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  1. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari to play in Italy during lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a bright side Nuggets fans, at least he didn’t go to China like everyone else. And at least he has an out clause to return. Danilo Gallinari has signed to return to Olimpia Milano during the lockout, a story broken by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando. He…

  2. Report: Owners, players to meet in small groups this week

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The only way there is going to be an NBA season — whether full or partial — is if the owners and players keep talking and hammering out their differences. So this tweet that owners and players will sit down and start talking again is a positive. Chris Broussard of ESPN broke the news on…

  3. Video: Metta World Peace’s first Cha Cha on Dancing With The Stars

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    ronartestballet

    If David Stern and Billy Hunter are able to figure out their differences this week, end the lockout so that training camps and the season start on time in a couple weeks, Metta World Peace (the baller formerly known as Ron Artest) may be available. Below you can catch Artest’s first attempt at the Cha…

  4. Warriors’ Amundson healthy, will be ready for season

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

    Lou Amundson is not a game changer inside, but he is the kind of guy every team could use — an effort guy who can rebound and defend. Well, he can be that when he’s healthy, but the Warriors brought him in last season and he played only 46 games and averaged just 15 minutes…

  5. Report: Players were led to believe breakthrough was near

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Before last week’s big meeting on Tuesday, there was a lot of optimism in the air — plenty of people were suggesting a labor deal could be close (whether they meant to tweet it or not). Then Tuesday broke up with both sides disappointed. The players agreed to drop their share of basketball related income…

  6. Video: Charles Barkley sings Karaoke “My Way” ala Sinatra

    Sep 19, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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

    Charles Barkley is no Frank Sinatra. Primarily because Sinatra sang in tune. But below is video of Barkley doing the Sinatra standard “My Way” (via Deadspin) and what he lacks in singing skill he makes up for in style. It’s a pretty good rendition. Save for the whole in tune thing. By the way, reports…

  7. Caron Butler, Rudy Gay both to return to court soon

    Sep 19, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Rudy Gay and Caron Butler both were the best perimeter players on their team. Both went down with injuries in the regular season, and both injuries were thought to doom their squad when the playoffs rolled around. Both teams then went on to have franchise-best playoff runs without their stars. Now, both are going to…

  8. Plot for Kevin Durant’s magical “Switch” movie revealed

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Here’s the pitch: It’s like “Big” meets basketball. You with me? You’ve got a world-famous basketball player, and this high school kid, and through a magical encounter they switch bodies. Hijinks ensue, everybody learns some valuable lessons, tearful moments follow then kid and the baller are able to switch back, just in time for the…

  9. Goodman vs. Drew league rematch back on in Los Angeles

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    October 9 was to be the day of the first NBA preseason games. They haven’t been officially cancelled, but good luck finding anyone who thinks there will be games that night. But there will be a game that evening — the rematch of the Goodman and Drew leagues. From the moment they walked off the…

  10. Raptors work through first round of front office interviews

    Sep 19, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

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    The Toronto Raptors are still looking for a new front office guy to have a fancy title and explain his decisions to Bryan Colangelo, who is shifting roles in the organization. The Raptors are through their first round of interviews and have brought in some name people, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Philadelphia 76ers…

  11. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire hanging with designer Rachel Roy

    Sep 19, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Amar’e Stoudemire is spending plenty of his lockout summer trying to build his fashion empire… well, empire may be too big a word, but he has a Web site and clearly a brand he is trying to branch out beyond just basketball. So he is on this video with Rachel Roy, who is a clothing…

  12. Agents not looking to blow up players’ union, says agent

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    If you’ve followed the lockout at all you’ve heard the refrain: The agents all hate union head Billy Hunter. They want to be aggressive and use decertification — destroying the union to save it. They will run over Hunter to get what they want. That’s never really been true, not totally anyway. What NBA player…

