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  1. Shaq in bronze — he gets statue at alma mater LSU

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    shaq-lsu

    If you want to remember the young, almost skinny Shaquille O’Neal, you need to head on down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Sure, you could also go to YouTube, but Baton Rouge is a lot more fun.) On the LSU campus Thursday they unveiled a new statue of Shaq — dunking of course — from his…

  2. Man sentenced to 97 years for shooting Grizzlies’ Burks

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Antonio Burks (Getty)

    Antonio Burks was a former Memphis guard who had been out of the NBA a few years when he was shot during a dice game back in 2009. This week, Darquan Lynneral Swift (age 20) was sentenced to 97 years for that crime, reports the Associated Press (via Eye on Basketball). Burks testified at Swift’s…

  3. Report: Couple more names pop up on Blazers GM list

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    The Trail Blazers are looking at the men making basketball decisions for the Cavaliers and Clippers for their front office. Don’t laugh — if the criteria for the job is getting along with a pain-in-the-butt owner who injects himself into basketball decisions at bad times, front office people coming out of Cavalier and Clipper organizations…

  4. Jazz’s Kyrylo Fesenko out two months with knee injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    FESENKO_KYRYLO

    This is always the fear with a player suiting up for international ball. Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the…

  5. Video: Derrick Rose playing with puppets. You read that right.

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose is in Asia, trying to sell some adidas and increase awareness of his brand. Is there a better way to do that than strange little puppet shows? No, we don’t think so either. Enjoy. Hat tip to I am a GM for this one.

  6. EuroBasket: Good day for Russia, Macedonia. Yes, Macedonia.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Going into EuroBasket — the combination European championships and Olympic qualifying tournament — Macedonia had never won a single game in the event. Now, they are 3-0 in the second round of group play and locked in for the knockout stages. That means they have a chance to make the Olympics (top two finishers at…

  7. “Intense” owners, players talks lead to expanded meetings

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    For the second time in two days and the third time in two weeks, a core group from the NBA league office and the NBA players union had a more than five-hour negotiating session. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the meetings “intense.” We don’t know what has been discussed, what potential compromises or deals have…

  8. Final four set for FIBA Americas, Venezuela finishes fifth

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    The final four for the FIBA Americas is set — Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will play Saturday for berths in the 2012 London Olympics. If you haven’t been watching (what, you don’t stream international hoops games at your desk in the morning?) just know that this is fitting — they’ve been…

  9. Lots of questions for Suns post lockout, no easy answers

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    As PBT works our way through our “what should your team do during the lockout” series, some answers are pretty easy. Dallas needs to bring back Tyson Chandler and remember where they put that bottle with the lightning in it. Other teams are not so simple. Like the Phoenix Suns. They are not due up…

  10. Video: Check out the summer run at UCLA

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    ucla-center-court

    There are spots throughout the country where high-level off-season pickup games take place. Ones without the public presence of things like the Drew League or the Goodman League — just places where NBA guys show up because they know they can get a good run. UCLA is one of those. Has been for years. And…

  11. Report: J.R. Smith near deal to play season in China

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This has reality show written all over it. J.R. Smith — one of the best off-the-bench scorers in the NBA who brings with him some attitude and a distaste for authority — is close to signing a deal to play a full season in China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Under terms of the deal,…

  12. About the players not getting paychecks… they are about to

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    money

    One of the theories on why the owners were going to get the best of the players in this round of NBA labor negotiations was the old “millionaires vs. billionaires” premise. Basically, the owners have more money, the players make a lot of money but spend a lot of money. Once the players missed a…

  13. Video: LeBron James optimistic about season, Heat’s chances

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player US LeBron James pl

    As LeBron James works his way through Asia on a Nike-sponsored tour (and if you don’t think it’s all about Nike, take a look at the setting in this video), he stopped to do a little Q&A with the fans. LeBron has been consistently optimistic that there would be a season, and he states that…

