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  1. Charlie Ward out of the NBA life and happy about it

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

    Charlie Ward

    Charlie Ward was an impressive two-sport athlete at Florida State — remember he won the Heisman as quarterback — who went on to have an 11-year NBA career, mostly with the Knicks. From there he went on to be an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, where he stayed a couple years and had options.…

  2. Kendrick Perkins’ attorney threatens police brutality charges

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins was arrested Saturday night on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and already a Perkins’ attorney has filed a pretrial motion. Misdemeanor cases like this rarely see high priced attorneys and pretrial motions, but this is going to be that and more, including…

  3. Video: Get a first look at 2012 Olympics basketball court

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:07 PM EST

    London Olympics basketball

    The 2012 Olympic basketball tournament will be played in a temporary but cool looking building in London (pictured to the right). One well-protected building. Perks of being the host is that the team from Great Britain gets its team in (they never would have qualified out of a brutal European competition) and the get to…

  4. What you saw of Dennis Rodman at the Hall was the real him

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    If you read just one thing today — other than PBT, because by definition you are already reading that — I suggest you set aside some time for Yahoo’s Michael Silver’s recounting of Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame enduction night. The story starts after 3 a.m. in a strip club surrounded by Patron shots and…

  5. Report: NBA owners, players may not meet until September

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You want to know why more and more I’ve become convinced that NBA games will be lost (and I didn’t want to admit that)? Simple: You’re not going to get a deal until there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done. Now, read these two paragraphs from Alan Hahn at Newsday and…

  6. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler thinking China

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

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    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we’re going to start putting them in a regular roundup (major stars, like Amar’e Stoudemire, still get their own posts). Why? Because I’m a blogger and therefore am drawn to bullet points like a moth to a bug zapper. •…

  7. Rapper The Game takes shot at LeBron, like everyone else

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

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    Is there anyone out there who has not gotten in their shot at LeBron and his hairline? Dwight Howard did it the other day on national television, and now on rapper The Game’s soon to be released “The R.E.D. Album,” he and some fellow rappers give LeBon James some shoutouts the baller would probably prefer didn’t happen.…

  8. Report: Israeli team reaches out to Amar’e Stoudemire

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    There are a handful of NBA players heading to Israel when the lockout drags into the NBA season: Jordan Farmar and Omri Casspi are the big names. (Note, I’m not even saying “if” games are lost anymore because it seems unavoidable.) But they may be joined by a bigger name. In an article at the…

  9. Chris Mullin thinks Donnie Walsh will work again

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    Donnie Walsh is currently a consultant for the Knicks. Which essentially means he is being paid to go away. That despite getting the team back to the playoffs and brining in stars while cutting the payroll in half. Most places that gets you a raise and job security, with the Knicks it gets you kicked…

  10. Iranian national team does some human bowling

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

    Haddadi_Hamed

    Iran likes to celebrate with a little bowling. Sure, why not? For the third year in a row Iran won the Jones Cup — led by Hamed Haddadi, the Memphis Grizzlies center who had 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks in the final game. The Jones Cup is an invitational tournament of Asian clubs,…

  11. But what Shaq really wants to do is direct

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Once the owners and players get around to having an NBA season, Shaquille O’Neal will have a day job. Well, really a night job, but he’ll be part of the TNT crew on Inside the NBA. But he’s coming up with a fallback position. The man who helped bring us “Kazaam” now is studying to…

  12. Kendrick Perkins proclaims innocence, says he was injured

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Kendrick Perkins woke up Saturday morning in a Beaumont, Texas, jail. If you read the police reports, it sounds like he would have woken up with a hangover, too. The Oklahoma City Thunder center was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct, which was followed by reports he tried to start fights. Also,…

  13. Former Sixer, Net MacCulloch is a pinball wizard

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    MacCulloch

    Todd MacCulloch was a good NBA center a decade better, a career cut short by injuries. If you are a good big man you get paid handsomely in the NBA. What did MacCulloch do with that money? He bought pinball machines. Seriously, it is estimated right now he has about 60 machines in his home.…

