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  1. Jamal Crawford is in high demand. Why?

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    More good stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe: Jamal Crawford is a confounding player. He has a fairly high-profile, takes the sort of difficult crunch-time jumpers that make highlight reels and just looks the part of a dynamic NBA player. LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge have both recruited Crawford, an impending free agent, via Twitter the…

  2. Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help during lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    You can make the economic case that the money not spent in Orlando on Magic games starting this week will still find it’s way into the economy. No doubt that is right on a macro level. Basketball tickets are discretionary income and if you’re not spending the money on tickets your spending it on movies…

  3. After meeting, union leaders reiterate they are unified front

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After every National Basketball Players Association meeting of any size, union leadership and players have stood together and preached unity. Often wearing matching T-shirts, because nothing says unity like matching clothing. But this time the symbolism and words were needed. With players smacking union leadership publicly and signs of division everywhere, the union’s executive committee…

  4. Arron Afflalo talks free agency, efficiency, and the Bulls

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe recently did a great interview with forward Aaron Afflalo, who is a free agent after four seasons with Detroit and Denver. Here are a few highlights: SI.com: The Nuggets have had a crazy offseason, with Nene about to be an unrestricted free agent and three different free agents (J.R. Smith, Kenyon…

  5. NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    UPDATE 4:58 pm: Union VP Roger Mason Jr. — he of “how u” fame — has confirmed that talks will resume on Saturday, according to a tweet from Chris Manix of Sports Illustrated. Mason was also ringing the “union is unified” bell loud in every interview today. He says there was no real divide there.…

  6. Judge tosses minority owner’s lawsuit against Mark Cuban

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    It made for a nice bit of sensationalism — a minority owner of the Dallas Mavericks suing Mark Cuban and calling the franchise “insolvent.” Even more amusing was Cuban’s “we’re the champs” legal defense. Which apparently is a good strategy because on Thursday a judge tossed Ross Perot Jr.’s lawsuit out, according to the Dallas…

  7. How Antonio McDyess, Nick Van Exel showed real leadership

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    If you get the chance ESPN Films’ Unguarded, the story of Chris Herren and how he battled drug use throughout his college and brief NBA career. It’s compelling. But among the stories lost in the waves drugs can be how, during Herren’s time with the Nuggets veterans Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel went farther…

  8. If union wobbles, will owners go for kill and ruin chance at deal?

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    You’d think that watching the NBA players’ union squabble would make NBA owners smile. Break the union and you get the deal you want, right? Not exactly. The situation within the players union could make it less likely we see a deal soon, for a couple of reasons. One is that a fractured union can’t…

  9. Steve Nash calls both sides of lockout “inevitably selfish”

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Halloween night I was standing in the front yard of a friend passing out candy with other dads while our kids soaked the neighbors for teeth-rotting treats when one guy asked, “Can you explain the lockout to me?” I did. And halfway through it I realized there is no way to describe this without everyone…

  10. Chauncey Billups doesn’t trust players’ collective ability to remain strong for a full season

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

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    This lockout has never been as simple as one side negotiating against another in an effort to produce a fair deal. There are a number of factors circling the negotiations that inevitably have an impact on their progress and timeline. The NBPA still holds the threat of decertification, a breaking point from which there is…

  11. Jeff Van Gundy is worried about level of play post lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Most of us are just worried about seeing NBA basketball again this season. Jeff Van Gundy is worried about the quality of basketball we’ll see when (if) the season starts up. Former coach and current ABC analyst Van Gundy said the league needs to make sure there is adequate time for training camps and hopes…

  12. E! unveils the natural companion piece to the Kardashian-Humphries coverage: a list of 15 “Super Sexy Basketball Hunks”

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Just in case you’ve forgotten that the NBA is locked out, let me do my absolute damnedest to remind you: we could be talking about actual basketball right now, but instead, I’m going to point you in the direction of E! Online’s listing of 15 “Super Sexy Basketball Hunks,” (via Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation). The…

  13. Another day, more Shaq stories: Today, Big Baby gets smacked

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Every day more excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book come out, and every day we move a little closer to buying the book when it comes out. We’ve heard stories from Shaq’s Lakers era, Cavaliers era and Heat era, on tap today is Boston. The Boston Globe has excerpts from the book about Shaq’s time…

  14. Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    USA+Basketball Wade Krzyzewski

    Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work. Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for…

  15. NBA’s new labor twitter account draws fire. It didn’t take long.

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Because the league was not winning big enough during the lockout, it decided to take its case to twitter. The league opened a new account — @NBA_Labor — which the NBA could use to defend the owners case in cyberspace. To right all those perception wrongs. But it didn’t take long before that account came…

  16. Big Baby grows up some during lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    The lockout is not easy on players. Taking away basketball has taken them out of their rhythms, soon will be taking away paychecks and left them wondering what is next. Nobody likes an uncertain future. But for Glen Davis — Boston’s “Big Baby” — it has been more than that. The lockout took away the…

  17. Players union executive board to meet, try to get on same page

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    The National Basketball Players Association needs a new plan to push the owners to compromise, get a deal they can live with and end the NBA lockout. But first, they have to stop fighting amongst themselves. The union’s executive board is set to meet Thursday in New York. That means union president Derek Fisher, long…

  18. Stackhouse smacks Fisher in interview; the union has issues

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    The NBA players union is starting to rip apart along its seams. And that is not good for those of us who want to see basketball soon. We’ve seen the tears in competing stories for days, backing either union director Billy Hunter or president Derek Fisher. (For the record, those two say there is no…

  19. Video history lesson: Top 10 plays from Patrick Ewing

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing

    We’ve been running a Friday Nights Video segment to get you flowing into the weekend here at PBT, but we stumbled across this today and thought it couldn’t wait. In case you forgot how athletic Patrick Ewing was, or how he balled at both ends of the court, here is the video proof. Has to…

  20. Scalabrine says 2010-11 Bulls were “not really close” to winning a championship

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

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    From CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam: The always-entertaining Brian Scalabrine, currently playing in Italy for Benetton Treviso, recently did an interview with HoopsHype.com. In it, he addressed a variety of topics, including last season’s Bulls team, which he described as “not really close” to winning a championship, in comparison to the two Boston Celtics teams he was…

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