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  1. Kobe wants to pass Jordan on all-time scoring list

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    I’m not sure how this is surprising to anyone. In an article discussing how an extended lockout could impact Kobe Bryant’s assault on the record books, Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how Kobe really wants to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list even though Kobe denies it at every…

  2. Europe wants Landry, but Landry doesn’t want Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Carl Landry

    Like a lot of NBA players, Carl Landry has had offers to go overseas. He specifically has been courted by Armani Jeans Milano, the Italian squad sponsored by… if I have to explain that to you then you have some bigger issues to deal with. But Landry is a free agent about to get a…

  3. Thunder to now play in Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder have gone from gasoline to cleaner burning natural gas. Sort of. The building Kevin Durant and teammates call home had been called the Ford Center since the team came to OKC based on an older naming rights deal. But with the new tenants and attention the building’s operators went looking for a new…

  4. Report: Bickerstaff to interview with Timberwolves Friday

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Bickerstaff

    No real shock here, this was expected, but we pass along the news anyway. Bernie Bickerstaff will be formally interviewing for the Minnesota Timberwolves vacant head coaching job on Friday, according to the Star Tribune. Bickerstaff, who is currently an assistant in Portland, has spent 13 seasons as head coach in the NBA with stops…

  5. Some NBA players set up contracts so they get paid during lockout

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Al-Farouq Aminu Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Al-Farouq Aminu is still getting checks from the Los Angeles Clippers. Anticipating a potentially nasty lockout that dragged on, a few guys set up special contracts in recent years that stretched out their payments from last season into this year, according to the USA Today (via CBSSports Eye on Basketball): Aminu, a rookie last season,…

  6. Agents to meet with union president to talk decertification

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    In it’s back pocket, the National Basketball Players Association — the NBA players union — has a bomb it could drop. During the season, it got the paperwork signed by players that would allow for decertification of the union. If filed this would end the union, allowing some players to then sue the league. It’s…

  7. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club officials in August

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:52 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

    We’re still not sure how serious this is from Kobe’s side, but Turkish club Besiktas — the club that signed Deron Williams to play for them next fall and had Allen Iverson last season — is still trying to court Kobe Bryant. The club’s very talkative coach explained to the Los Angeles Times how the…

  8. LeBron, reportedly the one star not “open” to Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Chris Paul is the latest NBA star “open” to playing in Europe next season if the NBA lockout drags on. He joins Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and a host of others who are open to the idea. Personally, I’m open to dating Scarlett Johansson. I’m open to winning the…

  9. Report: Kyle Weaver signs deal to play in Germany

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    weaverthunder

    There are NBA players threatening to go overseas just to try and put leverage on the NBA labor discussions, showing the owners they have options. They are guys not likely at all to put pen to paper. Then there are guys who spent the last couple years in the NBA but for whom a jump…

  10. Kevin Durant does have ink. Lots of it.

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Durant tattoos

    Everyone likes Kevin Durant. Over at CBSSports Eye on Basketball, they put together a “likability index” — NBA players you just like the most based on game and personality — and Durant came out on top. He’s the league’s two-time scoring champ, led the USA to gold in the FIBA World Championships, has a pure…

  11. Knicks promise fans refunds if.. er, when games are missed

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Spike Lee

    NBA season ticket holders have to pay early to get their seats at a “discounted” rate for the next season — usually before the playoffs are over, before free agency has begun. Or in the case of this year, before they know if there will be games this fall. Hundreds of thousands of people —…

  12. Lockout or no, Hornets need to sell season tickets

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    hornetssale

    The New Orleans Hornets have a goal — sell 10,000 season seats. It’s at the heart of a plan to bolster the bottom line of the franchise and make it more attractive to a local buyer. It also kicks in provisions of the lease that make it hard to move the team out of town.…

  13. Wojnarowski: Pistons set to hire Lawrence Frank

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s the report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: Lawrence Frank is Detroit’s choice to be its next head coach, and formal offer imminent within next 24-36 hours, league sources tell Y! Frank is currently the lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, and his most recent head coaching gig was with the New Jersey Nets.…

  14. John Salmons has a clothing line

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Salmons Clothing Line

    When you think style, you think Salmon. John Salmon. Um, okay, neither did we, but the man is coming out with his new clothing line. Seriously. Here’s the press release, with a hat tip to the invaluable Basketball Jones: Debuting spring 2012, Salmons & Brown offers clean, tailored styles with a little edge. Partner John…

  15. Union VP Etan Thomas near deal with Spanish club

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Warning: What follows is not good news for those of us hoping the lockout ends before the season starts. (Also, it’s pretty clearly posturing by the NBA players union.) NBA veteran Etan Thomas, most recently of the Atlanta Hawks but now a free agent, is close to a deal with a Spanish club, Hoopshype reports.…

  16. Westbrook not fazed by criticism

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Russel Westbrook was an impure point guard — shoot first, pass second. Which doesn’t fly when the you have two-time league scoring champion Kevin Durant on your team. You want to get him the rock. That was the conventional wisdom after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs. Conventional wisdom is there for a reason.…

  17. Vince Carter wants to play a couple more years in NBA

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    Vince Carter says isn’t done. That doesn’t mean he has any idea where he is going to land, but he says he has more NBA level basketball in him. Maybe, but you can be sure he’s going to get paid a lot less to do it. The Suns (who traded for him mid-season) are expected…

  18. Derrick Williams wonders how long lockout will last

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    You can’t really blame Derrick Williams for deciding to leave college and enter the NBA draft — even if you’re an Arizona fan. You only get so many kicks at the can, and after a fantastic NCAA Tournament Williams was a clear high draft pick (he went No. 2 overall to Minnesota). While I get…

  19. Goodman League vs. Drew League showdown rosters out

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    The Goodman League is the long-standing pro-am summer league out of Washington D.C. that has seen a lot of NBA players come through it. The Drew League is the long-standing pro-am summer league out of Los Angeles that has seen a lot of NBA players come through it. Both have a streetball feel, both have…

  20. Fisher says NBA players don’t want to follow in NFL’s footsteps

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Sometime very soon, the NFL is going to end its lockout and get back to work, the two sides agreeing on a salary system. Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union, is no fan of the NFL’s hard cap, non-gaurunteed contract system. While the NBA owners are proposing a system that moves in that…

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