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  1. Owners have short conference call as an update, not much else

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

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    What had been billed as the NBA owners getting together — at least on the phone — to talk strategy Thursday turned out to be more of a 20 minute update on what was going on. That’s it. Not much else. Hope you weren’t really hoping for progress. The call was a panned update not…

  2. Video: Danny Granger says the lockout has damaged the game

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger was honest in an interview with Russ Thaler on NBC SportsTalk (a daily show on Versus you should be watching anyway because you never know when I will pop up on there). He says that Stern deserves a lot of the blame for the lockout — as commissioner he needs…

  3. Drake says he is like Kevin Durant. World says, “seriously?”

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Google And T-Mobile Celebrate The Launch Of Google Music At Mr. Brainwash Studio In Los Angeles - Inside

    Drake has become the Kobe Bryant of the rap world — it’s love or hate. He is wildly divisive. And also undeniable successful. His new album defines that — it’s selling like mad while half the world (including Ludacris) shreds it as… um… fertilizer. But Drake doesn’t see himself as Kobe. No, he told Rolling…

  4. If the NBA draft is age 20 and over, who goes No. 1?

    Nov 17, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Quicken Loans Carrier Classic - North Carolina v Michigan State

    It was not in the official proposal from the owners to the players (the ultimatum offer that the players not only rejected but dissolved the union over), but you can bet it will be in the next one: The owners want the draft age to go to 20. No more one-and-done with college, they want…

  5. Dwight Howard “doubtful” about overseas, talks free agency

    Nov 17, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    When the first rumors came out this week about European powerhouse Real Madrid being interested in Dwight Howard, we were skeptical. Howard had expressed no interest in going to Europe, but would that change with the NBA season looking like it was toast? No, not really. Howard talked to the Orlando Sentinel about a few…

  6. Shaq plays down spat with Kobe, calls death threat “Ebonics”

    Nov 17, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Thanks to the NBA lockout and the dearth of new news, let’s talk about the Shaquille O’Neal vs. Kobe Bryant feud that is almost a decade old again…. A few weeks back we told you about the parts of Shaq’s new book where he gave his account of his fights with Kobe and, how after…

  7. Video: What would other NBA players change their name to?

    Nov 17, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

    It was one of the more interesting stories of the NBA lockout — Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace (or Queensbridge). For the record, that change did not improve his dancing. It got the guys at The Basketball Jones wondering: What would other players change their name to? So they asked. Nate…

  8. The Iron Sheik tells NBA to stop being greedy. That should do it.

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Well, if NBA players and owners are not going to listen to David Beckham and end this lockout, we’re going to have to bring in the big guns: The Iron Sheik. Yes the famous, racially-stereotyped wrestler pitted as a counterbalance to Hulk Hogan’s All-American good guy persona of the 1980s has weighed in on the…

  9. Another NHL player warns NBA counterparts it’s not worth it

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Dave Andreychuk

    The NBA players have chosen their path. It’s a hard path they see as being based on their principles, it’s about fairness and the future But they are not the first to walk this path — the NHL did it before. The league lost a full season. And now a second NHL players has come…

  10. Video: Blake Griffin is getting better at this commercial thing

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    The first time Blake Griffin did a commercial — a spot for Subway is the first I remember — you could have replaced him with a Blake Griffin cardboard cutout and nobody would have noticed. Stiff as a board. Now, he’s pretty comfortable in front of the camera. He has a great sense of dry…

  11. Bill Russell’s offense was better than you think

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Bill Russell Red

    Bill Russell gets named among the very best centers ever to play the game because he could defend and rebound as well or better than anyone in his generation. He gets mentioned because he’s got 11 championship rings and anchored a dominant Celtics team. But he was better on offense than you think. In a…

  12. Oddsmakers think we’ll see some NBA basketball after Jan. 1

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Because you should be able to bet on anything, we bring you NBA lockout odds. No Dan Gilbert, you cannot bet because you can control the outcome. Oddsmakers at Bodog think that there likely will be an NBA season, but not until we’re past the New Year’s Day college bowl games. Although they think it’s…

  13. Chris Bosh shrugs off criticism from Shaquille O’Neal

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    In his new book, Shaquille O’Neal smacks around Chris Bosh a little. Which is nothing new, Shaq called Bosh the “RuPaul of NBA big men” before, so this was almost tame in comparison. But when asked about it, Bosh basically shrugged it off. Our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel asked Bosh about the…

  14. Billy Hunter thinks maybe players could form their own league

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    After watching (and at times attending) the summer of pro/ams and charity games, I’ve become more convinced than ever that the players need the NBA, too. They need the marketing, the building, the ability to create a professional event — the league builds the stage the players are on. Their relationship is symbiotic. Throughout the…

  15. Shaq turned away from NYC club because he dressed down

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Shaquille O’Neal may be an NBA legend, a television personality, social media star and now published author, it doesn’t matter. For some New York clubs you don’t dress up, you don’t get in. Period. Here is the report from TMZ — who else did you think would have this story? (Hat tip to Eye on…

  16. NBA overseas roundup: Joakim Noah considering Paris stop

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah France

    With the NBA labor talks blowing up, more and more NBA players are trying to find their way overseas to earn a paycheck. Here is a roundup of the latest rumors — but remember they are rumors so take a few grains of salt with them. • Bulls big man Joakim Noah confirmed that he…

  17. First real tests of new labor deal will be Howard, Paul, Williams

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    Chris Bosh is right. Part of what is fueling this hardline stance by owners is about Miami and New York. This is what I mean. What LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony did last year shook small market owners to their core. Those guys pay the bills for owners, yet franchise cornerstones moved on…

  18. Even David Beckham is ticked about NBA lockout

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    David Beckham at Lakers

    That’s it. Even past-their-prime-but-can’t-retire guys from England are ticked about the NBA lockout. That’s when you know it’s gone too far. David Beckham, a court side seat regular at Staples Center for Lakers games, is angry about the lockout. Becks (I can call him that, we’re tight) was on ESPN radio in Los Angeles and…

  19. Bosh calls lockout league’s revenge for Miami, New York

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

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    Chris Bosh thinks that part of the owners’ motivation in playing hardball is their anger about what LeBron James and he did last summer, then what Carmelo Anthony did to Denver. Bosh believes those moves are fuel for smaller market owners trying to get a complete and total destruction of the union during the current…

  20. Shaq says not to rule out Phil Jackson’s return to coaching

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Phil Jackson will not be coaching this upcoming season (if there is one). He walked away from the Lakers a second time, this time like he was not looking back. It felt to me like he was done and meant it. But Shaquille O’Neal thinks he could come back. Maybe to New York. Shaq was…

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