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  1. Players union to pay for “workout centers” during lockout

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    One of the fun guessing games of the lockout is wondering who is going to go Shawn Kemp — return from the lockout overweight and out of shape. No fair picking Eddy Curry, you have to better than that. To quell the perception of players siting around with their PS3s and waiting for the phone…

  2. Are owners, players closer to a deal than it seems? Maybe.

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:44 PM EST

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    David Stern spent a lot of his post-negotiating session Tuesday trying to make a point — that the players walked away from a fair deal, a 50/50 split of “basketball related income.” It felt like spin at the time, in part because it was an informal concept and part just how Stern portrayed it. Well,…

  3. Jamario Moon signs with Quebec of Canadian NBL

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    Jamario Moon is popular in Canada. No, I’m not kidding. He is a high flying dunker who came into the league and had his best season with the Raptors. They still love him north of the border, while America asks “who?” So Moon is going back to Canada during the lockout, to play for the…

  4. Blame falls on Stern, owners for loss of NBA games

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    The NBA is about to shoot itself in the leg. After a season where the league generated more revenue than ever before, when television ratings were the highest they had bee since the Jordan-era Bulls, the league next Monday will cancel regular season games. Because they can’t figure out how to divide up the fans’…

  5. NBA will cancel first games next week after talks see little progress

    Oct 4, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Tuesday was billed as they most crucial day of NBA labor talks, but the results after four hours looked exactly like every other meeting over the past several weeks: There was incremental progress, but the two sides remain an ocean apart. And in that ocean could be a sinking NBA season that will see regular…

  6. Doc Rivers is sad to see Terry Francona go

    Oct 4, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    He led the Red Sox to their first World Series championships in nearly a century, so Terry Francona has a spot in the hearts of Boston sports fans forever. But after a painful, epic collapse at the end of last season, Francona is out as the Red Sox manager. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, for one,…

  7. Report: Tracy McGrady not signing to play in China

    Oct 4, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady is still far more popular in China than his game warrants — he was the star playing beside Yao Ming for years in Houston and will always be remembered that way in China. So it’s not shocking to see rumors of him signing in China popping up now and again. But it’s not…

  8. Ilyasova would rather play in Turkey than Milwaukee

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

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    If you had to choose between living in Milwaukee or Turkey, what would you choose? Ersan Ilyasova wants to choose Turkey, but may not get that option. Ilyasova is playing for Anadolu Efes in Istanbul during the lockout, although the Bucks have an option on him for the upcoming season and his deal has an…

  9. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett show up for NBA labor talks

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    When you think of the cool, level-headed NBA players you want in the room while the most sensitive of NBA labor negotiations take place, who comes to mind? Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, of course. They were two of the NBA players who showed up Tuesday in Manhattan (New York, not Kansas) for Tuesday’s big…

  10. Josh Smith’s new Adidas spot is sweet, comes with poetry

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks is in a sweet new Adidas commercial for the adiZero Ghost. Josh Smith in an ad I like is in and of itself is a bit of a surprise, but there you go. What really makes this work Shihan, a National Poetry Slam Champion, knocking out the rhymes. Hat…

  11. Luol Deng’s face is on British five-pound note. Take that, Rose.

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    luol-deng

    If you’re going to pay for that cup of Earl Grey tea (hot!) in Brixton, why not use Luol Deng? You can, because Luol Deng’s face has been added to a special “complementary currency” in Brixton, England, celebrating famous people who grew up there. Deng, born in the Sudan but raised in Brixton after his…

  12. Nov. 2 set for first arguments in NBA lawsuit against union

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

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    Before the NBA owners and players union attorneys sat down in a room and argued about how to divide up the fans’ money, they sat down in front of a judge to talk lawsuit. Back in August the owners sued the players union essentially asking the court to say that any attempt by the union…

  13. Pau, Marc Gasol working out with Barcelona during lockout

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

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    Marc and Pau Gasol are staying home in Spain during the NBA lockout. They’re not going to be playing Call of Duty and eating Doritos then showing up to camp out of shape, however. They found a pretty good place to workout, Sportando tweets. @FCBarcelona_cat officially announce that Marc and Pau Gasol will practice with…

