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  1. Free agent Aaron Brooks expects to return to Phoenix

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Damn lockout. Right now we should be up to our necks in free agent signings, rumors of signings and the fun that can be player movement in the off-season. Instead we’re talking if Nate Robinson can play NFL cornerback. Which is about as likely as the Celtics landing Dwight Howard. Point guard Aaron Brooks would…

  2. Kevin Love speaks well of Rambis, talks new coach

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love and finally fired Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis did not have a great relationship. It was one of the reasons Rambis was let go (that and all the losing). But the way Rambis was fired, left to twist in the wind for three months after the season, was just an embarrassment. It was bad…

  3. Sasha Vujacic reportedly close to signing in Turkey

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    For Sasha Vujacic, playing in Europe makes sense. And he is close to reaching a deal with Turkish team Anadolu Efes, according to Turkish publications (via Hoopshype and TalkBasket.net) Anadolu Efes is one of the traditional powers of the Turkish league, a regular part of the EuroLeague. It’s a team that has missed getting any…

  4. As lockout goes on, team employees get pink slips

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    NBA teams around the league are looking to cut back on expenses during the lockout. Around the league, it’s starting to get ugly, as the Associated Press reports: (Charlotte Bobcats) Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer was one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week. A person familiar with…

  5. Boston’s long-shot hope at landing Dwight Howard

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Nothing passes the time during the lockout like Dwight Howard speculation. Well, maybe speculation about players going to Europe next season, but Howard is a close second. Even if he keeps saying he wants to stay and the Magic plan on keeping him. Which brings us to the Boston Celtics. As things stand now they…

  6. NBA to return $160 million in escrow money to players

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In the one move since the start of the NBA lockout, the NBA announced Tuesday that it is going to give the players back money they already earned. It’s a good thing in terms of thawing the ice, but it’s not going to really change things. As for what happened… this is going to take…

  7. Lakers don’t expect major changes to defensive scheme under Brown

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina recently sat down with Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person to talk about all things Lakers. It’s an interesting interview, and I recommend reading the full piece, but one particularly interesting part of the interview came when Person was asked about how the team will play defense under new head…

  8. Report: Don Nelson may be interested in coaching Timberwolves

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Nelson Wine

    ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the story: Name to watch in Wolves search: Don Nelson. ESPN.com sources say he’s not only open to return to coaching but intrigued by ‘Sota roster This would certainly be an interesting hire. The 71-year old Nelson recently retired after clinching the all-time record for regular-season coaching wins. He both took…

  9. Amick: Drew league, Goodman league may face off

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

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    With the lockout still going on and the Vegas Summer League officially cancelled, NBA players are looking for places to play for the summer, and one of their solutions might be a showdown between the best informal league on each coast. Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has the story: In other words, the Plan Bs and…

  10. LeBron’s former teammate sees two sides of the man

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Lance Allred is one of the more interesting guys in the NBA — legally deaf (and a very good lip reader), raised Mormon, in his youth part of a polygamous sect (that he and his family have renounced) and one of those people who has been in the NBA but comes with a broader perspective…

  11. Winderman: K-State’s Pullen shows how this NBA summer is different

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jacob Pullen

    Yes, we can gasp all we want about reports that link Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant or Dwyane Wade to European destinations. The NBA rumor cycle, even amid a lockout, must, after all, be fed 24-7-365. But whether any of that happens certainly will be more of a September or October story, if it is a…

  12. Video: Dwight Howard and Josh Powell rap

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    We bring you this because… well, because there’s a lockout. And it’s fairly amusing. Below we have NBA stars Dwight Howard and J-Peazy (Josh Powell) rapping all decked out like it was 1988, with gold chains, ill-fitting hats and everything except a Flava Flav clock. (Video via I am a GM and Terez Owens) This…

  13. Kelvin Sampson to be McHale’s top assistant in Houston

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Chicago State v Indiana

    All those rumors of Bucks lead assistant Kelvin Sampson going to be the head coach in Minnesota… nah, he’d rather be an assistant somewhere else. Sampson will be the lead assistant to Kevin McHale in Houston, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, via twitter. That is a good hire — McHale may have…

  14. Report: Kobe, Rose, Durant to play in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Durant AP

    While the talks have been of a barnstorming tour of China, there may be another in the Far East first. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will be part of an exhibition game in the Philippines, according to the sports web site of TV5 in the island nation (via SLAM). The three stars will…

  15. Minnesota finally, officially fires Kurt Rambis

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    We’ve known for a month this was coming — maybe longer, when your team wins 17 games the coach’s seat is going to be hot. But David Kahn and the Timberwolves dragged this out in an embarrassing fashion. Now it is official, both the Associated Press and others such as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who had…

  16. Paul Pierce knocked out of World Series of Poker

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce still has his championship ring, but he will not get a bracelet to go with it. Paul Pierce has been knocked out of the World Series of Poker according to CSN New England. After surviving the first day of the World Series of Poker on Sunday, Pierce was eliminated from the main event…

  17. Nate Robinson he says may try NFL during NBA lockout

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Apparently, Nate Robinson loves all sports that are locked out. Plenty of people forget that before Nate Robinson was an undersized NBA point guard he was an undersized cornerback for the University of Washington — his original scholarship to the school was for football. So with the NBA lockout suck in the mud and the…

  18. Agent shoots down idea Ron Artest would play in England

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    There will be no World Peace coming to England. The agent for Metta World Peace — aka Ron Artest — has shot down another rumor of the player’s off-season wanderings. After shooting down the Finland rumor last week, this time around David Bauman was shooting down the idea from his client he wanted to play…

  19. Report: Pistons want to re-sign Tayshaun Prince

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

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    When free agency opens up — eventually — Tayshaun Prince is going to have options. He will turn 31 next season and while he can bring you some solid offense (14.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting last season and he can hit the three) what really makes him valuable is his wing defense.…

  20. Derrick Rose admits he wore down during playoffs

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    It seemed at times during the playoffs (and regular season) the Chicago Bulls offense was a playground style “give the ball to Derrick Rose and let’s see what he can create.” It wasn’t, there were plays and everything, but Rose is the one guy on that team who can consistently create shots for himself and…

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