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  1. How the Kobe, Rose Philippines exhibition came together

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    Being rich has its perks. That essentially is how the two big exhibition games in the Phillipines last week that included Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and four other NBA players came together. It was because Filipino tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan — called MVP by most — decided he wanted it to…

  2. Knicks fans can pay extra to see players go to, from locker room

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Delta SKY360 Club

    Luxury boxes transformed American sports. The revenue from corporations and wealthy individuals who rent out those boxes in majors sports arenas across the nation — followed by the premium seating below them — dramatically changed the revenue streams in all professional sports. Now, it’s about finding more things people will pay a premium for. During…

  3. Don’t expect much out of Monday’s negotiating session

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Finally, one month after the NBA took its ball and went home, the owners and players are going to get back to negotiating next Monday in New York. David Stern, Billy Hunter and all the key players are going to sit down across from each other at a table and have a dialogue about the…

  4. Jalen Rose had a really bad Wednesday

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Jalen Rose played 13 NBA seasons and is now an NBA analyst for ESPN

    Just a quick follow up on a story we covered yesterday. Wednesday was already going to be one of the worst days in Jalen Rose’s life because a judge sentenced him to 20 days in jail for driving under the influence. Back in March Rose crashed his SUV while driving drunk, but fortunately nobody was…

  5. Iguodala says he’s not playing overseas during lockout

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    We’re pretty weary of the “will he or won’t he” game with guys going overseas. But we’re still passing along stuff from the big names guys, because that’s what we do here. With that, Andre Iguodala looks like he’s staying put, according to a tweet from Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Andre Iguodala has…

  6. John Wall destroys some guys at Baltimore game

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Wednesday afternoon, John Wall tweeted he was thinking of jumping in and playing some ball at the Melo Center in Baltimore that night. He decided to go, and the video turned up this afternoon (via The Basketball Jones). Wall went off. This is what happens when you turn a real NBA talent to “destroy” mode…

  7. Calipari to have his Dominican team play his Kentucky guys

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    In case you missed it Kentucky coach John Calipari is the coach of the Dominican Republic’s national basketball team this summer as it tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. They’re a long shot (despite having NBA players Francisco Garcia, Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva), but Calipari wants to help out of the goodness…

  8. Could the lockout mean no NBA players in the Olympics? Maybe.

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The 2012 London Olympics will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team — Bird, Magic, Jordan and a host of other NBA stars putting on a show in Barcelona and reclaiming the gold medal for the United States. That team was the spark that lit the fire of NBA globalization. But it’s possible…

  9. Dwight Howard working out with Hakeem Olajuwon again

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Dwight Howard’s offensive repertoire has expanded greatly over the past few years — the knock on him as a power only player is gone. He has developed a Duncanesque midrange bank shot opponents have to respect — the season the Magic went to the finals in 2009 he shot 28 percent from 10 to 15…

  10. Kevin Love says players enjoyed the Heat losing, too

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Like a scene out of the terrible movie “Sideout,” Kevin Love has somehow become the media darling talking up beach volleyball even though he’s never really played it. (Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly was the only 90s beach volleyball star who refused to be in Sideout because he thought it demeaned the sport. Just another reason…

  11. Nets betting on Brooklyn, new building to sell free agents

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Arena Atrium Barclay Center Brooklyn

    Sometimes, franchises need to change from the ground up. That’s what the New Jersey Nets are doing — new owner (a billionaire Russian playboy), a new star player in Deron Williams (who they are trying to keep) and a new building. The Nets were showing off that new building — the $1 billion Barclay’s center,…

  12. Andrew Bogut an assistant coach with Australian team

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut is not playing for his native Australia this summer as the nation tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bogut is coming off a second surgery on his elbow and there was the issue of getting insurance during the lockout. So instead he is coaching. Here is the note from Sportando (via…

  13. Carmelo Anthony befriends a Panda

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    We bring you this with little comment. Because we have no idea what to say. Carmelo Anthony is in China right now as part of a Nike/Jordan Brand promotional tour. He then sent out this tweet Thursday morning (stateside time): PANDA-MONIUM And the picture below was attached. Enjoy.

  14. Nash not going overseas, wants to stay in Phoenix

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is a homebody. While other players are signing or flirting with teams overseas, Nash said he’s not going. The All-Star point guard is on a promotional tour in China and while Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul said they would consider playing a season in China if the lockout drags on, Nash said no…

  15. Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore officially signs in Italy

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Purdue

    We warned you a few days ago this was likely, and while the location changed the result remains the same. Celtics second round pick E’Twaun Moore has signed with the Italian team Benetton Treviso for next season, reports Sportando. There reportedly is an opt-out clause so if the NBA does start up again he an…

  16. Two former Bucks land on Wisconsin’s tax cheats list

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Public shame to force people to behave is a time-honored American tradition. From the early colonists putting people in the stocks for every minor offense they could think of — one Captain Kemble spent time in them for the horrid crime as kissing his wife on the Sabbath — we have tried to embarrass and…

  17. NBA union head Billy Hunter’s time with Patty Hearst (and more)

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

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    Billy Hunter today is an interesting story. He is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, the man across the table (or will be next week) staring down David Stern in a dispute over how to split up the fans’ money that could set the entire NBA back a decade or more. No…

  18. Apparently Linas Kleiza wants to be Lithuania’s Dr. Phil

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    Let me be up front about this — I really don’t know what is happening with the youth in Lithuania. I don’t know their problems. I can’t figure out Google+, let alone the social pressure on teens on another continent. (But if you want some PBT updates on Google+, find me on there and I’ll…

  19. Video: Here are college students dunking out of a flaming trash can and while being pulled by a motorcycle

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    It's like this, but not in an NBA arena and a much worse idea.

    This is something you don’t see. With reason. Apparently nobody was seriously harmed. Even so, please do not try this at home, or at college, or anywhere, ever. Happy Wednesday, everybody. Hat tip to The Basketball Jones’ J.E. Skeets.

  20. Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez are not best friends

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Marcin Gortat

    After former Magic center and Dwight Howard backup Marcin Gortat was traded to the Phoenix Suns last season, he ended up taking the starting center job from the incumbent Robin Lopez. It didn’t take long at all. In a recent Q+A at a kids’ basketball camp (hat tip to SB Nation’s Seth Pollack), Gortat talked…

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