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  1. Spurs “rodeo road trip” highlights schedule issues if games are missed

    Sep 20, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It is not impossible for the NBA season to start on time. However, once you factor in time needed for a shortened free agent period and training camps (again shortened), the owners and players need to hammer out a deal in about a week or so. So, not impossible, but I wouldn’t bet your rent…

  2. Blazers searching Cho’s replacement as GM

    Sep 20, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Rich Cho

    From CBS’ Ben Golliver: PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 100 days after “parting ways” with former GM Rich Cho weeks before the 2011 NBA Draft, the PortlandTrail Blazers have yet to hire Cho’s full-time replacement. Blazers president Larry Miller did finally confirm that the GM search process has progressed in a telephone interview with CBSSports.com on…

  3. What the Blazers should do if the lockout ends

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    The Blazers had an interesting year last season. Brandon Roy‘s injuries made him a shell of his former self, and 2007 #1 pick had yet another devastating knee injury that caused him to miss a full season. However, the team got a breakout year from LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews backed up his contract, and a…

  4. Jason Terry will re-sign with Dallas, leverage be damned

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Jason Terry is one of the pessimists. He doesn’t want to be, but like a lot of players who were disappointed after last week’s negotiating session he’s not sure the owners and players are that close to a deal. But whenever the two sides do make a deal, he is going to re-sign with the…

  5. Turiaf’s hand has healed, he’s ready whenever season starts

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf, Mike D'Antoni

    It’s one of the risks of playing for your country — injuries. Ronny Turiaf was supposed to play for France in EuroBasket, but he broke his hand in a tune-up game against Great Britain. The good news for Knicks fans is that the Energizer Bunny off the bench told NBA.com his hand is nearly healed…

  6. Video: Best of Vegas Impact “lockout league” from Monday

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Christian Eyenga

    We will have a lot more from the Impact Competitive Training Series — popularly known as the Vegas “lockout league” later in the week, but we’ll start you out with some highlights from Monday. That includes some impressive throwdowns from  Christian Eyenga, which should make Cavs fans happy. And after watching the Browns lose to the…

  7. Rockets forward Patterson had ankle surgery in August

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    PATTERSON_PATRICK

    Bone spurs suck. Surgery sucks, too, but if you’re trying to play NBA basketball bone spurs in your ankle are a bigger problem. So in August Rockets forward Patrick Patterson had surgery to remove the spurs from his right ankle, his agent told the Houston Chronicle. “He was playing through it the past couple years,”…

  8. NBA draftees at EuroBasket: Kanter looks good, Rubio not so much

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Spain's basketball player Ricky Rubio talks to the media after the presentation of the Spanish basketball team for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011 championships at Madrid's Arena

    We tried to watch as much of EuroBasket as we could, and when the games were on our eyes were were drawn to recent NBA draftees who have not been in the league. Frankly, I know Pau Gasol is amazingly skilled. I know Joakim Noah can defend. I know Tony Parker is dangerous when he…

  9. Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers sound a little bored with lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge Doc Rivers

    I can relate to Celtics brain trust Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge right now. Sure, there are things to do during the NBA lockout, some things to organize and some busywork to get done (in PBT’s case, we have our “what your team needs to do when the lockout ends series). But man, we’re a…

  10. Stoudemire said skipping college was hardest choice of his life

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    For some NBA players, college was that inconvenient road bump between AAU ball and the NBA. They may like the college life and getting to play in front of large arenas of ravenous fans, but the classes and studying were an inconvenience. But there are guys in the NBA who would savor the chance to…

  11. Sixers outgoing owner says he was tired of losing money

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia 76ers fans were high fiving each other when it was announced a few months back that Ed Snider and Comcast-Spectactor announced they were selling the team to Joshua Harris and a team of investors. Snider was seen as a guy who loved hockey and the Flyers, and happened to own the 76ers, too. But…

  12. J.J. Barea says he likely will return to Mavericks next season

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    J.J. Barea fits the mold of a guy who is going to get overpaid on his next contract based on his playoff performance right before he became a free agent. Barea was a spark off the bench for the Mavericks on their run to a title, averaging 8.9 points per game in the post season.…

  13. Mavericks’ Rudy Fernandez signs deal with Real Madrid

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Spain's Rudy Fernandez drinks chapmpagne

    This should not come as a surprise to anybody. After Rudy Fernandez spent all of last summer trying to get Portland to release him so he could return to the Spanish League, he has used the lockout to return to the Spanish League. Probably should have seen that one coming. What we told you was…

  14. Report: Italian club offers Kobe Bryant $600,000 per game

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    kobe-clutch

    For international clubs looking to sign an American star, Kobe Bryant is the biggest fish in (or across) the pond. The Laker guard remains the most recognizable active player on the planet, the most marketable, plus there’s the whole “he’s really good” thing. Kobe has been offered $600,000 per home game to play for Virtus…

  15. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari to play in Italy during lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a bright side Nuggets fans, at least he didn’t go to China like everyone else. And at least he has an out clause to return. Danilo Gallinari has signed to return to Olimpia Milano during the lockout, a story broken by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando. He…

  16. Report: Owners, players to meet in small groups this week

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The only way there is going to be an NBA season — whether full or partial — is if the owners and players keep talking and hammering out their differences. So this tweet that owners and players will sit down and start talking again is a positive. Chris Broussard of ESPN broke the news on…

  17. Video: Metta World Peace’s first Cha Cha on Dancing With The Stars

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    ronartestballet

    If David Stern and Billy Hunter are able to figure out their differences this week, end the lockout so that training camps and the season start on time in a couple weeks, Metta World Peace (the baller formerly known as Ron Artest) may be available. Below you can catch Artest’s first attempt at the Cha…

  18. Warriors’ Amundson healthy, will be ready for season

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

    Lou Amundson is not a game changer inside, but he is the kind of guy every team could use — an effort guy who can rebound and defend. Well, he can be that when he’s healthy, but the Warriors brought him in last season and he played only 46 games and averaged just 15 minutes…

  19. Report: Players were led to believe breakthrough was near

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Before last week’s big meeting on Tuesday, there was a lot of optimism in the air — plenty of people were suggesting a labor deal could be close (whether they meant to tweet it or not). Then Tuesday broke up with both sides disappointed. The players agreed to drop their share of basketball related income…

  20. Video: Charles Barkley sings Karaoke “My Way” ala Sinatra

    Sep 19, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley is no Frank Sinatra. Primarily because Sinatra sang in tune. But below is video of Barkley doing the Sinatra standard “My Way” (via Deadspin) and what he lacks in singing skill he makes up for in style. It’s a pretty good rendition. Save for the whole in tune thing. By the way, reports…

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