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  1. Allen Iverson will not play in Melo vs. Philly Sunday

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    UPDATE 10:17 am: Allen Iverson’s longtime friend and manager shot down the idea that Iverson will play in the game, according to CSNPhilly.com: Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime friend and manager, confirmed that the now 36-year-old Answer will not participate. Which is a little sad, these free-flowing exhibitions are a good fit for Iverson’s game, and…

  2. Bismack Biyombo swears he will be at Bobcats camp

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    Here is all we know: Bismack Biyombo has amazing athleticism and he is raw like sushi. That always leads guys to be draft night favorites of fans, guys that those same fans will not be so fond of in three years. Oh, and we know he has buyout issues with Fuenlabrada, the Spanish team where he…

  3. Report: Owners plan amnesty clauses in new CBA

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

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    Back in 2005, when the last NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement was put in place — teams could waive one player and not have to pay the luxury tax on that player’s salary. (The player still got the money on his contract and the teams did not get salary cap relief.) Everyone called it the Allen…

  4. Leadership of NBA owners, players union to meet Thursday

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The good news is the owners and players are back in the same room talking again. On Thursday that will include the leadership of both sides — Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver for the owners, union president Derek Fisher and union Director Billy Hunter. Some attorneys and economists from both sides will…

  5. Check out Ty Lawson’s car while in Europe. Nice signature.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson's car

    Ty Lawson is one of five Nuggets players heading overseas to play while the lockout drags on — three of which may not be coming back if there is a season. But that’s another issue. One of the perks of playing in Europe is… well, the perks. The team provides housing, a car, covers the…

  6. How would full lost season impact LeBron’s record chase?

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    You legions of LeBron James haters don’t want to hear this, but it’s true — he is on pace to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and become the NBA’s all time leading scorer. He’s on pace to find a place in the record books in a number of other areas, too, such as being up the list…

  7. Report: Pistons Austin Daye reaches deal to play in Russia

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    As staff from the players union and NBA league offices meet hoping to lay down a few stones on the road to a labor deal Wednesday, more and more players are getting serious about overseas options. That includes the Pistons’ Austin Daye, who has signed a deal to play in Russia, according to a report…

  8. Michael Jordan’s golf bag is a reminder he is Michael Jordan

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    In case you ever ran into him out on the golf course and said “is that really Michael Jordan?” go check his golf bag in the back of the cart. (Although really, do you need to do that to confirm it is the most recognizable athlete on the planet? What’s wrong with you?) The bag…

  9. Delonte West explains the night of his arrest

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    We’ve heard all sorts of stories about how DeLonte West was arrested driving a three-wheel Can-Am Spyder with multiple weapons in the trunk. We heard how the league suspended him 10 games. How he had to serve out probation. How he had to have treatment for his bipolar disorder. Through it all a caricature of…

  10. LeBron joins crowd, pokes fun at himself in McDonald’s ad

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    From our “if you can’t beat them, join them” files…. It’s been open season on LeBron James for a few things in the past year — his hairline, The Decision, and the rather foolish statement about the Heat winning “not, four, not five, not six” championships. Many took all this together as a sign of…

  11. Video: Highlights from day 6 of Impact Vegas “lockout league”

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    We already showed you that Rudy Gay looked plenty healthy Tuesday at the Impact Competitive Training Series (the “lockout league”) in Las Vegas. But there was other stuff worth seeing. For example, not only does Chauncey Billup’s knee look good, so does his jumper. And John Wall has serious handles (but you probably knew that).…

  12. Kenyon Martin to become third Nugget to play in China

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin is about to join J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler as key Denver Nuggets free agents that have decided to play a season in China rather than see how the lockout plays out. And that leaves the Nuggets screwed for next season. Martin’s agent Andy Miller confirmed to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post…

