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  1. Report: Kobe tells Italian team he wants $15 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Virtus Bologna — much like Turkish side Besiktas — is making a very public run at signing Kobe Bryant. Sure, they’d like to get him, but if they don’t this is still great public relations (and Manu Ginobili could be the fall back). If they are going to get him they are going to have…

  2. Ginobili will consider playing in Italy; Curry staying home

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Ty Lawson

    As the lockout drama drags on — and looks like negotiations are going to turn around just about as quickly as the economy — guys are starting to take a more serious look at playing overseas. That includes Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who had talks with Virtus Bologna (that is the same team offering big…

  3. AEG acknowledges interest in Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:28 AM EST

    AEG LA

    It wasn’t a matter of if, it was when. Anschutz Entertainment Group, known better as the stadium and arena operations giant AEG, acknowledged for the first time Friday that they might provide “assistance” to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and the Think Big Sacramento coalition in their quest for an arena, according to the Sac Bee.…

  4. Former Suns CEO Rick Welts takes job with Warriors

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    Rick Welts

    Just a couple weeks ago, Rick Welts walked away from his gig as the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, saying he wasn’t leaving for another job, he was leaving to “get my personal and professional lives better aligned.” Turns out he found a job pretty quickly after all. Welts has been hired as the new…

  5. Who is winning the NBA lockout? The lawyers.

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    The players are not winning the lockout, they are giving back and are still faced with being asked to give a lot more or not get paid. The owners are not winning the lockout, they are cutting off their nose to spite their face, killing the momentum the league had generated to get a financial…

  6. Union president Fisher sends letter to players urging unity

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:39 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Right now, the biggest job for union president Derek Fisher and NBA Commissioner David Stern is keeping their charges in line. Stern’s trying to keep a muzzle on Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban, which is akin to wrestling alligators. On the other side, there are 450 young guys, most with twitter accounts. There is pressure…

  7. Is it time for NBA stars to be more vocal during lockout?

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    When the NFL was locked out during the summer, Drew Brees was front and center at the negotiating table, then standing in front of the cameras talking after the meetings. Tom Brady was one of the guys to file anti-trust lawsuits against the league. While in the end Jeff Saturday did the dirty work of…

  8. Lockout? What lockout, people in OKC still buying tickets

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

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    There are only two professional sports in Oklahoma — college football and the NBA. And fans are flocking to see both. Or, in the case of the NBA, they will be flocking there once there is a season. The Oklahoma City Thunder became the fifth NBA team to sell out its allotment of season tickets,…

  9. Want to own a Kobe autographed smart car? Move to China.

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    kobe-smart-brabus

    You kind of expect a limited edition, signed Kobe Bryant “black mamba” car to be a Ferrari 360 Modena. Something he owns and seems to fit his personality. Or maybe something he could jump over. A limited edition smart car? That’s the black mamba car and you can’t get it here, according to the Orange…

  10. Report: NBA, players to meet Tuesday, maybe Wednesday

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    So if you’re looking for few rays of sunshine poking through the clouds of the lockout, here you go — the two sides are going to meet again Tuesday. Things have not gone well at recent sessions, but at least they are talking. If that bargaining session goes well they could meet again on Wednesday,…

  11. Agent David Falk thinks he could get a deal done in one day

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    David Falk

    David Falk is right. He went a little Dave Mason on us, but he’s right. It’s not that hard for most of us to imagine an NBA labor deal getting done because we can see the middle ground pretty clearly. We can all pretty much guess where a deal will land. But yet, both sides…

  12. About the owners losing money, it’s really complicated

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    There are NBA owners who have wondered if player endorsements should not be money in the basketball related income pool — those players wouldn’t make their money if not for the teams. But what about the other side of that coin — money the owners make on other businesses because they own and NBA franchise…

  13. Tweet this: Suns to have sideline social media reporter

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    twitter-whale

    Twitter is a fun place to hang on NBA game nights — you can get game updates, some game analysis, some clever jokes, some mocking of bad shots, some terrible jokes and a nice enhancement to your NBA experience. And since you have your smartphone out while watching the game anyway — admit it, you…

  14. Union VP Evans doesn’t think entire season will be lost

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Unless there is a handshake deal in place between the NBA and its players union by the first couple days of next week, there is no chance the NBA season starts on time. There’s not enough time to pull it off. Nobody really expects a deal in place by then (it’s not even known if…

  15. When the lockout ends, the Grizzlies need to…

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Memphis Grizzlies. You can also read up on all the teams in the Western Conference here, and on Tuesday we start with the Eastern half of the league. Last Season: Well, that worked out…

  16. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The adjustments for NBA players heading to China are massive. The language, the food, the culture is all radically different. China has a high turnover rate among players for a reason. But Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is enjoying it, he tells the Boston Globe. Part of that is because he has an American coach…

  17. Video: There’s this evil Blake Griffin puppet and… just watch

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    You read that headline right. Over at Funny or Die they are having fun with the Blake Griffin internship. They got former “Sliders” star Jerry O’Connell (what, he did other stuff?) to jump in on a story where the pitch had to go something like “it’s ‘lil Penny meets Chucky.” Whatever, it works. It’s funny,…

  18. Kyrie Irving’s foot will not be right for three more months

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Cavaliers No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving is not a guy who likes to sit on the sidelines — he rushed back to play for Duke in the NCAA Tournament last March even though his foot was not 100 percent. So if the Cavaliers training camp were to open next week — it’s not — he…

  19. They will be the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z will open the building

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    It’s became official Monday — next season they will be the Brooklyn Nets. To open their new arena — the Barclay Center — hip hop mogul and minority Nets owner Jay-Z will do a series of concerts, something that also was announced on Monday, something the New York Daily News told us to expect. The odds that…

  20. Carmelo Anthony had knee, elbow surgeries this summer

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    Carmelo Anthony has been working the pro-am basketball circuit — he was part of the Goodman team that was in Indianapolis Sunday night — and looking like himself putting up big numbers in smooth way. He dropped 31 points and played a full 48 minutes in Indy. But this summer he also had operations on…

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