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  1. Video: LeBron James dunks on youth camper

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Finally, LeBron James exploited a mismatch inside and attacked the rim. Of course, it was a month after the season was over and it was what appears to be an 11-year-old at a youth basketball camp. The home video is below — James misses a couple of wide-open jump shots (insert your own joke about…

  2. Lakers Brown opts out of deal, to test free agency

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:09 PM EST

    Image (1) Brown_dunk-thumb-250x166-11742.jpg for post 1998

    One last little transaction move before the lockout took all the fun of summer… Lakers guard Shannon Brown opted out of the second year of his deal, leaving $2.4 million on the table to become a free agent. This was expected, he’s going to test the market. Brown wants a multi-year deal under whatever the…

  3. Krstic: NBA players will not be flocking to Europe

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    It is every player’s favorite threat — “I can always play in Europe.” Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, a ton of players have pulled out the Euro card as an option. It’s not really an option, not like they think. So warns Nenad Krstic, who spent the last several seasons in the NBA (Thunder…

  4. Kobe Bryant has experimental therapy on his knees

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant’s knees are not good. He sat out practices most of last season to rest them (which might have helped cause his team’s poor execution under pressure in the playoffs). But he is getting close to bone-on-bone and there is only so much the doctors can do. At the time Lakers trainer Gary Vitti…

  5. About Antonio McDyess retiring… maybe not

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    When we last saw Spurs veteran big man Antonio McDyess we were talking about how the surprising first-round ouster of the team meant he was walking away from the game with a sour taste in his mouth. But he did say, “This was my last game.” Or not. Turns out the two sides want to…

  6. League tells teams contact with player means $1 million fine

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    lockout

    The NBA is not kidding around about this lockout stuff. The league has told the owners and team officials that any contact with a player during the lockout will bring a $1 million fine on the organization, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN. Marc Spears of Yahoo provides even more details on the contact ban.…

  7. Jamison says players more unified than last lockout

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    This lockout is going to end when the two sides decide the pain of taking the deal on the table is less than the pain of the lockout. That pain just gets worse as things go along (especially if games, and with it revenue and paychecks, are lost). That is particularly true of the players.…

  8. With NBA lockout there are plenty of losers, but it starts with fans

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    The NBA locks out and there are tons of losers. It’s not the owners and the players. Sure, they are shooting their own business in the foot, but when it is all said and done the owners will be insanely wealthy and the players will still make a lot of money playing a game. It’s…

  9. So how does this lockout get resolved?

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:30 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The lockout just started, and I’m pretty much done with it. So how does this thing get resolved? Sadly, it’s going to take some time, but a couple of factors need to come together. There needs to be pressure on both sides to strike a deal. No real contract negotiations — whether you are talking…

  10. The clock strikes midnight — NBA lockout officially begins

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    At midnight Eastern the preverbal padlocks were slapped on the doors of NBA facilities and the players were locked out. Players can’t workout at NBA facilities. There is no July free agency. There is no summer league. There are rookies not getting instruction, long shot free agents not able to prove their worth to teams.…

  11. NBA Lockout Q&A: PBT explains it all (well, almost)

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:37 PM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Welcome to the NBA lockout. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, you’re going to be here a while. If we’re all lucky it will be for just the summer, but it could be longer. Much longer. I understand you all have questions about how we got here, where we are at and what is…

  12. Already war of words started: union attorney disputes Stern

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Welcome to the first of what will be an ongoing summer session of “the other side misrepresented our position” posts. We’re trying to come up with a catchy name for them. The honor of going first goes to the players union. David Stern came out of the mostly-for-show final negotiating session between the players and…

  13. Hilton Armstrong to sign with French team for next season

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Armstrong_Hilton

    This isn’t exactly the exodus of big name players to Europe because of the lockout we were all talking about, but we pass it along anyway. Hilton Armstrong has agreed to terms to play for ASVEL of the French league next season, according to Sportando. Armstrong played a limited role for the Wizards and Hawks…

  14. It’s official: Owners tell players there will be a lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    This is a sad day for the NBA. We all knew it was coming. Frankly, everyone has been expecting this for a couple of years now, you could see the storm clouds gathering for that long. It doesn’t make it feel any better. And things are only going to get worse in the short term.…

  15. Glen Davis wants to stay with Celtics, but…

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis is going to be a free agent at midnight. Not that he can do much about it, not until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Whenever that does happen, Davis told the Boston Herald he wants to remain with the Celtics. But things are far too unpredictable right now… “Man, I…

  16. Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Kings for Omri Casspi

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    Omri Casspi

    Multiple reports now have the deal done, one trade right before the deadline. The Cavaliers and Kings will swap young forwards, with J.J. Hickson going to the Kings for Omri Casspi. This deal may be the last before lockout begins at midnight, according to a tweet from Marc Stein or ESPN. The Cavaliers also would…

  17. Creators of “The Decision” stunned by backlash (and other details of event)

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Image (1) lebron_decision-thumb-250x191-15508.jpg for post 6206

    On the eve of a lockout that — if it does end up costing games — will kill the momentum around the league, let’s look back at the thing that helped create all that momentum and the increased ratings: LeBron James’ Decision. The television show sparked interest from casual fans that carried over to increased…

  18. Nene makes it official, he will be a free agent

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Nene

    This has been expected for a long time, and it doesn’t mean he’s leaving Denver, but it is official now: Brazilian center Nene is opting out of the last year of his deal the Denver Post reports and will test out the free agent market. Whenever the doors to that market open after the lockout.…

  19. Battier asks union president to take $1 salary during lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    billy-hunter

    When the NFL lockout started, that union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, agreed to take a $1 salary through the duration of the lockout. Share the pain, show some solidarity. So during a players meeting last week, Shane Battier asked NBA union president Billy Hunter if he would do the same thing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  20. PBT Thursday morning, pre-lockout one liners

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    The world’s craziest basketball court is in Munich

    In Munich, they have about the most useless yet interesting basketball court you will ever see (from Ball Don’t Lie, photos by Markus Buck). LeBron James hanging out with Bono. The drive to put Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. stamp is going strong. In a move that shocked nobody, the Jazz picked up the team option…

  21. ‘Melo has been undergoing elbow rehab since season ended

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has a case of elbow bursitis — a condition that flared up with the Nuggets before the trade and apparently was an issue during the playoffs — and has been receiving treatment at the Knicks facilities since the season ended, the New York Post reports. If he were playing it could impact the…

  22. J.J. Barea says playing in Spain could be an option

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    J.J. Barea

    A lot of big name NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and the list goes on — have talked about playing in Europe if there is an extended NBA lockout. Thing is, it’s not that simple because if a player has an existing NBA contract he has to get a waiver from…

  23. Billups wants Knicks to build team not collect stars

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have two big stars now — Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and New York fans are dreaming of adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to that mix. New CBA, what new CBA? Those fans realize the road to the NBA finals out of the Eastern Conference goes through Miami and their three…

  24. Jackson says Bobcats shut him down to miss playoffs

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the playoffs for the first time ever in 2010 and there were grand plans to build on that in 2011. Not exactly how it went. Still, at the end of the season they had an outside chance to catch the Indiana Pacers, become the eight seed and be fodder for…

  25. Pistons bring in Mike Woodson for second interview

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Detroit fans want Bill Laimbeer, and other names have been mentioned, but former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson has always been the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. Thursday Woodson will be brought in for a second interview with Pistons management, the first guy to get one, according to the Detroit Free…

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