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  1. Video: This boy pretty much speaks for all of us about lockout

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

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    I don’t put my children’s tantrums on YouTube, mostly because I’m not sure the Internet is big enough to handle all of them. But this boy, well, we’ve all felt like that recently. Thanks for expressing it so clearly. Hat tip my man Eric Freeman and Ball Don’t Lie.

  2. Shaq says he got in Pat Riley’s face in Miami, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EST

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    Excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book hit the Web and of course our eyes are drawn to the Hatfields and McCoys that is he and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. A legendary feud. But that’s not all that is there in the excerpts Deadspin published. There is also this description of his confrontation with then…

  3. Is Luke Walton contemplating retirement? Don’t bet on it.

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

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    Luke Walton inherited from his father the genetic gifts needed to be an NBA player, plus the gene that makes you like the Grateful Dead. But he also seems to have inherited his father’s debilitating back issues. Those issues have kept the younger Walton on the Lakers bench much of the last two seasons, frustrating…

  4. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  5. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

  6. JaVale McGee may become citizen of, play for Philippines

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

    JaVale McGee of the Wizards gets ready to throw one of his jerseys into the crowd before a USO "Hoops for Troops" event at Schofield Army Barracks in Wahiawa

    Last summer, while NBA big men were dropping like flies, Wizards center JaVale McGee came close to being part of the Team USA squad that won gold at the FIBA World Championships. But he didn’t make the cut, Tyson Chandler did. However, if McGee were on the Philippines national team, he would be the best…

  7. Kings minority owners may be forced to sell share of team

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

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    Because the Kings didn’t have enough instability in their organization right now…. A long-standing minority owner of Sacramento may be forced to sell his share of the team soon as he had the misfortune of putting a lot of his money behind a new luxury hotel that opened right as the economy started to tank,…

  8. Video: Stephen Colbert has Mark Cuban’s back

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    You know Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some strong opinions on the lockout — and he is sure he is right and everyone else is wrong. Even you. But David Stern has muzzeled everyone (even Micky Arison of the Heat) and Cuban can’t tell you how you are wrong. So isn’t it nice that the…

  9. Report: Kardashian to file for divorce from Kris Humphries

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

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    Apparently Kim Kardashian will be the first to put the NBA’s new amnesty clause into effect. And whoever had 72 days in the office pool, please come to the front desk and collect your winnings. The couple lasted only half as long as Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, who got to 144. Okay, enough with…

  10. It’s gotta be the shoes! NBA lockout hurts shoe companies, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

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    Adidas has Derrick Rose as a matador. Nike is spotlighting that “basketball never sleeps.” They are both still marketing like there is no tomorrow. But while basketball may never sleep, the NBA is taking a nap right now. And that lockout could hurt major NBA shoe companies to the tune of $500 million if the…

  11. Union head Billy Hunter denies any rift with Derek Fisher

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

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    In case you weren’t reading PBT over the weekend — and if not, what is wrong with you? The outdoors are overrated — we told you about a report that union president Derek Fisher was good with a 50/50 split and that union director Billy Hunter confronted him about it. Hunter denied that there is…

  12. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  13. Chandler, Smith could be released from China when lockout ends

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

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

    What the Chinese government — which is what really runs the Chinese Basketball Association — did not want was teams to rent an NBA player during the lockout. So they only allowed their teams to sign NBA free agents and no opt-out clause for when the lockout ended. But even as seemingly half the Denver…

  14. Dwight Howard has taken up “Tebowing”

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

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    Dwight Howard loves his twitter trends. He planked with a hundred people in China. Now “Tebowing” is the latest craze. That is where you strike a pose — on one knee with your hand to your head — that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow struck on the field when he prayed after the Broncos come…

  15. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

  16. Were Fisher, Kobe down with 50/50 split? Maybe, as some players are.

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Everyone is not on the same page in the NBA labor negotiations. The owners are not a unified front and neither are the players. I have heard from players willing right now to take a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI) — the league’s revenues — and get on with a season right now.…

  17. Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:01 AM EST

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But…

  18. Puerto Rico World All-Star game postponed, stick fork in tour

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    So much for that “see how much money we can make without the NBA” tour. After seemingly half the stars in the World All-Star Classic constellation pulled out in the past week, the first game — scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico — and the entire series now has been sucked into a black hole.…

  19. Friday night video: Top 10 plays from the 1999 NBA finals

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 4: San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers

    For some reason, the 1999 NBA finals is on my mind today. You remember that one, the Spurs championship with an asterisk? The one from the strike-shortened season. (Actually, they don’t deserve an asterisk, I was just channeling Phil Jackson for a second). What you see are the top 10 plays from that finals, as…

  20. Stern tries to frighten NBA players into taking deal

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    David Stern was masterful Friday afternoon. He put on a frightful Halloween show for the NBA players watching at home. Certainly it was all spin at his press conference following another day of blown up labor negotiations. He spoke to the media for about 15 minutes (it was broadcast on NBA TV) and NBA union…

  21. It’s official: NBA cancels games through November. Ugh.

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Even when you know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any less painful. There will be no NBA games in November. David Stern said in his press conference following the dissolution of labor talks (again!) that all games through Nov. 30 would be canceled. That also means there will be no 82 game NBA season…

  22. NBA continues ridiculous “two steps up, one step back” dance

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Empty Amway Arena

    We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately But we ain’t learnin’ We’re the same sad story that’s a fact One step up and two steps back                                                        …

  23. Dwight Howard latest to pull out of World All-Star Classic

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And the players keep dropping out the World All-Star Classic set to start in Puerto Rico Sunday (Oct. 30) like it was some hastily thrown together event that was never going to live up to the hype. The latest is Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reports. They spoke to his agent who confirms the news.…

  24. Report: Employees of Nets, 76ers told to get ready to work

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists. And then there are things that just hit you over the head. Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as…

  25. Should the NBA ban zone defenses? No.

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

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    It was 10 years ago that the NBA started allowing a modified zone defense to be played in the NBA. It’s not a pure zone — you can’t park Dwight Howard in the paint, there’s a defensive three seconds — but more and more teams are using some form of match zones. The Mavericks may…

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