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  1. Update: It’s official, Rick Adelman is Timberwolves new coach

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 5:45 pm: It’s official, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has two sources confirming what has been expected — Rick Adelman is the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Expect and official announcement from the team soon. That’s twice now that Kevin Love broke on twitter that the Wolves hired  a new coach.…

  2. Andray Blatche’s coloring book for children. It’s awesome.

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Blatche coloring book

    When I think about who I want teaching my young daughters life lessons, the first name that comes to mind is Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards. He of the Lapdance Tuesdays where there was no lapdancing. He of the ungodly natural talent but lacking the maturity and mental will to really exploit those gifts.…

  3. Is Rick Adelman really a good fit for young Minnesota?

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Rick Adelman is in negotiations to become the next head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This should be quick and clean because as we’ve said before, the Timberwolves knew the price ballpark coming into the talks — $5 million per year and maybe five years guaranteed. There should be no sticker shock. I’ve also been…

  4. NBA fined Michael Jordan $100,000 for talking lockout

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Last month, when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan talked to a paper in Australia about the lockout, our initial reaction was to start a fine countdown. David Stern said he was going to fine any team executives who talked publicly about the lockout, and when it comes to fines Stern is a man of his word.…

  5. On the NBA’s perpetually underpaid non-scorers

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

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    It doesn’t take too much game-watching acumen to follow the ball as it goes through the hoop and praise the shooter who put it there, but there’s a certain concentration that’s required in following the game’s off-ball action. The gravitational pull of a basketball is undeniable; the most amazing things on the court happen in…

  6. Fisher denies texting players about staying in shape for season

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Essentially, NBA players union president Derek Fisher went on twitter today to deny telling players they should get in shape for the upcoming season while saying they should be doing exactly that. That’s some lockout logic. We told you about reports Derek Fisher texted NBA players telling them to be in case training camps open…

  7. What the Spurs should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the San Antonio Spurs. 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: Best team in the NBA until the last night of the season.…

  8. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  9. Does anybody want to go to Milwaukee? Przybilla does.

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    Milwaukee does not usually come up on top of a player’s list of desired free agent destinations. That despite the city’s fantastic array of bratwursts eateries. But Joel Przybilla is the exception — hw wants to come back and play there. Przybilla is a free agent looking to hook on somewhere next season as a…

  10. Jason Kidd wants to play “two or three” more seasons

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Jason Kidd will turn 39 next March, and last season father time started to catch up with the old man and his game (he shot just 36.1 percent for the season, for example). But he’s a cagey veteran who can still lead, play some physical defense, make the right pass and knock down threes —…

  11. Video: Joakim Noah in an ad for Le Coq Sportif (a good one)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Noah of France is challenged by Javtokas of Lithuania during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Group E basketball game in Vilnius

    Joakim Noah is not the guy on the Chicago Bulls that usually picks up the cool endrosements and ads. Derrick Rose gets all the good stuff. Or, did. This is a pretty cool little ad for the French sporting clothing and shoe company Le Coq Sportif featuring Noah (who is French, in case you forgot).…

  12. Shaq says he told Celtics not to trade Perkins (and talks Kobe)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:09 AM EST

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Shaquille O’Neal feels like a lot of Celtics fans do — that the Celtics shouldn’t have traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the deadline last season. But Shaq went a step farther telling GM Danny Ainge he might not be back and not to make the trade. That’s just one of the interesting things…

  13. Deron Williams begins play with Besiktas in Turkey

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:50 AM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Despite many, many people’s predictions that Deron Williams would never play a minute for Besiktas, the Turkish team based in Istanbul, Williams in fact started his tenure with Besitkas this weekend. From NetsDaily on Saturday: Deron Williams adventure began earlier than expected Saturday when his Besiktas Black Eagles beat perennial Euroleague power Montepaschi Siena, 93-91, in…

  14. Report: Fisher sent players text saying to be physically ready for season

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    If you believe that if there’s smoke, there’s fire, then this post is going to make you pretty happy about the state of affairs in the NBA lockout discussions. If you’re the type that believes if there’s fire, there’s fire, then this will simply give you something else to consider as nothing but white noise.…

  15. The NBA equivalent of high school drama: Silver hangs out with agency head

    Sep 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    All this is missing is some guy who knows this girl who saw Billy Hunter pass out at 31 Flavors last night. (It seemed pretty serious.) Okay, so Adam Silver goes to the US Open last week, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. No biggie. He had a long day in negotiations, wanted to unwind,…

  16. Andray Blatche says he’s totally matured

    Sep 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche has a world of talent. Long, with scoring versatility and an offensive viciousness, he’s not lacking for ability. But he’s never shown the mental component to cash in on the talent. Consider that as a stretch four in the first year after of his mega-extension, he shot 32% from the 16-23 range. He…

  17. Udonis Haslem: Super happy optimistic guy…?

    Sep 11, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Udonis Haslem is not a pleasant dude to talk to. I’m sure to friends and family he’s a right cuddly teddy bear. But to media, his reaction to most everything falls between dull boredom and outright disgust. It’s like if Oscar the Grouch could kill you. Pretty much that. But apparently he’s got a pretty…

  18. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

    Emanuel Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrat

    Coming in to the FIBA Americas tournament, anything less than making the championship game — and with that earning a berth in next summer’s Olympics — would have been a let down for Argentina. They were the best team in the tournament on paper with a lineup that included Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino…

  19. What’s the value of an athlete’s apology? Does it matter for LeBron?

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

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    People tend to forget (or they don’t want to hear it), but LeBron James did apologize to Cleveland and fans for “how it all went down” with the decision. Of course, those comments came in May after the Heat had eliminated the Celtics from the playoffs, and were of the sentiment that “sorry, but I…

  20. Oh, good. Dan Gilbert is one of the “hawk” lockout leaders. Great.

    Sep 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    On Friday, ESPN broke down the positions of the 30 owners in the NBA, and where they stand on both revenue sharing and whether they are a “hawk” or a “dove” in terms of missing the season to get a CBA in strong support of the owners. There’s a lot of really interesting information in…

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