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  1. Amar’e Stoudemire’s back still just “90 percent healthy”

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    UPDATE 3:19 pm: Amar’e Stoudemire himself said his back is getting better. Or at least it’s getting better at a faster pace than the NBA Labor talks are getting better. Basically, he’ll be ready to go Oct. 1 if the league is. From the New York Post. “I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said. “Been resting all…

  2. Talking Vegas Impact Series with Jared Dudley (and why you should watch)

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Jared Dudley

    The days right after Labor Day is when the great migration of NBA players usually takes place. Like geese heading south for the winter, they board planes and fly to the city where they will get paid to ball — weeks before training camp opens — to start working out and playing pickup with their…

  3. Video: Dwight Howard dancing with Mongolian children

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Howard of Orlando Magic gestures to fans at a promotional event during his China tour in Wuhan

    Welcome to the latest in the series of “videos we are running because of the lockout”… Dwight Howard is working is way through Asia as part of a tour to sell a lot of shoes promote the NBA and the game of basketball. And, Howard is a clown at heart. So, put him in a…

  4. Video: Watch Carmelo and Lala on Regis and Kelly

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

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    This is what the lockout has reduced us to — watching Carmelo Anthony and his wife promote their new reality show on another morning show I never watch. But some of you, care. The interview from Regis & Kelly is a reminder that while we think of players like Carmelo only as athletes they get…

  5. By the way, Deron Williams still is not in Turkey. Yet.

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams is by far the biggest name to sign overseas, and there were reports last week he was due to land in Turkey and start working out with his new team Besiktas. But not yet. Soon, but not yet. He may get there today, reports Hoopsworld. Deron Williams was supposed to arrive in Turkey…

  6. Players tentative, think labor talks finally getting serious

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    NBA players are thinking a lot like us. That talks during first few months of the NBA lockout were more theater than negotiations. That now things are changing. Suns swingman Jared Dudley is in Las Vegas right now getting in shape for the eventual season and he and other NBA players will be competing in…

  7. That’s cold: ‘Melo has two cell phones stolen at Melo league game

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    Goodman League All-Stars v The Melo League

    The Melo League bares the name of Carmelo Anthony — he helped pay for the youth center in Baltimore that among many things hosts the summer pro-am league of some renowned. The same league that just took on and beat the Goodman League in a showdown. Which makes this report a little cold hearted. ‘Melo…

  8. Report: NBA owners want to add third round to draft

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Well, this is one we didn’t see coming. And frankly it doesn’t make a ton of sense. But according to Chris Sheridan over at the new Sheridan Hoops (two days old and two great posts, well done sir), the NBA owners are requesting a third round to the NBA draft. SheridanHoops.com has learned that NBA…

  9. Video: “Inception” meets “The Decision” mashup

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    I thought I had seen every variation of pop culture and LeBron James‘ “Decision,” but I was wrong. Check out the mashup of The Decision and the science-fiction hit “Inception.” I could try to describe it, but it’s a lot like trying to describe that movie. Not easy, you just kind of need to see…

  10. Jordan Hamilton mistakenly thinks he can lead all rookies in scoring

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    Jordan Hamilton

    I love Jordan Hamilton’s confidence. Not sure he’s very familiar with the coach and situation he will find himself in once the lockout ends, but love that confidence. Don’t ever lose that. The first-round draft pick out of Texas finds himself in Denver and sounds as sure of himself as ever — particularly his ability…

  11. How basketball players are groomed in Spain vs. USA

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Right now, Spain is the second best basketball nation in the world. They are the defending silver medalists from the Beijing Olympics, they have the second best professional league in the world. They remain the favorites at EuroBasket heading into the second round. And they are producing some of the best players in the world…

  12. Video: Wade, ‘Melo, CP3 should not do any dancing shows

    Sep 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    Ron Artest may be Dancing with the Stars (for at least a week), but according to the latest evidence that is more than Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul should do. During a recent tour of China the three got pulled into a dance off, and the results were… well, score one for the…

  13. Union, NBA lawyers to meet with judge about league lawsuit

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Wednesday, while the head of the NBA players union — president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter — are negotiating with David Stern, the union’s lawyers will be talking to a judge. Remember last month the league filed a lawsuit against the union, essentially trying to block the union’s path to decertification. According to Ken…

  14. Zaza Pachulia out for month with leg injury

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Lithuania Basketball EuroBasket

    Behind Zaza Pachulia, the team from Georgia has made it into the second round of EuroBasket. The Hawks big man was giving his native country 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Notice we said was, that is because he is injured and will miss the rest of the tournament. He will miss a month,…

  15. Mo Evans will not be playing in Spain, at least not soon

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Mo Evans, one of the many vice presidents of the National Basketball Players Association (the players union), has been preaching the sermon about how NBA players can make money overseas. How the players have options. But in the end, Evans isn’t going anywhere. We have this tweet from Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. Mo Evans won’t…

  16. Tayshaun Prince was not meant to be a pitcher

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    TPrince_sad

    Tayshaun Prince is the kind of basketball player you want on your team — long lanky defender who can disrupt on the wing, can knock down shots and create his own looks. The man has an NBA ring and an Olympic gold medal for a reason. What he is not is a good pitcher. Prince…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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