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  1. Antoine Walker pleads guilty to felony check charges

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    The sad saga of former Boston Celtics forward and NBA All-Star forward Antoine Walker continued today, as Walker pled guilty to felony bad check charges. The Las Vegas Sun’s Conor Shine has the story (hat tip to CBS’ Eye on Basketball): Professional basketball’s Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges Tuesday morning in…

  2. NBA owners, players to have one final pre-lockout meeting Thursday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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

    The NBA owners and players have been formally meeting on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with an offer on the table since the 2010 All-Star game in Dallas (and really they were talking before that, informally). After more than 16 months of talks, they are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and nowhere close to…

  3. Agent says Ron Artest is not playing in Finland

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    It was fun while it lasted. We were skeptical but with Ron Artest — er, Metta World Peace — anything seems possible. But Artest will not be playing in Finland, his agent told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m his agent and nothing has come across my desk,” Bauman said. “Although Ron has asked me to…

  4. Cavaliers assistant Jent leaves for Ohio State

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Chris Jent

    According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent will be leaving the Cavaliers to take an assistant coaching job with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Jent, an OSU alum, was an assistant coach with the 76ers and Magic before joining the Cavaliers’ staff, and served as the Magic’s interim head…

  5. Felton “willing to sign a long-term deal” in Portland

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    One of the big trades on draft day involved the Portland Trail Blazers acquiring 27-year old point guard Raymond Felton, who had what was perhaps the best season of his career last season while playing for both the Knicks and the Nuggets after he was sent to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade. With veteran…

  6. New-look Bucks hoping to improve offensively

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    There’s no getting around it: the Bucks were a horrible offensive team last season. Milwaukee finished dead last in offensive efficiency, dead last in True Shooting and Effective Field Goal Percentage, dead last in plain old field goal percentage, and dead last in points per game. Unsurprisingly, the thing the Bucks are talking about right…

  7. NBA’s championship DVD out, if you can’t get enough Dirk

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The official NBA Dallas Mavericks Championship DVD is out, with plenty of Dirk Nowitzki one-legged turnaround jumpers and Jason Terry showing off his ink. The fine folks at the NBA.com site released a trailer for the DVD. We thought we’d bring that to you rather than just give you another lockout story. Bookmark this post…

  8. Lockout veteran Grant Hill learned lessons from last one

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    There are a handful of guys still around the NBA from the last time the league locked out, the 1998-99 season, which cost the league 32 games. Grant Hill of the Suns is one of those guys and told Marc Spears of Yahoo there are lessons to be learned. “You want to stay in shape.…

  9. Thunder pick up options on Harden, Ibaka, Maynor

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    James Harden

    It’s worth remembering that no key player in the Thunder rotation other than Kendrick Perkins was over the age of 22 in the last playoffs. This is a young team that remains all about the future. So it is without a surprise that the Thunder exercised the options on a number of their young players…

  10. Casey will use advanced stats, get Raptors to play defense

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Dwane Casey smiles after being introduced as the new head coach of the Raptors in Toronto

    Put me in the group of NBA bloggers who wanted to see Dwane Casey get another chance at the big seat. First off, he did a pretty good job in the big seat the first time but got thrown to the sidelines because an owner misread how much talent his team really had. And in…

  11. Etan Thomas lays out the players’ case in labor strife

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas can flat out write. Which makes the Atlanta forward’s explanation of where the players are coming from in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement must reading over at Hoopshype. You don’t have to agree with it — if you want to side with the ultra rich owners over the wealthy players go ahead, personally…

  12. Wizards’ owner Leonsis confirms team lost money last year

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis

    Not really shocking, especially considering Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has said he wants a hockey-like financial system for the NBA, but he admitted that his team was one of the challenged teams last season. “We lost money last year,” Leonsis told CSNWashington.com. After that, having learned the price of an owner speaking out of turn…

  13. Hawks hosting pre-lockout mini-camp for draftees, free agents

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Keith Benson, Alexis Wangmene

    Summer is usually the time teams get a long up close look at the guys they drafted and some free agents they may want to fill out the roster. There is Summer League and team workouts and some time to really evaluate guys. Not this summer. This summer is all about the lockout. So the…

  14. Bobcats’ Biyombo still facing serious buyout issues

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    When introduced to the fans and media recently, Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo essentially blew off concerns about a buyout with his Spanish club. It isn’t quite that simple, reports the Associated Press. The two sides are expected to sit down Friday and see if they can reach a deal. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the…

  15. Winderman: CBA talks time to address contraction, schedule

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    David Stern

    To some, these are the worst of times for the NBA. An impending lockout. The drafting of a new collective-bargaining agreement. Big-money teams vs. low-revenue franchises in what might set up as its own civil war. And yet this also can be the best of times in at least one respect, in the void of…

  16. Artest to play in Finland? That’s one report… and it is false

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 8:57 pm: As much fun as this sounded like, it turns out not to be true. 10:47 am: We warn you to take this report out of Finland with more salt than you would use to make graavikala — traditional Finnish salt-cured fish. So a lot. But the Finnish paper iltasanomat.fi is reporting Ron…

  17. Nowitzki’s hometown in Germany throwing him parade

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    A fan holds a placard which reads "Wuerzburg loves Dirk" ..

    There’s going to be quite the party in Wurzburg, Bavaria, Tuesday. And it’s not even October. Wurzburg is the hometown of Dirk Nowitzki, and the best basketball player that city has ever produced has returned home for a parade in his honor, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Nowitzki flew home over the weekend after…

  18. NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them. At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds…

  19. Tim Duncan not going to opt out, Spurs not offering extension

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Next season, whenever it starts, is going to see Tim Duncan in the middle for the San Antonio Spurs. As it should, it will look and feel wrong when the day comes he doesn’t fill that role. Duncan could opt out of his deal and force the Spurs to renegotiate with him, but he’s not…

  20. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire talks lockout workouts

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Michael Robinson, the fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, has started his own YouTube interview show called The Real Robinson Report. Because, what else are you going to do during a lockout? He interviewed the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire recently and asked him about the lockout and got the usual “I hope it doesn’t come to that”…

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