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  1. Yao Ming says to put his Hall of Fame nod on hold

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Eventually, Yao Ming will be welcomed into the basketball Hall of Fame. If you just rolled your eyes, remember this is not just an NBA Hall of Fame. (We need one of those, but that is a separate issue.) What Yao did to bridge the NBA with China and help the sport grow in the…

  2. Chad Ochocinco inspired Ron Artest’s name change

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    Does this surprise to you at all? Ron Artest was talking about his name change to Metta World Peace with with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio (as reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles) and he asked what we’ve all been wondering: What exactly motivated this move? Turns out, we can blame Chad Ochocinco. Just…

  3. NBA owners, players may be talking but don’t think a deal is near

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Billy Hunter

    There are signs of optimism out of the owners and players meeting Wednesday — they are going to stop trying to win the public relations battle through the media and they are keeping future meetings under wraps. The two sides said little else after a six-hour meeting in New York. Good. I’m all for transparency…

  4. Apparently Michael Beasley’s wrist is not broken after all

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:21 AM EST

    Michael Beasley

    In the future, we should note even the most reliable reports out of China need to be taken with grains of salt. One of those reports was that Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley likely fractured a wrist while in a tournament in China. Turns out there is no fracture, tweeted ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Report on Michael…

  5. Report: Parker denies he’ll play for French team he co-owns

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    UPDATE 8:58 am: Well, that didn’t take long. Not long after the report (seen below) that Tony Parker would play for the French team he co-owns was leaked Parker  himself shot that report down, via BasketEurope and Hoopshype: “This is not true, I did not sign anything. Nothing is done. I did not commit to…

  6. Paul Pierce says he did not have an asthma attack in China

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:49 AM EST

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

    We brought you the report out of China Wednesday that both Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley suffered an asthma attack during a recent tournament where they had to play in a smoke-filled arena. And by smoke filled we mean cigarette, as in the fans are all smoking in the arena. But Paul Pierce says that…

  7. EuroBasket Day One Roundup: That Pau Gasol is good

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

    Pau Gasol of Spain vies for the ball wit

    Over in Lithuania there is actual basketball being played by elite players. Sure, it’s not as purely entertaining as Goodman vs. Melo, but this has something that does not — real drama. That’s because there are real things on the line — national pride and a berth in the Olympics to the top two finishers.…

  8. Video: Dwight Howard dunks on a giraffe in Japan

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Yes, you read that headline right. Dwight Howard is in Japan to sell a lot of adidas to promote the game of basketball around the globe. He’s am ambassador like that. This video is of Howard, in Japan, dunking on what looks to be an 11-12 foot rim suspended from a stuffed giraffe’s neck. Not…

  9. Today’s overseas roundup: Nick Young talking to China

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and they are addictive to us like bon-bons to an old housewife. • How does Nick Young feel about smoking in arenas? It’s…

  10. They allow smoking in Chinese arenas? Bad idea.

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    September 1, 1:51 am: Paul Pierce went to twitter today to deny the report of him having an asthma attack. Pierce says he does not even have asthma. It’s unclear about Beasley — well, he did fracture his wrist, but we don’t know about the asthma attack — so take that with a grain or…

  11. Andre Iguodala and Doug Collins are all good. Seriously.

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Why do you think Andre Iguodala and Doug Collins don’t get along? Because Iggy sounded like a guy who wanted out after the season? Because he’s been on the trade block? General body language? You are way off base. That’s what Iguodala himself is saying. He spoke with Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer and…

  12. ‘Melo trying to plan Knicks workouts in October

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    Goodman League All-Stars v The Melo League

    Sure doesn’t look like we will have basketball come October (the first preseason game is scheduled for Oct. 9, and it’s about as likely to happen as my date with Mila Kunis that night. But the Knicks might still be working out together in October. While in Baltimore to help his Melo League squad beat…

  13. Pau Gasol doesn’t feel he needs redemption after playoffs

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Spain's Pau Gasol dribbles against Lithuania's Darius Songaila during their men's international friendly basketball game in the new arena in Kaunas

    Pau Gasol looked like the most polished big man on the planet Wednesday in Lithuania, dropping 29 points on Poland on just 12 shots, plus grabbing seven rebounds. Which is a far cry from how he season ended for the Lakers and Gasol, when they were unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas…

  14. Do owner, player negotiations finally get serious Wednesday?

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Wednesday in Manhattan, NBA commissioner David Stern and players’ union director Billy Hunter are going to sit down in a room across the table from each other and talk new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. They have done that a few times in various settings, exchanging a few proposals, for two years now. With absolutely no…

