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  1. NBA to announce postponement of camps, preseason Friday

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Tomorrow could be black Friday for the NBA. After a lengthy but apparently fruitless negotiating session on Thursday the NBA is set to announce the postponement of training camps and cancellation of the first two weeks of preseason games on Friday. According to a Yahoo report there is going to be a conference call with owners…

  2. Thursday labor talks end with little progress. Again.

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    It’s starting to feel a little like “Groundhog Day” around here. No matter what we expect, we keep ending up back in the same place. Again the NBA and its players union met on Thursday, again for more than five hours, and again the meeting ended with little talk of progress. There are no new…

  3. Marcus Camby arrested with small amount of marijuana

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    If you want, turn the comments into a debate about whether or not this should even be illegal. It’s a valid debate (and I’d fall on the side of saying it shouldn’t be, except the part where he is operating a car), but it’s moot here. The fact is it is illegal right now. Trail…

  4. Derrick Favors trying to put on some bulk this summer

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

    Image (1) Favors_rookie-thumb-250x250-18463.jpg for post 4183

    Watching Derrick Favors last season was watching a guy who has a high ceiling in the NBA, but wondering if he would ever reach it. He’s got the size and speed to be special, but he needed to get stronger and he needed to develop a midrange shot he can trust, upgrade his passing skills…

  5. NBA players don’t realize what awaits them in China

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    marbury_china

    Hey, locked out NBA players. How would you feel about playing in a league where the players have no power, practices go on for five or six hours on off days, there are bus rides that would make a minor league baseball player wince, and forget about post-game food spreads, or even a good college…

  6. Jason Terry wants to make sure Mavs bring Stevenson back

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The conventional wisdom has been that when looking at which of the Dallas Mavericks six free agents the team bring back for next season, Tyson Chandler is on the top of the list (as he should be). DeShawn Stevenson was near the bottom. But that’s not the way Jason Terry sees it. Terry, Dallas’ spark…

  7. Impact series Day 7: Check out the hops on Iman Shumpert

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Iman Shumpert

    Knicks fans are going to love Iman Shumpert. If you want to know why, just watch the video below — those are some serious hops. He’s looked like a stud at the Impact Competitive Training Series (the  “lockout league”) in Vegas. That, however, is a long way from fitting in and playing well in NBA…

  8. Rashard Lewis has a lot to lose but is willing to sacrifice

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 3

    Rashard Lewis is the guy who gets pointed at when people start talking about the lockout and the bad contracts out there — next season the Wizards stretch four will be the second highest paid player in the NBA (behind Kobe Bryant). Of course, like he said, what did you expect him to do, say…

  9. Report: NBA agents will try to kill deal not to their liking

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    You know what will really drag this lockout out and risk a full NBA season? Two things, one being owners fighting amongst themselves and not agreeing to a deal because of it, something we may already have seen some of (although it was denied later). The other is players fighting amongst themselves and against the…

  10. Report: Kobe, agent to talk with Italian team about new offer

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Kobe Bryant still has an offer on the table from Italian squad Virtus Bologna — one modified from the original offer to allow for a range of options — and he and his agent will have a conference call with the team to discuss it, according to various reports out of Europe. That is all…

  11. Allen Iverson will not play in Melo vs. Philly Sunday

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    Allen Iverson

    UPDATE 10:17 am: Allen Iverson’s longtime friend and manager shot down the idea that Iverson will play in the game, according to CSNPhilly.com: Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime friend and manager, confirmed that the now 36-year-old Answer will not participate. Which is a little sad, these free-flowing exhibitions are a good fit for Iverson’s game, and…

  12. Bismack Biyombo swears he will be at Bobcats camp

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Bismack Biyombo

    Here is all we know: Bismack Biyombo has amazing athleticism and he is raw like sushi. That always leads guys to be draft night favorites of fans, guys that those same fans will not be so fond of in three years. Oh, and we know he has buyout issues with Fuenlabrada, the Spanish team where he…