  14. Ray Allen says Celtics will be ready to go… if there is a season

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    The Celtics are done. Washed up. Time as passed them by. Now is the time of the Heat and the Bulls. You hear that talk. The Celtics hear that talk. And they’re not buying it. That’s what Ray Allen told CSNNE.com when Jimmy Toscano caught up with the sharp shooter at his annual charity golf…

  15. Kobe accused of injuring man’s wrist in church incident

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:21 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    I’ll be up front, not sure this passes the smell test for me. But, it’s out there and being reported in multiple places now, people are talking about it, so I will pass it along. A man in San Diego has accused Kobe Bryant of injuring him during an incident at a church, and the…

  16. Video: Harden, Von Wafer highlights from Louisiana

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:59 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Last weekend was the Lake Charles Tournament of the Star in Lake Charles, Louisiana. That’s old school Cajun country where you can get some tasty alligator dishes at local restaurants. And each summer, you can see some pretty good run at Tournament of the Stars pro-am. This year Glen “Big Baby” Davis was there, Von…

  17. How does Enes Kanter look? Skilled but needs experience.

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Normally by this point in the summer we would have seen guys like No. 3 overall pick Enes Kanter in Summer League, and we would have overanalyzed his game and how he could do against rookies and guys who populate the end of an NBA bench. But not this year. Thank you very much lockout.…

  18. Most minutes played in NBA history, regular season and playoffs? Kareem.

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    When we talk about the wear and tear on a player’s body, we can quickly look up how many regular season minutes a player has racked up. But that leaves out the playoffs. For a player like Kobe Bryant, that is 8,165 minutes — the equivalent of three more 82 game seasons at his regular…

  19. Video: LeBron gets dunked on by Taiwanese player. Kinda.

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

    LeBron James

    The lockout may have changed a lot of things, but it hasn’t seem to have changed the number of people who want to see LeBron James embarrassed. People that savored the finals need their fix. People like Kevin Love. For all of you, we bring you this video. It’s LeBron playing in a Taiwanese All-Star…

  20. Just for the record, Rodman only has 28 siblings

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    During Dennis Rodman’s emotional Hall of Fame acceptance speech he smacked around his father, who skipped out on Rodman when he was just age 5, saying he had 46 brothers and sisters and they basically all deserved better. That’s totally not true. Rodman’s father tried to defend himself Chris Palmer of ESPN, who tweeted: Philander…

  21. Report: Kobe offered more than $1.5 million a month to play in China

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Kobe Bryant dropped out of negotiations with a Turkish squad, but you knew other teams were going to make big money runs at him. And they are coming from China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China,…

  22. Ty Lawson signs to play in Lithuania during lockout

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

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    Ty Lawson is taking a Lithuanian vacation. Lawson will join Sonny Weems as both have signed with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league to play during the lockout, as tweeted by DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony (and he got it from this Lithuanian publication, which you can Google translate at your leisure). Lawson has a seven-figure deal with…

  23. Bosh: Heat have to just own up to “The Decision”

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    About the start of next season — whenever that is — we should be done talking about “The Decision.” Maybe we won’t be, maybe people will not let it die, but it feels like it should. LeBron James himself has said he would have handled it differently. The event turned all of the nation outside…

  24. Durant’s agent says players can make NBA money overseas

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When you see big-name NBA stars talking about going overseas, it’s not about the salary. Even if you pay Kobe Bryant $2 million a month he will not make half his NBA salary next season. It’s about the marketing, the branding. To quote Mars Blackmon: It’s got to be the shoes. Which is what superagent…

  25. Video: Gary Forbes scores 78 in pro-am game. Yes, Gary Forbes.

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

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    Let’s be clear about this — all pro-ams are not created equal. You go to Rucker Park and drop 66 and that is something. Put up big numbers at the Drew or Goodman leagues and you are ballin’. The fact that Gary Forbes dropped 78 points at the Greater Hartford pro-am game says more about…

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