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  1. Video: Mozgov goes Blake Griffin on someone else

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of Timofey Mozgov and dunks, you tend to think of what Blake Griffin did to him last season. But Mozgov can dunk, too. Mozgov and Russia were playing Lithuania in a tuneup for EuroBasket when Mozgov ran the floor for the secondary break, got the pass in the paint and posterized some…

  2. Report: Greek team makes offer to Corey Maggette

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Greek teams were not expected to be big players in the “grab an NBA player during the lockout” game because, well, their country’s economy is so bad it’s sucking half of Europe into the seventh level of hell with it. But at least one team is making a run. According to TalkBasket.net (who got it…

  3. Video: Dwight Howard pokes fun at LeBron’s hairline

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Welcome to the lockout, when this will become a bigger story than it deserves. Dwight Howard was on BET’s “106th and Park” and was just doing some of his impersonations (he’s not bad at it). And when it got time to do Charles Barkley, Howard took another shot at LeBron’s hairline. This is nothing new,…

  4. What has Nate Robinson been up to? Watch “State of Nate”

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    I know you have been sitting around wondering what Nate Robinson has been doing during the NBA lockout. Well, other than dreaming about life in the NFL. Now you can find out — episode one of “State of Nate” is out. This video is part of a web series following the Oklahoma City guard —…

  5. Quote of the day: Kemp no fan of Madison Square Garden

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    shawn_kemp

    “If you’ve been to some of these other arenas like Madison Square Garden, the rats are bigger than the average point guard.” —Shawn Kemp, in a chat with fans on the site of the Seattle Times (hat tip to @mhaubs from The Painted Area — a blog you should be all over this summer as…

  6. Should the Warriors retire Run TMC together?

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin hall of fame

    Friday, Chris Mullin deservedly gets his place in basketball’s Hall of Fame. When you think of Chris Mullin what comes to mind? The flat-top haircut for sure. In New York it’s his years at St. John’s. Maybe it’s him draining threes on the 1992 Dream Team. For me, it’s Run TMC. Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond…

  7. How the Lakers ended up with Magic Johnson

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    We tend to think that the reason franchises like the Lakers (or Spurs or recently the Heat) keep getting the best players is simply good management. They are smarter than the other guy. But with that has to come some luck. With that we present this video from nbatradetracker.net (via Ball Don’t Lie). I have always…

  8. Delonte West will not be playing overseas, a judge said so

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Delonte West

    In some ways, Delonte West is the kind of NBA player who should be looking overseas during the lockout. He’s a free agent so he doesn’t need an opt-out clause if he doesn’t want it. And while West makes good money by your and my standards (he made $1 million last season) he is not…

  9. Artest: “I’m definitely going to play for the Jets”

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    All we are saying, is World Peace is going to give England a chance. Yesterday, his handers were trying to play down the idea of Ron Artest — soon to officially be Metta World Peace — playing for the Cheshire Jets in England next season. He’s just going there next week to get the lay…

  10. David Stern talks lockout, spews usual rhetoric

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern is at the basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. Last night he was shaking the hand of the Knicks Chauncey Billups, who is being recognized for his charity work. He was doing what a commissioner should do. But the cloud of the lockout looms over everything, including the Hall. When asked…

  11. Video: See just how good Arvydas Sabonis really was

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    sabonis-608

    For a lot of NBA fans, Arvydas Sabonis was that big Blazers center back in the late 80s-early ’90s, a big body with a nice, well-rounded game. But by the time he got here he was already past his peak, we didn’t see him back before an Achilles injury changed his career. Even after that he…

  12. Vlade Divac celebrates success of Basketball Without Borders

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Vlade+Divac

    Basketball can bring people together. Fathers and sons. Different races. Different religions. None of that matters on the court. A decade ago, Vlade Divac and the United Nations started using basketball to bring together youth divided by the war that tore apart the former Yugoslavia. Divac is now enjoying the success of the program, something…

  13. Stern says players cancelled Thursday meeting, Union denies

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:32 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    UPDATE 11:32 pm: As expected, the players union denies David Sterns claim. Here is the money graph from Yahoo Sports, quoting a union source: “The NBA refused to have a staff meeting [Thursday],” a union official said. “Billy Hunter has been with the [National Labor Relations Board] the entire week, including Thursday, and the NBPA…

