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  1. No. 1 pick Irving signs with Nike

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    From Irving’s twitter feed: Feels good to officially be apart of @nikebasketball! Can’t wait to meet all the family I’m going to be apart of.Dreams really do come true! Irving was drafted #1 overall by the Cavaliers after having a stellar season at Duke, albeit one cut short by injury. Nike needs no introduction —…

  2. NBA players could flock to China, not Europe, if lockout goes on

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

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    With the lockout looming, many NBA players are considering playing in Europe as they wait for the new CBA to get hammered out. However, most European teams have limited finances, as well as a limit on how many U.S. players can be on a roster. However, some top agents think that there may be a…

  3. While supplies last: Decorate your walls with the life-size image of Dan Gilbert’s son!

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

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    The fact that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert also happens to own Fathead, monopolizers of the vinyl wall decal industry, became NBA relevant last summer. As you may recall, Gilbert marked down the price of all LeBron James decals immediately after he chose to leave the Cavs, and worked in a Benedict Arnold zing in…

  4. Rick Carlisle could face league fine after radio slip

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Team and league employees have embraced a veil of feigned ignorance during the lockout, as if a refusal to speak the names or sport the images of the players changes any bit of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the current lockout. The league itself has imposed some hefty fines for any who violate the terms of…

  5. Kobe, Chris Paul part of star-studded Philippines exhibition

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    If you want to see NBA players on the court, you need to head to the Philippines. There may be a lockout stateside killing even Summer League but a couple big exhibition games have gotten approval in Manilla and will feature Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and other NBA stars, according to the Philippines Star newspaper…

  6. Cuttino Mobley wants to play again in the NBA

    Jul 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

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    Cuttino Mobley played 11 serviceable seasons in the NBA with four different teams, but after being traded to the Knicks in 2008 (in the deal that freed New York of the then-horrific contract of Zach Randolph), he was forced to retire due to medical concerns. Mobley has a serious heart ailment known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,…

  7. Fredette sees similarities between himself, Tim Tebow

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Is Jimmer Fredette the Tim Tebow of the NBA? Interesting question. Both were huge college stars with questions about how their games would translate to the next level. Both have a religious aspect to their popularity. Both are locked out right now. Tebow and Fredette also both are at the American Century Championships this weekend,…

  8. They love Kobe in the Philippines. A lot.

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Kobe Bryant on his annual tour through Asia, promoting the game, himself and selling some Nike shoes along the way. And he’s the biggest NBA star in Asia because he has been doing this for years. How much do they love him in the Philippines? Watch the video below. Kobe laced them up for an…

  9. Mavericks become first team to ride cold streak to title

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    Among the many things that needed to right for the Dallas Mavericks to win their first ever NBA title, they needed to stay healthy. And while that is true of every team, with an older team the odds of problems go up. So, the Mavericks players got cold. During their playoff run, a number of…

  10. Today’s NBA or Europe roundup — Jimmer’s staying

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Seems like every day one or more NBA players say they are open to the idea of playing overseas during the NBA lockout. While we have our doubts about how many will actually go (even if the lockout drags into the season), here’s a roundup of who is saying and doing what in the last…

  11. It’s official, Vujacic signs for full season in in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    Apparently they will be seeing more of Maria Sharapova in Istanbul. Her fiancé, former Laker and Net Sasha Vujacic, has signed a deal to play for traditional Turkish League power Anadolu Efes, according to the official site of the EuroLeague. This had been rumored and is not a surprise. It’s a good get for a…

  12. Manu Ginobili says he plans to retire in two years

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    Things are changing with the Spurs. An era is ending. Tim Duncan is on the downhill side of his career, and now it appears Manu Ginobili is looking at a pretty short window of time in the NBA. That’s what he told an Argentinian news site, as translated by Hoopsworld. “The truth is that I…

  13. Ibaka granted Spanish citizenship, will play in Eurobasket

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    The front line of the Spanish national team already had the Gasol brothers, and it just got better. Serge Ibaka — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward who was born in the Congo but played in Spain — has been granted Spanish citizenship and will play for the country in EuroBasket this summer, the event where…

  14. Arenas tweets about gun incident, says he’s seen worse

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

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    The shackles are off Gilbert Arenas. He loves to tweet, but while he has an NBA contract he could get fined for putting up what he really was thinking — until the lockout. Now he can tweet whatever he wants without fear of reprisal. He was already a must follow before the shackles came off,…

  15. Kobe slips from nation’s most popular athlete to No. 3

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    What does it say about American sports fans that Kobe Bryant slipped out of the top spot in a poll of America’s favorite athletes and Derek Jeter replaced him on top of the list? That’s what happened in the annual Harris Poll of the most famous athletes in America (via the Orange County Register). What…

  16. Raptors considering several to fill GM role

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Bryan Colangelo

    Bryan Colangelo has been calling the shots in Toronto and, well, that hasn’t gone as well as he planned. Now there is pressure on to win. Soon. As part of that President and GM Colangelo is looking to bring in a GM to be part of the Raptors front office, and he has several candidates…

  17. Horry says the Lakers need a point guard to replace Fisher

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    The Lakers looked old and tired, getting swept by a Mavericks team that was actually older but showed more passion. Dallas was committed to executing their game plan in a way the Lakers no longer were. The Lakers need to rekindle that fire, they are counting on Mike Brown to do just that. But it…

  18. Shaq says LeBron’s travails “happened to everyone”

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal has been through the wars. He’s won a lot of rings, he’s lost in finals, he’s been loved and scorned by the media. Oh, and he had his own reality show. Think what you want of him, he understands a lot of what it takes to get things done in the NBA. In…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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