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  1. Quote of the day: Are the Eagles the Heatles?

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Philadelphia Eagles fans are pretty pumped right now, their club has gone on a post lockout spending spree — Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Vince Young. Well, we’ll see how much Young really helps, and they may want to get Long Beach’s own DeSean Jackson back in camp, but still the Eagles are looking good.…

  2. Kobe to Turkey rumors will not die. We wish they would.

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    You thought the Kobe Bryant to Turkey rumors were over. You still don’t get it, do you? They will find him! That’s what they do! That’s ALL they do! You can’t stop them! They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever! The day…

  3. Hall of Fame declared “safe zone” for players, management

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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    Starting Aug. 11 and running for three days a number of men and women will receive the highest honor for their contributions to basketball — they will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s a celebration that usually brings former and current players, coaches and other team management all to one…

  4. Wade, Bosh’s agent says they are “open” to playing overseas

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    I am open to winning the lottery. I am open to spending a month living in a villa in Tuscany. Or Maui. I’m open to only drinking 25-year-old Glendronach scotch. I’m open to having a private jet. I’m open to eating all my meals at Le Bernardin. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are open to…

  5. Video: Kobe shows some soccer skills, drills penalty kick

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant takes a penalty kick as part of a promotion during halftime of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United in Landover

    Kobe Bryant had his fantasy soccer weekend in Washington D.C. On Sunday he played in the Mia Hamm-Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge and had two goals — well, the first was an own goal, but he atoned for it with a nice strike. He actually got some cheers from the crowd for his ball control and…

  6. Bank trying to get back the $16 million Marbury owes them

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

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    New continent, new problems for Stephon Marbury. Well, maybe not new problems. So instead let’s go with “Big Trouble in Little China” We learn via Deadspin that Wachovia would really like back the $16 million it loaned Marbury’s apparel company a few years ago. And they’d like it now. If the company can’t pay it,…

  7. Kobe not talking to Turkish club, but he will talk overseas

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Please, let this be the end of the Kobe Bryant to Turkey talk. Please. There have been plenty of rumors swirling about Kobe and talks with Turkish side Besiktas — most of it from club officials in Turkey thinking they had a real shot at landing him. That or playing the marketing game. Either way,…

  8. Phil Jackson to present Rodman, Winter into Hall of Fame

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson may have walked away from basketball, but he’s still got some duties to perform. At the Hall of Fame inductions on Aug. 12, Jackson is going to be a busy man. He has been asked to be the presenter for both Tex Winter, his long-time assistant coach, and Dennis Rodman, a former player…

  9. Video: Goodman League vs. Drew League teaser

    Jul 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Yes, we know the are a whole lot of hurdles left for the Drew vs. Goodman league showdown to happen. We’re going to pretend it is happening anyway. We’re also going to pretend there will be a full NBA season. And we can’t wait until Santa Claus brings us the  Red Ryder BB gun we want for…

  10. Chinese League may put in rules to limit NBA player influx

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    Stephon Marbury may not think Carmelo Anthony can handle playing in China, but ‘Melo said he was thinking about it. A lot of NBA players have thrown out China as a possible destination if they decide to play overseas during the lockout. Except, China may not want them. According to the fantastic Chinese league blog…

  11. Report: There is no chance Kobe is playing in Turkey

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    This never made a lot of sense to us anyway — why would Kobe Bryant, a man obsessed with winning another NBA ring, risk injury and put more mileage on his knees to play in Turkey for Besiktas (the team that signed Deron Williams)? Still reports surfaced that he was to meet Saturday with the…

  12. Report: NBA bans scouts from going to college practices

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In it’s efforts to keep teams from contacting players during the lockout, the NBA is finding new levels of absurdity. As our latest example, we present this: Whatever happens with the next NBA season, there will be a draft at some point. So teams are still going to be scouting college and international players. A…

  13. Marion turns down spot on Dancing with the Stars

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Shawn Marion fashion photo

    Clearly Shawn Marion is concerned he could not live up to the dancing standard set by Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Okay, maybe not. But Marion has decided not to go where Cuban had gone before — Marion turned down a stint on Dancing with the Stars, according to TMZ.com. Sources close to Shawn tell TMZ,…

  14. Barcelona thinking of bringing Ricky Rubio back

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Ricky Rubio back in Spain and Minnesota unable to stop him or talk to him? Sounds familiar, and it could happen. Again. Barcelona officials are considering making an offer to bring back Rubio to round out the squad’s roster, according to mundodeportivo.com (via HoopsHype). Minnesota has no say in the matter and cannot even comment…

  15. Tyreke Evans wants his role defined in Sacramento

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Paul Westphal, Tyreke Evans

    This is another problem that can in part be chalked up to the lockout. Tyreke Evans remains the guy that will make the King’s offense go next year — he’s finally healthy again — and now he’s got an interesting potential backcourt mate in just drafted Jimmer Fredette. Except, Evans and Fredette basically play the same…

  16. Acie Law signs to play in Serbia with no opt-out clause

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

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    Acie Law is headed to Serbia, and he is not coming back, reports ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Point guard Acie Law has signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the Serbian team Partizan, according to his agent, Mark Bartlestein. The deal does not have an out clause that would allow Law to return to the NBA should…

  17. Former NBA player Samaki Walker tried to eat his marijuana. Allegedly.

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Samaki Walker defended by Malik Rose

    Boys and girls, consider this a reminder for those of you who need it: Trying to eat your drugs to keep it from the police is a bad idea. Especially if they are not in brownie form. Meet Samaki Walker, the former Maverick and Laker player, who has been arrested on drug charges in Arizona,…

  18. Report: Nicolas Batum signs in France

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    You had to expect that the first guys to go hauling across the pond would be those who traversed the body of water in the first place. In short, Europeans are flocking back to their respective homelands in the face of the lockout and a seemingly unavoidable loss of games. Take Nicolas Batum, for example. From…

  19. NBA official is robbed, then shows compassion to family-friend thief

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    If anyone would be bitter and heartless, you’d think an NBA official would have cause. They spend most of their time getting yelled at and denigrated. Fans, players, coaches, officials, the NBA, media, you name them, the refs hear abuse from them. Nothing is ever good enough and a great call by an official will…

  20. Drew League vs. Goodman League has some logistical issues to overcome

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    It’s going to be our last chance to see multiple All-Stars on the same floor for the foreseeable future. It’s an exhibition game, but it means a lot to both sides. But there are reportedly now some issues which could complicate the Drew vs. Goodman League exhibition game in D.C. next month. From Sports Illustrated:…

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