  13. Report: Owners plan amnesty clauses in new CBA

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    padlockap

    Back in 2005, when the last NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement was put in place — teams could waive one player and not have to pay the luxury tax on that player’s salary. (The player still got the money on his contract and the teams did not get salary cap relief.) Everyone called it the Allen…

  14. Leadership of NBA owners, players union to meet Thursday

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:29 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The good news is the owners and players are back in the same room talking again. On Thursday that will include the leadership of both sides — Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver for the owners, union president Derek Fisher and union Director Billy Hunter. Some attorneys and economists from both sides will…

  15. Check out Ty Lawson’s car while in Europe. Nice signature.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:32 PM EST

    Ty Lawson's car

    Ty Lawson is one of five Nuggets players heading overseas to play while the lockout drags on — three of which may not be coming back if there is a season. But that’s another issue. One of the perks of playing in Europe is… well, the perks. The team provides housing, a car, covers the…

  16. How would full lost season impact LeBron’s record chase?

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    You legions of LeBron James haters don’t want to hear this, but it’s true — he is on pace to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and become the NBA’s all time leading scorer. He’s on pace to find a place in the record books in a number of other areas, too, such as being up the list…

  17. Report: Pistons Austin Daye reaches deal to play in Russia

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    Daye_dunk

    As staff from the players union and NBA league offices meet hoping to lay down a few stones on the road to a labor deal Wednesday, more and more players are getting serious about overseas options. That includes the Pistons’ Austin Daye, who has signed a deal to play in Russia, according to a report…

  18. Michael Jordan’s golf bag is a reminder he is Michael Jordan

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Jordan golf

    In case you ever ran into him out on the golf course and said “is that really Michael Jordan?” go check his golf bag in the back of the cart. (Although really, do you need to do that to confirm it is the most recognizable athlete on the planet? What’s wrong with you?) The bag…

  19. Delonte West explains the night of his arrest

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Delonte West

    We’ve heard all sorts of stories about how DeLonte West was arrested driving a three-wheel Can-Am Spyder with multiple weapons in the trunk. We heard how the league suspended him 10 games. How he had to serve out probation. How he had to have treatment for his bipolar disorder. Through it all a caricature of…

  20. LeBron joins crowd, pokes fun at himself in McDonald’s ad

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    LeBron James

    From our “if you can’t beat them, join them” files…. It’s been open season on LeBron James for a few things in the past year — his hairline, The Decision, and the rather foolish statement about the Heat winning “not, four, not five, not six” championships. Many took all this together as a sign of…

  21. Video: Highlights from day 6 of Impact Vegas “lockout league”

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    We already showed you that Rudy Gay looked plenty healthy Tuesday at the Impact Competitive Training Series (the “lockout league”) in Las Vegas. But there was other stuff worth seeing. For example, not only does Chauncey Billup’s knee look good, so does his jumper. And John Wall has serious handles (but you probably knew that).…

  22. Kenyon Martin to become third Nugget to play in China

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin is about to join J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler as key Denver Nuggets free agents that have decided to play a season in China rather than see how the lockout plays out. And that leaves the Nuggets screwed for next season. Martin’s agent Andy Miller confirmed to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post…

  23. Shaq points to Joe Johnson to explain owners’ mistakes

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Shaquille O’Neal pulled out the bad contract = lockout card again, but rather than going with the classics — Eddy Curry or Rashard Lewis — he went with the new and threw Atlanta’s Joe Johnson under the bus. Which is both right and wrong at the same time. But we’ll get to that farther down…

  24. Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact…

  25. Chauncey Billups says his knee is good to go… are the Knicks?

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Chauncey Billups is 35 years old and wasn’t really the guy anyone pictured leading a high-octane offense when he was 25. But there he will be whenever next season starts, as the point guard for Mike D’Antoni’s New York Knicks. That was hampered last season by a strained left knee that made it harder and…

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