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  1. Timberwolves ask permission to interview Bickerstaff

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Bickerstaff

    From The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman: The Minnesota Timberwolves have asked the Blazers for permission to interview asst coach Bernie Bickerstaff for their head coach position. The Timberwolves are about to fire head coach Kurt Rambis (if they can’t shame him into quitting so they don’t have to pay him the remaining $4 million on his…

  2. Video: Blake Griffin and Kevin Love have a Jenga war

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Via The Basketball Jones, here’s an ESPN-produced video of two of the NBA’s best young power forwards having a Jenga war. In a battle of athleticism vs. skill, Love took the first game, but Griffin came right back to even the score at 1-1. When asked how playing Jenga helps them stay focused during the…

  3. This is JaVale McGee planking in a freezer

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    JaVale Planking Freezer

    The above picture depicts Wizards center JaVale McGee, who has an alter ego he calls “Pierre” and is apparently currently involved in a “planking” war with Magic guard Gilbert Arenas, lying face-down in a supermarket freezer after apparently clearing 7 feet and 2 inches of products out of it. Honestly, I’ve seen worse things stocked…

  4. Shaq hitting road in one huge RV, courtesy the Celtics

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal really never struck me as the RVing type. But if your RV is the size of Hearst Castle, and hard to miss driving down the highway thanks to a not-too-subtle paint job, then maybe. Well, that’s just what Shaq got from the Boston Celtics, according to CSN New England. Shaq also put up…

  5. Luol Deng hosts first hoops clinic in South Sudan

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    There is freedom for South Sudan. It’s fragile, it’s not perfect, but for many people it seems there is hope. Things there may be better than they were. Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is a Sudanese refugee, and he was in his new nation to celebrate its freedom — and host it’s first-ever hoops clinic.…

  6. KFC offers Dwyane Wade another job during lockout

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    NBA players make a lot of money, but they spend a lot of money. Just ask Patrick Ewing. Dwyane Wade, like the rest of us, could use a few extra bucks in his pocket. Right after the lockout started he even tweeted “Any1 hiring?” Which is not really funny with the recession hurting most people…

  7. NBA players not ruling out union decertification

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    If it comes to this, it’s when you know things have gotten really, really bad. But for now the NBPA — the players union — is refusing to take the idea of decertification of the union off the table, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. Of course, not taking it off the…

  8. Toronto’s Valanciunas looking like a draft-day steal

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    When the Toronto Raptors used another first round pick on another European player, half of Toronto said “who?” and the other half just rolled their eyes. But we tried to tell you at the time — Jonas Valanciunas was the pick to make. And his performance for Lithuania at the FIBA Under-19 World Championships is turning…

  9. Season-long lockout may make it hard for Nets to keep D-Will

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    The New Jersey-but-soon-to-be-Brooklyn Nets have one goal for the next season — keep Deron Williams. He is the cornerstone, he is the guy who can opt out next summer. He is the guy they need to win over. Which will be pretty hard if there is no next season. Williams told Chris Broussard of ESPN…

  10. Piston’s Bynum reportedly has interest in Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Denver Nuggets

    While we question the wisdom of star NBA players heading overseas during the NBA lockout — they carry a lot of risk — we think it makes a lot of sense for guys farther down the food chain. With that note we bring you news that Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum has a lot of…

  11. Without Yao, does NBA’s profile in China shrink?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Yao Ming

    Yao Ming was the face of David Stern’s dream of NBA globalization. The 7’6” center was an eight-time NBA All-Star — a few of those years he actually deserved it — and a huge presence in America and China. Basketball is booming in China and Yao was a big part of that and the reason…

  12. Andre Iguodala doesn’t expect to be traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Rumors had Andre Iguodala almost traded to the Lakers for Lamar Odom, to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, and to the Clippers for Chris Kaman. None of it was true. The Sixers may be gauging the market, but that is different than making a deal. No deal was really likely before the new…

  13. Tony Parker says he may play in France if lockout drags on

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Tony Parker has laid out the more likely path for name NBA players to head to Europe. Speaking with BasketUSA (via Hoopshype), he said that if there are no games come the new year and the NBA is talking about cancelling a season, then he would return to France and play. Parker played four seasons in…

  14. Kobe’s father now head coach of WNBA’s Sparks

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Joe Bryant

    Joe “Jellybean” Bryant — a former NBA player and father of Kobe Bryant — has been promoted to head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Jennifer Gillom was let go over the weekend from the head spot. The Sparks have lost their last five games in a row (4-6 overall) and they have lost…

  15. Free agent Landry says he’d consider playing for Pacers, Bucks

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Carl Landry has options. He’s a solid forward, a guy a lot of teams could use off the bench to provide some solid offense, good defense, a few boards and maybe a midrange jumper or two. New Orleans wants to keep him, but he will have a number of suitors. And of course he has…

  16. Ron Artest bummed about Shaw, may play in England

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest… er, sorry, Metta World Peace is traveling the nation now with a four-stop comedy tour he organized. Because he can. He meets these people because he’s in Hollywood — whether he has “gone Hollywood” is a debate among Lakers fans and frankly management. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times talked to him…

  17. Paul Pierce reaches second day at World Series of Poker

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    If Paul Pierce gets a bad beat at poker, does he need a wheelchair to take him away from the table, only to come back just fine a few minutes later? We have yet to find out, because apparently Pierce can play — he has advanced to the second day of the World Series of…

  18. Stoudemire ‘thinks’ he’s staying in the States

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    So Amar’e Stoudemire was making noise about going to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, which makes all sorts of sense given his history and the union’s ongoing efforts to prove to the owners they don’t need their stupid league anyway. Psych! Stoudemire posted Saturday that he is backing off of that talk, due…

  19. PBT’s RetroBall: Suns-Sonics ’93 and the night Barkley wouldn’t lose

    Jul 10, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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    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 withRetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  20. Jeff Van Gundy: Yao is a Hall of Famer

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s going to be a lot of debate in the coming years, now that Yao Ming is retired, about whether or not he’s a Hall of Famer. It’s going to be one of the more interesting debates about the Hall, which always makes for tense discussions. Yao after all led a basketball revolution in China,…

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