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  1. Kevin Johnson still busting it to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    sacramento arena

    While the NBA labor strife seems to suck the life out of all thins NBA, Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying hard to keep the NBA alive in Sacramento. By next March the city needs to have taken big steps toward building a new arena in Sacramento or the Kings are Anaheim bound. The biggest stumbling…

  2. Owners, players talking Wednesday, Thursday, maybe Friday

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    David Stern Press Conference

    All optimism on the NBA labor talks front starts with this — at least they are talking. We told you last week that the two sides apparently were set to meet on Wednesday and try to move toward an agreement, something that ESPN’s Chris Broussard confirmed. But he added more details, suggesting the pace of…

  3. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire with a cameo on Entourage

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    There was a time when Entourage was appointment television for me. Now, I’m waiting until the last season hits DVD. That said, I’ll watch. I like the characters, I like the glimpse into the life. And I like the cameos — like Amar’e Stoudemire on Sunday’s episode. Here’s the clip, where Turtle is trying to…

  4. What the Lakers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Welcome to the first installment of a fun lockout series here at PBT… okay, there nothing is fun about the lockout. It blows. But whenever it ends teams are going to have to scramble to fill holes and make moves. What follows is a discussion of what the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to…

  5. Pau Gasol optimistic about Mike Brown, there being a season

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol is the key to Spain’s chance of winning the European championship and one of the two 2012 Olympics bids they are handing out at the event — with him they are undefeated, without him (out with an ankle injury) they fell to Turkey. Normally, EuroBasket would end and Gasol would fly straight to…

  6. Video: Highlights from Luda Day game — give us Bieber

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    It was Luda Day weekend in Atlanta last weekend, where rapper Ludacris both throws some big parties and gives back to the community in Atlanta (such as taking 1,000 youth to see an Atlanta Braves game. The highlight of the weekend is the charity basketball game, which featured Kevin Durant (of course it did, he’s…

  7. Kevin Durant has one serious back tattoo, loves Maryland

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

    Durant tattoos

    Ah Maryland, the beautiful state on the Eastern seaboard. Member of the original 13 colonies. The state that gave us Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr. The state that is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. Maryland, where the official state song — Maryland my Maryland — refers to Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant” and…

  8. Are owners, players closer than we think to a deal?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The conventional wisdom — based on the words out of the mouths of David Stern, Billy Hunter and basically everyone who has been in on one of the NBA labor negotiations — is that the two sides are nowhere near a deal. They are finally getting serious about the negotiations, but the sides remain far…

  9. Injuries racking up in international ball, including Pau Gasol

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    This isn’t a fun, safe little bit of run in the gym. EuroBasket, FIBA Americas and other tournaments going on right now with NBA players are real competition. But there are risks with competition, especially serious competition where there is a something at stake. Like national pride and Olympic berths. People get hurt. We have…

  10. EuroBasket recap: On to the second round with the group of death

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Tony Parker of France reacts during a 20

    After a dozen games on Monday, half of the teams that came to Lithuania for EuroBasket — an Olympics qualifying tournament — have been sent home. Now things get serious, as virtually all of the top teams are in one supergroup — a true group of death that will mean some very good teams will…

  11. Video: Watch Renaldo Balkman headbutt Greivis Vasquez

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

    Renaldo Balkman (L) of Puerto Rico fight

    Monday’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico at the FIBA America’s Tournament carried a lot of weight – Puerto Rico is fighting for one of the two 2012 Olympics berths from the event, Venezuela is battling with Canada and Uruguay to get fifth place and the invite to the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament next year. Which…

  12. If you want to win in the NBA, forget point guards. Go big.

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    During the summer, we get a buzz watching John Wall say he is back and slash through guys at the Goodman league. Or watching Brandon Jennings cut it up at the Drew League. We relate to the normal sized guy who can find a way to get it done in the NBA. We love Derrick…

  13. Nate Robinson not headed to the NFL, Europe maybe

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Nate Robinson liked to do a little flirting with the NFL. Which was cute, but he is due $4 million next season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and if you think playing some hoops in Europe puts that at risk imagine what getting trying to tackle Chris Johnson will do. So, the…

