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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Tolliver says Wolves need to find defensive coach

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Rajon Rondo’s elbow still not right after dislocation

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    It was the most gruesome sight of the playoffs (unless you’re a Lakers fan, then it was Game 4 against Dallas) — Rajon Rondo falling in the series against Miami and his elbow bending the wrong way. An entire nation winced at the replay. Months later, hanging out at his youth camp in his native…

  12. Union letter to NBA players: Keep looking overseas

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    It’s all about leverage. In a letter sent out to 450 NBA players, players union Executive Director Billy commended Deron Williams and all but encouraged players to look overseas. He said that he did not think FIBA or the NBA would stand in a player’s way (FIBA would have to clear players under contract to…

  13. Report: Deal reached in sale Philadelphia 76ers

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:23 PM EST

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    UPDATE JULY 13, 6:23 pm: Over at CSNPhilly.com, Dei Lynam has confirmed that a deal has been reached. She also talks about the next steps in the process.  Now the deal must be approved by the league’s board of governors. The NBA needs to approve the sale and they will be thorough in their investigation.…

  14. Deron Williams new Turkish team not great about paying players

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EST

    Deron Williams presser

    Talk with any hoop player who has worked outside the very highest levels of European basketball and they can tell you horror stories about trying to get paid. Check out what former Cavalier Lance Allred told Sports Illustrated today, about the $160,000 he never got from an Italian team. Stories like that are common. Among…

  15. Dwight Howard would choose China over Europe?

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    This is a hypothetical exercise, Dwight Howard is not going to play overseas. He may say he is open to it but there is only in infinitesimal chance Dwight Howard would actually lace up the Adidas. The fact is he is on the verge of a huge new contract — the max under whatever the…

  16. Video: John Wall takes it to Julius Hodge

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Since we’re not out sweltering in Vegas this week at the cancelled-and-missed Summer League — it was only 100 degrees there today — we’re monitoring all the fun leagues going on around the nation for some action. Like the North Carolina Pro-Am. That’s where John Wall is playing. Wall is coming off a good rookie…

  17. Sixers’ Elton Brand producer of new Tupac film

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

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    Elton Brand got the movie industry bug when he was a Clipper out in Los Angeles. He even had his own production company for a wile. And he learned that it’s a cutthroat business as his company got sued multiple times (hello deep pockets). But he’s back at it, according to Philly.com. The man doesn’t…

  18. Roddy Beaubois not going to Europe, some players are

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

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    It’s time to play another round of everyone’s favorite game: “Who is going to Europe?” France’s own Roddy Beaubois — the player the Mavericks had high hopes for but who missed most of the season after a foot injury and even when he returned was not right — is one of the players who is…

  19. Lakers draftee Ater Majok hanging out at Rucker Park

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

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    We’ll be honest, we were not big fans of the Lakers taking Ater Majok late in the second round. Yes, he is long (7’7″ wingspan) and athletic, but he’s not done well in organized ball. He spent one season at UConn and is now playing professionally in Australia. But long and athletic can be fun…

  20. Dwyane Wade still feeling sting of finals loss

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade loves basketball. He just can’t watch it right now. He still feels the sting of the Miami heat’s loss in the NBA finals a month ago, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel. “I haven’t watched ESPN in a long time,” Wade said Wednesday morning, amid his youth basketball camp at Nova Southeastern…

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