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  1. Video: NBA stars head to Africa for Basketball without Borders

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    Growing basketball — and in the NBA’s eyes it’s brand of basketball — in Africa is rife with challenges. But for a decade now the NBA has been trying through its Basketball Without Borders program. Trying to find something through sport that can help unite people all over the continent that has been ravaged by…

  2. Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Spanish basketball fans should buy Mr. and Mrs. Gasol a dinner and a nice bottle of wine. It’s because of their sons — Pau and Marc Gasol — that Spain is the champions of European basketball for the second time in a row. Spain beat France 98-85 in the championship game of EuroBasket Sunday to…

  3. Why do some big market owners want a hard salary cap? Money. Why else?

    Sep 18, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    money

    The split among the owners — and there is a split among the owners on what should be in the next labor deal — is not as clean and not along all the lines most think. The conventional wisdom goes that the profitable big market teams oppose a hard salary cap because they like their…

  4. Lockout Friday night video highlights: Earl the Pearl Monroe

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    My all-time favorite ballplayer was Earl Monroe. Earl the Pearl. Yeah, he was nice. See, everybody remember him from the Knicks, you know, when he helped win that second championship and everything like that. I’m talking about when he was with the Bullets down at Winston-Salem Stadium… before that game, with 42 points a game…

  5. Muggsy Bogues has $3.6 million thank yous for Mark Cuban

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    muggsy-bogues

    Fans are divided on Mark Cuban, same with national pundits. Some consider him brash and rebellious, but those same people would kill to have them own their favorite team. Players? They love him. Which brings us to Muggsy Bogues, your favorite 5’3” guard. You remember him, he played for 14 NBA seasons, most in Charlotte.…

  6. Brown thinking more Gasol and Bynum, less Kobe for Lakers

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Mike Brown wants what Phil Jackson wanted — the offense to run through the post. Not a Kobe Bryant isolation play or him coming off a high pick, but Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as the hubs of the offense, standing at the high and low block. Will Kobe buy into it? Well, does he…

  7. EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Juan Carlos Navarro

    Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals…

  8. NBA referees Javie, Delaney to retire, Bavetta stays

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Sorry Lakers fans. And Celtics fans. And the fans of the 28 other NBA teams that thought Steve Javie had it in for your team. You will not have Javie to kick around anymore. After a few seasons of battling through knee issues, Javie is retiring after 25 years as an NBA referee, according to…

  9. It’s official: goodbye Ron Artest, hello Metta World Peace

    Sep 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest will not be on Dancing With The Stars this week. Metta World Peace will be. And he’ll be playing for the Lakers whenever there is a season again. The name change from Ron Artest to Metta World Peace was signed off on in Los Angeles Friday morning after a public hearing. It’s official.…

  10. Video: Watch Michael Jordan talk six rings, NBA 2K12

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

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    The trailers for NBA 2K12 have us pumped. The chance to play Bill Russell and Magic Johnson and some of the games greats has us salivating. Then came this Michael Jordan trailer for the game. Now… it’s time to play. (via SLAM)

  11. T.J. Ford will accept a smaller role to be on a winning team

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    T.J. Ford will be a free agent when the lockout ends, so he is saying what every free agent says — I want to play for a winner. Of course he does. The Pacers made the playoffs last season but with a losing record. And he was not a huge part of that. Ford was…

  12. Video: Best plays from week one of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Part of next week I’m going to be out in Vegas for the end of the Impact Competitive Training Series, what has affectionately become known as the “lockout league.” But for now, I’m like the rest of you basketball junkies, trying to get my fix with highlights and EuroBasket streams. Here are the highlights from…

  13. Stephen Curry rolls ankle at lockout league but is “fine”

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There were bound to be a few injuries out at the “lockout league” in Vegas that runs this week and next. (Officially, it’s the Impact Competitive Training Series.). The hope was just nothing major. So far, so good. Stephen Curry rolled his ankle in one of the games Thursday, which is a concern because Curry…

  14. State of Nate video: Nate Robinson’s kid plays some football

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We bring you the second edition of State of Nate, the video that follows Nate Robinson around. Like to a pro-am game where the Thunder guard plays four quarters, drops a lot of buckets (his missess somehow got edited out, I guess) and then bails as the game heads to overtime to watch his son…

  15. How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Bo McCalebb

    Macedonia has been the surprise of EuroBasket (the European championship and Olympic qualifying tournament), with a country more known for violent internal strife than hoops finding itself in the semi-finals on Friday. If Macedonia can beat powerhouse Spain they are into the Olympics next summer. Even if they lose they will be in the Olympic…

  16. Is Friday the day we finally have World Peace? It should be.

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Today, finally, we should have World Peace. Not just world peace, but Metta World Peace. The man currently known as Ron Artest is due to show up in a Los Angeles courtroom at 8:30 pacific time to legally get his name changed to Metta World Peace, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just in time…

  17. Billups wants to play and get paid, but sees big picture

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    Chauncey Billups speaks for a lot of NBA veterans. These are guys who have been around because they can play — and with that comes some nice paydays. Billups is set to make $14.2 million next season in the last year of his deal. He wants to get paid. He wants to play. But he…

  18. Sebastian Telfair wants to play for a contender. Don’t we all?

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    Sebastian Telfair will be a free agent when the lockout ends, and there will be some demand for him to come in as a backup point guard. The man will get paid. Maybe not as much as he hoped under whatever the new labor deal looks like, but he will get paid. But of course,…

  19. Cavs owner Gilbert denies labor charges in his own way

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    You couldn’t make up someone like Dan Gilbert. No matter what font you used. We told you yesterday of a report that Cavaliers owner Gilbert and Suns owner Robert Sarver torpedoed progress at the labor negotiations Tuesday between the owners and players. That report comes from a trusted source in Dave McMenamin of ESPN. That…

  20. Report: Owners of Cavs, Suns killed potential labor deal

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: David Stern called this report “incorrect and fictional” in his press conference following Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meetings. You can take that as the gospel truth or you can take it as Stern covering the backside of his owners. We all know this was the only thing Stern could say, he had…

  21. Stern says owners unified, “vast majority” favor hard cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A few hours after the players told a tale unity it was the owners turn. At least we didn’t have to see a bunch of them in “stand” T-shirts. David Stern emerged from more than four hours of meetings with the NBA owners Thursday and said that despite reports to the contrary the owners are unified.…

  22. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  23. NBA players’ union stresses unity after meeting

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter didn’t lead the players in a rendition of “Kumbaya” at the post-meeting press conference, but it was pretty close. After stalled out negotiations with the league followed by days of stories about how a group of powerful agents are trying to force decertification on the NBA players union — to break up…

  24. NBA owners reach labor deal… with referees. Sorry.

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal. The bad news is it’s with the referees. We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot…

  25. Ginobili thinking about Italy, Diaw thinking about France

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    With the current stalemate in NBA labor discussions, guys who were casually considering going to Europe to play during the lockout are suddenly not so casual. They aren’t ready to commit to a relationship yet (what man is?) but things are getting serious. That includes Manu Ginobili, the Spurs star who just led his native…

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