  14. NBA owners may be willing to sacrifice preseason

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Suns preseason

    When the threat of the NFL’s missing preseason games due to the lockout hit, it put real pressure on that league’s owners. The NFL plays its preseason games in the same stadiums it does its regular season (mostly) and if you buy NFL season tickets, you have pay full game price for those preseason games.…

  15. Mike Conley organizes Grizzlies workouts, looks like leader

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    Conley_memphis

    You want your point guard to be the guy who takes charge, to be the guy who organizes his teammates and keeps them on task. You want him to be the leader. Mike Conley seems to have taken that to heart in Memphis. There is a buzz about the Grizzlies after last year’s playoff run…

  16. Kobe’s twitter account comes. Then goes. But will be back.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Kobe Bryant was the talk of twitter Wednesday night. It’s not the first time, from hitting game winners to just being Kobe in post game conversations he’s been the buzz of twitter. But Wednesday it was because he joined twitter. For about three hours. Then the account was shut down after one tweet (“Can you…

  17. Gordon Hayward: professional video game player. Seriously.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Gordon Hayward could make a little extra money during the lockout playing in Europe. Or maybe as part of some exhibition tours through Asia. Or, as a professional video game player. That last one is actually happening. We bring you this from the Deseret News (via Eye on Basketball). The 21-year-old Utah Jazz player has…

  18. Are things looking up in labor negotiations or not?

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Nature abhors a vacuum. So do news agencies, blogs (including us) and apparently agents. So the fact that there has been no talk from the principles involved in a series of owner/player meetings —  a six-hour meeting last week, a more than five hour meeting Wednesday and another planned for Thursday — has led to…

  19. Lockout video: Bernard King was fun to watch

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

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    While working the last couple of days, I’ve been watching the rain fall in Queens. Theoretically I was trying to watch the U.S. Open and not Brad Gilbert’s ramblings, but the rain in NYC gave me the raw end of that deal. Still, the establishing shots got me thinking about New York, and from there…

  20. Video: The latest NBA 2K12 trailer makes us long for hoops

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The game may not have the rookies, but it will have the legends and damn, it looks good. Below is the latest trailer for NBA 2K12 and… WOW. It looks good. Just like the last one. It makes me pumped for the game. It makes me pumped for the upcoming season…. oh yea. They need…

  21. EuroBasket roundup: Spain looks good, Germany in trouble

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Here is where we are at with EuroBasket — two groups of six teams each, with the top four from those groups advancing to the eight-team knockout round. What we saw Wednesday was three teams taking control — France, Spain and Lithuania — while Germany may have sealed its doom. What follows is your Wednesday…

  22. Michael Jordan in the clutch vs. LeBron James

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is not a slam on LeBron James. This is not about who is the better player in the clutch, Michael Jordan or LeBron. Or who is the better player, period (not sure that’s a debate right now). It’s about the attitude Jordan had, what Jordan learned, and what LeBron James needs to pick up…

  23. Rookies not part of NBA 2K12 to start. Thanks lockout.

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    Now the NBA lockout is screwing up your video games. While players of the NBA 2K12 video game will be able to reach into the past and pull in 15 legends of the game, they cannot go into the future. Because of licensing rights, rookies will not be part of the original release of NBA…

  24. After 5 1/2 hours, owners and players agree to meet Thursday

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:30 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

    NBA owners and players met for more than five hours in Manhattan on Wednesday and the two sides have agreed to meet again on Thursday and they may meet again on Thursday. That is the report via twitter from hoops writers on the scene (like CBS’s Ken Berger and the New York Times Howard Beck). We…

  25. Evan Turner likes his jump shot a lot more than he used to

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    For a guy the 76ers pictured as their shooting guard of the future, Evan Turner struggled with the shooting part of that job his rookie year. He shot 37.1 percent from three to nine feet out, 37.6 percent form 10 to 15 feet, 37 percent from 16 feet to the arc and 31.8 percent from…

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