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  1. Durant, Rose, more stars may play Australian exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    NBA stars may be headed down under. If — we keep saying “if” even though it almost certainly is a “when” — the lockout drags into the regular season some top NBA players may be headed to Australia for an exhibition tour of a few games, reports the News Herald (via the Orange County Register).…

  2. Delonte West thinking less Home Depot, more Sam’s Club

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    We told you last week how Delonte West said he applied for a job at Home Depot to work during the lockout. And because it’s Delonte we weren’t sure if he was kidding or not. He wasn’t (and he hasn’t heard back yet). But in comments to ESPN, he actually sounded a little more down…

  3. Orlando mayor counting on new CBA to help team keep Howard

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The mayor of Orlando is working hard to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando (remember he can and likely will opt out of his current deal next summer), taking part in online efforts to woo Howard. And he thinks he’s got some real help coming in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is what mayor Buddy…

  4. Nets get extension with YES Network, double TV deal

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    The New Jersey Nets just made a lot more money. The soon-to-be Brooklyn team (they move for the start of the 2012 season) will double its annual intake to $20 million a season as part of a 10-year extension that will keep the Nets on the YES network until 2032, reports the Sports Business Journal.…

  5. LeBron says he is in for the 2012 Olympics in London

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There were concerns that if the lockout is still going on next summer (and there is a real chance of that happening) that the best NBA players would stay away because USA Basketball is seen as a David Stern production. But if you think the best players are going to miss the chance to win…

  6. LeBron says week after finals loss was worst he ever had

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    A Miami Heat team in it’s first season together went all the way to the NBA finals before losing to a Dallas Mavericks team that found it’s stride after years together. That chemistry was part of the difference in that series. Watching the Heat lose was something fans everywhere and Kevin Love savored. You should…

  7. Report: Kevin Durant near deal to star in movie

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    Could Kevin Durant open a movie better than Denzel Washington? Shaq? We may soon find out. The man who has grown his fame this summer via a grassroots campaign  — dropping 66 at Rucker Park, putting on a show at the Goodman vs. Drew league game and dominating at pro-am games nationwide — may be about to…

  8. Report: Chinese team still trying to get Kobe… for exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Kobe Bryant cannot play in a Chinese Basketball Association league game. Last week that league shut down what might have been an NBA influx ruling that only NBA free agents can be signed by Chinese teams. Players under contract — Kobe, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and others — cannot be signed even with…

  9. Report: Players, owners will not meet next week. Why would they?

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We passed along last week — as the one silver lining out of the union meetings that took place — that the union would try to set up a bargaining session with the league next week. Turns out, doesn’t look that will happen. The report comes from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (part of his look…

  10. Friday night videos: Bob Cousy highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Bob Cousy Celtics

    As a guy who grew up a Lakers fan, it pains me to write this next sentence: I love watching Bob Cousy highlights. The Celtics point guard when Bill Russell owned the paint and the Celtics owned the league is one of the most special players ever to set foot on the floor. He was…

  11. Tim Hardaway is a changed man

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Tim Hardaway #10

    It was just four years ago that Tim Hardaway created a firestorm when he said in a radio interview he hated gay people. It was stunning for a guy who played and was idolized in San Francisco. It was something he ended up backtracking from after a wave of criticism and talks with friends. Tim…

  12. Blake Griffin didn’t just dunk on the Knicks, he farted on them

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin did worse things to the Knicks than turn Timofey Mozgov into a poster child when he put on a thunderous display against the Knicks. He farted on them, too. Seriously. Griffin was on the Champs with Neal Brennan podcast and let the story go just like he let one go in a game…

  13. Study says 22 other cities could support an NBA team

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Seattle_Sonics

    Contraction? Why are we talking about contraction? (Well, we’re talking about it because it’s good bargaining leverage so David Stern keeps it alive. But that’s another issue for another day.) For all the trouble the NBA is having in New Orleans and the threats of moving from Sacramento, there are plenty of other cities that…

