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  1. Video: This is what EuroBasket looks like

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki EuroBasket

    We’ve been updating you on the first two days of the EuroBasket (and we will continue), telling you what things look like. But you should see for yourself. So here are the highlights from day one of EuroBasket, check it out for yourself. From VisoSports (via Crossover Chronicles).

  2. Lawrence Frank interviews 31 for assistant coaching jobs

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    Lawrence Frank is detail oriented and very thorough. I’m not clinically trained to diagnose someone as obsessive. So I’ll let you judge for yourself. Frank was given the freedom to hire his own staff, so he has left no stone unturned in his search for assistants, according to Pistons.com. He’s talked to 31 coaches and…

  3. Hakim Warrick wants some Philly vs. Baltimore action

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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    We have seen Los Angeles vs. Washington D.C. (Drew League vs. Goodman League). And D.C. vs. Baltimore (Goodman vs. Melo). Now Philadelphia wants in on the action. Suns forward Hakim Warrick is trying to organize some players from the city of Brotherly Love to take on Baltimore’s Melo league in a showcase, reports Marc Stein…

  4. Nets coach Johnson heads to Russia for game with Prokhorov

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Avery Johnson Portrait

    How much does the Little General have in the tank? We’re about to find out… well, “we’re” only includes you if you live in Russia. New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson is heading to Russia to play in a charity exhibition game with team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, reports the Star-Ledger. Money raised at the Set.…

  5. Mark Jackson explains ties to alleged drug kingpin

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Warren Braithwaite was arrested in Arizona last month, accused by the DEA of heading an international drug-smugling ring. That sent shockwaves through some circles as Braithwaite was friend of people such as Jamie Foxx and Lady Gaga, among many other celebrities. You can put new Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson in that group, too.…

  6. Pau Gasol says he’ll play in Spain if lockout drags on

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain receives a ball durin

    We’re just a couple days into EuroBasket, but if favorite Spain goes on to win the gold medal, Pau Gasol is headed to being named MVP of the tournament. He has looked like the old Gasol — not the one from the Dallas series in the playoffs — with a plethora of moves around the…

  7. Garnett: Shaq hit a home run over the Green Monster at Fenway

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Dan Patrick got Kevin Garnett to open up about negotiations with the Celtics (or lack thereof) and about almost going to the Lakers in 2007. But there was one more little tidbit we left out. Garnett talked about playing with Shaquille O’Neal, which KG said made last season one of the most fun he has…

  8. Deron Williams lands in Turkey, some still doubt he stays

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Since July when he signed on the dotted line, Deron Williams has always sounded serious and excited about playing in Turkey for Besiktas, Since that same July day, there have been doubters, people in the game that say he will not play or not play long for the Turkish side. Thursday Williams boarded a plane…

  9. EuroBasket Day Two Roundup: Fear Germany, fear Kaman

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

    Nowitzki of Germany sits on the bench with Kaman during their men's basketball BEKO Supercup game against Turkey in Bamberg

    Day two and not a lot of surprises, we’re starting to see the cream separate itself. But there are some big tests out there to come yet. German 76, Italy 62: This should sound pretty familiar to Mavericks fans — Dirk Nowitzki is always going to be good, the question is how much help will…

  10. Report: NBA owners, players to meet again next week

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    It’s not really a shock, the owners and players said they were going to meet again after Wednesday’s get together. But you also knew despite the attempt of both sides to go into radio silence word would leak out about another meeting. It has, it’s next week, according to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. According…

  11. Video: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant from Goodman vs. Melo

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    We already told you how LeBron James and Kevin Durant really put on a show at the Goodman League vs. Melo League showdown in Baltimore this week. KD rolled in late (which is why the game started 45 minutes late) and then proceeded to drop 59 while often guarded by LeBron. In return, LeBron dropped…

  12. Bargnani and Gallinari central figures in mini arms race between Italian clubs

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    If the Pau Gasol trade proved anything it’s that the owners and operators of basketball teams are, occasionally to a fault, reactionary thinkers. Once the dominoes begin falling, some GMs just can’t help themselves, and before they know it they’ve traded a successful offensive system and a versatile two-way player for an aging Shaquille O’Neal.…

  13. The ‘Summer of Ron’ continues: Artest guarantees a championship for L.A.

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    With the lockout having deprived the NBA world of summer league and a proper free agency period, fringe stories have all but taken over the scene. The overseas inklings of any relevant NBA player have become news, and while that’s certainly pertinent information if the lockout ends up costing the league games, it’s not exactly…

  14. Video: Finally, the Jonas Valanciunas rap we’ve all wanted

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    We’re pumped about Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas — the No. 5 pick tore up the FIBA under-19 World Championships. Sure, he didn’t get off the bench for Lithuania in his first EuroBasket game, but we’d like to think it’s because they are saving him as a secret weapon. And now, finally the Valanciunas rap…

  15. These are the people really screwed by the lockout

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    The average NBA player is going to have to get by for a while on the $2.3 million he earned last year (that is the median NBA salary). The owners are going to have to get by on their billions. Both sides can afford for this lockout to drag out a while. They’re not the…

  16. Kevin Garnett said he was almost a Laker in 2007

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Because it resulted in a ring and because Kevin Garnett is now almost a Boston icon, we forget that he almost didn’t go there. Garnett was being traded in the summer of 2007, having essentially forced his way out of Minnesota as they were going young and he was wildly unhappy. There were plenty of…

  17. Kevin Garnett not talking contract extension with Boston

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    The Dan Patrick show was on fire today — go check out the rant by college football writer Bruce Feldman against ESPN. Patrick also had Kevin Garnett on, and that led to some interesting comments about his future. KG enters the last season of his contract. Garnett said on the broadcast he has had no talks…

  18. Should the Jazz move away from Sloan’s flex offense?

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    The Utah Jazz have been running Jerry Sloan’s flex offense since roughly the Cretaceous period, and that continued last season when Sloan unexpectedly resigned mid-season and Tyrone Corbin slid over into the big chair. But is it time for a change? In reporting that Jeff Honracek is going to meet this week and re-sign as…

  19. Yao Ming says to put his Hall of Fame nod on hold

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Eventually, Yao Ming will be welcomed into the basketball Hall of Fame. If you just rolled your eyes, remember this is not just an NBA Hall of Fame. (We need one of those, but that is a separate issue.) What Yao did to bridge the NBA with China and help the sport grow in the…

  20. Chad Ochocinco inspired Ron Artest’s name change

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    Does this surprise to you at all? Ron Artest was talking about his name change to Metta World Peace with with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio (as reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles) and he asked what we’ve all been wondering: What exactly motivated this move? Turns out, we can blame Chad Ochocinco. Just…

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