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  1. NLRB decision expected next week in lockout case

    Aug 27, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe reports that the NBPA’s charge of unfair labor practices and failure to negotiate in good faith has “finished investigation into (the) union’s complaint.” Final briefs are expected next week. The odds of a different result than the NFL garnered are pretty small, but the effect would be devastating for the owners……

  2. Luke Walton with a reminder: it’s not always fun to be an epitomic overpaid NBA player

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    There are obviously worse things than being paid millions of dollars to play professional basketball, so many in fact that the experiences of NBA players are often discounted on the basis of their privilege. This, for the most part, is understandable; those who have much have less theoretical reason to complain, as a successful burst…

  3. Brandon Jennings reflects on his the beginnings of his basketball career, AAU life, and repping Compton

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    If there’s any kind of underlying theme for the current lockout, it’s NBA players of all ilks returning “home.” For some, it’s less literal; plenty of young NBA players have returned to the college campuses they once called their own in an effort to complete their degrees and, in some cases, compete against the players…

  4. Arrest warrant issued for Javaris Crittenton in drive-by killing of mother of four

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton

    There are terrible stories every day. Stories that make you question how young lives go wrong, how people can commit terrible acts, how they can make decisions that end the lives of others, innocent or not, and ruin their own. Javaris Crittenton is currently sought by police in connection with one such story. WSB-TV in…

  5. More delays for Ron Artest: Insurance issues bar deal with the Cheshire Jets

    Aug 26, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s just not Ron Artest‘s week. First, he was linked to Dancing With the Stars — a pretty insidious affiliation, if you ask me. Then, his admirable gesture of changing his name to Metta World Peace was temporarily denied on the basis of outstanding traffic violations. A bummer, but one that will hopefully be resolved…

  6. An edible Paul Pierce figurine for the sweet-toothed

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

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    The minds and hearts of men are truly curious in their workings; they devise brilliant plans, painful follies, touching connections, terrible deceits, and on occasion, ideas of incredible ingenuity and the potential to change the world. They also, apparently, conjure the idea to create a small edible figurine of Paul Pierce for undoubtable commercial gains.…

  7. Stephon Marbury inks a new deal in China, is exactly where he wants to be

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

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    Stephon Marbury announced on Twitter yesterday that he has signed a new deal that will keep him in the Chinese Basketball Association, but his pleasant present didn’t stop him from stopping to reminisce about his unfortunate NBA past. His short stint with the Boston Celtics at the tail end of the ’08-’09 season couldn’t erase what…

  8. Video: Tyreke Evans has wicked handles

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    We’ll grant you that he is doing this against high school kids — this was at the Elite 24 event which mixes NBA players and some of the best high school players around. But still, damn Tyreke Evans looks good. Now, if he gets a jump shot with these handles, it is on.

  9. Dwyane Wade on Dancing with the Stars? That’s the rumor.

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    Confession time: I have never watched Dancing with the Stars. Not to try and laugh at Mark Cuban, not to watch one of my favorite interviews ever — Helio Castroneves — win the whole thing. Not a second. And NBA guys have never been on it because it tapes during the season. Sure, a retired…

  10. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler is not inked in Italy. Yet.

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and that is what we do. • Despite the reports that came out yesterday, Denver Nugget Wilson Chandler has not inked a deal…

  11. Where is the eventual middle ground of players/owners deal?

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Right now, the NBA owners are playing hardball and the players are playing goalie. The owners want to change the system, the players are trying to keep as much of the current system as they can. Both sides are dug in. Eventually there will be a deal. The question is, where will the eventual middle…

  12. Down a final four in African Olympic qualifying

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Afrobasket

    Next July in London you will see one of these four teams: Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Nigeria or Angola. Probably Angola, by the way, but there have been enough surprises in FIBA AfroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for that continent — that one should keep watching. Angola hadn’t lost a game to an African team…

  13. No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day. Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it. But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the…

  14. You asked questions on twitter, time to answer them

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    The Question

    Welcome to a new feature here at PBT, where we answer your twitter questions regarding basketball, food, comics and just about everything else. Well, no food questions this week but maybe in the future. Basically, if you ask it we’ll try to answer it. I admit to stealing this column idea from Hardball Talk’s Craig…

  15. Kevin Love says barnstorming tour of China coming

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    You know Kobe Bryant and other stars have talked about a “barnstorming” tour of China, to make some money and promote their brands if the lockout drags into the season. You also know there are obstacles, because this is China. But something is coming together, Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated. Oh, it’s very real. I…

  16. Wade says he, LeBron passed chemistry last season

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat passed chemistry. Early in the season they were failing it pretty badly as Wade and LeBron James seemed to just take turns trying to get isolation sets and take over games. But that evolved. Somewhat. Wade said that by the end of the season concerns that he and LeBron…

  17. Amar’e Stoudemire will not eat scorpions on a stick

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    When in China… Nope, not going to do it. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire would not do as the Chinese do with one thing — he would not eat some Chinese street food. Which would be deep fried scorpions on a stick. That doesn’t work for you? How about deep fried seahorses? Silkworms? Here is what…

  18. Dwight Howard has hired free throw shooting guru

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There are moments — crucial end-of-close-game moments — when Stan Van Gundy has to sit his best player, Dwight Howard. Or they can’t trust giving him the ball. Because Howard will get fouled, and he shot only 59.6 percent from the free throw line last year (which is pretty much right at his career average…

  19. Sorry Ron-Ron, Friday was almost Metta World Peace day

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    UPDATE 1:10 pm: Sorry folks, no World Peace today. The name change has been delayed to Sept. 16. 9:15 am: Today, August 26, there is only World Peace. There is no more Ron Artest. At some point today, a judge in Los Angeles will officially sign that paper that will change the name of Lakers…

  20. Kevin Love is good with Rick Adelman as Wolves coach

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Love,

    Rick Adelman may be the next Minnesota Timberwolves coach. We know he interviewed for the job this week and there appears to be mutual interest, but there remain questions and until we see a name on the doted line nothing is certain. The key for any coach in the NBA now is player management. Yes,…

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