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  1. Video: Tyreke Evans has wicked handles

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Tyreke Evans

    We’ll grant you that he is doing this against high school kids — this was at the Elite 24 event which mixes NBA players and some of the best high school players around. But still, damn Tyreke Evans looks good. Now, if he gets a jump shot with these handles, it is on.

  2. Dwyane Wade on Dancing with the Stars? That’s the rumor.

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    Confession time: I have never watched Dancing with the Stars. Not to try and laugh at Mark Cuban, not to watch one of my favorite interviews ever — Helio Castroneves — win the whole thing. Not a second. And NBA guys have never been on it because it tapes during the season. Sure, a retired…

  3. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler is not inked in Italy. Yet.

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    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 that is what we do. • Despite the reports that came out yesterday, Denver Nugget Wilson Chandler has not inked a deal…

  4. Where is the eventual middle ground of players/owners deal?

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Right now, the NBA owners are playing hardball and the players are playing goalie. The owners want to change the system, the players are trying to keep as much of the current system as they can. Both sides are dug in. Eventually there will be a deal. The question is, where will the eventual middle…

  5. Down a final four in African Olympic qualifying

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Afrobasket

    Next July in London you will see one of these four teams: Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Nigeria or Angola. Probably Angola, by the way, but there have been enough surprises in FIBA AfroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for that continent — that one should keep watching. Angola hadn’t lost a game to an African team…

  6. No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Ron Artest Parade

    Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day. Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it. But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the…

  7. You asked questions on twitter, time to answer them

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    The Question

    Welcome to a new feature here at PBT, where we answer your twitter questions regarding basketball, food, comics and just about everything else. Well, no food questions this week but maybe in the future. Basically, if you ask it we’ll try to answer it. I admit to stealing this column idea from Hardball Talk’s Craig…

  8. Kevin Love says barnstorming tour of China coming

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    You know Kobe Bryant and other stars have talked about a “barnstorming” tour of China, to make some money and promote their brands if the lockout drags into the season. You also know there are obstacles, because this is China. But something is coming together, Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated. Oh, it’s very real. I…

  9. Wade says he, LeBron passed chemistry last season

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat passed chemistry. Early in the season they were failing it pretty badly as Wade and LeBron James seemed to just take turns trying to get isolation sets and take over games. But that evolved. Somewhat. Wade said that by the end of the season concerns that he and LeBron…

  10. Amar’e Stoudemire will not eat scorpions on a stick

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    amare stoudemire in china from amarestoudemire

    When in China… Nope, not going to do it. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire would not do as the Chinese do with one thing — he would not eat some Chinese street food. Which would be deep fried scorpions on a stick. That doesn’t work for you? How about deep fried seahorses? Silkworms? Here is what…

  11. Dwight Howard has hired free throw shooting guru

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There are moments — crucial end-of-close-game moments — when Stan Van Gundy has to sit his best player, Dwight Howard. Or they can’t trust giving him the ball. Because Howard will get fouled, and he shot only 59.6 percent from the free throw line last year (which is pretty much right at his career average…

  12. Sorry Ron-Ron, Friday was almost Metta World Peace day

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    UPDATE 1:10 pm: Sorry folks, no World Peace today. The name change has been delayed to Sept. 16. 9:15 am: Today, August 26, there is only World Peace. There is no more Ron Artest. At some point today, a judge in Los Angeles will officially sign that paper that will change the name of Lakers…

  13. Kevin Love is good with Rick Adelman as Wolves coach

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Kevin Love,

    Rick Adelman may be the next Minnesota Timberwolves coach. We know he interviewed for the job this week and there appears to be mutual interest, but there remain questions and until we see a name on the doted line nothing is certain. The key for any coach in the NBA now is player management. Yes,…

  14. Report: Only top executives to attend next week’s bargaining session

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to say if this will turn out to be fruitful or not, but it is interesting. We told you that the players union and league were expected to meet next week in New York (only the second official bargaining session since the lockout started July 1). Not only is that a go, it…

  15. Why is he called Shane Battier? Bad handwriting.

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is working his way through China (what NBA player isn’t?) promoting PEAK, his China-based shoe company. With that comes a lot of media stops and pictures and press conferences and the like. Most of them sound identical after a while, like white noise in the background. But Battier broke that up at one…

  16. NBA keeps going about its business as if nothing is wrong

    Aug 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We all had a good laugh when the NBA released its schedule last month. We circled the games on the schedule we wished we were going to see, all with a nod and a wink knowing there was little to no chance of that schedule, in an unaltered form, taking place. Then the preseason schedule…

  17. Report: Adelman “definitely interested” in Timberwolves

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Rick Adelman had his interview this week with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the situation was a little bit upside down — rather than the coach having to sell the team on him, it was the team that needed to sell Adelman on the job. They wanted him, but did he want them. Apparently so, if…

  18. Former NBA star Ralph Sampson arrested over child support

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    ralph-sampson

    Ralph Sampson, the former star NBA player that was part of the original “twin towers” with Hakeem Olajuwon, has been arrested concerning issues of child support, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sampson had his driver’s license suspended after failure to make payments, reports the paper. He had been pulled over just outside Atlanta after an…

  19. Dwyane Wade says Bulls are “one player away”

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade is just like the rest of us in one respect — he’s a Derrick Rose fan. Wade can also relate to Rose, not just as a Chicago native but also on the court. For years in Miami (after the 2006 title year) it was the Dwyane Wade show and nothing else — he…

  20. Dikembe Mutombo calls for more aid to Africa

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:54 PM EST

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    We have problems here in America, no doubt. But they pale in comparison to what the combination of draught and war has brought upon people in parts of Africa. Dikembe Mutombo — who has worked hard for people in his native Congo — is now calling for help for the people of Somalia. There a…

  21. Turkish head coach sticks up for Enes Kanter

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Yesterday we brought you word how a highly-respected, old school Turkish national team assistant coach ripped Enes Kanter as not ready for the NBA. Which would be pretty bad news for the Utah Jazz as they drafted him No. 3 overall back in June. Today came the rebuttal, with the honors going to Turkey’s first…

  22. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler headed to Italy

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    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 that is what we do. • Wilson Chandler has inked to play for Olympia Milano in Italy, but has struck one of…

  23. Video: Derrick Williams can finish at the rim

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams was the clear No. 2 pick in the last NBA draft because he can score. He’s athletic and scouts saw him as a guy who could almost immediately get you some buckets at the NBA level. This is why. This is some video of Williams at the Elite 24 Midnight Run with Brandon…

  24. Has Tyreke Evans developed a reliable jump shot?

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Tyreke Evans, John Salmons

    Tyreke Evans is a beast when he drives the lane. Just a couple years into the league he is one of the best penetrators in the league and he finished an impressive 59.8 percent of shots when he got inside. But if you could keep him outside it was a different story. He shot 25.2…

  25. If you thought Phil Jackson was weird, check out Turkish coaches

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Phil Jackson did some pretty out-of-the-box things as a coach — group meditation and drum beating to get his team focused and unified. That whole Zen thing of letting teams find their own way by not calling timeouts. But he has nothing on what is going on in Turkey. That is where Deron Williams and…

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