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  1. Report: Couple more names pop up on Blazers GM list

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    The Trail Blazers are looking at the men making basketball decisions for the Cavaliers and Clippers for their front office. Don’t laugh — if the criteria for the job is getting along with a pain-in-the-butt owner who injects himself into basketball decisions at bad times, front office people coming out of Cavalier and Clipper organizations…

  2. Jazz’s Kyrylo Fesenko out two months with knee injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

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    This is always the fear with a player suiting up for international ball. Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the…

  3. Video: Derrick Rose playing with puppets. You read that right.

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose is in Asia, trying to sell some adidas and increase awareness of his brand. Is there a better way to do that than strange little puppet shows? No, we don’t think so either. Enjoy. Hat tip to I am a GM for this one.

  4. EuroBasket: Good day for Russia, Macedonia. Yes, Macedonia.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Going into EuroBasket — the combination European championships and Olympic qualifying tournament — Macedonia had never won a single game in the event. Now, they are 3-0 in the second round of group play and locked in for the knockout stages. That means they have a chance to make the Olympics (top two finishers at…

  5. Gary Forbes unhappy with Panama national team’s resources

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

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    In his third and final dairy entry for SLAM Online about the FIBA Americas tournament, Nuggets player Gary Forbes had some interesting things to say. Forbes played for Panama, who was 1-5 at the time of Forbes’ third diary entry, and Forbes believes that the team’s lack of resources were a major cause for their…

  6. Amar’e Stoudemire says his back is healthy

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Amar’e Stoudemire spoke to a group of campers in New York on Wednesday, and he shared some very good news for Knicks fans of all ages. ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling has the story: After spending much of the summer at his rented house in Hollywood Hills, Calif., Amare Stoudemire returned to New York City on Wednesday…

  7. Video: Deron Williams is actually in Turkey

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Rumors of players going overseas to play during a possible lockout have been constant this off-season, but Nets guard Deron Williams is the highest-profile player so far to have actually signed a contract with an overseas team, Turkey’s Beskitas. The video itself isn’t all that riveting, but it does show that Williams is actually going…

  8. “Intense” owners, players talks lead to expanded meetings

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    For the second time in two days and the third time in two weeks, a core group from the NBA league office and the NBA players union had a more than five-hour negotiating session. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the meetings “intense.” We don’t know what has been discussed, what potential compromises or deals have…

  9. Final four set for FIBA Americas, Venezuela finishes fifth

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    The final four for the FIBA Americas is set — Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will play Saturday for berths in the 2012 London Olympics. If you haven’t been watching (what, you don’t stream international hoops games at your desk in the morning?) just know that this is fitting — they’ve been…

  10. Lots of questions for Suns post lockout, no easy answers

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    As PBT works our way through our “what should your team do during the lockout” series, some answers are pretty easy. Dallas needs to bring back Tyson Chandler and remember where they put that bottle with the lightning in it. Other teams are not so simple. Like the Phoenix Suns. They are not due up…

  11. Norris Cole works out with LeBron James, gets introduction to Heat culture

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    The lockout has added upheaval to every phase of the NBA’s off-season, but the process has been particularly tumultuous for incoming rookies. The lucky rooks have been able to establish some kind of contact with their team (preliminary conversations with coaches or general managers, introductory press conferences, etc.), but there are plenty of other first-year…

  12. Video: Check out the summer run at UCLA

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    There are spots throughout the country where high-level off-season pickup games take place. Ones without the public presence of things like the Drew League or the Goodman League — just places where NBA guys show up because they know they can get a good run. UCLA is one of those. Has been for years. And…

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

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Draft Timberwolves Basketball

    This is the third installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves. You can also read up on the Lakers and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams. It was a rough year for the Timberwolves last season.…

  14. Report: J.R. Smith near deal to play season in China

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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

    This has reality show written all over it. J.R. Smith — one of the best off-the-bench scorers in the NBA who brings with him some attitude and a distaste for authority — is close to signing a deal to play a full season in China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Under terms of the deal,…

  15. About the players not getting paychecks… they are about to

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    One of the theories on why the owners were going to get the best of the players in this round of NBA labor negotiations was the old “millionaires vs. billionaires” premise. Basically, the owners have more money, the players make a lot of money but spend a lot of money. Once the players missed a…

  16. Video: LeBron James optimistic about season, Heat’s chances

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

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    As LeBron James works his way through Asia on a Nike-sponsored tour (and if you don’t think it’s all about Nike, take a look at the setting in this video), he stopped to do a little Q&A with the fans. LeBron has been consistently optimistic that there would be a season, and he states that…

  17. NBA owners may be willing to sacrifice preseason

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Suns preseason

    When the threat of the NFL’s missing preseason games due to the lockout hit, it put real pressure on that league’s owners. The NFL plays its preseason games in the same stadiums it does its regular season (mostly) and if you buy NFL season tickets, you have pay full game price for those preseason games.…

  18. Mike Conley organizes Grizzlies workouts, looks like leader

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

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    You want your point guard to be the guy who takes charge, to be the guy who organizes his teammates and keeps them on task. You want him to be the leader. Mike Conley seems to have taken that to heart in Memphis. There is a buzz about the Grizzlies after last year’s playoff run…

  19. Mayor Kevin Johnson releases arena funding report, will the Maloofs and NBA bite?

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    The plight of Kings fans, who came within an inch of losing their only major professional sports team, may be coming to a crossroads today, when the Think Big Sacramento coalition led by mayor Kevin Johnson releases their arena funding proposal to the public. All they have to do is come up with a plan…

  20. Kobe’s twitter account comes. Then goes. But will be back.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Kobe Bryant was the talk of twitter Wednesday night. It’s not the first time, from hitting game winners to just being Kobe in post game conversations he’s been the buzz of twitter. But Wednesday it was because he joined twitter. For about three hours. Then the account was shut down after one tweet (“Can you…

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