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  1. NBA owners, players may be talking but don’t think a deal is near

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    There are signs of optimism out of the owners and players meeting Wednesday — they are going to stop trying to win the public relations battle through the media and they are keeping future meetings under wraps. The two sides said little else after a six-hour meeting in New York. Good. I’m all for transparency…

  2. Apparently Michael Beasley’s wrist is not broken after all

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    In the future, we should note even the most reliable reports out of China need to be taken with grains of salt. One of those reports was that Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley likely fractured a wrist while in a tournament in China. Turns out there is no fracture, tweeted ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Report on Michael…

  3. Report: Parker denies he’ll play for French team he co-owns

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    UPDATE 8:58 am: Well, that didn’t take long. Not long after the report (seen below) that Tony Parker would play for the French team he co-owns was leaked Parker  himself shot that report down, via BasketEurope and Hoopshype: “This is not true, I did not sign anything. Nothing is done. I did not commit to…

  4. Paul Pierce says he did not have an asthma attack in China

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    We brought you the report out of China Wednesday that both Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley suffered an asthma attack during a recent tournament where they had to play in a smoke-filled arena. And by smoke filled we mean cigarette, as in the fans are all smoking in the arena. But Paul Pierce says that…

  5. EuroBasket Day One Roundup: That Pau Gasol is good

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain vies for the ball wit

    Over in Lithuania there is actual basketball being played by elite players. Sure, it’s not as purely entertaining as Goodman vs. Melo, but this has something that does not — real drama. That’s because there are real things on the line — national pride and a berth in the Olympics to the top two finishers.…

  6. Video: Dwight Howard dunks on a giraffe in Japan

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Yes, you read that headline right. Dwight Howard is in Japan to sell a lot of adidas to promote the game of basketball around the globe. He’s am ambassador like that. This video is of Howard, in Japan, dunking on what looks to be an 11-12 foot rim suspended from a stuffed giraffe’s neck. Not…

  7. DeJuan Blair may play in Russia, perceived injury risks be damned

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Among the flood of reported signings, flirtations, explorations, and interest between overseas clubs and NBA players, DeJuan Blair‘s name and news don’t create much of a ripple. He’s no Deron Williams, after all; Blair isn’t even a steady NBA regular at this point in his career, having squandered some of the opportunity given him as…

  8. Photo: Eric Bledsoe is good at jumping

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe wasn’t the biggest name at yesterday’s Melo league vs. Goodman league exhibition game, but he did provide one heck of a picture after this dunk. It could be the angle of the photo throwing me off, but I’m pretty sure that Bledsoe’s collarbone is at the rim here. Impressive, to say…

  9. Collective bargaining talks produce vaguely positive outcome

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    The lockout drags on, but today NBA fans are given the slightest reason for optimism. Representatives for the NBA players and owners met today for a six-hour bargaining session, and though dialogue in itself isn’t enough to bring back the league we all know and love, the fact that meetings are going on at all…

  10. Today’s overseas roundup: Nick Young talking to China

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and they are addictive to us like bon-bons to an old housewife. • How does Nick Young feel about smoking in arenas? It’s…

  11. They allow smoking in Chinese arenas? Bad idea.

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    September 1, 1:51 am: Paul Pierce went to twitter today to deny the report of him having an asthma attack. Pierce says he does not even have asthma. It’s unclear about Beasley — well, he did fracture his wrist, but we don’t know about the asthma attack — so take that with a grain or…

  12. Andre Iguodala and Doug Collins are all good. Seriously.

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Why do you think Andre Iguodala and Doug Collins don’t get along? Because Iggy sounded like a guy who wanted out after the season? Because he’s been on the trade block? General body language? You are way off base. That’s what Iguodala himself is saying. He spoke with Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer and…

  13. ‘Melo trying to plan Knicks workouts in October

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Goodman League All-Stars v The Melo League

    Sure doesn’t look like we will have basketball come October (the first preseason game is scheduled for Oct. 9, and it’s about as likely to happen as my date with Mila Kunis that night. But the Knicks might still be working out together in October. While in Baltimore to help his Melo League squad beat…

  14. Pau Gasol doesn’t feel he needs redemption after playoffs

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol dribbles against Lithuania's Darius Songaila during their men's international friendly basketball game in the new arena in Kaunas

    Pau Gasol looked like the most polished big man on the planet Wednesday in Lithuania, dropping 29 points on Poland on just 12 shots, plus grabbing seven rebounds. Which is a far cry from how he season ended for the Lakers and Gasol, when they were unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas…

  15. Do owner, player negotiations finally get serious Wednesday?

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Wednesday in Manhattan, NBA commissioner David Stern and players’ union director Billy Hunter are going to sit down in a room across the table from each other and talk new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. They have done that a few times in various settings, exchanging a few proposals, for two years now. With absolutely no…

  16. EuroBasket underway, continent’s Olympic qualifying event

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Spain's basketball players Navarro, Gasol, Calderon and Rubio attend the presentation of their team for the Eurobasket at Madrid's Arena

    In less than a year, the Olympic basketball tournament will be taking place on European soil. Even if there are times the rest of Europe doesn’t really want to claim England. Starting Wednesday, the Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe got underway – also known as EuroBasket, or the European Championships. In that part of the…

  17. Video: More Melo vs. Goodman league highlights

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    They put on a real show in Baltimore Tuesday night. Kevin Durant one-on-one with LeBron James. Carmelo Anthony looking healthy. Eric Bledsoe flying through the air. Josh Selby showing us he can flat out sky. It was so much that the one video highlight package we brought you wasn’t enough. So here is another via…

  18. Carmelo Anthony’s elbow looks, feels good. Finally.

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Goodman League All-Stars v The Melo League

    Carmelo Anthony played through an inflamed elbow — officially chronic bursitis — during the end of last season and through the playoffs. It showed as ‘Melo shot just 37.5 percent in the Knicks one playoff series, well off the 46.4 percent he shot for the Nuggets the previous playoff run. That elbow kept him from…

  19. Gilbert Arenas shuts down is AgentZero twitter feed

    Aug 31, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Most NBA players twitter accounts — and there are hundreds now — are just plain dull. Details of where they are working out, where they are playing, some inside jokes of friends and retweets of people who ask for it because it’s their birthday. Not Gilbert Arenas’ agentzeroshow twitter feed. It was entertaining, funny, controversial,…

  20. Clipper Darrell planning sleep-in protest lockout at Staples

    Aug 31, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    clipper darrell

    Clipper Darrell is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. He’s going to sleep. On his twitter account a few weeks ago, Clipper Darrell said he plans to sleep outside the Staples Center in protest of the lockout until somebody gives in. Who is Clipper Darrell you ask? An institution at…

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