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  1. Wednesday Morning One Liners: Ceballos doing well

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

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    We bring you a Thanksgiving feast of rumors, reports and international news this morning. Cedric Ceballos is recovering well after having a blood clot removed from his coronary artery, reports the Arizona Republic. You can odd Magic Johnson and Paul Pierce to the rosters for the Barack Obama fundraiser game next month, reports the Washington…

  2. Grizzlies Haddadi sued by ex-girlfriend over domestic dispute

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

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    A year ago, both Grizzlies backup center Hamed Haddadi and his girlfriend at the time were arrested and charged with domestic assault after a fight between them. Eventually the charges against the girlfriend were dropped as police and prosecutors believed her side of the story where Haddadi was the aggressor. That now ex-girlfriend has filed…

  3. J.R. Smith faces culture clash in China where team is first

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    While we Americans preach that “there is no I in team” and say we want to see teams function as a unit, we are still a nation that allows the individual a lot of freedom. We give the individual a lot freedom. The Chinese culture is much more focused on fitting into a group dynamic…

  4. Power Balance owes Kobe Bryant, Kings big money

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

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    Power Balance — the makers of those wrist bands that a number of NBA players wear — has settled a class action lawsuit that said they were crap. There have been a few of those lawsuits and a lot of legal fees. Andnow the company is filing bankruptcy. Which is mostly interesting to me because…

  5. Report: Turkish team in talks with Lamar Odom

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:19 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Khloe & Lamar in Istanbul? It might happen. Besiktas, the Turkish side that has Deron Williams at the point guard, is in negotiations with the Lakers Lamar Odom to join him, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Besiktas has reportedly made runs recently at Kevin Love, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng but have not been able…

  6. Video: Dwight Howard lives it up in new Adidas ad

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Let’s be clear, the difference in your game is not the shoes you wear but how long you have spent in the gym perfecting the corner three and the midrange jumper and your rebounding technique. Athletic ability and work ethic matter most. That said, we kind of liked the new Adidas commercial. And there’s not…

  7. Politicians grandstanding on NBA lockout starts Wednesday

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

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    It was only a matter of time before a politician somewhere (we like to imagine in a smoke-filled backroom) said “how can I gain some points with my constituents around the NBA lockout?” Meet New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith — who represents a rather gerrymandered looking district that includes parts of Hollis, Queens…

  8. Artest challenges Jordan to one-on-one game to end lockout

    Nov 22, 2011, 7:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, holds a news conference in Los Angeles, California

    At this point, just about any way you can think of to end the lockout is good with me. So if it’s a game of one-on-one to 21 between and owner and a player, I’m good with that. Which is exactly what Metta World Peace — the baller formerly known as Ron Artest — proposed…

  9. Report: NBA owners, players reach out to 1999 dealmaker

    Nov 22, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

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    You don’t know who Jim Quinn is, but he might be the one guy who can save an NBA season. He’s done it before. For two decades Quinn sat in Billy Hunter’s seat as director of the players union (well, Hunter’s old seat, there is no union any more, just a trade association since the…

  10. Cavaliers’ big man Semih Erden breaks thumb in Europe

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:51 PM EST

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    You knew the injuries would start to add up as NBA players started to find places to play in Europe. So far there hasn’t been a major one, but some minor ones are coming up. The latest is Cavaliers center Semih Erden, reports Turkish journalist Mete Aktaş (via Marc Stein of ESPN). Here are the…

  11. DeShawn Stevenson is frustrated, rips Billy Hunter

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas Mavericks players maybe more frustrated with the lockout than anyone. This season was to be their coronation — Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd and a team full of guys who worked hard, won an NBA title and… No banner to the rafter. No rings. Just lost momentum. A couple of them spoke with Marc…

  12. Shed a tear: Agents are hurting during lockout, too

    Nov 22, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

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    David Stern has tried to paint NBA agents as a malevolent force during this lockout — maybe not Voldemort himself (that would be Jeffry Kessler) but more Dementors. Men who suck the joy out of the game. But this lockout hurts the agents, too. They all hustle because they live on commission, you’ve got to…

  13. Baron Davis to host latest charity game, this one in L.A.

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    And the charity games keep on rolling in as we wait for lockout negotiations to start up again. Baron Davis and Tina Thompson will be hosting one in Los Angeles this Sunday at Southwest College benefitting the Kids in LA Sports Foundation. On the list to play are some guys with Los Angeles ties —…

  14. J.R. Smith’s demands have Chinese team frustrated

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    Somewhere, George Karl is just nodding along silently. Not his problem anymore. J.R. Smith was back on the floor with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, the team he inked a $3 million deal to play for through the full season into next March. But he is getting much more than just that salary, there are a…

  15. The redemption of Adam Morrison is going on in Serbia

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    Adam Morrison

    If you read just one thing today, click the link and read the profile of Adam Morrison by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Morrison has been an NBA punch line for years now, the guy who couldn’t live up to the hype in Charlotte, who won two rings with the Lakers while wearing a suit,…

  16. NBA overseas roundup: Tyson Chandler turns down China

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    As the NBA lockout drags on and on and on, there have been more players talking to overseas teams about taking their talents across the pond. Here is today’s roundup of news. • Tyson Chandler has decided not to take an offer to play in China, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “I was considering it but…

  17. Power Balance to file bankruptcy, not leaving Sacramento

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    I’m not going to tell you that the Power Balance wristbands favored by NBA players and other pro athletes are a scam, I’d say do the research. Don’t just ask Lamar Odom, actually do the research. Or, consider the fact the company just had to file bankruptcy organization after settling a class action lawsuit against…

  18. Allen Iverson wants to set up four-city barnstorming tour

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Allen Iverson

    You’ve got to love Allen Iverson’s drive. He tried to put together a charity All-Star game in Las Vegas but it fell apart. So his response? Set up a four-city tour, reports Chris Palmer of ESPN. Stops would include Atlanta and Las Vegas. Already LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are putting…

  19. Video: Terrible NBA mascots that should never dunk

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

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    No, these are not real NBA mascots. Bango’s job is not threatened by these guys. But it’s a lockout and Conan O’Brien made us laugh with this, so we are passing it along to you in the spirit of “what else do you expect us to do during the lockout?” Thanks to I am a…

  20. Dr. J gets financial boost, 76ers (and fans) get memorabilia

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

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    We brought the story last month of how Julius Erving was having some financial challenges due to some failed investments, and on an unrelated note happened to be having a lot of his memorabilia auctioned off. “Unrelated” is the official story, choose to believe what seems logical to you. Turns out there is a real…

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