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  1. NBA Lockout Q&A: PBT explains it all (well, almost)

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Welcome to the NBA lockout. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, you’re going to be here a while. If we’re all lucky it will be for just the summer, but it could be longer. Much longer. I understand you all have questions about how we got here, where we are at and what is…

  2. NBA provides lockout details in official release

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    The NBA told the players’ union during Thursday’s bargaining session that they would lock the players out once the current collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight Eastern, and now it has made the announcement to the rest of us via this official release. Besides the obligatory quotes from NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver attempting to…

  3. Cleveland open to making another deal before the lockout officially begins

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

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    At midnight tonight (or tomorrow, if you really want to be difficult), the NBA world as we know it will come to a grinding halt. Contact between players and teams will be reduced solely to a negotiative process that will determine the league’s short and long-term future, and all of the other off-season festivities —…

  4. Eddie House opts to re-join the Heat

    Jun 30, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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    Sleep easy, Heatians: Eddie House isn’t going anywhere. According to Mike Wallace of ESPN.com’s Heat Index, House has accepted his player option for next season and will spend the 2011-2012 campaign — in whatever length the lockout allows — with the Heat. House’s option is worth approximately $1.4 million next season, per Storytellers Contracts —…

  5. Sacramento, Toronto will futilely attempt to lure Tyson Chandler in free agency

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    With the NBA a bit short on Dwight Howards these days, the prototype for an effective center has shifted to a slightly more attainable model: Tyson Chandler. The Mavericks’ center anchored an impressive half-court defense that could switch from man-to-man to zone and back effortlessly and fluidly, and has for the moment Chandler has become…

  6. Video: Jimmer Fredette’s brother raps

    Jun 30, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

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    As you may have heard by now, the NBA has decided that it will indeed lock out its players once the current collective bargaining agreement expires at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. You may also have heard about just how many aspects of league business will be affected by this lockout decision — basically, all…

  7. Already war of words started: union attorney disputes Stern

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Welcome to the first of what will be an ongoing summer session of “the other side misrepresented our position” posts. We’re trying to come up with a catchy name for them. The honor of going first goes to the players union. David Stern came out of the mostly-for-show final negotiating session between the players and…

  8. Hilton Armstrong to sign with French team for next season

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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    This isn’t exactly the exodus of big name players to Europe because of the lockout we were all talking about, but we pass it along anyway. Hilton Armstrong has agreed to terms to play for ASVEL of the French league next season, according to Sportando. Armstrong played a limited role for the Wizards and Hawks…

  9. It’s official: Owners tell players there will be a lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    This is a sad day for the NBA. We all knew it was coming. Frankly, everyone has been expecting this for a couple of years now, you could see the storm clouds gathering for that long. It doesn’t make it feel any better. And things are only going to get worse in the short term.…

  10. Glen Davis wants to stay with Celtics, but…

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis is going to be a free agent at midnight. Not that he can do much about it, not until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Whenever that does happen, Davis told the Boston Herald he wants to remain with the Celtics. But things are far too unpredictable right now… “Man, I…

  11. Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Kings for Omri Casspi

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Multiple reports now have the deal done, one trade right before the deadline. The Cavaliers and Kings will swap young forwards, with J.J. Hickson going to the Kings for Omri Casspi. This deal may be the last before lockout begins at midnight, according to a tweet from Marc Stein or ESPN. The Cavaliers also would…

  12. Creators of “The Decision” stunned by backlash (and other details of event)

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    On the eve of a lockout that — if it does end up costing games — will kill the momentum around the league, let’s look back at the thing that helped create all that momentum and the increased ratings: LeBron James’ Decision. The television show sparked interest from casual fans that carried over to increased…

  13. Nene makes it official, he will be a free agent

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    This has been expected for a long time, and it doesn’t mean he’s leaving Denver, but it is official now: Brazilian center Nene is opting out of the last year of his deal the Denver Post reports and will test out the free agent market. Whenever the doors to that market open after the lockout.…

  14. Battier asks union president to take $1 salary during lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

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    When the NFL lockout started, that union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, agreed to take a $1 salary through the duration of the lockout. Share the pain, show some solidarity. So during a players meeting last week, Shane Battier asked NBA union president Billy Hunter if he would do the same thing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  15. PBT Thursday morning, pre-lockout one liners

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    The world’s craziest basketball court is in Munich

    In Munich, they have about the most useless yet interesting basketball court you will ever see (from Ball Don’t Lie, photos by Markus Buck). LeBron James hanging out with Bono. The drive to put Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. stamp is going strong. In a move that shocked nobody, the Jazz picked up the team option…

  16. ‘Melo has been undergoing elbow rehab since season ended

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has a case of elbow bursitis — a condition that flared up with the Nuggets before the trade and apparently was an issue during the playoffs — and has been receiving treatment at the Knicks facilities since the season ended, the New York Post reports. If he were playing it could impact the…

  17. J.J. Barea says playing in Spain could be an option

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    A lot of big name NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and the list goes on — have talked about playing in Europe if there is an extended NBA lockout. Thing is, it’s not that simple because if a player has an existing NBA contract he has to get a waiver from…

  18. Billups wants Knicks to build team not collect stars

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have two big stars now — Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and New York fans are dreaming of adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to that mix. New CBA, what new CBA? Those fans realize the road to the NBA finals out of the Eastern Conference goes through Miami and their three…

  19. Jackson says Bobcats shut him down to miss playoffs

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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    The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the playoffs for the first time ever in 2010 and there were grand plans to build on that in 2011. Not exactly how it went. Still, at the end of the season they had an outside chance to catch the Indiana Pacers, become the eight seed and be fodder for…

  20. Video: Ron Artest explains name change to Metta World Peace

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, Ron Artest, who is in the process of changing his name to “Metta World Peace” went on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to explain why he decided to change his name to Metta World Peace. Here are the quick facts: – Artest got the idea when Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco,…

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