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  1. But what Shaq really wants to do is direct

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Once the owners and players get around to having an NBA season, Shaquille O’Neal will have a day job. Well, really a night job, but he’ll be part of the TNT crew on Inside the NBA. But he’s coming up with a fallback position. The man who helped bring us “Kazaam” now is studying to…

  2. Kendrick Perkins proclaims innocence, says he was injured

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Kendrick Perkins woke up Saturday morning in a Beaumont, Texas, jail. If you read the police reports, it sounds like he would have woken up with a hangover, too. The Oklahoma City Thunder center was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct, which was followed by reports he tried to start fights. Also,…

  3. Former Sixer, Net MacCulloch is a pinball wizard

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    MacCulloch

    Todd MacCulloch was a good NBA center a decade better, a career cut short by injuries. If you are a good big man you get paid handsomely in the NBA. What did MacCulloch do with that money? He bought pinball machines. Seriously, it is estimated right now he has about 60 machines in his home.…

  4. Ray Allen says Celtics will be ready to go… if there is a season

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    The Celtics are done. Washed up. Time as passed them by. Now is the time of the Heat and the Bulls. You hear that talk. The Celtics hear that talk. And they’re not buying it. That’s what Ray Allen told CSNNE.com when Jimmy Toscano caught up with the sharp shooter at his annual charity golf…

  5. Kobe accused of injuring man’s wrist in church incident

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    I’ll be up front, not sure this passes the smell test for me. But, it’s out there and being reported in multiple places now, people are talking about it, so I will pass it along. A man in San Diego has accused Kobe Bryant of injuring him during an incident at a church, and the…

  6. Video: Harden, Von Wafer highlights from Louisiana

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Last weekend was the Lake Charles Tournament of the Star in Lake Charles, Louisiana. That’s old school Cajun country where you can get some tasty alligator dishes at local restaurants. And each summer, you can see some pretty good run at Tournament of the Stars pro-am. This year Glen “Big Baby” Davis was there, Von…

  7. How does Enes Kanter look? Skilled but needs experience.

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Normally by this point in the summer we would have seen guys like No. 3 overall pick Enes Kanter in Summer League, and we would have overanalyzed his game and how he could do against rookies and guys who populate the end of an NBA bench. But not this year. Thank you very much lockout.…

  8. Most minutes played in NBA history, regular season and playoffs? Kareem.

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    When we talk about the wear and tear on a player’s body, we can quickly look up how many regular season minutes a player has racked up. But that leaves out the playoffs. For a player like Kobe Bryant, that is 8,165 minutes — the equivalent of three more 82 game seasons at his regular…

  9. Video: LeBron gets dunked on by Taiwanese player. Kinda.

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The lockout may have changed a lot of things, but it hasn’t seem to have changed the number of people who want to see LeBron James embarrassed. People that savored the finals need their fix. People like Kevin Love. For all of you, we bring you this video. It’s LeBron playing in a Taiwanese All-Star…

  10. Just for the record, Rodman only has 28 siblings

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    During Dennis Rodman’s emotional Hall of Fame acceptance speech he smacked around his father, who skipped out on Rodman when he was just age 5, saying he had 46 brothers and sisters and they basically all deserved better. That’s totally not true. Rodman’s father tried to defend himself Chris Palmer of ESPN, who tweeted: Philander…

  11. Report: Kobe offered more than $1.5 million a month to play in China

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Kobe Bryant dropped out of negotiations with a Turkish squad, but you knew other teams were going to make big money runs at him. And they are coming from China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China,…

  12. Ty Lawson signs to play in Lithuania during lockout

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Ty Lawson is taking a Lithuanian vacation. Lawson will join Sonny Weems as both have signed with Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league to play during the lockout, as tweeted by DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony (and he got it from this Lithuanian publication, which you can Google translate at your leisure). Lawson has a seven-figure deal with…

  13. Bosh: Heat have to just own up to “The Decision”

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    About the start of next season — whenever that is — we should be done talking about “The Decision.” Maybe we won’t be, maybe people will not let it die, but it feels like it should. LeBron James himself has said he would have handled it differently. The event turned all of the nation outside…

  14. Durant’s agent says players can make NBA money overseas

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When you see big-name NBA stars talking about going overseas, it’s not about the salary. Even if you pay Kobe Bryant $2 million a month he will not make half his NBA salary next season. It’s about the marketing, the branding. To quote Mars Blackmon: It’s got to be the shoes. Which is what superagent…

  15. Video: Gary Forbes scores 78 in pro-am game. Yes, Gary Forbes.

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Forbes_dunk

    Let’s be clear about this — all pro-ams are not created equal. You go to Rucker Park and drop 66 and that is something. Put up big numbers at the Drew or Goodman leagues and you are ballin’. The fact that Gary Forbes dropped 78 points at the Greater Hartford pro-am game says more about…

  16. Could Rudy Tomjanovich be Mike Brown’s stats consultant?

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Rudy Tomjanovich served as the Lakers’ replacement head coach the last time Phil Jackson took his leave from the game, but Rudy T likely won’t be around to see the beginning of L.A.’s second post-Phil era. According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Tomjanovich — who had been retained by the Lakers in a…

  17. David West expects games to be lost. Sadly, we all do.

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Of all the things that are frustrating about the NBA lockout — and one could write 95 theses on what is frustrating and tack it to a locker room door — this may be the thing that gets under my skin most: We all knew it was coming. For years. Yet there has been no…

  18. Marcin Gortat says he and Robin Lopez are all good

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat LaMarcus Aldridge

    Marcin Gortat came to the Suns in the middle of last season and took Robin Lopez’s starting center job away from him. Quickly. It’s one of the dynamics of team sports that makes it a fascinating window on the human psyche — these guys are both fighting each other for minutes and at the same…

  19. Should Jerry Krause be in the Hall of Fame?

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jerry Krause

    We’d be willing to bet that Phil Jackson will not be the presenter, but the question is should it happen at all: Should Jerry Krause be the next Chicago Bull in the basketball Hall of Fame? The question came up as Dennis Rodman was enshrined in the hall this past weekend — Krause inherited Michael…

  20. What kind of negotiator is union head Billy Hunter?

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We know David Stern. Or, at least we think we know David Stern. We kind of have a picture of him as the smooth lawyer who plays the PR game when the cameras are on then is blunt and plays hardball at the negotiating table. But how much do we really know about the guy…

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