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  1. Barnes gets one-game suspension from Pro-Am League

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Well done Matt Barnes. Not sure I’ve ever seen a guy get suspended for a game from a pro-am league before. Then again, I’ve never seen a player punch an opposing player in a pro-am game before. Well, Barnes said it was more pushing than punch later, but still. Barnes did it and he has…

  2. Suns or wherever, Pietrus just wants to play next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    To listen to the agent for Mickael Pietrus is to think the player is not that attached to the Phoenix Suns. “He’s good with being back in Phoenix or fine to be traded,” (agent Bill) McCandless said. “He just wants to play.” That’s what he told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Pietrus picked up…

  3. Dennis Rodman promises no antics at hall enshrinement

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Dennis Rodman once said he would strip naked on a basketball court. And that didn’t strike us as the most outrageous thing we could picture him doing during a game. So you can imagine that the rather stodgy folks at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had some concerns about the induction ceremony Friday.…

  4. Terrance Williams throws down dunk, then disrobes

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

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    We bring you this video for two reasons. About 30 percent is for the dunk by the Rockets’ Terrance Williams and is thrown down over last season Lakers bench warmer Derrick Caracter. It’s impressive. But 70 percent of the reason is the celebration. Watching this video at home Steve Javie jumped up and called a…

  5. Andre Iguodala not optimistic about next season. Not at all.

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    LeBron James is optimistic about the chances of there being a next season. Andre Iguodala is the ying to that yang. The Sixers forward spoke with CSNPhilly.com and sounded a more realistic tone. “I didn’t think it would be this bad,” Iguodala said, playing in an outing for Stars Within Reach, a foundation that encourages…

  6. Report: Chinese team offers Nowitzki $1.5 million a month

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    It’s been expected that if Dirk Nowitzki decides to play overseas during the lockout, he would return to his native Germany. Bayern Munich reportedly has had interest as would plenty of teams. But could he turn down $1.5 million per month? That is what the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association are reportedly offering…

  7. LeBron James working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dwight Howard has done it the last two summers. Kobe Bryant has done it. Now it is LeBron James’ turn. LeBron has made the pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon, he told the Associated Press. “I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James said. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple…

  8. New Hawks owner says they are going to win rings

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Alex Meruelo

    There is few things more useless than a press conference where the new owner of an NBA team cannot talk about the transaction of buying the team (because it has not been finalized by the NBA’s board of Governors) nor can he talk about the players (because there is a lockout). This made the usually…

  9. Video: Brandon Jennings goes off his defender’s head

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    I used to think the pass between your opponent’s legs was about the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a guy. Well, that or being in Blake Griffin‘s way on a fast break. But Brandon Jennings has upped the ante. This video is from Dyckman Park in New York, where pro/am games run in…

  10. Success and failure through the lens of Russell Westbrook

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook isn’t the most hated player in the NBA, nor is he the most criticized. Yet the baffling misreads of Westbrook’s game — which paint him as either incompetent of villainous — have persisted into the offseason, so much so that his name alone was somehow deemed a suitable taunt for Kevin Durant. It’s…

  11. LeBron committed to 2012 Olympics; “optimistic” for season

    Aug 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James says is not going to play in Turkey. Or Spain. But he is planning a trip to London. In Akron for a “Wheels for Education” charity kickoff, LeBron told the Associated Press he is not looking to play  overseas because he is so “optimistic” there will be an upcoming season. Not sure who…

  12. Winderman: Wait five years? Yao could be in Hall of Fame next year.

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Yao Ming Olympics China

    With his recent retirement, the waiting period officially is under way for Yao Ming. According to enshrinement guidelines for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A player must be fully retired for five years before being eligible for Enshrinement. He/she may then be considered for Enshrinement in the sixth year of retirement.” Because the…

  13. Price tag in Hawks sale reportedly $300 million for 80%

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    How much would you pay for the Atlanta Hawks? Wait, don’t answer yet, we’ll throw in a ShamWow for free… The answer if you are Alex Meruelo is more than $300 million for 75 to 80 percent of the team, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. That price includes Phillips Arena where the Hawks play. He…

  14. Video: Best dunks from the Nike 3-on-3 event in Los Angeles

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    L.A. Live — the place across the street from Staples Center where a lot of bars and restaurants took a financial hit when the Lakers got knocked out early in the playoffs — was home to a Nike 3-on-3 tournament last weekend. Of course there was a dunk contest — and it was a good…

  15. Howard would like Orlando fans to cheer like it’s 2009

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Come on Orlando Magic ticket holders — when they start pumping in the “every-body-clap-your-hands” noise at the Amway Center, Dwight Howard wants you feel it. Really feel it. On twitter yesterday a Magic fan made a complaint to Howard that fans in 29 other arenas make — the fans close to floor are just there…

  16. Stoudemire organizing some informal Knicks practices

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Don’t worry, they won’t go over defense. But you can add the Knicks to the list of teams where the players are thinking of working out together this off-season. And you can thank Amar’e Stoudemire for that, according to Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy. Amare Stoudemire is planning offseason workouts for the New York Knicks. The team…

  17. Video: Official trailer Melo/LaLa’s new reality show

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    I am going to watch as much of this as I have the Lamar Odom/Khloe Kardashian reality show. But because we know some of you out there can’t wait to see another reality show about another NBA star, we bring you the official trailer from “LaLa’s Full Court Life.” This was actually filmed through the…

  18. If full NBA season is lost, Memphis could have to pay

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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    There are some NBA owners out there willing to scrap the entire upcoming NBA season because they would lose less money that way than they would paying players for a season. But losing a full season is not good for all the owners. You can add Memphis to that list. Not because it’s a profitable…

  19. Kobe in for 2012 Olympics; USA roster remains dynamic

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    Team USA Basketball — as both a B-side to the NBA brand and a prestigious, standalone entity — exists in a strange place, lockout or no. Participation in the program brings its own potential reward, but a gold medal will never be an NBA title. It’s an achievement that is entirely separate from the highest…

  20. Are the NBA owners a unified front, or will they soften?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    NBA commissioner Stern attends the second day of the Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley

    Right now, the NBA owners are taking the hard line and are not budging off it. NBA Commissioner David Stern has done a good job — via the hammer of massive fines — from keeping any owners from speaking out of turn about the lockout. He is the lone voice, the lone source for one…

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