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  1. Could the lockout mean no NBA players in the Olympics? Maybe.

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The 2012 London Olympics will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team — Bird, Magic, Jordan and a host of other NBA stars putting on a show in Barcelona and reclaiming the gold medal for the United States. That team was the spark that lit the fire of NBA globalization. But it’s possible…

  2. Dwight Howard working out with Hakeem Olajuwon again

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Dwight Howard’s offensive repertoire has expanded greatly over the past few years — the knock on him as a power only player is gone. He has developed a Duncanesque midrange bank shot opponents have to respect — the season the Magic went to the finals in 2009 he shot 28 percent from 10 to 15…

  3. Kevin Love says players enjoyed the Heat losing, too

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    kevinlove

    Like a scene out of the terrible movie “Sideout,” Kevin Love has somehow become the media darling talking up beach volleyball even though he’s never really played it. (Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly was the only 90s beach volleyball star who refused to be in Sideout because he thought it demeaned the sport. Just another reason…

  4. Nets betting on Brooklyn, new building to sell free agents

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Arena Atrium Barclay Center Brooklyn

    Sometimes, franchises need to change from the ground up. That’s what the New Jersey Nets are doing — new owner (a billionaire Russian playboy), a new star player in Deron Williams (who they are trying to keep) and a new building. The Nets were showing off that new building — the $1 billion Barclay’s center,…

  5. Andrew Bogut an assistant coach with Australian team

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut is not playing for his native Australia this summer as the nation tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bogut is coming off a second surgery on his elbow and there was the issue of getting insurance during the lockout. So instead he is coaching. Here is the note from Sportando (via…

  6. Carmelo Anthony befriends a Panda

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    We bring you this with little comment. Because we have no idea what to say. Carmelo Anthony is in China right now as part of a Nike/Jordan Brand promotional tour. He then sent out this tweet Thursday morning (stateside time): PANDA-MONIUM And the picture below was attached. Enjoy.

  7. Nash not going overseas, wants to stay in Phoenix

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is a homebody. While other players are signing or flirting with teams overseas, Nash said he’s not going. The All-Star point guard is on a promotional tour in China and while Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul said they would consider playing a season in China if the lockout drags on, Nash said no…

  8. Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore officially signs in Italy

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Purdue

    We warned you a few days ago this was likely, and while the location changed the result remains the same. Celtics second round pick E’Twaun Moore has signed with the Italian team Benetton Treviso for next season, reports Sportando. There reportedly is an opt-out clause so if the NBA does start up again he an…

  9. Two former Bucks land on Wisconsin’s tax cheats list

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    latrell sprewell

    Public shame to force people to behave is a time-honored American tradition. From the early colonists putting people in the stocks for every minor offense they could think of — one Captain Kemble spent time in them for the horrid crime as kissing his wife on the Sabbath — we have tried to embarrass and…

  10. NBA union head Billy Hunter’s time with Patty Hearst (and more)

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    Billy Hunter today is an interesting story. He is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, the man across the table (or will be next week) staring down David Stern in a dispute over how to split up the fans’ money that could set the entire NBA back a decade or more. No…

  11. Apparently Linas Kleiza wants to be Lithuania’s Dr. Phil

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    Let me be up front about this — I really don’t know what is happening with the youth in Lithuania. I don’t know their problems. I can’t figure out Google+, let alone the social pressure on teens on another continent. (But if you want some PBT updates on Google+, find me on there and I’ll…

  12. Caron Butler’s agent says the Mavs want a long-term deal

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    There are a couple things that could make Dallas better next season — whenever that is — than the team that just got to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy over their heads. One is the return of Caron Butler from knee surgery. Do you know what the best starting five-man unit in the entire NBA…

  13. D-Leaguers to make up Team USA at Pan Am Games

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:19 pm: Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie pointed out something about this move that I had not considered: This D-League move is a dress rehearsal for the Olympics in 2012. If the lockout cancels the entire 2011-12 NBA season (and that is not out of the question) then there would still be a…

