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  1. Alleged father’s suit against LeBron James is tossed

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    There’s really no way to avoid being happy for LeBron James here. A man alleging he was James’ father filed suit against James and his mother for a variety of fairly ridiculous claims, including defamation of character, and… get this, loss of love and affection. Apparently the legal system is not an abject failure, because…

  2. Leon Rose joins the decertification rebel alliance

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    The barbarians are at the gate. They’re wearing Brooks Brothers and smell like money. And now, to quote a wholly inappropriate flick for the context, “They have a cave troll.” A faction of NBA agents have been ramping up pressure on Billy Hunter and the union officials to decertify the union, paving the way for…

  3. Lockout Friday night video highlights: Earl the Pearl Monroe

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    My all-time favorite ballplayer was Earl Monroe. Earl the Pearl. Yeah, he was nice. See, everybody remember him from the Knicks, you know, when he helped win that second championship and everything like that. I’m talking about when he was with the Bullets down at Winston-Salem Stadium… before that game, with 42 points a game…

  4. Muggsy Bogues has $3.6 million thank yous for Mark Cuban

    Sep 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

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    Fans are divided on Mark Cuban, same with national pundits. Some consider him brash and rebellious, but those same people would kill to have them own their favorite team. Players? They love him. Which brings us to Muggsy Bogues, your favorite 5’3” guard. You remember him, he played for 14 NBA seasons, most in Charlotte.…

  5. Brown thinking more Gasol and Bynum, less Kobe for Lakers

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Mike Brown wants what Phil Jackson wanted — the offense to run through the post. Not a Kobe Bryant isolation play or him coming off a high pick, but Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as the hubs of the offense, standing at the high and low block. Will Kobe buy into it? Well, does he…

  6. EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Juan Carlos Navarro

    Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals…

  7. NBA referees Javie, Delaney to retire, Bavetta stays

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Sorry Lakers fans. And Celtics fans. And the fans of the 28 other NBA teams that thought Steve Javie had it in for your team. You will not have Javie to kick around anymore. After a few seasons of battling through knee issues, Javie is retiring after 25 years as an NBA referee, according to…

  8. It’s official: goodbye Ron Artest, hello Metta World Peace

    Sep 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest will not be on Dancing With The Stars this week. Metta World Peace will be. And he’ll be playing for the Lakers whenever there is a season again. The name change from Ron Artest to Metta World Peace was signed off on in Los Angeles Friday morning after a public hearing. It’s official.…

  9. Video: Watch Michael Jordan talk six rings, NBA 2K12

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

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    The trailers for NBA 2K12 have us pumped. The chance to play Bill Russell and Magic Johnson and some of the games greats has us salivating. Then came this Michael Jordan trailer for the game. Now… it’s time to play. (via SLAM)

  10. The 15 Footer: Things fall apart, but no one stops talking to notice

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    The 15 Footer is a recurring series of fifteen items about the NBA highlighting news of the last week. It is written by Matt Moore, sometimes not badly. 1. It’s not the end of civilization. But you can see it from there.  I was sure that the Kardashian-Humprhies wedding would be the dumbest story in the NBA…

  11. T.J. Ford will accept a smaller role to be on a winning team

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    FORD_TJ

    T.J. Ford will be a free agent when the lockout ends, so he is saying what every free agent says — I want to play for a winner. Of course he does. The Pacers made the playoffs last season but with a losing record. And he was not a huge part of that. Ford was…

  12. Video: Best plays from week one of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Part of next week I’m going to be out in Vegas for the end of the Impact Competitive Training Series, what has affectionately become known as the “lockout league.” But for now, I’m like the rest of you basketball junkies, trying to get my fix with highlights and EuroBasket streams. Here are the highlights from…

  13. What the Nuggets should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Denver Nuggets. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams.   Last Season: Well that was no fun, then it was kind of fun,…

  14. Stephen Curry rolls ankle at lockout league but is “fine”

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There were bound to be a few injuries out at the “lockout league” in Vegas that runs this week and next. (Officially, it’s the Impact Competitive Training Series.). The hope was just nothing major. So far, so good. Stephen Curry rolled his ankle in one of the games Thursday, which is a concern because Curry…

  15. State of Nate video: Nate Robinson’s kid plays some football

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We bring you the second edition of State of Nate, the video that follows Nate Robinson around. Like to a pro-am game where the Thunder guard plays four quarters, drops a lot of buckets (his missess somehow got edited out, I guess) and then bails as the game heads to overtime to watch his son…

  16. How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Bo McCalebb

    Macedonia has been the surprise of EuroBasket (the European championship and Olympic qualifying tournament), with a country more known for violent internal strife than hoops finding itself in the semi-finals on Friday. If Macedonia can beat powerhouse Spain they are into the Olympics next summer. Even if they lose they will be in the Olympic…

  17. Is Friday the day we finally have World Peace? It should be.

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Today, finally, we should have World Peace. Not just world peace, but Metta World Peace. The man currently known as Ron Artest is due to show up in a Los Angeles courtroom at 8:30 pacific time to legally get his name changed to Metta World Peace, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just in time…

  18. Billups wants to play and get paid, but sees big picture

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    Chauncey Billups speaks for a lot of NBA veterans. These are guys who have been around because they can play — and with that comes some nice paydays. Billups is set to make $14.2 million next season in the last year of his deal. He wants to get paid. He wants to play. But he…

  19. Sebastian Telfair wants to play for a contender. Don’t we all?

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    Sebastian Telfair will be a free agent when the lockout ends, and there will be some demand for him to come in as a backup point guard. The man will get paid. Maybe not as much as he hoped under whatever the new labor deal looks like, but he will get paid. But of course,…

  20. Cavs owner Gilbert denies labor charges in his own way

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    You couldn’t make up someone like Dan Gilbert. No matter what font you used. We told you yesterday of a report that Cavaliers owner Gilbert and Suns owner Robert Sarver torpedoed progress at the labor negotiations Tuesday between the owners and players. That report comes from a trusted source in Dave McMenamin of ESPN. That…

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