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  1. If full NBA season is lost, Memphis could have to pay

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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    There are some NBA owners out there willing to scrap the entire upcoming NBA season because they would lose less money that way than they would paying players for a season. But losing a full season is not good for all the owners. You can add Memphis to that list. Not because it’s a profitable…

  2. Are the NBA owners a unified front, or will they soften?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    NBA commissioner Stern attends the second day of the Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley

    Right now, the NBA owners are taking the hard line and are not budging off it. NBA Commissioner David Stern has done a good job — via the hammer of massive fines — from keeping any owners from speaking out of turn about the lockout. He is the lone voice, the lone source for one…

  3. Ron Artest loves Celine Dion. Seriously. She made him cry.

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Celine Dion

    It’s hard for Ron Artest to surprise me any more. The man will soon officially be Metta World Peace, what more is going to catch me off guard? It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would go see Celine Dion in concert. Even Canadians. She has a big Vegas show, I go to Vegas…

  4. Bobcat’s Thomas says he’s working on his mental game

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    There’s really never been any question about Tyrus Thomas’ physical skills — he’s 6’9” and can leap out of the gym, he can rebound and finish at the rim. But even those close to him have been frustrated with his decision making, which we will kindly call inconsistent. Focus and Thomas are rarely used in…

  5. Gordon likely will not play for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Last week we told you that Luol Deng announced he would play for Great Britain this summer, that the nation’s basketball body was able to find insurance. They did — but not the level of insurance normally afforded players. And while that was good enough for Deng it is not enough for Detroit’s Ben Gordon,…

  6. NBA rookies taking out loans while lockout drags on

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Guys drafted in the first round of the last NBA Draft are stuck. They do not have an NBA contract yet — the draft is in June but no deals could be signed until July, and then it was too late — so they have no income. However, first rounders are guaranteed to get a…

  7. Video: Watch Kemba Walker go coast-to-coast

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Charlotte Bobcats draftee Kemba Walker was in New York City getting a little streetball run at Dyckson Park. And we have some video to pass along of him making a sweet coast-to-coast run. Ahh, the terrible defensive decisions, the guard not looking to pass, one guy out working everyone else around — this play makes…

  8. Yes they are sold, but the Hawks will not be on the move

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks are being sold to a Los Angeles guy, Alex Meruelo and his Meruelo Group. That has made some Hawks fans uneasy about the future of the Hawks in Atlanta — this is a guy whose life and business interests are in Los Angeles and other teams have already flirted with Anaheim. Plus,…

  9. Keith Closs talks about drinking away his NBA career

    Aug 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    In some ways, it’s wrong to say Keith Closs — a backup center with the Clippers from 1997 to 2000 and was a case study of unfulfilled promise — drank himself out of an NBA career. That’s because he says he was drinking in junior high, and high school, and college — all while playing…

  10. Video: Michael Beasley can’t guard Kevin Durant

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    We bring you one last bit from Dyckson Park in New York City Thursday night. That’s the place that brought you Michael Beasley being a fool and Kevin Durant being a little slow on the help defense rotation and paying the price. Here is Beasley trying to guard Durant (and Beasley gets no help defense).…

  11. Cuttino Mobley helping bring medical marijuana to Maine

    Aug 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Go ahead and make your “NBA player and pot” jokes, but when you read it you’ll see Cuttino Mobley looks like a pretty smart business man. In part because there’s a lot of money in medical marijuana — even if it’s supposed to just be non-profit collectives — and he is helping bring it to…

  12. The powerful true story of Manute Bol

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Manute Bol

    If you read one thing today, make it the story at the end of this link. It’s a story on Atavist that is the untold story of former NBA player Manute Bol. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop found it, and you can read an excerpt over at Sports Illustrated. You may remember Bol as an almost…

  13. To be clear, Wade has not gotten offer from China. Yet.

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Yesterday we told you or reports Dwyane Wade got a $2 million a month offer from one Chinese team. That report was denied by the Chinese team. Now it also has been shot down by Wade’s agent. Here’s the money paragraph from the Miami Herald. Wade and his agent, Henry Thomas, have said Wade will…

