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  1. Video: Top 10 plays from Josh Howard’s Dallas charity game

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Another week, another round of charity game highlights featuring Kevin Durant and friends. Josh Howard hosted a charity game in Dallas and the fans were treated to some high flying plays and displays of athleticism. As is a charity game tradition, they were not treated to any defense. Still, this is what we have for…

  2. Allen Iverson can picture himself in Boston green

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    When we were talking about Boston needing a veteran backup point guard for Rajon Rondo, this is not exactly what we had in mind. Allen Iverson — out of the NBA last season but trying to get back in — is interested in playing for the Celtics, his manger Gary Moore told the Boston Globe (via…

  3. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  4. NBA takes to Twitter to… well, we’re not sure why

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:27 PM EST

    twitter-whale

    The NBA announced on Sunday night they would take questions from people on Twitter and David Stern and Adam Silver would answer them. What followed was a series of refutations from players and repetition of talking points they’ve been spewing for months. It was neither productive, insightful, nor revealing. It did not harness the power…

  5. Kevin Durant says he’s ready to “jump” overseas

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Kevin Durant has spent his lockout playing in every exhibition game under the sun. He wants to ball. Obsessively. But he’s also been very firm on the lockout, being a leader for the “don’t get screwed” side. He’s waited out the question of playing overseas, wanting to take it to the very last minute. Apparently…

  6. LeBron says he wouldn’t not take himself in a one-one match with Kobe that will never happen. Yeah, you read that right.

    Nov 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    Look, I get the need for grammatical correctness. I do. But there are times in which the double-negative more aptly describes the sentiment being expressed. Yes, technically, the correct version would do the same For example. I don’t not want pancakes. I want pancakes. In both instances, the subject is expressing a desire for pancakes.…

  7. Report: James Dolan’s pretty much had it with his fellow owners

    Nov 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    James Dolan isn’t exactly known as a savvy decision-maker. He’s too often been known to act on impulse, like trading the house for Carmelo Anthony when he was going to get Melo one way or another. Or allowing Isiah Thomas to skulk around his house like a murder of crows after destroying the franchise for…

  8. Dear Mr. Thomas: A response to Etan Thomas’ Op-Ed

    Nov 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas published an op-ed on ESPN.com on the state of the labor talks, discussing 23… pause… questions surrounding the lockout. There’s a lot of quality things in there, but as always, there are two sides to every story. Except the story that Dan Gilbert, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, and Michael Jordan should not have…

  9. Hunter says there will be a vote on that thing we said there wouldn’t be a vote on… kind of

    Nov 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Remember when we said there wouldn’t be a vote? Yeah, that’s what it looked like right up until about 1AM EST Saturday night. Then SI.com dropped a column with direct comment from Billy Hunter. The union’s going to vote on the proposal. Kind of. When reached on Saturday night, however, Hunter told SI.com that his…

  10. Stern responds to allegations he’s not bluffing by saying he’s not bluffing

    Nov 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    In the midst of this fantastically stupid game of chicken being played by the NBA and NBPA, the result of which will be a colossal train wreck resulting in massive damage to major economic entity, the loss of hundreds of jobs, and irreparable damage to the sport of professional basketball, right in the center stands…

  11. Players might vote for deal, season, if given vote, which they won’t be

    Nov 12, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    ESPN’s Shaun Powell reports on Twitter: Source told me if full membership votes on the owner’s deal, NBA would open for business by Wednesday.Sat Nov 12 17:11:26 via webShaun Powell powellshaun This is much akin to “Unicorns may cure cancer, if they exist.” The primary problem is that unicorns don’t exist. Similarly, the rank-and-file NBA…

  12. Nazr Mohammed was doing so well, too

    Nov 12, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Nazr Mohammed

    For starters, it should be noted that at least the players are willing to talk about these things. They’re brave enough to go on Twitter, to talk to reporters, to have conversations about the state of the lockout and the potential end of the season. Their position is obviously as biased as it can be,…

  13. The real problem on the players’ side in this fight

    Nov 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    OK, the headline’s a bit misleading. The owners are the real problem for the players in this fight. Not that they want something the players don’t, but that they want everything. I made the comparison earlier this week on Memphis radio that this is the equivalent of the geek throwing the jock up against the…

  14. Monday’s probably it for the 2011-2012 NBA season

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    lock

    This isn’t scare-journalism. I’m not being sensationalist, over-dramatic, or jumping to conclusions. I have ducked and dodged this scenario for as long as possible, believing there was always another chance, always another bargaining session, always another scenario that could happen to avoid it. But I can’t get around it any longer. They’ve broken me, and…

  15. Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter. Worst. Idea. Ever.

    Nov 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    What would be the one thing that could make the situation for the NBA union worse? What one person could find a way to take a terrible situation and turn it into an unmitigated disaster? Hello Isiah Thomas. From rumormonger Peter Vecsey at the New York Post (so please consume this with liberal amounts of salt)…

  16. Friday night video: Who is the NBA’s biggest hipster?

    Nov 11, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    james-harden

    There is nothing in the basketball blogosphere like The Basketball Jones. They are flat out brilliant. They get it. And so for our Friday Night Video tonight features a recent post of theirs that had me laughing. (The fact I’ll see them in the next few days in LA had nothing to do with it.…

  17. Hall of Fame nominees announced. Yes, we see you Reggie.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    reggie-miller

    It’s just the first step — and getting past the first step can lead to controversy. The list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced. It’s an impressive group of people from all across the hoops spectrum (remember, the Hall of Fame is the entire sport,…

  18. Report: NBA union reps meeting set for Monday morning

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    Well, at least we won’t have to wait long for Armageddon. The NBA players’ union team representatives are set to meet in New York at 9 a.m. Monday morning, according to a tweet from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune (talking about Wolves rep Anthony Tolliver). Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter and union leadership will present David…

  19. Tide of players turning against Stern’s latest ultimatum

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    It will not be until the first part of next week that we see officially how the players will respond to the latest ultimatum from David Stern and the owners. But Thursday night union president Derek Fisher seemed hesitant about it, and as Friday wore on more and more players and owners seemed to turn…

  20. Magic Johnson on HIV fight: “I’m happy it was me”

    Nov 11, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    This week marked the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson announcing he was retiring from the NBA because he had HIV. It was as shocking a moment as there has been in sports. But it was also a turning point for our culture — Magic changed the face and perception of HIV and AIDS. People talked…

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