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  1. Hawks hosting pre-lockout mini-camp for draftees, free agents

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Keith Benson, Alexis Wangmene

    Summer is usually the time teams get a long up close look at the guys they drafted and some free agents they may want to fill out the roster. There is Summer League and team workouts and some time to really evaluate guys. Not this summer. This summer is all about the lockout. So the…

  2. Bobcats’ Biyombo still facing serious buyout issues

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    When introduced to the fans and media recently, Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo essentially blew off concerns about a buyout with his Spanish club. It isn’t quite that simple, reports the Associated Press. The two sides are expected to sit down Friday and see if they can reach a deal. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the…

  3. Artest to play in Finland? That’s one report… and it is false

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Artest_Lakers

    UPDATE 8:57 pm: As much fun as this sounded like, it turns out not to be true. 10:47 am: We warn you to take this report out of Finland with more salt than you would use to make graavikala — traditional Finnish salt-cured fish. So a lot. But the Finnish paper iltasanomat.fi is reporting Ron…

  4. Nowitzki’s hometown in Germany throwing him parade

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    A fan holds a placard which reads "Wuerzburg loves Dirk" ..

    There’s going to be quite the party in Wurzburg, Bavaria, Tuesday. And it’s not even October. Wurzburg is the hometown of Dirk Nowitzki, and the best basketball player that city has ever produced has returned home for a parade in his honor, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Nowitzki flew home over the weekend after…

  5. NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them. At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds…

  6. Tim Duncan not going to opt out, Spurs not offering extension

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    tim-duncan-ankle-injury

    Next season, whenever it starts, is going to see Tim Duncan in the middle for the San Antonio Spurs. As it should, it will look and feel wrong when the day comes he doesn’t fill that role. Duncan could opt out of his deal and force the Spurs to renegotiate with him, but he’s not…

  7. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire talks lockout workouts

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Michael Robinson, the fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, has started his own YouTube interview show called The Real Robinson Report. Because, what else are you going to do during a lockout? He interviewed the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire recently and asked him about the lockout and got the usual “I hope it doesn’t come to that”…

  8. Former Hawks player Lorenzo Charles dies in bus crash

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Lorenzo Charles, who played one season for the Atlanta Hawks but is best remembered as a basketball hero of North Carolina State’s second national championship, has died in a bus crash. Charles, 47, was driving the bus, which had no passengers when the accident occurred, on Interstate 40 near Durham, N.C. No other vehicles were…

  9. Larry Bird doesn’t sound like a guy hanging around for long

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    You’re not going to have Larry Bird to kick around much longer, Pacers fans. At least that’s how it sounds in a conversation Bird had with the Boston Globe. “It’s at a point now in my life where I think it might be time to really reconsider and see how long I want to do…

  10. Wizards should play even faster with Vesely in lineup

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jan Vesely

    The Washington Wizards knew what they had — last year at Summer League Sam Cassell (coaching the team in Vegas) and Flip Saunders said the Wizards were going to run. They had John Wall, they were going to up the tempo and get in in the open court. And they did, they moved from 21st…

  11. Did Hamilton slide down draft due to Texas coach Barnes?

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Hamilton

    Jordan Hamilton is a lottery-level athlete who slid all the way down the NBA draft board to No. 26, where Dallas took him, traded him and he is now the property of the Denver Nuggets. Why did he fall down the board? In part because teams had concerns about his attitude. Hamilton thinks those concerns…

  12. Another report that Hawks are close to being sold

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Logo

    First came the report the Hawks were very close to being sold again. Then the expected denial. Again. Now comes a second report from a trusted place — David Aldridge of NBA.com — that the sale is indeed close. The sale is close to being completed, though it won’t be finalized in time for an approval…

  13. Hornets lose another big man, Gray to become free agent

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Gray_Aaron

    First it was the expected news that David West is going opt out of his deal with the Hornets to test the market. Now comes news that backup center Aaron Gray will follow suit, via Yahoo’s Marc Spears on twitter. Gray was set to make $1.1 million in the last year of his deal but…

  14. Derrick Williams gamblers favorite to be Rookie of Year

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Kyrie Irving was the consensus No. 1 pick because of position and potential, but Derrick Williams — who comes into the league ready to score right away — might have a better rookie season. Which is why the bookmakers at Bodog.com made him the favorite to be the Rookie of the Year: Derrick Williams 9/2…

  15. Report: Former Knicks president Checketts advising Pistons

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Dave Checketts was the New York Knicks president the last time they were good — back when the Knicks were built around Patrick Ewing and they were flirting with a title (they never got), Checkets was steering the ship. Now he is advising Tom Gores, the new Detroit Pistons owner, according to Marc Stein at…

  16. As NBA slides toward lockout, owners talk revenue sharing

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    In negotiations that have had a lot of sticking points — percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI), hard cap — one of the other big ones has been revenue sharing. The owners know they need to address it and David Stern has called the discussions on the topic “robust.” The players think it is an…

  17. Shaq has no advice for LeBron… other than what MJ said

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Shaquille O’Neal had a massive, blowout retirement party at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. I didn’t get an invite either, don’t feel bad. Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal was there and asked the big man if he had any advice for former teammate LeBron James (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball): “No,”…

  18. Monta Ellis did not demand a trade. Yet anyway.

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    While it appeared Monta Ellis was being shopped around like a ShamWow in recent weeks, that appeared to be more of a gauging of interest move by the Warriors. They were trying to see what they could get if they decide to move him. But does Ellis want out of Golden State. Right now he…

  19. Rodrigue Beaubois to undergo foot surgery. Again.

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    roddybeaubois

    One reason the Dallas Mavericks could repeat as champions — they should get their two most dynamic wing players back from injury next season. Caron Butler is one. Rodrigue Beaubois is the other — but not until he has another foot surgery, according Sports.fr (a French sports site). Beaubois missed most of last season after…

  20. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    This is a fantastic profile of No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving and what it was like for him growing up. Here’s a new CBA proposal from a blogger trying to find a balance. At least he is trying to find a middle ground, which is more than we can say for the sides in…

  21. David West opts out of contract, hits free agent market

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    If this were any year in the last five, what David West is doing would be a no brainer. But this year, heading into a lockout followed by a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he is taking a risk. David West has told the New Orleans Hornets he is opting out of the final year of…

  22. Video: Mark Cuban wants to sign Optimus Prime

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    This new commercial has movie tie ins, ESPN tie ins, and it makes Mark Cuban the first person from the Mavericks to get a commercial after the team won the NBA title. Which is fair, since he really needs the money. The new ESPN/Transformers 3 commercial is getting posted here because I thought it was…

  23. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  24. Knicks may solve center problem with… Kwame Brown?

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    The Knicks need someone to protect the rim and play some defense as a big man. Ronny Turiaf tried but he is a great backup, not the answer. However they really want to preserve their cap space for potentially getting another superstar in 2012 — hello Dwight Howard or Chris Paul (new CBA willing) —…

  25. Collins says Iguodala not being shopped; pair to meet

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Doug Collin’s is doing what a lot of NBA coaches are doing right now — flying all over the country, racking up healthy cell phone minutes talking to the players on their roster. They talk about offseason workouts, parts of their game to focus on. Because starting next Friday — when the lockout almost certainly…

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