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  1. Report: Scheduling issues could kill Kobe deal in Italy

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The Italian League where Kobe Bryant is close to playing is not quite like the NBA in a lot of ways. One is the scheduling — as in it’s not set yet. The league is set to tip-off Oct. 9 but the schedule is still being reworked. For example, Venezia was just being added as…

  2. Kobe reaches deal to play in Italy. Almost. Team calls it “95 percent.”

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE #2, 9:56 am: And as fast as it came together, the deal may already be falling apart. Virtus Bologna had requested a special schedule during the 40 days the team was to have Kobe Bryant, but that has been rejected by the Italian league. This may lead to the entire deal to collapse as the…

  3. Video: Jordan, Cuban, Drake all pitch NBA 2K12

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    in just a few days NBA 2K12 hits the streets, and we are pumped. 2K11 just killed it, and this year you can play some of the best teams in NBA history. Of course, who is the best is up for debate. Which is the point of this commercial where Michael Jordan and others make…

  4. Report: Owners suggest “Carmelo rule” among many changes

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    About half the NBA’s owners and a number of big-name NBA players have descended upon New York for what will be a crucial bargaining session Friday (and with any success through the weekend). This is likely the last chance to save a full NBA season. The negotiations are going to be intense. The primary issue…

  5. Andre Iguodala a Merrill Lynch intern this summer

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala has a lot of money to take care of — he’s already made $44 million in his career and he has about that much more coming to him the next three years (which is why the 76ers shop him around). Most players treat that much money like they’re in an episode of “Entourage”…

  6. NBA players face the limbo question: How low will you go?

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    limbo

    At this stage of the NBA labor talks, the players union faces the age-old limbo question: How low will you go? Let me explain. I know I keep repeating this but it can’t be stated often enough — the NBA labor fight is really about the split of basketball related income, or BRI (and how…

  7. Eight guys likely waived under new CBA amnesty clause

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Next time you’re positive you know who is going to get cut with the coming NBA amnesty clause, remember this: In 2005 it was nicknamed the Allan Houston clause after the wildly overpaid Knicks guard. Except the Knicks didn’t cut him. We don’t know who will get cut this time around, but we have heard…

  8. Video: Derrick Rose is a bull, complete with matadors in Madrid

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Derrick Rose is a Bull. So, Adidas made an ad where he’s a bull. Get it? Actually, below is a well done ad by Adidas to promote Rose’s new adiZero Rose 2, which roll out next week at Foot Locker and Eastbay (exclusively). The ad was shot in a an actual bull ring in Madrid. You…

  9. Kobe Bryant smacks Shaquille O’Neal around. Again.

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    This horse is dead, but we’re going to give it one more swift kick. Turns out, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal don’t really like each other. Who knew? And if you think all the bitterness from those days is gone, you weren’t listening to Italian radio yesterday. Neither were we, but someone with Sportando was.…

  10. Video: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh on Law & Order: SVU

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony were on “Law & Order: SVU” last night, and they were successfully able to pull off playing themselves. Below is the video of the entire episode — which we’re sure you watched live here on NBC but we guess you want to re-watch it — and ‘Melo and Bosh can…

  11. NBA owners, players could reach deal this weekend if they really want to

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    David Stern is trying to create an artificial deadline. The players are bringing in the big names and big guns to hear where things stand and show union unity. Half the NBA owners will be in the room. The owners moved off their insistence on a hard salary cap but added a bunch of strings.…

  12. Video: NBA stars put on show for Jamie Foxx charity event

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris - Roaming

    This is basically a dunk highlight reel featuring Nate Robinson, Nick Young, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan and others, who were all out at Jamie Foxx’s charity game recently. That said, it could be the only ball you see from NBA guys for a while if this weekend doesn’t go well, so enjoy. Thanks to BallisLife…

  13. LeBron James brings his closing skills to Boston Red Sox

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Less than a decade ago, the kind of collapse the Boston Red Sox pulled off in the last month would have been just part of another typical New England fall. It was just another scar for a fan base that expected nothing less and bonded over those wounds. But this time, you can blame LeBron…

