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  1. LeBron James brings his closing skills to Boston Red Sox

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    LeBron James

    Less than a decade ago, the kind of collapse the Boston Red Sox pulled off in the last month would have been just part of another typical New England fall. It was just another scar for a fan base that expected nothing less and bonded over those wounds. But this time, you can blame LeBron…

  2. Ben Wallace arrested on drunk driving, weapons charges

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Wallace_Ben

    Pistons big man Ben Wallace, who anchored the defense that won the franchise a title in 2004, was arrested over the weekend. Wallace, who lives in the Detroit area in the offseason, was pulled over due to erratic driving, according to the Detroit News (via I am a GM). Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills was…

  3. If games are missed, don’t expect fans to come rushing back

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    Empty Nets Arena medowlands

    Despite all the doom and gloom rhetoric, you can expect to see NBA basketball this season. Not on time — they could reach a deal in the next week that saves the full season, if you think both sides are really willing and ready to compromise — but there will be games. Eventually. The question…

  4. Video: Why you don’t want Kobe taking your penalty kicks

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Kobe Bryant is one of the world’s elite athletes. An icon. The biggest name in basketball world wide right now. He’s not the guy you want taking your soccer penalty kicks. Kobe loves the sport and came down to take some PKs after a Turkish soccer game (he’s in Europe on a Nike tour), and…

  5. Delonte West says he has a job in a furniture store

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    WEST_DELONTE

    Delonte West has a job. One a lot more like yours than his last one as point guard for the Celtics. Throughout the lockout West has tweeted about getting a job — at Home Depot was the big one, but there have been other efforts. Then Wednesday came these tweets: Applied at Regency Furniture, need…

  6. Stern, league say no plans to cancel entire season. Yet.

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    David Stern

    After Wednesday’s bargaining session between NBA owners and player ended, it sure did sound like David Stern was threatening to call off the entire NBA season if some kind of deal was not reached this weekend. Even if that really never made any sense. ESPN reported that was the threat he was going to make.…

  7. Video: Adrian Wojnarowski updates lockout on NBC’s SportsTalk

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

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    Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC’s Sports Talk Wednesday on Versus and gives a quality breakdown of where we stand heading into this weekend’s NBA labor negotiations. I’m with Woj on this — I think there will be games. The full season will not be lost. I think David Stern’s threats are a negotiating tactic, not…

  8. What the Wizards should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:37 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the lockout here at PBT, and as part of that we are looking at what all 30 NBA teams should do when the lockout ends. And we’re sticking with when, not if, it ends. To see the full Western Conference list, click here. Last season in Washington D.C.: For…

  9. David Stern threatens NBA season as negotiating tactic

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    David Stern

    Everything David Stern says right now to the media is spin. Everything is designed to put pressure on the NBA players and get a deal the owners like. (It’s the same for Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, save they are trying to pressure the owners.) But he stepped up the rhetoric after Wednesday’s negotiating session.…

  10. Who dunks the most? It’s not the Clipper you think.

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Really fascinating little bit of research over at Golden State of Mind (a fantastic Warriors blog you should be checking out anyway) — they ran the numbers to see who had the most dunks, layups, hook shots and tip in across the NBA last season. They did it by “dunks per 100 possessions,” which basically…

  11. Kevin Love is back to his high school weight. Women everywhere jealous.

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Kevin Love,

    Beach volleyball is a serious workout. Kevin Love has done more than that this summer, he also has rested his body, but everything he has done seems to have worked — the Timberwolves power forward said he has dropped more than 20 pounds. That’s what he himself wrote at Grantland, where Love will blog during…

  12. Amar’e Stoudemire is eating kosher (mostly) and very well

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Fashion's Night Out At Macy's Herald Square

    I really need to get myself a personal chef. That’s one of my take aways from a profile of Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire in the new issue of Bon Appetit (a great find by KD at Ball Don’t Lie). Stoudemire has his own chef (Max Hardy), a guy who won over Stoudemire with a midnight…

