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  1. Friday night video: Remember how great Magic Johnson was

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    I’ll admit my bias up front — Magic Johnson is my favorite player of all time. We talk all the time about the next Jordan or the next Bird (although there will never be anyone like them), but we can’t really talk about the next Magic because 6’9″ point guards with impossible court vision do…

  2. Former NBA player, UCLA star Walt Hazzard dies

    Nov 18, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Walt Hazzard, a guy who helped start UCLA’s glory years and went on to a 10-year NBA career, has passed away. Hazzard, 69, had been ill for some time and suffered complications from heart surgery. He passed surrounded by family and friends at UCLA Medical Center on Friday. Hazzard was co-captain and star of the…

  3. Retired NBA players are fighting amongst themselves, too

    Nov 18, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Charles Smith

    There may be no more NBA players union, just a sad litle NBA players trade association. But don’t you worry, we still have your NBA union drama fix. We just have to turn our attention to the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Even after they have retired, NBA players know how to screw things up…

  4. Buddies Rondo, Perkins want to play together overseas

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    When I hear Kevin Love is thinking about playing overseas, I can see it — a big man who can board and stretch the floor with his shot should blend in seamlessly in international basketball. I wonder if a point guard with an inconsistent jumper (to be kind) like Rajon Rondo and a big who…

  5. The NBA owners and the myth of competitive balance

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The owners got their money and it was not enough. The players offered to come far enough down on the split of revenue to cover all of the owners claimed losses of $300 million a year. And it was not enough. The owners demanded changes to the system so that any team can compete for…

  6. Jay-Z turns away NBA stars from GQ party VIP room

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Jay-Z

    Oh, the horror. This damn NBA lockout continues to cause NBA players untold pain. Like not being able to get in to the VIP areas of swank Los Angeles parties. Like the GQ party Thursday where Jay-Z was in attendance along with Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown,…

  7. Kevin Love considering offer to play in Turkey

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    In our overseas roundup Friday, we told you that Besiktas — the Turkish team that has Deron Williams — was making run at Luol Deng, to provide a little inside presence. They also are talking to Kevin Love, and he tells Yahoo Sports he is seriously considering it. “I’ve been going back and forth with…

  8. NBA owners going to sit back, wait out players

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The story today on NBA lockout moves is the same story we may be seeing for the next few weeks: Nothing. Nada. Zip. The NBPA filing a disclaimer of interest and walking away from the talks on Monday, followed by antitrust suits against the league, has not moved the owners one bit. Rather the opposite…

  9. Harvard business class takes a look at LeBron marketing

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Bashing LeBron James the brand has become a national past time. Maverick Carter — James confidant and business manager — has taken almost as much incoming fire as LeBron the past year. Since the decision to take his talents south, LeBron’s popularity has plummeted and some marketing options have dried up. There are all sorts…

  10. Owners will have a hard time waiting out Jeff Foster

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Foster

    The perception is that every NBA player is living life like Vinny Chase in Entourage. Women, drugs, parties, hangers on and money flowing out in a river. It happens. But not to everyone. Businessweek has a story with Jeff Foster, the Pacers center you usually think of as the other guy in the poster but…

  11. Today’s overseas roundup: Wade tells his agent to look around

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    In the days since the NBA labor talks blew up, conversations between NBA players and some overseas teams have picked up. Here’s a roundup of todays rumors and reports, but take it with a grain of salt. • Dwyane Wade has told his agent to start looking into things, reports our own Ira Winderman at…

  12. Video: Rudy Gay dunks on 25-foot rim, lands in colorful foam

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Gay Charity Game

    Odd little video here via TMZ (and I am a GM) where the Rudy Gay‘s shoulder looks fine as he leaps off a ledge to dunk on a 25-foot rim, then land in a pit of colorful foam squares. At least Gay is working on his game during the lockout. Sort of.

  13. Former NBA union head no fan of decertification strategy

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    A couple months back when PBT spoke with Charles Grantham, former head of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union that is now the players trade association — he said that there were some hills worth dying on for players in these labor talks. Things like guaranteed contracts or the owners’ idea of…

  14. Warren Sapp says “pretty boy” LeBron not built for NFL

    Nov 18, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Could LeBron James make it in the NFL? It’s a moot question, but thanks to this interminable lockout we have time to dwell on moot questions. Pete Carroll told him to come try out and James did practice with a high school team. LeBron is certainly athletic enough to be a tight end in the…

  15. Agent confirms Durant in discussions with German club

    Nov 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    That Photoshopped image (right) of Kevin Durant in a BBC Bayreuth uniform may turn out to be prophetic. But not soon. Durant has said he was serious about looking overseas and now his agent has confirmed to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated that they are in talks with that German club. But as we have…

  16. The next NBA legal battle: venue for the legal battles

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

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    When the NBA filed a preemptive lawsuit in New York back in August trying to take the teeth out of decertification of the players union, the union’s lawyers accused the league of “forum shopping.” Meaning the goal of the lawsuit was to choose the venue for future legal battles, not win the suit itself. Now…

  17. It’s gotta be the shoes! Wade stays loyal to Jordan brand.

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Most NBA players idolize Michael Jordan. They grew up watching him play, they wear his shoes, they practiced dunks sticking out their tongues — they want to be like Mike. Or did. Jordan has been one of the hardline NBA owners who has driven us to the brink of no NBA season. Jordan is one…

  18. Coach says Nowitzki out of shape, may play in Europe

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Dirk Nowitzki has remained loyal to Holger Geschwinder — the old coach with the unorthodox techniques — throughout his career. Say what you will about the guy, it works (at least for Nowitzki). Geschwinder returns that loyalty by pretty much saying whatever he wants to whomever he wants, like a cranky old man. Case in…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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