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  1. George Hill is going to miss watching Ginobili play nightly

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 6

    Here’s what we learned about George Hill today — not a fan of Whataburger. Big fan of Gregg Popovich’s jokes (if you like dry humor you’d like his jokes, too.) But what did Hill tell butthegameison.com he would miss most after the trade? When asked to rate how much he would miss seeing Manu Ginobili…

  2. Miami gets cakewalk early (and other schedule thoughts)

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    The NBA’s schedule for the season is out and for at least one day we are going to ignore those ominous lockout clouds and pretend it’s just another sunny July day. With a full season ahead of us. With that, some follow up thoughts after our first glance post earlier today. • The Miami Heat…

  3. No Ty Lawson, NBA players can’t file for unemployment

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    Lawson_Ty

    The couple times NBA players have made jokes about “looking for work” they have felt the backlash quickly — for most of the United States trying to fight its way out of a deep recession, that’s not funny. Which brings us to Ty Lawson, the Nuggets point guard who tweeted: i wonder if i can…

  4. Shaq talks about Heat’s “big two.” Somewhere Bosh shrugs.

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    All last season Dwyane Wade and LeBron James did their press conferences together, usually well after Chris Bosh cleaned up in the locker room, came out and did his by himself. That combined with Bosh scoring 7 fewer points per game than either of the other two, and the fact the other two took over…

  5. NBA Schedule released, here are your highlights

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    This NBA season is shaping up to be a fun one. Yes, we know, we know… IF there is an NBA season. But deep down we want to believe that the owners and players are too smart to piss away all the momentum the league has built up. For today we’re going to move ahead…

  6. Kobe speaks in China about Yao Ming’s impact

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:00 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

    Yao Ming is expected to officially announce his retirement Wednesday at a press conference in China. (And good on the NBA league office for clearing Rocket officials to go to the event in spite of the lockout). As you read this, Kobe Bryant is in China, the latest of his annual trips to China to…

  7. Dwyane Wade sues twitter, email hackers

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Is there any athlete or celebrity out there who hasn’t claimed to have their twitter account hacked? Dwyane Wade is serious about his alleged hackers, though. He has filed a lawsuit against unnamed defendants who allegedly hacked into his twitter, Yahoo email and some other social media accounts, according to the Dallas Business Journal (the…

  8. David Stern to meet with FIBA leaders in New York

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Officially, none of this is about the lockout and NBA players going overseas… unless that somehow comes up. NBA Commissioner David Stern has a meeting set up with FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann this week in New York. With all the talk of players going overseas would say “what a coincidence” but everyone involved said…

  9. ‘Melo back in Denver Nov. 16… if there’s a season

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    The official schedule release isn’t until later on Tuesday — so if you want to know when Toronto plays Minnesota you’ll have to wait — but some of the marque games are leaking out. Like when Carmelo Anthony returns to the Pepsi Center in Denver. It isn’t exactly LeBron returning to Cleveland, but it’s not…

  10. Video: Brandon Jennings off-the-backboard dunk

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Image (1) Jennings_celebrate-thumb-250x260-10187-thumb-250x260-10188.jpg for post 3511

    Brandon Jennings looks pretty healthy this sumer. Last week he dropped 51 points in a game at the Goodman League in Washington D.C. Monday he swing by the Melo Center in Baltimore (yes, Carmelo Anthony’s center for youth development in Baltimore) for a little run. And nobody plays any defense at these pro-am games, so…

  11. Boy injured in Lamar Odom car accident passes away

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    We told you yesterday that Lakers and reality television star Lamar Odom was back in New York for the funeral of a family member when a car he was a passenger in was involved in an accident. At the time, we knew Odom was uninjured but not the severity of the other injuries. The 15-year-old…

  12. How intense are lockout negotiations? Fisher headed to Philippines.

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We tried to tell you earlier that there are no meaningful negotiations going on between the owners and players, that everyone is playing a game of lockout chicken, waiting for the deadline to put pressure on the talks. Here is another sign just how little is going on — union president Derek Fisher is heading…

