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  1. NBA players returning to Seattle for exhibition

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Seattle_Sonics

    It was five years ago Tuesday that the Seattle Sonics were sold to the group — Clay Bennett’s The Professional Basketball Club, LLC — that a couple years later would move them to Oklahoma City. Kevin Pelton has a must-read post on his recolections of that day. There are a lot of good basketball fans…

  2. Iverson talks Turkey, legacy, wanting back in NBA

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson has been there and done that. We mean he’s done just about everything, including playing overseas. While NBA players are now flirting with European teams during the lockout, Iverson spent last season playing for Besiktas in Turkey (the team that signed Deron Williams). Well, when he wasn’t injured. In an interview with CSNPhilly.com…

  3. Howard doesn’t think the Magic get enough love from media

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard, you do not get to have it both ways. The center was in Paris recently, part of a promotional tour by adidas, and said the Magic do not get enough love from the American media. It was part of an interview with the French magazine Reverse, transcribed by web site TalkBasket. “I really…

  4. NBA “European vacation” roundup: Kobe a long shot

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the NBA lockout drags out — and the two sides are not expected to talk seriously until August — the rumors about NBA players heading overseas continue. All these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt — for one, international basketball governing body FIBA has yet to rule if an NBA player…

  5. Timberwolves may still interview Bickerstaff

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Bickerstaff

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a fast start with interviews — Terry Porter and Mike Woodson have sat down with Wolves management, Don Nelson has spoke to them on the phone and likely will get an interview. But don’t count out Bernie Bickerstaff, tweets beat writer Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Expect Timberwolves…

  6. Yao Ming walks away from NBA, makes retirement official

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming — the former No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Rockets who for several years was the best center in the game and who helped globalize the NBA by making it the most popular American sport in China — made his retirement official in a ceremony Wednesday in China. Ongoing foot problems —…

  7. France gets insurance so Parker, others to play in EuroBasket

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

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    France is going to have one very good team at FIBA’s EuroBasket, where the 2012 London Olympic qualifying takes place. And it’s all due to their ability to purchase insurance. Due to the NBA lockout guys with NBA contracts no longer have insurance when they play international competitions. If countries don’t get the insurance, key…

  8. Timberwolves lay off “10 to 12″ employees

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    More depressing lockout news, from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune: Three weeks into the lockout,#Timberwolves have laid off 10 to 12 employees on the operation’s business side, a league source tells me. Sigh. Please let this lockout end soon.

  9. Berger: full labor session “not likely before August”

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The invaluable Ken Berger of CBS.com has the story: While the basketball world was obsessed Tuesday with the release of an NBA schedule that may never happen, CBSSports.com has learned that the owners and players may not convene for another full-blown collective bargaining session until August. It is up for interpretation, however, whether that would…

  10. Villanueva may play in Dominican Republic if there is a lockout

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Jorge Sierra of Hoopshype.com has the story: Like many other NBA players before, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva says he will also contemplate the possibility of playing abroad. But with him, it will not be China or Europe. “I’m actually leaning towards likely playing in Dominican Republic, my home country,” Villanueva texted when asked about overseas options. “If…

  11. George Hill is going to miss watching Ginobili play nightly

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 6

    Here’s what we learned about George Hill today — not a fan of Whataburger. Big fan of Gregg Popovich’s jokes (if you like dry humor you’d like his jokes, too.) But what did Hill tell butthegameison.com he would miss most after the trade? When asked to rate how much he would miss seeing Manu Ginobili…

  12. This is Andrew Bynum parking in a handicapped spot

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Bynum Parking

    Yep, that’s Lakers center Andrew Bynum parked in a handicapped spot while doing a little bit of shopping. Whatever the fine for parking in a handicapped spot is, Bynum can almost certainly pay it, but that’s not a good karma move, Mr. Bynum. My favorite part about this “controversy” is that the lot doesn’t even…

  13. Miami gets cakewalk early (and other schedule thoughts)

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    The NBA’s schedule for the season is out and for at least one day we are going to ignore those ominous lockout clouds and pretend it’s just another sunny July day. With a full season ahead of us. With that, some follow up thoughts after our first glance post earlier today. • The Miami Heat…

  14. No Ty Lawson, NBA players can’t file for unemployment

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Lawson_Ty

    The couple times NBA players have made jokes about “looking for work” they have felt the backlash quickly — for most of the United States trying to fight its way out of a deep recession, that’s not funny. Which brings us to Ty Lawson, the Nuggets point guard who tweeted: i wonder if i can…

  15. Shaq talks about Heat’s “big two.” Somewhere Bosh shrugs.

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    All last season Dwyane Wade and LeBron James did their press conferences together, usually well after Chris Bosh cleaned up in the locker room, came out and did his by himself. That combined with Bosh scoring 7 fewer points per game than either of the other two, and the fact the other two took over…

  16. NBA Schedule released, here are your highlights

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    This NBA season is shaping up to be a fun one. Yes, we know, we know… IF there is an NBA season. But deep down we want to believe that the owners and players are too smart to piss away all the momentum the league has built up. For today we’re going to move ahead…

  17. Kobe speaks in China about Yao Ming’s impact

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:00 PM 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

    Yao Ming is expected to officially announce his retirement Wednesday at a press conference in China. (And good on the NBA league office for clearing Rocket officials to go to the event in spite of the lockout). As you read this, Kobe Bryant is in China, the latest of his annual trips to China to…

  18. Dwyane Wade sues twitter, email hackers

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Is there any athlete or celebrity out there who hasn’t claimed to have their twitter account hacked? Dwyane Wade is serious about his alleged hackers, though. He has filed a lawsuit against unnamed defendants who allegedly hacked into his twitter, Yahoo email and some other social media accounts, according to the Dallas Business Journal (the…

  19. David Stern to meet with FIBA leaders in New York

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Officially, none of this is about the lockout and NBA players going overseas… unless that somehow comes up. NBA Commissioner David Stern has a meeting set up with FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann this week in New York. With all the talk of players going overseas would say “what a coincidence” but everyone involved said…

  20. ‘Melo back in Denver Nov. 16… if there’s a season

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    The official schedule release isn’t until later on Tuesday — so if you want to know when Toronto plays Minnesota you’ll have to wait — but some of the marque games are leaking out. Like when Carmelo Anthony returns to the Pepsi Center in Denver. It isn’t exactly LeBron returning to Cleveland, but it’s not…

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