  14. Report: NBA owners, players will meet next week

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    We told you yesterday of Tom Ziller’s report the owners and players would meet and actually start talking about a new CBA again in early August. Looks like, the first week of August. Meaning next week. That’s what Zach Lowe over at Sports Illustrated is reporting. That meeting will take place next week, barring some…

  15. Reggie Lewis passed away 18 years ago today

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Reggie Lewis

    In the coming few years, Boston’s “big three” are going to walk away from the game, and Rajon Rondo is going to be the bridge to the future, the guy they start building around. Reggie Lewis was going to be that guy in Boston in the early 1990s, when Boston’s first Big Three stepped away.…

  16. Amar’e Stoudemire to launch new sports, fashion Web site

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    You go to New York for the opportunities. That’s’ why Amar’e Stoudemire signed there. Well, that and the $99 million. But also the opportunities — like the opportunity to be seen as the savior who helped turn around a struggling franchise in a basketball-crazy city. Or the opportunity to branch out into the world of…

  17. Derrick Rose saved his best for the best defenses

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    We get it, you don’t need to remind us Chicago — Derrick Rose is a stud. An MVP. One of the new faces of the game. On top of all that, last season he played his best against the best defenses in the league. Every summer over at Basketball-Reference Neil Paine does an interesting analysis…

  18. Video: Old Spice Guy wants to fix NBA lockout

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    340x_oldspice

    We’d kind of stopped paying attention to the Old Spice Guy because, well, it was clever but kind of a one-trick-pony. They apparently tried to inject life into the shtick by hiring Fabio. You needed to know that to understand the video below, which references Fabio, but the Old Spice Guy is thinking about helping…

  19. Former top 10 pick Rodney White arrested for growing marijuana

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    rodney-white-pistons

    Rodney White, the college star who put UNC Charlotte in the NCAA Tournament a decade ago then was the No. 9 pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2001, has been arrested, according to the Charlotte Observer (via SLAM). The charges are pretty serious — “managing what investigators called “an elaborate” marijuana-growing operation in Alexander and…

  20. Jalen Rose to serve 20 days for drunk driving conviction

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Jalen Rose played 13 NBA seasons and is now an NBA analyst for ESPN

    Back in March, Jalen Rose was arrested for drinking and driving — then he got in more trouble with his employers at ESPN for not telling them about it — has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for the offense, according to Fox News in Detroit. Rose crashed his SUV then when cops showed…

  21. Kevin Love thinks lockout may be long, NBA.com looks silly

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Kevin Love Holds Press Conference In Times Square

    Kevin Love was on the full-blown media tour yesterday, pimping beach volleyball and Jose Cuervo all over New York City and the national airwaves. And saying he’s got more sway with his organization than Kobe Bryant does with the Lakers. Out of that mound of media came a few interesting tidbits, like the stuff out…

  22. Rubio talks coming to NBA, says he needs to hit weights

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Draft Timberwolves Basketball

    For a while after he signed, Ricky Rubio was working out with his new Minnesota teammates, getting some run with Kevin Love and friends. Now, he is back in Spain preparing for EuroBasket, where the silver medal team from the 2008 Olympics will try to qualify for London 2012. While at training camp he spoke…

  23. While in China, ‘Melo and Chris Paul say they’d play there

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    What else did you expect them to say? Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have been good soldiers for the NBA players union, officially keeping the door open to them playing overseas if the lockout drags on. Leverage baby! Even though for CP3 he’d be risking injury while on the cusp of a huge free agent…

  24. Ekpe Udoh, Cartier Martin caught in financial scandal

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    It’s a sad story that has touched large parts of college basketball. David Salinas was an investment manager and AAU official in Houston who it turns out was running a ponzi scheme and bilked a number of college coaches — including Billy Gillespie and Lute Olsen — for big money. This could get even messier…

  25. Ron Artest in talks to join Dancing with the Stars

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest apparently wants to be the latest athlete to join a group of celebrities time has passed by trying desperately to revive their careers. Artest, or Metta World Peace if you prefer, is in talks to join Dancing with the Stars, reports TMZ (and they pay good money to get these stories right, so…

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