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  1. Rose “damn confident” about Bulls chances next season

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Don’t you get the feeling we’re going to be seeing variations of that Eastern Conference Finals for the next few years? Bulls vs. Heat. Miami won and they should get better role players and more comfortable with each other in the future — they will be better. Derrick Rose knows that, but he likes the…

  2. Suns’ Childress doesn’t get NBA players talking Europe

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Olympiacos' Josh Childress (C) shots bet

    Josh Childress has been there — when the Atlanta Hawks tried to lowball him, he took a three-year deal to go play for Olympiacos in Greece. Childress has played at Europe in his prime. He has done what everyone is talking about. He sees a lot of guys — Ty Lawson is the latest, joining…

  3. 76ers Holiday in Germany pulling for USA Women in World Cup

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Jrue Holiday, JaVale McGee

    You may be watching the USA vs. France Women’s World Cup semi-final Wednesday — what else are you going to do, watch Criminal Minds reruns? — but you are not as dedicated as Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday is there, in Germany, cheering on the USA Women’s national team team. Of course, a lot…

  4. Blazers GM almost got $1 million fine for saying “yeah”

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    chad buchanan

    David Stern is all about controlling the message. Only he or his designated representatives will speak to the league on all lockout issues. Not general managers, not coaches, not even team owners. Nobody. The message will be controlled and on point. As a hammer to back that up, there is the threat of a $1…

  5. Free agent Aaron Brooks expects to return to Phoenix

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    aaron-brooks-suns-qo

    Damn lockout. Right now we should be up to our necks in free agent signings, rumors of signings and the fun that can be player movement in the off-season. Instead we’re talking if Nate Robinson can play NFL cornerback. Which is about as likely as the Celtics landing Dwight Howard. Point guard Aaron Brooks would…

  6. Kevin Love speaks well of Rambis, talks new coach

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love and finally fired Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis did not have a great relationship. It was one of the reasons Rambis was let go (that and all the losing). But the way Rambis was fired, left to twist in the wind for three months after the season, was just an embarrassment. It was bad…

  7. Sasha Vujacic reportedly close to signing in Turkey

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Sasha Vujacic

    For Sasha Vujacic, playing in Europe makes sense. And he is close to reaching a deal with Turkish team Anadolu Efes, according to Turkish publications (via Hoopshype and TalkBasket.net) Anadolu Efes is one of the traditional powers of the Turkish league, a regular part of the EuroLeague. It’s a team that has missed getting any…

  8. As lockout goes on, team employees get pink slips

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    lockout

    NBA teams around the league are looking to cut back on expenses during the lockout. Around the league, it’s starting to get ugly, as the Associated Press reports: (Charlotte Bobcats) Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer was one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week. A person familiar with…

  9. Boston’s long-shot hope at landing Dwight Howard

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Nothing passes the time during the lockout like Dwight Howard speculation. Well, maybe speculation about players going to Europe next season, but Howard is a close second. Even if he keeps saying he wants to stay and the Magic plan on keeping him. Which brings us to the Boston Celtics. As things stand now they…

  10. NBA to return $160 million in escrow money to players

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In the one move since the start of the NBA lockout, the NBA announced Tuesday that it is going to give the players back money they already earned. It’s a good thing in terms of thawing the ice, but it’s not going to really change things. As for what happened… this is going to take…

  11. Lakers don’t expect major changes to defensive scheme under Brown

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina recently sat down with Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person to talk about all things Lakers. It’s an interesting interview, and I recommend reading the full piece, but one particularly interesting part of the interview came when Person was asked about how the team will play defense under new head…

  12. Report: Don Nelson may be interested in coaching Timberwolves

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Nelson Wine

    ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the story: Name to watch in Wolves search: Don Nelson. ESPN.com sources say he’s not only open to return to coaching but intrigued by ‘Sota roster This would certainly be an interesting hire. The 71-year old Nelson recently retired after clinching the all-time record for regular-season coaching wins. He both took…

  13. Amick: Drew league, Goodman league may face off

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    kevin-durant-game-2

    With the lockout still going on and the Vegas Summer League officially cancelled, NBA players are looking for places to play for the summer, and one of their solutions might be a showdown between the best informal league on each coast. Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has the story: In other words, the Plan Bs and…

  14. LeBron’s former teammate sees two sides of the man

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    lance_allred

    Lance Allred is one of the more interesting guys in the NBA — legally deaf (and a very good lip reader), raised Mormon, in his youth part of a polygamous sect (that he and his family have renounced) and one of those people who has been in the NBA but comes with a broader perspective…

  15. Winderman: K-State’s Pullen shows how this NBA summer is different

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Jacob Pullen

    Yes, we can gasp all we want about reports that link Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant or Dwyane Wade to European destinations. The NBA rumor cycle, even amid a lockout, must, after all, be fed 24-7-365. But whether any of that happens certainly will be more of a September or October story, if it is a…

  16. Video: Dwight Howard and Josh Powell rap

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    We bring you this because… well, because there’s a lockout. And it’s fairly amusing. Below we have NBA stars Dwight Howard and J-Peazy (Josh Powell) rapping all decked out like it was 1988, with gold chains, ill-fitting hats and everything except a Flava Flav clock. (Video via I am a GM and Terez Owens) This…

  17. Kelvin Sampson to be McHale’s top assistant in Houston

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Chicago State v Indiana

    All those rumors of Bucks lead assistant Kelvin Sampson going to be the head coach in Minnesota… nah, he’d rather be an assistant somewhere else. Sampson will be the lead assistant to Kevin McHale in Houston, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, via twitter. That is a good hire — McHale may have…

  18. Report: Kobe, Rose, Durant to play in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

    Kobe Durant AP

    While the talks have been of a barnstorming tour of China, there may be another in the Far East first. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will be part of an exhibition game in the Philippines, according to the sports web site of TV5 in the island nation (via SLAM). The three stars will…

  19. Minnesota finally, officially fires Kurt Rambis

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Kurt Rambis

    We’ve known for a month this was coming — maybe longer, when your team wins 17 games the coach’s seat is going to be hot. But David Kahn and the Timberwolves dragged this out in an embarrassing fashion. Now it is official, both the Associated Press and others such as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who had…

  20. Paul Pierce knocked out of World Series of Poker

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce still has his championship ring, but he will not get a bracelet to go with it. Paul Pierce has been knocked out of the World Series of Poker according to CSN New England. After surviving the first day of the World Series of Poker on Sunday, Pierce was eliminated from the main event…

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