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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Police search home of Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife for clues in his murder

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, says she was the last person to see him alive. She told police he left her house the night of July 18 just fine, but Wright’s mother reported him missing four days later. On July 28, the murdered body of Wright was found outside Memphis.…

  18. Hedo Turkoglu on Toronto: "Something is wrong with that organization"

    Aug 1, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu got his wish — the Raptors traded him out of Toronto to the Phoenix Suns. But on his way out the door Turkoglu keeps taking shots at the Raptors. Classy. Sunday there was a needlessly vindictive series of comments with Turkoglu spoke with FoxSportsArizona.com. “People have to realize something is wrong with that…

  19. Crazy things still happen to Dennis Rodman, like his Land Rover flipping

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    He’s been out of the NBA for years, but you can still count on Dennis Rodman to do something that draws your attention. For a minute or so. Rodman was in a Land Rover traveling on Interstate 95 near Ft. Lauderdale when the vehicle had a tire problem and eventually flipped, according to the Associated…

  20. Ron Artest is far more self-aware than you gave him credit for

    Aug 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ron Artest may or may not be crazy, you can make the call on that. But the man is not simple. As fans we tend to think of professional athletes as two dimensional, and we tend to care far more about what they do at their job than we do about them as people. We…

  21. George Hill: Tony Parker is not expendable

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    George Hill had Tony Parker’s starting job by the end of the season and through the playoffs. That has a lot of team executives who covet Parker (and fans of other teams and media members) thinking the Spurs will try to trade Parker this summer. It’s easy to make it work from your team’s perspective…

  22. Former security guard arrested for making bomb threats on NBA offices

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    A former security guard at the building has been arrested for making repeated bomb threats to the NBA offices in Secaucus, New Jersey.  The Star-Ledger has the details. José Quesada, 19, of Elizabeth, who surrendered to federal authorities today, was employed by a security company hired by the NBA to patrol its offices at the…

  23. Shannon Brown, these streets will make you feel brand new, plus there is more money in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown likes Los Angeles a lot, loves playing for the Lakers. Winning is fun, plus there are perks – you don’t have a role in the new Monica video if you’re coming off the bench in Indiana. But it’s about the money at some point, and New York is offering more — Alex Kennedy…

  24. In case you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Lest you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good, and started last season off with a string of game-winning shots. This is off the 2010 NBA Champions DVD.

  25. Boston Celtic options: Shaq or Kwame. Maybe choose door No. 3.

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Boston wants one more center, one more big man on the roster. The two best out there: Shaquille O’Neal and Kwame Brown. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN the Celtics are looking at those options. The problem? The Celtics only have minimum money left. Sources say they’re having trouble getting Brown to accept those…

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