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  1. Bryant Gumbel compares David Stern to “plantation overseer”

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Bryant Gumbel closed out Tuesday night’s new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with some incendiary comments on David Stern — comments made while Stern was meeting with Billy Hunter and the players union, along with a federal mediator. What follows is the entire closing comments, courtesy HBO (the video is below). Know that some players…

  2. Video: Watch Larry Smith airball back-to-back free throws

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    While heavy duty negotiations drag on in New York between the owners and players, we thought the basketball world could use some levity. With that, we bring you back-to-back free throw aiballs in the NBA. The video really needs no other introduction, other to say that it’s from the 1980s. Thank you Larry Smith.

  3. City of Memphis could sue NBA over lost lockout revenue

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Memphis — like virtually every other city in the United States — is hurting for money. That’s money that goes to important things like police and fire departments, libraries and the like. All of those things face cutbacks. Memphis also owns the FedExForum, where the Grizzlies play. That was built with money from revenue bonds…

  4. Extending NBA season not so simple

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The idea — the hope — goes like this: federal mediator George Cohen is a genius, he gets the NBA owners and players on a track where they get a deal done soon, they start the season a few weeks late but the NBA looks for ways to still pack in a full 82 games…

  5. Metta World Peace makes his sitcom debut Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

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

    Well, at least he’s not dancing. But Metta World Peace — the baller formerly known as Ron Artest — will be back on your televisions tonight. He tweeted he will be on a BET sitcom. (Via Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times.) “Reed Between the Lines” is a family sitcom, but don’t think Cosby.…

  6. Could assistant coaches be the lockout bellwether? Maybe.

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for some optimism coming out of the ongoing lockout talks, we have something for you. Maybe. The New York Post spoke with long-time NBA agent and attorney Steve Kauffman, who relayed this bit of information. Kauffman said he has noticed an increase in calls from NBA teams in recent days, looking to…

  7. Rose, Horford lead players on USO tour headed to Hawaii

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    There are plenty of NBA players doing charity games and youth clinics right now, but this one is a little different. Derrick Rose, Joe Johnson and Al Horford are leading a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour of players that will visit a number of military bases in Hawaii. The group will shoot hoops with guys on…

  8. LeBron biographer goes way down the hater rabbit hole

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

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    You knew Scott Raab’s book on LeBron James was not going to be a love letter when the working title was “The Whore of Akron.” Now that is the official title and the book is close to being ready for your Kindle (it’s released Nov. 15). To pimp it, Esquire has an excerpt (which shouldn’t…

  9. Video humor: Talking NBA at OccupyWallStreet

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Occupy Wall Street Protest Enters 4th Week

    This video is not about the OccupyWallStreet movement. This blog post is not about the merits or flaws in the movement. It is what you make of it. We talk hoops here (and Kardashians sometimes). But it was a stroke of brilliance by the guys at Knickerblogger (always one of my favorite blogs) to head…

  10. Fresh Prince of Society Hill: Will Smith buys part of 76ers

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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    Now we have four rappers who are part owners of NBA teams. Still only one that anyone talks about, but four total. Will Smith — rapper, actor, the Fresh Prince himself — and his wife Jada Pinkett are now minority owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, it was announced at the introductory press conference for the…

  11. New Sixers owners cutting ticket prices in half for 9,000 seats

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Joshua Harris

    I had thought that when Arte Moreno bought the Anaheim Angels (as they were then called) and at his introductory press conference announced a cut in beer prices, that was the best start ever by an owner. Well, it is. But this is a close second. Sixers owner Joshua Harris came in at his introductory…

  12. Shaq wants to own a team, bring it to Newark. He means it.

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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

    What is it with former NBA players who want to own NBA teams in markets where everyone else is trying to escape? You’ve got Michael Jordan in Charlotte (a once good market where George Shin salted the earth) and now you’ve got Shaquille O’Neal is talking about Newark. Shaq is from New Jersey and Newark…

  13. One other labor sticking point — contract lengths

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Make no mistake, the lockout is all about the money. It’s about the split of basketball related income. And while the ownership side preaches “competitive balance” what that really is about is money — keeping big market teams from spending it and using the luxury tax to distribute more of that money to smaller markets.…

  14. No Kobe, but looks like Italy may get Andrea Bargnani back

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant for Andrea Bargnani is not a fair trade. Not even in Italy. But it seems to be what has happened — with Kobe out of the picture (save for maybe a “Kobe Cup” tour) it appears Virtus Roma (not the team after Kobe) is close to signing the Raptors forward, according to La…

  15. Quote of the day: Adam Silver praises Fisher, smacks Stern

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    “In the well over 30 bargaining sessions, I cannot remember a single incident where he raised his voice. And, just a reminder — David Stern is in the room.” —NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver talking about union president Derek Fisher (via the New York Times). Silver — the guy first in line for the big chair…

  16. Pau Gasol says he prefers the European style of basketball

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Is this really even surprising? Pau Gasol, in an interview with French publication L’ Equipe (as seen on the Spanish ABC site, via Ball in Europe) said he prefers the style of basketball seen in Europe to what is played in the NBA “I prefer the European game to the NBA because basketball is a…

  17. League makes official what we already knew: 76ers have been sold

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Joshua Harris

    We told you over the weekend that the NBA’s other owners had approved the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to New York billionaire Joshua Harris and investors. Now the league has made official what everyone already knew, sending out an announcement of the sale Tuesday morning. “We are delighted that the NBA’s Board of Governors…

  18. Owners, players to meet together with mediator Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    David Stern

    Tuesday is the latest key day in a long line of key days that has led us down a path where two weeks of the NBA season have been lost and more are threatened. Tuesday NBA owners and players will sit down with the respected George Cohen — director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation…

  19. Plenty of bidders, Hornets not leaving Big Easy anytime soon

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    What happens in New York this week has a lot more to do with the long-term viability of the Hornets in New Orleans than anything else. Revenue sharing among owners and how the new salary system works — and if it means the Hornets really can keep Chris Paul — are at the heart of…

  20. Jordan trash talked Bill Clinton at golf. You expected otherwise?

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Michael Jordan will talk trash to anyone at any time (see his Hall of Fame acceptance speech). In fact, if you’re not getting trash talked in his company you may want to worry. And if you think his trash talk knows limits, we bring you this. Former President Bill Clinton did an interview with the…

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