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  1. Kobe’s knee work was more cutting edge than we thought

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    We know that Kobe Bryant is playing on knees that have about as much cartilage left as knee as Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has money left. The difference is Kobe is smart about it, and is trying to figure out how to make what he has left last. Hence the trip to Germany this summer…

  2. Michael Beasley thinks his NBA 2k12 rating is a bit on the …. high side.

    Oct 2, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Usually when an athlete hears about their video game rating, they think it’s absurdly low. After all, having that kind of ego is central to their ability to step up and make plays. Don’t get it confused, that’s not always a good thing, especially when it comes to Michael Beasley. (Clang.) But surprisingly, in an…

  3. Could the Celtics bring in Josh Howard?

    Oct 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Celtics might consider Josh Howard as a free agent when, you know, free agency happens. It’s actually a pretty solid idea. Howard, everyone forgets, was an All-Star in 2007 and a borderline All-Star for years before that. He was a huge part of the Mavericks’ first Finals run…

  4. You want to see more crazy exhibition highlights from LeBron James and Chris Paul, right? Right?

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    LeBron James

    Another day, another charity game full of highlights which really only reinforce how much better the NBA product is. LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Rudy Gay, and a host of other players played in a charity exhibition Saturday night in support of the CP3 Foundation. The players definitely put on a show, even if…

  5. Report: Either the big cities or the players will have to placate the small markets for progress to be made

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    We’ve known there are rifts inside the NBA labor strife on both sides for a while. Agents are plotting against Billy Hunter while smiling at him over video conferences. Owners are meeting furiously among themselves due to disagreements on how things should be handled. But after Saturday’s up and down news (“There’s progress but not…

  6. Merchandise sales yet another part of the damage expected from the lockout

    Oct 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    lebron-shoes2

    You’ve heard of the butterfly effect. The NBA lockout, despite all the talk that “no one cares/ is noticing” is going to be more like the gigantic asteroid effect, from an economic standpoint, in a lot of areas. There are cities that depend on the revenue created by game nights for bars, restaurants, shopping. There…

  7. NBA Lockout: BRI is still the elephant in the room

    Oct 1, 2011, 9:59 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

    The NBA labor negotiations’ approach to the issue of BRI was pretty simple on Saturday. See no evil, hear no evil, see no conflict, make no progress. Both sides took BRI off the table and focused on systemic issues, trying to “break down the mountain” as Derek Fisher put it. It wasn’t a bad approach.…

  8. Face facts: The NBA season is not going to start on time

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Nov. 1 was going to be a fun night. The Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the rest of the Mavericks were finally going to get their championship rings (or whatever) and Mark Cuban was going get a banner raised to the rafters in Dallas. Then the Mavericks were going to take on the Chicago Bulls…

  9. NBA Lockout Negotiations Update: Nothing to report

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Seven. Hours. They met for seven hours and have nothing to show for it, at least in terms of letting the public know. The NBA and NBPA met for seven hours Saturday. The result was “no deal,” with “huge gaps’ between the two sides according to Derek Fisher. The two sides decided to take Sunday…

  10. Report: Kobe working on deal with entire Italian League to play for Virtus Bologna

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    It’s hard to buy into any talk of Kobe Bryant playing overseas after the debacle with Turkish team Besiktas. And just like with Besiktas, it’s team officials who are blabbing too much for Italian club Virtus Bologna, threatening to undermine their own chances of landing the five-time NBA champion. But according to Yahoo!, Kobe’s invested…

  11. Robert Sarver reportedly even more ridiculous than previously thought

    Oct 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Suns Robert Sarver

    Robert Sarver probably gets a bad wrap sometimes. I mean, yes, he does sell off draft picks like an EBay junkie and yeah, his organization has the turnover rate of your average fast food joint. But the Suns have consistently made the playoffs or been within reach for the past decade and he has made…

  12. Dwyane Wade on lockout: “We may lose a year”

    Oct 1, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    Dwyane Wade took time out from pointing fingers at David Stern on Friday to talk with Darren Rovell, the CNBC sports business guru who has a fun new show on Versus, “Sports Biz: Game On” (he comes from a different perspective than most sports talk shows). And like he did with Stern, Wade pulled no…

  13. When the lockout ends, the Raptors need to…

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    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: Honestly, it could have been a lot worse. I understand…

  14. NBA says “You want revenue sharing? We’ll give you revenue sharing! All revenue sharing everything!”

    Oct 1, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    Since the beginning of the NBA lockout, revenue sharing has been a huge issue. When you have an entity locking out its employees, and you have a massive disparity between the rich contingents and the poor contingents within that entity, naturally the employees are going to ask “Why don’t you just redistribute some of that…

  15. Report: Dwyane Wade yelled at Stern during labor talks

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:08 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Dwyane Wade is now the hero to a lot of players. Commissioner David Stern is the biggest power broker in these ongoing labor negotiations but Wade got in his face Friday. Wade went Dee Snider — he wasn’t going to take it anymore. During Friday’s talks it was Wade who stood up to and yelled…

  16. Friday Night Video: Don’t forget how good Penny Hardaway was

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Anfernee Hardaway #1

    Say “Penny” Hardaway and too many people now think of ‘lil Penny, the wise cracking puppet Penny. Nike marketing sticks with you like that. But lest we forget that Anfernee Hardaway could ball, we bring you his top 10 plays from the 1994-96 season. This is just a series of highlights that don’t show off…

  17. NBA owner, union talks “engaging,” will continue Saturday

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    There is no NBA labor deal yet. And a source has told PBT there is still a healthy gap between the NBA owners and players on key issues. But there appears to be a real push and commitment from both sides to try and get a deal done this weekend, and that’s a huge leap…

  18. Video: The NBA 2K12 intro video is here

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    michael-jordan-nba-2k12

    NBA 2K11 might be my favorite video game of all time. It was the first basketball video game that actually let you call out plays that worked and, after a little while, get your players to go where you wanted them to go on the court and legitimately beat guys off the dribble instead of…

  19. Stephen Curry would love to play in Charlotte someday

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry grew up in Charlotte, played his high school ball there, played his college ball at Davidson in the city — he loves it in North Carolina. And if the chance to play professional ball for the Bobcats ever came up, Curry told the Charlotte Observer he’d be interested. Even if he does use…

  20. Horace Grant says Bulls’ Boozer needs to be like Pippen

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s no real secret that the Chicago Bulls need to add some versatility to their offense. Our own John Krolik talked about that in his post about what the Bulls need to do when the lockout ends — when LeBron James locked down Derrick Rose in the fourth quarter of playoff games, Chicago had no…

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