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  1. J.R. Rider arrested in Arizona on parole violation

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Sadly, this isn’t shocking or unlikely. Isaiah “J.R.” Rider has been picked up on a parole violation and remains behind bars in Arizona, TMZ reports. He was on probation for a 2010 violation where he tried to flee from police who wanted to pull him over for erratic driving. But it could also have been…

  2. John Wall drops moves on unsuspecting guys on the street

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    You’re just walking down the street minding your own business, thinking about if you’d fire Hank Williams Jr. or maybe checking twitter out on your phone, then… BAM, John Wall drops a crossover on you. It happens. The Wizards’ point guard was speaking with ESPN’s high school site and talked about what could happen if…

  3. Sunday will be the day if full NBA season to be saved

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern set the deadline — if there is no handshake deal between NBA owners and players by Monday, the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. The two sides are playing a game of chicken. But if the season is to be saved, it has to happen Sunday. After talks…

  4. Blake Griffin gets naked for ESPN, but in a good way

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    ESPN the Magazine is coming out soon with its annual “body issue” where artistic photographs of athletes’ bodies — barely covered — show off the human form. And likely sells some copies, because isn’t the point of art to make money off of it? Which leads us to Funny or Die intern — and someday…

  5. NBA doing the Maloofs’ talking for them

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    The Maloofs’ relationship with Sacramento is decidedly love-hate. When the Kings were winning and Joe and Gavin were plastered on TV during games, Sacramentans were ready to propose. But it’s funny how life works — the team started losing and (gulp) started asking the city of Sacramento for money, and everything has been downhill since.…

  6. Italian squad down to offering Kobe one game contract

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    It looks like the ride on the Kobe Bryant publicity train is almost over for Italian club Virtus Bologna, but the team is going public trying to milk it for all its worth. Not that they didn’t want him — they re-arranged the league’s schedule to help facilitate his arrival. It’s just that it was…

  7. Update: Jamario Moon just practicing with Quebec, not playing

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the coach of the Quebec Kebs of Canadian NBL was saying how having NBA player Jamario Moon joining his team was not only good for his squad but also for the league. Oh, you didn’t think he was actually playing in games, did you? Where would you get that crazy idea? I’m not sure…

  8. Deron Williams not impressing anyone in Europe so far

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    Deron Williams has not looked good. At all. There is no sugar coating it. A few games in playing for Turkish side Besiktas, the biggest name in the NBA to sign overseas has not impressed anyone. Williams led Besiktas into the EuroCup last week, which is a second tier tournament that took place in Belgium,…

  9. Report about Rip Hamilton shows players, agents not all unified

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:52 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of agents talked on the phone Wednesday amongst themselves, saying they were looking for ways to help the union in its struggle with the owners. Of course it was not about what the agents wanted, it was about their players and an overriding concern for the greater good. Agents are altruistic like that.…

  10. Report: Canceling NBA’s first two weeks would cost players $200 million

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    The money is about to start piling up. Up until now, the costs of the lockout have been largely theoretical to the NBA owners and players (not so much the staff of the teams, but that’s another story). But the loss of the NBA preseason will cost the owners about $200 million, league officials said…

  11. Video: Which side should blink first in NBA labor talks?

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

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    On NBC’s Sports Talk on Versus television today Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski and I discussed what it’s going to take to get a deal done and who needs to blink in this game of chicken. For the record, I still think it takes them until about the end of the month to get a deal. While the…

  12. Video: Trailer for “Manchild” the Schea Cotton story

    Oct 5, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Living in Los Angeles, I saw Schea Cotton play in high school, then at Long Beach City College. The title of a new documentary about him — “manchild” — says it all. The only guy I can sort of compare it to is LeBron James, because Cotton was a high school player with an NBA…

  13. Marcus Camby cleared of marijuana possession charges

    Oct 5, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    We told you a couple weeks ago how Portland big man Marcus Camby had been pulled over, found with a small amount of marijuana and charged with possession in Texas. And we all pulled out some old “Jail Blazers” jokes and dusted them off. Now Camby has been cleared of all charges, reports the Oregonian.…

  14. Brandon Jennings is playing a lot of pickup basketball

    Oct 5, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Over the lockout, there have been a lot of very good stories about what NBA players are doing to keep busy while they wait for news on when the season is going to start. Here’s the latest one of those stories, a lengthy and interesting profile of LA native Brandon Jennings’ Summer basketball regimen by…

  15. Video: Miles Davis, John Lennon play some hoops

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    I might have run this video of a John Lennon party with Miles Davis in attendance even if they were not playing hoops. But they are, at about the 5 minute mark, a little 5-3-1. Both have classic two-handed set shot form. Lennon doesn’t even have to put down his cigarette. Which is how Vlade…

  16. NBA negotiating Sacramento arena deal, Maloofs not there

    Oct 5, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    This should tell you all you need to know about how things are shaking out with the Sacramento arena proposal. There is a big meeting on the issue Wednesday in Dallas, where powerhouse arena operator AEG will meet with Sacramento city leaders and NBA league officials — led by Thunder owner Clay Bennett — to…

  17. Agents talking labor deal, but not decertification. Yet.

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter, Kobe Bryant

    Two days ago, a number of top agents sent out a letter to clients urging them not to buckle — and not to let players union chief Billy Hunter buckle — to the demands of NBA owners. Now those same agents are getting on the phone today to discuss what they see as the next…

  18. LeBron James practices with high school football team

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Well, if a high school team had 26-year-old LeBron James suited up, they probably couldn’t lose. LeBron went Friday Night Lights on Tuesday afternoon, putting on the pads and walking on the practice field at St. Vincent-St. Mary (where he went to high school) and went through part of…

  19. Looking at NBA’s “game of Chicken” from the outside

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    On one hand, you can see where the NBA and its players are close to a deal, one that is within reach — they are just a couple percentage points apart. Of course, that is $500 million over the course of a deal, so it’s not a small amount, but still the sides seem close.…

  20. Pippen clarifies: Someday, maybe, LeBron could be best ever

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    There is nobody, anywhere, who thinks that right now LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan was. Not even Kid LeBron, Business LeBron or Wise LeBron. Bulls’ legend Scottie Pippen stepped in a pile of trouble earlier this year suggesting LeBron could be a better player than MJ. Then Pippen backtracked. Even LeBron didn’t want…

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