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  1. LaMarcus Aldridge willing to lose season to get “fair deal”

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    As we’ve talked about before, we’ve heard from some owners that are willing to scrap the entire 2011-12 season to get a deal that works for them. Remember, six NBA owners also own NHL teams, guys who know that path. Now we’ve got a player saying the same thing. Great. Just great. LaMarcus Aldridge was…

  2. Memphis makes nod to lockout in advertising campaign

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Grizzlies logo

    While nobody is thinking about the NBA right now, there are still dutiful employees of 30 NBA teams working to sell you season tickets. Still ticket plans and marketing campaigns being put together. Which brings us (via a tweet from Darren Rovell of CNBC) to the Memphis Grizzlies, and the campaign to sell “power packages”…

  3. Report: Adelman left Minnesota without an offer. Yet.

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    rick adelman

    We have a piece of the puzzle, but it is without enough other pieces to let us see the entire picture. Yet. We’ve told you a lot of things leading up to yesterday’s events: That Rick Adelman flew out to Minnesota Tuesday to meet with Timberwolves GM David Kahn and other top brass; that he…

  4. Enes Kanter’s Turkish coach say he’s not NBA ready

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:55 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Earlier today we told you how frustrated Utah Jazz draft pick Enes Kanter is with not having been able to play much the last couple of years (what with the NCAA sidelining him at Kentucky and now the lockout). We also have told you how that has impacted his game — he’s shown potential in…

  5. Madison Square Garden stock dinged because of lockout

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    The conventional wisdom is the players will feel the financial impact of the lockout long before the owners. The players are millionaires who (in some cases) lead extravagant lifestyles. The owners can lead extravagant lifestyles, they are billionaires with deeper pockets. But at least one owner is already feeling the pinch of the lockout. The…

  6. Enes Kanter just wants to play some ball. Somewhere.

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Last hoops season, Enes Kanter left his native Turkey to test himself against the best American college had to offer and enrolled at Kentucky. Then the ever-so-evenhanded NBA (remember the head of Miami was head of the infractions committee a couple years ago) told him he could not play because he had played for a…

  7. Video: LeBron James freezes up on high dive

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    LeBron James

    Just insert your own “LeBron James freezes up in a big moment” joke right here. I’ve run out of them. Here is the video of LeBron walking out to a high dive in Barcelona — one built for the 1992 Olympics — and freezing up, hesitating to jump (via The Basketball Jones). He eventually makes…

  8. Wall says “I’m back,” feeling ready for sophomore year

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

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    John Wall had a good rookie season — 16.4 points and 8.3 assists per game, and he assisted on 40 percent of his teammates buckets when he was on the floor. The big issue was that 40.9 percent shooting average. But Wall didn’t feel like himself. There were the usual challenging adjustments of a point…

  9. Rick Adelman to meet with Timberwolves Tuesday

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    rick adelman

    Last we heard from Rick Adelman, he didn’t sound like a guy that eager to coach next season. (If there is a next season. Man I’m sick of writing that phrase.) But that seems to be changing. Maybe it’s time away from the game. Maybe it’s the Ricky Rubio effect. Maybe he’s willing to do…

  10. Jimmer Fredette, other rookies to play in Utah showcases

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Few players are as screwed by this NBA lockout as the first round picks of the recent draft. They know where they will play next season, but this summer they get none of the NBA coaching, no summer league, no NBA facilities in which to workout and practice. They don’t even know how much they…

  11. Jordan is coming back to Chicago — with a steakhouse

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Michael Jordan and a nice rare New York strip with a side of sautéed mushrooms? I’m in. Michael Jordan is getting back into the restaurant business in the Windy City, reports NBCChicago.com. The most famous basketball player in the world is putting another stamp on Chicago in the form of a new Michael Jordan’s Steak…

  12. Two-week NBA pro league plans September run in Vegas

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    summer league

    The NBA players are learning that the marketing machine that is the NBA is not so easy to replace. While there has been Grassroots buzz about all the pro-am events this summer, that has not seeped into the national sports consciousness. Not in a meaningful way. (There are people criticizing the lack of marketing around…

