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  1. Wait, wait, now Kobe Bryant’s NOT talking to Turkey. Wait 30 seconds, there will be another update.

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    So he’s going, but wait, no, no he’s not. Wait, no he is! Totally talking to them! No, wait, no, no he’s not. From Yahoo! Sports: Kobe Bryant is “nowhere near any kind of a deal,” in Turkey, source tells Y! “Not even close.” He’s listening to offers, but that’s all now. via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA:…

  2. Pacers deserve applause for doing right by employees through lockout

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    That’s right. While the Los Angeles Lakers are shredding staffing during the lockout despite making more money every day from merchandising than most teams in the league probably make in ticket sales in an average day, and the league is torching employees while executives still draw huge paychecks, the little old Indiana Pacers are doing…

  3. Larry Brown has an interest in joining the Celtics

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Larry Brown

    Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics have a Hall of Famer coach looking for a job… as an assistant. Larry Brown reportedly is looking to join Doc Rivers’ team on the bench. Despite Brown’s credentials and good relationship with Rivers, the Celtics coach is inclined to promote a well-regarded young assistant on his staff –…

  4. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant show off in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    Saturday, NBA basketball was back. Okay, not really. But NBA players (or former, I guess, considering they’re locked out) played in the Philippines on Saturday in an exhibition against the PBA All-Stars. It was a huge event, with a raucous Filipino crowd chanting and cheering everything. Honestly, it was louder than about 95% of all…

  5. Wolves will interview Don Nelson Sunday

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have talked to Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, and will meet with Rick Adelman on Saturday. Then Sunday the fun begins. From the Minnesota Star-Tribune: Don Nelson has been in town all week prepping for his interview with the Wolves on Sunday. OK, so maybe he arrived here from Hawaii early this week to…

  6. Laid-off Lakers employees not going quietly

    Jul 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Los Angeles Times reports on the status of the employees laid off from the Lakers in the wake of the lockout. The Lakers, who make approximately a bajillion dollars a year due to being the most popular team in the league in the second biggest market, tied with the most NBA championships and featuring one…

  7. Steve Francis accused of sexual assault

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Steve Francis China

    From the office of “unnecessarily depressing news” comes word from TMZ that former Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis is being charged with sexual assault. According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Francis allegedly “groped” a 20-year-old woman through her clothing in May 2010 … and the woman immediately went to the cops to file…

  8. After all that, the Knicks still dodged the luxury tax

    Jul 23, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    The Knicks went from being a money-burning loser to a cost-effective playoff team with two superstars in just a few years under Donnie Walsh. How cost effective? They brought in a second superstar last season in Carmelo Anthony after paying through the nose for Amar’e Stoudemire, and they still dodged the luxury tax. From the…

  9. Video: Yao Ming’s life, career in animated form

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    We leave you with this for Saturday night — how would Taiwanese animators depict the life of Yao Ming (while taking a shot at Charles Barkley)? Exactly like this. Enjoy.

  10. Final NBA revenue numbers in from last season

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s all about the Basketball Related Income (BRI) number. The entire lockout is really about the BRI — length of contracts, hard or soft salary cap, guaranteed deals, revenue sharing are all secondary issues. What matters most is how much pie everyone gets, how you divide it up after that matters less. So we know…

  11. Stephenson apparently “Born Ready” for China or Italy

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    His game makes Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson an interesting prospect. His attitude almost had Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones going after him in the locker room. His arrest for domestic violence had the Pacers keeping him away from the team last summer. He played in just a dozen games for the Pacers last season. He’s…

  12. Zaza Pachulia will not be playing for Beskitas

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

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    From Pachulia’s Twitter: There was lot of talking me going to play for Besiktas during lockout.We couldn’t agree on the therms (sic) and I’m not going to play for them. This just serves as more proof that despite basketball’s surging popularity in Europe and the high level of play over there, European teams don’t have…

  13. Nick Arison, 30, to take over as CEO of Miami Heat

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Micky Arison, Nick Arison

    Micky Arison became CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines at the age of 28. With the money he made from that and other ventures, he took over controlling interest of the Miami Heat 16 years ago. Now he is going to put more time into the carnival business while his son Nick Arison — at the…

  14. Nowitzki, Kaman to suit up for Germany at EuroBasket

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowtizki Germany

    We’ll see how good Germany is as a team, but they have one formidable front line. Dirk Nowitzki has made it official and will play for Germany this summer as the team tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. He will be joined on the front line by Clippers center Chris Kaman, according to…

  15. Video: Brian Scalabrine on The Doctors

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    You know that show on in the middle of the afternoon called The Doctors? Of course you don’t, you have a job. Or a life. Maybe both. Anyway, it’s four doctors of different specialties sitting around talking medical problems. Sort of a Dr. Phil of physical ailments. I only know it exists because my wife’s…

  16. You know it’s late July when Robert Swift rumors start

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Things change. The swallows really don’t come back to Capistrano anymore. Coffee is not 5¢ a cup anymore. Some late July, there will not be rumors about where Robert Swift will play in the NBA. But that year is not this year. We have Robert Swift rumors. Swift — the well inked, of injured center…

  17. Rick Adelman next to interview for Timberwolves job

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

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    The question isn’t if Rick Adelman would do a good job as Timberwolves coach, because he would. He’s done a good job everywhere he’s been, you don’t get a .605 career winning percentage without knowing how to do the job well. The questions are if he wants the job, and if the Wolves will pay…

  18. European veteran warns: This isn’t like the NBA

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    marcus Williams

    Things are different in Europe. What people consider an old building does not mean it went up in 1960. Roads are narrower, the cars smaller. Beer is stronger (which is nice) and the meal portions are generally smaller (which would be good for most Americans anyway). And for all those American-born NBA guys thinking of…

  19. Nick Young with the off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    Lord knows when the next All-Star Weekend and NBA Dunk Contest will be, but I am starting the campaign now to have Washington’s Nick Young as part of it. As my first bit of evidence, I present this dunk from a little summer pickup fun. Off the backboard then between the legs. Damn. Someone doesn’t…

  20. Kobe wants to pass Jordan on all-time scoring list

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    I’m not sure how this is surprising to anyone. In an article discussing how an extended lockout could impact Kobe Bryant’s assault on the record books, Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how Kobe really wants to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list even though Kobe denies it at every…

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