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  1. Already war of words started: union attorney disputes Stern

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Welcome to the first of what will be an ongoing summer session of “the other side misrepresented our position” posts. We’re trying to come up with a catchy name for them. The honor of going first goes to the players union. David Stern came out of the mostly-for-show final negotiating session between the players and…

  2. Hilton Armstrong to sign with French team for next season

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Armstrong_Hilton

    This isn’t exactly the exodus of big name players to Europe because of the lockout we were all talking about, but we pass it along anyway. Hilton Armstrong has agreed to terms to play for ASVEL of the French league next season, according to Sportando. Armstrong played a limited role for the Wizards and Hawks…

  3. It’s official: Owners tell players there will be a lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    This is a sad day for the NBA. We all knew it was coming. Frankly, everyone has been expecting this for a couple of years now, you could see the storm clouds gathering for that long. It doesn’t make it feel any better. And things are only going to get worse in the short term.…

  4. Glen Davis wants to stay with Celtics, but…

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis is going to be a free agent at midnight. Not that he can do much about it, not until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Whenever that does happen, Davis told the Boston Herald he wants to remain with the Celtics. But things are far too unpredictable right now… “Man, I…

  5. Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Kings for Omri Casspi

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    Omri Casspi

    Multiple reports now have the deal done, one trade right before the deadline. The Cavaliers and Kings will swap young forwards, with J.J. Hickson going to the Kings for Omri Casspi. This deal may be the last before lockout begins at midnight, according to a tweet from Marc Stein or ESPN. The Cavaliers also would…

  6. Creators of “The Decision” stunned by backlash (and other details of event)

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Image (1) lebron_decision-thumb-250x191-15508.jpg for post 6206

    On the eve of a lockout that — if it does end up costing games — will kill the momentum around the league, let’s look back at the thing that helped create all that momentum and the increased ratings: LeBron James’ Decision. The television show sparked interest from casual fans that carried over to increased…

  7. Nene makes it official, he will be a free agent

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Nene

    This has been expected for a long time, and it doesn’t mean he’s leaving Denver, but it is official now: Brazilian center Nene is opting out of the last year of his deal the Denver Post reports and will test out the free agent market. Whenever the doors to that market open after the lockout.…

  8. Battier asks union president to take $1 salary during lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    billy-hunter

    When the NFL lockout started, that union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, agreed to take a $1 salary through the duration of the lockout. Share the pain, show some solidarity. So during a players meeting last week, Shane Battier asked NBA union president Billy Hunter if he would do the same thing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  9. PBT Thursday morning, pre-lockout one liners

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    The world’s craziest basketball court is in Munich

    In Munich, they have about the most useless yet interesting basketball court you will ever see (from Ball Don’t Lie, photos by Markus Buck). LeBron James hanging out with Bono. The drive to put Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. stamp is going strong. In a move that shocked nobody, the Jazz picked up the team option…

  10. ‘Melo has been undergoing elbow rehab since season ended

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has a case of elbow bursitis — a condition that flared up with the Nuggets before the trade and apparently was an issue during the playoffs — and has been receiving treatment at the Knicks facilities since the season ended, the New York Post reports. If he were playing it could impact the…

  11. J.J. Barea says playing in Spain could be an option

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    J.J. Barea

    A lot of big name NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and the list goes on — have talked about playing in Europe if there is an extended NBA lockout. Thing is, it’s not that simple because if a player has an existing NBA contract he has to get a waiver from…

  12. Billups wants Knicks to build team not collect stars

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have two big stars now — Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and New York fans are dreaming of adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to that mix. New CBA, what new CBA? Those fans realize the road to the NBA finals out of the Eastern Conference goes through Miami and their three…

  13. Jackson says Bobcats shut him down to miss playoffs

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the playoffs for the first time ever in 2010 and there were grand plans to build on that in 2011. Not exactly how it went. Still, at the end of the season they had an outside chance to catch the Indiana Pacers, become the eight seed and be fodder for…

  14. Video: Ron Artest explains name change to Metta World Peace

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:44 PM EST

    Ron Artest Parade

    Earlier today, Ron Artest, who is in the process of changing his name to “Metta World Peace” went on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to explain why he decided to change his name to Metta World Peace. Here are the quick facts: – Artest got the idea when Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco,…

  15. Mike Brown hires former Cavaliers assistant Kuester as assistant coach

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:34 PM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    One of Mike Brown’s former assistants in Cleveland will be joining him in Los Angeles. According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired former Detroit Pistons head coach as an assistant: LOS ANGELES — Former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester has been hired as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers,…

  16. Cavaliers exercise team option on Eyenga

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    EYENGA_CHRISTIAN

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised their third-year contract option on swingman Christian Eyenga. Eyenga, who averaged 6.9 points as a rookie last season, is under contract with the Cavs through the 2012-13 season. In 44 games last season, the Congo native averaged 2.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes in 44…

  17. Blazers’ Matthews attempts to rehab ankle

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman has some surprising news on the health of Blazers guard Wesley Matthews: When Wesley Matthews collapsed to the floor during a fluke post-practice accident in January, he hobbled into the trainer’s room in noticeable pain but was seemingly fine. He started at shooting guard the next night, scoring 26 points in a victory…

  18. Will the Heat run more next season?

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:08 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has an interesting article up today wondering whether we’ll see the Miami Heat get out in transition more next season: Over the weekend, Pat Riley lent us a peek into his offseason game plan. Would Erik Spoelstra and the Heat make it a priority to speed things up next season?…

  19. Dwight Howard pokes fun at former teammate Carter

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    Vince Carter Planking

    If you’re not familiar with “planking,” it refers to lying face-down on something and having somebody take a picture of you while doing it. It has become a popular meme lately, even among NBA players such as Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard. Today, Howard used the “planking” meme to take a jab at former teammate…

  20. Pistons bring in Mike Woodson for second interview

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Detroit fans want Bill Laimbeer, and other names have been mentioned, but former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson has always been the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. Thursday Woodson will be brought in for a second interview with Pistons management, the first guy to get one, according to the Detroit Free…

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