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  1. Kenyon Martin fires agent, puts house on market. He may be gone, Denver.

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kenyon Martin is going to be one of the more sought after free agents in the mad scramble that will be post-lockout free agency (did you see how things went in the condensed NFL free agency?). He looks like a guy clearing the way for one more big kick at the can, and likely moving…

  2. Marcin Gortat to skip EuroBasket due to lack of insurance

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat has three years, $21.7 million left on his current NBA deal. While in NBA terms that seems a pretty good deal for the Suns, it’s also enough money to set Gortat and his family up for life. Gortat and the Polish basketball federation have not been able to find affordable insurance for that…

  3. Boozer will “definitely” play overseas if lockout drags on

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Add Carlos Boozer — the inside to the Chicago Bulls outside in Derrick Rose — to the list of guys who say they are serious about going overseas during an NBA lockout. Boozer gave ESPN’s Ric Bucher an interesting reason to go — he was on the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing and the travel…

  4. Former Olympian, ABA player Mike Barrett dies

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Mike Barrett, a member of the legendary 1968 U.S. Olympic team that won gold in Mexico City has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. Barrett was considered undersized even at the time, standing just 6’2”, but he impressed everyone he played against. He played his college ball at West Virginia…

  5. Update: Casspi pulls muscle during practice, may miss Eurobasket

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    UPDATE 7:12 pm: This was a knee injury, not a pulled muscle as first described, and because of that Israel’s Omri Casspi may miss EuroBasket. Which pretty much dooms the country’s already long-shot chances. He says it will take six weeks to heal, but EuroBasket starts at the end of August. It didn’t sound like…

  6. Report: Houston to host 2013 NBA All-Star Game

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    The 2012 All-Star Game will be at the brand new Amway Center in Orlando. Well, if there is a 2012 All-Star Game (remember last lockout the All-Star Game was a casualty to the owners and players greed). There will be one by 2013, and it looks like we may be going back deep into the…

  7. Mullin says Jordan toughest defender, Richmond best teammate

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin HOF

    Chris Mullin is headed into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday, maybe the most legendary of Warrior players to enter the Hall (you can argue Rick Barry if you want). Fittingly Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com has done a series of interesting interviews with Mullin talking about his career. Wednesday’s installment: Who was the…

  8. Don’t expect any more Knicks front office shakeups

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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    After letting Donnie Walsh go — because all he did is return the team to the playoffs while slashing the payroll in half, why would you want to keep him around? — the question became who was on dock? What would owner James Dolan do next to screw up the stability of the franchise? Turns…

  9. Which shoe is uglier: Wall’s new Zig or LeBron 8 in denim?

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    I’m no shoe expert — heck, I once ran a blog sponsored by PONY and still have some in my closet — but, to borrow a phrase from the art world, I know what I like. And I don’t like these. Below are two shots of new shoes. The first is John Wall’s new Reebok…

  10. NBA owners want parity not for you but for their pocketbooks

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    When was the NBA at its peak of popularity? When one dynamic star — Michael Jordan — dominated the game and his team was a dynasty for the better part of a decade. Based on that — and what we saw with Bird and Magic, and what we saw last year with the Heat —…

  11. Granger wants Indiana to go after a power forward

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Indiana was back in the playoffs last season after a four-year absence. They have a young core with Danny Granger, Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison. And they have a lot of money to spend. We may not know what the league’s post-lockout salary structure will look like, but we do know the Pacers…

  12. Another day, another guy embarrassed by Brandon Jennings

    Aug 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Yesterday we brought you the video of Bucks star Brandon Jennings passing off a guy’s head to himself. Today, different guy, but he gets the dribble between your defender’s legs move from Jennings. Two killer moves. Apparently that internship is really paying off. One little note on this move — you’ve got to finish or…

  13. Lockout could cost video game maker $40 million

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    The NBA has so much momentum that is about to be pissed away because the owners and players can’t decide how to split up the fans’ money. That will create a lot of disgusted fans. With that will come a lot of collateral damage — scouts, team office workers, pub owners near arenas, and many…

