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  1. Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    USA+Basketball Wade Krzyzewski

    Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work. Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for…

  2. NBA’s new labor twitter account draws fire. It didn’t take long.

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    twitter-whale

    Because the league was not winning big enough during the lockout, it decided to take its case to twitter. The league opened a new account — @NBA_Labor — which the NBA could use to defend the owners case in cyberspace. To right all those perception wrongs. But it didn’t take long before that account came…

  3. Big Baby grows up some during lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    Glen Davis

    The lockout is not easy on players. Taking away basketball has taken them out of their rhythms, soon will be taking away paychecks and left them wondering what is next. Nobody likes an uncertain future. But for Glen Davis — Boston’s “Big Baby” — it has been more than that. The lockout took away the…

  4. Players union executive board to meet, try to get on same page

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    The National Basketball Players Association needs a new plan to push the owners to compromise, get a deal they can live with and end the NBA lockout. But first, they have to stop fighting amongst themselves. The union’s executive board is set to meet Thursday in New York. That means union president Derek Fisher, long…

  5. Stackhouse smacks Fisher in interview; the union has issues

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 AM EST

    Jerry Stackhouse

    The NBA players union is starting to rip apart along its seams. And that is not good for those of us who want to see basketball soon. We’ve seen the tears in competing stories for days, backing either union director Billy Hunter or president Derek Fisher. (For the record, those two say there is no…

  6. Video history lesson: Top 10 plays from Patrick Ewing

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing

    We’ve been running a Friday Nights Video segment to get you flowing into the weekend here at PBT, but we stumbled across this today and thought it couldn’t wait. In case you forgot how athletic Patrick Ewing was, or how he balled at both ends of the court, here is the video proof. Has to…

  7. Scalabrine says 2010-11 Bulls were “not really close” to winning a championship

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    scalabrinedark

    From CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam: The always-entertaining Brian Scalabrine, currently playing in Italy for Benetton Treviso, recently did an interview with HoopsHype.com. In it, he addressed a variety of topics, including last season’s Bulls team, which he described as “not really close” to winning a championship, in comparison to the two Boston Celtics teams he was…

  8. Luol Deng considering playing overseas

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    From CSNChicago.com’s Aggrey Sam: Born in South Sudan and growing up in London, Luol Deng exploring the option of playing abroad during the ongoing NBA lockout doesn’t come as a surprise. A posting on the website of his agency, Interperformances, Tuesday, stated the Bulls small forward was “considering to play overseas.” Deng reportedly told British-based website mvp247.com,…

  9. More NHL players tell NBA brethren to get deal done

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    NBA players believe they are fighting for something right, fighting for a principle of fairness that generations of players before them had to struggle for. They don’t want to give that up, and plenty of players even still will tell you they’d miss a season to fight for it. Which is exactly what the NHL…

  10. Just like lockout, lots of talking but no action in NBA court case

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    courtroom generic

    The lawsuit that the NBA filed and the players want dismissed — a suit that asks the courts to rule on whether the lockout legal — is really a sideshow. It only matters if talks break down so far that the union decides to decertify, a place the union has yet to be willing to…

  11. Terrence Williams tells union “enough with the stare off”

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

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    Thursday in New York the leaders of the NBA players union are going to get together … and it’s going to be interesting. Because they need to formulate a plan with the union solidarity splintering around them. Some of that division had bubbled to the top in media reports (a couple of which forced Derek…

  12. Winderman: If union rank-and-file would approve 50/50, take it

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    The goal for Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and the players’ union is not to win. It is to serve their constituency. If their constituency accepts a deal that Hunter, Fisher and other National Basketball Players Association officials have worked so tirelessly to avoid, then it should not translate into a moment of shame. Considering what…

  13. That didn’t take long: Beasley parts ways with PR firm

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    A couple weeks back, the news broke that oft-maligned Timberwolves Michael Beasley had hired a public relations company to help with his image. It made some sense, Beasley had shoved a fan in the face at a pro-am game and had a marijuana bust this past summer, he needed some good PR. How exactly bombarding…

  14. More NBA lockout games coming, Memphis and Atlanta up

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    So long as the lockout drags on, we’re going to see NBA exhibition and charity games put on by players. There is a one in San Jose this coming weekend featuring Warriors old and new, with more on the way. One will be in Memphis next Tuesday and is being put together by Rudy Gay,…

  15. What exactly does a new coach say to Kobe Bryant?

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    When the Lakers hired Ettore Messina to be part of Mike Brown’s coaching staff, it was seen as a coup in coaching circles. Lakers fans were confused, tried to search him on their iPhones, then complained about AT&T’s coverage and gave up. So they know, Messina is one of the brightest coaching minds in Europe,…

  16. Jason Richardson returns to Bay Area Saturday, might want to stay

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Jason Richardson

    Saturday in San Jose, Warriors fans can believe again. One of the few highlights of the 17 years of George Cohen ownership was the “We Believe” playoffs of 2007 when the eight-seed Warriors knocked off the top seed Dallas Mavericks in a legendary first round series. A number of players from that team will take…

  17. David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

  18. Ex-NBAer Oliver Miller pleads guilty to pistol whipping man

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Oliver Miller

    I’m not exactly an expert on relationships and romance, but I’m fairly sure pistol whipping your girlfriend’s brother does not set the mood. Yet that’s what former NBA player Oliver Miller pled guilty to Tuesday, according to Fox Sports. Deputy State’s Attorney Thomas J. Fleckenstein said Miller, 41, followed Jason Worley out of a barbecue…

  19. Lockout forces Jordan to pull out of President’s Cup

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

    You know the lockout is serious when it cuts into Michael Jordan’s golf time. Jordan was to be an assistant captain for the USA at the Presidents Cup challenge coming up Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. But he has had to pull out, and our golf cohort Ryan Ballengee at ProGolfTalk has Jordan’s statement. “With…

  20. Shaq says LeBron never listened to Mike Brown in Cleveland

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Shaq LeBron

    Shaquille O’Neal knows how to sell books. Make friends, not so much. But he’s going to sell copies of his new book. We already brought you excerpts where Shaq throws Kobe Bryant under the bus (and only Brian Shaw had a level head and dealt with the situation, but you don’t want him to be…

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