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  1. Michael Beasley may have broken wrist in China

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Reports out of China are a little sketchy, but it could be bad news for Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. First there is this tweet from Rijay Wang (via Hoopshype): Report: Michael Beasley suffered wrist injury in Sunday night at China Championships, had to get wrist re-examined, possible wrist break. Here is the link to the…

  2. Deron Williams’ wrist still not all the way back

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Larry Sanders

    Deron Williams was in Utah last weekend playing dodgeball. He was playing for charity. Not exactly the high stakes of playing dodgeball to save your gym from being bought by Globo-Gym, but still a very worthy cause. Williams was playing with Kyle Korver, C.J. Miles and Wesley Mathews. And he spoke with the Salt Lake…

  3. Report: Adelman, Timberwolves agree to pay range

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    It looks like Rick Adelman is one step closer to being the next head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Which in and of itself seems like a minor miracle. One of the nagging questions about the Wolves landing Adelman (who would seem the perfect fit on paper) is if they could afford him — he…

  4. Elton Brand sees some improvement in 76ers

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday

    A bunch of Philadelphia 76ers got together in Los Angles over the weekend to workout together. We’d love to tell you it’s a pre-training camp get together, but we all know better than that. Still, a good turnout of the starting five of the Sixers and the first guy off the bench last year —…

  5. Video: Highlights from Elite 24 at Venice Beach

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Big names were coming. Kevin Durant was there. Of course he was — if there was a high-level pro-am game this summer, Durant has been there. He’s sharpening his game, more importantly this has been a summer of sharp little bit of grassroots marketing by KD. Back to the issue at hand, the Elite 24…

  6. Report: Owners, players meeting set for Wednesday

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    lockout

    We’re still not sure what good it will do, we’re not convinced the two sides really feel the pressure to compromise and reach a deal, but they will meet in a few days. PBT has reported a meeting is coming, and that it would feature only high-ranking officials. Now, we have a few more details…

  7. Tunisia earns Olympic berth with upset of Angola

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    international basketball FIBA

    There are now three teams qualified for the Olympics next year in London — Tunisia will represent Africa after a stunning upset to win AfroBasket. We say stunning upset because Tunisia was taking on Angola, a team that had not lost a game to another African team in a decade, the country that had won…

  8. Report: Ron Artest to do Dancing with the Stars

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Ron Artest is following in Mark Cuban’s footsteps. Literally. It had been rumored that Ron Artest was in talks to take part in Dancing with the Stars this fall (although he seemed down on it), and now Charged.fm and Terez Owens is reporting that the Lakers forward — to officially become Metta World Peace by the…

  9. Video: Tyreke Evans has wicked handles

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    We’ll grant you that he is doing this against high school kids — this was at the Elite 24 event which mixes NBA players and some of the best high school players around. But still, damn Tyreke Evans looks good. Now, if he gets a jump shot with these handles, it is on.

  10. Dwyane Wade on Dancing with the Stars? That’s the rumor.

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    Confession time: I have never watched Dancing with the Stars. Not to try and laugh at Mark Cuban, not to watch one of my favorite interviews ever — Helio Castroneves — win the whole thing. Not a second. And NBA guys have never been on it because it tapes during the season. Sure, a retired…

  11. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler is not inked in Italy. Yet.

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and that is what we do. • Despite the reports that came out yesterday, Denver Nugget Wilson Chandler has not inked a deal…

  12. Where is the eventual middle ground of players/owners deal?

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Right now, the NBA owners are playing hardball and the players are playing goalie. The owners want to change the system, the players are trying to keep as much of the current system as they can. Both sides are dug in. Eventually there will be a deal. The question is, where will the eventual middle…

  13. Down a final four in African Olympic qualifying

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Afrobasket

    Next July in London you will see one of these four teams: Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Nigeria or Angola. Probably Angola, by the way, but there have been enough surprises in FIBA AfroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for that continent — that one should keep watching. Angola hadn’t lost a game to an African team…

  14. No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day. Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it. But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the…

  15. You asked questions on twitter, time to answer them

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    The Question

    Welcome to a new feature here at PBT, where we answer your twitter questions regarding basketball, food, comics and just about everything else. Well, no food questions this week but maybe in the future. Basically, if you ask it we’ll try to answer it. I admit to stealing this column idea from Hardball Talk’s Craig…

  16. Kevin Love says barnstorming tour of China coming

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    You know Kobe Bryant and other stars have talked about a “barnstorming” tour of China, to make some money and promote their brands if the lockout drags into the season. You also know there are obstacles, because this is China. But something is coming together, Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated. Oh, it’s very real. I…

  17. Wade says he, LeBron passed chemistry last season

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat passed chemistry. Early in the season they were failing it pretty badly as Wade and LeBron James seemed to just take turns trying to get isolation sets and take over games. But that evolved. Somewhat. Wade said that by the end of the season concerns that he and LeBron…

  18. Amar’e Stoudemire will not eat scorpions on a stick

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    amare stoudemire in china from amarestoudemire

    When in China… Nope, not going to do it. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire would not do as the Chinese do with one thing — he would not eat some Chinese street food. Which would be deep fried scorpions on a stick. That doesn’t work for you? How about deep fried seahorses? Silkworms? Here is what…

  19. Dwight Howard has hired free throw shooting guru

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There are moments — crucial end-of-close-game moments — when Stan Van Gundy has to sit his best player, Dwight Howard. Or they can’t trust giving him the ball. Because Howard will get fouled, and he shot only 59.6 percent from the free throw line last year (which is pretty much right at his career average…

  20. Sorry Ron-Ron, Friday was almost Metta World Peace day

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    UPDATE 1:10 pm: Sorry folks, no World Peace today. The name change has been delayed to Sept. 16. 9:15 am: Today, August 26, there is only World Peace. There is no more Ron Artest. At some point today, a judge in Los Angeles will officially sign that paper that will change the name of Lakers…

  21. Kevin Love is good with Rick Adelman as Wolves coach

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Love,

    Rick Adelman may be the next Minnesota Timberwolves coach. We know he interviewed for the job this week and there appears to be mutual interest, but there remain questions and until we see a name on the doted line nothing is certain. The key for any coach in the NBA now is player management. Yes,…

  22. Report: Only top executives to attend next week’s bargaining session

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to say if this will turn out to be fruitful or not, but it is interesting. We told you that the players union and league were expected to meet next week in New York (only the second official bargaining session since the lockout started July 1). Not only is that a go, it…

  23. Why is he called Shane Battier? Bad handwriting.

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is working his way through China (what NBA player isn’t?) promoting PEAK, his China-based shoe company. With that comes a lot of media stops and pictures and press conferences and the like. Most of them sound identical after a while, like white noise in the background. But Battier broke that up at one…

  24. NBA keeps going about its business as if nothing is wrong

    Aug 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We all had a good laugh when the NBA released its schedule last month. We circled the games on the schedule we wished we were going to see, all with a nod and a wink knowing there was little to no chance of that schedule, in an unaltered form, taking place. Then the preseason schedule…

  25. Report: Adelman “definitely interested” in Timberwolves

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Rick Adelman had his interview this week with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the situation was a little bit upside down — rather than the coach having to sell the team on him, it was the team that needed to sell Adelman on the job. They wanted him, but did he want them. Apparently so, if…

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