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  1. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  2. Famed trainer say Eddy Curry is in NBA shape. Riiiiight.

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    ecurry_beard

    It would balance out the karmic scales if, when the lockout ends, Eddy Curry were in shape and ready to play in the NBA while other guys had put on the weight he had shed. That would amuse me, but I won’t believe it until I see it. I think the entire island of Manhattan…

  3. Magic Johnson takes some shots at LeBron James. Playfully.

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Old school NBA players do not really like how LeBron James has handled his business. They also don’t really like the lockout. Or the long shorts. All those young players today need to GET OFF MY LAWN! Magic Johnson was out doing the inspirational speaking thing the other day in Albany, New York (remember your…

  4. Adidas could see $50 million loss from NBA lockout

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Adidas has a foothold in the NBA marketing game. Saturday there were people lined up around the block in Chicago to see Derrick Rose and buy his new adiZero Rose2 shoes. They also make the official NBA jerseys. Which you are not buying right now because of the lockout. Experts explain to Reuters that the…

  5. Jerry West opens up about depression that drove, haunted him

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    There may be no more introspective and compelling figure in American sports than Jerry West. In his new biography — which hits the stands Wednesday, if you actually still went to stands — West is very open about the challenges of his childhood with an abusive father, how that led to depression and drove him…

  6. Report: Feds might block NBA union decertification attempt

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Fortunately, in recent weeks, talk of the NBA players union decertifying has cooled off. It’s good because if the players did it at this point, you could kiss the season goodbye. But even if the players wanted to decertify the union — voting essentially to dissolve the union — the federal government might block it.…

  7. What the Hawks should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Last season: Same old, same old? Progress and a step back? Stumbling backwards into success? There’s got to be some sort of ridiculous phrase to describe the Hawks’ 2011 season. Their offense took a serious step back, despite all the talk of getting out of Mike Woodson’s system. Larry Drew took over, and the Hawks…

  8. Video: Top five plays from Team Philly win over Goodman

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    John Wall, Jeff Teague

    Another weekend, another entertaining NBA exhibition, this time Team Philly taking on Goodman. It’s not the real thing we’d rather be watching exhibition games, but at least it was entertaining. The Goodman League rolled in with John Wall (who had 38 points on the night) and Kevin Durant, but it was the underdog and feisty…

  9. Dwight Howard: “I don’t know what else I can do” in Orlando

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Once the lockout clock mercifully stops, the “what will Dwight Howard do?” clock will start. (Chris Paul will have one, too, but that’s not our focus today.) Every time Howard speaks directly about Orlando, he says loving and glowing things. But ask him about his legacy and free agency — as Esquire Magazine did —…

  10. Federal mediator to meet separately with both sides Monday

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Federal mediator George Cohen enters the NBA labor picture on Monday. Which is good, he could help the NBA players and owners break their stalemate. That is, if both sides really want to break it. If both sides are willing to compromise a little more. Cohen will meet separately with groups from the NBA owners…

  11. Pacers Danny Granger to take arena workers out to dinner

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Workers in NBA areas have become the latest pawn in the labor dispute that will have the NBA closing the doors to those arenas for at least the first couple weeks of the season. Both sides have started pointing to those arenas workers — many of whom make minimum wage or just a little more…

  12. LeBron wants Cleveland fans to know he misses them

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    I’ll take “things that will not go over well” for $200, Alex… Cleveland fans will never forgive LeBron James. They see his move to Miami as a betrayal and abandonment, his public announcement of it the ultimate insult. LeBron isn’t looking for their for forgivenss, but he tweeted (when anwering fans questions) that he misses…

  13. The biggest skill Derrick Williams needs to develop? Passing.

    Oct 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    There’s a number of reasons why this logic is flawed. I’m aware of that going in. When we’re talking about a coach, for some reason, we automatically want to assign the same roles to his or her new team as his or her old team. So for Phil Jackson, Lamar Odom is Horace Grant. For…

  14. Really quietly, the NBA approves Sixers sale

    Oct 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Sixers Happy Family Time

    We’d like to congratulate billionaire Joshua Harris and his partners on the successful purchase of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team which actually doesn’t play basketball at the moment. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: The NBA Board of Governors has approved Comcast-Spectacors sale of the 76ers to a group of investors led by New York billionaire Joshua…

  15. Quote of the day: Rondo thinks the lockout’s pretty awesome, actually

    Oct 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    “This has been the best summer of my life, really,’’ he said. “Lockout or not, I’m still going to enjoy my life and do what I do best.’’ via Rajon Rondo eager to get Celtics back together – The Boston Globe. That’s Rondo talking about this summer and all of his fun with being in Lexington…

  16. Celtics owner moving off of hawk stance?

    Oct 16, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics,

    The phrase was termed by TrueHoop. “Hawks and doves” became the standard vernacular to describe the position of owners. They were either soft (doves, because doves are soft, you see) or hawks (hard-line, because hawks are mean, you see). As long as hawks rule the nest (or whatever), we’re not getting a season, because they’re…

  17. Here’s a stunner: Players not happy with McGee’s comments

    Oct 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    After JaVale McGee came out and undermined the players by doing the one thing you absolutely cannot do in a lockout, give the other side any hope that you’re considering breaking (no matter how rational, reasonable, or predictable that is), the players acted stunned. “What? JaVale who? Who is that? The McGee boy, you say?” as…

  18. Derrick Rose says it’s Stern’s fault, yada yada… wait, who’s in charge of the union?

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This is the paragraph I’m supposed to blockquote you and pull the news story off of. Guess what? A member of the player’s union thinks David Stern and the owners are mean and it’s their fault for the lockout! TOTALLY NEW INFORMATION. “It’s sad. It’s very sad. But everybody knows it’s not our fault. It’s…

  19. Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller not so much with standing united

    Oct 15, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

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

    The NBA veterans at the end of their careers say that the reason they’re so committed to holding the line, particularly that 53 percent line, is to protect the players that came after them. The players who have already gotten their tipoffs in and are out of the game? They’re a little bit more realistic…

  20. Report: Garnett, Kobe, Pierce shut down 50/50 talks before deadline on their own

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    you know, in a way, I’m kind of glad for stuff like this. I mean, the lockout had become downright depressing. Both sides were “miles apart” but “ready to make a deal.” We’ve lost games, good games, which may or may not be rescheduled. Both sides seem more interested in rhetoric than progress, and it’s…

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