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  1. Union president calls NBA’s legal moves more bad faith negotiating

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    You knew it wouldn’t take long, and here it is: NBA players union Billy Hunter has responded to the NBA today filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and a lawsuit against the union, saying that it is the union negotiating in bad faith. “The litigation tactics of the NBA today are just…

  2. Nick Young is part of the fashionable crowd

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Nick Young fashion

    Suddenly it seems the NBA is a very fashion conscious league. You have Amar’e Stoudemire getting his own fashion Web site. Dwyane Wade is having a documentary made about his fashion choices. But that’s not enough to suit Nick Young, who wants to be the face of NBA fashion. Young will be featured in a…

  3. Jordan Farmar in talks to play in Israel for Maccabi Haifa

    Aug 2, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Looks like the Nets may have both of their point guards playing overseas during the lockout. Deron Williams will be playing in Istanbul, and now his backup Jordan Farmar is in serious talks to play for Maccabi Haifa in Israel, reports Mark Stein at ESPN. Farmar has one more year left on his deal with…

  4. Joakim Noah set to return to French national team

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    It’s not a real EuroBasket without Joakim Noah. Okay, it’s going on with or without him. Two spots in the London 2012 Olympics will be decided whether or not he plays. But the chances of the French landing one of those two spots (or one of the play-in spots in next summer’s pre-Olympic tournament) goes…

  5. Woodson to meet with Knicks for lead assistant position

    Aug 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Would you rather be the head coach in Minnesota or the lead assistant and defensive coordinator in New York City? Mike Woodson isn’t faced with that choice. Yet. But the former Atlanta Hawks coach is in the running for both jobs. He interviewed in Minnesota before and might be a front-runner there (nobody seems to…

  6. NBA files lawsuit, labor claim against players union

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Now it is on. This morning the NBA lockout got a lot more ugly and a lot longer. Tuesday morning the NBA owners took a pre-emptive strike against the players union decertifying — the path the NFL union took and one the NBA union was considering — by filing both a complaint against the union…

  7. Rudy Fernandez talking to Real Madrid. Again.

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Much to the disappointment of drunk women sitting courtside everywhere, Rudy Fernandez is thinking about jumping to Spain. Again. Fernandez, who spent last summer trying to get out of his NBA deal, spent part of this summer negotiating with Real Madrid. Then he said he promised to fulfill his NBA contract, which has one season…

  8. Video: Kevin Durant puts on show at Rucker Park

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant dropped in at the streetball Mecca that is Rucker Park Monday night. And it was a show. He dropped in 66 points. He had some highlights. The crowd loved him. He rained three pointers over double teams like they were layups. Sure, the game got a little sloppy — it’s streetball — but…

  9. Kobe finally talks about Mike Brown, and all is right with the world

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Silence can speak volumes. When Kobe Bryant refused to talk about the hiring of Mike Brown, it had less to do with the hire than how it went down. First, Kobe was on record as a Brian Shaw backer. Second, he wasn’t even consulted or told about the hire — a consideration top stars all…

  10. Really, this is a controversy? LeBron in an Akron T-shirt?

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT

    lebron akron shirt

    The photo of LeBron James at the right (the full length version is below) is basically a Rorschach test about what you think of LeBron. Here are the facts: LeBron tweeted this photo of himself with two young children who did something very sweet — they raised money at a lemonade stand in Akron and…

  11. Charles Barkley has advice for Tiger Woods, too

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Robert Guerrero v Orlando Salido

    Michael Jordan had advice for Tiger Woods as the world’s most famous golfer gets back on the course this weekend for the first time in three months. That makes sense — few people can relate to dominating a sport or being an international star as Tiger did, Michael Jordan is one of those people. Charles…

  12. Stern pessimistic, rips players after negotiating session

    Aug 1, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Anyone out there still feeling optimistic about a full NBA season? Even part of one? Moments after players union president Derek Fisher was diplomatic in saying Monday’s first high level meeting between the owners and players in a month was not productive, David Stern spoke and made Edgar Allen Poe sound like Mary Poppins. Of course,…

