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  1. John Wall lights up the “lockout league” in Las Vegas

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    John Wall

    The first few days of the “lockout league” in Las Vegas — officially named the Impact Competitive Training Series but the nickname stuck — has been pretty interesting, but it lacked real star power. Wednesday, John Wall showed up. As he has been doing all summer long at pro-am leagues, Wall showed up and showed…

  2. Players sound pessimistic on chances for deal anytime soon

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    derek Fisher

    Thursday in Las Vegas, players union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter are going to face some tough questions from their rank and file constituents in a closed meeting — it will be 77 days since the lockout started and the players feel like negotiations are at square one. Basically because they are.…

  3. Francisco Garcia sues exercise ball maker for a broken arm

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

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    It was training camp in 2009 and Francisco Garcia of the Kings was doing something you see a lot — lifting weights while balancing on a stability ball. Work on strength and balance at once. Garcia was on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball. Turns out, not so burst resistant. The ball burst and…

  4. Joe Johnson’s shoe closet is larger, nicer than your apartment

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This is what can happen when guys get max contracts and feel the need for some home improvements — Joe Johnson’s shoe closet is nicer and more secure than your apartment. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. It’s 500-square feet and custom built. The Hawks swingman is part of the Jordan Brand, so you…

  5. Chris Bosh is mature, Skip Bayless is… well, Skip Bayless

    Sep 14, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Here’s why ESPN’s Skip Bayless doesn’t bother me — his job is to be the agitator. He is supposed to go on television and say outlandish things that make you mad (and sometimes glad) and you get pissed at him, then you turn him on again the next day. Those are also the reasons I…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    basketball shot

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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