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  1. Report: NHL owners tell NBA brethren losing season “worth it”

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    There are six NBA teams that are owned by people who also own NHL teams (or at least did during that sport’s big lockout in 2004). Those owners are telling their NBA brethren that the lockout that cost the NHL a full season was worth it to get a good financial deal, according to ESPN’s…

  2. Pitt’s Gilbert Brown signs in Europe as insurance

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Connecticut v Pittsburgh

    Gilbert Brown was one of those undrafted guys who stands a chance of making an NBA roster. The Pitt senior plays on the wing and is a good athlete who plays a smart all-around game. He may not be explosive, but he does all the little things well. He’s a guy who needed Summer League…

  3. Scouts, other basketball staff already feeling lockout pain

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Jason Smith, the backup forward for the New Orleans Hornets, said that he was told when he came into the league in 2007 there might be a lockout coming this summer — four years ago there were thoughts this could get ugly. Smith is not highly paid by NBA standards (he made $2.1 million last…

  4. Video: Best of Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown has been working its way across the country this spring and into the summer, with some of the best amateur dunkers in the nation putting on a real show. Because you will not get to see some fun competition and highlight dunks from Summer League this year — thank you…

  5. Would a hard cap really be good for small markets?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    When we talk about a hard cap, we wonder how the Lakers at $90.4 million, or the Magic at $89.9 million, or the Mavericks at $86.6 million would get under those numbers. (For all of you out there that thought Dallas winning the title was a triumph of building a team over buying one, know…

  6. Report sees fans in San Antonio, Boston quick to return after lockout

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    Let’s say the lockout does end up costing part of a season, we have already talked about how a league that has picked up so much momentum with casual fans will be kicking that to the curb and have a lot of rebuilding to do with fan bases. But which teams will bounce back quickest.…

  7. NBA season ticket holders will get refunds if games missed

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    Before the season has even ended the calls start coming in to make sure you are going to get — and pay for — your season tickets for next year. You have to sign up (to keep your seats) before you know what your team will do in the draft or free agency — before…

  8. Report: Spurs, Knicks called Cavaliers about Casspi

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    The only really interesting pre-lockout trade in the NBA was the Cavaliers sending J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a future pick (likely first rounder but there are a number of protections on it). Generally, it is thought the Kings won that trade (they got the better player). But there is…

  9. Ibaka, Landry, Kirilenko join European rumor mill

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    As the NBA lockout drags out more and more NBA players are going to end up talking about or being rumored as headed to Europe. Today’s list is headed up by free agent forward Carl Landry, who has interest from Armani Jeans Milano, according to the Gazetta della Sport (via Hoopshype). With all the rumors…

  10. NBA players lockout tour of China has to win over government first

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Derrick Rose could lead a barnstorming tour of NBA players through China. So could Kobe Bryant. A few agents out there are pitching the idea of a lockout tour of China this fall and it is gaining momentum for the players. But they better check with the Chinese government first. Because while it sounds like…

  11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar apparently big Billy Corgan fan

    Jul 3, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    When you woke up this morning you probably said to yourself, “If there is one thing I would like to see today, it is Kareem Abdul-Jabber smashing a pumpkin.” We’ve got that for you. Just watch the video below (via SLAM). And with it comes Kareem pimping the new Smashing Pumpkins album. Only in America.…

  12. Nets really want to land Dwight Howard. Shocking, I know.

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Deron Williams has chosen his new agent, Jeff Schwartz, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. An agent with a lot of NBA pull and a roster of 20 clients he represents (including Paul Pierce, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom). Williams can opt out of his contract next summer and is expected to do…

  13. Rockets draftee Motiejunas sees lockout, will stay in Europe

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA v Lithuania - 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship

    This was one of the reasons you saw a lot of teams drafting international players in this year’s draft. Rockets first round pick Donatas Motiejunas has gotten a look at the NBA lockout situation and decided to stay and develop for another year in Italy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Motiejunas expects to accept an…

  14. Players proposed barnstorming tour of China gains Kobe

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    1st Annual Cartoon Network's "Hall Of Game" Awards - Show

    We told you the other day how the Wasserman Media Group was proposing a barnstorming tour of China next fall by NBA players if the lockout is still dragging out. The Los Angeles Times tells us Kobe Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka is thinking the same thing — and that would give a tour real star…

  15. Report: How NBA owners turn profits into paper losses

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    UPDATE July 2, 11:10 am: We need to make you aware of some flaws in the accounting used by Deadspin (and repeated here) in their original post that was the basis of this one. However, I don not believe it changes the overall theme that completely legal and widely accepted general accounting principles allow an…

  16. Gilbert Arenas makes the lockout simple for everyone

    Jul 1, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    In case you are not sure exactly why the NBA is locking out, you should read our Q&A explanation… which is the best we can do. Gilbert Arenas probably did it better on twitter (@agentzeroshow). SBN collected his 140 characters into paragraphs for us, and he gets it (from a players perspective). For the people…

  17. Lockout nearly forces Bosh to rearrange wedding seating chart

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    We told you earlier today, the NBA is VERY serious about the whole “teams cannot contact players during the lockout” thing. If you’re the team PR guy and you just happen to run into a player at the grocery store, you have to file a notice with the league. But what happens when the two…

  18. NBA agents are pessimistic about quick end to lockout

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Few have as much at stake without a seat at the table as NBA agents. It’s their direct livelihood being discussed, how they can do their job, but they have no real say. And you’d be hard to find a more pessimistic group about how long this lockout is going to drag out. Look what…

  19. How the NBA lockout will impact Olympic qualifying

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    London Olympics bid are on the line all over the globe this summer — at Eurobasket in Lithuania, at the Americas tournament in Argentina, plus events in Africa and other spots around the globe. And the NBA lockout could impact all of it. Among the things that went away with the NBA lockout was the…

  20. With lockout, NBA risks killing hard-won momentum

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The owners and players are walking a fine line. They both want a financial deal that is good for them not just next year but for the next five plus years — and this year’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will end up being the basis of the next deal, too. Both sides have a lot of…

  21. Brian Scalabrine serious about taking his talents to Europe

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    We told you it’s not going to be as easy as some players think for them to just jump over to Europe and play as the lockout drags on. But if you’re a free agent who is willing to commit to a couple of years in Europe, it may work out. Meet Brian Scalabrine, in…

  22. Durant says NBA players not going to give in

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    We bring you another show of NBA player unity… but frankly we have questions about how well that is going to hold up long term. Kevin Durant doesn’t want to hear any of that, as he told the Associated Press. “We’re going to stand up for what we have to do, no matter how long…

  23. Video: LeBron James dunks on youth camper

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Finally, LeBron James exploited a mismatch inside and attacked the rim. Of course, it was a month after the season was over and it was what appears to be an 11-year-old at a youth basketball camp. The home video is below — James misses a couple of wide-open jump shots (insert your own joke about…

  24. Lakers Brown opts out of deal, to test free agency

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

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    One last little transaction move before the lockout took all the fun of summer… Lakers guard Shannon Brown opted out of the second year of his deal, leaving $2.4 million on the table to become a free agent. This was expected, he’s going to test the market. Brown wants a multi-year deal under whatever the…

  25. Krstic: NBA players will not be flocking to Europe

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    It is every player’s favorite threat — “I can always play in Europe.” Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, a ton of players have pulled out the Euro card as an option. It’s not really an option, not like they think. So warns Nenad Krstic, who spent the last several seasons in the NBA (Thunder…

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