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  1. What the Goodman League means to Washington D.C.

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    This is the latest in PBT’s “if you read just one story today make it this one” series. Over at TrueHoop Beckley Mason has a fantastic profile of The Goodman League and the man who makes it happen, Miles Rawls. It comes on the eve of the most anticipated game of the summer — NBA…

  2. Nene plans to savor being a top free agent. Eventually.

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

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    Right now, Nene is playing a lot of soccer and spending time with his first child. Good things to do with his summer. What he normally would have spent his summer doing is being courted as the top free agent big man on the market. He’s a legit center who can defend the paint and…

  3. Scotty Robertson, first coach of New Orleans Jazz, dies

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

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    Scotty Robertson, who coached nearly 300 NBA games and was an assistant for many more, has died at the age of 81 at his home in Louisiana. He lost a battle with cancer, reports the Detroit News. Robertson coached the first 15 games the expansion New Orleans Jazz ever played in 1974. They went 1-14…

  4. Other pro-am league showdowns popping up now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    There’s a lot of buzz about the East Coast vs. West Coast showdown Saturday in Washington D.C. — the Drew League vs. the Goodman League. L.A. vs. D.C. It’s about as close to NBA action — Kevin Durant, James Harden, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and others — as you are going to get for a…

  5. Portland fans outpouring humbles Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Arvydas Sabonis is a quiet man, not someone given to grand shows of emotion. But the newly minted Hall of Famer remains one of the most beloved of Trail Blazers, and it showed when more than 2,500 showed up to cheer Sabonis at a rally in the city. All of that seemed to catch Sabonis…

  6. NBA flagship store to reopen in New York City

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

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    The NBA store of Fifth Avenue in New York was a kind of mecca — it contained just about everything NBA (and Adidas, which runs the store). Plus it hosted a number of player events. It was sort of a shrine to hoops. But it closed in February when its lease was bought out in…

  7. Kobe, Lakers donate playoff money to fired team staff

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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    When Phil Jackson left the Lakers, Jim Buss (son of owner Jerry Buss and the guy running the show now) used the chance to clean house. A lot of teams are laying guys off during the lockout, but the Lakers canned 20 people — video guys, long-time front office people, scouts, trainers and more. Some…

  8. Former Kings, Warriors coach Musselman lands in D-League

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    Talk with Eric Musselman for a few minutes and you realize some things. First, he knows basketball. Second, he is organized. That alone does not make you a good NBA coach — managing people is the key to the job. For reference see Phil Jackson. But there should be little doubt that Musselman can teach.…

  9. Did Delonte West apply for a job at Home Depot?

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

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    “I was wondering if you have three-quarter inch… hey, aren’t you Delonte West?” That very conversation could be happening at a Home Depot if the lockout drags on. That’s because on twitter, West tweeted this: It’s official.. Pride 2 the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout aint a game.. West can’t…

  10. Kendrick Perkins pleads not guilty to charges

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:55 AM EST

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    It’s been clear that Kendrick Perkins plans to fight the charges against him from last weekend — public intoxication and disorderly conduct — so it should be no shock that he pleaded not guilty, as the Associated Press has reported. Perkins held an event last weekend at a club in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas…

  11. Kevin Durant is league’s best finisher at the rim

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

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    Finishing a play at the rim is not that easy in the NBA. You think it’s just a layup but this is a league filled with long-armed, aggressive shot blockers who make the routine hard to do. If you go to the basket, you have to find a shot over or around them. Who does…

  12. Kobe got run at the Drew League in the most Kobe of ways

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

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    We all knew about the happy ending — Kobe Bryant shows up at the Drew League (the legendary pro-am league in Los Angeles) where a bunch of people who can’t afford to sit close to the floor of a Lakers game got to see him in action. Got to see him score 43 points. Got…

  13. Today’s overseas roundup: Barbosa bound for Brazil

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

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    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we’ve created a regular roundup of the transations (major stars, like Amar’e Stoudemire, still get their own posts). Enjoy this while trying to find online streams of European friendlies. • Toronto’s backup point guard Leandro Barbosa is headed to his…

  14. The one where Betty White slaps Shaq

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

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    This pretty much sounds like a rejected sitcom setup: Betty White — she of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and then “The Golden Girls” and then the late-in-life pop culture resurgence — was hanging out with Shaquille O’Neal, and he proposed marriage to her. But it kind of happened. It was staged, but it happened.…

  15. Carl Landry says he’d like to play for Portland

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    When the NBA free agent frenzy hits — and after this lockout ends it will be a frenzy, much like the NFL’s free agency was — Carl Landry is going to have a lot of GMs telling him how great a fit he’s be in “X.” But Landry wants to go where the dream of…

  16. Judgement helps get Pippen his airplane money back

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

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    Scottie Pippen once owned his own airplane — Air Pip. Seriously. That was the name. I’m not clever enough to make that up. As I imagine happened to everything ever named Air Pip, the deal went bad. Everything fell apart and back in 2004 Pippen lost a $5 million judgment to U.S. Bank over the…

  17. Exercise in futility: NBA releases preseason schedule

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

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    The NBA’s preseason will start Oct. 9. And if you believe that you’ve probably helped out that poor Nigerian prince who keeps emailing you with his money woes. The NBA officially released its preseason schedule today, complete with a press release sent out to the media. The first games would be Oct. 9 and there…

  18. Chinese paper reports Kobe agrees to deal, Kobe denies it

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    UPDATE 2:37 pm: It didn’t take long for Kobe’s people to shoot this idea down. As expected, Kobe’s people deny there is a deal, here is the tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard who talked with a source: Contrary to reports out of China, Kobe hasn’t agreed to deal w/any team, source says. He’s still weighing…

  19. Warriors’ owners want better in-arena experience

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

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    I can hear the Warriors fans now: “What would really improve the Golden State in-arena experience is a better team on the court.” The Warriors new owners get that. It reamins to be seen if they’ll be able to change the fortunes of the franchise — they did hire Jerry West, it’s a start —…

  20. Chase Budinger actually is a beach volleyball player

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

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    Kevin Love is playing beach volleyball this summer on a lark. (And will again at the Manhattan Beach Open in two weeks.) It’s not something he had done much of before, but during the lockout why not? Chase Budinger can actually play — he was as heavily recruited out of high school as a volleyball…

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