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  1. Ekpe Udoh, Cartier Martin caught in financial scandal

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    It’s a sad story that has touched large parts of college basketball. David Salinas was an investment manager and AAU official in Houston who it turns out was running a ponzi scheme and bilked a number of college coaches — including Billy Gillespie and Lute Olsen — for big money. This could get even messier…

  2. Ron Artest in talks to join Dancing with the Stars

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest apparently wants to be the latest athlete to join a group of celebrities time has passed by trying desperately to revive their careers. Artest, or Metta World Peace if you prefer, is in talks to join Dancing with the Stars, reports TMZ (and they pay good money to get these stories right, so…

  3. Aaron Brooks is happy being Steve Nash’s backup for now

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

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    Being the backup point guard in Phoenix can seem a no-win job. No matter what you do, you are not Steve Nash. This is Nash’s team. This is Nash’s city (which is why they are not likely to trade him). You are the guy that takes the floor while Nash lies down by the bench…

  4. LeBron James talks after Drew League run

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    LeBron James

    We already told you that LeBron James — at the urging of Baron Davis — got in a little run at the Drew League in Los Angeles last weekend. Afterwards, he spoke briefly with Warriors World TV, and so we are passing along the video. LeBron is in full PR mode for this one —…

  5. David West says he’ll be ready to go in October

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    David West rolled the dice. He was maybe the best free agent power forward on the market, a fantastic pick-and-pop partner for an elite point guard. The kind of guy that a lot of teams with cap room — the Pacers, the Nets — could use. A guy the Hornets want back… more like need…

  6. Those terrible NBA contracts are not why there is a lockout

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

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    Eddy Curry made $11.2 million last season to do nothing. Gilbert Arenas made $17 million and as three more years on his deal left. Joe Johnson just got more money than LeBron James. And the list goes on and on — did Luke Walton earn $6 million last season? It is easy to talk about…

  7. Jerome Jordan, Garrett Temple latest to sign in Europe

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns, Game 2

    Just keeping you up to date on the parade of lower level NBA stars who are smart to try and get some money overseas. One is the Knicks Jerome Jordan — a would be rookie drafted in the second round by the Bucks and traded to New York — has signed with Krka in Slovenia,…

  8. Report: Owners, players going to meet in early August

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The news is that lower level staff have almost got it set so some time in the next few weeks the key owners and players representatives are finally going to sit down in a room together and talk again. And this is supposed to make us happy? That’s the report from Tom Ziller at SB…

  9. Kevin Love is playing at the beach this summer

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    In the summer in parts of Los Angeles, beach volleyball is a way of life. Very good athletes are out diving and leaping in the sand at 16th Place in Manhattan Beach (and a host of other spots from Pacific Palisades down to Newport). Countless of basketball stars with Southern California ties have worked out…

  10. Lockout, new labor deal could keep foreign players overseas

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Spain v USA

    This year, foreign-born players filled up the NBA draft board like they haven’t in years — four of the top seven picks were foreign born, as were 13 selections overall (21.7 percent). The ongoing lockout and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could change that in the future. That is particularly true if the owners get…

  11. Kevin Love getting input on Wolves next coach

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Kevin Love mohawk

    (Editor’s note: Yes, that is Kevin Love in the photo to the right, he tweeted a pick of himself with his new haircut, and as it is a lockout we want you to know what is up with Love’s locks. You can thank us later.) Kevin Love is getting more respect from his organization than…

  12. Dwight Howard goes to Comic-Con (and talks free agency)

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Disney XD'S "Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil" - Comic-Con 2011

    Dwight Howard stands out at Comic-Con. Which is not that easy to do. The entire city of San Diego seems to be dressed as a stormtrooper or an Amime character for the annual convention of all-things comic and sci-fi. But a 6’11” man who is the best center walking the planet gets noticed anywhere he…

  13. NBA Rookie Transition Program postponed due to lockout

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Every year, before training camps open, the NBA gathers about 50 incoming rookies (not all of whom will make a roster) together and gives them a real education. Well, except this year. The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program has been postponed. What are we talking about? At this blog we talk plenty about the on-the-court challenges…

  14. Marquis Daniels progressing well from injury

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    We could all use a little good news in the midst of the NBA lockout stupidity. The last time we saw Marquis Daniels, the backup wingman for the Celtics was face down on the floor. His head collided with Gilbert Arenas’ arm, bruising Daniel’s spinal cord and exacerbating a long-standing spinal condition. He was temporarily…

  15. Winderman: Challenge in NBA lockout is owners, players infighting

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

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    The two sides in the NFL labor dispute have finally come together, so there will be football. Perhaps that’s why they came together, because there only were two sides. What has become increasingly clear amid this first month of the NBA lockout is that this is a lockout squared. There essentially are four sides. On…

  16. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not in the Olowokandi fan club

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Michael Olowokandi #34

    In an ESPN column ostensibly about how the owners need to get their revenue sharing house in order before they tell the players to take less money — a point with some validity — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goes off on a tangent. And tells a great story. Kareem, who has served as a big man assistant…

  17. Players union labor complaint will drag out another month or two

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union has not chosen to decertify and have players sue the league. Yet. So far they have gone a different route, filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — the federal agency that oversees labor relations —saying the owners were not negotiating in good faith. Now, the league is…

  18. Isaiah Thomas’ journey made into documentary

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

    Washington v North Carolina

    Isaiah Thomas was selected No. 60 — the very last pick, Mr. Irrelevant — in the NBA draft. He fell that far because there are questions — he’s small for an NBA point guard (5’10”) and is not and explosive athlete at a position where the NBA is loaded with amazing athletes. That said, he…

  19. Expect the Magic to keep launching three pointers

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    No team attempted more three pointers than the Orlando Magic last season. Not the run and gun Knicks (22 fewer) and the Suns were third in attempts and nowhere close (246 fewer). That was true the season before and the Magic have been in the top two of the league every season since 2007-08. And…

  20. Rondo admits Perkins trade affected team more than it should have

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The numbers are pretty stark — Boston was 41-14 when Kendrick Perkins was traded at the deadline to Oklahoma City, brining back Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. They went 15-12 the rest of the way. Danny Ainge justified the trade saying Green gave the Celtics needed depth on the wing and that they didn’t want…

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