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  1. Some NBA players set up contracts so they get paid during lockout

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Al-Farouq Aminu Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Al-Farouq Aminu is still getting checks from the Los Angeles Clippers. Anticipating a potentially nasty lockout that dragged on, a few guys set up special contracts in recent years that stretched out their payments from last season into this year, according to the USA Today (via CBSSports Eye on Basketball): Aminu, a rookie last season,…

  2. Agents to meet with union president to talk decertification

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    In it’s back pocket, the National Basketball Players Association — the NBA players union — has a bomb it could drop. During the season, it got the paperwork signed by players that would allow for decertification of the union. If filed this would end the union, allowing some players to then sue the league. It’s…

  3. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club officials in August

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    We’re still not sure how serious this is from Kobe’s side, but Turkish club Besiktas — the club that signed Deron Williams to play for them next fall and had Allen Iverson last season — is still trying to court Kobe Bryant. The club’s very talkative coach explained to the Los Angeles Times how the…

  4. LeBron, reportedly the one star not “open” to Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Chris Paul is the latest NBA star “open” to playing in Europe next season if the NBA lockout drags on. He joins Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and a host of others who are open to the idea. Personally, I’m open to dating Scarlett Johansson. I’m open to winning the…

  5. Report: Kyle Weaver signs deal to play in Germany

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    weaverthunder

    There are NBA players threatening to go overseas just to try and put leverage on the NBA labor discussions, showing the owners they have options. They are guys not likely at all to put pen to paper. Then there are guys who spent the last couple years in the NBA but for whom a jump…

  6. Kevin Durant does have ink. Lots of it.

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Durant tattoos

    Everyone likes Kevin Durant. Over at CBSSports Eye on Basketball, they put together a “likability index” — NBA players you just like the most based on game and personality — and Durant came out on top. He’s the league’s two-time scoring champ, led the USA to gold in the FIBA World Championships, has a pure…

  7. Knicks promise fans refunds if.. er, when games are missed

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Spike Lee

    NBA season ticket holders have to pay early to get their seats at a “discounted” rate for the next season — usually before the playoffs are over, before free agency has begun. Or in the case of this year, before they know if there will be games this fall. Hundreds of thousands of people —…

  8. Lockout or no, Hornets need to sell season tickets

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    hornetssale

    The New Orleans Hornets have a goal — sell 10,000 season seats. It’s at the heart of a plan to bolster the bottom line of the franchise and make it more attractive to a local buyer. It also kicks in provisions of the lease that make it hard to move the team out of town.…

  9. Wojnarowski: Pistons set to hire Lawrence Frank

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s the report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: Lawrence Frank is Detroit’s choice to be its next head coach, and formal offer imminent within next 24-36 hours, league sources tell Y! Frank is currently the lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, and his most recent head coaching gig was with the New Jersey Nets.…

  10. John Salmons has a clothing line

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Salmons Clothing Line

    When you think style, you think Salmon. John Salmon. Um, okay, neither did we, but the man is coming out with his new clothing line. Seriously. Here’s the press release, with a hat tip to the invaluable Basketball Jones: Debuting spring 2012, Salmons & Brown offers clean, tailored styles with a little edge. Partner John…

  11. Union VP Etan Thomas near deal with Spanish club

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Warning: What follows is not good news for those of us hoping the lockout ends before the season starts. (Also, it’s pretty clearly posturing by the NBA players union.) NBA veteran Etan Thomas, most recently of the Atlanta Hawks but now a free agent, is close to a deal with a Spanish club, Hoopshype reports.…

  12. Westbrook not fazed by criticism

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Russel Westbrook was an impure point guard — shoot first, pass second. Which doesn’t fly when the you have two-time league scoring champion Kevin Durant on your team. You want to get him the rock. That was the conventional wisdom after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs. Conventional wisdom is there for a reason.…

  13. Vince Carter wants to play a couple more years in NBA

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    Vince Carter says isn’t done. That doesn’t mean he has any idea where he is going to land, but he says he has more NBA level basketball in him. Maybe, but you can be sure he’s going to get paid a lot less to do it. The Suns (who traded for him mid-season) are expected…

  14. Derrick Williams wonders how long lockout will last

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    You can’t really blame Derrick Williams for deciding to leave college and enter the NBA draft — even if you’re an Arizona fan. You only get so many kicks at the can, and after a fantastic NCAA Tournament Williams was a clear high draft pick (he went No. 2 overall to Minnesota). While I get…

  15. Goodman League vs. Drew League showdown rosters out

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    The Goodman League is the long-standing pro-am summer league out of Washington D.C. that has seen a lot of NBA players come through it. The Drew League is the long-standing pro-am summer league out of Los Angeles that has seen a lot of NBA players come through it. Both have a streetball feel, both have…

  16. Fisher says NBA players don’t want to follow in NFL’s footsteps

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Sometime very soon, the NFL is going to end its lockout and get back to work, the two sides agreeing on a salary system. Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union, is no fan of the NFL’s hard cap, non-gaurunteed contract system. While the NBA owners are proposing a system that moves in that…

  17. NBA 2K12 covers feature Jordan, Bird, Magic

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    It’s been a buzzing question around NBA video game fans for a while — who would be on the cover of NBA 2K12. Most years you’d think Dirk Nowitzki. Or maybe the big three from Miami. But with a lockout looming, with some of maybe all of a season potentially lost, what would they do.…

  18. Dennis Rodman’s 50th birthday party was all you’d expect

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    At 50, Dennis Rodman parties harder than you do. The soon-to-be Hall of Fame forward turned 50 a couple months back but the birthday party just took place in Las Vegas. TMZ has the photos — including Rodman wearing a lacy black camisole then a couple jackets over it that I could not pull off.…

  19. Bogut says elbow doing “much, much better”

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut’s elbow was not right last season, and it showed. He shot 1.4 fewer shots per game and made a lower percentage of them. Where it was really evident was the free throw line, where his shooting percentage dropped from 62.9 percent down to 44 percent. He went back under the knife after the…

  20. Mozgov signs deal to return to Russia during lockout

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 10:59 am: Timofey Mozgov has confirmed that he did sign with BC Khimki to play during the lockout, speaking with the official EuroLeague site. “I am glad that everything turned out perfectly. I grew up as a player in Khimki and spent great days in here. I have a lot of friends in the team and…

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