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  1. Carmelo Anthony says he made the right decision with trade

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    It was an ugly mess watching Carmelo Anthony force his way out of Denver last season. But for Anthony, it was the right move. He looks at the ongoing lockout, the lost games, the limbo he would be in as a free agent and thinks how he handled everything worked out for the best. That’s…

  2. Ginobili suffers mild ankle sprain in pick-up game

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    In the off chance that David Stern and Billy Hunter stop acting like fools next week, this could be relevant. But it probably won’t matter. Manu Ginobili has suffered a mild ankle sprain while training in Argentina, reports the News-Express Spurs Blog (and Project Spurs). The injury, which is not considered serious, apparently occurred when…

  3. Dallas Mavericks to get rings after all. Old guys rejoice.

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    The Dallas Mavericks are going to get their rings on opening night after all. Whenever that is. Remember in the aftermath of the Mavericks championship owner Mark Cuban was talking about doing something different, not just giving his players championship rings. That was too old school for Cuban. Except Cuban has an old-school team, so…

  4. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    kobe-obama-420

    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

  5. Video: Marion, Love, Chandler turn lock out into locked in

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    At least we can laugh about the lockout. Well, sort of, but this video from the folks at Funny or Die will make you laugh. The premise is simply that Kevin Love, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler misunderstand the lockout and head to a junior high “lock in” night at the gym. I’d rather be…

  6. Tiger Woods ready for the lockout to end, says Celtics are old

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    tiger-woods

    Tiger Woods is back on the golf course this weekend… so of course somebody at media day asked him about the NBA lockout. Why wouldn’t you? What, you have something better to ask Woods about? Of course not. Woods is a Southern California guy, a Lakers fan. Which means job No. 1 is hate the…

  7. Pete Carroll tries to recruit LeBron to Seahawks. Jokingly.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    lebron-james-seahawks

    The Seattle Seahawks passing game could use some help. They are 25th in the NFL at 205 passing yards per game and, while they complete a pretty average number of passes a contest, they average just 6.6 yards per passing attempt (26th in the league). They need a big-time receiver. Like maybe LeBron James. On Tuesday,…

  8. NBA owners, players to meet, bring in federal mediator Tuesday

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    UPDATE 9:01 pm: The meeting date has been changed to Tuesday now and we know the mediator will be George Cohen. That wold be the same Cohen who was the mediator for the NFL in their dispute. He made no progress there — they met before their eventual lockout — and some around those talks…

  9. NBA owners to meet in New York next week

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The NBA owners and players are barely talking — although they are getting a federal mediator — so the owners are going to talk amongst themselves. David Stern conducted a conference call with his labor relations committee this week and next week all the owners will gather together to talk lockout and revenue sharing, the…

  10. Carmelo Anthony defends his defense

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is not a good defensive player. That’s not just me talking, after ‘Melo was traded from Denver to New York Nuggets coach George Karl told TNT his team would be much better on defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on that end. Anthony took exception to that…

  11. Did Carmelo Anthony call Rick Fox a Hall of Famer? Um…

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    I like Rick Fox. Smart, underrated role player on some very good teams — the Lakers recognized this and picked him up to go along side Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Great fit. But Fox was not a great player. Well, I think that and you think that. Apparently Carmelo sees things differently. ‘Melo was…

  12. Kevin Durant to host star-studded charity game in OKC

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    The NBA player charity game circuit is coming to America’s heartland. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant had talked about setting up a game in OKC and apparently he has pulled it off and it will become official on Wednesday, reports the Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is making good on his promise…

  13. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire posterizes Blake Griffin poster

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Stoudemire_dunk2

    We told you that Amar’e Stoudemire was working his way around the ESPN campus talking lockout and pimping his new shoes yesterday. But that was not the best part. This video is, when Stoudemire plays some nerf ball against a Blake Griffin poster. (Via The Point Forward at Sports Illustrated)

  14. NBA owners play “ultimate game” poorly, so players won’t cave

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    I have been asked this question a number of times in the last 48 hours — why don’t the players just take the owners 50/50 offer and get back on the court? Because the players see the offer as patently unfair. You can argue all you want that if they took the owners last formal…

  15. Could the NBA’s level of play be better with fewer games?

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    There is not going to be a full NBA season with each team playing 82 games this year. That’s a bad thing in the “these idiots are missing games because they can’t decide how rich each side will be” kind of way. But could it be good for the quality of basketball in the league?…

  16. Stoudemire hopes for labor deal… or new players league

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Someone out there is still hopeful. Amar’e Stoudemire is hopeful. But if that hope is misplaced he has another idea. Amar’e Stoudemire was making the rounds of the ESPN campus on Tuesday to pimp his new shoes, but all anyone wanted to talk about was how he couldn’t wear those shoes on a court right…

  17. Report: Kobe Bryant close to $2 million, one-game deal in Italy

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    I’ll believe it when I see him walk on the court in another uniform, but the Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors remain the cockroach of rumors and will not go away. But if it were to happen, this new one-game “Kobe night” rumor makes more sense. That is the latest report out of Italy via…

  18. President Obama “a little heartbroken” over NBA lockout

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama has problems, ones that dwarf yours and mine. In the best of times the president has life-or-death issues to deal with daily, and these are not the best of times. Like you and me, he needs an occasional escape rom those problems. Like you and me, the NBA and basketball can provide…

  19. Charles Barkley may donate TNT salary as lockout drags on

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley likes money. A lot. You really can’t underestimate this. He just doesn’t want to be given money he hasn’t earned. (Insert your own craps table joke here, I’m not going there.) His contract with TNT as an NBA analyst has him getting paid whether there is a season or not. So while the…

  20. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union cannot win the public relations war — the fans will side with the owners, especially after the blunder-filled “let us play” twitter campaign Monday — and their only hope of salvaging what they have of the last labor deal is to stay unified. So far that has gone well — with…

  21. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    money

    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  22. Video: Dwight Howard on Extreme Home Makeover

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Extreme Home Makeover has got some NBA touches this season — reportedly Kobe Bryant will make an appearance later this season. But first up on the weekly feel-good show, Dwight Howard. He talks with a basketball-loving young girl who lost a leg saving her sister’s life. It’s about as good a cause as you’re going…

  23. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  24. Drew Gooden taking flight into the wings business

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    GOODEN_DREW

    Drew Gooden has some money to invest — he’s made more than $43 million in his NBA career so far and has the Bucks on the hook for $26.4 million more over four years (hello Gilbert Arenas clause?). He’s investing that in wings. Well, more accurately he’s investing in the idea that the people of…

  25. Brandon Bass raps about the lockout, “billion dollar dreams”

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    Protest music has a long, powerful heritage here in the United States. But it’s a little harder to buy from millionaire NBA players. I’m on their side and I still find the players’ posture in this annoying at best (stop with the “let us play” line, for example, because if you really did just want…

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