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  1. LeBron James working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dwight Howard has done it the last two summers. Kobe Bryant has done it. Now it is LeBron James’ turn. LeBron has made the pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon, he told the Associated Press. “I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James said. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple…

  2. New Hawks owner says they are going to win rings

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Alex Meruelo

    There is few things more useless than a press conference where the new owner of an NBA team cannot talk about the transaction of buying the team (because it has not been finalized by the NBA’s board of Governors) nor can he talk about the players (because there is a lockout). This made the usually…

  3. Video: Brandon Jennings goes off his defender’s head

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    I used to think the pass between your opponent’s legs was about the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a guy. Well, that or being in Blake Griffin‘s way on a fast break. But Brandon Jennings has upped the ante. This video is from Dyckman Park in New York, where pro/am games run in…

  4. LeBron committed to 2012 Olympics; “optimistic” for season

    Aug 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James says is not going to play in Turkey. Or Spain. But he is planning a trip to London. In Akron for a “Wheels for Education” charity kickoff, LeBron told the Associated Press he is not looking to play  overseas because he is so “optimistic” there will be an upcoming season. Not sure who…

  5. Price tag in Hawks sale reportedly $300 million for 80%

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    How much would you pay for the Atlanta Hawks? Wait, don’t answer yet, we’ll throw in a ShamWow for free… The answer if you are Alex Meruelo is more than $300 million for 75 to 80 percent of the team, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. That price includes Phillips Arena where the Hawks play. He…

  6. Video: Best dunks from the Nike 3-on-3 event in Los Angeles

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    L.A. Live — the place across the street from Staples Center where a lot of bars and restaurants took a financial hit when the Lakers got knocked out early in the playoffs — was home to a Nike 3-on-3 tournament last weekend. Of course there was a dunk contest — and it was a good…

  7. Howard would like Orlando fans to cheer like it’s 2009

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Come on Orlando Magic ticket holders — when they start pumping in the “every-body-clap-your-hands” noise at the Amway Center, Dwight Howard wants you feel it. Really feel it. On twitter yesterday a Magic fan made a complaint to Howard that fans in 29 other arenas make — the fans close to floor are just there…

  8. Stoudemire organizing some informal Knicks practices

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Don’t worry, they won’t go over defense. But you can add the Knicks to the list of teams where the players are thinking of working out together this off-season. And you can thank Amar’e Stoudemire for that, according to Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy. Amare Stoudemire is planning offseason workouts for the New York Knicks. The team…

  9. Video: Official trailer Melo/LaLa’s new reality show

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    I am going to watch as much of this as I have the Lamar Odom/Khloe Kardashian reality show. But because we know some of you out there can’t wait to see another reality show about another NBA star, we bring you the official trailer from “LaLa’s Full Court Life.” This was actually filmed through the…

  10. If full NBA season is lost, Memphis could have to pay

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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    There are some NBA owners out there willing to scrap the entire upcoming NBA season because they would lose less money that way than they would paying players for a season. But losing a full season is not good for all the owners. You can add Memphis to that list. Not because it’s a profitable…

  11. Are the NBA owners a unified front, or will they soften?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    NBA commissioner Stern attends the second day of the Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley

    Right now, the NBA owners are taking the hard line and are not budging off it. NBA Commissioner David Stern has done a good job — via the hammer of massive fines — from keeping any owners from speaking out of turn about the lockout. He is the lone voice, the lone source for one…

  12. Ron Artest loves Celine Dion. Seriously. She made him cry.

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Celine Dion

    It’s hard for Ron Artest to surprise me any more. The man will soon officially be Metta World Peace, what more is going to catch me off guard? It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would go see Celine Dion in concert. Even Canadians. She has a big Vegas show, I go to Vegas…

  13. Bobcat’s Thomas says he’s working on his mental game

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    There’s really never been any question about Tyrus Thomas’ physical skills — he’s 6’9” and can leap out of the gym, he can rebound and finish at the rim. But even those close to him have been frustrated with his decision making, which we will kindly call inconsistent. Focus and Thomas are rarely used in…

