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  1. Andre Iguodala doesn’t expect to be traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Rumors had Andre Iguodala almost traded to the Lakers for Lamar Odom, to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, and to the Clippers for Chris Kaman. None of it was true. The Sixers may be gauging the market, but that is different than making a deal. No deal was really likely before the new…

  2. Tony Parker says he may play in France if lockout drags on

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Tony Parker has laid out the more likely path for name NBA players to head to Europe. Speaking with BasketUSA (via Hoopshype), he said that if there are no games come the new year and the NBA is talking about cancelling a season, then he would return to France and play. Parker played four seasons in…

  3. Kobe’s father now head coach of WNBA’s Sparks

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Joe Bryant

    Joe “Jellybean” Bryant — a former NBA player and father of Kobe Bryant — has been promoted to head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Jennifer Gillom was let go over the weekend from the head spot. The Sparks have lost their last five games in a row (4-6 overall) and they have lost…

  4. Free agent Landry says he’d consider playing for Pacers, Bucks

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Carl Landry has options. He’s a solid forward, a guy a lot of teams could use off the bench to provide some solid offense, good defense, a few boards and maybe a midrange jumper or two. New Orleans wants to keep him, but he will have a number of suitors. And of course he has…

  5. Ron Artest bummed about Shaw, may play in England

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest… er, sorry, Metta World Peace is traveling the nation now with a four-stop comedy tour he organized. Because he can. He meets these people because he’s in Hollywood — whether he has “gone Hollywood” is a debate among Lakers fans and frankly management. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times talked to him…

  6. Paul Pierce reaches second day at World Series of Poker

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    If Paul Pierce gets a bad beat at poker, does he need a wheelchair to take him away from the table, only to come back just fine a few minutes later? We have yet to find out, because apparently Pierce can play — he has advanced to the second day of the World Series of…

  7. Stoudemire ‘thinks’ he’s staying in the States

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    So Amar’e Stoudemire was making noise about going to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, which makes all sorts of sense given his history and the union’s ongoing efforts to prove to the owners they don’t need their stupid league anyway. Psych! Stoudemire posted Saturday that he is backing off of that talk, due…

  8. PBT’s RetroBall: Suns-Sonics ’93 and the night Barkley wouldn’t lose

    Jul 10, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends withRetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  9. Jeff Van Gundy: Yao is a Hall of Famer

    Jul 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s going to be a lot of debate in the coming years, now that Yao Ming is retired, about whether or not he’s a Hall of Famer. It’s going to be one of the more interesting debates about the Hall, which always makes for tense discussions. Yao after all led a basketball revolution in China,…

  10. Deron Williams has no fear about playing in Europe, says he’s going ‘for the experience’

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    When word came out that Deron Williams was headed to Europe to play for Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul, there was a flurry of questions that came out. Would he really pay for that little money? (Because apparently $200,000 a month is “little.”) What about being away from his family? (You mean like he is…

  11. Kobe Bryant has the will to win… against children

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    This is your standard “Kobe Bryant refuses to lose even in absurd situations when there’s absolutely no reason for him to play like he has to win” post. At Bryant’s basketball camp this week he participated in a friendly game of “Knockout” with some of the camp’s participants. Now, Bryant had a couple of options…

  12. Players rep Mo Evans: owners’ proposal is the worst in sports history

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Maurice Evans

    You have to love how both sides are making the lockout into some sort of battle of good and evil. Every time you turn around there’s some sort of hyper-dramatic talk about the other side, like they just started discussing euthanasia for puppies or how to steal from children. And today we’ve got an extra…

  13. Report: Shaq heads to Turner

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that Shaquille O’Neal, AKA the Big Diesel, AKA the Big Aristotle, AKA the Big Shaqtus, AKA the Big Shamrock, AKA Superman, AKA the Most Dominant Ever will be joining Turner broadcasting: It’s a natural acquisition by TNT given O’Neal’s personality and popularity. O’Neal’s also one of the more intelligent players…

  14. Jared Sullinger is getting in “top overall pick” shape

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    Jared Sullinger would have had a great shot at being No.1 in this year’s draft had he departed Ohio State early. Instead, he elected to return to OSU, turning down the millions and opting to enter the league after the lockout, and also after the new CBA is agreed upon which will likely lower his…

  15. LeBron’s popularity at an all-time low

    Jul 9, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    They say it’s better to be feared than loved. Maybe the modern sports equivalent is “it’s more profitable to be hated than loved. “ Because even as LeBron James‘ global brand is expanding to collegiate teams who have Final Four spots penciled in (plus Miami), as his jersey is tops in the world, as his…

  16. If Shane Battier plays overseas, he’s playing in China

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Since Yao Ming entered the NBA (miss you, Big Fella), China has emerged as an untapped market for both the league and its players looking for brand-expansion. The Rockets, in particular, took full advantage of their connections to Yao and cashed in, becoming celebrities as the country started to embrace the game fully. Shane Battier…

  17. Universities to wear LeBron James gear under sponsorship deal: Miami, UK… and Ohio State

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This should go over well. LeBron James, in his continuing quest to become the most powerful brand in sports, has struck a deal for his Nike brand to sponsor three universities. Players at the University of Miami (the U) will wear the brand, which makes sense, given not only they share of the city with…

  18. Jonas Jerebko not headed overseas despite being from overseas

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Of all the players I would have thought would jump at the chance to go check out European basketball during the lockout, Jonas Jerebko was at the top of the list. Jerebko is from Sweden, and played for multiple Swedish teams and an Italian club before being drafted in the second round of the 2009…

  19. Is Amar’e headed to Israel to play during the lockout?

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

    Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire posted the following on his Twitter account: So, apparently, STAT’s considering a move to Israel to play during the lockout. You’ll remember Stoudemire’s time spent in Israel last summer discovering his roots. Stoudemire has Jewish ancestry and has shown a keen interest in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a powerhouse in Israel…

  20. Glen “Big Baby” Davis catches, eats some lobster

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Glen Davis, Antonio McDyess

    It’s Friday night, the last thing you want to read right now is another lengthy breakdown of how the NBA owners and players can’t decide how to divide up your money. So let’s go lobster fishing in Maine with Glen “Big Baby” Davis of the Boston Celtics (well, formerly of the Celtics, he’s a free…

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