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  1. Players’ union distributes “lockout handbook” to members

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The NFL lockout is about to start after days of failed negotiations and amidst a big gulf between players and owners. For NBA fans, it will be this and worse. The  NBA owners and players may be farther apart and more antagonistic to each other than their NFL counterparts. That’s why we say the lockout…

  2. Report: Former Cavs coach Mike Brown heads Pacers list

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    It’s not fair — it’s on the players, not him — but Frank Vogel is not coming back as the Pacers head coach next season. He is this season’s Kim Hughes — good guy, good coach, thrown in an impossible situation and not brought back because he could not herd cats. So who is next?…

  3. Bill Walton drinks Guinness. Like all men (and women) should.

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    bill+walton

    I come into this with bias. For one, I love Guinness. I drink it (although only in specific places that pour it right, a couple trips to Ireland spoiled me). Secondly, I love Bill Walton. The greatest San Diego Clipper ever. Sure he’s over the top and a whole bunch of other things, but he’s…

  4. Shaq teaming up on “no holds barred” book

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Think there might be a Kobe chapter? According to WEEI in Boston, Shaquille O’Neal is working on a new book with one of the nation’s best sportswriters, Jackie MacMullan (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). “She knew things that I’d forgotten about. We were sitting at the house talking — we meet twice…

  5. Knicks ticket prices to jump average 49 percent next season

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Apparently the economy is turning around in New York City. Because the cost of seeing the new and improved New York Knicks will be a lot higher next year — the average seat price is going up by 49 percent, as the New York Post reports. MSG sports president Scott O’Neil is scheduled to meet…

  6. Amar’e Stoudemire’s technical rescinded, no suspension. Yet.

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    I’m not sure we should look at this as Amar’e Stoudemire getting out of jail, just that his sentence was suspended. For now. But it was the right call. The league has rescinded the technical given to Amar’e Stoudemire (and the matching one to Brendan Haywood) during Thursday night’s Mavericks blowout of the Knicks. That…

  7. Steve Nash trying to play through groin pain, could sit Sunday

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Someday, Steve Nash should have a medical textbook about him. He’s battled back pain for years — that’s why he lays down on the sidelines — and had his face busted up a few times but has kept playing. The second half of the book would be about conditioning and eating right. The man tries…

  8. Scottie Pippen says Michael Jordan could score 100 points today

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

    Back in the Jordan era, defenders out on the wing could “hand check” — put their hands on the guy with the ball — and there was no call. A little grab, a little push did not elicit a whistle. Nor did Jordan pushing off to create space. Today (for the last decade almost), you…

  9. Pacers teammates almost come to blows, Bird blames them not coach

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Phoenix Suns

    For the past 10 days, the Indiana Pacers have been the worst team in the NBA. It’s not just that they are 0-5, they have looked terrible getting there. As we pointed you to this morning in our one liners, the Pacers have had the lead just 3.4 percent of the time in those games…

  10. Will the Knicks bring back Chauncey Billups?

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    He’s not a classic Mike D’Antoni system guy. Almost the opposite, really. But Chauncey Billups is an elite point guard who can adjust his game (and D’Antoni has adjusted his system a little), a guy who is comfortable on the big stage and under pressure, and in the end that’s what matters. When has played,…

  11. Kobe plays down his post-game workout in Miami

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    “It’s my job,” he said. “You’ve got to work at it.” Vintage Kobe Bryant quote to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register that sums up why he was shooting baskets in AmericanAirlines Arena two hours after the Lakers had lost to the Heat. A game where Kobe faltered — he shot 2-of-11 in the…

  12. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Fantastic blog post at Magic Basketball about measuring teams against expectation and narrative. Dwyane Wade surprised the Lakers and Kobe Bryant by going away from screen at a key point last night. Except he does that a lot. Stephen Jackson says he’ll play Friday. OF course, he said that a couple days ago and it…

  13. Atlanta nightclub drops lawsuit against LeBron

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    LeBron’s team of lawyers came in and made quick work of this. About 48 hours after a lawsuit was filed, an Atlanta nightclub amended it to take LeBron James out of it, the Associated Press reports (via CBS Eye on Basketball). The Opera nightclub says “the matter has been resolved,” and it actually was “misled”…

