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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Patty Mills has not signed anywhere… but he will

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

    MILLS_PATRICK

    Yesterday we told you about reports out of Turkey that Trail Blazers back-up point guard Patty Mills was about to sign there to play during the lockout. Mills wants you to know that is not the case. Not yet anyway. Mills went on 750 The Game in Portland and kind of shot down the rumor…

  17. Shaq seems to just attract wild lawsuit allegations

    Aug 4, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal has run in some questionable circles. Not that I believe any of the lawsuit allegations made against him this summer — and there have been some so ridiculous we refused to run or link to them here — but the fact he keeps ending up in them says something about the people around…

  18. Nowitzki has suitors but no plans to play overseas. Yet.

    Aug 4, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    There are two ways to look at it. If you’re an older NBA player — don’t trust anyone over 30 — either your body could use the rest from an extended NBA lockout or you are watching time tick off the clock doing nothing. Throw Dirk Nowitzki in the latter category. That said, don’t expect…

  19. Marc Gasol will not play for Barcelona either

    Aug 4, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    When you think about European teams NBA players want to jump to, Barcelona comes to mind. Amazing city with great food and nightlife. Powerful team that consistently is one of the tops in Europe. Plus, you can probably get contacts for some good soccer tickets. But team alumni Ricky Rubio said he is not going…

  20. Video: Watch the trailer for NBA 2K12

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    We told you earlier today that NBA 2K12 was going to be filled with NBA legends. And I’m pumped because come this winter that and my men at Long Beach State may be the only hoops fix I get. So, we thought we’d bring you the trailer for the game, too. Enjoy. Magic looks good.…

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