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  1. NBA overseas roundup: Tyson Chandler turns down China

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    As the NBA lockout drags on and on and on, there have been more players talking to overseas teams about taking their talents across the pond. Here is today’s roundup of news. • Tyson Chandler has decided not to take an offer to play in China, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “I was considering it but…

  2. Power Balance to file bankruptcy, not leaving Sacramento

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    I’m not going to tell you that the Power Balance wristbands favored by NBA players and other pro athletes are a scam, I’d say do the research. Don’t just ask Lamar Odom, actually do the research. Or, consider the fact the company just had to file bankruptcy organization after settling a class action lawsuit against…

  3. Allen Iverson wants to set up four-city barnstorming tour

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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    You’ve got to love Allen Iverson’s drive. He tried to put together a charity All-Star game in Las Vegas but it fell apart. So his response? Set up a four-city tour, reports Chris Palmer of ESPN. Stops would include Atlanta and Las Vegas. Already LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are putting…

  4. Video: Terrible NBA mascots that should never dunk

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    No, these are not real NBA mascots. Bango’s job is not threatened by these guys. But it’s a lockout and Conan O’Brien made us laugh with this, so we are passing it along to you in the spirit of “what else do you expect us to do during the lockout?” Thanks to I am a…

  5. Dr. J gets financial boost, 76ers (and fans) get memorabilia

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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    We brought the story last month of how Julius Erving was having some financial challenges due to some failed investments, and on an unrelated note happened to be having a lot of his memorabilia auctioned off. “Unrelated” is the official story, choose to believe what seems logical to you. Turns out there is a real…

  6. Even escort services getting hurt by NBA lockout

    Nov 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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    On a macro level, the NBA lockout really isn’t going to hurt cities much. Studies show the money you would have spent on NBA tickets you will spend on movies, dinners, maybe seeing a hockey game. It still gets spent and the city still benefits. But on a micro level people will get hurt —…

  7. Hip Hop is dead. (The 76ers mascot, we mean.)

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen Hip Hop 76ers

    Hip Hop is dead. The 76ers anthropomorphized rabbit mascot named Hip Hop who came on the scene in the Allen Iverson era to the thrill of nobody has gone the way of the Dodo bird. The new owners of the 76ers surveyed their season ticket holders and were looking for ways to improve the game-night…

  8. J.R. Smith’s knee injury not serious (he played on Tuesday)

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    It looked bad. Any time you can’t walk off the court and they take you directly to the hospital it’s scary. Doing so in a foreign country — in this case China — adds to the tension. But it turns out J.R. Smith’s knee injury is not that bad. In fact, he played in the…

  9. Is Amare Stoudemire’s back fully healed? Good question.

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Sunday Drew Gooden hosted a charity game (we already brought you the highlights) but there is one unresolved issue from that game: In what shape is Amare Stoudemire’s back? It bothered him at the end of last season and slowed him some this summer, but he has said he was healthy. Then he missed Gooden’s…

  10. LeBron: “I can understand why a lot of people were upset”

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

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    LeBron James understands where you are coming from, you haters. He’s backtracked from how he handled “The Decision” for some time now, said he wouldn’t want to change the choice but does wish he had gone about it differently. He and those around the announcement thought the show was all for a good cause, not…

  11. Pat Riley laughs off Shaq’s “Gestapo” comment

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Pat Riley understands Shaquille O’Neal. Understood he needed to push the big man hard if the Heat were going to win the championship in 2006. Understands him now as Shaq goes around promoting his “Shaq Uncut” biography. That’s why Riley was not offended by Shaq saying talking about Riley’s “Gestapo conditioning,” as the coach told Ira…

  12. Players consolidate lawsuits, but court ordered talks best hope

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

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    If you were holding out hope that David Stern and Billy Hunter were going to be having pleasant phone conversations over the holiday weekend, and that the NBA on Christmas still could happen, well, we’re sorry. The next NBA owners and players negotiations will likely be because a judge ordered them, a source close to…

  13. Cedric Ceballos hospitalized after “series of small heart attacks”

    Nov 21, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    One of the more popular NBA role players of his era, Cedric Ceballos is in a Phoenix area hospital after suffering a series of small heart attacks. He is doing well enough to have released this statement. “I feel blessed and very fortunate to be here today and to have made the decision to go…

  14. Ex NBAer John Amaechi says it’s not about love of the game

    Nov 21, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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    What’s love got to do with it? For all the talk of the love of the game by both sides in the NBA lockout (“basketball never stops”), the fans are not feeling that love. Fans do love the game and pay to watch it be played. Right now the owners and players are having raw…

  15. Derrick Rose says he is not going to play overseas

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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    That sound you just heard was the collective exhale of Chicago Bulls fans. And Tom Thibodeau. That’s because over the weekend Derrick Rose, the star and building block of the Chicago Bulls, said he has no plans of going overseas. Here is the quote from the Houston Chronicle, where Rose was over the weekend for…

  16. Might Jazz go on market if labor deal isn’t good enough? No.

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 1:49 pm: Greg Miller, the guy who owns the Jazz, shot down the sale idea with this tweet on Monday afternoon. Speculation of the Jazz being sold is unfortunate & irresponsible. Thanks to unprecedented fan & sponsor support the Jazz is solid as ever. 11:28 am: I will tell you up front I am…

  17. Video: Jimmer Fredette is a better dancer than Isaiah Thomas

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    At his charity event, Donte Green decided to haze the rookies a little, give them a taste of what they are missing out on with the NBA season. He made Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas compete in a dance off. Jimmer wins. And he should. By a mile. Thanks to SBN for posting this.

  18. J.R. Smith clashes with Chinese team about knee injury

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    It took all of one game for J.R. Smith to clash with the management of his new team. Should have seen that one coming. We still don’t know the severity of a knee injury suffered by Smith in the fourth quarter of his first game in China, but it sure didn’t look good. The disagreement…

  19. NBA overseas roundup: Kevin Martin likely staying stateside

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    We told you the big news already — J.R. Smith had a potentially serious injury and AK47 had one that looks painful but will only keep him out a few weeks. But there is other news about NBA players looking overseas, so here is a roundup. • Rockets guard Kevin Martin is getting overseas options…

  20. Nike, Adidas not feeling pinch from NBA lockout. Yet.

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    For Nike, maybe basketball never does stop. There has been no NBA for Nike to promote its basketball shoes (which account for 95 percent of the basketball shoe market, thank you Michael Jordan). The marketing has continued, but the biggest stage for Nike remains dark. But that hasn’t hurt sales much, reports the Oregonian (via SLAM).…

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