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  1. Brian Grant’s fundraiser not held up by lockout. So that’s good.

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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    Just a quick post for sake of clarity. We had mentioned last week it seemed odd that a number of weddings, the ESPYs and other events were cleared by the league as places players and management could mingle without fear of a hefty fine during the lockout, but that former NBA player Brian Grant’s Parkinson’s…

  2. Howard says there is a “huge possibility” he plays overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There is a lot of risk in Dwight Howard playing overseas during the lockout — he has two years, $37.5 million on his existing deal that can be wiped out if he gets injured. What’s more, he has said he is going to opt out of that last year, meaning he would be a free…

  3. Chris Paul and the players’ moral paradox

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    We can do this one of two ways. The quick and dirty way, or the abstract and more complex way. As usual, I’ll give you the quick and dirty version first. In an interview with Business Week, Chris Paul revealed the stunning information that the players know how much the lockout affects the fans and…

  4. RetroBall: Rockets-Lakers ’07 and the night Yao stood too tall for Kobe

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  5. Kobe joins the “Hey, I may play overseas” parade

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Kobe China

    Make no mistake, this is about leverage in negotiations. However the threat of going overseas to play sounds reasonable coming from Kobe, a guy who has the money and is a competitor at heart. Doesn’t mean the guy whose body could use a little rest is actually going to go over to Europe or China,…

  6. Heat want a small forward, possibly Battier, and Eddy Curry if he loses 40 lbs.. Literally.

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    The Miami Heat are still thinking about how to improve their team to get it over the top (one would have thought bringing in the best free agent class in history would have done it, but one would be wrong), even in a lockout. They have a number of options in mind for upgrades at…

  7. Report: Mavericks vs. Heat rematch set for Christmas Day, you know, if there’s a season

    Jul 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    It’s really quaint, actually. The NBA is going to go ahead and release the schedule for the 2011-2012 season this week, acting like it intends to have a season while its owners openly push for missing the whole year just to bury the players completely. It’s kind of cruel in retrospect, though, to tease the…

  8. Jason Kidd says he’s got three more years in him

    Jul 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Jason Kidd is the ageless wonder. Just ask the Mavericks. Pretty much all the Mavericks made a dozen or so “Jason Kidd is old” jokes during the Finals. It was their go-to move for discussing the 38-year-old championship point guard. But instead of joking about it, we really should be impressed with the fact that…

  9. Nash headlines your daily European lockout working vacation update

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    It’s a tough line to walk, believe it or not. Your favorite players leaving to play overseas is definitely news, it affects their health, their conditioning, and lets you know there’s something to keep an eye on, in terms of their production. But with so many players talking about going (pretty much everyone it seems…

  10. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this lockout could really doom the Magic

    Jul 16, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The owners aren’t really cutting off their noses to spite their faces. It’s more of a self-provided lobotomy just to show the brain who’s boss. There are quite a few owners who have designated plans on a championship. And failing that, several of them are in pivotal moments for their franchise. A few wrong moves…

  11. Brian Shaw tees off on the Lakers over how his non-hiring went down

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw has a reason to gripe. He waited and waited for the chance to become the Lakers’ head coach after Phil Jackson retired. He sat through two near-retirements from Jackson. He coached the team when health problems prevented the Zen Master from being able to. He got to know the players, earned their respect…

  12. This Nellie to Minnesota thing may actually be happening. Ye Gods.

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    If it takes two to tango, the unholy dance of David Kahn and Don Nelson together is halfway to the dance floor. After rumors popped up earlier this week of a potential meeting between the two for Nelson to take over as head coach following Kurt Rambis’ departure, Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star-Tribune spoke…

  13. Report: Kobe Bryant was near deal with Besiktas in Turkey prior to match-fixing scandal

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Hey, so that whole thing about Besiktas being in trouble for football match-fixing? Yeah, bad timing on that. Jonathan Givony from Draft Express reports that Besiktas was nearing a deal for Kobe Bryant for $450,000 a month. That’s a $250k increase over what Deron Williams is reportedly getting. Which makes sense, since Bryant is arguably…

  14. Stefanski hasn’t interviewed with Raptors… but he’s job-hunting

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Press Conference

    See, this is why the media is always so skeptical of what teams tell them. When Rod Thorn joined the Sixers, it was supposed to be happy-happy joy-joy in terms of his addition alongside Ed Stefanski. There wasn’t supposed to be any conflict, or issues. Stefanski was supposed to retain almost all of his power…

  15. Report: Turkish team which signed Deron Williams has its accounts frozen

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Allright, so this one’s a little complicated. Let’s work the NBA angle and go backwards. Deron Williams signed with Besiktas. He even tweeted a photo of the signed contract and everything. But of course, that could get messy if the team can’t pay him. There have been concerns about overseas players betting paid in general…

  16. For all your obscure NBA trivia wall hanging needs, the Nick Gilbert fathead

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    This is weird. I’m sorry, it is. It’s just really odd to see the 14-year-old son of an NBA owner who was considered to be the good luck charm for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Lottery as a FatHead. It’s just peculiar. But there it is. Right there. On the screen   All…

  17. James Jones says the owners “want it all”

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    If you want a nice perspective on where this whole lockout thing stands, just go ask the reigning 3-point champion. I know that sounds odd. But James Jones in a recent interview with the AP put things nicely in perspective about the difference between the owners and the players. “They’re holding fast to what they…

  18. Deron Williams confirms he has signed in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    It’s official, we saw it on twitter. Actually, it’s official because Deron Williams tweeted it and added a picture of his signature on a contract with Besiktas. Williams has signed a deal that will have him playing in Turkey this fall if the NBA lockout isn’t resolved. Well, maybe it will, but he has signed…

  19. Kings star Tyreke Evans says foot “100 percent”

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    For much of last season plantar fasciitis slowed Tyreke Evans. He missed long stretches of games (19 at one point), and when he did play he was not exploding to the hole in the way that won him Rookie of the Year (he got to the rim two fewer times per game in his sophomore…

  20. Chad Buchanan could stick around as Blazers GM

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Blazers are in the process of selecting a long-term general manager after their inexplicable firing of Rich Cho, and it’s apparent that they’ll search high and low for possible candidates who fit best with the organization’s sense of itself. Why Cho didn’t fit with that vision is beyond me, but all of our second…

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