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  1. Report: There is no chance Kobe is playing in Turkey

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:01 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

    This never made a lot of sense to us anyway — why would Kobe Bryant, a man obsessed with winning another NBA ring, risk injury and put more mileage on his knees to play in Turkey for Besiktas (the team that signed Deron Williams)? Still reports surfaced that he was to meet Saturday with the…

  2. Report: NBA bans scouts from going to college practices

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In it’s efforts to keep teams from contacting players during the lockout, the NBA is finding new levels of absurdity. As our latest example, we present this: Whatever happens with the next NBA season, there will be a draft at some point. So teams are still going to be scouting college and international players. A…

  3. Marion turns down spot on Dancing with the Stars

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion fashion photo

    Clearly Shawn Marion is concerned he could not live up to the dancing standard set by Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Okay, maybe not. But Marion has decided not to go where Cuban had gone before — Marion turned down a stint on Dancing with the Stars, according to TMZ.com. Sources close to Shawn tell TMZ,…

  4. Barcelona thinking of bringing Ricky Rubio back

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Ricky Rubio back in Spain and Minnesota unable to stop him or talk to him? Sounds familiar, and it could happen. Again. Barcelona officials are considering making an offer to bring back Rubio to round out the squad’s roster, according to mundodeportivo.com (via HoopsHype). Minnesota has no say in the matter and cannot even comment…

  5. Tyreke Evans wants his role defined in Sacramento

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Paul Westphal, Tyreke Evans

    This is another problem that can in part be chalked up to the lockout. Tyreke Evans remains the guy that will make the King’s offense go next year — he’s finally healthy again — and now he’s got an interesting potential backcourt mate in just drafted Jimmer Fredette. Except, Evans and Fredette basically play the same…

  6. Acie Law signs to play in Serbia with no opt-out clause

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    LAW_ACIE

    Acie Law is headed to Serbia, and he is not coming back, reports ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Point guard Acie Law has signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the Serbian team Partizan, according to his agent, Mark Bartlestein. The deal does not have an out clause that would allow Law to return to the NBA should…

  7. Former NBA player Samaki Walker tried to eat his marijuana. Allegedly.

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Samaki Walker defended by Malik Rose

    Boys and girls, consider this a reminder for those of you who need it: Trying to eat your drugs to keep it from the police is a bad idea. Especially if they are not in brownie form. Meet Samaki Walker, the former Maverick and Laker player, who has been arrested on drug charges in Arizona,…

  8. Report: Nicolas Batum signs in France

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    You had to expect that the first guys to go hauling across the pond would be those who traversed the body of water in the first place. In short, Europeans are flocking back to their respective homelands in the face of the lockout and a seemingly unavoidable loss of games. Take Nicolas Batum, for example. From…

  9. NBA official is robbed, then shows compassion to family-friend thief

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    If anyone would be bitter and heartless, you’d think an NBA official would have cause. They spend most of their time getting yelled at and denigrated. Fans, players, coaches, officials, the NBA, media, you name them, the refs hear abuse from them. Nothing is ever good enough and a great call by an official will…

  10. Drew League vs. Goodman League has some logistical issues to overcome

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    It’s going to be our last chance to see multiple All-Stars on the same floor for the foreseeable future. It’s an exhibition game, but it means a lot to both sides. But there are reportedly now some issues which could complicate the Drew vs. Goodman League exhibition game in D.C. next month. From Sports Illustrated:…

  11. Fisher thinks there’s movement on BRI compromise if the owners back off the hard cap

    Jul 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    One of the best kept secrets in all the lockout talk is that the players are willing to compromise on how much money they get. For all the talk by your common commenter that the players are “all too greedy” despite it having been the owners who locked out the players and not the players…

  12. Stephon Marbury doubts Amar’e or Melo could hack it in China

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    It’s always a nice Saturday morning when Stephon Marbury is back on our pages. It’s comforting. Like the crazy old guy at the coffee shop who wants to talk to you about how aliens stole his shoes. The New York Post gave Marbury a ring to ask him whether it would work for Carmelo Anthony…

  13. There’s a hiccup with Bismack Biyombo’s NBA availability… beyond the lockout

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    Before the draft, there were rumors that Bismack Biyombo was 28 years old, only 20 years old, 18 years old, the works. The reality is that it’s unclear how old he is, though he’s probably in normal draft pick range. Then there were rumors that he was still under contract with his Spanish team and…

  14. Toni Kukoc named in prostitution scandal; he shrugs

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Kukoc Jordan

    Not exactly sure how a professional basketball player sleeping with a prostitute got to be news — you don’t even want to know how often that happens — but here you go. Former Chicago Bull and Croatian basketball legend Toni Kukoc’s name was tied as a “john” to a big prostitution ring in his native…

  15. Lakers’ Matt Barnes back playing, says knee is all good now

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Matt Barnes has to feel like he has a clean slate in Los Angeles. He struggled last season with the triangle offense and finding his rhythm, then he missed 26 games with right nee surgery. He came back in time for the playoffs, but he was not 100 percent and couldn’t contribute much as the…

  16. Michael Jordan offers advice to Tiger Woods

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

    Tiger Woods is about to step back on to the golf course for the first time in three months next week. He’s doing so trying to overcome issues both physical — left knee and Achilles’ injuries — and psychological that have hampered him for more than a year. Michael Jordan dealt with issues while he…

  17. Kobe says his knee is “best it’s been in a long time”

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    Maybe what Kobe Bryant’s knee needed was a little rest and some expensive, exotic therapy. His knee had been an issue the last couple seasons — it’s almost bone on bone. It’s why Kobe had surgery on it last summer, and why he had to have it drained multiple times in previous years. It’s why…

  18. Fisher says money not sole focus of Monday’s negotiations

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    This is about money. This entire lockout that could cost us a season. Yes, there are other things they could and should deal with — Henry Abbott did a good post discussing some of those — but in the end it is money. Specifically the split (and definition) of Basketball Related Income (BRI). Everything else…

  19. Video: Time-lapse of Madison Square Garden remodel

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    madison-square-garden

    There is a crew of 1,000 construction workers, broken out into groups that are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to completely remodel the interior of the venerable Madison Square Garden. There will be new seats, new suites and even a new bar where you can watch the Knicks walk from the…

  20. Report: Frank reaches contract terms with Pistons

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    We’ve known for a week that Lawrence Frank was going to be next coach of the Pistons. Detroit fans are restless about this — they badly wanted Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer to get the gig — but Frank was the guy who blew everyone away during the interview process. Of course, there was still that…

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