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  1. Lakers’ trainer details events leading up to Magic Johnson’s HIV announcement

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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    November 7, 1991 was as dark a day as we’ve seen on the American sports landscape. That was the date that Magic Johnson held a press conference to announce to the world that he had contracted the HIV virus, and as a result, would be forced to retire from the Lakers. The basketball part was…

  2. LeBron James makes surprise appearance in Cleveland summer league game

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    LeBron James made a surprise appearance at the Chris Chambers City League Classic over the weekend, which takes place in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. It’s not exactly Cleveland, but being less than 20 miles away, it’s not far from there, either. So it might come as a bit of a surprise that the crowd received him…

  3. Video: Steve Nash scores a parking space, does a happy dance

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Ever wonder what Steve Nash does after practice? Me neither. But the fine folks at Toyota decided to give us a glimpse at one of the possibilities anyway, and it involves driving a Prius, needlessly beating out an elderly woman for a space in a wide open parking lot, and then taunting her with some…

  4. Celtics near major broadcast rights deal with Comcast New England

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Just months after the Los Angeles Lakers brokered a deal that will pay the franchise handsomely to be the anchor of a new regional sports network in that city, the Boston Celtics are near their own blockbuster deal. The Celtics and Comcast Sports Net New England (CSNNE) are close to a 20-year extension of their…

  5. Terry Porter interviews for Timberwolves coaching job

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    Don Nelson is getting all the hype, but he is still in Maui. (If you have to be somewhere, that’s not a bad place to choose.) But former Bucks and Suns head coach Terry Porter is in Minnesota talking to the Timberowolves official about their head coaching job, according to the Star Tribune. Porter has…

  6. Lockout has players flocking to Drew, Goodman leagues

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    summer league

    The Drew League in Los Angeles is an institution, a part of the fabric of hoops in the city, and it usually has some name NBA players taking part — Baron Davis has run there seemingly forever. But this year it seemed more NBA guys came in (including Kevin Durant, who was putting on a…

  7. Brandon Jennings says “it’s time to become an all-star”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Brandon Jennings has been good. After skipping college to go play professionally in Europe not everyone was convinced he could be a team leader over here, but he started out on fire and had an impressive rookie season. But injuries slowed him last season — he missed 19 games and was never quite right. He…

  8. Agents expect overseas signings to escalate. Of course they do.

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    At the end of the day, what is the job of an NBA players agent? Make his client as much money as possible. Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. yelling “show me the money.” If a player isn’t going to be getting paid in the NBA — and a lot of agents think this lockout is going…

  9. How about Bulls vs. Mavericks to open NBA season?

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Chicago Bulls

    The NBA schedule for next season will get released in full on Tuesday — write that down in pencil — but little bits are getting leaked out now. Like an NBA finals rematch on Christmas Day. Looks like the Bulls will open their season against the Dirk Nowitizki and the defending world champions on Nov.…

  10. Union to help players get insurance if they head overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There are hurdles to getting NBA players overseas during the lockout. One is getting FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to sign off on letting guys under contract go play for another team. FIBA has not officially ruled on that, yet. Then there is the little matter of insurance. Well, it’s not such a…

  11. Winderman: NBA to release schedule, but put it in pencil

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the NBA schedule is announced Tuesday, it either will be embraced or taken as yet another lockout tease, sort of like the list of available free agents. It will be a tangible, yet tormenting, moment, particularly when it comes to the interconference portion of the schedule. For those who forget, when the NBA endured…

  12. Knicks, D’Antoni could turn to Frank for defensive help

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Lawrence Frank coming to the rescue of the New York Knicks? Maybe, if Mike D’Antoni gets his way. At least that’s the report. The Knicks want — and need — an assistant coach to take over and be “defensive coordinator” and Frank did that job last season for the Boston Celtics (who had the second…

  13. Lamar Odom uninjured in New York City car accident

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Lamar Odom — thanks to his marriage, thanks to the reality shows that came with it, and thanks to playing on a championship team in a city where the entertainment industry reigns — is now news even when something that isn’t even his fault happens. Lamar Odom was in a car accident in New York…

  14. Watch out now, Wade can see — he had Lasik surgery

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Interesting little note out of the Miami Herald (in a story with a number of interesting tidbits)— Dwyane Wade has had Lasik surgery. For those who were born with perfect eyes and never had to deal with it, Lasik is the laser eye surgery that corrects vision problems. Not every player is comfortable with this…

  15. Brian Grant’s fundraiser not held up by lockout. So that’s good.

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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    Just a quick post for sake of clarity. We had mentioned last week it seemed odd that a number of weddings, the ESPYs and other events were cleared by the league as places players and management could mingle without fear of a hefty fine during the lockout, but that former NBA player Brian Grant’s Parkinson’s…

  16. Howard says there is a “huge possibility” he plays overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There is a lot of risk in Dwight Howard playing overseas during the lockout — he has two years, $37.5 million on his existing deal that can be wiped out if he gets injured. What’s more, he has said he is going to opt out of that last year, meaning he would be a free…

  17. Chris Paul and the players’ moral paradox

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    We can do this one of two ways. The quick and dirty way, or the abstract and more complex way. As usual, I’ll give you the quick and dirty version first. In an interview with Business Week, Chris Paul revealed the stunning information that the players know how much the lockout affects the fans and…

  18. RetroBall: Rockets-Lakers ’07 and the night Yao stood too tall for Kobe

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  19. Kobe joins the “Hey, I may play overseas” parade

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Kobe China

    Make no mistake, this is about leverage in negotiations. However the threat of going overseas to play sounds reasonable coming from Kobe, a guy who has the money and is a competitor at heart. Doesn’t mean the guy whose body could use a little rest is actually going to go over to Europe or China,…

  20. Heat want a small forward, possibly Battier, and Eddy Curry if he loses 40 lbs.. Literally.

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    The Miami Heat are still thinking about how to improve their team to get it over the top (one would have thought bringing in the best free agent class in history would have done it, but one would be wrong), even in a lockout. They have a number of options in mind for upgrades at…

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