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  1. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowtizki in Legos. We told you yesterday about the Atlanta Hawks hosting a pre-lockout free agent mini-camp. The Lakers and Suns are doing the same thing. A look back at the last NBA season in graphic form. The draft may have put a number of veterans around the league on notice their jobs are…

  2. Just in time for a lockout, NBA to offer official champagne

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    When you are ready to celebrate the lockout starting, pop open a bottle of the new official NBA champagne! In what may be the worst timing ever for a league generally pretty good at that with marketing, the NBA has a new league-sanctioned champagne about to come out. Seriously. NBA champagne. Because there is a…

  3. Pistons GM Dumars has “sense of freedom” with new owner

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    It became clear within the last year (maybe before that really, but let’s not go there now) that it was time to break up the Detroit Pistons and start to rebuild. The roster that at one point was an Eastern Conference Finals fixture had been caught by father time. But general manager Joe Dumars’ hands…

  4. Video: See Dirk Nowitzki celebrated in his home town

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Dirk Nowitzki still not particularly good at singing “We are the Champions” but nobody in Wurzburg, Germany, really cares. Wurzburg is Nowitzki’s home town and they threw a parade and party in his honor Tuesday for winning an NBA title. The crowd in the town square is totally into it, chanting MVP and singing along. Probably singing…

  5. Owners leave lockout steps in hands of committee

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    So the owners didn’t vote Tuesday to authorize a lockout exactly… but it’s basically the same thing. Nobody from the NBA owners said much after Tuesday’s Board of Governor’s meeting in Dallas. (The Board of Governors is made up of NBA owners.) But that doesn’t mean there is a lot of room for hope. Here…

  6. NBA owners, players to have one final pre-lockout meeting Thursday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    The NBA owners and players have been formally meeting on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with an offer on the table since the 2010 All-Star game in Dallas (and really they were talking before that, informally). After more than 16 months of talks, they are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and nowhere close to…

  7. Agent says Ron Artest is not playing in Finland

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    It was fun while it lasted. We were skeptical but with Ron Artest — er, Metta World Peace — anything seems possible. But Artest will not be playing in Finland, his agent told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m his agent and nothing has come across my desk,” Bauman said. “Although Ron has asked me to…

  8. NBA’s championship DVD out, if you can’t get enough Dirk

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The official NBA Dallas Mavericks Championship DVD is out, with plenty of Dirk Nowitzki one-legged turnaround jumpers and Jason Terry showing off his ink. The fine folks at the NBA.com site released a trailer for the DVD. We thought we’d bring that to you rather than just give you another lockout story. Bookmark this post…

  9. Lockout veteran Grant Hill learned lessons from last one

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    There are a handful of guys still around the NBA from the last time the league locked out, the 1998-99 season, which cost the league 32 games. Grant Hill of the Suns is one of those guys and told Marc Spears of Yahoo there are lessons to be learned. “You want to stay in shape.…

  10. Thunder pick up options on Harden, Ibaka, Maynor

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    James Harden

    It’s worth remembering that no key player in the Thunder rotation other than Kendrick Perkins was over the age of 22 in the last playoffs. This is a young team that remains all about the future. So it is without a surprise that the Thunder exercised the options on a number of their young players…

  11. Casey will use advanced stats, get Raptors to play defense

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Dwane Casey smiles after being introduced as the new head coach of the Raptors in Toronto

    Put me in the group of NBA bloggers who wanted to see Dwane Casey get another chance at the big seat. First off, he did a pretty good job in the big seat the first time but got thrown to the sidelines because an owner misread how much talent his team really had. And in…

  12. Etan Thomas lays out the players’ case in labor strife

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas can flat out write. Which makes the Atlanta forward’s explanation of where the players are coming from in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement must reading over at Hoopshype. You don’t have to agree with it — if you want to side with the ultra rich owners over the wealthy players go ahead, personally…

  13. Wizards’ owner Leonsis confirms team lost money last year

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis

    Not really shocking, especially considering Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has said he wants a hockey-like financial system for the NBA, but he admitted that his team was one of the challenged teams last season. “We lost money last year,” Leonsis told CSNWashington.com. After that, having learned the price of an owner speaking out of turn…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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”…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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