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  1. Why is he called Shane Battier? Bad handwriting.

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is working his way through China (what NBA player isn’t?) promoting PEAK, his China-based shoe company. With that comes a lot of media stops and pictures and press conferences and the like. Most of them sound identical after a while, like white noise in the background. But Battier broke that up at one…

  2. NBA keeps going about its business as if nothing is wrong

    Aug 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We all had a good laugh when the NBA released its schedule last month. We circled the games on the schedule we wished we were going to see, all with a nod and a wink knowing there was little to no chance of that schedule, in an unaltered form, taking place. Then the preseason schedule…

  3. Report: Adelman “definitely interested” in Timberwolves

    Aug 25, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Rick Adelman had his interview this week with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the situation was a little bit upside down — rather than the coach having to sell the team on him, it was the team that needed to sell Adelman on the job. They wanted him, but did he want them. Apparently so, if…

  4. Former NBA star Ralph Sampson arrested over child support

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

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    Ralph Sampson, the former star NBA player that was part of the original “twin towers” with Hakeem Olajuwon, has been arrested concerning issues of child support, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sampson had his driver’s license suspended after failure to make payments, reports the paper. He had been pulled over just outside Atlanta after an…

  5. Dwyane Wade says Bulls are “one player away”

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade is just like the rest of us in one respect — he’s a Derrick Rose fan. Wade can also relate to Rose, not just as a Chicago native but also on the court. For years in Miami (after the 2006 title year) it was the Dwyane Wade show and nothing else — he…

  6. Dikembe Mutombo calls for more aid to Africa

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:54 PM EST

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    We have problems here in America, no doubt. But they pale in comparison to what the combination of draught and war has brought upon people in parts of Africa. Dikembe Mutombo — who has worked hard for people in his native Congo — is now calling for help for the people of Somalia. There a…

  7. Turkish head coach sticks up for Enes Kanter

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Yesterday we brought you word how a highly-respected, old school Turkish national team assistant coach ripped Enes Kanter as not ready for the NBA. Which would be pretty bad news for the Utah Jazz as they drafted him No. 3 overall back in June. Today came the rebuttal, with the honors going to Turkey’s first…

  8. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler headed to Italy

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and that is what we do. • Wilson Chandler has inked to play for Olympia Milano in Italy, but has struck one of…

  9. Rodrigue Beaubois still recovering from second foot surgery

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    For a championship team, the Dallas Mavericks had their fair share of injury turmoil last season. Dirk Nowitzki‘s relatively minor mid-season injury is the kind of obstacle that effective teams can overcome, but losing Caron Butler — who had arguably been the team’s second best player — for the season was an incredibly substantial setback,…

  10. Video: Derrick Williams can finish at the rim

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams was the clear No. 2 pick in the last NBA draft because he can score. He’s athletic and scouts saw him as a guy who could almost immediately get you some buckets at the NBA level. This is why. This is some video of Williams at the Elite 24 Midnight Run with Brandon…

  11. Has Tyreke Evans developed a reliable jump shot?

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Tyreke Evans, John Salmons

    Tyreke Evans is a beast when he drives the lane. Just a couple years into the league he is one of the best penetrators in the league and he finished an impressive 59.8 percent of shots when he got inside. But if you could keep him outside it was a different story. He shot 25.2…

  12. If you thought Phil Jackson was weird, check out Turkish coaches

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Phil Jackson did some pretty out-of-the-box things as a coach — group meditation and drum beating to get his team focused and unified. That whole Zen thing of letting teams find their own way by not calling timeouts. But he has nothing on what is going on in Turkey. That is where Deron Williams and…

  13. Video: Jordan Farmar is one popular guy in Israel

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets' Farmar reacts to missed shot at buzzer as Dallas Mavericks win their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Jordan Farmar — one of the handful of Jewish players in the NBA — will play during the lockout for Maccabi Tel Aviv, essentially the Yankees of the Israeli league and a European powerhouse. And they are pretty excited to have him there — this is video of his arrival at the airport. (hat tip…

  14. Mo Evans reiterates just how far apart owners, players are

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Great news — the owners and players reportedly will sit down at a table next week and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. And maybe a season. Not that it will do any good. Don’t believe me? Look at what National Basketball Players Association VP Mo Evans told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated then tell…

  15. Judge cites twitter in saying Arenas’ ex can go on “Basketball Wives”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

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    Gilbert Arenas’ twitter account got him in some trouble again. Arenas had sued trying to stop a former fiancé Laura Govan from going on VH1’s new series “Basketball Wives L.A.” which debuts next week. Maybe the most amazing thing to me is that show did well enough to get a spin-off. Who is watching that…

  16. One thing the owners really want — to get out of bad deals

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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    Next season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the NBA. That seems fair. Rashard Lewis will be second at $22.1 million. Gilbert Arenas will be fifth at $19.2 million. Antawn Jamison will make $15 million. There are some terrible deals in the NBA landscape and one of the real sticking points in…

  17. Donnie Walsh is relaxing in Indiana, not retired

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    After the Knicks thanked Donnie Walsh for turning around the franchise by kicking him to the curb and making him a “consultant,” he went home to Indiana. There the notorious workaholic has relaxed. Spent time with his family, done work around the house and a few crossword puzzles, basically just taken it easy. Which is…

  18. Report: Mark Jackson tied to alleged drug kingpin

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Well, this is something for the new coach to explain. Newly named, yet-to-coach-one-game for the Golden State Warriors Mark Jackson has been tied to Warren Braithwaite, a man arrested in June by the DEA in an interstate drug ring bust, reports Star Magazine. The same report ties Lady Gaga and Jamie Foxx to the same…

  19. Report: NBA players, owners to meet next week. Maybe.

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:54 PM EST

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    There are conflicting reports out there about future meetings between the players and owners next week. But we are optimists, we believe a meeting will happen. Even if we have to close our eyes, plug our nose and act like a three-year-old in front of a plate of Brussels sprouts to avoid reality. The owners…

  20. Video: Dennis Rodman on stage with Pearl Jam circa 1998

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    Dennis Rodman

    All the talk around Dennis Rodman and his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame caused Spurs beat writer Jeff McDonald of the Express-News to send out this classic Rodman video. We take you back to 1998, when Rodman was in his last season with the Bulls, when he was still a prolific rebounder…

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