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  1. Charles Barkley tells LeBron James to lighten up

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

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    It’s the offseason, there’s a lockout, and yet Charles Barkley is still finding a way to get Miami fans mad at him. And they were plenty mad at him before. Barkley went on Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable (a new show on ESPN2) last Friday to talk about whatever Barkley has an opinion on. Which…

  2. Matt Bonner explains the lockout’s new beginning

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    We’re now months into the NBA lockout. July 1st marked the expiration of the previous collective bargaining agreement, and even before that deadline passed, the lockout loomed over the 2011 off-season. Yet in terms of the timeline of negotiations and bargaining sessions between the players and owners, the lockout is in its infancy. Only now…

  3. Kyle Korver’s big adventure as a Wrigley Field groundskeeper

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:47 AM EST

    Kyle Korver Wrigley

    Kyle Korver isn’t above a day of hard labor. Well, so long as that labor doesn’t involve trying to play defense in transition. But he’s willing to work at other stuff. Which is exactly what he was doing on Sunday at Wrigley Field, where he worked as a groundskeeper and concessionaire serving ice cream. Tribune…

  4. When the lockout ends, the Jazz need to…

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Utah Jazz. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams.   Last Season: Okay, imagine the shiniest, fastest train you can. All new. Shiny, polished…

  5. Nowitzki taking break, will not sign overseas until November

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki EuroBasket

    Dirk Nowitzki is tired. Not to go all Lili Von Shtupp on you, but he’s tired of being admired; tired of love uninspired; let’s face it, he’s tired. After a run all the way to the NBA championships he partied all over the globe, then after a short break there was a few weeks of…

  6. Kobe Bryant willing to loan players money if lockout lingers

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

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    It’s part of what is behind the NBA lockout dragging out to threaten actual games — there are owners that want to exert their ultimate leverage, the loss of paychecks. There are some owners that want to hurt the union, to break it. The theory goes that when the players start missing paychecks, they’ll cry…

  7. Video: NBA stars head to Africa for Basketball without Borders

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:06 AM EST

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    Growing basketball — and in the NBA’s eyes it’s brand of basketball — in Africa is rife with challenges. But for a decade now the NBA has been trying through its Basketball Without Borders program. Trying to find something through sport that can help unite people all over the continent that has been ravaged by…

  8. Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

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    Spanish basketball fans should buy Mr. and Mrs. Gasol a dinner and a nice bottle of wine. It’s because of their sons — Pau and Marc Gasol — that Spain is the champions of European basketball for the second time in a row. Spain beat France 98-85 in the championship game of EuroBasket Sunday to…

  9. Steve Nash vs. Hope Solo in soccer… okay, in video games

    Sep 18, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has to be in the conversation for funniest NBA player. Maybe not the funniest, I’d actually submit Tim Duncan, yes, Tim Duncan for that honor. (Seriously, have you seen the H-E-B commercials?) But Nash needs to be in the running. And if you don’t believe me, I’ve got a video with Nash facing…

  10. Chauncey Billups will see if he can work those Knicks workouts into the dance recital schedule

    Sep 18, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    Chauncey Billups talked to Newsday this week and among the topics of conversation was a discussion of those team workouts being put together in Florida for the Knicks players during the lockout. While it’s hard to factor Billups as anything short of one of the hardest workers in the league and a veteran with great…

  11. John Wall says superstars like Kobe, LeBron need to take charge in the lockout

    Sep 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    John Wall

    John Wall was at an event that wasn’t televised, another of those basketball exhibitions with multiple stars called “Clash of the Superstars.” At the event, Wall said something pretty interesting to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. “I think we’re going to have to have guys like Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, the face of the NBA,…

  12. Rashard Lewis says you can expect a whole new him next year

    Sep 18, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Rashard Lewis has become the  standard punchline for any joke about bad long-term contracts. He was paid back when he was an elite scorer in Seattle (you know, back when Seattle had a team), then was converted in the Magic system to be their perimeter trigger. He stopped working in the post or on the…

  13. Why do some big market owners want a hard salary cap? Money. Why else?

    Sep 18, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

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    The split among the owners — and there is a split among the owners on what should be in the next labor deal — is not as clean and not along all the lines most think. The conventional wisdom goes that the profitable big market teams oppose a hard salary cap because they like their…

  14. Pistons hire Magic’s stats wizard scout

    Sep 18, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    There are a lot of changes coming to the Pistons once play resumes. A new owner who wants to contend, a new coach and a new coaching staff. With it, it looks like there’s going to be a change of approach, one way or another. From the Orlando Sentinel: The Orlando Magic are about to…

  15. Report: Kendrick Perkins was kind of a jerk to Russell Westbrook

    Sep 17, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

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    You would think that news about internal conflict in the Thunder locker room would come from the Daily Oklahoman, or, you know, someone west of the Mississippi. But the New York Daily News Saturday brought a hefty piece of intrigue to its pages regarding the Thunder. Apparently Kendrick Perkins‘ arrival in OKC was controversial and…

  16. NBA 2k12 News: Lebron James tops Kobe Bryant, Stern and Silver to announce picks

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    In the absence of an actual NBA season, 2K Sports’ NBA 2k12 may be the best some people are going to get this year. The most popular NBA game on the market goes on sale October 4th, and in addition to a wide array of legend players including Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, and…

  17. Kobe Bryant says he’s still looking overseas

    Sep 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    You may have thought after talks broke down (or never really existed) with Besiktas, that the hubub about Kobe Bryant playing overseas would die down. But Bryant loves playing, will never admit that he needs time to rest, and has an insatiable desire to beat other human beings at basketball. So Bryant wants you to…

  18. Alleged father’s suit against LeBron James is tossed

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    There’s really no way to avoid being happy for LeBron James here. A man alleging he was James’ father filed suit against James and his mother for a variety of fairly ridiculous claims, including defamation of character, and… get this, loss of love and affection. Apparently the legal system is not an abject failure, because…

  19. Leon Rose joins the decertification rebel alliance

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    The barbarians are at the gate. They’re wearing Brooks Brothers and smell like money. And now, to quote a wholly inappropriate flick for the context, “They have a cave troll.” A faction of NBA agents have been ramping up pressure on Billy Hunter and the union officials to decertify the union, paving the way for…

  20. Lockout Friday night video highlights: Earl the Pearl Monroe

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:28 AM EST

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    My all-time favorite ballplayer was Earl Monroe. Earl the Pearl. Yeah, he was nice. See, everybody remember him from the Knicks, you know, when he helped win that second championship and everything like that. I’m talking about when he was with the Bullets down at Winston-Salem Stadium… before that game, with 42 points a game…

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