  13. Shaq points to Joe Johnson to explain owners’ mistakes

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Shaquille O’Neal pulled out the bad contract = lockout card again, but rather than going with the classics — Eddy Curry or Rashard Lewis — he went with the new and threw Atlanta’s Joe Johnson under the bus. Which is both right and wrong at the same time. But we’ll get to that farther down…

  14. Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact…

  15. Chauncey Billups says his knee is good to go… are the Knicks?

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Chauncey Billups is 35 years old and wasn’t really the guy anyone pictured leading a high-octane offense when he was 25. But there he will be whenever next season starts, as the point guard for Mike D’Antoni’s New York Knicks. That was hampered last season by a strained left knee that made it harder and…

  16. How does “Brooklyn Nets” sound? Looks like team’s name.

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    Next fall, the New Jersey Nets will follow Bruce Springsteen’s advice and “get out while we’re young” and drive up the road to the brand new Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Which means the “New Jersey” part of their name will be a bit out of place. The Nets part could change, too, although teams tend…

  17. Chris Paul’s charity game to feature LeBron, Durant, more

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets

    Everybody wants to play with Chris Paul. We’re not even talking about his recruiting as a free agent aside (at least until the lockout ends, when the rumors will start up again). It’s also true of CP3’s charity game. Paul is hosting a charity game Oct. 1 on the campus of Winston Salem University to…

  18. Even if the Knicks suck, the food at the Garden will be good

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Music Madison Square Garden

    The first phase of the $850 million renovation of Madison Square Garden is just about done and will open when the Rangers start their season soon. It will be ready for the Knicks whenever the NBA gets around to having a season, too. We don’t know how good the Knicks will be once the season…

  19. Last season had O.J. Mayo questioning if he still wanted to play

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    O. J. Mayo, Kevin Durant

    The first half of last season, O.J. Mayo became marginalized in Memphis. His role with the team was fading, he was coming off the bench and he was shopped around then almost traded to the Pacers. That all changed after Rudy Gay suffered a shoulder injury, the team had to lean on Mayo again and…

  20. Peace out — Artest eliminated from Dancing With The Stars

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    For once, the votes of Lakers fans could not vault one of their own up the board. Well, that or they actually saw him dance. Metta World Peace — the dancer and Laker formerly known as Ron Artest — was the first contestant eliminated from Dancing with the Stars during Tuesday night’s elimination show. Which was…

  21. Video: Rudy Gay is looking pretty good in his first game back

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    We told you Monday that Rudy Gay was finally cleared for on court basketball, and he was working out at the Impact series in Las Vegas. Um, he looks pretty healthy in this video, with the putback. Video via hoopsmixtape.

  22. Spurs “rodeo road trip” highlights schedule issues if games are missed

    Sep 20, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It is not impossible for the NBA season to start on time. However, once you factor in time needed for a shortened free agent period and training camps (again shortened), the owners and players need to hammer out a deal in about a week or so. So, not impossible, but I wouldn’t bet your rent…

  23. Jason Terry will re-sign with Dallas, leverage be damned

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Jason Terry is one of the pessimists. He doesn’t want to be, but like a lot of players who were disappointed after last week’s negotiating session he’s not sure the owners and players are that close to a deal. But whenever the two sides do make a deal, he is going to re-sign with the…

  24. Turiaf’s hand has healed, he’s ready whenever season starts

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf, Mike D'Antoni

    It’s one of the risks of playing for your country — injuries. Ronny Turiaf was supposed to play for France in EuroBasket, but he broke his hand in a tune-up game against Great Britain. The good news for Knicks fans is that the Energizer Bunny off the bench told NBA.com his hand is nearly healed…

  25. Video: Best of Vegas Impact “lockout league” from Monday

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Christian Eyenga

    We will have a lot more from the Impact Competitive Training Series — popularly known as the Vegas “lockout league” later in the week, but we’ll start you out with some highlights from Monday. That includes some impressive throwdowns from  Christian Eyenga, which should make Cavs fans happy. And after watching the Browns lose to the…

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