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  1. Report: NBA stars exhibition tour a go, starts in Puerto Rico Saturday

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s on. Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go. That is…

  2. You think you’re a Lakers fan? Do you have a Lakers grave?

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    Belize+City+Lakers+Fan+Grave

    Lakers fans can be a bit over the top. (Celtics fans, don’t you start to point fingers. You either, Portland.) But this youth from Belize has everyone even I know in Los Angeles beat — the photo is to the right (and below, also). The story is on my old haunt at NBCLosAngeles.com. While recently…

  3. Aldridge wants to bring NBA charity game circuit to Portland

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Don’t worry Portland, just because we don’t like your owner doesn’t mean we don’t like you. So the NBA player charity game tour may swing through the Pacific Northwest as well. LaMarcus Aldridge is working to set up a game in Portland, the Oregonian reports. The Trail Blazers forward announced on Twitter that he will…

  4. Derrick Rose is not going to play in Croatia. Never was.

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Rumors started to fly around on Tuesday that Derrick Rose was talking to KK Zagreb of Croatia and might go play there during the lockout. Nope. Never was going to happen. Rose has been consistent is saying he wasn’t going right now even though he was contacted by some teams. Including KK Zagreb, who made…

  5. Jazz show how small markets can stay afloat, but winning costs

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jeremy-Evans

    The Salt Lake Tribune did a fantastic story over the weekend looking at the finances of the Utah Jazz and how that ties to the fortunes of late owner Larry Miller. It’s a great bit of reporting. Some interesting tidbits out of that is how the Jazz have a passionate fan base — they averaged…

  6. Video: You can’t stop Brian Scalabrine… well, in Italy, anyway

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Brian Scalabrine, wearing green and tearing it up. Just like…. yea, we’re not sure either. But this video (via Sportando) is just that — Scalabrine is playing for Benetton Treviso in the Italian league and tearing it up. I would swear I even saw him create his own shot in there somewhere. Say this for…

  7. Al Harrington is eating some big burgers… well, almost

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    big burger

    First the disclaimer — Al Harrington is not going Shawn Kemp. (Kemp is remembered by NBA fans for a few things, one of which was ballooning up during the last lockout.) I saw Harrington in action in person last month at the Impact series in Las Vegas and he is in good shape. When the…

  8. NBA owners to talk revenue sharing; owners/players staffs talk

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    There is talking going on. No, the bigwigs of the league and the NBA players union are not sitting down across a table and actually doing work — why would they do that? — but there is talk going on. Specifically, the NBA owners are talking revenue sharing again Tuesday. Meanwhile, staffs from the NBA…

  9. Video: Kenneth Faried sends Enes Kanter’s shot packing

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Morehead State v Louisville

    Last night in Kentucky they held a charity game called the Big Blue All-Stars vs. The Villains (the villains being players who didn’t play for the Kentucky Wildcats, obviously). Good gig, raised $50,000 for the V foundation. But what you see above was the highlight. Watch future Jazz big man Enes Kanter (who was sort of…

  10. Ty Lawson lashes out on twitter; adjusting to Europe not easy

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Ty Lawson signed up to play in Lithuania while Billy Hunter and David Stern continue their ludicrous dance, the Nuggets point guard being one of the bigger name NBA players to jump overseas. But the adjustment has not been easy. He wasn’t getting a lot of minutes and has not put up big stats while…

  11. Video: Nike ad finds ‘Melo, Wade, Chris Paul new places to play

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Jordan Brand Presents The 23/25 Energy Space In Dallas, TX

    Got to give this to Nike — even during the lockout they know how to make some advertisements that will sell some shoes. This latest one for the Jordan Brand has Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade playing in pickup games — pretty standard pickup games that you and I could walk into for…

  12. Serge Ibaka signs to play with Real Madrid during lockout

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

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    Serge Ibaka has been courted by a number of Spanish teams recently — he became a Spanish citizen (he played there before coming to the NBA) which means he doesn’t count against a team’s foreign player limit. That makes him highly prized. Ibaka has agreed to play for Real Madrid during the lockout, the team…

  13. Hunter references a shifting power structure within ownership.

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    Billy Hunter provided enough soundbytes on his appearance on Bill Simmons’ podcast to keep folks entertained for a few days. The “we don’t want to be totally exploited” is the header. Also of note is the reveal of Mark Cuban’s “Game Changer” proposal which proposed no cap and just an aggressive luxury tax. The union…

  14. NBA prospect arrested for failed drug test required after last arrest

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    NCAA Illinois Basketball

    Jereme Richmond was a guy on the bubble of being drafted by an NBA team last June. The Illinois product is a raw but athletic 6’7” swingman, the kind of guy a team might give a camp invite to so they can get a better look. Not likely now. He keeps shooting himself in the…

  15. Reports: NBA will cancel two more weeks of NBA season Tuesday

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    The good news is that the league isn’t pushing back the start of the season indefinitely, it looks like just two more weeks. Of course the point of missing two more weeks is to make sure the players miss a paycheck and feel some real pain. Well, maybe that’s not good news. Multiple reports (the…

  16. Winderman: Billy Hunter backhands players “intellectual capital,” too

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    The problem with a lack of games is that all we are left with to dissect is the rhetoric. So we parse Bryant Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment on David Stern, even though, with the exception of those with premium cable, the last time we even noticed Bryant Gumbel was during his attempt at NFL Network…

  17. Video: What’s it like to be in a pickup game with Derrick Rose?

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Turns out, if you put NBA MVP Derrick Rose in a pickup game with a bunch of average Joes, he will make you look bad, even going half speed. Remember, he did an event to called “Run with D-Rose” promote his new adiRose 2 shoes (which are about to drop a new all-black version for…

  18. Chris “The Birdman” Andersen works with kids, Rubik’s Cubes

    Oct 24, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

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    There could be a tattoo of a Rubik’s Cube on Chris Andersen. Hard to say. But we can now officially say that the Nuggets colorful shot blocker off the bench is a Rubik’s Cube guy. You remember, the cube you learned how to take apart and put back together with all the colors aligned so…

  19. Union head Hunter: “We don’t want to be totally exploited”

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    NBA players union director Bill Hunter sat down with Bill Simmons for an ESPN podcast. Hunter didn’t break a lot of new ground, but you again get to see the players thinking — that the owners are trying to exploit them by driving down salaries so the ultra rich can get richer. Sure, the players…

  20. Video: Rudy Fernandez hits ridiculous three pointer

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Spain's Rudy Fernandez drinks chapmpagne

    The crazy thing is the shot didn’t even count (watch the ref waive it off right after the shot). And the ref is right, Rudy Fernandez pops out for the catch and shoot, pump fakes, draws the foul and then starts his shooting motion. He might have gotten the call in the NBA, but not…

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