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  1. London calling: Nets, Raptors play two regular season games in England

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    David Stern has been saying he wanted to see some NBA regular season games overseas, and what David Stern wants David Stern gets. Now it’s London calling, so come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls. The New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors will play back-to-back games in London March 4 and 5,…

  2. As expected, Delonte West waived by Minnesota

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Everyone knew this was coming from the minute Minnesota traded for him — the Timberwolves have waived Delonte West. This was purely a financial move, West’s non-guaranteed deal meant he only had to be paid $500,000 of the $4.5 million he was owed. West is now a free agent and will likely draw interest from…

  3. Mike Dunleavy still trying to get paid by Clippers, but the lawyers are making money

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, this could be your future. The legal battle between former coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy and the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling continues. It’s a soap opera not sexy enough for People magazine, but Courthouse News is all over it. The Los Angeles Clippers and their owner want to stop former…

  4. Practice your booing now: LeBron returns to Cleveland Dec. 2

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The entire state of Ohio just circled Dec. 2 on their calendars. Well, except for Columbus which cares only about the Michigan game, but the rest of the state circled Dec. 2. That is when LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland…

  5. Pistons may sell for well below market value

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Location, location, location. Oh, and timing. Golden State just sold for well above its value as estimated by Forbes, in part because the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the wealthiest areas of the nation. The Detroit Pistons are estimated to be worth $479 million and have turned more than $40 million in profit…

  6. Shaq still wants to play in Boston. Or wherever they will pay him.

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    It should be Shaq vs. Free Agency. And right now free agency is winning — Shaquille O’Neal remains without a team. But on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, if you prefer) Shaq said he would love to play in Boston. “Celtics would be a good program.” Shaq said he…

  7. Your season opener: Miami at Boston. On Christmas Miami will be in L.A.

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    How about this for your Oct. 26 season opener: The old big three vs. the new big three. Miami at Boston. That’s what’s happening according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. It’s a matchup of the new favorites against a team that has had several players say Miami should not automatically be the favorite.…

  8. Lorenzen Wright murder investigation appears to center around ex-wife

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Memphis police aren’t talking — usually a sign they have some solid leads and information — but their actions suggest they are focusing on former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife in the investigation of his murder. Sunday police combed through the home of Sherra Wright, who was apparently the last person to seem him alive…

  9. Phil Jackson signs deal for his "last stand"

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    It’s now official — Phil Jackson will be back with the Lakers next season. He will be back to go after his fourth three-peat as a coach. Which is insane. He will be back for what he called his “last stand.” As if the Lakers needed more motivation. Late Monday Jackson formally signed his new…

  10. LeBron James takes out ad to thank Akron. Cleveland who?

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    LeBron James on the court does so many things right. LeBron James off the court this summer has done so many public relations things wrong. Two days after Zydrunas Ilgauskas wrote a heart-felt personal letter to thank the city of Cleveland, LeBron James has taken out a full-page ad for a letter thanking the city…

  11. Mike D'Antoni backs out of Team USA job because of his back

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni has been an assistant coach with Team USA for years. Remember how that was going to help his recruiting top players to New York… Well, there will be no more recruiting this summer. Mike D’Antoni will not be accompanying team USA to Turkey because of back problems, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.…

  12. Andres Nocioni questionable for worlds, another blow for Argentina

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    It’s another blow for Argentina, who comes in to Turkey as the defending World Champions. Andres Nocioni joins Manu Ginobili on the sidelines for the world powerhouse. Nocioni injured his ankle in training with the team but may be able to go for the World Championships, according to FanHouse. The Championships start Aug. 25. Even…

  13. Top 10 Lakers plays of the playoffs

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers play pretty basketball when they run the offense. Which they do less and less, but there are moments when Pau Gasol is playing where it still comes through. Also, notice how many times Shannon Brown comes up in these. Then picture how much the Lakers would miss his athleticism. Then picture how many…

  14. Charlie Rosen says Jerry Krause's ego sent Jordan to play baseball

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Charlie Rosen — the current author former CBA (the D-League before the D-League) coach and assistant to Phil Jackson at that level — took on an oldie but a goodie today: When will Kobe Bryant’s age catch up with him. He compares Kobe to the Michael Jackson career arc. Which is nice but not the…

  15. Quote of the day, where Von Wafer is your cheerleader

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    “I’m just going to go in and try to learn all of the defensive schemes because I know that’s going to be big, depending on how much they utilize me. They haven’t told me a specific role but I’m willing to do anything they ask of me. If they need a cheerleader, that’s fine. If…

  16. Jazz owner's debate on adding Al Jefferson highlights revenue sharing issue

    Aug 2, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    We at PBT, along with most of the basketball world, have applauded what the Jazz did this offseason. They lost Carlos Boozer, but in Al Jefferson found a good replacement. They added Raja Bell. Next season, the Jazz may be a slightly better team than they were last year. But it was not an easy…

  17. LeBron James popularity, brand will return with wins

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Winning cures all ills in sports. Right now, LeBron James popularity has taken a hit. A Los Angeles based poling company, E-Poll Market Research, released the results of a survey that found his ratings on words like “appeal” and “exciting” dropped by double digits, while his rating on the word “overexposed” was up 26 percent.…

  18. Patrick Beverley reaches deal with Heat, will fight for chance to ride pine

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Patrick Beverley was that guy who had you saying, “hey, who is that?” Basketball fans would tune in to watch Olympiacos last year to catch Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza but Beverley would catch your eye. He was the point guard off the bench — replacing Von Wafer after he was let go — who…

  19. Luol Deng playing for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    You think of Luol Deng as talented but not living up to his potential. For the English national team, he is a savior. And Deng has been cleared to play for England this summer, according to Britball. That drive starts Tuesday in a game against Hungary. He is hoping to help them qualify for the…

  20. Evan Turner blames conditioning for getting his butt kicked in Summer League

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Evan Turner got his butt kicked. And in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he admitted it — Summer League was not good to him. “I’ve been playing pretty much every day against good competition,” Turner said. “It was really an eye-opener for me to get my butt kicked, but it was also a good…

  21. Clevelanders not done venting at LeBron, buy billboard

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    It takes time. We’ll forgive the fine people of Cleveland for not yet being over having their hearts ripped out and stomped on in a national television show. At least some of them are being clever about it. Like the Omada Group, which is paying $3,000 for a billboard about two miles from James’ Akron…

  22. And the season schedule leaks begin: Orlando to open new arena against Heat Oct. 28

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As it always does, the NBA has grand plans — they are going to unveil their opening games and the highlights (such as Christmas Day) on an NBATV special Tuesday night (7pm Eastern, if you want to set your DVR). But as our own Matt Moore noted at the time, it’s going to be hard…

  23. Suns about sign Gani Lawal for three years

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:08 AM: According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, it’s not a make-good deal after all. Despite earlier reports from the Republic pointing to a fully unguaranteed, make-good agreement, the Suns have signed Lawal to a three-year contract with the initial season fully guaranteed for $473,604. The second and third seasons will only…

  24. Should the NBA adopt the NFL's franchise player tag?

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    LeBron James became an unrestricted free agent and left. Chris Bosh became an unrestricted free agent and left. Amare Stoudemire became an unrestricted free agent and left. Carlos Boozer became an unrestricted free agent and left. The radical shifting of the NBA landscape has some in the league (and some fans) asking if that much…

  25. Don Nelson may be back for one final season

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The impression — even from new incoming owner Joe Lacob himself — is that there will be big changes for Golden State. Which is good, because what the Warriors have been doing has not worked for a long time. Not on the court in particular. Housecleaning is called for. Which means coach Don Nelson will…

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