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  1. Josh Smith’s new Adidas spot is sweet, comes with poetry

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks is in a sweet new Adidas commercial for the adiZero Ghost. Josh Smith in an ad I like is in and of itself is a bit of a surprise, but there you go. What really makes this work Shihan, a National Poetry Slam Champion, knocking out the rhymes. Hat…

  2. Luol Deng’s face is on British five-pound note. Take that, Rose.

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    luol-deng

    If you’re going to pay for that cup of Earl Grey tea (hot!) in Brixton, why not use Luol Deng? You can, because Luol Deng’s face has been added to a special “complementary currency” in Brixton, England, celebrating famous people who grew up there. Deng, born in the Sudan but raised in Brixton after his…

  3. Nov. 2 set for first arguments in NBA lawsuit against union

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    lockout

    Before the NBA owners and players union attorneys sat down in a room and argued about how to divide up the fans’ money, they sat down in front of a judge to talk lawsuit. Back in August the owners sued the players union essentially asking the court to say that any attempt by the union…

  4. What the Cavs should do if the lockout ends

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    It wasn’t the best year for the Cavaliers. After finishing with the best regular-season record in the NBA for the second consecutive season in 09-10, the Cavaliers had the longest losing streak in NBA history and finished with the league’s second-worst record in 2010-11. In between the two seasons, Decisions were made. The Cavs’ 2010-11…

  5. Pau, Marc Gasol working out with Barcelona during lockout

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

    Gasol_brothers

    Marc and Pau Gasol are staying home in Spain during the NBA lockout. They’re not going to be playing Call of Duty and eating Doritos then showing up to camp out of shape, however. They found a pretty good place to workout, Sportando tweets. @FCBarcelona_cat officially announce that Marc and Pau Gasol will practice with…

  6. Del Harris to coach Mavericks D-League affiliate

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Del Harris

    The Dallas Mavericks keep bringing in the big names to coach their D-League affiliate the Texas Legends. Last season it was the first woman coach in the league, Nancy Lieberman. She decided to move up to the front office, so former NBA coach of the year Del Harris will step in, the team announced, the…

  7. Expect a “fairly careful” Kobe Bryant to play in Italy

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Talks are moving along for Kobe Bryant to play for Virtus Bologna in the Italian League — if the NBA labor talks stall out in New York, Kobe might really make the jump. Just don’t expect the full Kobe Bryant. Part of what makes Kobe “Kobe” is an unrelenting drive and desire to win every…

  8. Andrei Kirilenko signs three-year deal with CSKA Moscow

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko is returning home to Russia, and if the NBA lockout drags on he may stay there. Kirilenko has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, reports FIBA.com. Kirilenko is an NBA free agent but his Russian deal still has an NBA opt out allowing him to return to the NBA…

  9. Tuesday’s labor talks could salvage season, but don’t bet on it

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The days of “at least they are still talking” being good enough are over. Just the fact that NBA owners and the players union were sitting down in the same room together was progress enough for a while (because that was an improvement). No longer. Unless Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter leave…

  10. Derek Fisher sends letter to players answering agents

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Derek Fisher and the NBA players union is now fighting a war on two fronts — one with the NBA over the new collective bargaining agreement, and one with some player agents. At least it feels that way. Monday six agents sent out a letter to their clients saying not to ratify any labor agreement…

  11. What the Celtics should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    PBT is working its way through what every team in the NBA should do when the NBA lockout ends. To see all the teams we’ve done so far, click here. Today, we talk Boston Celtics. Last season in Boston: The Celtics won 56 games, entered the playoffs as the three seed and smacked the Knicks…

  12. Consider USA, Spain favorites for 2012 London Olympics

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are 298 days left until the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. We, as Americans, expect a gold medal in basketball as our birthright, as we expect inexpensive gasoline and a well-grilled steak. To make sure we get what we want, USA Basketball will be sending its big guns — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant,…

  13. Top agents tell clients to reject any more givebacks in labor deal

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    Top NBA agents may be throwing a monkey wrench into the NBA labor negotiations on the eve of the biggest day of negotiations. Six of the top NBA agents — who are no fan of union chief Billy Hunter and have been worried the union is giving up too much in negotiations — sent a…

  14. Video: Kobe’s Italian movie trailer (for Nike, of course)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    Got to say this for Nike — that is one awesome marketing department. Out of Nike’s Italian sportswear division comes this beauty of a movie trailer for “Milano Kalibro Kobe.” Which is interesting because Kobe was not going to play in Milan…. unless Nike knows something we don’t. Honestly, I’d see this movie. Subtitles or…

  15. Golden State has an impressive front office, if they work together

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Jerry-West

    To me, the Golden State Warriors are starting to look a lot like the Corleone family. You remember, from “The Godfather.” Bear with me and we’ll get to it. Golden State was about as poorly run a basketball operation as there has been in the NBA for two decades. The franchise has made the playoffs…

  16. Examining the NBA role player standard

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    No kid logging hours in their school gym longs to be an NBA role player, but the talent structure of the league dictates that some serve more complementary functions than others. There are those who adorn billboards and there are those who do not, and though superstars make the NBA world (and turnstiles) go ’round,…

  17. Monday NBA labor meetings set table for do-or-die Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Here is where things finally stand — tomorrow is the big deal, best offer, drop-dead date for the NBA labor negotiations. If things go poorly on Tuesday, well, hope you have some NBA games stored on your DVR to watch. There was a five-hour meeting Monday between commissioner David Stern and the heads of the…

  18. Andrew Bogut close to deal to play in Australia

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut is playing down under, mate. Insurance issues had been holding back the biggest name in Australian basketball from signing with a team in his native land, but that appears to have been worked out, according to The Age (via Brewhoop, which has a great breakdown). Bogut and his manager Bruce Kaider have received…

  19. Winderman: Charity games show fans’ passion, market to see NBA elite

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    LeBron James

    How intense is the demand from the NBA market for product? Tickets to the Saturday lockout exhibition at Florida International University that LeBron James is helping promote sold out within two hours Monday. Even though there were no on-line or phone sales, and even though some windows at the school’s box office only took cash…

  20. Zach Randolph says Josh Selby was the steal of the draft

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Josh Selby

    Coming out of high school, Josh Selby was a sure fire lottery pick. Last June, the Memphis Grizzlies scooped the guard up at No. 49. His stock fell fast in Kansas. Then this summer, he has done nothing but impress. I saw him at the Impact Series “lockout league” in Las Vegas and he stood…

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