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  1. Isaiah Thomas’ journey made into documentary

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Washington v North Carolina

    Isaiah Thomas was selected No. 60 — the very last pick, Mr. Irrelevant — in the NBA draft. He fell that far because there are questions — he’s small for an NBA point guard (5’10”) and is not and explosive athlete at a position where the NBA is loaded with amazing athletes. That said, he…

  2. Expect the Magic to keep launching three pointers

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    No team attempted more three pointers than the Orlando Magic last season. Not the run and gun Knicks (22 fewer) and the Suns were third in attempts and nowhere close (246 fewer). That was true the season before and the Magic have been in the top two of the league every season since 2007-08. And…

  3. Rondo admits Perkins trade affected team more than it should have

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The numbers are pretty stark — Boston was 41-14 when Kendrick Perkins was traded at the deadline to Oklahoma City, brining back Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. They went 15-12 the rest of the way. Danny Ainge justified the trade saying Green gave the Celtics needed depth on the wing and that they didn’t want…

  4. Stoudemire says back still not right, so he sits and rests

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    While other NBA players have been spotted hitting the gym or on courts at the big summer pro/am series like the Drew and Goodman leagues, Amar’e Stoudemire has been working on his clothing lines. Not playing, not even working out. Just resting his body. Because his back is not right yet. A couple months after…

  5. Video: JaVale McGee dunks, blocks and planks in game

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We thought the best planking done by JaVale McGee was in the Hong Kong Airport. Which beat (barely) him in the grocery store. But he has topped that. Check out the video below from the All-Star exhibition games this weekend in the  Philippines. McGee drives and dunks, gets back to block a shot at the…

  6. Did Jordan ruin it for Kobe, LeBron and everyone else?

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    LeBron James is no Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant is no Michael Jordan. Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill and even Harold Minor have not been the next Michael Jordan. Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will not be Jordan either. Nobody is going to be the next Michael Jordan. Nobody. Ever. We know that,…

  7. Trading Nash might be bad business for Phoenix

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The basic team building model in the NBA has been pretty easy to understand — you’re either a contending team or building to get there, and if you’re a contending team whose championship window has closed you blow it up and start over with young players. It takes a few years (maybe more than a…

  8. If NBA players decertify the union, might owners void all deals?

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Why would a group of agents be pushing for the NBA players to decertify the union and sue the league on anti-trust grounds? Because it’s seen as leverage — that anti-trust suit comes with triple damages, win big money and it becomes gigantic money. That threat, in theory, would push the owners to negotiate and…

  9. Nets new Barclays Center will look swanky, if you’re rich

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Arena Atrium Barclay Center Brooklyn

    It is possible the next time the Nets play a game it will be in Brooklyn. We hope not, because that would mean an entire NBA season wiped out (greed is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason) but it could happen. While the players are locked out construction is not at the…

  10. Report: Kobe Bryant to meet with Turkish team July 30

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    I’m really weary of the “Kobe Bryant to Turkey” rumors. Here is what it comes down to: Kobe’s camp sounds hesitant (at best) and say the two sides haven’t really talked much, officials from Besiktas are overly optimistic. That comes through in another report from Turkey, via Slam. The interview is with Seref Yalcin, the…

  11. Video: Durant off-the-backboard ally-oop to Harden

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    They were having some fun over in Manilla. And making some nice dough. But mostly having a lot of fun. For a group of NBA stars, this was an exhibition and a chance to show off a little. Like this play, where Kevin Durant leads what we will generously call a secondary break, gets in…

  12. What can NBA learn from NFL labor peace?

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    They have labor peace over in the NFL. Well, the players have to vote and some league veterans have a lawsuit that could throw a wrench in the works. But it looks like there will be NFL football in September as had been scheduled. Preseason games (except the Hall of Fame Game) will take place…

