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  1. It’s official: goodbye Ron Artest, hello Metta World Peace

    Sep 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest will not be on Dancing With The Stars this week. Metta World Peace will be. And he’ll be playing for the Lakers whenever there is a season again. The name change from Ron Artest to Metta World Peace was signed off on in Los Angeles Friday morning after a public hearing. It’s official.…

  2. Video: Watch Michael Jordan talk six rings, NBA 2K12

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

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    The trailers for NBA 2K12 have us pumped. The chance to play Bill Russell and Magic Johnson and some of the games greats has us salivating. Then came this Michael Jordan trailer for the game. Now… it’s time to play. (via SLAM)

  3. The 15 Footer: Things fall apart, but no one stops talking to notice

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    The 15 Footer is a recurring series of fifteen items about the NBA highlighting news of the last week. It is written by Matt Moore, sometimes not badly. 1. It’s not the end of civilization. But you can see it from there.  I was sure that the Kardashian-Humprhies wedding would be the dumbest story in the NBA…

  4. T.J. Ford will accept a smaller role to be on a winning team

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

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    T.J. Ford will be a free agent when the lockout ends, so he is saying what every free agent says — I want to play for a winner. Of course he does. The Pacers made the playoffs last season but with a losing record. And he was not a huge part of that. Ford was…

  5. Video: Best plays from week one of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Part of next week I’m going to be out in Vegas for the end of the Impact Competitive Training Series, what has affectionately become known as the “lockout league.” But for now, I’m like the rest of you basketball junkies, trying to get my fix with highlights and EuroBasket streams. Here are the highlights from…

  6. What the Nuggets should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Denver Nuggets. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams.   Last Season: Well that was no fun, then it was kind of fun,…

  7. Stephen Curry rolls ankle at lockout league but is “fine”

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There were bound to be a few injuries out at the “lockout league” in Vegas that runs this week and next. (Officially, it’s the Impact Competitive Training Series.). The hope was just nothing major. So far, so good. Stephen Curry rolled his ankle in one of the games Thursday, which is a concern because Curry…

  8. State of Nate video: Nate Robinson’s kid plays some football

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We bring you the second edition of State of Nate, the video that follows Nate Robinson around. Like to a pro-am game where the Thunder guard plays four quarters, drops a lot of buckets (his missess somehow got edited out, I guess) and then bails as the game heads to overtime to watch his son…

  9. How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Bo McCalebb

    Macedonia has been the surprise of EuroBasket (the European championship and Olympic qualifying tournament), with a country more known for violent internal strife than hoops finding itself in the semi-finals on Friday. If Macedonia can beat powerhouse Spain they are into the Olympics next summer. Even if they lose they will be in the Olympic…

  10. Is Friday the day we finally have World Peace? It should be.

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Today, finally, we should have World Peace. Not just world peace, but Metta World Peace. The man currently known as Ron Artest is due to show up in a Los Angeles courtroom at 8:30 pacific time to legally get his name changed to Metta World Peace, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just in time…

  11. Billups wants to play and get paid, but sees big picture

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    Chauncey Billups speaks for a lot of NBA veterans. These are guys who have been around because they can play — and with that comes some nice paydays. Billups is set to make $14.2 million next season in the last year of his deal. He wants to get paid. He wants to play. But he…

  12. Sebastian Telfair wants to play for a contender. Don’t we all?

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Sebastian Telfair

    Sebastian Telfair will be a free agent when the lockout ends, and there will be some demand for him to come in as a backup point guard. The man will get paid. Maybe not as much as he hoped under whatever the new labor deal looks like, but he will get paid. But of course,…

  13. Cavs owner Gilbert denies labor charges in his own way

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    You couldn’t make up someone like Dan Gilbert. No matter what font you used. We told you yesterday of a report that Cavaliers owner Gilbert and Suns owner Robert Sarver torpedoed progress at the labor negotiations Tuesday between the owners and players. That report comes from a trusted source in Dave McMenamin of ESPN. That…

  14. Report: Owners of Cavs, Suns killed potential labor deal

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:19 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: David Stern called this report “incorrect and fictional” in his press conference following Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meetings. You can take that as the gospel truth or you can take it as Stern covering the backside of his owners. We all know this was the only thing Stern could say, he had…

  15. Stern says owners unified, “vast majority” favor hard cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    David Stern

    A few hours after the players told a tale unity it was the owners turn. At least we didn’t have to see a bunch of them in “stand” T-shirts. David Stern emerged from more than four hours of meetings with the NBA owners Thursday and said that despite reports to the contrary the owners are unified.…

  16. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  17. J.J. Redick talks about his love of food

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Redick Tank

    J.J. Redick doesn’t just have one of the NBA’s purest shooting strokes — he’s apparently one of the best gourmands in the NBA. In a recent interview with sportsandfood.com, Redick talked about how he’s become a “foodie” since his Duke days: J.J. Redick: I was never a very adventurous eater growing up, despite the fact that…

  18. NBA players’ union stresses unity after meeting

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter didn’t lead the players in a rendition of “Kumbaya” at the post-meeting press conference, but it was pretty close. After stalled out negotiations with the league followed by days of stories about how a group of powerful agents are trying to force decertification on the NBA players union — to break up…

  19. What the Warriors should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:23 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    “We Believe” seems like it was so long ago. Since the Warriors’ shocking 1st-round upset and follow-up successful 07-08 regular season (the team missed the playoffs, but won 48 games, more than the 4th-seeded team in the East), the Warriors have been a mess. Baron Davis and the rest of the gang left, the team…

  20. NBA owners reach labor deal… with referees. Sorry.

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:18 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal. The bad news is it’s with the referees. We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot…

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