  14. Guy Matt Barnes punched doesn’t like him very much

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    We told you how Lakers swingman Matt Barnes lost it and punched an opponent at a San Francisco pro-am game, refused to back down from the action and got suspended a game for it. Now, we get the words of the guy on the wrong end of the swing. First things first, Dillon Sabia says…

  15. Greivis Vasquez says Marc Gasol will be best center in NBA

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Marc Gasol was a much-derided throw-in as part of the trade that sent Pau Gasol to the Lakers. He hadn’t set foot in the NBA and those who saw him in Spain thought he would make a solid NBA player, but nothing special Now, he’s one of the league’s better big men, a much-coveted restricted…

  16. Suns lottery pick Morris in talks with Greek team

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Morris stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Suns as the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There are a few reasons to wonder if he will ever sign on the line that is dotted, but if nothing else this shows just how pervasive NBA players talking with overseas teams has become. Suns lottery pick Markieff Morris is in negotiations to join Panthianakos of the Greek league, according to Marc Spears at…

  17. Judge throws out wild kidnapping case tied to Shaq

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    When we told you about a wild kidnapping and beating case in Los Angeles that involved gang members, orders from Shaquille O’Neal, and an alleged sex tape involving the former NBA center,  we had doubts. Shaq denied everything and was never charged. We took that story with enough salt to make a nice prosciutto. The judge…

  18. Video: Paul Pierce is looking for some super kids

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Paul Pierce has a sense of humor. As evidence, we bring you this video, which is cheesy enough to have been made in Wisconsin, but it works. Pierce put the video together with Sports Illustrated for Kids to help with their awards program. We couldn’t help but pass it along. Hat tip to my man…

  19. Ron Artest does not have a deal with English team. Yet.

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    After Ron Artest tweeted to the world the picture of his name on a Cheshire Jets jersey and a whole lot of “Jets are the Best” a number of outlets reported that Artest had signed to play with the English team. Except, he hasn’t signed. Not yet. He tweeted this on Tuesday night. “First I…

  20. Video: Artis Gilmore, underrated all the way to the hall

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

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    It seems fitting that Artis Gilmore was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame by the ABA committee — this was a guy who should have been in the Hall years ago but ends up getting in through the back door. His whole career was kind of that way. He was overshadowed and overlooked. As…

  21. Report: Earl Clark signs to play in China next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Earl Clark, the fan-favorite backup center that bounced from Phoenix to Orlando last season, is bouncing all the way to China for next season. And not in the Dwyane Wade “I’m open to it” way — Clark is going. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted the news. Earl Clark has signed a one-year deal with a…

  22. Dwyane Wade says he will play “somewhere” next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Dwyane Wade, in the middle of the prime of his career, does not want to sit out for a full NBA season. In fact, he said he wouldn’t. With fears abounding the entire season might be wiped out Wade told the Associated Press he will not sit out a full season. “I’m going to play…

  23. NBA prospect arrested for allegedly beating girlfriend

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    NCAA Illinois Basketball

    You may not know who Jereme Richmond is, but now you will for the wrong reasons. He is one of those guys who just missed having his named called in the NBA Draft. The 6’7” swingman out of Illinois tried to go pro after his freshman year, but that season was inconsistent and scouts were…

  24. Video: Kevin Durant with the sweet reverse dunk

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant has been putting on a show this summer. Call it him having fun, call it a grass-roots marketing campaign, call it dedication to his craft, it doesn’t matter. What matters is it is working, he is creating a buzz. He decided to take the show to Baltimore and get in a little run…

  25. EuroLeague wants to keep best young players in Europe. Shocker.

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    In a stunning development, the head of the EuroLeague would like to find a way to keep that continent’s best players over there and out of the NBA for as long as possible. Shocking a league executive would be guided by blatant self-interest. That would never happen here in America. EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu spoke…

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