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  1. Steve Nash didn’t play for Canada but wants to lead team

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    It was a disappointment when Canada — working hard to build up its national basketball team — failed to make even next summers pre-Olympics second chance qualifying tournament this summer. Canada was just not impressive at the FIBA Americas tournament. Of course, they were without the best Canadian player, Steve Nash. Or Tristan Thompson. Or…

  2. Jermaine O’Neal says he likely will retire after next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Two years ago, Boston had a role-playing big man retire in Rasheed Wallace. Last season it was Shaquille O’Neal who retired from the Celtics. Next up, Jermaine O’Neal. At least that’s the plan the 15-year veteran told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com while in Las Vegas for the Impact Competitive Training Series (where O’Neal is…

  3. Isiah Thomas working out Stoudemire in Florida… and Chris Paul

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    Let the Knicks conspiracy theories begin… or are they conspiracy theories if they are true? For those of you who want to deny that former Knicks GM and current Florida International coach Isiah Thomas no longer has influence with his old organization, we bring you this. Current Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is working out with…

  4. Who looked good in Vegas Day 2: J.J. Hickson, Josh Selby

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Phoenix Suns

    Day two of the Impact Competitive Training Series out in Las Vegas saw some interesting run but still lacked star power. That is expected to change, by the way, with the arrival of John Wall on Wednesday. Talking to a couple people there, the style is a wide-open, pickup style. That means it’s pretty entertaining…

  5. New book says Sarah Palin had one night stand with Glen Rice.

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Glen Rice

    There’s a new biography of miss “Paul Revere warned the British” herself Sarah Palin coming out soon, written by Joe McGinniss. Which I am not going to read. Not even for laughs. But fortunately the people over at the National Enquirer did and reported back on it… of course nobody at PBT reads the National…

  6. Stalled NBA labor negotiations get players in Vegas talking

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:17 AM EST

    Sebastian Telfair

    For once, the conversation among NBA players in Vegas wasn’t who was headed to Tao. Like it was everywhere NBA people gathered, the talk was about the stalled talks. The implosion of hope surrounding the NBA labor negotiations. At the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas, players were talking about it and where that…

  7. Report: Five top agents pushing for union to decertify

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:29 AM EST

    Billy Hunter

    A couple months back, agents were pushing to blow up the players union. A group of agents met with players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and urged him to take the aggressive approach of decertifying the union (what the NFL union did right at the start of their negotiations). That followed by and anti-trust lawsuit…

  8. It’s official, J.R. Smith signs to play in China next season

    Sep 14, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    What is the Chinese word for “gunner?” That word might now be J.R. Smith. The talented, athletic Denver swingman who never saw a shot he didn’t like has signed to play in China for next season, according to reports out of China via Nuibball.com as well as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. He will be the…

  9. There’s still hope in NBA talks, but it comes down to money

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EST

    lockout

    Tuesday was not a good day for NBA fans. If you were hoping for an NBA season that will start on time and have 82 games, Tuesday sucked. What is clear right now is that the two sides are far apart, and that while there is time to get a deal so training camps could…

  10. Video: Here’s your chance to watch Steve Nash pick his nose

    Sep 13, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has a public image to uphold, what as the floppy-haired Canadian that Phoenix and America loves. So we’re never going to see him pick his nose or fart on camera… Or, maybe we will. Below is the ad for a VitaminWater contest that you can’t enter (unless you’re one of our loyal Canadian…

  11. Today’s players more athletic than 20 years ago, but are they better?

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Nobody in their right mind wonders if Magic Johnson, Dr. J or Larry Bird could compete in today’s NBA. Certain players would succeed in any era. But could the average NBA player from the 1980s compete in the NBA of 2011? Well, let’s make that 2010 because who knows if there will be an NBA…

  12. Gordon Hayward can get to the rim… against video gamers

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Gordon Hayward, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol

    Last season in Utah, Gordon Hayward was taking twice as many shots from beyond 16 feet as he was at the rim. He doesn’t have the reputation as a guy who can just take you off the dribble and get to the rack. But that is not true… so long as Hayward is playing against…

  13. Artest’s daughter wants to be “World Peace,” too

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Ron Artest

    Finally, World Peace is spreading. Maybe not as we had all hoped, but it is spreading. At least in the Artest household. In the coming weeks Ron Artest is expected to become Metta World Peace (there was some traffic ticket issues to deal with), and now his daughter wants to get in on the act,…

  14. “Disappointing” negotiations lead to talk of half NBA season missed

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Any optimism you had after last week’s NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement talks can be put on the pile of now outdated, useless junk with your Commodore 64 and cassette tape Walkman. Tuesday’s meeting of expanded negotiating teams in New York ended with everyone calling it “disappointing” and saying a deal is nowhere near close. Here…

  15. Winderman: Average NBA player can’t miss full season

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    In many respects, the resolve of the NBA players’ union is laudable. They insist they will not be railroaded into an owner-friendly agreement just to get back on the court. Based on the pessimism coming out of Tuesday’s negotiations in New York, we seemingly are back to the notion that nothing gets done until the…

  16. What the Clippers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This is the latest installment of our “when the lockout ends” series. To see the other teams we have done, follow this link. Don’t worry, we’ll get to your team soon enough. Last season in Los Angeles: The Clippers became what Brazil is to international soccer — everyone’s second favorite team. Blake Griffin changed the…

  17. Rashard Lewis: Don’t blame me for signing a huge contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Massive guaranteed contracts are one of the real touch points of this lockout. Fans and owners can say it’s not fair their team has to pay Eddy Curry or Gilbert Arenas when they are not pulling their weight (or even playing at all). Rashard Lewis has one of those contracts. The Sonics signed him to…

  18. LeBron, Durant, CP3 jump in for Philly vs. Melo game

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    LeBron James

    The summer of pro-am games is about to jump the shark. That comes when all the big names start jumping into every game, representing cities where they have no real connection. The folks in Philadelphia should get a good show, but that seems to be what is happening for the Philly vs. Melo league contest…

  19. Adam Silver not getting fined for talking with agency head

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Over the weekend we told you about the high school drama — one that never would have made the cut as a Friday Night Lights plot — that was NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver sitting at the U.S. Open with Casey Wasserman, head of the Wasserman Media Group, which represents a number of NBA players…

  20. Lamar Odom in Europe? That’s reality television gold, baby.

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Apparently Lakers forward and reality television star Lamar Odom has some interest in playing in Europe next season. Also, apparently Odom does not understand how to work the direct message function of twitter. I say that because of this tweet from Odom: @paugasol it’s ya boy @RealLamarOdom ! My dude really want 2 talk 2…

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