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  1. Jimmer Fredette, other rookies to play in Utah showcases

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Few players are as screwed by this NBA lockout as the first round picks of the recent draft. They know where they will play next season, but this summer they get none of the NBA coaching, no summer league, no NBA facilities in which to workout and practice. They don’t even know how much they…

  2. Jordan is coming back to Chicago — with a steakhouse

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Michael Jordan and a nice rare New York strip with a side of sautéed mushrooms? I’m in. Michael Jordan is getting back into the restaurant business in the Windy City, reports NBCChicago.com. The most famous basketball player in the world is putting another stamp on Chicago in the form of a new Michael Jordan’s Steak…

  3. Two-week NBA pro league plans September run in Vegas

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    summer league

    The NBA players are learning that the marketing machine that is the NBA is not so easy to replace. While there has been Grassroots buzz about all the pro-am events this summer, that has not seeped into the national sports consciousness. Not in a meaningful way. (There are people criticizing the lack of marketing around…

  4. Drew League to sit down with Kobe about Goodman rematch

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    After a one-point loss on the wrong coast, Los Angeles-based Drew League players and officials said they wanted a rematch with the Washington D.C.-based Goodman League. This time on their turf. Drew League officials are working to pull together a Sept. 10 event in Los Angeles, which is not a lot of time to get…

  5. Report: Casspi now eyeing Tony Parker’s team in France

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Omri Casspi is not going to Israel if he plays overseas during he lockout. Which is kind of surprising but talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv (where he would team up with Jordan Farmar) fell through over money and now the Cavalier’s forward looking around at other options. Like teaming up with Tony Parker in France,…

  6. One Olympics hoops berth being decided in Africa now

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Ime Udoka

    From now through the middle of September, the field for next summer’s London Olympics will come into sharp focus. The United States is already in by virtue of winning the World Championships last summer. Great Britain is in because it is there party next July. The first qualifying tournament on the calendar is FIBA Africa,…

  7. Malcolm Gladwell says owners shouldn’t expect to make money

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Is owning a sports franchise a business or a toy? Right now, the NBA owners are telling you the NBA is a business, and a bad one at that. One that needs to be fixed. Even if it means costing an NBA season. But you look at owners like Mark Cuban and you see him…

  8. Today’s overseas roundup: Rasual Butler headed to Spain

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Rasual Butler

    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we give it to you in roundup, bullet-point form. We’re bloggers, we can no more resist using bullet points than John Stewart can resist mocking Fox News. • The first Chicago Bull is down, Rasual Butler has signed with Gran…

  9. ‘Melo, Bosh to appear on “Law & Order: SVU” this fall

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    There are times the written word is inadequate. This post really needs to start with that Law & Order “doing doing” sound. You know, this one. Yea. Just pretend that this first paragraph was only that noise. Finally Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Richard Belzer and Ice-T in the same place. I know we’ve all been…

  10. Police say Randolph invited man to sell marijuana at his home

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Sorry Memphis fans, we were with you and wanted to believe in the change. A new Zach Randolph. And to be fair we haven’t heard both sides of this story. But this does not look good. According to police, the man that suffered a beating at the home of Randolph — which triggered police to…

  11. Video: NBA 2K12 trailer, where you can be Charles Oakley

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    nba2k12

    It’s the video game player you have been praying to unlock forever — you can have a team with Charles Oakley. Or Dikembe Mutombo. There is also Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson and so many more of the game’s greats in the new trailer for NBA 2K12. But what is really intriguing…

  12. Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams working out with Kobe

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    I don’t know how good No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams is going to be as a pro. Probably pretty good, especially as a scorer, but we don’t know what his ceiling is. Timberwolves fans, this however is a good sign. Monday he is having his first summer workout with Kobe Bryant. Williams tweeted it…

