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  1. Stephon Marbury doubts Amar’e or Melo could hack it in China

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    It’s always a nice Saturday morning when Stephon Marbury is back on our pages. It’s comforting. Like the crazy old guy at the coffee shop who wants to talk to you about how aliens stole his shoes. The New York Post gave Marbury a ring to ask him whether it would work for Carmelo Anthony…

  2. There’s a hiccup with Bismack Biyombo’s NBA availability… beyond the lockout

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

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    Before the draft, there were rumors that Bismack Biyombo was 28 years old, only 20 years old, 18 years old, the works. The reality is that it’s unclear how old he is, though he’s probably in normal draft pick range. Then there were rumors that he was still under contract with his Spanish team and…

  3. Toni Kukoc named in prostitution scandal; he shrugs

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:01 PM EST

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    Not exactly sure how a professional basketball player sleeping with a prostitute got to be news — you don’t even want to know how often that happens — but here you go. Former Chicago Bull and Croatian basketball legend Toni Kukoc’s name was tied as a “john” to a big prostitution ring in his native…

  4. Lakers’ Matt Barnes back playing, says knee is all good now

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:36 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Matt Barnes has to feel like he has a clean slate in Los Angeles. He struggled last season with the triangle offense and finding his rhythm, then he missed 26 games with right nee surgery. He came back in time for the playoffs, but he was not 100 percent and couldn’t contribute much as the…

  5. Michael Jordan offers advice to Tiger Woods

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

    The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

    Tiger Woods is about to step back on to the golf course for the first time in three months next week. He’s doing so trying to overcome issues both physical — left knee and Achilles’ injuries — and psychological that have hampered him for more than a year. Michael Jordan dealt with issues while he…

  6. Kobe says his knee is “best it’s been in a long time”

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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    Maybe what Kobe Bryant’s knee needed was a little rest and some expensive, exotic therapy. His knee had been an issue the last couple seasons — it’s almost bone on bone. It’s why Kobe had surgery on it last summer, and why he had to have it drained multiple times in previous years. It’s why…

  7. Fisher says money not sole focus of Monday’s negotiations

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

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    This is about money. This entire lockout that could cost us a season. Yes, there are other things they could and should deal with — Henry Abbott did a good post discussing some of those — but in the end it is money. Specifically the split (and definition) of Basketball Related Income (BRI). Everything else…

  8. Video: Time-lapse of Madison Square Garden remodel

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

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    There is a crew of 1,000 construction workers, broken out into groups that are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to completely remodel the interior of the venerable Madison Square Garden. There will be new seats, new suites and even a new bar where you can watch the Knicks walk from the…

  9. Report: Frank reaches contract terms with Pistons

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    We’ve known for a week that Lawrence Frank was going to be next coach of the Pistons. Detroit fans are restless about this — they badly wanted Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer to get the gig — but Frank was the guy who blew everyone away during the interview process. Of course, there was still that…

  10. Kanter doesn’t want to sit another season, considers China

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

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    Last season the NCAA relegated Enes Kanter to wearing a suit when Kentucky played, saying he had played for a professional team in his native Turkey and was ineligible to play college ball (he did practice with the team). Still, there was enough promise there — big men with soft hands are a rarity —…

  11. Cedric Ceballos buys piece of ABA team in Phoenix

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Ball Up Celebrity Streetball Game

    Cedric Ceballos is still in Arizona. No Lakers fans, not jet skiing on Lake Havasu, he lives there now. He’s the in-game MC for the Phoenix Suns. So, like the rest of us, he hopes to get back to his new job sooner rather than later. But he’s picked up a side gig — he…

  12. Steve Blake tweaking his shot before next season

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Steve Blake never seemed comfortable in the Lakers triangle offense last season. Coming from more traditional point guard systems, he never seemed to be able to find his spaces in the offense. He saw his assist rate fall way off career averages (the point guard is more a catch-and-shoot guy in Phil Jackson’s triangle) while…

  13. Tom Thibodeau has major off-season knee surgery

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s knee was really killing him last season. Which makes sense when you learn that he’s basically been bone-on-bone in that knee for 30 years. Not that he said a word about it. He went through the season as he has every year in the NBA not complaining, just grinding through…

  14. FIBA clears way for NBA players to play overseas

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

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    It was the one question left surrounding NBA players inking overseas deals — would FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, allow players under an NBA contract to play for another team? Yes they will. FIBA made the official announcement Friday, saying it will give players under contract to an NBA team a “letter of clearance” to…

  15. Video: Dwayne Wade, the making of a fashion icon

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:37 AM 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

    I don’t know if Dwyane Wade is a fashion icon and I am about the least qualified person in the United States to make that call. Well, our own Matt Moore gives me a run for that designation, but basically hoops bloggers are not people you should turn to for fashion advice. But someone thinks…

  16. Kobe Bryant to be in on meeting with Turkish squad

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    We’d already told you that Kobe Bryant’s people would be meeting on July 30 (Saturday) with officials from the Turkish club Besiktas, but it turns out Kobe himself will be in on the talks, according to Reuters (via ESPNLA). As we mentioned in previous stories, every time Kobe’s people speak things are cautious, every time…

  17. Breaking down the Wolves coaching search by dollars

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:24 AM EST

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    It’s all about the Benjamins. With the Minnesota Timberwolves interviewing a roughly everyone west of the Misissippi River for their open coaching position — Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Rick Adelman, Terry Porter, Bernie Bickerstaff, Mike Woodson — it is hard to get exactly what they are looking for. Sure, GM David Kahn said he wanted…

  18. Players union VP Dooling near deal with Turkish team

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

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    Right now, the NBA players’ union board is mostly made up of guys who are the rank and file of the league — Chris Paul is the only All-Star player in the group. Those rank and file guys — the guys not making $12 million a year or more — are the ones who might…

  19. Former NBA player arrested for basketball related grift

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

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    Jay Vincent leaves the trail of a con artist. He also was a college teammate and national champion at Michigan State with Magic Johnson. He went on to be a second round pick of the Mavericks in 1981 who scored 21.4 points per game his rookie year in Dallas and had a nine-year NBA career…

  20. Rondo, Wall, Bledsoe may be Kentucky assistant coaches

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

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    Three big-name NBA guards may be going back to school rather than going to Europe if the NBA lockout drags on into the fall. Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted this on Thursday night: “John Wall (@jimmywa11), Rajon Rondo (@rajonrondo) & Eric Bledsoe (@ebled24) all plan to enroll in the fall if the lockout continues. Kaboom!”…

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