  13. Jeff Green wants to be a little more like Kobe/LeBron/Pierce

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green is a frustrating player. Great athleticism, there are moments of great play and big shots. Moments you think he can be special. But there is also terrible inconsistency and issues on defense. The bottom line is in five-man units at both Oklahoma City and Boston, they did better when he was on the…

  14. NBA labor meeting yields no progress, but they’ll talk again

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    It’s day 32 of the NBA lockout — meet the new lockout, same as the old lockout. For the first time since the lockout started the two sides sat across the table from one another for nearly three hours in New York Monday but afterwards players union president Derek Fisher emerged to say little had…

  15. Adelman doesn’t sound like a guy who wants to coach next season

    Aug 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    Everytime a coaching vacancy has come up, Rick Adelman’s name has come up. Which makes sense, the guy has won pretty much everywhere he has been, and when given real talent he has knocked on the doorstep of a title. Who couldn’t use a proven winner of a coach? The question has always been, does…

  16. How much money does David Stern make?

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Next season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the NBA, making $25,244,000. Followed by Rashard Lewis at $22,152,000 (I know, I muttered to myself when I was reminded of that, too), Tim Duncan at $21,300,000, Kevin Garnett at $21,200,000 and Gilbert Arenas at $19,260,300. If you want salary information for any player…

  17. Raptors GM search finds some candidates, slowly grinds ahead

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

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    Someday the Toronto Raptors are going to hire a GM. That day is not in the near future, but the process is slowly grinding forward. Not that there is any real pressure due to the lockout. Apparently they have got some candidates in mind to join Bryan Colangelo running the Raptors, and eventually they will…

  18. Blake Griffin is a surfer, dude

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Surfing is usually on the list of things players are banned from doing in the offseason, it’s part of their contract. To argue “but you just fall in the water” is to not respect the power and force of waves, or to understand how much it can hurt when a board tethered to your leg…

  19. Artest likely not dancing, but will remarry ex-wife

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Has anyone had more rumors flying around about him during the lockout than Ron Artest? There were the Dancing with the Stars rumors. The “he will play in England” rumors. There were the rumors he was changing his name to Metta World Peace, which were not rumors. There was the stand up comedy rumors, which…

  20. Kobe Bryant tells LeBron’s critics to “back off”

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    You can add Kobe Bryant to the list of LeBron James defenders. In an interview with ESPN Sunday, Kobe — who has seen his share of fan and media criticism, and a few other people’s shares also, especially following the trade of Shaquille O’Neal from the Lakers and the incident in Colorado — told people…

  21. Reggie Jackson said he had no promise before draft

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    This story requires you take it with as much salt as you would “superstar X is going to Europe to play.” Reggie Jackson, the point guard out of Boston College, was a sleeper in this draft a lot of scouts liked. But he stopped working out after one workout for the Oklahoma City Thunder, leading…

  22. Quote of the day: Are the Eagles the Heatles?

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Philadelphia Eagles fans are pretty pumped right now, their club has gone on a post lockout spending spree — Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Vince Young. Well, we’ll see how much Young really helps, and they may want to get Long Beach’s own DeSean Jackson back in camp, but still the Eagles are looking good.…

  23. Kobe to Turkey rumors will not die. We wish they would.

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    You thought the Kobe Bryant to Turkey rumors were over. You still don’t get it, do you? They will find him! That’s what they do! That’s ALL they do! You can’t stop them! They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever! The day…

  24. Hall of Fame declared “safe zone” for players, management

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    basketballHOF

    Starting Aug. 11 and running for three days a number of men and women will receive the highest honor for their contributions to basketball — they will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s a celebration that usually brings former and current players, coaches and other team management all to one…

  25. Wade, Bosh’s agent says they are “open” to playing overseas

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    I am open to winning the lottery. I am open to spending a month living in a villa in Tuscany. Or Maui. I’m open to only drinking 25-year-old Glendronach scotch. I’m open to having a private jet. I’m open to eating all my meals at Le Bernardin. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are open to…

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