  13. Timberwolves introduce Rick Adelman, everyone plays nice

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Rick Adelman

    Eventually, there is going to be some tension in Minnesota. There is GM David Kahn in the last year of his deal. New coach Rick Adelman brings with him real gravitas and will have say on player/personnel issues. You can see the friction coming. But at Adelman’s introductory press conference on Wednesday it was “smiles…

  14. Reason for hope? Wednesday labor talks to expand Friday

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Be careful about getting your hopes too high — we are all still Charlie Brown trying to kick the football and David Stern is still Lucy. That said, there seem to be some positive signs after two consecutive days of talks. The biggest of those is that after a day off Thursday for the Jewish…

  15. Set your DVR, part deux: Bosh, ‘Melo on “Law & Order: SVU” Wednesday

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    While we’re pimping NBA players on NBC television shows, we need to remind you: Knicks potential savior Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat star Chris Bosh will be on “Law & Order: SVU” Wednesday night. Insert your own “nice to see an NBA player with police and not in handcuffs” jokes here. Bosh and ‘Melo are…

  16. Set your DVR: Roy Hibbert on “Parks & Recreation” Thursday

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    parks-and-rec

    We here at PBT are huge “Parks and Recreation” fans — find another blog that has done the NBA version of Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness. You should be watching this show every Thursday night anyway (right here on NBC!), but now we’re giving you an even better reason — Roy Hibbert’s debut. Yes, the…

  17. Arena workers among those to get screwed by lockout

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    staples-center

    While the NBA owners and players wage war over how to divide up the fans’ money, there will be a lot of civilian casualties. Millionaires and billionaires are waging the fight, but the people making $11 an hour to pour beer and get your hot dog, then clean up when you leave — people just…

  18. Dwyane Wade says Heat need to pass chemistry to win

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    lebron-wade-celebration

    Chemistry is hard. It’s hard for high school students — if you just said “no it wasn’t” I’m not sure we can be friends — and it’s hard for sports teams. It was hard for the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade was in a talkative mood on with Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami…

  19. Kobe says it’s “very possible” he plays in Italy. Sure it is.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant knows marketing. He knows that if you’re in Italy promoting Nike and your brand, and there are rumors swirling about offers for you to play in Italy during the lockout, it’s bad marketing to say, “No, no way I’m playing here.” You give people some hope if you want to sell more shoes.…

  20. Kevin Durant talks improved post game, tattoos

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has been everywhere this summer — if there was a pro-am or charity game this summer, he was there. It was like he was cloned. There were reports of him popping up all over the country, most recently at a Texas Longhorns football game. Now he’s filming a new movie, “Switch.” Which tied…

  21. Report: salary rollbacks, other strings attached to owners new offer

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    So the NBA owners are willing to come off their demand for a hard salary cap, sort of. Some are touting this as a potential breakthrough in these negotiations, but until they figure out the split of “basketball related income” — or even how to define BRI — it’s hard for me to get my…

  22. Italian club alters offer to Kobe: $2.5 million for one month

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It sounds like Kobe Bryant and Italian team Virtus Bologna are farther apart on a deal than the NBA owners and players. Recently Kobe reportedly demanded $15 million, before taxes, to play an entire season. Owner Claudio Sabatini was shocked by this (it was more than double his last offer) and came back with his…

  23. Report: Owners move off demand for hard salary cap, sort of

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:58 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

    For the NBA players union, the idea of a team-by-team hard salary cap — as is seen in the NFL and NHL — was a “blood issue.” They saw it as a way owners were trying to keep down salaries and force more non-guaranteed contracts. Some owners were insistent on a hard cap, and that has…

  24. Enjoy Kobe Bryant getting knocked out on “The Simpsons”

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Sure, “The Simpsons” jumped the shark long before the movie came out, but it remains some of the better comedy writing on television. You can count on a couple really good laughs an episode. If you’re a Kobe Bryant hater then I know one of them from the season opener last week. We give you…

  25. Derrick Rose says he might play overseas during lockout

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:24 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    I am pretty weary of the “yea, I might go play overseas” stories out there. I might decide to climb Mount Everest wearing Lederhosen, that’s different than doing it. Still, there are some players that when they say they are thinking about playing overseas, you listen. Derrick Rose is one of those players. And he…

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