  14. Yao Ming has one more comeback try in him

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming says he is not done. Injuries to his feet have kept the one time cornerstone of the Rockets franchise out of all but five games total the last two seasons. He’s had a couple of major foot surgeries in the last two years. But he told reporters Thursday at the Rockets annual Tennies…

  15. Video: Wade steals the game away from Kobe, LeBron seals it

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    This was the play of the game in the Heat/Lakers showdown. Tied 88-88 with a minute and a half to go, Kobe Bryant tries to drive left on Dwyane Wade from the top of the key (triangle offense be damned the Lakers go isolation) and Wade strips the ball. Then after chasing it down he…

  16. Heat get some confidence, Kobe gets some fuel — everybody wins

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Here is what you need to know about what Thursday night meant to the Lakers, and why Kobe Bryant has pushed his teams to two consecutive titles. Thirty minutes after the Heat defeated the Lakers 94-88 in a game where Kobe’s shot was off after the first quarter (8-21 overall after starting 4-4) and his…

  17. Amar’e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical, suspension pending

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s status for Sunday’s Knicks game against the Pacers is now in doubt as he picked up his 16th technical Thursday night, the number that triggers an automatic one-game suspension. Although, don’t be shocked if the league rescinds this one. Everyone’s favorite referee (*cough, cough*) Bennett Salvatore rushed in with 9:37 left in the…

  18. How Deron Williams almost became a Knick (instead of ‘Melo)

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    If the Denver Nuggets front office had gotten their wishes — if they could have traded Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for Derrick Favors and picks rather than to New York — then Deron Williams would be a Knick today. In one of the infinite alternate universes that is the reality, but in…

  19. Phil Jackson no fan of Heat’s “Xbox” style of play

    Mar 10, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Because it wouldn’t be a big game for the Lakers if Phil Jackson didn’t take one last dig at the opponent… In the pregame media gathering in Miami, Jackson said he was not really a fan of the “Xbox games or whatever those games are when you play 1-on-1” offense style that Erik Spoelstra put…

  20. Knicks may covet Marc Gasol, but he is playing it cool

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Knicks have become the ultimate leverage for free agents — flirt publically with the big market team trying to rebuild through free agency and watch your current team up their offer to keep you. Ask Rudy Gay how that works if you’re unsure. Marc Gasol of the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies is a guy…

  21. Video highlights from the Lakers winning streak

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Don’t know if you’ve heard this, but the Lakers have won eight in a row… what, that got mentioned in the media already? They’re doing it with defense… that got mentioned too? Andrew Bynum? Kobe as facilitator? Lamar Odom is still very tall? All talked about already… Well then, just watch some video highlights. There’s…

  22. Pau Gasol can feel Chris Bosh’s pain

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh wants the ball more. And he wants to be on the low block, not the elbow. He’s shooting more jumpers than ever before and he wants some shots at the rim. But also he wants some key touches go get in the flow of the game, not to be the guy watching Dwyane…

  23. Bulls coach says Carlos Boozer out a few days to a week

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer injured

    Carlos Boozer had some swelling in his ankle and will be out a few days to a week, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. He is officially listed as day-to-day. That is the official line (as tweeted by K.C. Jones of the Chicago Tribune and Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald). Aggrey Sam of CSN…

  24. Lakers at Heat: Five things to watch

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami wants Christmas in March. The Heat’s Christmas Day beat down of the Lakers was their signature win of the season. A few months later the Heat are just desperate for any win. Getting one against the Lakers would be that much more sweet. But to the dismay of the Heat and four-year-olds everywhere, Christmas…

  25. David Stern sends not so subtle message to Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    David Stern Press Conference

    Stan Van Gundy called NBA Commissioner David Stern a dictator. In so many words. He said Stern does not allow a diversity of opinions or people to express their thoughts. Stern is not amused. Hence his comments on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show Thursday. “I would just render a guess that we’re not going to…

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