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  1. How does Enes Kanter look? Skilled but needs experience.

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Normally by this point in the summer we would have seen guys like No. 3 overall pick Enes Kanter in Summer League, and we would have overanalyzed his game and how he could do against rookies and guys who populate the end of an NBA bench. But not this year. Thank you very much lockout.…

  2. Most minutes played in NBA history, regular season and playoffs? Kareem.

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    When we talk about the wear and tear on a player’s body, we can quickly look up how many regular season minutes a player has racked up. But that leaves out the playoffs. For a player like Kobe Bryant, that is 8,165 minutes — the equivalent of three more 82 game seasons at his regular…

  3. Video: LeBron gets dunked on by Taiwanese player. Kinda.

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The lockout may have changed a lot of things, but it hasn’t seem to have changed the number of people who want to see LeBron James embarrassed. People that savored the finals need their fix. People like Kevin Love. For all of you, we bring you this video. It’s LeBron playing in a Taiwanese All-Star…

  4. Just for the record, Rodman only has 28 siblings

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    During Dennis Rodman’s emotional Hall of Fame acceptance speech he smacked around his father, who skipped out on Rodman when he was just age 5, saying he had 46 brothers and sisters and they basically all deserved better. That’s totally not true. Rodman’s father tried to defend himself Chris Palmer of ESPN, who tweeted: Philander…

  5. Report: Kobe offered more than $1.5 million a month to play in China

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Kobe Bryant dropped out of negotiations with a Turkish squad, but you knew other teams were going to make big money runs at him. And they are coming from China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China,…

  6. Ty Lawson signs to play in Lithuania during lockout

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Ty Lawson is taking a Lithuanian vacation. Lawson will join Sonny Weems as both have signed with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league to play during the lockout, as tweeted by DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony (and he got it from this Lithuanian publication, which you can Google translate at your leisure). Lawson has a seven-figure deal with…

  7. Bosh: Heat have to just own up to “The Decision”

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    About the start of next season — whenever that is — we should be done talking about “The Decision.” Maybe we won’t be, maybe people will not let it die, but it feels like it should. LeBron James himself has said he would have handled it differently. The event turned all of the nation outside…

  8. Durant’s agent says players can make NBA money overseas

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When you see big-name NBA stars talking about going overseas, it’s not about the salary. Even if you pay Kobe Bryant $2 million a month he will not make half his NBA salary next season. It’s about the marketing, the branding. To quote Mars Blackmon: It’s got to be the shoes. Which is what superagent…

  9. Video: Gary Forbes scores 78 in pro-am game. Yes, Gary Forbes.

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Forbes_dunk

    Let’s be clear about this — all pro-ams are not created equal. You go to Rucker Park and drop 66 and that is something. Put up big numbers at the Drew or Goodman leagues and you are ballin’. The fact that Gary Forbes dropped 78 points at the Greater Hartford pro-am game says more about…

  10. David West expects games to be lost. Sadly, we all do.

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Of all the things that are frustrating about the NBA lockout — and one could write 95 theses on what is frustrating and tack it to a locker room door — this may be the thing that gets under my skin most: We all knew it was coming. For years. Yet there has been no…

  11. Marcin Gortat says he and Robin Lopez are all good

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat LaMarcus Aldridge

    Marcin Gortat came to the Suns in the middle of last season and took Robin Lopez’s starting center job away from him. Quickly. It’s one of the dynamics of team sports that makes it a fascinating window on the human psyche — these guys are both fighting each other for minutes and at the same…

  12. Should Jerry Krause be in the Hall of Fame?

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jerry Krause

    We’d be willing to bet that Phil Jackson will not be the presenter, but the question is should it happen at all: Should Jerry Krause be the next Chicago Bull in the basketball Hall of Fame? The question came up as Dennis Rodman was enshrined in the hall this past weekend — Krause inherited Michael…

  13. What kind of negotiator is union head Billy Hunter?

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We know David Stern. Or, at least we think we know David Stern. We kind of have a picture of him as the smooth lawyer who plays the PR game when the cameras are on then is blunt and plays hardball at the negotiating table. But how much do we really know about the guy…

