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  1. A reminder of what can happen if basketball doesn’t work out

    Aug 7, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Rio Grande Valley Vipers v Los Angeles D-Fenders

    From Eyewitness News 7 in New Jersey: SPARTA, N.J. (WABC) — In New Jersey, four burglary suspects, including a former NBA player, are under arrest after a high-speed chase. A Sparta police officer stopped the vehicle carrying the suspects for speeding but when he approached the SUV, the suspects took off. via 4 arrested in NJ after…

  2. Hawks fans’ long regional nightmare is over, Meruelo to become owner

    Aug 7, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks Logo

    It’s over. Finally, mercifully, and long since it should have been, it’s over. The Atlanta Hawks have their ownership situation resolved. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who secured the exclusive interview this weekend: Meruelo (pronounced mur-rel-o) said some members of the Spirit group will maintain minority ownership positions but that he will own more than 50 percent…

  3. Keith Closs talks about drinking away his NBA career

    Aug 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    In some ways, it’s wrong to say Keith Closs — a backup center with the Clippers from 1997 to 2000 and was a case study of unfulfilled promise — drank himself out of an NBA career. That’s because he says he was drinking in junior high, and high school, and college — all while playing…

  4. Is it “bad” if LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul don’t tip?

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (L) and teammate LeBron James wait to leave the stadium after losing the NBA Championship to the Dallas Mavericks in Miami

    Step carefully, children. We’re near the edge of a dangerous ledge. So NBA players not tipping is not a breaking story. It’s been talked about for ages. Fairly often it comes with certain racial implications that are fairly well documented (or at least claims thereof have been). But instead of going down that road, let’s…

  5. Brandon Jennings is not very nice in streetball play

    Aug 6, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    Brandon Jennings seems to be coming into his own this summer. He’s publicly committed to improving his game, has raised his profile in a sponsorship “internship” with Under Armour, and has been playing steadily in various summer leagues. Last few days he’s been patrolling Dyckman League. And one unlucky defender paid the price for keeping…

  6. Wait a tick, could Mullin return to the Warriors?

    Aug 6, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Chris Mullin HOF

    There was a big ol’ heartwarming rush of reconciliation when Chris Mullin made his press appearance in anticipation of his induction to the Hall of Fame the other day. It was just pretty sweet. Story over. Except, wait, what’s that? From the AP: Mullin — set to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall…

  7. Carmelo Anthony thinks 57% of BRI is fair enough, thanks

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has Puerto Rican ties and so he hosts a charity weekend there. As part of that, he did an interview with a local newspaper. You’re never going to believe it, but the subject of playing overseas came up. I know, shocking, right? And even more stunning, Melo said he was keeping his options…

  8. Video: Your Michael Jordan retrospective YouTube Award of the Day goes to…

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    You know who was pretty good? That Jordan fella. Pretty nice ballplayer, that. Red Auerbach himself called Jordan the Greatest of All Time (though he’d still take Russell to start a team; come on, it’s Red). Some day there will be a film made of Jordan’s life, and it will be huge. Though the script…

  9. Is Zach Randolph organizing a Grizzlies practice?

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    zach-randolph-game-6

    When the NFL lockout was going on, various players started organizing practices for teammates to keep them in rhythm with one another. You haven’t heard anything like that on the NBA level because 1. it’s still the offseason for most guys and 2. NBA players aren’t as tight-knit, traditionally, as NFL players. But apparently Memphis…

  10. Things did not go well in the early Tyson Chandler-Mavericks talks

    Aug 6, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Saying that Tyson Chandler won the Mavericks an NBA title would not be far off. You can’t point to him as the sole difference maker, but then, this a team sport, who is? (A: Jordan) But he was in large part the biggest differential in the Mavericks teams that had failed for ten years and…

  11. Video: Michael Beasley can’t guard Kevin Durant

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    We bring you one last bit from Dyckson Park in New York City Thursday night. That’s the place that brought you Michael Beasley being a fool and Kevin Durant being a little slow on the help defense rotation and paying the price. Here is Beasley trying to guard Durant (and Beasley gets no help defense).…

  12. Cuttino Mobley helping bring medical marijuana to Maine

    Aug 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EST

    cuttino-mobley-clips

    Go ahead and make your “NBA player and pot” jokes, but when you read it you’ll see Cuttino Mobley looks like a pretty smart business man. In part because there’s a lot of money in medical marijuana — even if it’s supposed to just be non-profit collectives — and he is helping bring it to…

  13. The powerful true story of Manute Bol

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Manute Bol

    If you read one thing today, make it the story at the end of this link. It’s a story on Atavist that is the untold story of former NBA player Manute Bol. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop found it, and you can read an excerpt over at Sports Illustrated. You may remember Bol as an almost…

  14. To be clear, Wade has not gotten offer from China. Yet.

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Yesterday we told you or reports Dwyane Wade got a $2 million a month offer from one Chinese team. That report was denied by the Chinese team. Now it also has been shot down by Wade’s agent. Here’s the money paragraph from the Miami Herald. Wade and his agent, Henry Thomas, have said Wade will…

  15. Poll: Who wins, 1992 Dream Team or 2008 USA Olympic squad?

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    1992-dreamteam

    Magic Johnson came out recently and said exactly what you would expect Magic to say — the original 1992 Dream team was better than the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team.” “When you think about the Olympics and the Dream Team, I have to throw it to you. Kobe [Bryant] and them won by 22 points. Ehh,…

  16. Matt Barnes isn’t backing down from whatever happened

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Matt Barnes

    Did Matt Barnes punch an opposing player? Those are the reports that came out of some San Francisco pro-am action Thursday, although video proof has yet to show up (at least that I’ve seen). This is the same place where Barnes slapped a coach last season, so maybe. Whatever happens, Barnes is owning it. ESPN.com…

  17. Video: Kevin Durant gets dunked on in New York City

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Everyone, we’d like you to meet Geoff Mcdermott. East Coasters may remember him playing for the Providence Friars, you will now remember him as the guy who dunked on Kevin Durant at Dyckman Park Thursday night. To be fair, KD rotated over late and there wasn’t much he could do. The fact he rotated over at…

  18. Today’s NBA to Europe roundup: Turkoglu to Turkey?

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    There are so many NBA players talking to and signing with overseas teams it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we give you easy-to-follow bullet points — because we care about you. • When EuroBasket ends (mid-September) if the lockout still looks like it does now Hedo Turkoglu may sign to play in…

  19. Curry spending summer getting married, rehabbing ankle

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

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    We didn’t send a gift — we were going to go with the indoor composter — but congratulations to Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who married longtime girlfriend Ayesha Alexander. We knew about this because Stiletto Jill had the engagement pictures up, then The Basketball Jones noticed that one of those is going to fuel some…

  20. Stevie Wonder came up with “Chocolate Thunder” nickname

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

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    Darryl Dawkins is Chocolate Thunder. There may never have been a better, more fitting nickname in the NBA. You know why there are breakaway, flexing rims in the NBA? Chocolate Thunder. Watch the video. But where did that nickname come from? How about blind music legend Stevie Wonder? That is what Dawkins told Dime Magazine…

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