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  1. Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday. The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely. He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about…

  2. Video: Rondo… he… behind the… no-look… with the… wow.

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    I am not impressed with exhibition highlights. Maybe it’s the lack of production value. Maybe it’s the lack of defense. Maybe it’s just a revulsion to the absence of order and logic. But at this point almost nothing impresses me. Dunk the ball off of a bouncepass from full court, windmill 720, cross your man…

  3. If we get a season, not all the canceled games are gone forever

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    There’s a whole lot of confusion over the first two weeks of the season that have been canceled. The league doesn’t know how many games will be canceled, so it can’t make any announcements on the status of the games that have already been canceled. The assumption is that the games that were lost are…

  4. NBA lockout explained through Taiwanese animation

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    You’ve been reading all these headlines about the league canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season and how federal mediators have to come in and rather than read long, detailed, number-laden posts about percentages of basketball related income and restrictive luxury tax systems, you just want a simple explanation. Something visual. You can…

  5. Melo thinks the perception of his defense is team-centric

    Oct 13, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    Yeah, no, Melo’s not backing down on this criticism of his defense. After saying yesterday that it was a matter of unfamiliarity last season and a flawed perception, Melo continued his media cruising for his shoe with a conversation with Grantland. And this time, it’s all about the team. Kind of. You said you want…

  6. Danny Granger doesn’t think the players need the NBA… or salaries to play the canceled games

    Oct 13, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Who needs the NBA, really? And who needs to get paid? Most people, including myself, have rolled their eyes at every #LetUsPlay tweet that’s filled their Twitter timelines since Monday, since the players are actually saying #LetUsPlayForTheDealWeThinkIsFair. It’s not that their proposal isn’t fair, it mostly is (but not in totality), same as the owners,…

  7. Stern: If no deal by Tuesday, Christmas games may be canceled

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    David Stern got his chance on WFAN Thursday, a day after Billy Hunter expressed optimism while spinning the same rhetoric we’ve heard for months. Stern got his own rhetoric on, but more importantly, he dropped this raven on the window sill. “If we don’t make it on Tuesday,” Stern says, “my gut is that we…

  8. What the 76ers should do if the lockout ends

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    DCollins_TYoung

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Philadelphia 76ers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. After a miserable 09-10 campaign, the 76ers made their way back to…

  9. Portland tasked with fixing what isn’t broken

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, Gerald Wallace

    Things are going just fine for the Portland Trail Blazers these days: LaMarcus Aldridge made “the leap,” last season, Rich Cho stole Gerald Wallace out of Charlotte with a bargain trade package, Andre Miller was replaced with a younger facsimile, Brandon Roy has shown signs of life, and the roster is loaded with capable contributors.…

  10. Younger players taking brunt of reputation hit during lockout

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is good, don’t worry about him. Dirk Nowitzki’s reputation is at an all-time high. LeBron James’ status isn’t any worse than where it was after his self-inflicted wounds from a year ago. It’s not that the NBA lockout isn’t damaging player reputations — something that will worsen the longer it drags out —…

  11. Players union VP Mo Evans still talking tough. Great.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations

    We tried to explain this to you yesterday — and judging from the comments a lot of you don’t like our explanation — but it remains true: The NBA players are rejecting offers from the owners because they don’t see them as fair. From their view it’s not about how much money they will or…

  12. Chris Mullin now working on the Broadway stage

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    It’s the dream of every young basketball player to someday end up in the bright lights of the Broadway stage. No, not Madison Square Garden. We’re talking Broadway, down the street from “Spider Man” and another “Godspell” revival. Well, that’s where Chris Mullin has ended up, anyway. The native New Yorker and Hall of Famer…

  13. Carmelo Anthony says he made the right decision with trade

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    It was an ugly mess watching Carmelo Anthony force his way out of Denver last season. But for Anthony, it was the right move. He looks at the ongoing lockout, the lost games, the limbo he would be in as a free agent and thinks how he handled everything worked out for the best. That’s…

  14. Ginobili suffers mild ankle sprain in pick-up game

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    In the off chance that David Stern and Billy Hunter stop acting like fools next week, this could be relevant. But it probably won’t matter. Manu Ginobili has suffered a mild ankle sprain while training in Argentina, reports the News-Express Spurs Blog (and Project Spurs). The injury, which is not considered serious, apparently occurred when…

  15. David Stern could learn a thing or two from Kings fans

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    I’d say I’m surprised but I’m not. Tuesday at about mid-day I saw my first indications that something was brewing in Sacramento – a seemingly innocuous tweet from Sacramento Kings fan Amy Hyden (@sacgirl88) to G/F Donte’ Greene about setting up an exhibition game: @dontegreeneCOS hey Donte, Is there any way you can set up…

  16. Dallas Mavericks to get rings after all. Old guys rejoice.

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    The Dallas Mavericks are going to get their rings on opening night after all. Whenever that is. Remember in the aftermath of the Mavericks championship owner Mark Cuban was talking about doing something different, not just giving his players championship rings. That was too old school for Cuban. Except Cuban has an old-school team, so…

  17. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    kobe-obama-420

    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

  18. Video: Marion, Love, Chandler turn lock out into locked in

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    At least we can laugh about the lockout. Well, sort of, but this video from the folks at Funny or Die will make you laugh. The premise is simply that Kevin Love, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler misunderstand the lockout and head to a junior high “lock in” night at the gym. I’d rather be…

  19. Tiger Woods ready for the lockout to end, says Celtics are old

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

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    Tiger Woods is back on the golf course this weekend… so of course somebody at media day asked him about the NBA lockout. Why wouldn’t you? What, you have something better to ask Woods about? Of course not. Woods is a Southern California guy, a Lakers fan. Which means job No. 1 is hate the…

  20. Pete Carroll tries to recruit LeBron to Seahawks. Jokingly.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

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    The Seattle Seahawks passing game could use some help. They are 25th in the NFL at 205 passing yards per game and, while they complete a pretty average number of passes a contest, they average just 6.6 yards per passing attempt (26th in the league). They need a big-time receiver. Like maybe LeBron James. On Tuesday,…

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