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  1. Chinese paper reports Kobe agrees to deal, Kobe denies it

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    UPDATE 2:37 pm: It didn’t take long for Kobe’s people to shoot this idea down. As expected, Kobe’s people deny there is a deal, here is the tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard who talked with a source: Contrary to reports out of China, Kobe hasn’t agreed to deal w/any team, source says. He’s still weighing…

  2. Warriors’ owners want better in-arena experience

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    lacob guber Warriors

    I can hear the Warriors fans now: “What would really improve the Golden State in-arena experience is a better team on the court.” The Warriors new owners get that. It reamins to be seen if they’ll be able to change the fortunes of the franchise — they did hire Jerry West, it’s a start —…

  3. Chase Budinger actually is a beach volleyball player

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kevin Love is playing beach volleyball this summer on a lark. (And will again at the Manhattan Beach Open in two weeks.) It’s not something he had done much of before, but during the lockout why not? Chase Budinger can actually play — he was as heavily recruited out of high school as a volleyball…

  4. Even in an exhibition, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t like refs

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins Al Horford

    DeMarcus Cousins felt like the referees didn’t respect him during his rookie season. Normally we’d chalk that up to rookies not getting calls in the NBA, but Cousins felt like that in college. He probably said the same things in high school. That attittude was the main reason he racked up technicals at a Rasheed-like pace…

  5. Interim GM Buchanan out of Portland GM search

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

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    After canning two very well respected general managers — Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho — the Blazers have decided the guy with the interim tag doesn’t get to keep the job, either. Because we all know that more front office turnover is the most direct path to winning. Chad Buchanan is the guy doing the…

  6. Michael Jordan states the owners case, likely to get fined

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    If you thought as a former player Michael Jordan could be the bridge of sanity between the NBA owners and players, think again. Jordan is the owner of one of the most financially challenged teams in the NBA in the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s one of those small market, heavily leveraged owners who need the system…

  7. Report: Pacers owner wants Reggie Miller to replace Bird

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    After listening to Reggie Miller broadcast NBA games, would you hire him to be your team’s general manager? I wouldn’t even let him run my fantasy team, but if a GM gig gets him out of the broadcast booth I am fully supportive of it. Larry Bird is going to step down at the end…

  8. Chinese league moves to block NBA player influx

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    We’ve been telling you this was coming, and now it’s official. The Chinese Basketball Association has blocked teams from signing any NBA player under contract from coming to the league, according to sports.163.com (via HoopsHype). That means no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade, no Dirk Nowitzki. Chinese league officials put together a list of 108…

  9. Video: Watch Kobe drop all 43 points at Drew League

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Yesterday we told you how on the closing night of the legendary Drew League in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant showed up and did his thing — 43 points and drained the game winner over James Harden. Now, thanks to Ball is Life, watch every one of Kobe’s points from that night. The one thing that…

  10. Stern: There are four or five local buyers interested in Hornets

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Since the NBA bought out the old ownership of the New Orleans Hornets, the league started trying to solidify the financials of the team — get more sponsors, sell more season tickets, get a better arena deal with the state. Oh, and crush the players union. Maybe we can do some more profit sharing, too.…

  11. Sacramento Kings arena funding plan to be released Sept. 8

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    ProposedKingsArena

    We don’t know the specifics of how the city of Sacramento plans to pay for the proposed $387 million Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC), but we do know when they plan to announce those plans. According to Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee, a menu of funding options will be presented to the public on…

  12. Report: Turiaf breaks hand, likely out for Eurobasket

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Just 24 hours ago, Ronny Turiaf was dancing on the court after Nicolas Batum was throwin’ it down. Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket. Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for…

  13. Nets officials can attend Kardashian/Humphries wedding. If they want.

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    humphries-kardashian

    The question isn’t if Nets officials should be allowed to attend the wedding of Kris Humphries to Kim Kardashian. Of course they should. The question is if they really want to. The league has cleared the path for them to go if they so choose, the Associated Press reports. This is the same thing that…

  14. The long, strange trip of Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton

    From our “if you’re going to read one thing today” file… There is a fascinating profile of newly-minted Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis over at Grantland. Another fine bit of work by Jonathan Abrams. Sabonis is more of a mythical player here in the United States — we’ve heard of the legend of his greatness,…

  15. Video: Run TMC reminisces about Run TMC

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Mullin, Hardaway, Richmond, Run TMC

    With Chris Mullin going into the Hall of Fame, the golden era of the Golden State Warriors has been a hot topic. For me, that will always be Run TMC. One of my favorite teams ever to watch. Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, in a “system” designed by Don Nelson. A system that…

  16. Ben Gordon says it was worse than you think in Detroit

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    From the outside looking in, the Detroit Pistons were a god-forsaken mess last season. A coach the players didn’t respect, a near mutiny at one point with players skipping a practice in protest and losses piling up fast on a proud franchise. To put it in Detroit terms, they looked worse than the automotive industry.…

  17. Kobe makes plea for players to stand behind union

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    There are owners counting on the players union coming apart at the seams. They are counting on players used to an extravagant lifestyle who, once they miss a couple paychecks, will start putting pressure on union head Billy Hunter to get a deal done fast. A deal on the owners’ terms. (The players would not…

  18. Today’s overseas roundup: John Wall isn’t going anywhere

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    John Wall

    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we’ve started putting them in a roundup. Why? Because I’m a blogger and therefore am drawn to bullet points Kirstie Alley to a cupcake. • One NBA star staying put appears to be John Wall, who says he isn’t thinking…

  19. Report: Kevin Durant’s agent in talks with CSKA Moscow

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Remember how the head of the EuroLeague said the elite teams of Europe were not going to get in the “rent an NBA star” game, that they needed stable rosters? (To be fair, I had heard similar noises from some agents.) You can pretty much throw that out the window. Kevin Durant’s agent is in…

  20. Video: Nicolas Batum throws it down, Turiaf likes it

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    All over Europe right now there are a bunch of tune-up games taking place as teams get ready for EuroBasket at the end of the month — the tournament that determines who from the continent is headed to the 2012 Olympics in London and who is watching on television. From that, we bring you this…

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