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  1. Pacers will officially name Vogel head coach

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    According to multiple sources, the Indiana Pacers will officially remove the “interim” tag from Frank Vogel’s head coaching title and announce a three-year extension with him at a press conference on Wednesday morning. Vogel coached the Pacers to a 20-18 record after taking over for Jim O’Brien in the middle of last season, which allowed…

  2. Foul called on NBA owners’ claims of money lost

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    David Stern

    The NBA owners continue to say the lockout is going on because the players don’t understand the fundamental need to change the league’s poor financial system — that $300 million was lost this past year. More and more reports are questioning the severity of that loss. The latest is Nate Silver at the New York…

  3. Carlos Arroyo rumored, Malik Hairston for sure to Italy

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Carlos Arroyo Heat

    The NBA lockout has been pushing some players to Europe and it looks like a couple more happened on Tuesday. Carlos Arroyo may be headed to Italy, reports Vocero. The club Pallacanestro Cantœ has interest in the Pureto Rican guard that could not hold on to the Miami Heat’s starting point guard job. For now,…

  4. Wall scores, Cousins gets T’d up in streetball game

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:36 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    This time of summer a lot of NBA players show up in high-end street leagues — the Goodman League in D.C. is one of those. There are announcers calling the game, a good level of talent and some fans getting a show. According to Afro.com, at in D.C. the fans at the Goodman League did…

  5. Kyrie Irving already had to file police report against twitter stalker

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:31 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

    Hey Kyrie Irving, welcome to the NBA. Not the playing basketball part of the NBA, you don’t get to do that until Billy Hunter and David Stern come to an understanding. No, we mean the unwanted attention part of the equation. Rumors had circulated that a woman — Jessica Jackson, who goes by “Miss Hawaii”…

  6. Andrew Bynum has taken up boxing this summer

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    During this lockout, some NBA players are going to get fat. It happened last time with Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker, to name a couple. It’s not happening to Andrew Bynum. He’s teamed up with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach and is doing the boxing workout. Here is Bynum’s tweet about his plans for Monday…

  7. There are NBA owners who need next season to happen

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The hardliners always get the headlines (have you watched much political news coverage?). It’s true of the NBA lockout as well — there are hardline owners that in the last decade leveraged themselves to pay hundreds of millions for a mid-to-small market NBA team and they need the business model to change. They are willing…

  8. Dale Ellis is the best shooter ever. Just ask him.

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

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    The best shooters come with a swagger. They have to. Ray Allen misses threes, but he believes without a doubt the next on will fall. Without question. He has put in the work, perfected his form, he paid the price. He believes in himself. That swagger never goes away. Such that former Sonic Dale Ellis…

  9. Video: Woman gets Thunder logo tattoo on thighs

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

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    I watch this video and think I made a mistake not getting into the tattoo removal business. This woman is one serious, committed fan. More committed than you. She now has an Oklahoma City Thunder logo tattooed on her thigh — yes Thunder Thighs! — as well as slogans like “Thunder Up” and “Rise Together.”…

  10. Fernandez to play out NBA deal before returning to Spain

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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    Over the weekend we told you about Real Madrid’s effort to entice Rudy Fernandez to come play in Spain. Which was a pretty smart move by the team, to try and lure him over during the lockout and be able to keep him in his native Spain, a place he said he wanted to return…

  11. Parker, Hill, Batum to play in French exhibition game

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    The Los Angeles Drew League isn’t the only place to catch NBA stars right now, if you happen to be in France this Friday… Portland Trail Blazer Nicolas Batum is putting together an “all star” exhibition in France this Friday that will feature Tony Parker, George Hill and Ian Mahinmi, according to the French paper…

  12. Report: NHL owners tell NBA brethren losing season “worth it”

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    There are six NBA teams that are owned by people who also own NHL teams (or at least did during that sport’s big lockout in 2004). Those owners are telling their NBA brethren that the lockout that cost the NHL a full season was worth it to get a good financial deal, according to ESPN’s…

  13. Pitt’s Gilbert Brown signs in Europe as insurance

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Connecticut v Pittsburgh

    Gilbert Brown was one of those undrafted guys who stands a chance of making an NBA roster. The Pitt senior plays on the wing and is a good athlete who plays a smart all-around game. He may not be explosive, but he does all the little things well. He’s a guy who needed Summer League…

  14. Scouts, other basketball staff already feeling lockout pain

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Jason Smith, the backup forward for the New Orleans Hornets, said that he was told when he came into the league in 2007 there might be a lockout coming this summer — four years ago there were thoughts this could get ugly. Smith is not highly paid by NBA standards (he made $2.1 million last…

  15. Video: Best of Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

    Jul 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

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    The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown has been working its way across the country this spring and into the summer, with some of the best amateur dunkers in the nation putting on a real show. Because you will not get to see some fun competition and highlight dunks from Summer League this year — thank you…

  16. Would a hard cap really be good for small markets?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    When we talk about a hard cap, we wonder how the Lakers at $90.4 million, or the Magic at $89.9 million, or the Mavericks at $86.6 million would get under those numbers. (For all of you out there that thought Dallas winning the title was a triumph of building a team over buying one, know…

  17. Report sees fans in San Antonio, Boston quick to return after lockout

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    Let’s say the lockout does end up costing part of a season, we have already talked about how a league that has picked up so much momentum with casual fans will be kicking that to the curb and have a lot of rebuilding to do with fan bases. But which teams will bounce back quickest.…

  18. NBA season ticket holders will get refunds if games missed

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    Before the season has even ended the calls start coming in to make sure you are going to get — and pay for — your season tickets for next year. You have to sign up (to keep your seats) before you know what your team will do in the draft or free agency — before…

  19. Report: Spurs, Knicks called Cavaliers about Casspi

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Omri Casspi

    The only really interesting pre-lockout trade in the NBA was the Cavaliers sending J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a future pick (likely first rounder but there are a number of protections on it). Generally, it is thought the Kings won that trade (they got the better player). But there is…

  20. Ibaka, Landry, Kirilenko join European rumor mill

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    As the NBA lockout drags out more and more NBA players are going to end up talking about or being rumored as headed to Europe. Today’s list is headed up by free agent forward Carl Landry, who has interest from Armani Jeans Milano, according to the Gazetta della Sport (via Hoopshype). With all the rumors…

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