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  1. Video: Watch J.J. Hickson throw it down at Impact series

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    2008 NBA Rookie Portraits

    In what has largely been an entertaining pickup game at the Impact Compeititve Basketball Series in Las Vegas, just about nobody has been more entertaining than J.J. Hickson. The guy plays above the rim. Kings fans drool thinking about him on the wings of the break with Tyreke Evans running the show and DeMarcus Cousins…

  2. Steve Nash didn’t play for Canada but wants to lead team

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    It was a disappointment when Canada — working hard to build up its national basketball team — failed to make even next summers pre-Olympics second chance qualifying tournament this summer. Canada was just not impressive at the FIBA Americas tournament. Of course, they were without the best Canadian player, Steve Nash. Or Tristan Thompson. Or…

  3. Jermaine O’Neal says he likely will retire after next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Two years ago, Boston had a role-playing big man retire in Rasheed Wallace. Last season it was Shaquille O’Neal who retired from the Celtics. Next up, Jermaine O’Neal. At least that’s the plan the 15-year veteran told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com while in Las Vegas for the Impact Competitive Training Series (where O’Neal is…

  4. Isiah Thomas working out Stoudemire in Florida… and Chris Paul

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    Let the Knicks conspiracy theories begin… or are they conspiracy theories if they are true? For those of you who want to deny that former Knicks GM and current Florida International coach Isiah Thomas no longer has influence with his old organization, we bring you this. Current Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is working out with…

  5. Who looked good in Vegas Day 2: J.J. Hickson, Josh Selby

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Phoenix Suns

    Day two of the Impact Competitive Training Series out in Las Vegas saw some interesting run but still lacked star power. That is expected to change, by the way, with the arrival of John Wall on Wednesday. Talking to a couple people there, the style is a wide-open, pickup style. That means it’s pretty entertaining…

  6. New book says Sarah Palin had one night stand with Glen Rice.

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Glen Rice

    There’s a new biography of miss “Paul Revere warned the British” herself Sarah Palin coming out soon, written by Joe McGinniss. Which I am not going to read. Not even for laughs. But fortunately the people over at the National Enquirer did and reported back on it… of course nobody at PBT reads the National…

  7. Stalled NBA labor negotiations get players in Vegas talking

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    For once, the conversation among NBA players in Vegas wasn’t who was headed to Tao. Like it was everywhere NBA people gathered, the talk was about the stalled talks. The implosion of hope surrounding the NBA labor negotiations. At the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas, players were talking about it and where that…

  8. Report: Five top agents pushing for union to decertify

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    A couple months back, agents were pushing to blow up the players union. A group of agents met with players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and urged him to take the aggressive approach of decertifying the union (what the NFL union did right at the start of their negotiations). That followed by and anti-trust lawsuit…

  9. It’s official, J.R. Smith signs to play in China next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    What is the Chinese word for “gunner?” That word might now be J.R. Smith. The talented, athletic Denver swingman who never saw a shot he didn’t like has signed to play in China for next season, according to reports out of China via Nuibball.com as well as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. He will be the…

  10. There’s still hope in NBA talks, but it comes down to money

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    lockout

    Tuesday was not a good day for NBA fans. If you were hoping for an NBA season that will start on time and have 82 games, Tuesday sucked. What is clear right now is that the two sides are far apart, and that while there is time to get a deal so training camps could…

  11. Video: Here’s your chance to watch Steve Nash pick his nose

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has a public image to uphold, what as the floppy-haired Canadian that Phoenix and America loves. So we’re never going to see him pick his nose or fart on camera… Or, maybe we will. Below is the ad for a VitaminWater contest that you can’t enter (unless you’re one of our loyal Canadian…

  12. Today’s players more athletic than 20 years ago, but are they better?

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Nobody in their right mind wonders if Magic Johnson, Dr. J or Larry Bird could compete in today’s NBA. Certain players would succeed in any era. But could the average NBA player from the 1980s compete in the NBA of 2011? Well, let’s make that 2010 because who knows if there will be an NBA…