  14. Poll: Who wins, 1992 Dream Team or 2008 USA Olympic squad?

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Magic Johnson came out recently and said exactly what you would expect Magic to say — the original 1992 Dream team was better than the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team.” “When you think about the Olympics and the Dream Team, I have to throw it to you. Kobe [Bryant] and them won by 22 points. Ehh,…

  15. Matt Barnes isn’t backing down from whatever happened

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Did Matt Barnes punch an opposing player? Those are the reports that came out of some San Francisco pro-am action Thursday, although video proof has yet to show up (at least that I’ve seen). This is the same place where Barnes slapped a coach last season, so maybe. Whatever happens, Barnes is owning it. ESPN.com…

  16. Video: Kevin Durant gets dunked on in New York City

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

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

    Everyone, we’d like you to meet Geoff Mcdermott. East Coasters may remember him playing for the Providence Friars, you will now remember him as the guy who dunked on Kevin Durant at Dyckman Park Thursday night. To be fair, KD rotated over late and there wasn’t much he could do. The fact he rotated over at…

  17. Today’s NBA to Europe roundup: Turkoglu to Turkey?

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    There are so many NBA players talking to and signing with overseas teams it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we give you easy-to-follow bullet points — because we care about you. • When EuroBasket ends (mid-September) if the lockout still looks like it does now Hedo Turkoglu may sign to play in…

  18. Curry spending summer getting married, rehabbing ankle

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

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    We didn’t send a gift — we were going to go with the indoor composter — but congratulations to Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who married longtime girlfriend Ayesha Alexander. We knew about this because Stiletto Jill had the engagement pictures up, then The Basketball Jones noticed that one of those is going to fuel some…

  19. Stevie Wonder came up with “Chocolate Thunder” nickname

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Darryl Dawkins is Chocolate Thunder. There may never have been a better, more fitting nickname in the NBA. You know why there are breakaway, flexing rims in the NBA? Chocolate Thunder. Watch the video. But where did that nickname come from? How about blind music legend Stevie Wonder? That is what Dawkins told Dime Magazine…

  20. Players union will file to dismiss NBA lawsuit

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    And so the legal wrangling begins… The National Basketball Players Association — what the rest of us call the players union — will file to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the NBA this week, reports Ken Berger at CBS Sports. The NBA’s lawsuit was a pre-emptive strike against possible union decertification. A group of player…

  21. Report: Lakers Barnes hits opposing player during game

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Move over Michael Beasley, you’ve got company. There are multiple reports that in a San Francisco pro-am game Thursday night Matt Barnes hit an opposing player during the contest. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted about it, there were other mentions on twitter and Black Sports Online told us they heard the same thing from…

  22. Fan shoved by Beasley calls him a “bad sportsman”

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley remains a class act. The 6’10” forward pushed a fan in the face at Dyckman Park in New York City Thursday night, during a game between Beasley’s team and a Kevin Durant team (Team Nike, actually, and the shoe giant marking folk were there filming). The New York Daily News writers were there,…

  23. Report: Besiktas officials met with Kobe’s agent, to do so again

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Officials from the Turkish team Besiktas finally did meet with Kobe Bryant’s agent Thursday, but Bryant himself wasn’t there. The two sides are supposed to meet again Friday. That’s the word via twitter from Turkish journalist Ismail Senol (the Turkish side of these talks continues to be the leaky one). According to club sources, Besiktas-Pelinka…

  24. League sources now deny Stern’s massive salary

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    Do you really care how much money David Stern makes? Does anyone watch or not watch a sport based on how much money a commissioner makes? The public relations battle about David Stern’s salary is all about perception. It’s about the battle for the hearts and minds of the public during an increasingly testy lockout.…

  25. Michael Beasley pushes fan in face at exhibition game

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

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    Big time organized streetball games are rowdy. Loud and raw. The crowd is into it, and not in the polite, golf-clap way a lot of NBA games can be when the rich folks are close to the court. This is real. And there will be hecklers. Just ask Kevin Durant. One of those hecklers was…

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