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  1. Durant, Rose, more stars may play Australian exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    NBA stars may be headed down under. If — we keep saying “if” even though it almost certainly is a “when” — the lockout drags into the regular season some top NBA players may be headed to Australia for an exhibition tour of a few games, reports the News Herald (via the Orange County Register).…

  2. Delonte West thinking less Home Depot, more Sam’s Club

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Delonte West

    We told you last week how Delonte West said he applied for a job at Home Depot to work during the lockout. And because it’s Delonte we weren’t sure if he was kidding or not. He wasn’t (and he hasn’t heard back yet). But in comments to ESPN, he actually sounded a little more down…

  3. Orlando mayor counting on new CBA to help team keep Howard

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The mayor of Orlando is working hard to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando (remember he can and likely will opt out of his current deal next summer), taking part in online efforts to woo Howard. And he thinks he’s got some real help coming in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is what mayor Buddy…

  4. Nets get extension with YES Network, double TV deal

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    The New Jersey Nets just made a lot more money. The soon-to-be Brooklyn team (they move for the start of the 2012 season) will double its annual intake to $20 million a season as part of a 10-year extension that will keep the Nets on the YES network until 2032, reports the Sports Business Journal.…

  5. LeBron says he is in for the 2012 Olympics in London

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There were concerns that if the lockout is still going on next summer (and there is a real chance of that happening) that the best NBA players would stay away because USA Basketball is seen as a David Stern production. But if you think the best players are going to miss the chance to win…

  6. LeBron says week after finals loss was worst he ever had

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    A Miami Heat team in it’s first season together went all the way to the NBA finals before losing to a Dallas Mavericks team that found it’s stride after years together. That chemistry was part of the difference in that series. Watching the Heat lose was something fans everywhere and Kevin Love savored. You should…

  7. Report: Kevin Durant near deal to star in movie

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    Could Kevin Durant open a movie better than Denzel Washington? Shaq? We may soon find out. The man who has grown his fame this summer via a grassroots campaign  — dropping 66 at Rucker Park, putting on a show at the Goodman vs. Drew league game and dominating at pro-am games nationwide — may be about to…

  8. Report: Chinese team still trying to get Kobe… for exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:14 AM 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

    Kobe Bryant cannot play in a Chinese Basketball Association league game. Last week that league shut down what might have been an NBA influx ruling that only NBA free agents can be signed by Chinese teams. Players under contract — Kobe, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and others — cannot be signed even with…

  9. Police investigate the home of Zach Randolph in “drug-related assault”

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:34 AM EST

    zach-randolph-game-6

    There’s nothing good about this. There are things which aren’t bad. Like the fact that Zach Randolph is not currently under investigation for anything illegal. That’s not a bad thing. The fact that no one was seriously injured. That’s not a bad thing. But everything else? Everything else is pretty much bad. From the Oregonian:…

  10. Herb Simon says to chill out on the Reggie Miller talk

    Aug 21, 2011, 6:39 PM EST

    reggie-miller

    There were reports earlier this week that the Pacers were considering bringing in Reggie Miller to work under Larry Bird in the hopes that Bird could help groom Miller to be his successor. It was a pretty good plan considering Bird’s been on the fence for the past three seasons about whether to retire or…

  11. Infamous booster Nevin Shapiro allegedly hung out with Dwyane Wade, Shaq, along with rest of Miami

    Aug 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    It was only really a matter of time, honestly. Nevin Shapiro is the infamous convict who ran a Ponzi scheme and recently provided enough detailed evidence of widespread corruption and NCAA violation at the University of Miami to tarnish their reputation for a decade. The U is a nuclear wasteland right now as the NCAA…

  12. NBA player who started 44 games marries person famous for nothing in expensive ceremony

    Aug 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    From the department of “We’re not sure why this is actually news” comes word of Saturday’s big event. The huge showdown. The titanic clash. Of course I’m talking about the Kardashian-Humphries wedding. From the Toronto Star: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the price tag for the wedding — with 500-plus invited guests — will be…

  13. Derrick Rose says he’s going to win multiple championships. Sound familiar?

    Aug 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Derrick Rose spoke to HoopsHype at an event in Madrid. Among a number of subjects, Rose talked about working on a post game, which is a pretty exciting idea, even if every superstar says they’re working on a post-game in the summer and few actually implement one. But more interesting was this little tidbit. Time…

  14. Brandon Jennings wants a Drew-Goodman rematch, KD says they’ll oblige. Will Kobe join in?

    Aug 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Kevin Durant dropped 44 in the Drew-Goodman showdown Saturday and the Drew League won 135-134. But, as is custom for exhibition games in which the players are not making much if anything at all in a hastily organized game versus an NBA game for which the players get paid millions and which drives the emotions…

  15. Your Drew-Goodman Showdown “Capital Punishment” Top Plays

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:45 PM EST

    kevin-durant-backpack

    So the Drew League out of Watts and Goodman League out of Barry Farms had their big event on Saturday. And despite no one at the event working out a major distribution, promotion, or media system, and despite the tickets being drastically oversold stranding tons of people outside the event, a good time was had…

  16. Report: Wolves choices go Adelman, then Nelson or Mitchell

    Aug 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Maybe you’d forgotten that the Minnesota Timberwolves still don’t have a coach. And why rush, really? The season’s not due to start for two more months, and even then, the lockout will probably hold it off until much later, possibly months. So getting on the ball about a coach isn’t really an urgent matter. But…

  17. The best possible thing about the lockout: a Marcus Thornton-JCN showdown

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Thornton_Marcus

    Forget Drew-Goodman. You want the best (and by best we mean ridiculous showdown possible in the lockout? Take a look at December 17th. That could be the magic day if everything falls into place. From HoopsHype comes a story from TUBASKET.com regarding Marcus Thornton and how he may wind up signing with Spanish team Caja…

  18. Just a reminder, “ProStars” was awesome

    Aug 20, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    The problem with “The LeBrons” is it tries to be too much an analogy. It wants to talk about “issues’ and try and teach “values.” It’s a brand expansion. A cartoon needs to be a cartoon, and in doing so, it needs to lack any semblance of rational consideration or legitimate attempts at wry humor.…

  19. Report: Players, owners will not meet next week. Why would they?

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We passed along last week — as the one silver lining out of the union meetings that took place — that the union would try to set up a bargaining session with the league next week. Turns out, doesn’t look that will happen. The report comes from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (part of his look…

  20. The value of a mega-weight lottery

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    nba_2008_draft_lottery

    Since I spent the morning talking about why we still need to weight the lottery, I thought I’d also touch on one of the union’s other proposals, which could be implemented for the 2012 draft if we get a settlement. Back in June, the union brought up the idea of giving lottery teams additional picks,…

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