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  1. Video: Your Michael Jordan retrospective YouTube Award of the Day goes to…

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    You know who was pretty good? That Jordan fella. Pretty nice ballplayer, that. Red Auerbach himself called Jordan the Greatest of All Time (though he’d still take Russell to start a team; come on, it’s Red). Some day there will be a film made of Jordan’s life, and it will be huge. Though the script…

  2. Is Zach Randolph organizing a Grizzlies practice?

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    zach-randolph-game-6

    When the NFL lockout was going on, various players started organizing practices for teammates to keep them in rhythm with one another. You haven’t heard anything like that on the NBA level because 1. it’s still the offseason for most guys and 2. NBA players aren’t as tight-knit, traditionally, as NFL players. But apparently Memphis…

  3. Things did not go well in the early Tyson Chandler-Mavericks talks

    Aug 6, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Saying that Tyson Chandler won the Mavericks an NBA title would not be far off. You can’t point to him as the sole difference maker, but then, this a team sport, who is? (A: Jordan) But he was in large part the biggest differential in the Mavericks teams that had failed for ten years and…

  4. Video: Michael Beasley can’t guard Kevin Durant

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    We bring you one last bit from Dyckson Park in New York City Thursday night. That’s the place that brought you Michael Beasley being a fool and Kevin Durant being a little slow on the help defense rotation and paying the price. Here is Beasley trying to guard Durant (and Beasley gets no help defense).…

  5. Cuttino Mobley helping bring medical marijuana to Maine

    Aug 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    cuttino-mobley-clips

    Go ahead and make your “NBA player and pot” jokes, but when you read it you’ll see Cuttino Mobley looks like a pretty smart business man. In part because there’s a lot of money in medical marijuana — even if it’s supposed to just be non-profit collectives — and he is helping bring it to…

  6. The powerful true story of Manute Bol

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Manute Bol

    If you read one thing today, make it the story at the end of this link. It’s a story on Atavist that is the untold story of former NBA player Manute Bol. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop found it, and you can read an excerpt over at Sports Illustrated. You may remember Bol as an almost…

  7. To be clear, Wade has not gotten offer from China. Yet.

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Yesterday we told you or reports Dwyane Wade got a $2 million a month offer from one Chinese team. That report was denied by the Chinese team. Now it also has been shot down by Wade’s agent. Here’s the money paragraph from the Miami Herald. Wade and his agent, Henry Thomas, have said Wade will…

  8. Poll: Who wins, 1992 Dream Team or 2008 USA Olympic squad?

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    Magic Johnson came out recently and said exactly what you would expect Magic to say — the original 1992 Dream team was better than the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team.” “When you think about the Olympics and the Dream Team, I have to throw it to you. Kobe [Bryant] and them won by 22 points. Ehh,…

  9. Matt Barnes isn’t backing down from whatever happened

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Did Matt Barnes punch an opposing player? Those are the reports that came out of some San Francisco pro-am action Thursday, although video proof has yet to show up (at least that I’ve seen). This is the same place where Barnes slapped a coach last season, so maybe. Whatever happens, Barnes is owning it. ESPN.com…

  10. Video: Kevin Durant gets dunked on in New York City

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Everyone, we’d like you to meet Geoff Mcdermott. East Coasters may remember him playing for the Providence Friars, you will now remember him as the guy who dunked on Kevin Durant at Dyckman Park Thursday night. To be fair, KD rotated over late and there wasn’t much he could do. The fact he rotated over at…

  11. Today’s NBA to Europe roundup: Turkoglu to Turkey?

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    There are so many NBA players talking to and signing with overseas teams it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we give you easy-to-follow bullet points — because we care about you. • When EuroBasket ends (mid-September) if the lockout still looks like it does now Hedo Turkoglu may sign to play in…

  12. Curry spending summer getting married, rehabbing ankle

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    stephen-curry-engagement

    We didn’t send a gift — we were going to go with the indoor composter — but congratulations to Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who married longtime girlfriend Ayesha Alexander. We knew about this because Stiletto Jill had the engagement pictures up, then The Basketball Jones noticed that one of those is going to fuel some…

  13. Stevie Wonder came up with “Chocolate Thunder” nickname

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    darryld

    Darryl Dawkins is Chocolate Thunder. There may never have been a better, more fitting nickname in the NBA. You know why there are breakaway, flexing rims in the NBA? Chocolate Thunder. Watch the video. But where did that nickname come from? How about blind music legend Stevie Wonder? That is what Dawkins told Dime Magazine…

  14. Players union will file to dismiss NBA lawsuit

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    And so the legal wrangling begins… The National Basketball Players Association — what the rest of us call the players union — will file to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the NBA this week, reports Ken Berger at CBS Sports. The NBA’s lawsuit was a pre-emptive strike against possible union decertification. A group of player…

  15. Report: Lakers Barnes hits opposing player during game

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Move over Michael Beasley, you’ve got company. There are multiple reports that in a San Francisco pro-am game Thursday night Matt Barnes hit an opposing player during the contest. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted about it, there were other mentions on twitter and Black Sports Online told us they heard the same thing from…

  16. Fan shoved by Beasley calls him a “bad sportsman”

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley remains a class act. The 6’10” forward pushed a fan in the face at Dyckman Park in New York City Thursday night, during a game between Beasley’s team and a Kevin Durant team (Team Nike, actually, and the shoe giant marking folk were there filming). The New York Daily News writers were there,…

  17. Report: Besiktas officials met with Kobe’s agent, to do so again

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Officials from the Turkish team Besiktas finally did meet with Kobe Bryant’s agent Thursday, but Bryant himself wasn’t there. The two sides are supposed to meet again Friday. That’s the word via twitter from Turkish journalist Ismail Senol (the Turkish side of these talks continues to be the leaky one). According to club sources, Besiktas-Pelinka…

  18. League sources now deny Stern’s massive salary

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    Do you really care how much money David Stern makes? Does anyone watch or not watch a sport based on how much money a commissioner makes? The public relations battle about David Stern’s salary is all about perception. It’s about the battle for the hearts and minds of the public during an increasingly testy lockout.…

  19. Michael Beasley pushes fan in face at exhibition game

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Big time organized streetball games are rowdy. Loud and raw. The crowd is into it, and not in the polite, golf-clap way a lot of NBA games can be when the rich folks are close to the court. This is real. And there will be hecklers. Just ask Kevin Durant. One of those hecklers was…

  20. Video: Deron Williams and Kyle Korver play dodgeball

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Korver-Dodgeball

    For a Thursday evening nightcap, we bring you a couple NBA stars playing Dodgeball. Kyle Korver and Deron Williams took part in an anual dodgeball charity fundraiser — Dodge Barrage — in Utah last year. Below we have the video (hat tip to Dime Mag for this). They second one is coming up Aug. 27…

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