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  1. Bargnani denies rumors of return to Italy, Ashley Madison

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:28 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Like pretty much everyone else who has ever been linked to AshleyMadison.com, Andrea Bargnani is denying everything. He doesn’t even know what you are talking about. Bargnani had been linked to a deal with Virtus Roma for $2 million with AshleyMadison.com — a controversial Web site that helps married men and women who want to…

  2. Update: Dirk Nowitzki will throw out first pitch for Game 3

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE 10:01 pm: Bud Selig has seen the mistake, stepped in and has saved the day. Hey, it happens, a broken clock is right twice a day. After seeing the public backlash and realizing they looked like fools, Selig and Major League Baseball stepped in and said “what do you mean we said Dirk Nowitzki…

  3. Video: NBA lockout fundraiser… yes, it’s a joke

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

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    Since there hasn’t been much to laugh about during the lockout and the recent negotiating sessions, we bring you this from the people at Jest.com. What if players had to fundraise like schools, churches and other organizations to make up the $400 million the two sides have been apart? Watch it, you could use the…

  4. Players, owners see incremental progress on second long day of meetings

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

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    Representatives of the NBA owners and players have sat in the same room with federal mediator George Cohen for more than 24 hours over two days. That will have to do for progress; the two sides do not have a deal yet. But while there was no breakthrough, there was some progress on the key…

  5. Report: Kobe, LeBron to lead stars on world exhibition tour

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    We’ve been hearing rumblings and kind of waiting to see when a huge, star player barnstorming tour would gain some traction. One that features Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and many others. It has — and the fact it gets leaked on a key day of NBA labor negotiations is no coincidence…

  6. Maybe we should let LeBron finish his career before we decide his legacy

    Oct 19, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    Magic Johnson made a lot of friends around the Internet when he smacked around LeBron James the other day. Charles Oakley joined in. Cracking on LeBron as not all he could be has become a national past time. Saying he is not clutch because he doesn’t have a ring has somehow become accepted truth for…

  7. Coach K concerned about how lockout impacts Olympic team

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Right now, Mike Krzyzewski is thinking and talking Duke hoops. That and how to keep the pesky father of Austin Rivers (some guy everyone calls “Doc”) from butting in at team practices. But a few weeks ago he was in Las Vegas with some fellow coaches thinking 2012 London Olympics. Coach K, head coach for…

  8. Hamed Haddadi signs to play in native Iran during lockout

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

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    There are a number of NBA players who have signed deals of various lengths overseas — more than 60 now. But this one is a little unique. Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is headed back to his native Iran to play during the NBA lockout. His deal has an opt out to return to the Grizzlies,…

  9. PBT Poll: Do you think there will be an NBA season?

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Even with a well respected federal mediator in the room, things are not going great between the NBA owners and players. The two sides met for 16 hours Tuesday with little real progress to show (but they are back at it Wednesday). Which leads us to wonder: Do you think there will be an NBA…

  10. David Stern’s PR tactics compared to picking up a woman

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    David Stern

    The NBA owners are winning the public relations battle. Not because the owners are in the right, they are not. But rather we know the players and can’t relate to them and their salaries, even when they offer to take less money (which they have). Also, David Stern is far better at the PR game…

  11. Moral concerns with sponsor holds up Bargnani to Italy

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Andrea+Bargnani

    For maybe the first time ever, the Vatican may be holding up a basketball signing. We told you yesterday that Virtus Roma was close to signing Andrea Bargnani because they had found a sponsor to pick up the tab — AshleyMadison.com. For those unfamiliar, it is a site designed to help spouses looking to cheat…

  12. Little progress made in 16 hours of labor talks. That’s not good.

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    We’re past the point where saying “at least they’re still talking” makes me feel very good. Yet that’s the only real takeaway from Tuesday’s marathon NBA labor negotiation session. NBA owners and players met for 16 hours on Tuesday and the best news anybody had to report — all off the record, as there were…

  13. Charles Oakley doesn’t think LeBron James is Michael Jordan

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Is there anyone who thinks that LeBron James is Michael Jordan? Well, besides Scottie Pippen? Charles Oakley doesn’t think so. Of course he didn’t. The MJ contemporary and recent Bobcats assistant coach wanted to make it clear in an interview with Hoopsworld that the two are not in the same class. (Hat tip to Eye…

