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  1. Video: Highlights from Luda Day game — give us Bieber

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    It was Luda Day weekend in Atlanta last weekend, where rapper Ludacris both throws some big parties and gives back to the community in Atlanta (such as taking 1,000 youth to see an Atlanta Braves game. The highlight of the weekend is the charity basketball game, which featured Kevin Durant (of course it did, he’s…

  2. Kevin Durant has one serious back tattoo, loves Maryland

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Durant tattoos

    Ah Maryland, the beautiful state on the Eastern seaboard. Member of the original 13 colonies. The state that gave us Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr. The state that is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. Maryland, where the official state song — Maryland my Maryland — refers to Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant” and…

  3. Are owners, players closer than we think to a deal?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The conventional wisdom — based on the words out of the mouths of David Stern, Billy Hunter and basically everyone who has been in on one of the NBA labor negotiations — is that the two sides are nowhere near a deal. They are finally getting serious about the negotiations, but the sides remain far…

  4. Injuries racking up in international ball, including Pau Gasol

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    This isn’t a fun, safe little bit of run in the gym. EuroBasket, FIBA Americas and other tournaments going on right now with NBA players are real competition. But there are risks with competition, especially serious competition where there is a something at stake. Like national pride and Olympic berths. People get hurt. We have…

  5. EuroBasket recap: On to the second round with the group of death

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Tony Parker of France reacts during a 20

    After a dozen games on Monday, half of the teams that came to Lithuania for EuroBasket — an Olympics qualifying tournament — have been sent home. Now things get serious, as virtually all of the top teams are in one supergroup — a true group of death that will mean some very good teams will…

  6. Video: Watch Renaldo Balkman headbutt Greivis Vasquez

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    Renaldo Balkman (L) of Puerto Rico fight

    Monday’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico at the FIBA America’s Tournament carried a lot of weight – Puerto Rico is fighting for one of the two 2012 Olympics berths from the event, Venezuela is battling with Canada and Uruguay to get fifth place and the invite to the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament next year. Which…

  7. If you want to win in the NBA, forget point guards. Go big.

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    During the summer, we get a buzz watching John Wall say he is back and slash through guys at the Goodman league. Or watching Brandon Jennings cut it up at the Drew League. We relate to the normal sized guy who can find a way to get it done in the NBA. We love Derrick…

  8. Nate Robinson not headed to the NFL, Europe maybe

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Nate Robinson liked to do a little flirting with the NFL. Which was cute, but he is due $4 million next season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and if you think playing some hoops in Europe puts that at risk imagine what getting trying to tackle Chris Johnson will do. So, the…

  9. Winderman: Players keep playing, which is a bad lockout sign

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    We already have a complete 2011-12 schedule, because how, otherwise, could the NBA prove to the National Labor Relations Board that it is bargaining in good faith amid the lockout? To that end, we also have a complete preseason schedule, because part of the process means tormenting fans in Wichita, Sioux Falls, Fargo and Raleigh…

  10. Today’s overseas roundup: Corey Maggette close to Greek trip

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in an occasional roundup. We bring you the Labor Day edition, because nothing says Labor Day like barbeque and bullet points. • Corey Maggette has been flirting with Greek team PAOK for a while, but things are…

  11. NBA advertisers looking for other places to spend $1 billion

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    With it looking more and more like NBA games are going to be lost, the advertisers that normally fill in the commercials during NBA broadcasts are starting to look around for other places to spend their money. The concern is that once the league comes back, all those advertising dollars will not. The NBA lockout…

  12. Picture you should see: Ron Artest preparing for “Dancing”

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    ronartestballet

    We bring this picture to you of Ron Artest — soon to be Metta World Peace, but we’re not there yet — preparing for his stint on Dancing With The Stars. It’s via The Lakers Nation twitter account. We bring it to you without comment because: 1) I of the white man’s overbite dancing style…

  13. Goodman League vs. Indy Pro-Am game on for Sept. 24

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    The Goodman League will take on all comers. Well, except the Drew League again. But all other comers. Just days after agreeing to a game against the Rucker Park league, the Goodman League has agreed to a deal to take on the Indianapolis Pro-Am, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Palmer. Indy is supposed…

  14. Video: Watch Justin Bieber cross Steve Nash

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber and Steve Nash — two guys with cult-like followings that think their hero can do no wrong. Two guys with great hair. Two guys matched up on the basketball court, where Bieber — he of the All-Star Weekend celebrity game — crosses Nash and gets to the hole. Bur really, the best part…

  15. Final eight teams set in FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Argentina's Ginobili goes to the basket under pressure from Panama's Pomare, Lloreda and Warren during the FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Mar del Plata

    We are through the group stage of the FIBA Americas tournament. Long live the Group Stage, part two. After the first round of games in Argentina, two teams have been eliminated — Cuba and Paraguay. So we are down to eight and the second round of group play — because who doesn’t love more group…

  16. EuroBasket Day 5: Yup, Spain is the team to beat

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol EuroBasket

    Welcome to our daily update. Things are starting to really shake out in the group play of EuroBasket, and with that we are really starting to see who the contenders for the Olympic berths are. What we are saying is, we would like you to meet Spain, Russia and Serbia. Spain 91, Lithuania 79: Spain…

  17. Miami to make a run at Nene in free agency… yes, it’s a longshot

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Nene has been very clear that as the most coveted free agent in this upcoming class — whenever we get into a condensed, hurried free agency period post lockout — money is not going to be his deciding factor. He wants to win. It’s not about the money. I’m sure he means it. That said,…

  18. Is Mickael Pietrus on the trading block? He seems to think he is.

    Sep 4, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Remember when Mickael Pietrus was a pivotal member of a Finals team? That wasn’t that long ago, just 2009. It was his defensive length and hot shooting that helped the Magic win the East that season. Then he was downgraded for other options by the Magic, including Vince Carter (that certainly worked out well) before…

  19. Boston Mayor wants the All-Star Game back in Beantown

    Sep 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    TD Boston Garden

    Count this among the things I didn’t know, but should have. The Celtics haven’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1964. That’s pretty crazy considering it’s been NBA Town since the inception of the league. Apparently there’s been a longstanding dispute with the co-tenant Bruins that have prevented the game from coming to town. Teams have…

  20. Chris Bosh says Heat players will begin offseason work “soon”

    Sep 4, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Chris Bosh probably got it a little raw last season. Before you freak out, bear in mind that I started trashing Bosh and his decision making back when he was at Lakers games in the playoffs before signing with the Heat, soaking up all the attention. I argued that Amar’e Stoudemire was a more valuable…

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