  14. Gordon likely will not play for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Last week we told you that Luol Deng announced he would play for Great Britain this summer, that the nation’s basketball body was able to find insurance. They did — but not the level of insurance normally afforded players. And while that was good enough for Deng it is not enough for Detroit’s Ben Gordon,…

  15. NBA rookies taking out loans while lockout drags on

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Guys drafted in the first round of the last NBA Draft are stuck. They do not have an NBA contract yet — the draft is in June but no deals could be signed until July, and then it was too late — so they have no income. However, first rounders are guaranteed to get a…

  16. Video: Watch Kemba Walker go coast-to-coast

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Charlotte Bobcats draftee Kemba Walker was in New York City getting a little streetball run at Dyckson Park. And we have some video to pass along of him making a sweet coast-to-coast run. Ahh, the terrible defensive decisions, the guard not looking to pass, one guy out working everyone else around — this play makes…

  17. Yes they are sold, but the Hawks will not be on the move

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks are being sold to a Los Angeles guy, Alex Meruelo and his Meruelo Group. That has made some Hawks fans uneasy about the future of the Hawks in Atlanta — this is a guy whose life and business interests are in Los Angeles and other teams have already flirted with Anaheim. Plus,…

  18. Keith Closs talks about drinking away his NBA career

    Aug 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    In some ways, it’s wrong to say Keith Closs — a backup center with the Clippers from 1997 to 2000 and was a case study of unfulfilled promise — drank himself out of an NBA career. That’s because he says he was drinking in junior high, and high school, and college — all while playing…

  19. Video: Michael Beasley can’t guard Kevin Durant

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    We bring you one last bit from Dyckson Park in New York City Thursday night. That’s the place that brought you Michael Beasley being a fool and Kevin Durant being a little slow on the help defense rotation and paying the price. Here is Beasley trying to guard Durant (and Beasley gets no help defense).…

  20. Cuttino Mobley helping bring medical marijuana to Maine

    Aug 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Go ahead and make your “NBA player and pot” jokes, but when you read it you’ll see Cuttino Mobley looks like a pretty smart business man. In part because there’s a lot of money in medical marijuana — even if it’s supposed to just be non-profit collectives — and he is helping bring it to…

  21. The powerful true story of Manute Bol

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Manute Bol

    If you read one thing today, make it the story at the end of this link. It’s a story on Atavist that is the untold story of former NBA player Manute Bol. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop found it, and you can read an excerpt over at Sports Illustrated. You may remember Bol as an almost…

  22. To be clear, Wade has not gotten offer from China. Yet.

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Yesterday we told you or reports Dwyane Wade got a $2 million a month offer from one Chinese team. That report was denied by the Chinese team. Now it also has been shot down by Wade’s agent. Here’s the money paragraph from the Miami Herald. Wade and his agent, Henry Thomas, have said Wade will…

  23. Poll: Who wins, 1992 Dream Team or 2008 USA Olympic squad?

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    Magic Johnson came out recently and said exactly what you would expect Magic to say — the original 1992 Dream team was better than the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team.” “When you think about the Olympics and the Dream Team, I have to throw it to you. Kobe [Bryant] and them won by 22 points. Ehh,…

  24. Matt Barnes isn’t backing down from whatever happened

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Did Matt Barnes punch an opposing player? Those are the reports that came out of some San Francisco pro-am action Thursday, although video proof has yet to show up (at least that I’ve seen). This is the same place where Barnes slapped a coach last season, so maybe. Whatever happens, Barnes is owning it. ESPN.com…

  25. Video: Kevin Durant gets dunked on in New York City

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

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

    Everyone, we’d like you to meet Geoff Mcdermott. East Coasters may remember him playing for the Providence Friars, you will now remember him as the guy who dunked on Kevin Durant at Dyckman Park Thursday night. To be fair, KD rotated over late and there wasn’t much he could do. The fact he rotated over at…

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