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  1. NBA Rookie Transition Program postponed due to lockout

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Every year, before training camps open, the NBA gathers about 50 incoming rookies (not all of whom will make a roster) together and gives them a real education. Well, except this year. The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program has been postponed. What are we talking about? At this blog we talk plenty about the on-the-court challenges…

  2. Marquis Daniels progressing well from injury

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    We could all use a little good news in the midst of the NBA lockout stupidity. The last time we saw Marquis Daniels, the backup wingman for the Celtics was face down on the floor. His head collided with Gilbert Arenas’ arm, bruising Daniel’s spinal cord and exacerbating a long-standing spinal condition. He was temporarily…

  3. Winderman: Challenge in NBA lockout is owners, players infighting

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    The two sides in the NFL labor dispute have finally come together, so there will be football. Perhaps that’s why they came together, because there only were two sides. What has become increasingly clear amid this first month of the NBA lockout is that this is a lockout squared. There essentially are four sides. On…

  4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not in the Olowokandi fan club

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Michael Olowokandi #34

    In an ESPN column ostensibly about how the owners need to get their revenue sharing house in order before they tell the players to take less money — a point with some validity — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goes off on a tangent. And tells a great story. Kareem, who has served as a big man assistant…

  5. Players union labor complaint will drag out another month or two

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union has not chosen to decertify and have players sue the league. Yet. So far they have gone a different route, filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — the federal agency that oversees labor relations —saying the owners were not negotiating in good faith. Now, the league is…

  6. Isaiah Thomas’ journey made into documentary

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Washington v North Carolina

    Isaiah Thomas was selected No. 60 — the very last pick, Mr. Irrelevant — in the NBA draft. He fell that far because there are questions — he’s small for an NBA point guard (5’10”) and is not and explosive athlete at a position where the NBA is loaded with amazing athletes. That said, he…

  7. Expect the Magic to keep launching three pointers

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    No team attempted more three pointers than the Orlando Magic last season. Not the run and gun Knicks (22 fewer) and the Suns were third in attempts and nowhere close (246 fewer). That was true the season before and the Magic have been in the top two of the league every season since 2007-08. And…

  8. Rondo admits Perkins trade affected team more than it should have

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The numbers are pretty stark — Boston was 41-14 when Kendrick Perkins was traded at the deadline to Oklahoma City, brining back Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. They went 15-12 the rest of the way. Danny Ainge justified the trade saying Green gave the Celtics needed depth on the wing and that they didn’t want…

  9. Stoudemire says back still not right, so he sits and rests

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    While other NBA players have been spotted hitting the gym or on courts at the big summer pro/am series like the Drew and Goodman leagues, Amar’e Stoudemire has been working on his clothing lines. Not playing, not even working out. Just resting his body. Because his back is not right yet. A couple months after…

  10. Video: JaVale McGee dunks, blocks and planks in game

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We thought the best planking done by JaVale McGee was in the Hong Kong Airport. Which beat (barely) him in the grocery store. But he has topped that. Check out the video below from the All-Star exhibition games this weekend in the  Philippines. McGee drives and dunks, gets back to block a shot at the…

  11. On “clutch,” “choking,” and ships passing quietly in the night

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Those in and around the basketball community engage in debate on an incredible number of game-related topics. Yet in truth, most reasonable observers of the game share more common opinions than one might initially think. There are subtle differences — mostly relative ones discovered in the process of comparing one player or team to another…

  12. Spencer Hawes’ head wants basketball back in Seattle

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    The above is a picture of Spencer Hawes‘ head at a charity basketball game played at Seattle’s Key Arena Saturday, the former home of the Seattle Supersonics. The team was moved to Oklahoma City, but after the game Hawes, a Washington native, expressed his desire for basketball to return to Seattle (story via The Seattle…

  13. Did Jordan ruin it for Kobe, LeBron and everyone else?

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    LeBron James is no Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant is no Michael Jordan. Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill and even Harold Minor have not been the next Michael Jordan. Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will not be Jordan either. Nobody is going to be the next Michael Jordan. Nobody. Ever. We know that,…

  14. Ersan Ilyasova reportedly agrees to play in Turkey, may skip out on the Bucks

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:38 PM EDT

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    The possibility of Deron Williams and the league’s top tier crossing the Atlantic to play their professional ball has all but consumed the day-to-day NBA chatter, but even the most solid bits of news on the subject come with a lack of permanence. Williams isn’t going to play in Turkey for the rest of his…

  15. RetroBall: Knicks-Pacers ’95, the night of the finger roll

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:24 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  with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories from years gone…

  16. Trading Nash might be bad business for Phoenix

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The basic team building model in the NBA has been pretty easy to understand — you’re either a contending team or building to get there, and if you’re a contending team whose championship window has closed you blow it up and start over with young players. It takes a few years (maybe more than a…

  17. If NBA players decertify the union, might owners void all deals?

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Why would a group of agents be pushing for the NBA players to decertify the union and sue the league on anti-trust grounds? Because it’s seen as leverage — that anti-trust suit comes with triple damages, win big money and it becomes gigantic money. That threat, in theory, would push the owners to negotiate and…

  18. Nets new Barclays Center will look swanky, if you’re rich

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Arena Atrium Barclay Center Brooklyn

    It is possible the next time the Nets play a game it will be in Brooklyn. We hope not, because that would mean an entire NBA season wiped out (greed is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason) but it could happen. While the players are locked out construction is not at the…

  19. Report: Kobe Bryant to meet with Turkish team July 30

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    I’m really weary of the “Kobe Bryant to Turkey” rumors. Here is what it comes down to: Kobe’s camp sounds hesitant (at best) and say the two sides haven’t really talked much, officials from Besiktas are overly optimistic. That comes through in another report from Turkey, via Slam. The interview is with Seref Yalcin, the…

  20. Video: Durant off-the-backboard ally-oop to Harden

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    They were having some fun over in Manilla. And making some nice dough. But mostly having a lot of fun. For a group of NBA stars, this was an exhibition and a chance to show off a little. Like this play, where Kevin Durant leads what we will generously call a secondary break, gets in…

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