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  1. Suns CEO Rick Welts steps down

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Rick Welts

    Usually it’s best when a team’s CEO doesn’t end up in the news, but the Suns Rick Welts made an exception earlier this year when he came out of the closet as a gay man. Doing that in the world of professional sports takes serious courage and it sparked a good debate about homosexuality in…

  2. Australia wins Oceania Tournament, headed to Olympics

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

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    We’ve been giving you regular updates on what is happening with the Olympic qualifying tournaments taking place in Europe and South America right now. But we haven’t really discussed the Oceania qualifier that just wrapped up — because it is pretty much always won by Australia. And was again Friday, with the Aussies beating New…

  3. Here’s your roster of guys playing in Vegas Impact Series

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    We’ve been telling you about the Impact Competitive Training Series — don’t you dare call it a league — which kicks off next week. And if you’re in Vegas, you can attend it. Impact Basketball, the training facility putting on the event, released to official list of participants. They will form teams, trying to keep…

  4. You asked questions on twitter, time to answer them

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    The Question

    Welcome to the latest installment of our twitter mailbag, where we answer your questions. Any questions. You have to date a girl that looks exactly like Joakim Noah or Tyronn Lue. Who do you date, and why? (@adonismuir) I spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about this. A disturbing amount. Obviously, if faced with…

  5. Commercial takes Kevin Durant “Back for the Future”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

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    Sometimes Nike seems like a marketing company that happens to make some shoes on the side. They do that marketing thing oh, so well. Take this latest ad, which features Kevin Durant and some guys from the original “Back to the Future” movies promoting a new Nike shoe (and an upcoming charity event). This “Back…

  6. Shaq in bronze — he gets statue at alma mater LSU

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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    If you want to remember the young, almost skinny Shaquille O’Neal, you need to head on down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Sure, you could also go to YouTube, but Baton Rouge is a lot more fun.) On the LSU campus Thursday they unveiled a new statue of Shaq — dunking of course — from his…

  7. What the Kings should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Paul Westphal, Tyreke Evans

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Sacramento Kings. 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: So much for all that dazzling promise. The Kings were like that…

  8. Man sentenced to 97 years for shooting Grizzlies’ Burks

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    Antonio Burks (Getty)

    Antonio Burks was a former Memphis guard who had been out of the NBA a few years when he was shot during a dice game back in 2009. This week, Darquan Lynneral Swift (age 20) was sentenced to 97 years for that crime, reports the Associated Press (via Eye on Basketball). Burks testified at Swift’s…

  9. The 15 Footer: Lockout hope is a bad drug, baby

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The 15 Footer is a reoccurring series of fifteen items about the NBA highlighting news of the last week. It is written by Matt Moore, sometimes not badly.  1. No, Red, hope is the worst of things: Things are getting confusing in the NBA lockout scene. It’s like that time in the party when things…

  10. Report: Couple more names pop up on Blazers GM list

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    The Trail Blazers are looking at the men making basketball decisions for the Cavaliers and Clippers for their front office. Don’t laugh — if the criteria for the job is getting along with a pain-in-the-butt owner who injects himself into basketball decisions at bad times, front office people coming out of Cavalier and Clipper organizations…

  11. Jazz’s Kyrylo Fesenko out two months with knee injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

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    This is always the fear with a player suiting up for international ball. Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the…

  12. Video: Derrick Rose playing with puppets. You read that right.

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose is in Asia, trying to sell some adidas and increase awareness of his brand. Is there a better way to do that than strange little puppet shows? No, we don’t think so either. Enjoy. Hat tip to I am a GM for this one.

  13. EuroBasket: Good day for Russia, Macedonia. Yes, Macedonia.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:22 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Going into EuroBasket — the combination European championships and Olympic qualifying tournament — Macedonia had never won a single game in the event. Now, they are 3-0 in the second round of group play and locked in for the knockout stages. That means they have a chance to make the Olympics (top two finishers at…

  14. Gary Forbes unhappy with Panama national team’s resources

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

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    In his third and final dairy entry for SLAM Online about the FIBA Americas tournament, Nuggets player Gary Forbes had some interesting things to say. Forbes played for Panama, who was 1-5 at the time of Forbes’ third diary entry, and Forbes believes that the team’s lack of resources were a major cause for their…

  15. Amar’e Stoudemire says his back is healthy

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Amar’e Stoudemire spoke to a group of campers in New York on Wednesday, and he shared some very good news for Knicks fans of all ages. ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling has the story: After spending much of the summer at his rented house in Hollywood Hills, Calif., Amare Stoudemire returned to New York City on Wednesday…

  16. Video: Deron Williams is actually in Turkey

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Rumors of players going overseas to play during a possible lockout have been constant this off-season, but Nets guard Deron Williams is the highest-profile player so far to have actually signed a contract with an overseas team, Turkey’s Beskitas. The video itself isn’t all that riveting, but it does show that Williams is actually going…

  17. “Intense” owners, players talks lead to expanded meetings

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    For the second time in two days and the third time in two weeks, a core group from the NBA league office and the NBA players union had a more than five-hour negotiating session. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the meetings “intense.” We don’t know what has been discussed, what potential compromises or deals have…

  18. Final four set for FIBA Americas, Venezuela finishes fifth

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    The final four for the FIBA Americas is set — Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will play Saturday for berths in the 2012 London Olympics. If you haven’t been watching (what, you don’t stream international hoops games at your desk in the morning?) just know that this is fitting — they’ve been…

  19. Lots of questions for Suns post lockout, no easy answers

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    As PBT works our way through our “what should your team do during the lockout” series, some answers are pretty easy. Dallas needs to bring back Tyson Chandler and remember where they put that bottle with the lightning in it. Other teams are not so simple. Like the Phoenix Suns. They are not due up…

  20. Norris Cole works out with LeBron James, gets introduction to Heat culture

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Norris Cole

    The lockout has added upheaval to every phase of the NBA’s off-season, but the process has been particularly tumultuous for incoming rookies. The lucky rooks have been able to establish some kind of contact with their team (preliminary conversations with coaches or general managers, introductory press conferences, etc.), but there are plenty of other first-year…

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