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  1. Carmelo Anthony defends his defense

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is not a good defensive player. That’s not just me talking, after ‘Melo was traded from Denver to New York Nuggets coach George Karl told TNT his team would be much better on defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on that end. Anthony took exception to that…

  2. On Aaron Brooks and life after Steve Nash in Phoenix

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Aaron Brooks

    Steve Nash has defined the Phoenix Suns franchise since the summer of 2004, but every passing day brings the Suns that much closer to parting with their only remaining star. Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire have all come and gone, and the last great remnant of the Suns team that embarked on Seven…

  3. What the Bobcats should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Charlotte Bobcats. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. Last season: Hope that four-game sweep in the playoffs was fun/worth it,…

  4. Did Carmelo Anthony call Rick Fox a Hall of Famer? Um…

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    I like Rick Fox. Smart, underrated role player on some very good teams — the Lakers recognized this and picked him up to go along side Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Great fit. But Fox was not a great player. Well, I think that and you think that. Apparently Carmelo sees things differently. ‘Melo was…

  5. Kevin Durant to host star-studded charity game in OKC

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    The NBA player charity game circuit is coming to America’s heartland. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant had talked about setting up a game in OKC and apparently he has pulled it off and it will become official on Wednesday, reports the Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is making good on his promise…

  6. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire posterizes Blake Griffin poster

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    Stoudemire_dunk2

    We told you that Amar’e Stoudemire was working his way around the ESPN campus talking lockout and pimping his new shoes yesterday. But that was not the best part. This video is, when Stoudemire plays some nerf ball against a Blake Griffin poster. (Via The Point Forward at Sports Illustrated)

  7. NBA owners play “ultimate game” poorly, so players won’t cave

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    derek Fisher

    I have been asked this question a number of times in the last 48 hours — why don’t the players just take the owners 50/50 offer and get back on the court? Because the players see the offer as patently unfair. You can argue all you want that if they took the owners last formal…

  8. Could the NBA’s level of play be better with fewer games?

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    NBA basketball spaulding

    There is not going to be a full NBA season with each team playing 82 games this year. That’s a bad thing in the “these idiots are missing games because they can’t decide how rich each side will be” kind of way. But could it be good for the quality of basketball in the league?…

  9. Stoudemire hopes for labor deal… or new players league

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Someone out there is still hopeful. Amar’e Stoudemire is hopeful. But if that hope is misplaced he has another idea. Amar’e Stoudemire was making the rounds of the ESPN campus on Tuesday to pimp his new shoes, but all anyone wanted to talk about was how he couldn’t wear those shoes on a court right…

  10. Report: Kobe Bryant close to $2 million, one-game deal in Italy

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    I’ll believe it when I see him walk on the court in another uniform, but the Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors remain the cockroach of rumors and will not go away. But if it were to happen, this new one-game “Kobe night” rumor makes more sense. That is the latest report out of Italy via…

  11. President Obama “a little heartbroken” over NBA lockout

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama has problems, ones that dwarf yours and mine. In the best of times the president has life-or-death issues to deal with daily, and these are not the best of times. Like you and me, he needs an occasional escape rom those problems. Like you and me, the NBA and basketball can provide…

  12. Charles Barkley may donate TNT salary as lockout drags on

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley likes money. A lot. You really can’t underestimate this. He just doesn’t want to be given money he hasn’t earned. (Insert your own craps table joke here, I’m not going there.) His contract with TNT as an NBA analyst has him getting paid whether there is a season or not. So while the…

  13. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union cannot win the public relations war — the fans will side with the owners, especially after the blunder-filled “let us play” twitter campaign Monday — and their only hope of salvaging what they have of the last labor deal is to stay unified. So far that has gone well — with…

  14. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    money

    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  15. Winderman: The NBA should contract incompetent owners

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

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    This can’t be what David Stern signed up for. NBA commissioner? He’s more like Big 12 commissioner. The Lakers, Knicks, Heat? Those are his versions of Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, teams that want to play big, spend big. The difference is this isn’t the BCS, and his teams can’t leave for places where the big…

  16. What the Knicks should do when the lockout ends…

    Oct 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Miami Heat. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. Last season: Quite the wild ride for ye old Knickerbockers last season.…

  17. Video: Dwight Howard on Extreme Home Makeover

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Extreme Home Makeover has got some NBA touches this season — reportedly Kobe Bryant will make an appearance later this season. But first up on the weekly feel-good show, Dwight Howard. He talks with a basketball-loving young girl who lost a leg saving her sister’s life. It’s about as good a cause as you’re going…

  18. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  19. Drew Gooden taking flight into the wings business

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    GOODEN_DREW

    Drew Gooden has some money to invest — he’s made more than $43 million in his NBA career so far and has the Bucks on the hook for $26.4 million more over four years (hello Gilbert Arenas clause?). He’s investing that in wings. Well, more accurately he’s investing in the idea that the people of…

  20. Brandon Bass raps about the lockout, “billion dollar dreams”

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Brandon Bass

    Protest music has a long, powerful heritage here in the United States. But it’s a little harder to buy from millionaire NBA players. I’m on their side and I still find the players’ posture in this annoying at best (stop with the “let us play” line, for example, because if you really did just want…

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