  15. EuroBasket underway, continent’s Olympic qualifying event

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    Spain's basketball players Navarro, Gasol, Calderon and Rubio attend the presentation of their team for the Eurobasket at Madrid's Arena

    In less than a year, the Olympic basketball tournament will be taking place on European soil. Even if there are times the rest of Europe doesn’t really want to claim England. Starting Wednesday, the Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe got underway – also known as EuroBasket, or the European Championships. In that part of the…

  16. Video: More Melo vs. Goodman league highlights

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    They put on a real show in Baltimore Tuesday night. Kevin Durant one-on-one with LeBron James. Carmelo Anthony looking healthy. Eric Bledsoe flying through the air. Josh Selby showing us he can flat out sky. It was so much that the one video highlight package we brought you wasn’t enough. So here is another via…

  17. Carmelo Anthony’s elbow looks, feels good. Finally.

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    Goodman League All-Stars v The Melo League

    Carmelo Anthony played through an inflamed elbow — officially chronic bursitis — during the end of last season and through the playoffs. It showed as ‘Melo shot just 37.5 percent in the Knicks one playoff series, well off the 46.4 percent he shot for the Nuggets the previous playoff run. That elbow kept him from…

  18. Gilbert Arenas shuts down is AgentZero twitter feed

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Most NBA players twitter accounts — and there are hundreds now — are just plain dull. Details of where they are working out, where they are playing, some inside jokes of friends and retweets of people who ask for it because it’s their birthday. Not Gilbert Arenas’ agentzeroshow twitter feed. It was entertaining, funny, controversial,…

  19. Clipper Darrell planning sleep-in protest lockout at Staples

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    clipper darrell

    Clipper Darrell is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. He’s going to sleep. On his twitter account a few weeks ago, Clipper Darrell said he plans to sleep outside the Staples Center in protest of the lockout until somebody gives in. Who is Clipper Darrell you ask? An institution at…

  20. Goodman vs. Melo video highlights

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:27 AM EST

    LeBron James

    Damn, Eric Bledsoe. That’s just one of the things you’ll be saying after you see the highlight packages just starting to come out of the Goodman vs. Melo league showdown in Baltimore Tuesday night. There’s also some impressive LeBron James plays, and it turns out that Kevin Durant guy can ball a little (59 points…

  21. Report: Crittenton shooting may have been revenge for robbery

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:09 PM EST

    Crittenton

    Javaris Crittenton is in custody for allegedly shooting and killing Julian Jones, a mother of four, at a drive-by in front of her Atlanta house. Crittenton claims innocence, saying he was not in the car. The question has been why would he do it? Atlanta police had always said the target was some men with…

  22. Durant, LeBron put on show at Goodman vs. Melo League game

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:19 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Kevin Durant matched up on LeBron James. One-on-one. All night long. That was the show at the Goodman vs. Melo league showdown in Baltimore Tuesday night. Actually, that was just part of the show, which is why it was a special night. The result was 59 points for Durant. The result was LeBron — who…

  23. Report: Adelman leaves Minnesota with no offer, no promise

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    That’s two meetings with front office of Minnesota — the second one including owner Glen Taylor — and Rick Adelman still does not have an offer to be the head coach of the Timberwolves. Leaving without an offer is not that big a deal, the question is will one be coming? Ric Bucher at ESPN.com…

  24. EuroLeague Elite teams coming to NBA Jam

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    NBA_JamWiiCover

    We’ve been doing a lot of video game posts lately, you can blame David Stern and Billy Hunter for that. Still, this was too good a video not to pass along. NBA Jam returned last year and we were pumped. Now the On Fire edition will have some of the best of the EuroLeague for…

  25. Odds on Ron Artest winning “Dancing?” How about 10-1.

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    BACK ROW: RON ARTEST, DAVID ARQUETTE, J.R. MARTINEZ, ROB KARDASHIAN, CHAZ BONO;  FRONT ROW: RICKI LAKE, KRISTIN CAVALLARI, CHYNNA PHILLIPS, NANCY GRACE, HOPE SOLO, ELISABETTA CANALIS

    That didn’t take long, but then gamblers are not a patient lot. They want their odds quickly. The odds are already up at bodog.com if you want to bet on the winner of Dancing with the Stars. And if for some reason you think Ron Artest is a good bet – despite he himself saying…

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