  14. Today’s overseas roundup: Corey Maggette close to Greek trip

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Corey Maggette

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in an occasional roundup. We bring you the Labor Day edition, because nothing says Labor Day like barbeque and bullet points. • Corey Maggette has been flirting with Greek team PAOK for a while, but things are…

  15. NBA advertisers looking for other places to spend $1 billion

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    With it looking more and more like NBA games are going to be lost, the advertisers that normally fill in the commercials during NBA broadcasts are starting to look around for other places to spend their money. The concern is that once the league comes back, all those advertising dollars will not. The NBA lockout…

  16. Picture you should see: Ron Artest preparing for “Dancing”

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    ronartestballet

    We bring this picture to you of Ron Artest — soon to be Metta World Peace, but we’re not there yet — preparing for his stint on Dancing With The Stars. It’s via The Lakers Nation twitter account. We bring it to you without comment because: 1) I of the white man’s overbite dancing style…

  17. Goodman League vs. Indy Pro-Am game on for Sept. 24

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    The Goodman League will take on all comers. Well, except the Drew League again. But all other comers. Just days after agreeing to a game against the Rucker Park league, the Goodman League has agreed to a deal to take on the Indianapolis Pro-Am, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Palmer. Indy is supposed…

  18. Video: Watch Justin Bieber cross Steve Nash

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber and Steve Nash — two guys with cult-like followings that think their hero can do no wrong. Two guys with great hair. Two guys matched up on the basketball court, where Bieber — he of the All-Star Weekend celebrity game — crosses Nash and gets to the hole. Bur really, the best part…

  19. Final eight teams set in FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EST

    Argentina's Ginobili goes to the basket under pressure from Panama's Pomare, Lloreda and Warren during the FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Mar del Plata

    We are through the group stage of the FIBA Americas tournament. Long live the Group Stage, part two. After the first round of games in Argentina, two teams have been eliminated — Cuba and Paraguay. So we are down to eight and the second round of group play — because who doesn’t love more group…

  20. EuroBasket Day 5: Yup, Spain is the team to beat

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:10 AM EST

    Pau Gasol EuroBasket

    Welcome to our daily update. Things are starting to really shake out in the group play of EuroBasket, and with that we are really starting to see who the contenders for the Olympic berths are. What we are saying is, we would like you to meet Spain, Russia and Serbia. Spain 91, Lithuania 79: Spain…

  21. Miami to make a run at Nene in free agency… yes, it’s a longshot

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:45 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Nene has been very clear that as the most coveted free agent in this upcoming class — whenever we get into a condensed, hurried free agency period post lockout — money is not going to be his deciding factor. He wants to win. It’s not about the money. I’m sure he means it. That said,…

  22. EuroBasket Day 4 Roundup: Greece was not the word

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:09 AM EST

    Greece Macedonia

    We have our first real upset of EuroBasket, just as things are starting to get interesting (Lithuania vs. Spain and Germany vs. Serbia Sunday, for example). Macedonia 72, Greece 58: This is a pretty big upset — Macedonia had never won a EuroBasket game before this tournament, while in recent years Greece has been one…

  23. There will be no Drew League vs. Goodman League rematch

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    It was the game that started the buzz — West Coast vs. East Coast, Los Angeles vs. Washington D.C., Goodman League vs. Drew League. It was the game that set the stage for Goodman vs. Melo and soon Goodman vs. Rucker. The Drew League wanted a rematch — Drew lost by 1 point, there was…

  24. EuroBasket Day 3 recap: This is why you leave Nowitzki in

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:10 AM EST

    Tony Parker

    On Day three of EuroBasket we saw a contest of teams thinking Olympic bids with Germany and France, and we saw why Spain runs its offense through the Gasol brothers. There were only six games played on Friday. France 76, Germany 65: Let’s give France their due — they are 3-0 and the questions about…

  25. Spurs’ Blair makes it official, he will play in Russia

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

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    No real shock here, we told you this was coming, but Spurs big man DeJuan Blair has made it official. Blair has signed to play next season with Krasnye Krylya in Russia, reports  Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The deal has an opt-out to return to the NBA once (or if) the lockout ends. There’s an…

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