  13. Is Jerry Sloan retired for good? Maybe not if you ask his wife.

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    This past summer a number of teams called Jerry Sloan to see if he had any interest in coming back to coaching — including some rosters with some talent like the Lakers — but nothing came of it. Sloan left the Jazz in the middle of last season and went back to his farm, and…

  14. Charles Barkley tells LeBron James to lighten up

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    It’s the offseason, there’s a lockout, and yet Charles Barkley is still finding a way to get Miami fans mad at him. And they were plenty mad at him before. Barkley went on Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable (a new show on ESPN2) last Friday to talk about whatever Barkley has an opinion on. Which…

  15. Kyle Korver’s big adventure as a Wrigley Field groundskeeper

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Kyle Korver Wrigley

    Kyle Korver isn’t above a day of hard labor. Well, so long as that labor doesn’t involve trying to play defense in transition. But he’s willing to work at other stuff. Which is exactly what he was doing on Sunday at Wrigley Field, where he worked as a groundskeeper and concessionaire serving ice cream. Tribune…

  16. Nowitzki taking break, will not sign overseas until November

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki EuroBasket

    Dirk Nowitzki is tired. Not to go all Lili Von Shtupp on you, but he’s tired of being admired; tired of love uninspired; let’s face it, he’s tired. After a run all the way to the NBA championships he partied all over the globe, then after a short break there was a few weeks of…

  17. Kobe Bryant willing to loan players money if lockout lingers

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    It’s part of what is behind the NBA lockout dragging out to threaten actual games — there are owners that want to exert their ultimate leverage, the loss of paychecks. There are some owners that want to hurt the union, to break it. The theory goes that when the players start missing paychecks, they’ll cry…

  18. Video: NBA stars head to Africa for Basketball without Borders

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    Growing basketball — and in the NBA’s eyes it’s brand of basketball — in Africa is rife with challenges. But for a decade now the NBA has been trying through its Basketball Without Borders program. Trying to find something through sport that can help unite people all over the continent that has been ravaged by…

  19. Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Spanish basketball fans should buy Mr. and Mrs. Gasol a dinner and a nice bottle of wine. It’s because of their sons — Pau and Marc Gasol — that Spain is the champions of European basketball for the second time in a row. Spain beat France 98-85 in the championship game of EuroBasket Sunday to…

  20. Why do some big market owners want a hard salary cap? Money. Why else?

    Sep 18, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    money

    The split among the owners — and there is a split among the owners on what should be in the next labor deal — is not as clean and not along all the lines most think. The conventional wisdom goes that the profitable big market teams oppose a hard salary cap because they like their…

  21. Lockout Friday night video highlights: Earl the Pearl Monroe

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    My all-time favorite ballplayer was Earl Monroe. Earl the Pearl. Yeah, he was nice. See, everybody remember him from the Knicks, you know, when he helped win that second championship and everything like that. I’m talking about when he was with the Bullets down at Winston-Salem Stadium… before that game, with 42 points a game…

  22. Muggsy Bogues has $3.6 million thank yous for Mark Cuban

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    muggsy-bogues

    Fans are divided on Mark Cuban, same with national pundits. Some consider him brash and rebellious, but those same people would kill to have them own their favorite team. Players? They love him. Which brings us to Muggsy Bogues, your favorite 5’3” guard. You remember him, he played for 14 NBA seasons, most in Charlotte.…

  23. Brown thinking more Gasol and Bynum, less Kobe for Lakers

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Mike Brown wants what Phil Jackson wanted — the offense to run through the post. Not a Kobe Bryant isolation play or him coming off a high pick, but Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as the hubs of the offense, standing at the high and low block. Will Kobe buy into it? Well, does he…

  24. EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Juan Carlos Navarro

    Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals…

  25. NBA referees Javie, Delaney to retire, Bavetta stays

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Sorry Lakers fans. And Celtics fans. And the fans of the 28 other NBA teams that thought Steve Javie had it in for your team. You will not have Javie to kick around anymore. After a few seasons of battling through knee issues, Javie is retiring after 25 years as an NBA referee, according to…

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