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  1. Stern says players cancelled Thursday meeting, Union denies

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:32 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    UPDATE 11:32 pm: As expected, the players union denies David Sterns claim. Here is the money graph from Yahoo Sports, quoting a union source: “The NBA refused to have a staff meeting [Thursday],” a union official said. “Billy Hunter has been with the [National Labor Relations Board] the entire week, including Thursday, and the NBPA…

  2. Shaq names the five NBA players he’d most want to fight

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal, out of the NBA and into the studio, remains one of the most interesting personalities in the sport. Because he’s up for anything. Such as going on Inside MMA television and naming the five NBA players he’d most want to fight. Some interesting answers, and frankly I’d pay to see a Shaq vs.…

  3. Former NBA player, Fab Five member Jimmy King arrested

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

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    Jimmy King was on top of the world at one point, a member of Michigan’s Fab Five (not as famed as Chris Webber or Jalen Rose, but part of the group). He spent two seasons in the NBA (in Toronto and Denver) plus played overseas for a few years. Now, he’s been arrested. While running…

  4. Pacers Hibbert on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Yes!

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    You should be watching Parks and Recreation Thursday nights. I say that not because my paychecks come out of 30 Rock — well not completely — I say that because it’s just damn funny. I say that because Ron Swanson is one of the best, most original characters on television right now. I say that…

  5. Ron Artest on a British soap opera? Sure, why not?

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Cheshire Jets are serious about getting Ron Artest — soon to be Metta World Peace — on their team. They’ve got the meetings set and the jerseys made. What they don’t have is money. Nobody in Europe pays NBA-level money but the Jets don’t have the money that a team in Turkey or China…

  6. Billy Hunter meets with Labor Relations Board. And we wait.

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    What we need is something that will start to put pressure on the owners and players to really sit down and negotiate in earnest. Something to move the needle. Right now it’s all just posturing — legal and public relations — and we have two sides digging in like it’s World War I. A ruling…

  7. Orlando, Dwight Howard wants you to know he loves you

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    We passed along the tweets from Dwight Howard last week that he was frustrated with Orlando fans, that he wants them to be louder during the regular season. It wasn’t a fair criticism. Orlando just build a brand new stadium for the Magic and the fans have sold out 100 plus games. Knocking them came…

  8. P.J. Carlesimo may surface as new Nets assistant coach

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Looks like Avery Johnson is brining in some real big-chair experience to the Nets bench. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted this: P.J. Carlesimo is a strong candidate to join Avery Johnson’s coaching staff in New Jersey, league sources tell Y! Sports. Carlesimo has six full seasons and a few partial ones as a head coach, plus…

  9. John Wall gets booed at pro-am game, drops 36

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    John Wall went to play in his old back yard Wednesday night, and the fans ripped him. Wall played in the North Carolina’s SJG Pro-Am in Durham (he grew up in nearby Raleigh) and got booed. A lot. I don’t get it. Wall seems a genuine, down to earth guy (in my limited dealings with…

  10. Should the NBA age limit go up? One more year? Two?

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Interesting tweet Thursday from Mike Rice, the college basketball coach at Rutgers (via Pete Thamel of the New York Times): I keep hearing NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs to enter the draft. I am not mentioning this because I trust the coaches sources, but…

  11. Video: Dwight Howard playing point, coast-to-coast dunk

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wants more freedom for his game, like maybe playing a little point guard. That’s what he was doing at a pro-am game recently, and we bring you video of Howard taking the inbound pass and going coast-to-coast for the dunk. Stan Van Gundy will let Howard play some point as soon as he…

  12. Vince Carter donates $2.5 million to North Carolina hoops

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Vince Carter

    You can’t buy love, but you can buy a walkway. That’s sort of what Vince Carter did with a massive donation to North Carolina basketball. The walkway up to the Dean Dome will now be named after Carter, according to TarHeelBlue.com (via I am a GM). Former University of North Carolina All-America Vince Carter has…

  13. What active players are bound for basketball’s Hall of Fame?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Chris Mullin is in. So is Artis Gilmore. Arvydas Sabonis is in (more for his European career than what he did in the NBA after that). Dennis Rodman will join them (in spectacular fashion). Those are the NBA players entering the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday. All of them deserving. But what current…

  14. Patrick Ewing: “I still consider myself a Knick”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Patrick Ewing — currently a Magic assistant coach — wants a head coaching job. He’s had a few interviews (most recently with the Pistons) but has yet to win the gig. But is dream job? That is with the New York Knicks, he said on the Mike Lupica show on ESPN New York. “I hope…

  15. Rudy Gay finally cleared to shoot basketballs again

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    The amazing thing about Memphis’ run through the playoffs was they did it without their best perimeter player… heck, their best player period. Rudy Gay dislocated his shoulder in February and had to have surgery, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He’s just been rehabbing and trying to be ready to go…

  16. Rodman will arrive at Hall of Fame via helicopter. With acrobats.

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    You knew Dennis Rodman going into the Hall of Fame was going to be a spectacular show, one way or another. But did you expect helicopters and acrobats? Well, yes, we kind of did. And we will not be disappointed, according to Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald (via SLAM). Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday…

  17. Mullin could have gone into Hall and been Knicks GM

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    As Chris Mullin heads into the Hall of Fame telling cool stories about him and Larry Bird, there is a tinge of regret in New York. When Mullin was pushed out the door as general manager of the Golden State Warriors — so Don Nelson’s cabal could have more power — there were other teams…

  18. Kenyon Martin fires agent, puts house on market. He may be gone, Denver.

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kenyon Martin is going to be one of the more sought after free agents in the mad scramble that will be post-lockout free agency (did you see how things went in the condensed NFL free agency?). He looks like a guy clearing the way for one more big kick at the can, and likely moving…

  19. Marcin Gortat to skip EuroBasket due to lack of insurance

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat has three years, $21.7 million left on his current NBA deal. While in NBA terms that seems a pretty good deal for the Suns, it’s also enough money to set Gortat and his family up for life. Gortat and the Polish basketball federation have not been able to find affordable insurance for that…

  20. Boozer will “definitely” play overseas if lockout drags on

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Add Carlos Boozer — the inside to the Chicago Bulls outside in Derrick Rose — to the list of guys who say they are serious about going overseas during an NBA lockout. Boozer gave ESPN’s Ric Bucher an interesting reason to go — he was on the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing and the travel…

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