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  1. The best possible thing about the lockout: a Marcus Thornton-JCN showdown

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Forget Drew-Goodman. You want the best (and by best we mean ridiculous showdown possible in the lockout? Take a look at December 17th. That could be the magic day if everything falls into place. From HoopsHype comes a story from TUBASKET.com regarding Marcus Thornton and how he may wind up signing with Spanish team Caja…

  2. Just a reminder, “ProStars” was awesome

    Aug 20, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    The problem with “The LeBrons” is it tries to be too much an analogy. It wants to talk about “issues’ and try and teach “values.” It’s a brand expansion. A cartoon needs to be a cartoon, and in doing so, it needs to lack any semblance of rational consideration or legitimate attempts at wry humor.…

  3. Report: Players, owners will not meet next week. Why would they?

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We passed along last week — as the one silver lining out of the union meetings that took place — that the union would try to set up a bargaining session with the league next week. Turns out, doesn’t look that will happen. The report comes from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (part of his look…

  4. The value of a mega-weight lottery

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Since I spent the morning talking about why we still need to weight the lottery, I thought I’d also touch on one of the union’s other proposals, which could be implemented for the 2012 draft if we get a settlement. Back in June, the union brought up the idea of giving lottery teams additional picks,…

  5. The magnetic nature of markets and why we need a weighted lottery

    Aug 20, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Over at TrueHoop, Kevin Arnovitz is the latest in a long stream of really thoughtful people to start trotting down a path that is hyper-supportive of the free market and very skeptical of the value of any handouts. The topic in this particular instance is the draft, and how if the 2011-2012 season is lost…

  6. Friday night videos: Bob Cousy highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Bob Cousy Celtics

    As a guy who grew up a Lakers fan, it pains me to write this next sentence: I love watching Bob Cousy highlights. The Celtics point guard when Bill Russell owned the paint and the Celtics owned the league is one of the most special players ever to set foot on the floor. He was…

  7. Tim Hardaway is a changed man

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Tim Hardaway #10

    It was just four years ago that Tim Hardaway created a firestorm when he said in a radio interview he hated gay people. It was stunning for a guy who played and was idolized in San Francisco. It was something he ended up backtracking from after a wave of criticism and talks with friends. Tim…

  8. Blake Griffin didn’t just dunk on the Knicks, he farted on them

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Blake Griffin did worse things to the Knicks than turn Timofey Mozgov into a poster child when he put on a thunderous display against the Knicks. He farted on them, too. Seriously. Griffin was on the Champs with Neal Brennan podcast and let the story go just like he let one go in a game…

  9. Study says 22 other cities could support an NBA team

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Contraction? Why are we talking about contraction? (Well, we’re talking about it because it’s good bargaining leverage so David Stern keeps it alive. But that’s another issue for another day.) For all the trouble the NBA is having in New Orleans and the threats of moving from Sacramento, there are plenty of other cities that…

  10. Video: J.R. Smith, Harden and Nike Real Run highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    The Nike Real Run is one of those pro-am exhibitions we’ve seen a lot of this summer. We’ll let you guess who is the money behind it. It was in Inglewood, California recently. If you didn’t know, Inglewood is right in the middle of Los Angeles and is the home to the Forum where the…

  11. Artest’s great English adventure may be done in by insurance

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Looks like Ron Artest will not be playing basketball in England after all. It’s not that the Cheshire Jets don’t want him, they do. And it’s not that Artest wouldn’t go there to play for peanuts, he would. Although he did postpone his trip to Great Britain to meet with the team last week. It’s…

  12. Shocking: You people really don’t like LeBron James

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James is no Betty White. We all knew LeBron’s popularity and marketability took a hit with The Decision (even though you tuned in to watch him play). But now we have evidence of just how hard a hit. You people really don’t like him. A recent Ipsos poll had LeBron in the bottom 10…

  13. How the lockout will hurt the D-League, too.

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    The good news is that while the NBA players sit on their hands and the NBA owners sit on their piles of money in a silly standoff, the D-League will start up this fall. The NBA’s official developmental league is not locked out. But don’t think the lockout isn’t hurting the D-League. The D-League is…

  14. NBA 2K12 releases names of legends in the game

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    With the lockout likely to muck up the season, NBA 2K12 made a smart move — this year’s game is going to have legends of basketball that you can unlock and play. We knew a few of them — Michael Jordan was back from last season, with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Three names aimed…

  15. What the Goodman League means to Washington D.C.

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    This is the latest in PBT’s “if you read just one story today make it this one” series. Over at TrueHoop Beckley Mason has a fantastic profile of The Goodman League and the man who makes it happen, Miles Rawls. It comes on the eve of the most anticipated game of the summer — NBA…

  16. Nene plans to savor being a top free agent. Eventually.

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Right now, Nene is playing a lot of soccer and spending time with his first child. Good things to do with his summer. What he normally would have spent his summer doing is being courted as the top free agent big man on the market. He’s a legit center who can defend the paint and…

  17. Scotty Robertson, first coach of New Orleans Jazz, dies

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Scotty Robertson, who coached nearly 300 NBA games and was an assistant for many more, has died at the age of 81 at his home in Louisiana. He lost a battle with cancer, reports the Detroit News. Robertson coached the first 15 games the expansion New Orleans Jazz ever played in 1974. They went 1-14…

  18. Other pro-am league showdowns popping up now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    There’s a lot of buzz about the East Coast vs. West Coast showdown Saturday in Washington D.C. — the Drew League vs. the Goodman League. L.A. vs. D.C. It’s about as close to NBA action — Kevin Durant, James Harden, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and others — as you are going to get for a…

  19. Portland fans outpouring humbles Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Sabonis Hall of Fame

    Arvydas Sabonis is a quiet man, not someone given to grand shows of emotion. But the newly minted Hall of Famer remains one of the most beloved of Trail Blazers, and it showed when more than 2,500 showed up to cheer Sabonis at a rally in the city. All of that seemed to catch Sabonis…

  20. NBA flagship store to reopen in New York City

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

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    The NBA store of Fifth Avenue in New York was a kind of mecca — it contained just about everything NBA (and Adidas, which runs the store). Plus it hosted a number of player events. It was sort of a shrine to hoops. But it closed in February when its lease was bought out in…

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