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  1. Did Jordan ruin it for Kobe, LeBron and everyone else?

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    LeBron James is no Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant is no Michael Jordan. Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill and even Harold Minor have not been the next Michael Jordan. Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will not be Jordan either. Nobody is going to be the next Michael Jordan. Nobody. Ever. We know that,…

  2. Ersan Ilyasova reportedly agrees to play in Turkey, may skip out on the Bucks

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:38 PM EST

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    The possibility of Deron Williams and the league’s top tier crossing the Atlantic to play their professional ball has all but consumed the day-to-day NBA chatter, but even the most solid bits of news on the subject come with a lack of permanence. Williams isn’t going to play in Turkey for the rest of his…

  3. RetroBall: Knicks-Pacers ’95, the night of the finger roll

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

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    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer  with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories from years gone…

  4. Trading Nash might be bad business for Phoenix

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    The basic team building model in the NBA has been pretty easy to understand — you’re either a contending team or building to get there, and if you’re a contending team whose championship window has closed you blow it up and start over with young players. It takes a few years (maybe more than a…

  5. If NBA players decertify the union, might owners void all deals?

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Why would a group of agents be pushing for the NBA players to decertify the union and sue the league on anti-trust grounds? Because it’s seen as leverage — that anti-trust suit comes with triple damages, win big money and it becomes gigantic money. That threat, in theory, would push the owners to negotiate and…

  6. Nets new Barclays Center will look swanky, if you’re rich

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Arena Atrium Barclay Center Brooklyn

    It is possible the next time the Nets play a game it will be in Brooklyn. We hope not, because that would mean an entire NBA season wiped out (greed is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason) but it could happen. While the players are locked out construction is not at the…

  7. Report: Kobe Bryant to meet with Turkish team July 30

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    I’m really weary of the “Kobe Bryant to Turkey” rumors. Here is what it comes down to: Kobe’s camp sounds hesitant (at best) and say the two sides haven’t really talked much, officials from Besiktas are overly optimistic. That comes through in another report from Turkey, via Slam. The interview is with Seref Yalcin, the…

  8. Video: Durant off-the-backboard ally-oop to Harden

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    They were having some fun over in Manilla. And making some nice dough. But mostly having a lot of fun. For a group of NBA stars, this was an exhibition and a chance to show off a little. Like this play, where Kevin Durant leads what we will generously call a secondary break, gets in…

  9. What can NBA learn from NFL labor peace?

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

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    They have labor peace over in the NFL. Well, the players have to vote and some league veterans have a lawsuit that could throw a wrench in the works. But it looks like there will be NFL football in September as had been scheduled. Preseason games (except the Hall of Fame Game) will take place…

  10. Kobe, Durant Rose well paid for Philippines pickup game

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

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    You make any money this weekend? Kobe Bryant did. So did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of the NBA players who went to the Philippines for a couple of exhibition games over the weekend where they beat some local teams. In a story about players being serious looking overseas, Sam Amick of Sports…

  11. Fan gets LeBron’s face tattooed on his leg

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

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    I get why one would be a fan of LeBron James — he has been blessed with physical gifts to play basketball like few others. He has the size and strength of Karl Malone, but he’s quicker than most of the point guards in the league. He can play inside or out, he can do…

  12. Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore near deal with Italian team

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Michigan State v Purdue

    For a first round NBA pick — a guy with guaranteed NBA money coming — signing a deal in Europe is a risk. Get injured and that money disappears. But a second round NBA pick is not assured of making an NBA roster at all. With the lockout potentially dragging on, them signing in Europe…

  13. Luis Scola says he might play for Yao Ming’s China team

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

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    Luis Scola, the Houston Rocket’s forward, isn’t going anywhere. He has four years, $46 million left on his NBA deal. But throw him in the “flirting with overseas” category during the lockout, although the Argentinian forward is not exactly thinking what you are thinking. At least according to the Argentinian sports site Ole (via Hoopeshype).…

  14. Report: Noah will return to France, play in EuroBasket

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

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    Last week we told you how the doctors for the French national team took a look at Joakim Noah’s ankle and said, “why don’t you go home and get some treatment on that.” He is, but he’ll be back. The French are training for EuroBasket – the international tournament where Olympic bids for 2012 will…

  15. Timberwolves to interview Larry Brown. Yes, we’re serious.

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Larry Brown

    At this point, if I hear Minnesota general manager David Kahn wants to interview Adolph Rupp, I will not be surprised. Because now added to the long list of people being interviewed is Larry Brown, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. After interviewing Adelman and Nellie this weekend, #Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown…

  16. If the players are just posturing about this overseas thing, they’re putting their all into it

    Jul 24, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    If you’re not really going to Europe but you want it to seem like you are, this is the playbook. Release lots of media info, get one big guy to go, tell every reporter who asks that every member of your side is “considering it” and do as many exhibitions in other countries to generate…

  17. NBA owners had to write the players another check… that won’t help things

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the time the old Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by NBA owners and players, it was perceived as a win for the owners — they had capped how much money the players would get each season. Players would get 55 percent and eventually 57 percent of the gross Basketball Related Income the league pulls…

  18. Video: LeBron James shows up, shows out at Drew League

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James is often thought to be too “above” things. He definitely gives that vibe of superiority, which is one of the reasons he’s so despised currently. He said he’d be in the dunk contest, then no-showed. He rarely shows up at “average fan” events, and runs in exclusive circles. He pulls that whole “rock…

  19. Brandon Roy says he’s not in any pain. And he’s pretty excited about it.

    Jul 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy had that one fleeting moment. He was back on top, leading the Blazers to a huge comeback playoff win over a higher seed, making good on all that promise,  and showing everyone he can overcome his injuries. It was a great day for Roy, for the Blazers, and their fans. Then reality came…

  20. Kobe, KD, Rose top Filipino national team Smart Gilas

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

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    In the second game of the Filipino All-Star Weekend in Manila, the result was pretty much what you’d expect. A more experienced team gave the NBA stars (dubbed the “Smart All-Stars”) a tougher contest, but it wasn’t enough, because, you know, that whole “best players in the whole world.” From the Philippino Stars: After overpowering…

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