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  1. Serge Ibaka signs to play with Real Madrid during lockout

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

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    Serge Ibaka has been courted by a number of Spanish teams recently — he became a Spanish citizen (he played there before coming to the NBA) which means he doesn’t count against a team’s foreign player limit. That makes him highly prized. Ibaka has agreed to play for Real Madrid during the lockout, the team…

  2. Hunter references a shifting power structure within ownership.

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    Billy Hunter provided enough soundbytes on his appearance on Bill Simmons’ podcast to keep folks entertained for a few days. The “we don’t want to be totally exploited” is the header. Also of note is the reveal of Mark Cuban’s “Game Changer” proposal which proposed no cap and just an aggressive luxury tax. The union…

  3. NBA prospect arrested for failed drug test required after last arrest

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    NCAA Illinois Basketball

    Jereme Richmond was a guy on the bubble of being drafted by an NBA team last June. The Illinois product is a raw but athletic 6’7” swingman, the kind of guy a team might give a camp invite to so they can get a better look. Not likely now. He keeps shooting himself in the…

  4. Reports: NBA will cancel two more weeks of NBA season Tuesday

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:08 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    The good news is that the league isn’t pushing back the start of the season indefinitely, it looks like just two more weeks. Of course the point of missing two more weeks is to make sure the players miss a paycheck and feel some real pain. Well, maybe that’s not good news. Multiple reports (the…

  5. Winderman: Billy Hunter backhands players “intellectual capital,” too

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    The problem with a lack of games is that all we are left with to dissect is the rhetoric. So we parse Bryant Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment on David Stern, even though, with the exception of those with premium cable, the last time we even noticed Bryant Gumbel was during his attempt at NFL Network…

  6. Video: What’s it like to be in a pickup game with Derrick Rose?

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Turns out, if you put NBA MVP Derrick Rose in a pickup game with a bunch of average Joes, he will make you look bad, even going half speed. Remember, he did an event to called “Run with D-Rose” promote his new adiRose 2 shoes (which are about to drop a new all-black version for…

  7. Chris “The Birdman” Andersen works with kids, Rubik’s Cubes

    Oct 24, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

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    There could be a tattoo of a Rubik’s Cube on Chris Andersen. Hard to say. But we can now officially say that the Nuggets colorful shot blocker off the bench is a Rubik’s Cube guy. You remember, the cube you learned how to take apart and put back together with all the colors aligned so…

  8. Union head Hunter: “We don’t want to be totally exploited”

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

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    NBA players union director Bill Hunter sat down with Bill Simmons for an ESPN podcast. Hunter didn’t break a lot of new ground, but you again get to see the players thinking — that the owners are trying to exploit them by driving down salaries so the ultra rich can get richer. Sure, the players…

  9. Video: Rudy Fernandez hits ridiculous three pointer

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Spain's Rudy Fernandez drinks chapmpagne

    The crazy thing is the shot didn’t even count (watch the ref waive it off right after the shot). And the ref is right, Rudy Fernandez pops out for the catch and shoot, pump fakes, draws the foul and then starts his shooting motion. He might have gotten the call in the NBA, but not…

  10. Should the Sixers use the “amnesty clause” on Elton Brand?

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Elton Brand

    Elton Brand has been a let down to fans in Philadelphia. A max deal guy not playing up to his standards in a tough town. His first year there he played just 29 games due to injury. His second season he was back for 76 games but was just average, not fully recovered and stuck…

  11. How does the NBA stack up to the NFL, MLB, and NHL in spending efficiency?

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Periodically, one financially inclined publication or another takes a look at the performance of professional sports teams in relation to their payroll. What typically ensues is just basic division; the outlets divide the total salary cost by the team’s wins, and then rank the teams according to their total cost per win. It’s a fun…

  12. What your team should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    We promise that someday, eventually, the lockout will end. It may not seem like it, but it will. And when it does, it will feel like chaos. There will be a lot of questions and a mad scramble for free agents. The teams that go into that with the best plan will win. In that…

  13. Tyson Chandler says owners are negotiating like “dictators”

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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    We keep trying to give you some insights into the players mindset during the lockout, how they will not back down because they feel the offer from the owners is unfair. As our latest example, we bring you Tyson Chandler of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. He was ESPN radio in Los Angeles (remember he…

  14. Dwight Howard among latest planning charity games

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    As the NBA lockout drags on, the number of charity games featuring NBA players keeps increasing. The latest big name to say he is planning a big charity game in an NBA city is Dwight Howard, who tweeted it out this weekend, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Promising festivities akin to “a Magic All-Star weekend,” Orlando…

  15. Say you’re done, but history shows you’ll come back to NBA

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    That’s it. You’re done. You are going to walk away from the NBA. You’re sick of the pampered millionaire players. You’re sick of the hardline, greedy NBA owners. This lockout — now at day 116 with no talks scheduled and some games cancelled — has pushed you over the edge. You are walking away from…

  16. Where we stand with NBA labor talks. Besides screwed.

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The NBA owners and players will not be getting together on Monday to look for an end to the lockout. There are a few key things that separate the NFL from NBA lockouts — primarily that the NFL is a money making machine and the NBA’s profitability is questionable at best — but one key…

  17. First stop in Kobe, LeBron world tour already in jeopardy

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s going to happen in some form because the biggest names have signed up — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and others are in for a six-game world exhibition tour. ESPN’s Ric Bucher reports that 14 players have inked deals. But it’s not that simple to put together a tour, and already…

  18. Players talk lockout, sticking together at Durant’s event

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Fans are pretty sick of the appetizers — charity games like the one Kevin Durant hosted Sunday in Oklahoma City — they are ready for the main course. They want NBA basketball back. As it was at every one of these games for the past month, most of the questions thrown at the players are…

  19. Video: Top 10 plays from Kevin Durant’s charity game

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Kevin Durant gave the fans in Oklahoma City what they have been dying to see — a huge game from Michael Beasley. No? Well, Beasley did have 56 points in Durant’s Sunday charity game in Oklahoma City, showing that when he plays in a game with no defense he can score (he was almost scoreless…

  20. Amar’e Stoudemire pitching half-hour comedy show?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Fashion's Night Out At Macy's Herald Square

    Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t just working out with Isiah Thomas and talking about forming a players’ league. Apparently he’s also becoming an entertainment force. And that includes his own show. “The Amar’e Stoudemire Super-Fun Existentialist Discovery Half-Hour!” Okay, that’s not the name (but it should be). Anyway, from the Hollywood Reporter: Earlier in October, New York Knicks…

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