  14. Shaq names the five NBA players he’d most want to fight

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq_fist-thumb-250x374-20454.jpg for post 4198

    Shaquille O’Neal, out of the NBA and into the studio, remains one of the most interesting personalities in the sport. Because he’s up for anything. Such as going on Inside MMA television and naming the five NBA players he’d most want to fight. Some interesting answers, and frankly I’d pay to see a Shaq vs.…

  15. Former NBA player, Fab Five member Jimmy King arrested

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    jimmy-king

    Jimmy King was on top of the world at one point, a member of Michigan’s Fab Five (not as famed as Chris Webber or Jalen Rose, but part of the group). He spent two seasons in the NBA (in Toronto and Denver) plus played overseas for a few years. Now, he’s been arrested. While running…

  16. Pacers Hibbert on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Yes!

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    parks-and-rec

    You should be watching Parks and Recreation Thursday nights. I say that not because my paychecks come out of 30 Rock — well not completely — I say that because it’s just damn funny. I say that because Ron Swanson is one of the best, most original characters on television right now. I say that…

  17. Ron Artest on a British soap opera? Sure, why not?

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Cheshire Jets are serious about getting Ron Artest — soon to be Metta World Peace — on their team. They’ve got the meetings set and the jerseys made. What they don’t have is money. Nobody in Europe pays NBA-level money but the Jets don’t have the money that a team in Turkey or China…

  18. Billy Hunter meets with Labor Relations Board. And we wait.

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    What we need is something that will start to put pressure on the owners and players to really sit down and negotiate in earnest. Something to move the needle. Right now it’s all just posturing — legal and public relations — and we have two sides digging in like it’s World War I. A ruling…

  19. Orlando, Dwight Howard wants you to know he loves you

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    We passed along the tweets from Dwight Howard last week that he was frustrated with Orlando fans, that he wants them to be louder during the regular season. It wasn’t a fair criticism. Orlando just build a brand new stadium for the Magic and the fans have sold out 100 plus games. Knocking them came…

  20. P.J. Carlesimo may surface as new Nets assistant coach

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Looks like Avery Johnson is brining in some real big-chair experience to the Nets bench. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted this: P.J. Carlesimo is a strong candidate to join Avery Johnson’s coaching staff in New Jersey, league sources tell Y! Sports. Carlesimo has six full seasons and a few partial ones as a head coach, plus…

  21. John Wall gets booed at pro-am game, drops 36

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    John Wall went to play in his old back yard Wednesday night, and the fans ripped him. Wall played in the North Carolina’s SJG Pro-Am in Durham (he grew up in nearby Raleigh) and got booed. A lot. I don’t get it. Wall seems a genuine, down to earth guy (in my limited dealings with…

  22. Should the NBA age limit go up? One more year? Two?

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Lebron-James_draft

    Interesting tweet Thursday from Mike Rice, the college basketball coach at Rutgers (via Pete Thamel of the New York Times): I keep hearing NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs to enter the draft. I am not mentioning this because I trust the coaches sources, but…

  23. Video: Dwight Howard playing point, coast-to-coast dunk

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wants more freedom for his game, like maybe playing a little point guard. That’s what he was doing at a pro-am game recently, and we bring you video of Howard taking the inbound pass and going coast-to-coast for the dunk. Stan Van Gundy will let Howard play some point as soon as he…

  24. Vince Carter donates $2.5 million to North Carolina hoops

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Vince Carter

    You can’t buy love, but you can buy a walkway. That’s sort of what Vince Carter did with a massive donation to North Carolina basketball. The walkway up to the Dean Dome will now be named after Carter, according to TarHeelBlue.com (via I am a GM). Former University of North Carolina All-America Vince Carter has…

  25. What active players are bound for basketball’s Hall of Fame?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Chris Mullin is in. So is Artis Gilmore. Arvydas Sabonis is in (more for his European career than what he did in the NBA after that). Dennis Rodman will join them (in spectacular fashion). Those are the NBA players entering the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday. All of them deserving. But what current…

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