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  1. Kobe, Durant Rose well paid for Philippines pickup game

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Manny Pac

    You make any money this weekend? Kobe Bryant did. So did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of the NBA players who went to the Philippines for a couple of exhibition games over the weekend where they beat some local teams. In a story about players being serious looking overseas, Sam Amick of Sports…

  2. Fan gets LeBron’s face tattooed on his leg

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

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    I get why one would be a fan of LeBron James — he has been blessed with physical gifts to play basketball like few others. He has the size and strength of Karl Malone, but he’s quicker than most of the point guards in the league. He can play inside or out, he can do…

  3. Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore near deal with Italian team

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Purdue

    For a first round NBA pick — a guy with guaranteed NBA money coming — signing a deal in Europe is a risk. Get injured and that money disappears. But a second round NBA pick is not assured of making an NBA roster at all. With the lockout potentially dragging on, them signing in Europe…

  4. Luis Scola says he might play for Yao Ming’s China team

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Luis Scola, the Houston Rocket’s forward, isn’t going anywhere. He has four years, $46 million left on his NBA deal. But throw him in the “flirting with overseas” category during the lockout, although the Argentinian forward is not exactly thinking what you are thinking. At least according to the Argentinian sports site Ole (via Hoopeshype).…

  5. Report: Noah will return to France, play in EuroBasket

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Last week we told you how the doctors for the French national team took a look at Joakim Noah’s ankle and said, “why don’t you go home and get some treatment on that.” He is, but he’ll be back. The French are training for EuroBasket – the international tournament where Olympic bids for 2012 will…

  6. Timberwolves to interview Larry Brown. Yes, we’re serious.

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Larry Brown

    At this point, if I hear Minnesota general manager David Kahn wants to interview Adolph Rupp, I will not be surprised. Because now added to the long list of people being interviewed is Larry Brown, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. After interviewing Adelman and Nellie this weekend, #Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown…

  7. If the players are just posturing about this overseas thing, they’re putting their all into it

    Jul 24, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    If you’re not really going to Europe but you want it to seem like you are, this is the playbook. Release lots of media info, get one big guy to go, tell every reporter who asks that every member of your side is “considering it” and do as many exhibitions in other countries to generate…

  8. NBA owners had to write the players another check… that won’t help things

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the time the old Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by NBA owners and players, it was perceived as a win for the owners — they had capped how much money the players would get each season. Players would get 55 percent and eventually 57 percent of the gross Basketball Related Income the league pulls…

  9. Video: LeBron James shows up, shows out at Drew League

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James is often thought to be too “above” things. He definitely gives that vibe of superiority, which is one of the reasons he’s so despised currently. He said he’d be in the dunk contest, then no-showed. He rarely shows up at “average fan” events, and runs in exclusive circles. He pulls that whole “rock…

  10. Brandon Roy says he’s not in any pain. And he’s pretty excited about it.

    Jul 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy had that one fleeting moment. He was back on top, leading the Blazers to a huge comeback playoff win over a higher seed, making good on all that promise,  and showing everyone he can overcome his injuries. It was a great day for Roy, for the Blazers, and their fans. Then reality came…

  11. Kobe, KD, Rose top Filipino national team Smart Gilas

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    In the second game of the Filipino All-Star Weekend in Manila, the result was pretty much what you’d expect. A more experienced team gave the NBA stars (dubbed the “Smart All-Stars”) a tougher contest, but it wasn’t enough, because, you know, that whole “best players in the whole world.” From the Philippino Stars: After overpowering…

  12. The men behind the curtain want to pull the string on decertification

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    “Let the poets write that he had the tools of greatness, but the voices of his better angels were shouted down by his obsessive need to win.” – The West Wing This lockout is perceived as two sides in a standoff with one another, owners and players. In reality, it’s six sides. You have the…

  13. Wait, wait, now Kobe Bryant’s NOT talking to Turkey. Wait 30 seconds, there will be another update.

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    So he’s going, but wait, no, no he’s not. Wait, no he is! Totally talking to them! No, wait, no, no he’s not. From Yahoo! Sports: Kobe Bryant is “nowhere near any kind of a deal,” in Turkey, source tells Y! “Not even close.” He’s listening to offers, but that’s all now. via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA:…

  14. Pacers deserve applause for doing right by employees through lockout

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    That’s right. While the Los Angeles Lakers are shredding staffing during the lockout despite making more money every day from merchandising than most teams in the league probably make in ticket sales in an average day, and the league is torching employees while executives still draw huge paychecks, the little old Indiana Pacers are doing…

  15. Larry Brown has an interest in joining the Celtics

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Larry Brown

    Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics have a Hall of Famer coach looking for a job… as an assistant. Larry Brown reportedly is looking to join Doc Rivers’ team on the bench. Despite Brown’s credentials and good relationship with Rivers, the Celtics coach is inclined to promote a well-regarded young assistant on his staff –…

  16. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant show off in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    Saturday, NBA basketball was back. Okay, not really. But NBA players (or former, I guess, considering they’re locked out) played in the Philippines on Saturday in an exhibition against the PBA All-Stars. It was a huge event, with a raucous Filipino crowd chanting and cheering everything. Honestly, it was louder than about 95% of all…

  17. Wolves will interview Don Nelson Sunday

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have talked to Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, and will meet with Rick Adelman on Saturday. Then Sunday the fun begins. From the Minnesota Star-Tribune: Don Nelson has been in town all week prepping for his interview with the Wolves on Sunday. OK, so maybe he arrived here from Hawaii early this week to…

  18. Laid-off Lakers employees not going quietly

    Jul 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Los Angeles Times reports on the status of the employees laid off from the Lakers in the wake of the lockout. The Lakers, who make approximately a bajillion dollars a year due to being the most popular team in the league in the second biggest market, tied with the most NBA championships and featuring one…

  19. Steve Francis accused of sexual assault

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Steve Francis China

    From the office of “unnecessarily depressing news” comes word from TMZ that former Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis is being charged with sexual assault. According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Francis allegedly “groped” a 20-year-old woman through her clothing in May 2010 … and the woman immediately went to the cops to file…

  20. After all that, the Knicks still dodged the luxury tax

    Jul 23, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    The Knicks went from being a money-burning loser to a cost-effective playoff team with two superstars in just a few years under Donnie Walsh. How cost effective? They brought in a second superstar last season in Carmelo Anthony after paying through the nose for Amar’e Stoudemire, and they still dodged the luxury tax. From the…

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