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  1. Players rep Mo Evans: owners’ proposal is the worst in sports history

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Maurice Evans

    You have to love how both sides are making the lockout into some sort of battle of good and evil. Every time you turn around there’s some sort of hyper-dramatic talk about the other side, like they just started discussing euthanasia for puppies or how to steal from children. And today we’ve got an extra…

  2. Report: Shaq heads to Turner

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that Shaquille O’Neal, AKA the Big Diesel, AKA the Big Aristotle, AKA the Big Shaqtus, AKA the Big Shamrock, AKA Superman, AKA the Most Dominant Ever will be joining Turner broadcasting: It’s a natural acquisition by TNT given O’Neal’s personality and popularity. O’Neal’s also one of the more intelligent players…

  3. Jared Sullinger is getting in “top overall pick” shape

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    Jared Sullinger would have had a great shot at being No.1 in this year’s draft had he departed Ohio State early. Instead, he elected to return to OSU, turning down the millions and opting to enter the league after the lockout, and also after the new CBA is agreed upon which will likely lower his…

  4. LeBron’s popularity at an all-time low

    Jul 9, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    They say it’s better to be feared than loved. Maybe the modern sports equivalent is “it’s more profitable to be hated than loved. “ Because even as LeBron James‘ global brand is expanding to collegiate teams who have Final Four spots penciled in (plus Miami), as his jersey is tops in the world, as his…

  5. If Shane Battier plays overseas, he’s playing in China

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Since Yao Ming entered the NBA (miss you, Big Fella), China has emerged as an untapped market for both the league and its players looking for brand-expansion. The Rockets, in particular, took full advantage of their connections to Yao and cashed in, becoming celebrities as the country started to embrace the game fully. Shane Battier…

  6. Universities to wear LeBron James gear under sponsorship deal: Miami, UK… and Ohio State

    Jul 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This should go over well. LeBron James, in his continuing quest to become the most powerful brand in sports, has struck a deal for his Nike brand to sponsor three universities. Players at the University of Miami (the U) will wear the brand, which makes sense, given not only they share of the city with…

  7. Jonas Jerebko not headed overseas despite being from overseas

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jerebko_Jonas

    Of all the players I would have thought would jump at the chance to go check out European basketball during the lockout, Jonas Jerebko was at the top of the list. Jerebko is from Sweden, and played for multiple Swedish teams and an Italian club before being drafted in the second round of the 2009…

  8. Is Amar’e headed to Israel to play during the lockout?

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

    Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire posted the following on his Twitter account: So, apparently, STAT’s considering a move to Israel to play during the lockout. You’ll remember Stoudemire’s time spent in Israel last summer discovering his roots. Stoudemire has Jewish ancestry and has shown a keen interest in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a powerhouse in Israel…

  9. Glen “Big Baby” Davis catches, eats some lobster

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Glen Davis, Antonio McDyess

    It’s Friday night, the last thing you want to read right now is another lengthy breakdown of how the NBA owners and players can’t decide how to divide up your money. So let’s go lobster fishing in Maine with Glen “Big Baby” Davis of the Boston Celtics (well, formerly of the Celtics, he’s a free…

  10. If you’re a free agent, do you play pickup during lockout?

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Shane Battier Memphis Grizzlies

    Shane Battier is a free agent and he’s going to have options. The Memphis Grizzlies want him back as they try to relive their magical run. There are teams like the Clippers that could really use a three with his skillset. If you can defend — and Battier can — you have a place in…

  11. Timberwolves may get to keep 26-year-old draft pick

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    This will likely be the last time Tanguy Ngombo will ever be mentioned on this blog. Because the No. 57 pick (third from last) in the NBA Draft will never suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Ngombo made some headlines the day after because some records showed that the player out of the league…

  12. NBA franchise values, where some owners can make bank

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    It’s one thing left out of the calculations on whether an NBA owner is making money on his franchise — the money he makes on the worth of the franchise. It’s complex, it’s changing, but the fact remains that a lot of NBA owners have already made tons of money on their teams because what…

  13. On Deron Williams and the NBA players who likely won’t be following him overseas

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams, in his decision to suit up for the Turkish club Besiktas next season should the lockout continue, has officially opened the door for other locked out NBAers to seek employment elsewhere. The notion that top NBA players could jet across the Atlantic to play in European leagues is no longer a mere possibility;…

  14. Nowitzki walking away from endorsement dollars

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The game’s biggest names — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the like — make more in endorsements and deals off the court than on it. Dirk Nowitzki could be one of those guys. Right now companies are willing to back Brinks trucks up to his house if he just signs on the dotted line. But…

  15. Video: “The Decision Remix” by DJ Steve Porter

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is the last trip down memory lane about the decision, but this is more than worth it. DJ Steve Porter — the video mashup artist responsible for Press Hop and Press Hop 2 among others — put together a look back at the year for LeBron and put together this video. Which is impressive. Enjoy.

  16. Jim Gray talks “Decision,” says LeBron did not pay him

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    On the one-year anniversary of The Decision, LeBron’s interviewer Jim Gray sounded like others close to the production of the event — they don’t understand all the backlash. Gray went on the Dan Patrick Show (see the video below) and, as reported by CSN Chicago, and first he wanted to clear up the rumor he…

  17. Report: Real Madrid rebuffs Kirilenko over money

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything. One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million…

  18. Report: Yao Ming to retire

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming, a player who was both one of the better all-around centers to ever play the game and a true ambassador of the sport — but leaves us all wondering what could have been — plans to announce his retirement. Yao, who had played just five games the past season due to injuries, has…

  19. Video: What would Charles Barkley do as Commissioner?

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    If Charles Barkley were NBA commissioner for one day, what would he do? Solve the lockout? Break up the Miami Heat? Get rid of the big video board Kenny Smith had to walk over to all playoffs? No, he’d go after hecklers. That’s what he told the Golf Channel’s David Feherty, who has a new interview…

  20. Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a…

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