  14. NBA owners, players meet for 16 hours, back at it Wednesday

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:45 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    NBA owners and players sat across the table from each other for 16 hours on Tuesday, a meeting that bled past 2 a.m. Wednesday. The good news is that after a handful of hours off the two sides will be back at it at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. But reports are saying not a lot…

  15. Bryant Gumbel compares David Stern to “plantation overseer”

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:36 AM EST

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Bryant Gumbel closed out Tuesday night’s new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with some incendiary comments on David Stern — comments made while Stern was meeting with Billy Hunter and the players union, along with a federal mediator. What follows is the entire closing comments, courtesy HBO (the video is below). Know that some players…

  16. Video: Watch Larry Smith airball back-to-back free throws

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    While heavy duty negotiations drag on in New York between the owners and players, we thought the basketball world could use some levity. With that, we bring you back-to-back free throw aiballs in the NBA. The video really needs no other introduction, other to say that it’s from the 1980s. Thank you Larry Smith.

  17. City of Memphis could sue NBA over lost lockout revenue

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

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    Memphis — like virtually every other city in the United States — is hurting for money. That’s money that goes to important things like police and fire departments, libraries and the like. All of those things face cutbacks. Memphis also owns the FedExForum, where the Grizzlies play. That was built with money from revenue bonds…

  18. Extending NBA season not so simple

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:36 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The idea — the hope — goes like this: federal mediator George Cohen is a genius, he gets the NBA owners and players on a track where they get a deal done soon, they start the season a few weeks late but the NBA looks for ways to still pack in a full 82 games…

  19. Metta World Peace makes his sitcom debut Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

    Well, at least he’s not dancing. But Metta World Peace — the baller formerly known as Ron Artest — will be back on your televisions tonight. He tweeted he will be on a BET sitcom. (Via Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times.) “Reed Between the Lines” is a family sitcom, but don’t think Cosby.…

  20. Could assistant coaches be the lockout bellwether? Maybe.

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:48 PM EST

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    If you’re looking for some optimism coming out of the ongoing lockout talks, we have something for you. Maybe. The New York Post spoke with long-time NBA agent and attorney Steve Kauffman, who relayed this bit of information. Kauffman said he has noticed an increase in calls from NBA teams in recent days, looking to…

  21. Rose, Horford lead players on USO tour headed to Hawaii

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    There are plenty of NBA players doing charity games and youth clinics right now, but this one is a little different. Derrick Rose, Joe Johnson and Al Horford are leading a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour of players that will visit a number of military bases in Hawaii. The group will shoot hoops with guys on…

  22. LeBron biographer goes way down the hater rabbit hole

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

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    You knew Scott Raab’s book on LeBron James was not going to be a love letter when the working title was “The Whore of Akron.” Now that is the official title and the book is close to being ready for your Kindle (it’s released Nov. 15). To pimp it, Esquire has an excerpt (which shouldn’t…

  23. Video humor: Talking NBA at OccupyWallStreet

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    Occupy Wall Street Protest Enters 4th Week

    This video is not about the OccupyWallStreet movement. This blog post is not about the merits or flaws in the movement. It is what you make of it. We talk hoops here (and Kardashians sometimes). But it was a stroke of brilliance by the guys at Knickerblogger (always one of my favorite blogs) to head…

  24. Fresh Prince of Society Hill: Will Smith buys part of 76ers

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Will+Smith

    Now we have four rappers who are part owners of NBA teams. Still only one that anyone talks about, but four total. Will Smith — rapper, actor, the Fresh Prince himself — and his wife Jada Pinkett are now minority owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, it was announced at the introductory press conference for the…

  25. New Sixers owners cutting ticket prices in half for 9,000 seats

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Joshua Harris

    I had thought that when Arte Moreno bought the Anaheim Angels (as they were then called) and at his introductory press conference announced a cut in beer prices, that was the best start ever by an owner. Well, it is. But this is a close second. Sixers owner Joshua Harris came in at his introductory…

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