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  1. David West expects games to be lost. Sadly, we all do.

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Of all the things that are frustrating about the NBA lockout — and one could write 95 theses on what is frustrating and tack it to a locker room door — this may be the thing that gets under my skin most: We all knew it was coming. For years. Yet there has been no…

  2. Marcin Gortat says he and Robin Lopez are all good

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat LaMarcus Aldridge

    Marcin Gortat came to the Suns in the middle of last season and took Robin Lopez’s starting center job away from him. Quickly. It’s one of the dynamics of team sports that makes it a fascinating window on the human psyche — these guys are both fighting each other for minutes and at the same…

  3. Should Jerry Krause be in the Hall of Fame?

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jerry Krause

    We’d be willing to bet that Phil Jackson will not be the presenter, but the question is should it happen at all: Should Jerry Krause be the next Chicago Bull in the basketball Hall of Fame? The question came up as Dennis Rodman was enshrined in the hall this past weekend — Krause inherited Michael…

  4. What kind of negotiator is union head Billy Hunter?

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We know David Stern. Or, at least we think we know David Stern. We kind of have a picture of him as the smooth lawyer who plays the PR game when the cameras are on then is blunt and plays hardball at the negotiating table. But how much do we really know about the guy…

  5. Andrew Bynum doesn’t want to be traded but happy to be wanted

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    When people start talking Lakers and trades, Andrew Bynum’s name comes up. More often then it should. For one, these finals showed the importance of having a big, shot blocking presence in the paint and Bynum is one of the better players in the league at that job. Secondly, Jim Buss loves him and that…

  6. Report: Omri Casspi near deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

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    While most of the major teams of Europe — the EuroLeague level teams — have shied away from signing NBA players Maccabi Tel Aviv has been the exception. They already signed Jordan Farmar and now Omri Casspi is reportedly set to return to the team. The Cavaliers forward played for the Israeli club before coming…

  7. This is not a shock: Rudy Fernandez reportedly signs in Spain

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez was trying to find a way back to Spain last summer, his agent and he getting fined thanks to public demands, but with a couple years left on his NBA deal there was no path. The lockout has provided him one. There have been rumors for a while now that Fernandez was looking…

  8. Stern says NBA will talk contraction after new CBA

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Nobody really believes that contraction will be part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement… heck, I’m far more concerned about when there will be a new CBA. Contraction is an issue that seems to be off the table. But don’t think contraction talk is dead completely. David Stern spoke with ESPN’s Bill Simmons on his…

  9. Kevin Durant will make his overseas “Decision” on October 1st. You know, without the TV special.

    Aug 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant is playing all the time this summer. The man is pretty much playing the same amount he was during the regular season. He’s made stops in the Philippines, multiple Pro-Ams, Rucker, the list goes on and on. And he’s not through. Kevin Durant told reporters at a Goodman league event Sunday in Washington…

  10. Warriors clean house on the business side

    Aug 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    This one is difficult to get too upset over, unlike the lockout layoffs. The San Jose Mercury News reports that new Warriors owner Joe Lacob has made good on his intention to replace the business side staff. From the Mercury News: Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob confirmed today that his promised total reconstruction of the franchise’s…

  11. Mark Cuban goes to Dyckman… for about thirty seconds before lockout rules made him leave

    Aug 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    The 2011 ESPY Awards - Show

    DyckmanPark has been as much of a hangout for NBA players opening classrooms on streetball courts as anywhere else. So much so that Mark Cuban decided to make a pit-stop by the place to see some basketball. For about thirty seconds. From ESPN.com: The standing-room only crowd showed Cuban love as he entered with security…

  12. Udonis Haslem gets the rest of his hardware removed from his foot

    Aug 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Something forgotten when Udonis Haslem came back to help lead the Heat’s surge past the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals is that Haslem wasn’t anywhere near healthy. He was in a race against time trying to recover from his foot injury, and had had significant surgery a few months before. Haslem was careful with…

  13. The Biggest Loser is Eddy Curry, apparently

    Aug 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day 2010

    Here’s your quarterly update on Eddy Curry’s continuing efforts to lose an entire person in weight. As the former Knicks center continues to try and get back into shape to make a roster next season, with the Heat at the top of his list, he’s trying to lose as much of that heftiness as possible.…

  14. Does Chauncey Billups belong in the Hall of Fame, you know, eventually?

    Aug 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    I stumbled across this the other day. Chauncey Billups has played at least a game in the playoffs for a decade. Ten years, that guy has been in the postseason. Now, sure, it’s a team game and the impact of one player doesn’t determine it. But given his impact on teams since 2002 (he averaged…

  15. Dennis Rodman says the players need to get ready, because the paycuts are a-comin’

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:43 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    Dennis Rodman fought with everyone when he was in the league. Players. Management. Himself. But on Friday night, prior to his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Rodman called out someone you wouldn’t expect. The player’s union. From the Chicago Tribune: “Its going to be a lot worse. There probably wont be a season,”…

  16. What does it mean for players to organize team workouts?

    Aug 13, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    From Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix: Durant told SI he planned on getting Thunder players together, likely in either Florida or Texas, for informal workouts in September. via Twitter / @ChrisMannixSI: Durant told SI he planned …. That makes Durant the latest in a series of players including Zach Randolph, Andray Blatche organizing team workouts for their…

  17. Rodman fans were out in force at Hall… that’s a little scary

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    Dennis Rodman entered the Hall of Fame like no other. It wasn’t just the speech (which was emotional and genuine), it was the sideshow that travels with Rodman. He didn’t just bring in a motley crew, he actually brought in Motley Crue. He arrived by helicopter, thanked Penny Marshal and basically said Phil Jackson was…

  18. Kendrick Perkins arrested in Texas

    Aug 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    So Stephen Jackson, Rajon Rondo, Eric Maynor, and Kevin Durant were in Beaumont, Texas for a charity event put together by Kendrick Perkins, who’s from Beaumont. There was supposed to be a charity game today, but that’s not going to be happening. From KFDM in Beaumont: KFDM has confirmed that NBA star Kendrick Perkins was…

  19. Phil Jackson takes a crack at James Dolan, and about that retirement…

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Phil Jackson might as well get a parking space at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, he’s there so much. Friday night he helped present Tex Winter and Dennis Rodman. While he was there, the Chicago Tribune got a hold of him and asked him about his plans for retirement, since rumors continue he’d be taking…

  20. Video: Dennis Rodman Hall of Fame Induction Speech

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Dennis Rodman was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night, and his speech didn’t disappoint even if it wasn’t what we were expecting. Rodman showed up in one outfit, with a feather in his hat, then changed into another for his speech, including a jacket emblazoned with both “Pistons” and “Bulls” on…

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