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  1. Plenty of bidders, Hornets not leaving Big Easy anytime soon

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    What happens in New York this week has a lot more to do with the long-term viability of the Hornets in New Orleans than anything else. Revenue sharing among owners and how the new salary system works — and if it means the Hornets really can keep Chris Paul — are at the heart of…

  2. Jordan trash talked Bill Clinton at golf. You expected otherwise?

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

    Jordan golf

    Michael Jordan will talk trash to anyone at any time (see his Hall of Fame acceptance speech). In fact, if you’re not getting trash talked in his company you may want to worry. And if you think his trash talk knows limits, we bring you this. Former President Bill Clinton did an interview with the…

  3. League exec spins that “Garnett (expletive) everything up”

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Garnett takes to the court for Game 1 against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome to the latest phase of the battle for your hearts and minds. We learned over the weekend that it was veteran NBA stars — Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce — who were at the forefront on the players side of shooting down and discussions of the players and owners doing a 50/50…

  4. Video: Jordan’s sons to show you what their lives are like

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be Michael Jordan’s son? There are certainly perks — free shoes! — but there are expectations, challenges and people trying to use you at every turn. Sons Marcus and Jeffrey are letting you into that world with a new web site and web exclusives – heir-jordan.com —…

  5. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

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    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  6. Video: Kevin Durant takes the mic, raps at a club

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    From our “well, we’ve got to post something during the lockout” file, we bring you this: Kevin Durant, the King of the Summer, picked up the mic in a club recently and laid down lines. We’d discuss the quality of them — or try to warn you of potentially offensive language — if we could make…

  7. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  8. Famed trainer say Eddy Curry is in NBA shape. Riiiiight.

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

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    It would balance out the karmic scales if, when the lockout ends, Eddy Curry were in shape and ready to play in the NBA while other guys had put on the weight he had shed. That would amuse me, but I won’t believe it until I see it. I think the entire island of Manhattan…

  9. Magic Johnson takes some shots at LeBron James. Playfully.

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    Old school NBA players do not really like how LeBron James has handled his business. They also don’t really like the lockout. Or the long shorts. All those young players today need to GET OFF MY LAWN! Magic Johnson was out doing the inspirational speaking thing the other day in Albany, New York (remember your…

  10. Adidas could see $50 million loss from NBA lockout

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Adidas has a foothold in the NBA marketing game. Saturday there were people lined up around the block in Chicago to see Derrick Rose and buy his new adiZero Rose2 shoes. They also make the official NBA jerseys. Which you are not buying right now because of the lockout. Experts explain to Reuters that the…

  11. Jerry West opens up about depression that drove, haunted him

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Jerry West

    There may be no more introspective and compelling figure in American sports than Jerry West. In his new biography — which hits the stands Wednesday, if you actually still went to stands — West is very open about the challenges of his childhood with an abusive father, how that led to depression and drove him…

  12. Report: Feds might block NBA union decertification attempt

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    Fortunately, in recent weeks, talk of the NBA players union decertifying has cooled off. It’s good because if the players did it at this point, you could kiss the season goodbye. But even if the players wanted to decertify the union — voting essentially to dissolve the union — the federal government might block it.…

  13. Video: Top five plays from Team Philly win over Goodman

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    John Wall, Jeff Teague

    Another weekend, another entertaining NBA exhibition, this time Team Philly taking on Goodman. It’s not the real thing we’d rather be watching exhibition games, but at least it was entertaining. The Goodman League rolled in with John Wall (who had 38 points on the night) and Kevin Durant, but it was the underdog and feisty…

  14. Dwight Howard: “I don’t know what else I can do” in Orlando

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Once the lockout clock mercifully stops, the “what will Dwight Howard do?” clock will start. (Chris Paul will have one, too, but that’s not our focus today.) Every time Howard speaks directly about Orlando, he says loving and glowing things. But ask him about his legacy and free agency — as Esquire Magazine did —…

  15. Federal mediator to meet separately with both sides Monday

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Federal mediator George Cohen enters the NBA labor picture on Monday. Which is good, he could help the NBA players and owners break their stalemate. That is, if both sides really want to break it. If both sides are willing to compromise a little more. Cohen will meet separately with groups from the NBA owners…

  16. Pacers Danny Granger to take arena workers out to dinner

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Workers in NBA areas have become the latest pawn in the labor dispute that will have the NBA closing the doors to those arenas for at least the first couple weeks of the season. Both sides have started pointing to those arenas workers — many of whom make minimum wage or just a little more…

  17. LeBron wants Cleveland fans to know he misses them

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    I’ll take “things that will not go over well” for $200, Alex… Cleveland fans will never forgive LeBron James. They see his move to Miami as a betrayal and abandonment, his public announcement of it the ultimate insult. LeBron isn’t looking for their for forgivenss, but he tweeted (when anwering fans questions) that he misses…

  18. Suns owner Saver plays in hoops league with union lawyer

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    Suns Robert Sarver

    I expected to read this note today about as much as I expected the Tea Party to endorse Occupy Wall Street. But it turns out Suns owner Robert Sarver has some interesting pickup basketball partners — and an interesting game. Zach Lowe put up the story at Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward. It was with…

  19. NBATV ratings plummet during lockout… don’t you like “Teen Wolf?”

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

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    NBA TV has been as hard to watch as a Shawn Marion jump shot during the lockout. Banned from showing any current NBA players, they have been relegated to showing nothing but classic games. No summer league games, no shows previewing the upcoming season, no shows talking fantasy hoops, no drop ins on training camp.…

  20. David Stern goes on the offensive during media tour

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    David Stern is winning the war of public perception. Regular readers here know how I assign blame for the lockout and missed games, but make no mistake that in the court of public opinion the players are going to be the big losers. We know the players, while the owners are faceless (save Mark Cuban).…

  21. Labor Relations Board will not throw out players’ case

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It is a small victory for the NBA players, but it’s the first one they have gotten in a while in the labor negotiations. Back early in the negotiations, before the lockout even started, the players union filed a complaint against the owners with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the owners were not negotiating…

  22. NFL players say LeBron should stick to basketball

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    LeBron NFL commercial

    LeBron James should be in Heat training camp, but because he’s got more time on his hands he sounds a little bored. Which led him to tweeting about when an NFL team could sign a free agent the other day. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll picked up on that and went so far as Carroll…

  23. Sale of Philadelphia 76ers expected to be completed next week

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    Next Wednesday and Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors — all of the owners — are going to get together and most of the talk will be about labor deals and revenue sharing. But there will be one other order of business — approving the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to Joshua Harris and other…

  24. Video: Nike sends Lamar Odom back to Queens for a day

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Interesting little video from the Nike “Always On” campaign, this one sending Lamar Odom back to Queens for a day, to walk around his old high school and through the old ‘hood. No Khloe and bright lights, just a little old school Odom (and a lot of Nike, of course). Below we bring you that…

  25. Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday. The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely. He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about…

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