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  1. What the Clippers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This is the latest installment of our “when the lockout ends” series. To see the other teams we have done, follow this link. Don’t worry, we’ll get to your team soon enough. Last season in Los Angeles: The Clippers became what Brazil is to international soccer — everyone’s second favorite team. Blake Griffin changed the…

  2. Rashard Lewis: Don’t blame me for signing a huge contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Massive guaranteed contracts are one of the real touch points of this lockout. Fans and owners can say it’s not fair their team has to pay Eddy Curry or Gilbert Arenas when they are not pulling their weight (or even playing at all). Rashard Lewis has one of those contracts. The Sonics signed him to…

  3. LeBron, Durant, CP3 jump in for Philly vs. Melo game

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The summer of pro-am games is about to jump the shark. That comes when all the big names start jumping into every game, representing cities where they have no real connection. The folks in Philadelphia should get a good show, but that seems to be what is happening for the Philly vs. Melo league contest…

  4. Adam Silver not getting fined for talking with agency head

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Over the weekend we told you about the high school drama — one that never would have made the cut as a Friday Night Lights plot — that was NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver sitting at the U.S. Open with Casey Wasserman, head of the Wasserman Media Group, which represents a number of NBA players…

  5. Lamar Odom in Europe? That’s reality television gold, baby.

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Apparently Lakers forward and reality television star Lamar Odom has some interest in playing in Europe next season. Also, apparently Odom does not understand how to work the direct message function of twitter. I say that because of this tweet from Odom: @paugasol it’s ya boy @RealLamarOdom ! My dude really want 2 talk 2…

  6. Video: Highlights from first day of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Mo Williams Clippers

    We already told you who looked good at Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas. But why not see for yourself. BallisLife.com has your video highlights of Day 1. Watch and enjoy. But remember, this is an exhibition and any results here should not be confused or equated with future success…

  7. Maybe Adelman came to Minnesota in spite of GM Kahn

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    rick adelman

    It is official — the Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that they have reached a deal with Rick Adelman to become the franchises next head coach. Sure, PBT and every other news outlet in America reported that yesterday, but now the team is confirming it. But is Adelman doing this in spite of GM David Kahn?…

  8. Civility is nice, but will there be NBA labor progress?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In the last two weeks there have been three long meetings between the lead negotiators of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (the union). What has mattered most — what has sparked optimism in some corners — is the lack of rancor. After early meetings there was real frustration and anger on both…

  9. Who looked good in Vegas Day 1: Marreese Speights, Iman Shumpert

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    MArreese Speights; Amir Johnson

    Monday was Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series out in Las Vegas. That is some organized run for NBA guys, a chance for them to fine tune their games and get in shape for training camps and a season that may or may not come soon. About 40 guys were there for the…

  10. Adelman’s deal with Timberwolves four years, $20 million

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Money was always the biggest potential stumbling block to Rick Adelman coming to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota has been a notoriously cheap franchise. Owner Glen Taylor has a mid-market team and he ran it on a budget. It explained things like why former coach Kurt Rambis was embarrassingly left to twist in the wind…

  11. What if the Wizards threw a workout and nobody showed up?

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    You keep hearing the buzz — teams are trying to get together, to work out together. Normally this is the pre-camp time when teammates workout and play pickup together at the team facilities, but thanks to the lockout there is none of that. So some team leaders are trying to organize workouts. Andray Blatche tried…

  12. Give David Kahn credit, he hit a home run this summer

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Image (1) david-kahn-thumb-250x166-16426.jpg for post 3277

    Kicking Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn has been a favorite past time of bloggers and NBA writers for years. With reason. There were moves like brining in Kurt Rambis as coach to run the triangle offense — an offense minimizes traditional point guard play — then instantly drafting Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back-to-back at…

