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  1. Nets infrastructure could be in for a shake up

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Nets owner Mikahil Prokhorov may draw Mark Cuban comparisons aplenty, but the two owners are apparently on very divergent paths. Though Cuban’s business ventures and widespread interests provide content fodder for his ever popular blog, the Mavericks seem to always come first. He not only invests oodles of money in the franchise, but also his…

  2. Spain advances, Lithuania upset in EuroBasket quarterfinals

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Bo McCalebb

    All tournament long, teams have seemed to underestimate Macedonia. Now you can add Lithuania to the list after an upset Wednesday — and that means Lithuania has given itself a long road to even get into the London Olympics next summer. Here are the results from the first two knockout round quarterfinal games at EuroBasket…

  3. Roger Mason admits what we all knew, his twitter wasn’t hacked

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    Well Roger Mason, how u? Last week, Roger Mason Jr. — players union vice president, recent Knick and current free agent — tweeted something that created a firestorm. “Looking like a season. How u.” That quote fed the optimism growing around the NBA’s labor talks last week (optimism that got crushed on  Tuesday). But within…

  4. What the Thunder should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Oklahoma City is out latest stop on our “what your team needs to do when the lockout ends” tour. To see the teams already covered (we’re working our way through the Western Conference right now) click here. Last season in Oklahoma City: We saw growth. The young Thunder team took the steps forward we all expected…

  5. How a hard salary cap could hurt team play in the NBA

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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    We know what a lot of you think — the NBA is filled with a bunch of ball-hogs playing isolation hoops every time down. There is no team play. Wrong. Certainly not true of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, where teamwork make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Or there is Phil…

  6. Dante Cunningham dodges minor charges

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Dante Cunningham‘s arrest for a smörgåsbord of minor charges in late April doesn’t exactly resonate with NBA fans; the legal troubles of a minor contributor on a non-playoff team just don’t generate all that much NBA interest against the rest of the basketball scene at that stage in the season. But Cunningham nonetheless would have to…

  7. LeBron played a little flag football with strangers in NYC

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    LeBron Sunglasses

    LeBron James would have made a good tight end — he has the size, the quickness, the soft hands, the athleticism. Based on financial results he made a wise decision going with the whole basketball thing, but he loves football. I’ll add there are not a lot of guys you see in an NBA locker…

  8. Video: Watch J.J. Hickson throw it down at Impact series

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    2008 NBA Rookie Portraits

    In what has largely been an entertaining pickup game at the Impact Compeititve Basketball Series in Las Vegas, just about nobody has been more entertaining than J.J. Hickson. The guy plays above the rim. Kings fans drool thinking about him on the wings of the break with Tyreke Evans running the show and DeMarcus Cousins…

  9. Steve Nash didn’t play for Canada but wants to lead team

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    It was a disappointment when Canada — working hard to build up its national basketball team — failed to make even next summers pre-Olympics second chance qualifying tournament this summer. Canada was just not impressive at the FIBA Americas tournament. Of course, they were without the best Canadian player, Steve Nash. Or Tristan Thompson. Or…

  10. Jermaine O’Neal says he likely will retire after next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Two years ago, Boston had a role-playing big man retire in Rasheed Wallace. Last season it was Shaquille O’Neal who retired from the Celtics. Next up, Jermaine O’Neal. At least that’s the plan the 15-year veteran told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com while in Las Vegas for the Impact Competitive Training Series (where O’Neal is…

  11. Isiah Thomas working out Stoudemire in Florida… and Chris Paul

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    Let the Knicks conspiracy theories begin… or are they conspiracy theories if they are true? For those of you who want to deny that former Knicks GM and current Florida International coach Isiah Thomas no longer has influence with his old organization, we bring you this. Current Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is working out with…

  12. Who looked good in Vegas Day 2: J.J. Hickson, Josh Selby

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Phoenix Suns

    Day two of the Impact Competitive Training Series out in Las Vegas saw some interesting run but still lacked star power. That is expected to change, by the way, with the arrival of John Wall on Wednesday. Talking to a couple people there, the style is a wide-open, pickup style. That means it’s pretty entertaining…

  13. New book says Sarah Palin had one night stand with Glen Rice.

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Glen Rice

    There’s a new biography of miss “Paul Revere warned the British” herself Sarah Palin coming out soon, written by Joe McGinniss. Which I am not going to read. Not even for laughs. But fortunately the people over at the National Enquirer did and reported back on it… of course nobody at PBT reads the National…

  14. Stalled NBA labor negotiations get players in Vegas talking

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    For once, the conversation among NBA players in Vegas wasn’t who was headed to Tao. Like it was everywhere NBA people gathered, the talk was about the stalled talks. The implosion of hope surrounding the NBA labor negotiations. At the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas, players were talking about it and where that…

  15. Report: Five top agents pushing for union to decertify

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    A couple months back, agents were pushing to blow up the players union. A group of agents met with players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and urged him to take the aggressive approach of decertifying the union (what the NFL union did right at the start of their negotiations). That followed by and anti-trust lawsuit…

  16. It’s official, J.R. Smith signs to play in China next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    What is the Chinese word for “gunner?” That word might now be J.R. Smith. The talented, athletic Denver swingman who never saw a shot he didn’t like has signed to play in China for next season, according to reports out of China via Nuibball.com as well as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. He will be the…

  17. There’s still hope in NBA talks, but it comes down to money

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    lockout

    Tuesday was not a good day for NBA fans. If you were hoping for an NBA season that will start on time and have 82 games, Tuesday sucked. What is clear right now is that the two sides are far apart, and that while there is time to get a deal so training camps could…

  18. Video: Here’s your chance to watch Steve Nash pick his nose

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has a public image to uphold, what as the floppy-haired Canadian that Phoenix and America loves. So we’re never going to see him pick his nose or fart on camera… Or, maybe we will. Below is the ad for a VitaminWater contest that you can’t enter (unless you’re one of our loyal Canadian…

  19. Today’s players more athletic than 20 years ago, but are they better?

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Nobody in their right mind wonders if Magic Johnson, Dr. J or Larry Bird could compete in today’s NBA. Certain players would succeed in any era. But could the average NBA player from the 1980s compete in the NBA of 2011? Well, let’s make that 2010 because who knows if there will be an NBA…

  20. Gordon Hayward can get to the rim… against video gamers

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol

    Last season in Utah, Gordon Hayward was taking twice as many shots from beyond 16 feet as he was at the rim. He doesn’t have the reputation as a guy who can just take you off the dribble and get to the rack. But that is not true… so long as Hayward is playing against…

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