  14. Video: J.R. Smith, Harden and Nike Real Run highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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

    The Nike Real Run is one of those pro-am exhibitions we’ve seen a lot of this summer. We’ll let you guess who is the money behind it. It was in Inglewood, California recently. If you didn’t know, Inglewood is right in the middle of Los Angeles and is the home to the Forum where the…

  15. Artest’s great English adventure may be done in by insurance

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Looks like Ron Artest will not be playing basketball in England after all. It’s not that the Cheshire Jets don’t want him, they do. And it’s not that Artest wouldn’t go there to play for peanuts, he would. Although he did postpone his trip to Great Britain to meet with the team last week. It’s…

  16. Shocking: You people really don’t like LeBron James

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James is no Betty White. We all knew LeBron’s popularity and marketability took a hit with The Decision (even though you tuned in to watch him play). But now we have evidence of just how hard a hit. You people really don’t like him. A recent Ipsos poll had LeBron in the bottom 10…

  17. How the lockout will hurt the D-League, too.

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    The good news is that while the NBA players sit on their hands and the NBA owners sit on their piles of money in a silly standoff, the D-League will start up this fall. The NBA’s official developmental league is not locked out. But don’t think the lockout isn’t hurting the D-League. The D-League is…

  18. NBA 2K12 releases names of legends in the game

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    With the lockout likely to muck up the season, NBA 2K12 made a smart move — this year’s game is going to have legends of basketball that you can unlock and play. We knew a few of them — Michael Jordan was back from last season, with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Three names aimed…

  19. What the Goodman League means to Washington D.C.

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    2007-08-28-Goodman-league

    This is the latest in PBT’s “if you read just one story today make it this one” series. Over at TrueHoop Beckley Mason has a fantastic profile of The Goodman League and the man who makes it happen, Miles Rawls. It comes on the eve of the most anticipated game of the summer — NBA…

  20. Nene plans to savor being a top free agent. Eventually.

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Right now, Nene is playing a lot of soccer and spending time with his first child. Good things to do with his summer. What he normally would have spent his summer doing is being courted as the top free agent big man on the market. He’s a legit center who can defend the paint and…

  21. Scotty Robertson, first coach of New Orleans Jazz, dies

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Scotty Robertson, who coached nearly 300 NBA games and was an assistant for many more, has died at the age of 81 at his home in Louisiana. He lost a battle with cancer, reports the Detroit News. Robertson coached the first 15 games the expansion New Orleans Jazz ever played in 1974. They went 1-14…

  22. Other pro-am league showdowns popping up now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    There’s a lot of buzz about the East Coast vs. West Coast showdown Saturday in Washington D.C. — the Drew League vs. the Goodman League. L.A. vs. D.C. It’s about as close to NBA action — Kevin Durant, James Harden, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and others — as you are going to get for a…

  23. Portland fans outpouring humbles Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Sabonis Hall of Fame

    Arvydas Sabonis is a quiet man, not someone given to grand shows of emotion. But the newly minted Hall of Famer remains one of the most beloved of Trail Blazers, and it showed when more than 2,500 showed up to cheer Sabonis at a rally in the city. All of that seemed to catch Sabonis…

  24. NBA flagship store to reopen in New York City

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    NBAstore

    The NBA store of Fifth Avenue in New York was a kind of mecca — it contained just about everything NBA (and Adidas, which runs the store). Plus it hosted a number of player events. It was sort of a shrine to hoops. But it closed in February when its lease was bought out in…

  25. Kobe, Lakers donate playoff money to fired team staff

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    kobe-clutch

    When Phil Jackson left the Lakers, Jim Buss (son of owner Jerry Buss and the guy running the show now) used the chance to clean house. A lot of teams are laying guys off during the lockout, but the Lakers canned 20 people — video guys, long-time front office people, scouts, trainers and more. Some…

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