  13. Attend a Liverpool game, get to meet LeBron James

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    When English Premier League power Liverpool tour Asia next month — a chance to get in some warmup matches before the season and promote the brand in China — fans of the franchise would love the chance to meet Dirk Kuyt or Steven Gerrard. But they could get to meet LeBron James, reports the Sports…

  14. Timberwolves interview Mike Woodson for coaching gig

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    For the past few weeks, once the ownership change went through and John Kuester was let go, it was thought Mike Woodson was he frontrunner to be the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons. But Celtics assistant (and former Nets head coach) Lawrence Frank reportedly impressed owner Tom Gores in the interview. The Pistons…

  15. Report: Owners, players have no high level talks planned

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Every day we have some posturing news to report — “big name player X is really serious about playing in Europe/China next year” — but as for actual progress to end the NBA lockout…. Crickets. That’s not getting any better in the near future, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The two sides are not…

  16. Michael Jordan can still dunk at age 48

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:40 PM EST

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    Perks of going to the Charlotte Bobcats fantasy camp is that the owner may show up and hang out. Which is what happened Monday. According to Bobcats.com at the morning camp session one girl asked if MJ could still dunk. And we know how Jordan reacts to a challenge. At the evening session he showed…

  17. Celtics near major broadcast rights deal with Comcast New England

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Just months after the Los Angeles Lakers brokered a deal that will pay the franchise handsomely to be the anchor of a new regional sports network in that city, the Boston Celtics are near their own blockbuster deal. The Celtics and Comcast Sports Net New England (CSNNE) are close to a 20-year extension of their…

  18. Terry Porter interviews for Timberwolves coaching job

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    Don Nelson is getting all the hype, but he is still in Maui. (If you have to be somewhere, that’s not a bad place to choose.) But former Bucks and Suns head coach Terry Porter is in Minnesota talking to the Timberowolves official about their head coaching job, according to the Star Tribune. Porter has…

  19. Lockout has players flocking to Drew, Goodman leagues

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    summer league

    The Drew League in Los Angeles is an institution, a part of the fabric of hoops in the city, and it usually has some name NBA players taking part — Baron Davis has run there seemingly forever. But this year it seemed more NBA guys came in (including Kevin Durant, who was putting on a…

  20. Brandon Jennings says “it’s time to become an all-star”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    jenningseuro

    Brandon Jennings has been good. After skipping college to go play professionally in Europe not everyone was convinced he could be a team leader over here, but he started out on fire and had an impressive rookie season. But injuries slowed him last season — he missed 19 games and was never quite right. He…

  21. Agents expect overseas signings to escalate. Of course they do.

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    Sasha Vujacic

    At the end of the day, what is the job of an NBA players agent? Make his client as much money as possible. Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. yelling “show me the money.” If a player isn’t going to be getting paid in the NBA — and a lot of agents think this lockout is going…

  22. How about Bulls vs. Mavericks to open NBA season?

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Chicago Bulls

    The NBA schedule for next season will get released in full on Tuesday — write that down in pencil — but little bits are getting leaked out now. Like an NBA finals rematch on Christmas Day. Looks like the Bulls will open their season against the Dirk Nowitizki and the defending world champions on Nov.…

  23. Union to help players get insurance if they head overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    There are hurdles to getting NBA players overseas during the lockout. One is getting FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to sign off on letting guys under contract go play for another team. FIBA has not officially ruled on that, yet. Then there is the little matter of insurance. Well, it’s not such a…

  24. Winderman: NBA to release schedule, but put it in pencil

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the NBA schedule is announced Tuesday, it either will be embraced or taken as yet another lockout tease, sort of like the list of available free agents. It will be a tangible, yet tormenting, moment, particularly when it comes to the interconference portion of the schedule. For those who forget, when the NBA endured…

  25. Knicks, D’Antoni could turn to Frank for defensive help

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Lawrence Frank coming to the rescue of the New York Knicks? Maybe, if Mike D’Antoni gets his way. At least that’s the report. The Knicks want — and need — an assistant coach to take over and be “defensive coordinator” and Frank did that job last season for the Boston Celtics (who had the second…

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