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  1. Video: Best of Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown has been working its way across the country this spring and into the summer, with some of the best amateur dunkers in the nation putting on a real show. Because you will not get to see some fun competition and highlight dunks from Summer League this year — thank you…

  2. Would a hard cap really be good for small markets?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    When we talk about a hard cap, we wonder how the Lakers at $90.4 million, or the Magic at $89.9 million, or the Mavericks at $86.6 million would get under those numbers. (For all of you out there that thought Dallas winning the title was a triumph of building a team over buying one, know…

  3. Report sees fans in San Antonio, Boston quick to return after lockout

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    Let’s say the lockout does end up costing part of a season, we have already talked about how a league that has picked up so much momentum with casual fans will be kicking that to the curb and have a lot of rebuilding to do with fan bases. But which teams will bounce back quickest.…

  4. NBA season ticket holders will get refunds if games missed

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    Before the season has even ended the calls start coming in to make sure you are going to get — and pay for — your season tickets for next year. You have to sign up (to keep your seats) before you know what your team will do in the draft or free agency — before…

  5. Report: Spurs, Knicks called Cavaliers about Casspi

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    The only really interesting pre-lockout trade in the NBA was the Cavaliers sending J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a future pick (likely first rounder but there are a number of protections on it). Generally, it is thought the Kings won that trade (they got the better player). But there is…

  6. Ibaka, Landry, Kirilenko join European rumor mill

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    As the NBA lockout drags out more and more NBA players are going to end up talking about or being rumored as headed to Europe. Today’s list is headed up by free agent forward Carl Landry, who has interest from Armani Jeans Milano, according to the Gazetta della Sport (via Hoopshype). With all the rumors…

  7. NBA players lockout tour of China has to win over government first

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Derrick Rose could lead a barnstorming tour of NBA players through China. So could Kobe Bryant. A few agents out there are pitching the idea of a lockout tour of China this fall and it is gaining momentum for the players. But they better check with the Chinese government first. Because while it sounds like…

  8. PBT’s RetroBall: Pistons-Bulls ’89 and Jordan’s good bad day

    Jul 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you…

  9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar apparently big Billy Corgan fan

    Jul 3, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    When you woke up this morning you probably said to yourself, “If there is one thing I would like to see today, it is Kareem Abdul-Jabber smashing a pumpkin.” We’ve got that for you. Just watch the video below (via SLAM). And with it comes Kareem pimping the new Smashing Pumpkins album. Only in America.…

  10. John Calipari opens up Kentucky facilities to former Wildcats locked out

    Jul 3, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    John Calipari’s recruiting abilities seem to border on the magical. He’s pulled in three of the last four Rookies of the Year, and his current class features what is likely the top pick (Anthony Davis), along with what could be at least two other lottery selections in 2012. In short, it’s completely absurd what kind…

  11. Report: Real Madrid has a Rudy Fernandez plan

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez goggles

    HoopsHype brings us the following from Mundo Deportivo (translation via Google Translate, and is rough): Real Madrid has offered for Rudy to become the highest paid player in the history of the ACB. His proposal is for six seasons and yearly amounts would be close to 3 million euros. The club accepts that Rudy would…

  12. Deron Williams signs with new agent, Jeff Schwartz

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    It’s been a year of changes for Deron Williams. He had a baby girl, he got traded from the Jazz to the Nets, he had wrist surgery; it was a whirlwind year. And now another change has come. Williams has signed with a new agent, Jeff Schwartz. It’s almost as big of a deal for…

  13. Nets really want to land Dwight Howard. Shocking, I know.

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Deron Williams has chosen his new agent, Jeff Schwartz, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. An agent with a lot of NBA pull and a roster of 20 clients he represents (including Paul Pierce, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom). Williams can opt out of his contract next summer and is expected to do…

  14. Rockets draftee Motiejunas sees lockout, will stay in Europe

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA v Lithuania - 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship

    This was one of the reasons you saw a lot of teams drafting international players in this year’s draft. Rockets first round pick Donatas Motiejunas has gotten a look at the NBA lockout situation and decided to stay and develop for another year in Italy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Motiejunas expects to accept an…

  15. Players proposed barnstorming tour of China gains Kobe

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    1st Annual Cartoon Network's "Hall Of Game" Awards - Show

    We told you the other day how the Wasserman Media Group was proposing a barnstorming tour of China next fall by NBA players if the lockout is still dragging out. The Los Angeles Times tells us Kobe Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka is thinking the same thing — and that would give a tour real star…

  16. Kyle Korver saved a turtle

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Hope you like stories like these, ’cause you’re getting a lot of them from now until the lockout’s over. Last May, Kyle Korver was driving down a rural Pennsylvania road. He saw a friend dealing with what looked to be a bloody mess on the side of the road. So he pulled over to help.…

  17. Could NBA players form their own league during the lockout?

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    It’s an insane idea. It requires more financial resources than they currently have. It requires more organization than they currently have. It requires risks the players are unwilling to take. And it is, just in general theory, completely bonkers. But it is an interesting question. Could the players form their own, independent league during the…

  18. Report: How NBA owners turn profits into paper losses

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

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    UPDATE July 2, 11:10 am: We need to make you aware of some flaws in the accounting used by Deadspin (and repeated here) in their original post that was the basis of this one. However, I don not believe it changes the overall theme that completely legal and widely accepted general accounting principles allow an…

  19. Blazers were aware of Roy’s knee issues when they signed him to a max contract

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Former GM Kevin Pritchard went on John Canzano’s radio show in Portland to talk about his time and experience with the Blazers before he was (randomly) fired, and his thoughts on the league going forward. During the interview, Pritchard left an interesting bit of information out there regarding the decision to grant Brandon Roy his…

  20. Report: Sonny Weems is headed to Europe as the floodgates open

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Sonny Weems will be the first to say “screw it” and head overseas for the lockout. With Weems a restricted free agent, even after the Raptors extended a qualifying offer before Friday’s lockout was imposed, Weems was eligible to sign elsewhere, and has. Hoopsworld reports the young wing is on the verge of signing a…

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