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  1. J.R. Smith clashes with Chinese team about knee injury

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

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

    It took all of one game for J.R. Smith to clash with the management of his new team. Should have seen that one coming. We still don’t know the severity of a knee injury suffered by Smith in the fourth quarter of his first game in China, but it sure didn’t look good. The disagreement…

  2. NBA overseas roundup: Kevin Martin likely staying stateside

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Kevin Martin

    We told you the big news already — J.R. Smith had a potentially serious injury and AK47 had one that looks painful but will only keep him out a few weeks. But there is other news about NBA players looking overseas, so here is a roundup. • Rockets guard Kevin Martin is getting overseas options…

  3. Nike, Adidas not feeling pinch from NBA lockout. Yet.

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

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    For Nike, maybe basketball never does stop. There has been no NBA for Nike to promote its basketball shoes (which account for 95 percent of the basketball shoe market, thank you Michael Jordan). The marketing has continued, but the biggest stage for Nike remains dark. But that hasn’t hurt sales much, reports the Oregonian (via SLAM).…

  4. NBA coaches association head pleads for end of lockout

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    While the NBA lockout starts to reach the “fans are really getting ticked” portion of the program, we have another plea for sanity. It’s likely to fall on deaf ears, but we bring it to you anyway. Michael H. Goldberg, Executive Director NBA Coaches Association, wrote an open letter to both sides asking for the…

  5. Video: Ricky Rubio, other highlights from Gooden charity game

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

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    Drew Gooden put on a charity fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation over the weekend in the Bay Area, but he wasn’t the star. This was the American debut of Ricky Rubio, the Spanish sensation who will be playing for the Timberwolves. Eventually. But he’s a highlight factory and in a wide-open game without defense he…

  6. Andrei Kirilenko suffers concussion, breaks nose in Russia

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Russia's Andrei Kirilenko vies with defe

    It’s the irony of calling the players that come out of Europe soft — the referees over there allow the game to be far more physical. Current free agent but long-time Jazz big man Andrei Kirilenko is evidence of that as he suffered a broken nose and a concussion when his head slammed into the…

  7. LeBron, Wade, ‘Melo to host four city “homecoming tour”

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    LeBron James, Duane Wade, Carmelo Antho

    And the charity games just keep on coming… and in this case getting bigger. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony will headline a four-city homecoming tour with money raised from the games going to charity, reports the Associated Press. Other players will slide in and out of the tour, but those four…

  8. Video: Rondo with the off-the-head ally-oop to Rudy Gay

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    In case you wondered if anybody was playing defense at the charity games taking place lately, we bring this to you as evidence they are not. It also might still be the most entertaining ally-oop of the year. Rondo goes with the soccer header to Rudy Gay for the slam. Creative, got to give him…

  9. Man arrested after altercation with Rajon Rondo at club

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo was back Boston this week for a charity game, and with that cam an appearance at a nightclub in the area. At the end of the evening, a man took a swing at Rondo and was wrested to the ground and later arrested, reports the Lowell Sun. The man, Eric Valarezo, 31, was…

  10. J.R. Smith suffers potentially major knee injury in China

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This is the nightmare scenario, for both teams and players. Nuggets swingman J.R. Smith has apparently suffered a knee injury in his first game for his Chinese team, Zhejiang. It was a non-contact injury as he cut into the lane. We do not yet know the extent of the injury (you can watch the video…

  11. Kevin Love turns down Besiktas

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Kevin Love Sits

    Besiktas is looking to add to Deron Williams with another NBA star, preferably one who can play in the frontcourt. They’ve targeted a number of players including Luol Deng to join Deron Williams in front of tens of thousands thousands of people in Istanbul. But one major players says he’s out of consideration, Kevin Love:…

  12. Report: Tyson Chandler looking at playing in China

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    Tyson Chandler has every reason to want to push for an NBA season, more than most. He’s an unrestricted free agent whenever the offseason actually begins, and this is his last major contract. He’s coming off being the deciding factor in the NBA Finals (outside of Dirk’s brilliance or LeBron’s, ahem, struggles), and is a…

  13. Carmelo Anthony trolls league over “Melo Rule”

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    So after Carmelo Anthony hijacked the Nuggets’ season last year and held them hostage until they traded him, and not just anywhere, but specifically to the team he desired, the New York Knicks, the owners… well, they got a little miffed. You’ve been insulted twice by the power of players over the people who pay…

  14. Paul Pierce and a confusing view of the lockout

    Nov 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Paul Pierce has been a leader for labor during the lockout. If you look for his name on the list of executive committee members in the new now-defunct NBPA, you will not locate him. He’s been an unofficial leader, leading the charge in resisting the owners due to, in his words, having been there before…

  15. LeBron James is kind of the college football grim reaper

    Nov 20, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

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    LeBron James announced earlier this year an expansion of his deal with Ohio State, where his brand is represented on the uniforms of the Buckeyes, an agreement he’s had for several seasons. He added the University of Miami Hurricanes and the University of Kentucky Wildcats to his stable. Subsequently, Ohio State was mired in one…

  16. Dirk is ready to start considering overseas options

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Dirk Nowitzki has been pretty optimistic, and also pretty quiet during the lockout. He’s going to get any offer he wants overseas, or at least as good a deal as he can reasonably expect, but he’s been holding out hope like the rest of us that the two sides will get their collective heads out…

  17. Scary video of Andrei Kirilenko head injury

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Basketball involves contact, but it’s not a contact sport. There’s no protection for the head outside of mouth guards, no real protection for other parts of the body. And sometimes, scary, freak things happen. Like this to Andrei Kirilenko in his game with CSKA Moscow this week. In the video, Kirilenko goes baseline, catches a…

  18. Report: An NBA season on league’s Christmas list?

    Nov 19, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    After one of the labor talks breakdowns, I forget which one, I gave up. It wasn’t that the rug had been pulled out from under me, it’s that the two sides had hit that point where it made financially so much more sense to make a deal than not make a deal, and they were…

  19. Video: Jimmy Kimmel has ideas to fill time on NBA TV

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    If you haven’t been watching NBA TV during the lockout, well, join the club. It’s been a steady stream of classic games (which can be fun), with “Teen Wolf” and “One on One” staring Robbie Benson mixed in. It’s painful. Jimmy Kimmel has some ideas to fill all that air time, and we thought we’d…

  20. President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    President Barack Obama

    Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one. Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes. But…

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