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  1. Are the NBA owners a unified front, or will they soften?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    NBA commissioner Stern attends the second day of the Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley

    Right now, the NBA owners are taking the hard line and are not budging off it. NBA Commissioner David Stern has done a good job — via the hammer of massive fines — from keeping any owners from speaking out of turn about the lockout. He is the lone voice, the lone source for one…

  2. Ron Artest loves Celine Dion. Seriously. She made him cry.

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    Ron Artest Celine Dion

    It’s hard for Ron Artest to surprise me any more. The man will soon officially be Metta World Peace, what more is going to catch me off guard? It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would go see Celine Dion in concert. Even Canadians. She has a big Vegas show, I go to Vegas…

  3. Bobcat’s Thomas says he’s working on his mental game

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    There’s really never been any question about Tyrus Thomas’ physical skills — he’s 6’9” and can leap out of the gym, he can rebound and finish at the rim. But even those close to him have been frustrated with his decision making, which we will kindly call inconsistent. Focus and Thomas are rarely used in…

  4. Gordon likely will not play for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Last week we told you that Luol Deng announced he would play for Great Britain this summer, that the nation’s basketball body was able to find insurance. They did — but not the level of insurance normally afforded players. And while that was good enough for Deng it is not enough for Detroit’s Ben Gordon,…

  5. NBA rookies taking out loans while lockout drags on

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Guys drafted in the first round of the last NBA Draft are stuck. They do not have an NBA contract yet — the draft is in June but no deals could be signed until July, and then it was too late — so they have no income. However, first rounders are guaranteed to get a…

  6. Video: Watch Kemba Walker go coast-to-coast

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Charlotte Bobcats draftee Kemba Walker was in New York City getting a little streetball run at Dyckson Park. And we have some video to pass along of him making a sweet coast-to-coast run. Ahh, the terrible defensive decisions, the guard not looking to pass, one guy out working everyone else around — this play makes…

  7. Yes they are sold, but the Hawks will not be on the move

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    interior

    The Atlanta Hawks are being sold to a Los Angeles guy, Alex Meruelo and his Meruelo Group. That has made some Hawks fans uneasy about the future of the Hawks in Atlanta — this is a guy whose life and business interests are in Los Angeles and other teams have already flirted with Anaheim. Plus,…

  8. How about Michael Redd on the Heat? That should solve things.

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:26 AM EST

    REDD_MICHAEL

    The trick here is to look past the actual conjectured free agency target and look to the greater schematic. But we’ll start with said conjectured free agency targets. From the Miami Herald:  If the Heat cannot sign preferred choices Shane Battier, Grant Hill or Tayshaun Prince postlockout, Miami will consider Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady,…

  9. Deron Williams looks pretty healthy… while dunking

    Aug 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams had a wrist injury at the end of the season. It wasn’t a big deal, but some clean-up surgery was necessary. With Williams signing in Turkey, even with the insurance he revealed he’s obtained, there’s still some concern about what condition he’s in. Judging from this highlight clip from the Illinois Alumni Game…

  10. DeMarcus Cousins gets tattoo that reads “Misunderstood.” Of course.

    Aug 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    misunderstood

    From the Department of “Things That You Will Feel Silly About When You Are 35,” comes DeMarcus Cousins‘ newest tattoo, posted on Twitter, which features simply the word “Misunderstood” on his calf:   The question mark, I think, is what really makes it, along with the fact that the typeface itself is difficult to read.…

  11. DeMar DeRozan apologizes for his behavior, and he didn’t even hit anyone

    Aug 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    DeMar DeRozan took to Twitter on Saturday to apologize for his behavior immediately following a Drew League game. “I want to apologize for my actions at the Drew League today. I got caught up in the heat of the moment, but should’ve handled it better,” DeRozan wrote on Twitter. From various reports, DeRozan was whistled…

  12. A reminder of what can happen if basketball doesn’t work out

    Aug 7, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Rio Grande Valley Vipers v Los Angeles D-Fenders

    From Eyewitness News 7 in New Jersey: SPARTA, N.J. (WABC) — In New Jersey, four burglary suspects, including a former NBA player, are under arrest after a high-speed chase. A Sparta police officer stopped the vehicle carrying the suspects for speeding but when he approached the SUV, the suspects took off. via 4 arrested in NJ after…

  13. Hawks fans’ long regional nightmare is over, Meruelo to become owner

    Aug 7, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks Logo

    It’s over. Finally, mercifully, and long since it should have been, it’s over. The Atlanta Hawks have their ownership situation resolved. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who secured the exclusive interview this weekend: Meruelo (pronounced mur-rel-o) said some members of the Spirit group will maintain minority ownership positions but that he will own more than 50 percent…

  14. Keith Closs talks about drinking away his NBA career

    Aug 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    closs

    In some ways, it’s wrong to say Keith Closs — a backup center with the Clippers from 1997 to 2000 and was a case study of unfulfilled promise — drank himself out of an NBA career. That’s because he says he was drinking in junior high, and high school, and college — all while playing…

  15. Is it “bad” if LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul don’t tip?

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (L) and teammate LeBron James wait to leave the stadium after losing the NBA Championship to the Dallas Mavericks in Miami

    Step carefully, children. We’re near the edge of a dangerous ledge. So NBA players not tipping is not a breaking story. It’s been talked about for ages. Fairly often it comes with certain racial implications that are fairly well documented (or at least claims thereof have been). But instead of going down that road, let’s…

  16. Brandon Jennings is not very nice in streetball play

    Aug 6, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    Brandon Jennings seems to be coming into his own this summer. He’s publicly committed to improving his game, has raised his profile in a sponsorship “internship” with Under Armour, and has been playing steadily in various summer leagues. Last few days he’s been patrolling Dyckman League. And one unlucky defender paid the price for keeping…

  17. Wait a tick, could Mullin return to the Warriors?

    Aug 6, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Chris Mullin HOF

    There was a big ol’ heartwarming rush of reconciliation when Chris Mullin made his press appearance in anticipation of his induction to the Hall of Fame the other day. It was just pretty sweet. Story over. Except, wait, what’s that? From the AP: Mullin — set to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall…

  18. Carmelo Anthony thinks 57% of BRI is fair enough, thanks

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has Puerto Rican ties and so he hosts a charity weekend there. As part of that, he did an interview with a local newspaper. You’re never going to believe it, but the subject of playing overseas came up. I know, shocking, right? And even more stunning, Melo said he was keeping his options…

  19. Video: Your Michael Jordan retrospective YouTube Award of the Day goes to…

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    You know who was pretty good? That Jordan fella. Pretty nice ballplayer, that. Red Auerbach himself called Jordan the Greatest of All Time (though he’d still take Russell to start a team; come on, it’s Red). Some day there will be a film made of Jordan’s life, and it will be huge. Though the script…

  20. Is Zach Randolph organizing a Grizzlies practice?

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    zach-randolph-game-6

    When the NFL lockout was going on, various players started organizing practices for teammates to keep them in rhythm with one another. You haven’t heard anything like that on the NBA level because 1. it’s still the offseason for most guys and 2. NBA players aren’t as tight-knit, traditionally, as NFL players. But apparently Memphis…

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