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  1. Bargnani denies rumors of return to Italy, Ashley Madison

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:28 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Like pretty much everyone else who has ever been linked to AshleyMadison.com, Andrea Bargnani is denying everything. He doesn’t even know what you are talking about. Bargnani had been linked to a deal with Virtus Roma for $2 million with AshleyMadison.com — a controversial Web site that helps married men and women who want to…

  2. Update: Dirk Nowitzki will throw out first pitch for Game 3

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE 10:01 pm: Bud Selig has seen the mistake, stepped in and has saved the day. Hey, it happens, a broken clock is right twice a day. After seeing the public backlash and realizing they looked like fools, Selig and Major League Baseball stepped in and said “what do you mean we said Dirk Nowitzki…

  3. Video: NBA lockout fundraiser… yes, it’s a joke

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    money

    Since there hasn’t been much to laugh about during the lockout and the recent negotiating sessions, we bring you this from the people at Jest.com. What if players had to fundraise like schools, churches and other organizations to make up the $400 million the two sides have been apart? Watch it, you could use the…

  4. Players, owners see incremental progress on second long day of meetings

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    Representatives of the NBA owners and players have sat in the same room with federal mediator George Cohen for more than 24 hours over two days. That will have to do for progress; the two sides do not have a deal yet. But while there was no breakthrough, there was some progress on the key…

  5. This is a video from Russia of Andrei Kirilenko dancing the Macarena

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    Kirilenko Tattoo

      I’m guessing that this was hosted by Kirilenko’s new Russian team, which would honestly make me look at the Heat’s “welcome party” from last off-season in an entirely new light. (I’m not sure if I would like it more, I’d just think of it differently.) If Kirilenko’s giant World of Warcraft back tattoo had…

  6. Blake Griffin cuts foot, will miss OKC charity game

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Clippers forward, reigning Rookie of the Year, reigning Dunk Contest Champion, and former Oklahoma college superstar Blake Griffin will not be playing in a star-studded exhibition game this Sunday because of a cut he suffered while in the ocean: Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin has been forced to pull out of the…

  7. What the Pistons should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Detroit Pistons

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Indiana Pacers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. Last Season: Other teams lost more games. Other teams had worse injuries.…

  8. Report: Kobe, LeBron to lead stars on world exhibition tour

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    We’ve been hearing rumblings and kind of waiting to see when a huge, star player barnstorming tour would gain some traction. One that features Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and many others. It has — and the fact it gets leaked on a key day of NBA labor negotiations is no coincidence…

  9. Maybe we should let LeBron finish his career before we decide his legacy

    Oct 19, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    Magic Johnson made a lot of friends around the Internet when he smacked around LeBron James the other day. Charles Oakley joined in. Cracking on LeBron as not all he could be has become a national past time. Saying he is not clutch because he doesn’t have a ring has somehow become accepted truth for…

  10. Coach K concerned about how lockout impacts Olympic team

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Right now, Mike Krzyzewski is thinking and talking Duke hoops. That and how to keep the pesky father of Austin Rivers (some guy everyone calls “Doc”) from butting in at team practices. But a few weeks ago he was in Las Vegas with some fellow coaches thinking 2012 London Olympics. Coach K, head coach for…

  11. Hamed Haddadi signs to play in native Iran during lockout

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

    Haddadi_Hamed

    There are a number of NBA players who have signed deals of various lengths overseas — more than 60 now. But this one is a little unique. Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is headed back to his native Iran to play during the NBA lockout. His deal has an opt out to return to the Grizzlies,…

  12. PBT Poll: Do you think there will be an NBA season?

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Even with a well respected federal mediator in the room, things are not going great between the NBA owners and players. The two sides met for 16 hours Tuesday with little real progress to show (but they are back at it Wednesday). Which leads us to wonder: Do you think there will be an NBA…

  13. Winderman: NBA should make D-League into true minor league

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

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    Somehow, you get the sense the ancillary issues in the NBA’s collective-bargaining agreement aren’t exactly receiving prime focus during these marathon mediation sessions. At this stage, you basically take the league’s substance-abuse program from the expired CBA, update with a few new pharmaceuticals, and reinsert those pages in a new agreement. To a degree, that…

  14. David Stern’s PR tactics compared to picking up a woman

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    David Stern

    The NBA owners are winning the public relations battle. Not because the owners are in the right, they are not. But rather we know the players and can’t relate to them and their salaries, even when they offer to take less money (which they have). Also, David Stern is far better at the PR game…

  15. Moral concerns with sponsor holds up Bargnani to Italy

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Andrea+Bargnani

    For maybe the first time ever, the Vatican may be holding up a basketball signing. We told you yesterday that Virtus Roma was close to signing Andrea Bargnani because they had found a sponsor to pick up the tab — AshleyMadison.com. For those unfamiliar, it is a site designed to help spouses looking to cheat…

  16. Little progress made in 16 hours of labor talks. That’s not good.

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    We’re past the point where saying “at least they’re still talking” makes me feel very good. Yet that’s the only real takeaway from Tuesday’s marathon NBA labor negotiation session. NBA owners and players met for 16 hours on Tuesday and the best news anybody had to report — all off the record, as there were…

  17. Dark clouds linger over Jonny Flynn

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Jonny Flynn

    Jonny Flynn is only 23 years old, and has just two NBA seasons to his name. He has yet to play in a system that suits him, or for a coach with a legitimate ability to elevate the play of his roster. He was drafted into an unfavorable situation, undercut before he even began by…

  18. Charles Oakley doesn’t think LeBron James is Michael Jordan

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Is there anyone who thinks that LeBron James is Michael Jordan? Well, besides Scottie Pippen? Charles Oakley doesn’t think so. Of course he didn’t. The MJ contemporary and recent Bobcats assistant coach wanted to make it clear in an interview with Hoopsworld that the two are not in the same class. (Hat tip to Eye…

  19. NBA owners, players meet for 16 hours, back at it Wednesday

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:45 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    NBA owners and players sat across the table from each other for 16 hours on Tuesday, a meeting that bled past 2 a.m. Wednesday. The good news is that after a handful of hours off the two sides will be back at it at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. But reports are saying not a lot…

  20. Bryant Gumbel compares David Stern to “plantation overseer”

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:36 AM EST

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Bryant Gumbel closed out Tuesday night’s new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with some incendiary comments on David Stern — comments made while Stern was meeting with Billy Hunter and the players union, along with a federal mediator. What follows is the entire closing comments, courtesy HBO (the video is below). Know that some players…

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