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  1. Lots of questions for Suns post lockout, no easy answers

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    As PBT works our way through our “what should your team do during the lockout” series, some answers are pretty easy. Dallas needs to bring back Tyson Chandler and remember where they put that bottle with the lightning in it. Other teams are not so simple. Like the Phoenix Suns. They are not due up…

  2. Video: Check out the summer run at UCLA

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    ucla-center-court

    There are spots throughout the country where high-level off-season pickup games take place. Ones without the public presence of things like the Drew League or the Goodman League — just places where NBA guys show up because they know they can get a good run. UCLA is one of those. Has been for years. And…

  3. Report: J.R. Smith near deal to play season in China

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This has reality show written all over it. J.R. Smith — one of the best off-the-bench scorers in the NBA who brings with him some attitude and a distaste for authority — is close to signing a deal to play a full season in China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Under terms of the deal,…

  4. About the players not getting paychecks… they are about to

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    money

    One of the theories on why the owners were going to get the best of the players in this round of NBA labor negotiations was the old “millionaires vs. billionaires” premise. Basically, the owners have more money, the players make a lot of money but spend a lot of money. Once the players missed a…

  5. Video: LeBron James optimistic about season, Heat’s chances

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    NBA basketball player US LeBron James pl

    As LeBron James works his way through Asia on a Nike-sponsored tour (and if you don’t think it’s all about Nike, take a look at the setting in this video), he stopped to do a little Q&A with the fans. LeBron has been consistently optimistic that there would be a season, and he states that…

  6. NBA owners may be willing to sacrifice preseason

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Suns preseason

    When the threat of the NFL’s missing preseason games due to the lockout hit, it put real pressure on that league’s owners. The NFL plays its preseason games in the same stadiums it does its regular season (mostly) and if you buy NFL season tickets, you have pay full game price for those preseason games.…

  7. Mike Conley organizes Grizzlies workouts, looks like leader

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    Conley_memphis

    You want your point guard to be the guy who takes charge, to be the guy who organizes his teammates and keeps them on task. You want him to be the leader. Mike Conley seems to have taken that to heart in Memphis. There is a buzz about the Grizzlies after last year’s playoff run…

  8. Kobe’s twitter account comes. Then goes. But will be back.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Kobe Bryant was the talk of twitter Wednesday night. It’s not the first time, from hitting game winners to just being Kobe in post game conversations he’s been the buzz of twitter. But Wednesday it was because he joined twitter. For about three hours. Then the account was shut down after one tweet (“Can you…

  9. Gordon Hayward: professional video game player. Seriously.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Gordon Hayward could make a little extra money during the lockout playing in Europe. Or maybe as part of some exhibition tours through Asia. Or, as a professional video game player. That last one is actually happening. We bring you this from the Deseret News (via Eye on Basketball). The 21-year-old Utah Jazz player has…

  10. Are things looking up in labor negotiations or not?

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:30 AM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Nature abhors a vacuum. So do news agencies, blogs (including us) and apparently agents. So the fact that there has been no talk from the principles involved in a series of owner/player meetings —  a six-hour meeting last week, a more than five hour meeting Wednesday and another planned for Thursday — has led to…

  11. Lockout video: Bernard King was fun to watch

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:19 PM EST

    bernard-king-608

    While working the last couple of days, I’ve been watching the rain fall in Queens. Theoretically I was trying to watch the U.S. Open and not Brad Gilbert’s ramblings, but the rain in NYC gave me the raw end of that deal. Still, the establishing shots got me thinking about New York, and from there…

  12. Video: The latest NBA 2K12 trailer makes us long for hoops

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    nba2k12

    The game may not have the rookies, but it will have the legends and damn, it looks good. Below is the latest trailer for NBA 2K12 and… WOW. It looks good. Just like the last one. It makes me pumped for the game. It makes me pumped for the upcoming season…. oh yea. They need…

  13. EuroBasket roundup: Spain looks good, Germany in trouble

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Here is where we are at with EuroBasket — two groups of six teams each, with the top four from those groups advancing to the eight-team knockout round. What we saw Wednesday was three teams taking control — France, Spain and Lithuania — while Germany may have sealed its doom. What follows is your Wednesday…

  14. Michael Jordan in the clutch vs. LeBron James

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is not a slam on LeBron James. This is not about who is the better player in the clutch, Michael Jordan or LeBron. Or who is the better player, period (not sure that’s a debate right now). It’s about the attitude Jordan had, what Jordan learned, and what LeBron James needs to pick up…

  15. Rookies not part of NBA 2K12 to start. Thanks lockout.

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    NBA 2K12

    Now the NBA lockout is screwing up your video games. While players of the NBA 2K12 video game will be able to reach into the past and pull in 15 legends of the game, they cannot go into the future. Because of licensing rights, rookies will not be part of the original release of NBA…

  16. After 5 1/2 hours, owners and players agree to meet Thursday

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    NBA owners and players met for more than five hours in Manhattan on Wednesday and the two sides have agreed to meet again on Thursday and they may meet again on Thursday. That is the report via twitter from hoops writers on the scene (like CBS’s Ken Berger and the New York Times Howard Beck). We…

  17. Evan Turner likes his jump shot a lot more than he used to

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    For a guy the 76ers pictured as their shooting guard of the future, Evan Turner struggled with the shooting part of that job his rookie year. He shot 37.1 percent from three to nine feet out, 37.6 percent form 10 to 15 feet, 37 percent from 16 feet to the arc and 31.8 percent from…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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