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  1. Video: Yao Ming’s life, career in animated form

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We leave you with this for Saturday night — how would Taiwanese animators depict the life of Yao Ming (while taking a shot at Charles Barkley)? Exactly like this. Enjoy.

  2. Final NBA revenue numbers in from last season

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s all about the Basketball Related Income (BRI) number. The entire lockout is really about the BRI — length of contracts, hard or soft salary cap, guaranteed deals, revenue sharing are all secondary issues. What matters most is how much pie everyone gets, how you divide it up after that matters less. So we know…

  3. Stephenson apparently “Born Ready” for China or Italy

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    STEPHENSON_LANCE

    His game makes Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson an interesting prospect. His attitude almost had Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones going after him in the locker room. His arrest for domestic violence had the Pacers keeping him away from the team last summer. He played in just a dozen games for the Pacers last season. He’s…

  4. Zaza Pachulia will not be playing for Beskitas

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Pachulia_Zaza

    From Pachulia’s Twitter: There was lot of talking me going to play for Besiktas during lockout.We couldn’t agree on the therms (sic) and I’m not going to play for them. This just serves as more proof that despite basketball’s surging popularity in Europe and the high level of play over there, European teams don’t have…

  5. Nick Arison, 30, to take over as CEO of Miami Heat

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Micky Arison, Nick Arison

    Micky Arison became CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines at the age of 28. With the money he made from that and other ventures, he took over controlling interest of the Miami Heat 16 years ago. Now he is going to put more time into the carnival business while his son Nick Arison — at the…

  6. Nowitzki, Kaman to suit up for Germany at EuroBasket

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowtizki Germany

    We’ll see how good Germany is as a team, but they have one formidable front line. Dirk Nowitzki has made it official and will play for Germany this summer as the team tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. He will be joined on the front line by Clippers center Chris Kaman, according to…

  7. Video: Brian Scalabrine on The Doctors

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    You know that show on in the middle of the afternoon called The Doctors? Of course you don’t, you have a job. Or a life. Maybe both. Anyway, it’s four doctors of different specialties sitting around talking medical problems. Sort of a Dr. Phil of physical ailments. I only know it exists because my wife’s…

  8. You know it’s late July when Robert Swift rumors start

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    stern tattoo. stern tattoo

    Things change. The swallows really don’t come back to Capistrano anymore. Coffee is not 5¢ a cup anymore. Some late July, there will not be rumors about where Robert Swift will play in the NBA. But that year is not this year. We have Robert Swift rumors. Swift — the well inked, of injured center…

  9. Rick Adelman next to interview for Timberwolves job

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    The question isn’t if Rick Adelman would do a good job as Timberwolves coach, because he would. He’s done a good job everywhere he’s been, you don’t get a .605 career winning percentage without knowing how to do the job well. The questions are if he wants the job, and if the Wolves will pay…

  10. European veteran warns: This isn’t like the NBA

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    marcus Williams

    Things are different in Europe. What people consider an old building does not mean it went up in 1960. Roads are narrower, the cars smaller. Beer is stronger (which is nice) and the meal portions are generally smaller (which would be good for most Americans anyway). And for all those American-born NBA guys thinking of…

  11. Nick Young with the off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    Lord knows when the next All-Star Weekend and NBA Dunk Contest will be, but I am starting the campaign now to have Washington’s Nick Young as part of it. As my first bit of evidence, I present this dunk from a little summer pickup fun. Off the backboard then between the legs. Damn. Someone doesn’t…

  12. Kobe wants to pass Jordan on all-time scoring list

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    I’m not sure how this is surprising to anyone. In an article discussing how an extended lockout could impact Kobe Bryant’s assault on the record books, Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how Kobe really wants to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list even though Kobe denies it at every…

  13. Europe wants Landry, but Landry doesn’t want Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Carl Landry

    Like a lot of NBA players, Carl Landry has had offers to go overseas. He specifically has been courted by Armani Jeans Milano, the Italian squad sponsored by… if I have to explain that to you then you have some bigger issues to deal with. But Landry is a free agent about to get a…

  14. Thunder to now play in Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder have gone from gasoline to cleaner burning natural gas. Sort of. The building Kevin Durant and teammates call home had been called the Ford Center since the team came to OKC based on an older naming rights deal. But with the new tenants and attention the building’s operators went looking for a new…

  15. Report: Bickerstaff to interview with Timberwolves Friday

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Bickerstaff

    No real shock here, this was expected, but we pass along the news anyway. Bernie Bickerstaff will be formally interviewing for the Minnesota Timberwolves vacant head coaching job on Friday, according to the Star Tribune. Bickerstaff, who is currently an assistant in Portland, has spent 13 seasons as head coach in the NBA with stops…

  16. Some NBA players set up contracts so they get paid during lockout

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Al-Farouq Aminu Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Al-Farouq Aminu is still getting checks from the Los Angeles Clippers. Anticipating a potentially nasty lockout that dragged on, a few guys set up special contracts in recent years that stretched out their payments from last season into this year, according to the USA Today (via CBSSports Eye on Basketball): Aminu, a rookie last season,…

  17. Agents to meet with union president to talk decertification

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    In it’s back pocket, the National Basketball Players Association — the NBA players union — has a bomb it could drop. During the season, it got the paperwork signed by players that would allow for decertification of the union. If filed this would end the union, allowing some players to then sue the league. It’s…

  18. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club officials in August

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:52 AM 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

    We’re still not sure how serious this is from Kobe’s side, but Turkish club Besiktas — the club that signed Deron Williams to play for them next fall and had Allen Iverson last season — is still trying to court Kobe Bryant. The club’s very talkative coach explained to the Los Angeles Times how the…

  19. LeBron, reportedly the one star not “open” to Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Chris Paul is the latest NBA star “open” to playing in Europe next season if the NBA lockout drags on. He joins Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and a host of others who are open to the idea. Personally, I’m open to dating Scarlett Johansson. I’m open to winning the…

  20. Report: Kyle Weaver signs deal to play in Germany

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    weaverthunder

    There are NBA players threatening to go overseas just to try and put leverage on the NBA labor discussions, showing the owners they have options. They are guys not likely at all to put pen to paper. Then there are guys who spent the last couple years in the NBA but for whom a jump…

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