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  1. Owners will have a hard time waiting out Jeff Foster

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Jeff Foster

    The perception is that every NBA player is living life like Vinny Chase in Entourage. Women, drugs, parties, hangers on and money flowing out in a river. It happens. But not to everyone. Businessweek has a story with Jeff Foster, the Pacers center you usually think of as the other guy in the poster but…

  2. Today’s overseas roundup: Wade tells his agent to look around

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    In the days since the NBA labor talks blew up, conversations between NBA players and some overseas teams have picked up. Here’s a roundup of todays rumors and reports, but take it with a grain of salt. • Dwyane Wade has told his agent to start looking into things, reports our own Ira Winderman at…

  3. Video: Rudy Gay dunks on 25-foot rim, lands in colorful foam

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Gay Charity Game

    Odd little video here via TMZ (and I am a GM) where the Rudy Gay‘s shoulder looks fine as he leaps off a ledge to dunk on a 25-foot rim, then land in a pit of colorful foam squares. At least Gay is working on his game during the lockout. Sort of.

  4. Former NBA union head no fan of decertification strategy

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

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    A couple months back when PBT spoke with Charles Grantham, former head of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union that is now the players trade association — he said that there were some hills worth dying on for players in these labor talks. Things like guaranteed contracts or the owners’ idea of…

  5. Warren Sapp says “pretty boy” LeBron not built for NFL

    Nov 18, 2011, 11:27 AM EST

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    Could LeBron James make it in the NFL? It’s a moot question, but thanks to this interminable lockout we have time to dwell on moot questions. Pete Carroll told him to come try out and James did practice with a high school team. LeBron is certainly athletic enough to be a tight end in the…

  6. Agent confirms Durant in discussions with German club

    Nov 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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    That Photoshopped image (right) of Kevin Durant in a BBC Bayreuth uniform may turn out to be prophetic. But not soon. Durant has said he was serious about looking overseas and now his agent has confirmed to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated that they are in talks with that German club. But as we have…

  7. The next NBA legal battle: venue for the legal battles

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:47 AM EST

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    When the NBA filed a preemptive lawsuit in New York back in August trying to take the teeth out of decertification of the players union, the union’s lawyers accused the league of “forum shopping.” Meaning the goal of the lawsuit was to choose the venue for future legal battles, not win the suit itself. Now…

  8. It’s gotta be the shoes! Wade stays loyal to Jordan brand.

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Most NBA players idolize Michael Jordan. They grew up watching him play, they wear his shoes, they practiced dunks sticking out their tongues — they want to be like Mike. Or did. Jordan has been one of the hardline NBA owners who has driven us to the brink of no NBA season. Jordan is one…

  9. Coach says Nowitzki out of shape, may play in Europe

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Dirk Nowitzki has remained loyal to Holger Geschwinder — the old coach with the unorthodox techniques — throughout his career. Say what you will about the guy, it works (at least for Nowitzki). Geschwinder returns that loyalty by pretty much saying whatever he wants to whomever he wants, like a cranky old man. Case in…

  10. Owners have short conference call as an update, not much else

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:45 PM EST

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    What had been billed as the NBA owners getting together — at least on the phone — to talk strategy Thursday turned out to be more of a 20 minute update on what was going on. That’s it. Not much else. Hope you weren’t really hoping for progress. The call was a panned update not…

  11. Video: Danny Granger says the lockout has damaged the game

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:25 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger was honest in an interview with Russ Thaler on NBC SportsTalk (a daily show on Versus you should be watching anyway because you never know when I will pop up on there). He says that Stern deserves a lot of the blame for the lockout — as commissioner he needs…

  12. Drake says he is like Kevin Durant. World says, “seriously?”

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

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    Drake has become the Kobe Bryant of the rap world — it’s love or hate. He is wildly divisive. And also undeniable successful. His new album defines that — it’s selling like mad while half the world (including Ludacris) shreds it as… um… fertilizer. But Drake doesn’t see himself as Kobe. No, he told Rolling…

  13. If the NBA draft is age 20 and over, who goes No. 1?

    Nov 17, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

    Quicken Loans Carrier Classic - North Carolina v Michigan State

    It was not in the official proposal from the owners to the players (the ultimatum offer that the players not only rejected but dissolved the union over), but you can bet it will be in the next one: The owners want the draft age to go to 20. No more one-and-done with college, they want…

  14. Dwight Howard “doubtful” about overseas, talks free agency

    Nov 17, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

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    When the first rumors came out this week about European powerhouse Real Madrid being interested in Dwight Howard, we were skeptical. Howard had expressed no interest in going to Europe, but would that change with the NBA season looking like it was toast? No, not really. Howard talked to the Orlando Sentinel about a few…

  15. Shaq plays down spat with Kobe, calls death threat “Ebonics”

    Nov 17, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    Thanks to the NBA lockout and the dearth of new news, let’s talk about the Shaquille O’Neal vs. Kobe Bryant feud that is almost a decade old again…. A few weeks back we told you about the parts of Shaq’s new book where he gave his account of his fights with Kobe and, how after…

  16. Video: What would other NBA players change their name to?

    Nov 17, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

    It was one of the more interesting stories of the NBA lockout — Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace (or Queensbridge). For the record, that change did not improve his dancing. It got the guys at The Basketball Jones wondering: What would other players change their name to? So they asked. Nate…

  17. The Iron Sheik tells NBA to stop being greedy. That should do it.

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

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    Well, if NBA players and owners are not going to listen to David Beckham and end this lockout, we’re going to have to bring in the big guns: The Iron Sheik. Yes the famous, racially-stereotyped wrestler pitted as a counterbalance to Hulk Hogan’s All-American good guy persona of the 1980s has weighed in on the…

  18. Another NHL player warns NBA counterparts it’s not worth it

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    Dave Andreychuk

    The NBA players have chosen their path. It’s a hard path they see as being based on their principles, it’s about fairness and the future But they are not the first to walk this path — the NHL did it before. The league lost a full season. And now a second NHL players has come…

  19. Video: Blake Griffin is getting better at this commercial thing

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    The first time Blake Griffin did a commercial — a spot for Subway is the first I remember — you could have replaced him with a Blake Griffin cardboard cutout and nobody would have noticed. Stiff as a board. Now, he’s pretty comfortable in front of the camera. He has a great sense of dry…

  20. Bill Russell’s offense was better than you think

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

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    Bill Russell gets named among the very best centers ever to play the game because he could defend and rebound as well or better than anyone in his generation. He gets mentioned because he’s got 11 championship rings and anchored a dominant Celtics team. But he was better on offense than you think. In a…

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