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  1. World All Star Classic tour will go on, minus a few stars

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

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    It will be the biggest summer showcase yet — what the promoters are humbly calling a “showcase of unprecedented proportions” — with a galaxy of NBA stars. Just ignore the few black holes. Even after some defections there will be a World All-Star Classic tour, starting in Puerto Rico on Oct. 30 (Sunday). From there…

  2. Allen Iverson has lined up some big names for Vegas game

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    UPDATE 9:51 pm: The format for this weekend has now been announced. All the players will be broken out into four teams. There will be two games on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Thomas and Mack off the strip in Vegas (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Then on Saturday night all the players will watch…

  3. Report: Hawks sale in jeopardy due to new funding questions

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    Alex Meruelo

    It seemed like a good story — Alex Meruelo was to become the first Hispanic to own an NBA team, and at the same time rescue a good franchise from the clutches of a dysfunctional and unimpressive ownership group. Meruelo was the guy on the white horse, talking big and he already had a press…

  4. Our survey said: Chris Paul to play “Family Feud”

    Oct 26, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    “Let’s play the Feud!” Chris Paul is dragging along his family to be on an episode of “Family Feud,” reports the Times-Picayune (via SLAM). Money he and his family wins will go to the CP3 Foundation (his charity) and the episode will air next Tuesday (although check your local listings). Paul got on the show…

  5. Report: LeBron, ‘Melo, Chris Paul pull out of international tour

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    LeBron James, Chris Paul

    You know that big planned international tour of players going all over the globe? The World All-Star Classic? The legs may have just come out from under it. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul all have pulled out of it at the last minute, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. This was on top of Derrick…

  6. Larry Hughes wants back in the NBA. I want a Maserati.

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Seriously, I do want a Maserati. A 2004 Sypder, ideally. The problem is it’s a tad outside the “blogger affordability index.” Also, as a father of young daughters in car seats, the two-seat convertible Sypder may not be an ideal match for my current lifestyle. Basically, I want it, but it’s not going to happen.…

  7. Rose wants to do away with salary cap. Of course he does.

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Right now, Derrick Rose is an absolute steal for the Chicago Bulls. Thank you, rookie pay scale! The league’s MVP made $5.6 million last season, well below market value, and is due to make just a shade under $7 million next season. Then his rookie deal ends and he’ll get max money (whatever that is…

  8. ESPN column puts cap in owners’ “competitive balance” argument

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    We at PBT have been calling out the owners claim they want “competitive balance” from the start — it’s a more palatable way for small market owners to say they want more money from the players and larger market owners. Phrasing it as an issue of competitive balance is just clever spin, not reality. But…

  9. Rodney Stuckey could play in China, add to NBA’s mid-season free agent mayhem

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    Only a handful of NBA players have officially signed to play in China during the NBA lockout, but another may not be too far behind. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (via Yahoo’s Scoop du Jour blog), Rodney Stuckey is being courted by the Guangdong Southern Tigers, and unlike many other NBA players, actually has…

  10. Video: Tyreke Evans drains game winner at USO showcase

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Hoops For Troops

    It feels almost like the NBA finals again, with guys hitting rainbow jumpers over the outstretched arms of Mike Miller. In this case though, it was Tyreke Evans draining the sweet game-winning jumper over Miller at a showcase event in Hawaii put on by the USO for American military men and women. Great cause. Also…

  11. Can we blame the Lakers television deal for the lockout?

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are still sitting here with an NBA lockout going on and the regular season postponed. David Stern, Billy Hunter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Allen, Derek Fisher, Robert Saver and Bennett Salvatore are all to blame. Oh, wait, not Salvatore. I just blame him for everything…

  12. Big names lined up for “World All-Star Classic” tour (but not Rose)

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    The world-traveling exhibition tour that will feature a number of NBA players will get underway Saturday in Puerto Rico, with plenty of highlights to follow. Not a lot of defense, but a lot of highlights. And we’re starting to get a list of who is on board, via Chris Broussard at ESPN. Kobe Bryant, Dwight…

  13. Report: Raptors close to hiring Stefanski for front office

    Oct 26, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

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    The whole thing went down like the plot of some terrible Hugh Grant romantic comedy. It was on. Then it was almost off. But now it is back on again. We will see if Ed Stefanski and the Toronto Raptors can live happily ever after. The two sides are close to a deal to make…

  14. Report: Owners back off 50/50 split demand. For now.

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    NBA owners and players will be back across the table from each other negotiating on Wednesday. Something they should have been doing every day since talks blew up last Thursday, but we won’t get into that. At least they are talking again. The reason they are talking again is the owners have backed off their…

  15. Report: Real Madrid going to make run at Marc Gasol

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Real Madrid is stacking up quite a team. They have Rudy Fernandez and just added Serge Ibaka to a lineup that is already one of the best in Europe. And now they are going to make a run at Spain’s own Marc Gasol, too. Here is the report from Sportando. According to Marca, Real Madrid…

  16. President Obama also doesn’t understand why there’s a lockout

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

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    If you have the chance to interview the president, do you ask him about the Kardashians and the NBA lockout? Actually, I probably would ask about the lockout, but then again I write about the NBA every day. It’s on my mind. President Barack Obama was on the Jay Leno show Tuesday night and in…

  17. New documentary tracks effort to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    A team of bloggers — more importantly, a team of Kings fans — has started to make a documentary about the effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento. A documentary that talks to everyone: The Kings broadcast team, former team officials, Mayor Kevin Johnson, and fans. Okay, it doesn’t talk to the Maloofs, but they…

  18. Whenever we have an NBA schedule it will be built from scratch

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    There are still NBA games up on your favorite team’s Web site. Log on and you will see most of the approved schedule, every game from Nov. 14 on is listed. It gives you a sense of hope. But know that whenever we have an NBA season, your team’s schedule will look nothing like that.…

  19. Report: NBA labor negotiations to resume on Wednesday

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

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    The pattern continues. First the NBA owners and players have an intense few days of negotiation. Then they break up with one side making an emotional outburst to the media. Then they cool off for a few days. Then they sit down at the table again and talk. And make incremental progress. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.…

  20. Kevin Garnett will get $5 million a year after he retires

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:39 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Kevin Garnett’s glare broke down the NBA negotiations a couple weeks ago. Well, that’s not the truth. The owners spun that story, but do you think they fold just when KG stares? Right. KG is intimidating but not THAT intimidating But it is fair to note that many of the hardliners from the players union…

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