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  1. Lockout veteran Grant Hill learned lessons from last one

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    There are a handful of guys still around the NBA from the last time the league locked out, the 1998-99 season, which cost the league 32 games. Grant Hill of the Suns is one of those guys and told Marc Spears of Yahoo there are lessons to be learned. “You want to stay in shape.…

  2. Thunder pick up options on Harden, Ibaka, Maynor

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    James Harden

    It’s worth remembering that no key player in the Thunder rotation other than Kendrick Perkins was over the age of 22 in the last playoffs. This is a young team that remains all about the future. So it is without a surprise that the Thunder exercised the options on a number of their young players…

  3. Casey will use advanced stats, get Raptors to play defense

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

    Dwane Casey smiles after being introduced as the new head coach of the Raptors in Toronto

    Put me in the group of NBA bloggers who wanted to see Dwane Casey get another chance at the big seat. First off, he did a pretty good job in the big seat the first time but got thrown to the sidelines because an owner misread how much talent his team really had. And in…

  4. Etan Thomas lays out the players’ case in labor strife

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas can flat out write. Which makes the Atlanta forward’s explanation of where the players are coming from in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement must reading over at Hoopshype. You don’t have to agree with it — if you want to side with the ultra rich owners over the wealthy players go ahead, personally…

  5. Wizards’ owner Leonsis confirms team lost money last year

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

    Ted Leonsis

    Not really shocking, especially considering Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has said he wants a hockey-like financial system for the NBA, but he admitted that his team was one of the challenged teams last season. “We lost money last year,” Leonsis told CSNWashington.com. After that, having learned the price of an owner speaking out of turn…

  6. Hawks hosting pre-lockout mini-camp for draftees, free agents

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Keith Benson, Alexis Wangmene

    Summer is usually the time teams get a long up close look at the guys they drafted and some free agents they may want to fill out the roster. There is Summer League and team workouts and some time to really evaluate guys. Not this summer. This summer is all about the lockout. So the…

  7. Bobcats’ Biyombo still facing serious buyout issues

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Bismack Biyombo

    When introduced to the fans and media recently, Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo essentially blew off concerns about a buyout with his Spanish club. It isn’t quite that simple, reports the Associated Press. The two sides are expected to sit down Friday and see if they can reach a deal. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the…

  8. Winderman: CBA talks time to address contraction, schedule

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    David Stern

    To some, these are the worst of times for the NBA. An impending lockout. The drafting of a new collective-bargaining agreement. Big-money teams vs. low-revenue franchises in what might set up as its own civil war. And yet this also can be the best of times in at least one respect, in the void of…

  9. Artest to play in Finland? That’s one report… and it is false

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Artest_Lakers

    UPDATE 8:57 pm: As much fun as this sounded like, it turns out not to be true. 10:47 am: We warn you to take this report out of Finland with more salt than you would use to make graavikala — traditional Finnish salt-cured fish. So a lot. But the Finnish paper iltasanomat.fi is reporting Ron…

  10. Nowitzki’s hometown in Germany throwing him parade

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

    A fan holds a placard which reads "Wuerzburg loves Dirk" ..

    There’s going to be quite the party in Wurzburg, Bavaria, Tuesday. And it’s not even October. Wurzburg is the hometown of Dirk Nowitzki, and the best basketball player that city has ever produced has returned home for a parade in his honor, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Nowitzki flew home over the weekend after…

  11. NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    David Stern

    The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them. At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds…

  12. Tim Duncan not going to opt out, Spurs not offering extension

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

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    Next season, whenever it starts, is going to see Tim Duncan in the middle for the San Antonio Spurs. As it should, it will look and feel wrong when the day comes he doesn’t fill that role. Duncan could opt out of his deal and force the Spurs to renegotiate with him, but he’s not…

  13. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire talks lockout workouts

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Michael Robinson, the fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, has started his own YouTube interview show called The Real Robinson Report. Because, what else are you going to do during a lockout? He interviewed the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire recently and asked him about the lockout and got the usual “I hope it doesn’t come to that”…

  14. Former Hawks player Lorenzo Charles dies in bus crash

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

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    Lorenzo Charles, who played one season for the Atlanta Hawks but is best remembered as a basketball hero of North Carolina State’s second national championship, has died in a bus crash. Charles, 47, was driving the bus, which had no passengers when the accident occurred, on Interstate 40 near Durham, N.C. No other vehicles were…

  15. Larry Bird doesn’t sound like a guy hanging around for long

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:59 PM EST

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    You’re not going to have Larry Bird to kick around much longer, Pacers fans. At least that’s how it sounds in a conversation Bird had with the Boston Globe. “It’s at a point now in my life where I think it might be time to really reconsider and see how long I want to do…

  16. Warriors acquire D-League team

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    Ever since the Warriors’ new management team took the club over from former owner Chris Cohan, they’ve been making moves to try and signal to the fans that things will be different in Oakland now that there are some new sheriffs in town. Here’s their latest move, with the news coming courtesy of Marcus Thompson…

  17. Wizards should play even faster with Vesely in lineup

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:50 PM EST

    Jan Vesely

    The Washington Wizards knew what they had — last year at Summer League Sam Cassell (coaching the team in Vegas) and Flip Saunders said the Wizards were going to run. They had John Wall, they were going to up the tempo and get in in the open court. And they did, they moved from 21st…

  18. Lockout could have effect on team websites

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Earlier today, ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz had an interesting article on a potential ancillary effect of the upcoming lockout — you won’t be able to see current NBA players on team websites: Does it really matter if there’s an extension of the CBA in July or a lockout? After all, there aren’t any games nor do…

  19. Did Hamilton slide down draft due to Texas coach Barnes?

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Jordan Hamilton

    Jordan Hamilton is a lottery-level athlete who slid all the way down the NBA draft board to No. 26, where Dallas took him, traded him and he is now the property of the Denver Nuggets. Why did he fall down the board? In part because teams had concerns about his attitude. Hamilton thinks those concerns…

  20. Another report that Hawks are close to being sold

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks Logo

    First came the report the Hawks were very close to being sold again. Then the expected denial. Again. Now comes a second report from a trusted place — David Aldridge of NBA.com — that the sale is indeed close. The sale is close to being completed, though it won’t be finalized in time for an approval…

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