  13. Wade says what Heat endured was at times “unfair”

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Heat have become black and white — there are no shades of gray with this team. People do not really tolerate the “I don’t like how they handed last summer but that was still a good basketball team” position. Love or hate. Black and white. Evil and good. How you react to what you…

  14. Rondo in Lakers colors? That looks wrong to everyone.

    Aug 22, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Fun little ad here from the fine folks at Champs sports, where they use the future of the Celtics franchise Rajon Rondo as an endorser. Then they do the least-Celtic thing possible to him. Cool of him to play along. It made us smile, and we never smile on Mondays. (Well, except at the thought…

  15. Report: Cavaliers want to retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ number

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

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    When Zydrunas Ilgauskas — one of the most beloved players in Cleveland Cavaliers history — followed LeBron James to Miami, there was not any of the same animosity. In fact, they still want to honor the Lithuanian big man who spent 13 seasons with the Cavaliers by retiring his jersey. That’s the report from lithuaniabasketball.com.…

  16. Police called to break up Humphries/Kardashian wedding

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    Did you have the cops called out on your wedding? Then Kris Humphries has you beat. As you no doubt heard (no matter how hard you tried to avoid it, it’s a lockout and we’re hitting everything), Nets forward Humphries married Kim Kardashian over the weekend in what was tabloid television heaven. However, the Kardashian’s…

  17. Durant, Rose, more stars may play Australian exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    NBA stars may be headed down under. If — we keep saying “if” even though it almost certainly is a “when” — the lockout drags into the regular season some top NBA players may be headed to Australia for an exhibition tour of a few games, reports the News Herald (via the Orange County Register).…

  18. Delonte West thinking less Home Depot, more Sam’s Club

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    We told you last week how Delonte West said he applied for a job at Home Depot to work during the lockout. And because it’s Delonte we weren’t sure if he was kidding or not. He wasn’t (and he hasn’t heard back yet). But in comments to ESPN, he actually sounded a little more down…

  19. Orlando mayor counting on new CBA to help team keep Howard

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The mayor of Orlando is working hard to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando (remember he can and likely will opt out of his current deal next summer), taking part in online efforts to woo Howard. And he thinks he’s got some real help coming in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is what mayor Buddy…

  20. Nets get extension with YES Network, double TV deal

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    The New Jersey Nets just made a lot more money. The soon-to-be Brooklyn team (they move for the start of the 2012 season) will double its annual intake to $20 million a season as part of a 10-year extension that will keep the Nets on the YES network until 2032, reports the Sports Business Journal.…

  21. LeBron says he is in for the 2012 Olympics in London

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There were concerns that if the lockout is still going on next summer (and there is a real chance of that happening) that the best NBA players would stay away because USA Basketball is seen as a David Stern production. But if you think the best players are going to miss the chance to win…

  22. LeBron says week after finals loss was worst he ever had

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    A Miami Heat team in it’s first season together went all the way to the NBA finals before losing to a Dallas Mavericks team that found it’s stride after years together. That chemistry was part of the difference in that series. Watching the Heat lose was something fans everywhere and Kevin Love savored. You should…

  23. Report: Kevin Durant near deal to star in movie

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    Could Kevin Durant open a movie better than Denzel Washington? Shaq? We may soon find out. The man who has grown his fame this summer via a grassroots campaign  — dropping 66 at Rucker Park, putting on a show at the Goodman vs. Drew league game and dominating at pro-am games nationwide — may be about to…

  24. Report: Chinese team still trying to get Kobe… for exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    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

    Kobe Bryant cannot play in a Chinese Basketball Association league game. Last week that league shut down what might have been an NBA influx ruling that only NBA free agents can be signed by Chinese teams. Players under contract — Kobe, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and others — cannot be signed even with…

  25. Report: Players, owners will not meet next week. Why would they?

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We passed along last week — as the one silver lining out of the union meetings that took place — that the union would try to set up a bargaining session with the league next week. Turns out, doesn’t look that will happen. The report comes from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (part of his look…

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