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  1. How basketball players are groomed in Spain vs. USA

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Right now, Spain is the second best basketball nation in the world. They are the defending silver medalists from the Beijing Olympics, they have the second best professional league in the world. They remain the favorites at EuroBasket heading into the second round. And they are producing some of the best players in the world…

  2. Avery Johnson is not dumb, says his boss played well in charity game

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    “Net Income” of Nets Daily has the story for us: Avery Johnson enjoys playing with his boss, thinks the guy has skills.  At the end of Tuesday’s charity game in Moscow, the Nets coach said of his 6’9″ teammate: “Mikhail played really well today! It’s my first time I’m playing with him but it looks…

  3. Wall hoping for a breakout sophomore campaign

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

    Wall_John

    John Wall‘s rookie-year numbers weren’t bad, and the Wizards point guard definitely showed flashes of stunning athleticism and amazing court vision during his first season in the NBA. Wall averaged 16 points and 8 assists last season, a feat only equaled by Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams, and showed that he has unlimited potential for…

  4. Video: Wade, ‘Melo, CP3 should not do any dancing shows

    Sep 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    Ron Artest may be Dancing with the Stars (for at least a week), but according to the latest evidence that is more than Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul should do. During a recent tour of China the three got pulled into a dance off, and the results were… well, score one for the…

  5. Union, NBA lawyers to meet with judge about league lawsuit

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Wednesday, while the head of the NBA players union — president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter — are negotiating with David Stern, the union’s lawyers will be talking to a judge. Remember last month the league filed a lawsuit against the union, essentially trying to block the union’s path to decertification. According to Ken…

  6. Zaza Pachulia out for month with leg injury

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Lithuania Basketball EuroBasket

    Behind Zaza Pachulia, the team from Georgia has made it into the second round of EuroBasket. The Hawks big man was giving his native country 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Notice we said was, that is because he is injured and will miss the rest of the tournament. He will miss a month,…

  7. Mo Evans will not be playing in Spain, at least not soon

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Mo Evans, one of the many vice presidents of the National Basketball Players Association (the players union), has been preaching the sermon about how NBA players can make money overseas. How the players have options. But in the end, Evans isn’t going anywhere. We have this tweet from Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. Mo Evans won’t…

  8. Tayshaun Prince was not meant to be a pitcher

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    TPrince_sad

    Tayshaun Prince is the kind of basketball player you want on your team — long lanky defender who can disrupt on the wing, can knock down shots and create his own looks. The man has an NBA ring and an Olympic gold medal for a reason. What he is not is a good pitcher. Prince…

  9. Kevin Johnson still busting it to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    sacramento arena

    While the NBA labor strife seems to suck the life out of all thins NBA, Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying hard to keep the NBA alive in Sacramento. By next March the city needs to have taken big steps toward building a new arena in Sacramento or the Kings are Anaheim bound. The biggest stumbling…

  10. Owners, players talking Wednesday, Thursday, maybe Friday

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    David Stern Press Conference

    All optimism on the NBA labor talks front starts with this — at least they are talking. We told you last week that the two sides apparently were set to meet on Wednesday and try to move toward an agreement, something that ESPN’s Chris Broussard confirmed. But he added more details, suggesting the pace of…

  11. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire with a cameo on Entourage

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    There was a time when Entourage was appointment television for me. Now, I’m waiting until the last season hits DVD. That said, I’ll watch. I like the characters, I like the glimpse into the life. And I like the cameos — like Amar’e Stoudemire on Sunday’s episode. Here’s the clip, where Turtle is trying to…

  12. What the Lakers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Welcome to the first installment of a fun lockout series here at PBT… okay, there nothing is fun about the lockout. It blows. But whenever it ends teams are going to have to scramble to fill holes and make moves. What follows is a discussion of what the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to…

  13. Pau Gasol optimistic about Mike Brown, there being a season

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol is the key to Spain’s chance of winning the European championship and one of the two 2012 Olympics bids they are handing out at the event — with him they are undefeated, without him (out with an ankle injury) they fell to Turkey. Normally, EuroBasket would end and Gasol would fly straight to…

  14. Video: Highlights from Luda Day game — give us Bieber

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    It was Luda Day weekend in Atlanta last weekend, where rapper Ludacris both throws some big parties and gives back to the community in Atlanta (such as taking 1,000 youth to see an Atlanta Braves game. The highlight of the weekend is the charity basketball game, which featured Kevin Durant (of course it did, he’s…

  15. Kevin Durant has one serious back tattoo, loves Maryland

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

    Durant tattoos

    Ah Maryland, the beautiful state on the Eastern seaboard. Member of the original 13 colonies. The state that gave us Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr. The state that is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. Maryland, where the official state song — Maryland my Maryland — refers to Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant” and…

  16. Are owners, players closer than we think to a deal?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The conventional wisdom — based on the words out of the mouths of David Stern, Billy Hunter and basically everyone who has been in on one of the NBA labor negotiations — is that the two sides are nowhere near a deal. They are finally getting serious about the negotiations, but the sides remain far…

  17. Injuries racking up in international ball, including Pau Gasol

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    This isn’t a fun, safe little bit of run in the gym. EuroBasket, FIBA Americas and other tournaments going on right now with NBA players are real competition. But there are risks with competition, especially serious competition where there is a something at stake. Like national pride and Olympic berths. People get hurt. We have…

  18. EuroBasket recap: On to the second round with the group of death

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Tony Parker of France reacts during a 20

    After a dozen games on Monday, half of the teams that came to Lithuania for EuroBasket — an Olympics qualifying tournament — have been sent home. Now things get serious, as virtually all of the top teams are in one supergroup — a true group of death that will mean some very good teams will…

  19. Video: Watch Renaldo Balkman headbutt Greivis Vasquez

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

    Renaldo Balkman (L) of Puerto Rico fight

    Monday’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico at the FIBA America’s Tournament carried a lot of weight – Puerto Rico is fighting for one of the two 2012 Olympics berths from the event, Venezuela is battling with Canada and Uruguay to get fifth place and the invite to the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament next year. Which…

  20. If you want to win in the NBA, forget point guards. Go big.

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    During the summer, we get a buzz watching John Wall say he is back and slash through guys at the Goodman league. Or watching Brandon Jennings cut it up at the Drew League. We relate to the normal sized guy who can find a way to get it done in the NBA. We love Derrick…

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