  14. Del Harris to coach Mavericks D-League affiliate

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Del Harris

    The Dallas Mavericks keep bringing in the big names to coach their D-League affiliate the Texas Legends. Last season it was the first woman coach in the league, Nancy Lieberman. She decided to move up to the front office, so former NBA coach of the year Del Harris will step in, the team announced, the…

  15. Expect a “fairly careful” Kobe Bryant to play in Italy

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Talks are moving along for Kobe Bryant to play for Virtus Bologna in the Italian League — if the NBA labor talks stall out in New York, Kobe might really make the jump. Just don’t expect the full Kobe Bryant. Part of what makes Kobe “Kobe” is an unrelenting drive and desire to win every…

  16. Andrei Kirilenko signs three-year deal with CSKA Moscow

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko is returning home to Russia, and if the NBA lockout drags on he may stay there. Kirilenko has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, reports FIBA.com. Kirilenko is an NBA free agent but his Russian deal still has an NBA opt out allowing him to return to the NBA…

  17. Tuesday’s labor talks could salvage season, but don’t bet on it

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The days of “at least they are still talking” being good enough are over. Just the fact that NBA owners and the players union were sitting down in the same room together was progress enough for a while (because that was an improvement). No longer. Unless Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter leave…

  18. Derek Fisher sends letter to players answering agents

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Derek Fisher and the NBA players union is now fighting a war on two fronts — one with the NBA over the new collective bargaining agreement, and one with some player agents. At least it feels that way. Monday six agents sent out a letter to their clients saying not to ratify any labor agreement…

  19. What the Celtics should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    PBT is working its way through what every team in the NBA should do when the NBA lockout ends. To see all the teams we’ve done so far, click here. Today, we talk Boston Celtics. Last season in Boston: The Celtics won 56 games, entered the playoffs as the three seed and smacked the Knicks…

  20. Consider USA, Spain favorites for 2012 London Olympics

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are 298 days left until the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. We, as Americans, expect a gold medal in basketball as our birthright, as we expect inexpensive gasoline and a well-grilled steak. To make sure we get what we want, USA Basketball will be sending its big guns — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant,…

  21. Top agents tell clients to reject any more givebacks in labor deal

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    Top NBA agents may be throwing a monkey wrench into the NBA labor negotiations on the eve of the biggest day of negotiations. Six of the top NBA agents — who are no fan of union chief Billy Hunter and have been worried the union is giving up too much in negotiations — sent a…

  22. Video: Kobe’s Italian movie trailer (for Nike, of course)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    Got to say this for Nike — that is one awesome marketing department. Out of Nike’s Italian sportswear division comes this beauty of a movie trailer for “Milano Kalibro Kobe.” Which is interesting because Kobe was not going to play in Milan…. unless Nike knows something we don’t. Honestly, I’d see this movie. Subtitles or…

  23. Golden State has an impressive front office, if they work together

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Jerry-West

    To me, the Golden State Warriors are starting to look a lot like the Corleone family. You remember, from “The Godfather.” Bear with me and we’ll get to it. Golden State was about as poorly run a basketball operation as there has been in the NBA for two decades. The franchise has made the playoffs…

  24. Monday NBA labor meetings set table for do-or-die Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Here is where things finally stand — tomorrow is the big deal, best offer, drop-dead date for the NBA labor negotiations. If things go poorly on Tuesday, well, hope you have some NBA games stored on your DVR to watch. There was a five-hour meeting Monday between commissioner David Stern and the heads of the…

  25. Andrew Bogut close to deal to play in Australia

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

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    Andrew Bogut is playing down under, mate. Insurance issues had been holding back the biggest name in Australian basketball from signing with a team in his native land, but that appears to have been worked out, according to The Age (via Brewhoop, which has a great breakdown). Bogut and his manager Bruce Kaider have received…

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