  13. Gordon Hayward can get to the rim… against video gamers

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol

    Last season in Utah, Gordon Hayward was taking twice as many shots from beyond 16 feet as he was at the rim. He doesn’t have the reputation as a guy who can just take you off the dribble and get to the rack. But that is not true… so long as Hayward is playing against…

  14. Artest’s daughter wants to be “World Peace,” too

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Finally, World Peace is spreading. Maybe not as we had all hoped, but it is spreading. At least in the Artest household. In the coming weeks Ron Artest is expected to become Metta World Peace (there was some traffic ticket issues to deal with), and now his daughter wants to get in on the act,…

  15. “Disappointing” negotiations lead to talk of half NBA season missed

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Any optimism you had after last week’s NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement talks can be put on the pile of now outdated, useless junk with your Commodore 64 and cassette tape Walkman. Tuesday’s meeting of expanded negotiating teams in New York ended with everyone calling it “disappointing” and saying a deal is nowhere near close. Here…

  16. What the Clippers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This is the latest installment of our “when the lockout ends” series. To see the other teams we have done, follow this link. Don’t worry, we’ll get to your team soon enough. Last season in Los Angeles: The Clippers became what Brazil is to international soccer — everyone’s second favorite team. Blake Griffin changed the…

  17. Rashard Lewis: Don’t blame me for signing a huge contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Massive guaranteed contracts are one of the real touch points of this lockout. Fans and owners can say it’s not fair their team has to pay Eddy Curry or Gilbert Arenas when they are not pulling their weight (or even playing at all). Rashard Lewis has one of those contracts. The Sonics signed him to…

  18. LeBron, Durant, CP3 jump in for Philly vs. Melo game

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The summer of pro-am games is about to jump the shark. That comes when all the big names start jumping into every game, representing cities where they have no real connection. The folks in Philadelphia should get a good show, but that seems to be what is happening for the Philly vs. Melo league contest…

  19. Adam Silver not getting fined for talking with agency head

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Over the weekend we told you about the high school drama — one that never would have made the cut as a Friday Night Lights plot — that was NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver sitting at the U.S. Open with Casey Wasserman, head of the Wasserman Media Group, which represents a number of NBA players…

  20. Lamar Odom in Europe? That’s reality television gold, baby.

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Apparently Lakers forward and reality television star Lamar Odom has some interest in playing in Europe next season. Also, apparently Odom does not understand how to work the direct message function of twitter. I say that because of this tweet from Odom: @paugasol it’s ya boy @RealLamarOdom ! My dude really want 2 talk 2…

  21. Video: Highlights from first day of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Mo Williams Clippers

    We already told you who looked good at Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas. But why not see for yourself. BallisLife.com has your video highlights of Day 1. Watch and enjoy. But remember, this is an exhibition and any results here should not be confused or equated with future success…

  22. Maybe Adelman came to Minnesota in spite of GM Kahn

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    rick adelman

    It is official — the Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that they have reached a deal with Rick Adelman to become the franchises next head coach. Sure, PBT and every other news outlet in America reported that yesterday, but now the team is confirming it. But is Adelman doing this in spite of GM David Kahn?…

  23. Civility is nice, but will there be NBA labor progress?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In the last two weeks there have been three long meetings between the lead negotiators of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (the union). What has mattered most — what has sparked optimism in some corners — is the lack of rancor. After early meetings there was real frustration and anger on both…

  24. Who looked good in Vegas Day 1: Marreese Speights, Iman Shumpert

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    MArreese Speights; Amir Johnson

    Monday was Day 1 of the Impact Competitive Training Series out in Las Vegas. That is some organized run for NBA guys, a chance for them to fine tune their games and get in shape for training camps and a season that may or may not come soon. About 40 guys were there for the…

  25. Adelman’s deal with Timberwolves four years, $20 million

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Money was always the biggest potential stumbling block to Rick Adelman coming to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota has been a notoriously cheap franchise. Owner Glen Taylor has a mid-market team and he ran it on a budget. It explained things like why former coach Kurt Rambis was embarrassingly left to twist in the wind…

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