  14. Ben Wallace arrested on drunk driving, weapons charges

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Wallace_Ben

    Pistons big man Ben Wallace, who anchored the defense that won the franchise a title in 2004, was arrested over the weekend. Wallace, who lives in the Detroit area in the offseason, was pulled over due to erratic driving, according to the Detroit News (via I am a GM). Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills was…

  15. If games are missed, don’t expect fans to come rushing back

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Empty Nets Arena medowlands

    Despite all the doom and gloom rhetoric, you can expect to see NBA basketball this season. Not on time — they could reach a deal in the next week that saves the full season, if you think both sides are really willing and ready to compromise — but there will be games. Eventually. The question…

  16. Video: Why you don’t want Kobe taking your penalty kicks

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Kobe Bryant is one of the world’s elite athletes. An icon. The biggest name in basketball world wide right now. He’s not the guy you want taking your soccer penalty kicks. Kobe loves the sport and came down to take some PKs after a Turkish soccer game (he’s in Europe on a Nike tour), and…

  17. Delonte West says he has a job in a furniture store

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    WEST_DELONTE

    Delonte West has a job. One a lot more like yours than his last one as point guard for the Celtics. Throughout the lockout West has tweeted about getting a job — at Home Depot was the big one, but there have been other efforts. Then Wednesday came these tweets: Applied at Regency Furniture, need…

  18. Stern, league say no plans to cancel entire season. Yet.

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    David Stern

    After Wednesday’s bargaining session between NBA owners and player ended, it sure did sound like David Stern was threatening to call off the entire NBA season if some kind of deal was not reached this weekend. Even if that really never made any sense. ESPN reported that was the threat he was going to make.…

  19. Video: Adrian Wojnarowski updates lockout on NBC’s SportsTalk

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    padlockap

    Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC’s Sports Talk Wednesday on Versus and gives a quality breakdown of where we stand heading into this weekend’s NBA labor negotiations. I’m with Woj on this — I think there will be games. The full season will not be lost. I think David Stern’s threats are a negotiating tactic, not…

  20. What the Wizards should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the lockout here at PBT, and as part of that we are looking at what all 30 NBA teams should do when the lockout ends. And we’re sticking with when, not if, it ends. To see the full Western Conference list, click here. Last season in Washington D.C.: For…

  21. David Stern threatens NBA season as negotiating tactic

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Everything David Stern says right now to the media is spin. Everything is designed to put pressure on the NBA players and get a deal the owners like. (It’s the same for Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, save they are trying to pressure the owners.) But he stepped up the rhetoric after Wednesday’s negotiating session.…

  22. Who dunks the most? It’s not the Clipper you think.

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Really fascinating little bit of research over at Golden State of Mind (a fantastic Warriors blog you should be checking out anyway) — they ran the numbers to see who had the most dunks, layups, hook shots and tip in across the NBA last season. They did it by “dunks per 100 possessions,” which basically…

  23. Kevin Love is back to his high school weight. Women everywhere jealous.

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Love,

    Beach volleyball is a serious workout. Kevin Love has done more than that this summer, he also has rested his body, but everything he has done seems to have worked — the Timberwolves power forward said he has dropped more than 20 pounds. That’s what he himself wrote at Grantland, where Love will blog during…

  24. Amar’e Stoudemire is eating kosher (mostly) and very well

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Fashion's Night Out At Macy's Herald Square

    I really need to get myself a personal chef. That’s one of my take aways from a profile of Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire in the new issue of Bon Appetit (a great find by KD at Ball Don’t Lie). Stoudemire has his own chef (Max Hardy), a guy who won over Stoudemire with a midnight…

  25. Timberwolves introduce Rick Adelman, everyone plays nice

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Eventually, there is going to be some tension in Minnesota. There is GM David Kahn in the last year of his deal. New coach Rick Adelman brings with him real gravitas and will have say on player/personnel issues. You can see the friction coming. But at Adelman’s introductory press conference on Wednesday it was “smiles…

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