  13. Drew League to sit down with Kobe about Goodman rematch

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    After a one-point loss on the wrong coast, Los Angeles-based Drew League players and officials said they wanted a rematch with the Washington D.C.-based Goodman League. This time on their turf. Drew League officials are working to pull together a Sept. 10 event in Los Angeles, which is not a lot of time to get…

  14. Report: Casspi now eyeing Tony Parker’s team in France

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

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    Omri Casspi is not going to Israel if he plays overseas during he lockout. Which is kind of surprising but talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv (where he would team up with Jordan Farmar) fell through over money and now the Cavalier’s forward looking around at other options. Like teaming up with Tony Parker in France,…

  15. One Olympics hoops berth being decided in Africa now

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Ime Udoka

    From now through the middle of September, the field for next summer’s London Olympics will come into sharp focus. The United States is already in by virtue of winning the World Championships last summer. Great Britain is in because it is there party next July. The first qualifying tournament on the calendar is FIBA Africa,…

  16. Malcolm Gladwell says owners shouldn’t expect to make money

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:09 AM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Is owning a sports franchise a business or a toy? Right now, the NBA owners are telling you the NBA is a business, and a bad one at that. One that needs to be fixed. Even if it means costing an NBA season. But you look at owners like Mark Cuban and you see him…

  17. Today’s overseas roundup: Rasual Butler headed to Spain

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

    Rasual Butler

    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we give it to you in roundup, bullet-point form. We’re bloggers, we can no more resist using bullet points than John Stewart can resist mocking Fox News. • The first Chicago Bull is down, Rasual Butler has signed with Gran…

  18. ‘Melo, Bosh to appear on “Law & Order: SVU” this fall

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:59 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    There are times the written word is inadequate. This post really needs to start with that Law & Order “doing doing” sound. You know, this one. Yea. Just pretend that this first paragraph was only that noise. Finally Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Richard Belzer and Ice-T in the same place. I know we’ve all been…

  19. Police say Randolph invited man to sell marijuana at his home

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:14 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Sorry Memphis fans, we were with you and wanted to believe in the change. A new Zach Randolph. And to be fair we haven’t heard both sides of this story. But this does not look good. According to police, the man that suffered a beating at the home of Randolph — which triggered police to…

  20. Video: NBA 2K12 trailer, where you can be Charles Oakley

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    It’s the video game player you have been praying to unlock forever — you can have a team with Charles Oakley. Or Dikembe Mutombo. There is also Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson and so many more of the game’s greats in the new trailer for NBA 2K12. But what is really intriguing…

  21. Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams working out with Kobe

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    I don’t know how good No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams is going to be as a pro. Probably pretty good, especially as a scorer, but we don’t know what his ceiling is. Timberwolves fans, this however is a good sign. Monday he is having his first summer workout with Kobe Bryant. Williams tweeted it…

  22. Wade says what Heat endured was at times “unfair”

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Heat have become black and white — there are no shades of gray with this team. People do not really tolerate the “I don’t like how they handed last summer but that was still a good basketball team” position. Love or hate. Black and white. Evil and good. How you react to what you…

  23. Rondo in Lakers colors? That looks wrong to everyone.

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Fun little ad here from the fine folks at Champs sports, where they use the future of the Celtics franchise Rajon Rondo as an endorser. Then they do the least-Celtic thing possible to him. Cool of him to play along. It made us smile, and we never smile on Mondays. (Well, except at the thought…

  24. Report: Cavaliers want to retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ number

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

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    When Zydrunas Ilgauskas — one of the most beloved players in Cleveland Cavaliers history — followed LeBron James to Miami, there was not any of the same animosity. In fact, they still want to honor the Lithuanian big man who spent 13 seasons with the Cavaliers by retiring his jersey. That’s the report from lithuaniabasketball.com.…

  25. Police called to break up Humphries/Kardashian wedding

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    Did you have the cops called out on your wedding? Then Kris Humphries has you beat. As you no doubt heard (no matter how hard you tried to avoid it, it’s a lockout and we’re hitting everything), Nets forward Humphries married Kim Kardashian over the weekend in what was tabloid television heaven. However, the Kardashian’s…

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