  13. Kobe, Durant Rose well paid for Philippines pickup game

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Manny Pac

    You make any money this weekend? Kobe Bryant did. So did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of the NBA players who went to the Philippines for a couple of exhibition games over the weekend where they beat some local teams. In a story about players being serious looking overseas, Sam Amick of Sports…

  14. Fan gets LeBron’s face tattooed on his leg

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

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    I get why one would be a fan of LeBron James — he has been blessed with physical gifts to play basketball like few others. He has the size and strength of Karl Malone, but he’s quicker than most of the point guards in the league. He can play inside or out, he can do…

  15. Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore near deal with Italian team

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Purdue

    For a first round NBA pick — a guy with guaranteed NBA money coming — signing a deal in Europe is a risk. Get injured and that money disappears. But a second round NBA pick is not assured of making an NBA roster at all. With the lockout potentially dragging on, them signing in Europe…

  16. Luis Scola says he might play for Yao Ming’s China team

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Luis Scola, the Houston Rocket’s forward, isn’t going anywhere. He has four years, $46 million left on his NBA deal. But throw him in the “flirting with overseas” category during the lockout, although the Argentinian forward is not exactly thinking what you are thinking. At least according to the Argentinian sports site Ole (via Hoopeshype).…

  17. Report: Noah will return to France, play in EuroBasket

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Last week we told you how the doctors for the French national team took a look at Joakim Noah’s ankle and said, “why don’t you go home and get some treatment on that.” He is, but he’ll be back. The French are training for EuroBasket – the international tournament where Olympic bids for 2012 will…

  18. Timberwolves to interview Larry Brown. Yes, we’re serious.

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Larry Brown

    At this point, if I hear Minnesota general manager David Kahn wants to interview Adolph Rupp, I will not be surprised. Because now added to the long list of people being interviewed is Larry Brown, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. After interviewing Adelman and Nellie this weekend, #Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown…

  19. NBA owners had to write the players another check… that won’t help things

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the time the old Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by NBA owners and players, it was perceived as a win for the owners — they had capped how much money the players would get each season. Players would get 55 percent and eventually 57 percent of the gross Basketball Related Income the league pulls…

  20. Video: Yao Ming’s life, career in animated form

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We leave you with this for Saturday night — how would Taiwanese animators depict the life of Yao Ming (while taking a shot at Charles Barkley)? Exactly like this. Enjoy.

  21. Final NBA revenue numbers in from last season

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s all about the Basketball Related Income (BRI) number. The entire lockout is really about the BRI — length of contracts, hard or soft salary cap, guaranteed deals, revenue sharing are all secondary issues. What matters most is how much pie everyone gets, how you divide it up after that matters less. So we know…

  22. Stephenson apparently “Born Ready” for China or Italy

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    STEPHENSON_LANCE

    His game makes Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson an interesting prospect. His attitude almost had Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones going after him in the locker room. His arrest for domestic violence had the Pacers keeping him away from the team last summer. He played in just a dozen games for the Pacers last season. He’s…

  23. Nick Arison, 30, to take over as CEO of Miami Heat

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Micky Arison, Nick Arison

    Micky Arison became CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines at the age of 28. With the money he made from that and other ventures, he took over controlling interest of the Miami Heat 16 years ago. Now he is going to put more time into the carnival business while his son Nick Arison — at the…

  24. Nowitzki, Kaman to suit up for Germany at EuroBasket

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowtizki Germany

    We’ll see how good Germany is as a team, but they have one formidable front line. Dirk Nowitzki has made it official and will play for Germany this summer as the team tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. He will be joined on the front line by Clippers center Chris Kaman, according to…

  25. Video: Brian Scalabrine on The Doctors

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    You know that show on in the middle of the afternoon called The Doctors? Of course you don’t, you have a job. Or a life. Maybe both. Anyway, it’s four doctors of different specialties sitting around talking medical problems. Sort of a Dr. Phil of physical ailments. I only know it exists because my wife’s…

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