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  1. Today’s overseas roundup: Scalabrine going, McGee staying

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    Here is our almost daily round-up of which NBA players have signed overseas, which have not, and which could not find Europe on a map. • Brian Scalabrine is about to make Italy more fun. He is getting a tryout the next couple weeks with the Italian club Treviso (a EuroLeague club that has E’Twaun…

  2. Blake Griffin has summer internship — at Funnyordie.com

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    If you’re not familiar with funnyordie.com, well, welcome to the Internet, rookie. There will be some hazing. Started five years back with some help from Will Ferrell, the site is a collection of comedy videos, slideshows, original skits and more featuring celebrities such as Zach Galifianakis (personal favorite on that site). Or right now you…

  3. Spurs delay millions in arena upgrades. Not like they’ll need it soon.

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    ATT-CENTER

    Among the signs you should just try and get comfortable because this lockout is going to be a long, bumpy ride…. Bexar County — which includes San Antonio — has helped clear the way for the Spurs to save millions by putting off planned upgrades to the AT&T Center (where the Spurs play). The San…

  4. Jeff Green admits it was “tough” joining Celtics last season

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green came into an almost impossible situation with the Celtics last season — this was a team on a title quest and he was traded for a starter loved by fans and teammates in Kendrick Perkins. He walked in the door with everybody already looking at him askew. Then he struggled to find his…

  5. Dwyane Wade says Heat will see less hate next season

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Is last season’s white-hot hate for all things Miami going to cool down to just red-hot? I see the comments on this site and in my twitter timeline when I dare suggest that he hatred for all things Miami will cool with time, especially if they win a title or two — you don’t believe…

  6. Arena operators could lose $1 billion if lockout costs season

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    TD Boston Garden

    It’s not just the owners and the players. It’s their fight, but in the end they are far from the only ones getting hurt by an extended lockout. For example, lets talk about the companies that own the arenas where NBA teams play their games — those companies could lose $1 billion if the lockout…

  7. Even LeBron is poking fun at LeBron’s hairline

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Dwight Howard has done it. A few months back during the playoffs everyone seemed to be doing it. It’s been a quietly running Internet joke for years. LeBron James’ hairline has become a punch line. Now, even for LeBron. He tweeted this Wednesday morning. Had a dream my hairline was back! Woke up and went…

  8. Ricky Rubio rolls ankle during EuroBasket tune-ups

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Spain's basketball player Ricky Rubio talks to the media after the presentation of the Spanish basketball team for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011 championships at Madrid's Arena

    For NBA owners — even during a lockout — this remains a frightening proposition: Their best players getting injured representing their country in international competitions. So far through this summer of Olympic qualifying there have been some injuries but fortunately nothing major. Now you can add the Timberwolves new No. 1 import Ricky Rubio to…

  9. LaMarcus Aldridge willing to lose season to get “fair deal”

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    As we’ve talked about before, we’ve heard from some owners that are willing to scrap the entire 2011-12 season to get a deal that works for them. Remember, six NBA owners also own NHL teams, guys who know that path. Now we’ve got a player saying the same thing. Great. Just great. LaMarcus Aldridge was…

  10. Memphis makes nod to lockout in advertising campaign

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Grizzlies logo

    While nobody is thinking about the NBA right now, there are still dutiful employees of 30 NBA teams working to sell you season tickets. Still ticket plans and marketing campaigns being put together. Which brings us (via a tweet from Darren Rovell of CNBC) to the Memphis Grizzlies, and the campaign to sell “power packages”…

  11. Report: Adelman left Minnesota without an offer. Yet.

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    rick adelman

    We have a piece of the puzzle, but it is without enough other pieces to let us see the entire picture. Yet. We’ve told you a lot of things leading up to yesterday’s events: That Rick Adelman flew out to Minnesota Tuesday to meet with Timberwolves GM David Kahn and other top brass; that he…

  12. Enes Kanter’s Turkish coach say he’s not NBA ready

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Earlier today we told you how frustrated Utah Jazz draft pick Enes Kanter is with not having been able to play much the last couple of years (what with the NCAA sidelining him at Kentucky and now the lockout). We also have told you how that has impacted his game — he’s shown potential in…

  13. Suns remove outdoor game in Indian Wells from preseason schedule

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

    suns-mavericks-outdoors

    The Phoenix Suns have played host to a preseason game outdoors at the tennis stadium in Indian Wells, California for each of the past three years. What seemed to be a budding annual tradition, however, has come to an abrupt halt. After successful attendance numbers, (a sellout of 16,236 in year one, followed by crowds…

  14. Video: Lions wide receiver celebrates touchdown in Cleveland with a LeBron chalk toss

    Aug 23, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    lebron-cavs-chalk

    It’s no secret that Cleveland fans didn’t react well when LeBron James used a nationally televised, hour-long special to effectively stab them in the heart last summer when he announced his “decision” to join Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in South Beach. So it’s probably not surprising that professional athletes who play sports other…

  15. Madison Square Garden stock dinged because of lockout

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    The conventional wisdom is the players will feel the financial impact of the lockout long before the owners. The players are millionaires who (in some cases) lead extravagant lifestyles. The owners can lead extravagant lifestyles, they are billionaires with deeper pockets. But at least one owner is already feeling the pinch of the lockout. The…

  16. Enes Kanter just wants to play some ball. Somewhere.

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Last hoops season, Enes Kanter left his native Turkey to test himself against the best American college had to offer and enrolled at Kentucky. Then the ever-so-evenhanded NBA (remember the head of Miami was head of the infractions committee a couple years ago) told him he could not play because he had played for a…

  17. Video: LeBron James freezes up on high dive

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Just insert your own “LeBron James freezes up in a big moment” joke right here. I’ve run out of them. Here is the video of LeBron walking out to a high dive in Barcelona — one built for the 1992 Olympics — and freezing up, hesitating to jump (via The Basketball Jones). He eventually makes…

  18. Wall says “I’m back,” feeling ready for sophomore year

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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    John Wall had a good rookie season — 16.4 points and 8.3 assists per game, and he assisted on 40 percent of his teammates buckets when he was on the floor. The big issue was that 40.9 percent shooting average. But Wall didn’t feel like himself. There were the usual challenging adjustments of a point…

  19. Rick Adelman to meet with Timberwolves Tuesday

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    Last we heard from Rick Adelman, he didn’t sound like a guy that eager to coach next season. (If there is a next season. Man I’m sick of writing that phrase.) But that seems to be changing. Maybe it’s time away from the game. Maybe it’s the Ricky Rubio effect. Maybe he’s willing to do…

  20. Winderman: Former Georgetown brawlers Ewing, Mourning unite for South Africa

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing

    The enduring memory of Alonzo Mourning and Patrick Ewing is of Georgetown alums who didn’t allow their Hoya loyalties to get in the way of a healthy scrum. See: Heat-Knicks, circa late-’90s. Yet Tuesday, as the two spoke on an NBA-arranged conference call to detail their participation, along with fellow former Hoya Dikembe Mutombo, on…

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