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  1. Wow, actual talks — union, league staff to meet

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s not much. At best it’s a meeting to set up a meeting. But it’s something. And right now we’ll take just about anything as a glimmer of hope. Staff from the league and the players union will meet Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. Mid-level staff members from the players’ association and league office are…

  2. Silas plans to use zone defense, play Walker and Augustin together

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

    Arizona v Connecticut

    From the AP’s Mike Cranston: #Bobcats coach Paul Silas says he’ll likely use more zone defense next season so he can play Kemba Walker and D.J. Augustin together. The Bobcats were one of the best defensive teams in the league in 2009-10, but lost some of their defensive edge early last season before Silas replaced Larry…

  3. Evan Turner working on overhauling his shot

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    The 2010 No. 2 overall pick, Evan Turner, had a rough rookie season. That starts with trouble putting the ball in the basket with any consistency. The main reason for that was Turner’s shaky outside shot — the 22-year old Ohio State product finished well at the rim, but shot only 37.6% on 10-15 foot…

  4. NBA lays off 114 employees, says not due to lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Today there are 114 more civilian casualties to the NBA lockout war… except the league says these are not casualties at all. We’re not buying that. So you can get the facts as presented, here are the key parts of the Associated Press report. The NBA has laid off about 114 people over the last…

  5. Dwyane Wade swats some kid’s shot hoop camp

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    Dwyane Wade is one of the best shot blocking guards in the NBA. Which makes him especially dangerous if his opponent is less than four feet tall. Not something he runs into much in the NBA (insert your own J.J. Barea joke here) but he does at his youth camp. So during a fun little…

  6. Mike Miller has surgery again, this time his shoulder

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Someday Mike Miller is going to be healthy. We think. He certainly is getting enough treatment for his many ailments. That now includes another surgery, this time to his left shoulder, according to Ira Winderman at the Sun-Sentinel. This is on the heels of the thumb surgery he already had after the NBA finals ended.…

  7. It’s a trend, private equity firms snatching up NBA teams

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Tom Gores

    Despite what David Stern seems to think is a franchise-crushing financial system, and despite the threat of a protracted lockout, NBA franchises seem to be selling for record prices. And healthy profits in some cases for the former owners. The latest is the just agreed-to deal for Joshua Harris to buy the Philadelphia 76ers. But…

  8. Report: Pietrus to have knee surgery, will miss Eurobasket

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus, the Phoenix Suns swingman, will not be playing for the French national team this summer as they try to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Instead, he’s going to have surgery. First the French national team announced that Pietrus essentially did not pass his physical with the team. Then his agent contacts BasketUSA,…

  9. Report: Timberwolves will talk to Adelman, Nelson

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Minnesota is finally getting around to letting go of the coach who was 100 games below .500 in two seasons, and finding a new one. They are looking at some name veterans — Don Nelson and Rick Adelman — according to tweets from Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources say Wolves plan to talk to both…

  10. Biyombo’s agent swears his client will be at Bobcats camp

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    bismack biyombo

    When we last heard from Bismack Biyombo — the No. 7 overall pick now of the Charlotte Bobcats — he was going into a negotiating room with his Spanish team from last season, Fuenlabrada. The thing is, Fuenlabrada also has him under contract for the next two seasons and they want all of the $1.4…

  11. Report: League cleared Cuban, Mavs ESPY appearance

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    The 2011 ESPY Awards - Show

    The NBA league office apparently has nothing better to do during the lockout than monitoring team officials to make sure they don’t even have causal contact with players. Say just one wrong word and you can get threatened with a $1 million fine. So what was the deal with Mavs owner Mark Cuban standing with…

  12. Richardson says winning matters most, of course it does

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Orlando’s Jason Richardson is officially a free agent, you can tell because he has now said what every free agent is compelled by some law of nature to say. It’s not about the money, it’s about winning. It’s never about the money. Why would you even think that? Anyway, here is the quote, via the…

  13. Pistons’ Daye shedding no tears over Kuester’s dismissal

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Will the players from any team be as happy to have a new coach as the Detroit Pistons? There was serious infighting between the coach and the players last season, including players skipping practices and more. Pistons forward Austin Daye doesn’t exactly say “don’t let the door hit you’re a– on the way out” but…

  14. NBA expects big television revenue jump, which complicates lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    NBA Finals TV Team Basketball

    Nothing runs professional sports in the United States like television and television money. And it’s right in the middle of the NBA lockout. That starts with the current television deal, set to pay the league $930 million next season (assuming there is a next season). We told you before about how the NBA’s television networks…

  15. TNT makes it official, Shaq will join “Inside the NBA”

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley at the same desk every Thursday night. First, that is appointment television. Second, TNT may want to increase its craft services budget (the people who cater food to the set). TNT made it official Thursday, announcing that Shaquille O’Neal will join the “Inside the NBA” show before and after games…

  16. Blake Griffin, Kevin Love are true lockout professionals

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    So, you didn’t watch the ESPYs either? I love Seth Meyers, the Saturday Night Live star and host, but I just couldn’t. However, there are always a few good moments, so we went searching for them this morning and came across this, and had to share it. Because this is funny. It’s Kevin Love, Blake…

  17. Tolliver says Wolves need to find defensive coach

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Tolliver_wolves

    We — fans, media — always seem to focus on the offense. So the story about how Kurt Rambis didn’t work as a coach always seems to focus on the triangle offense. Which the Wolves ran in a different form than Phil Jackson’s Lakers teams, due to personnel. But that was not the problem according…

  18. Report: Pistons focused on Woodson, Frank to be coach

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    No real shock with the names, but it sounds like the Detroit Pistons are getting closer to making a decision on a new head coach. Marc Stein has the report over at ESPN. Of the five known candidates for job, sources say that former Pistons assistant Mike Woodson is still the closest thing to a…

  19. League good with Jordan, locked-out NBA players golfing together

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    As he has done for years, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will be at Lake Tahoe this weekend golfing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. So will Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. They’ll all be hanging out together. Most years this shouldn’t strike you as…

  20. USA Basketball to start asking players about 2012 Olympics

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    USA Basketball should expect a lot of vague answers. With an unsettled labor situation and everything a year away, players are going to be hesitant to fully commit now to USA basketball for the 2012 Olympics in London. But the organization’s head Jerry Colangelo is going to start asking, according to a tweet from Brian…

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