  14. Andrew Bynum doesn’t want to be traded but happy to be wanted

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    When people start talking Lakers and trades, Andrew Bynum’s name comes up. More often then it should. For one, these finals showed the importance of having a big, shot blocking presence in the paint and Bynum is one of the better players in the league at that job. Secondly, Jim Buss loves him and that…

  15. Report: Omri Casspi near deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

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    While most of the major teams of Europe — the EuroLeague level teams — have shied away from signing NBA players Maccabi Tel Aviv has been the exception. They already signed Jordan Farmar and now Omri Casspi is reportedly set to return to the team. The Cavaliers forward played for the Israeli club before coming…

  16. This is not a shock: Rudy Fernandez reportedly signs in Spain

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez was trying to find a way back to Spain last summer, his agent and he getting fined thanks to public demands, but with a couple years left on his NBA deal there was no path. The lockout has provided him one. There have been rumors for a while now that Fernandez was looking…

  17. Stern says NBA will talk contraction after new CBA

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Nobody really believes that contraction will be part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement… heck, I’m far more concerned about when there will be a new CBA. Contraction is an issue that seems to be off the table. But don’t think contraction talk is dead completely. David Stern spoke with ESPN’s Bill Simmons on his…

  18. Rodman fans were out in force at Hall… that’s a little scary

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    Dennis Rodman entered the Hall of Fame like no other. It wasn’t just the speech (which was emotional and genuine), it was the sideshow that travels with Rodman. He didn’t just bring in a motley crew, he actually brought in Motley Crue. He arrived by helicopter, thanked Penny Marshal and basically said Phil Jackson was…

  19. Dennis Rodman gives emotional Hall of Fame speech

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are by their nature emotional. This year’s was no different. There were memorable moments, watching Tex Winter get up to the stage, Artis Gilmore finally being recognized, Theresa Edwards’ powerful speech. Dennis Rodman was Dennis Rodman — raw, emotional, wearing a sequin jacket with his number and saying Pistons and…

  20. Nike sends Stoudemire, Rondo, Griffin back to school

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Last summer, “The Educators” was a pretty cool little ad campaign for Nike. So, why not do a sequel? Nike has made “The Educators 2″ with Amar’e Stoudemire, Rajon Rondo and now Blake Griffin added to the mix. It seemed a fitting thing to watch on a Friday night during the summer… get you thinking…

  21. For Tex Winter, Krause and Jackson put aside feud

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    tex winter phil jackson

    UPDATE 8:02 pm: Tex Winter got his wish — just before the start of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony was about to start Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause shook hands, according to a tweet from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The two men there for Tex Winter sat three seats apart from each…

  22. Tyreke Evans wants to set up Kings practices during lockout

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Amar’e Stoudemire is doing it with the Knicks. Zach Randolph is doing it with the Grizzlies. Now Tyreke Evans may do it with the Kings — set up practices during the lockout. That’s what he told Cowbell Kingdom during a podcast. “I was thinking about that, calling some of the players up, trying to get…

  23. Kobe Bryant breaks off negotiations with Turkish squad

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is not going to Turkey. But other suitors still are seeking him out. Kobe and his agent Rob Pelinka met with representatives of Besiktas last week and the talks have broken off because the two sides could not reach a financial deal, reports Sportando.net. According to Obrad Fimic of Alti Sport who was…

  24. Video: The Nick and JaVale show

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    Nick Young was out getting some run in, and JaVale McGee joined him, a couple of Wizards preparing for the season we hope will come someday. Then a camera found them, and it became “The Nick and JaVale Show.” Complete with Young — the fashionable one — joking that the Wizards can win a title…

  25. Artest would make $2,500 a month to play in Great Britian

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Artest_Lakers

    It’s not about the money. If Ron Artest goes and plays for the Cheshire Jets — and he really want to — he would make less than most of you reading this. Basically everyone reading this who isn’t a student. And even some of them (especially the “students” playing football at Ohio State). Artest detailed…

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