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  1. Video: Dwayne Wade, the making of a fashion icon

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    I don’t know if Dwyane Wade is a fashion icon and I am about the least qualified person in the United States to make that call. Well, our own Matt Moore gives me a run for that designation, but basically hoops bloggers are not people you should turn to for fashion advice. But someone thinks…

  2. Kobe Bryant to be in on meeting with Turkish squad

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:06 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

    We’d already told you that Kobe Bryant’s people would be meeting on July 30 (Saturday) with officials from the Turkish club Besiktas, but it turns out Kobe himself will be in on the talks, according to Reuters (via ESPNLA). As we mentioned in previous stories, every time Kobe’s people speak things are cautious, every time…

  3. Breaking down the Wolves coaching search by dollars

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    It’s all about the Benjamins. With the Minnesota Timberwolves interviewing a roughly everyone west of the Misissippi River for their open coaching position — Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Rick Adelman, Terry Porter, Bernie Bickerstaff, Mike Woodson — it is hard to get exactly what they are looking for. Sure, GM David Kahn said he wanted…

  4. Players union VP Dooling near deal with Turkish team

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Right now, the NBA players’ union board is mostly made up of guys who are the rank and file of the league — Chris Paul is the only All-Star player in the group. Those rank and file guys — the guys not making $12 million a year or more — are the ones who might…

  5. Former NBA player arrested for basketball related grift

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

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    Jay Vincent leaves the trail of a con artist. He also was a college teammate and national champion at Michigan State with Magic Johnson. He went on to be a second round pick of the Mavericks in 1981 who scored 21.4 points per game his rookie year in Dallas and had a nine-year NBA career…

  6. Rondo, Wall, Bledsoe may be Kentucky assistant coaches

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Three big-name NBA guards may be going back to school rather than going to Europe if the NBA lockout drags on into the fall. Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted this on Thursday night: “John Wall (@jimmywa11), Rajon Rondo (@rajonrondo) & Eric Bledsoe (@ebled24) all plan to enroll in the fall if the lockout continues. Kaboom!”…

  7. Sacramento still looking for way to pay for new arena

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    sacramento arena

    While the lockout has stopped Sacramento Kings Jimmermania marketing efforts — they can’t even talk about the guy, let alone show him off all over town — it has not stopped the drive to get a new arena built. It can’t, the deadline has not changed. If by next March the NBA owners are not…

  8. Candlelight vigil marks anniversary of Lorenzen Wright’s death

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

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    Fans gathered outside the FedEx Forum in Memphis Thursday night in a candle light vigil to remember former Grizzlies player Lorenzen Wright. It was one year ago to the day that Wright’s body was found dead in a field in southeast Memphis. He had been shot 10 times and the police ruled it a homicide.…

  9. Ron Artest may actually play in England after all

    Jul 28, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    When Ron Artest said he wanted to play in England, we all had a good laugh. His agent didn’t really laugh so much as just shot the idea down. But it might actually happen. The Chester Chronicle in England has team officials confirming that Artest will go to England in a few weeks to see if…

  10. How the Kobe, Rose Philippines exhibition came together

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    Being rich has its perks. That essentially is how the two big exhibition games in the Phillipines last week that included Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and four other NBA players came together. It was because Filipino tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan — called MVP by most — decided he wanted it to…

  11. Knicks fans can pay extra to see players go to, from locker room

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Delta SKY360 Club

    Luxury boxes transformed American sports. The revenue from corporations and wealthy individuals who rent out those boxes in majors sports arenas across the nation — followed by the premium seating below them — dramatically changed the revenue streams in all professional sports. Now, it’s about finding more things people will pay a premium for. During…

  12. Don’t expect much out of Monday’s negotiating session

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Finally, one month after the NBA took its ball and went home, the owners and players are going to get back to negotiating next Monday in New York. David Stern, Billy Hunter and all the key players are going to sit down across from each other at a table and have a dialogue about the…

  13. Jalen Rose had a really bad Wednesday

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

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

    Just a quick follow up on a story we covered yesterday. Wednesday was already going to be one of the worst days in Jalen Rose’s life because a judge sentenced him to 20 days in jail for driving under the influence. Back in March Rose crashed his SUV while driving drunk, but fortunately nobody was…

  14. Iguodala says he’s not playing overseas during lockout

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    We’re pretty weary of the “will he or won’t he” game with guys going overseas. But we’re still passing along stuff from the big names guys, because that’s what we do here. With that, Andre Iguodala looks like he’s staying put, according to a tweet from Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Andre Iguodala has…

  15. John Wall destroys some guys at Baltimore game

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Wednesday afternoon, John Wall tweeted he was thinking of jumping in and playing some ball at the Melo Center in Baltimore that night. He decided to go, and the video turned up this afternoon (via The Basketball Jones). Wall went off. This is what happens when you turn a real NBA talent to “destroy” mode…

  16. Calipari to have his Dominican team play his Kentucky guys

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    In case you missed it Kentucky coach John Calipari is the coach of the Dominican Republic’s national basketball team this summer as it tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. They’re a long shot (despite having NBA players Francisco Garcia, Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva), but Calipari wants to help out of the goodness…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. 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,…

  21. Andrew Bogut an assistant coach with Australian team

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

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    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…

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