  13. Quarterfinal knockout round set at EuroBasket

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (R) watch as th

    There has been drama — like the Russian win Monday that eliminated Macedonia. There have been surprises — none bigger that Germany being eliminated in group play and thereby eliminated from the Olympics. Dirk Nowitzki admitted later he was tired and maybe not able to help his team as much as he wanted to. And…

  14. Derek Fisher denies he will play in Las Vegas Impact series

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    UPDATE 6:41 pm: Derek Fisher took to his twitter account late Monday afternoon to deny the report that he is set to play in the Impact Professional Training Series in Las Vegas. While he will be in Vegas for a meeting with players on Thursday, he denied he signed up to play. While I fully…

  15. Video: Watch Ron Artest eat an entire orange (skin and all)

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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

    Welcome to the latest installment of “lockout video,” where we run a video and if you were to ask us why we’d just say “lockout.” Today we see Ron Artest — he’s still Ron Artest until the end of this week, when he should become Metta World Peace — leaving a Dancing With The Stars…

  16. More summer hoops action: Philly vs. Melo League pro-am set

    Sep 12, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Hakim Warrick

    The summer of pro-am games is not over, but we have now finally found one that will not involve Kevin Durant. (Actually, there are reports he might play, even though he has no ties to either side.) Philadelphia vs. the Melo League from Baltimore is now set for Sept. 25 at The Palestra (the gym…

  17. Update: It’s official, Rick Adelman is Timberwolves new coach

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 5:45 pm: It’s official, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has two sources confirming what has been expected — Rick Adelman is the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Expect and official announcement from the team soon. That’s twice now that Kevin Love broke on twitter that the Wolves hired  a new coach.…

  18. Andray Blatche’s coloring book for children. It’s awesome.

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Blatche coloring book

    When I think about who I want teaching my young daughters life lessons, the first name that comes to mind is Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards. He of the Lapdance Tuesdays where there was no lapdancing. He of the ungodly natural talent but lacking the maturity and mental will to really exploit those gifts.…

  19. Is Rick Adelman really a good fit for young Minnesota?

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Rick Adelman is in negotiations to become the next head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This should be quick and clean because as we’ve said before, the Timberwolves knew the price ballpark coming into the talks — $5 million per year and maybe five years guaranteed. There should be no sticker shock. I’ve also been…

  20. NBA fined Michael Jordan $100,000 for talking lockout

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Last month, when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan talked to a paper in Australia about the lockout, our initial reaction was to start a fine countdown. David Stern said he was going to fine any team executives who talked publicly about the lockout, and when it comes to fines Stern is a man of his word.…

  21. Fisher denies texting players about staying in shape for season

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Essentially, NBA players union president Derek Fisher went on twitter today to deny telling players they should get in shape for the upcoming season while saying they should be doing exactly that. That’s some lockout logic. We told you about reports Derek Fisher texted NBA players telling them to be in case training camps open…

  22. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  23. Does anybody want to go to Milwaukee? Przybilla does.

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    Milwaukee does not usually come up on top of a player’s list of desired free agent destinations. That despite the city’s fantastic array of bratwursts eateries. But Joel Przybilla is the exception — hw wants to come back and play there. Przybilla is a free agent looking to hook on somewhere next season as a…

  24. Jason Kidd wants to play “two or three” more seasons

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Jason Kidd will turn 39 next March, and last season father time started to catch up with the old man and his game (he shot just 36.1 percent for the season, for example). But he’s a cagey veteran who can still lead, play some physical defense, make the right pass and knock down threes —…

  25. Video: Joakim Noah in an ad for Le Coq Sportif (a good one)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Noah of France is challenged by Javtokas of Lithuania during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Group E basketball game in Vilnius

    Joakim Noah is not the guy on the Chicago Bulls that usually picks up the cool endrosements and ads. Derrick Rose gets all the good stuff. Or, did. This is a pretty cool little ad for the French sporting clothing and shoe company Le Coq Sportif featuring Noah (who is French, in case you forgot).…

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