14. Kendrick Perkins’ attorney threatens police brutality charges

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Report: NBA owners, players may not meet until September

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You want to know why more and more I’ve become convinced that NBA games will be lost (and I didn’t want to admit that)? Simple: You’re not going to get a deal until there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done. Now, read these two paragraphs from Alan Hahn at Newsday and…

  18. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler thinking China

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we’re going to start putting them in a regular roundup (major stars, like Amar’e Stoudemire, still get their own posts). Why? Because I’m a blogger and therefore am drawn to bullet points like a moth to a bug zapper. •…

  19. Rapper The Game takes shot at LeBron, like everyone else

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Is there anyone out there who has not gotten in their shot at LeBron and his hairline? Dwight Howard did it the other day on national television, and now on rapper The Game’s soon to be released “The R.E.D. Album,” he and some fellow rappers give LeBon James some shoutouts the baller would probably prefer didn’t happen.…

  20. Report: Israeli team reaches out to Amar’e Stoudemire

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    There are a handful of NBA players heading to Israel when the lockout drags into the NBA season: Jordan Farmar and Omri Casspi are the big names. (Note, I’m not even saying “if” games are lost anymore because it seems unavoidable.) But they may be joined by a bigger name. In an article at the…

  21. Chris Mullin thinks Donnie Walsh will work again

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    Donnie Walsh is currently a consultant for the Knicks. Which essentially means he is being paid to go away. That despite getting the team back to the playoffs and brining in stars while cutting the payroll in half. Most places that gets you a raise and job security, with the Knicks it gets you kicked…

  22. Iranian national team does some human bowling

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Iran likes to celebrate with a little bowling. Sure, why not? For the third year in a row Iran won the Jones Cup — led by Hamed Haddadi, the Memphis Grizzlies center who had 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks in the final game. The Jones Cup is an invitational tournament of Asian clubs,…

  23. But what Shaq really wants to do is direct

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Once the owners and players get around to having an NBA season, Shaquille O’Neal will have a day job. Well, really a night job, but he’ll be part of the TNT crew on Inside the NBA. But he’s coming up with a fallback position. The man who helped bring us “Kazaam” now is studying to…

  24. Kendrick Perkins proclaims innocence, says he was injured

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Kendrick Perkins woke up Saturday morning in a Beaumont, Texas, jail. If you read the police reports, it sounds like he would have woken up with a hangover, too. The Oklahoma City Thunder center was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct, which was followed by reports he tried to start fights. Also,…

  25. Former Sixer, Net MacCulloch is a pinball wizard

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    MacCulloch

    Todd MacCulloch was a good NBA center a decade better, a career cut short by injuries. If you are a good big man you get paid handsomely in the NBA. What did MacCulloch do with that money? He bought pinball machines. Seriously, it is estimated right now he has about 60 machines in his home.…

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