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  1. Bargnani and Gallinari central figures in mini arms race between Italian clubs

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    If the Pau Gasol trade proved anything it’s that the owners and operators of basketball teams are, occasionally to a fault, reactionary thinkers. Once the dominoes begin falling, some GMs just can’t help themselves, and before they know it they’ve traded a successful offensive system and a versatile two-way player for an aging Shaquille O’Neal.…

  2. The ‘Summer of Ron’ continues: Artest guarantees a championship for L.A.

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    With the lockout having deprived the NBA world of summer league and a proper free agency period, fringe stories have all but taken over the scene. The overseas inklings of any relevant NBA player have become news, and while that’s certainly pertinent information if the lockout ends up costing the league games, it’s not exactly…

  3. Video: Finally, the Jonas Valanciunas rap we’ve all wanted

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    We’re pumped about Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas — the No. 5 pick tore up the FIBA under-19 World Championships. Sure, he didn’t get off the bench for Lithuania in his first EuroBasket game, but we’d like to think it’s because they are saving him as a secret weapon. And now, finally the Valanciunas rap…

  4. These are the people really screwed by the lockout

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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    The average NBA player is going to have to get by for a while on the $2.3 million he earned last year (that is the median NBA salary). The owners are going to have to get by on their billions. Both sides can afford for this lockout to drag out a while. They’re not the…

  5. Kevin Garnett said he was almost a Laker in 2007

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Because it resulted in a ring and because Kevin Garnett is now almost a Boston icon, we forget that he almost didn’t go there. Garnett was being traded in the summer of 2007, having essentially forced his way out of Minnesota as they were going young and he was wildly unhappy. There were plenty of…

  6. Kevin Garnett not talking contract extension with Boston

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    The Dan Patrick show was on fire today — go check out the rant by college football writer Bruce Feldman against ESPN. Patrick also had Kevin Garnett on, and that led to some interesting comments about his future. KG enters the last season of his contract. Garnett said on the broadcast he has had no talks…

  7. Should the Jazz move away from Sloan’s flex offense?

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    The Utah Jazz have been running Jerry Sloan’s flex offense since roughly the Cretaceous period, and that continued last season when Sloan unexpectedly resigned mid-season and Tyrone Corbin slid over into the big chair. But is it time for a change? In reporting that Jeff Honracek is going to meet this week and re-sign as…

  8. Yao Ming says to put his Hall of Fame nod on hold

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Eventually, Yao Ming will be welcomed into the basketball Hall of Fame. If you just rolled your eyes, remember this is not just an NBA Hall of Fame. (We need one of those, but that is a separate issue.) What Yao did to bridge the NBA with China and help the sport grow in the…

  9. Chad Ochocinco inspired Ron Artest’s name change

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    Does this surprise to you at all? Ron Artest was talking about his name change to Metta World Peace with with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio (as reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles) and he asked what we’ve all been wondering: What exactly motivated this move? Turns out, we can blame Chad Ochocinco. Just…

  10. NBA owners, players may be talking but don’t think a deal is near

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    There are signs of optimism out of the owners and players meeting Wednesday — they are going to stop trying to win the public relations battle through the media and they are keeping future meetings under wraps. The two sides said little else after a six-hour meeting in New York. Good. I’m all for transparency…

  11. Apparently Michael Beasley’s wrist is not broken after all

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    In the future, we should note even the most reliable reports out of China need to be taken with grains of salt. One of those reports was that Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley likely fractured a wrist while in a tournament in China. Turns out there is no fracture, tweeted ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Report on Michael…

  12. Report: Parker denies he’ll play for French team he co-owns

    Sep 1, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    UPDATE 8:58 am: Well, that didn’t take long. Not long after the report (seen below) that Tony Parker would play for the French team he co-owns was leaked Parker  himself shot that report down, via BasketEurope and Hoopshype: “This is not true, I did not sign anything. Nothing is done. I did not commit to…

  13. Paul Pierce says he did not have an asthma attack in China

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    We brought you the report out of China Wednesday that both Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley suffered an asthma attack during a recent tournament where they had to play in a smoke-filled arena. And by smoke filled we mean cigarette, as in the fans are all smoking in the arena. But Paul Pierce says that…

  14. EuroBasket Day One Roundup: That Pau Gasol is good

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain vies for the ball wit

    Over in Lithuania there is actual basketball being played by elite players. Sure, it’s not as purely entertaining as Goodman vs. Melo, but this has something that does not — real drama. That’s because there are real things on the line — national pride and a berth in the Olympics to the top two finishers.…

  15. Video: Dwight Howard dunks on a giraffe in Japan

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Yes, you read that headline right. Dwight Howard is in Japan to sell a lot of adidas to promote the game of basketball around the globe. He’s am ambassador like that. This video is of Howard, in Japan, dunking on what looks to be an 11-12 foot rim suspended from a stuffed giraffe’s neck. Not…

  16. DeJuan Blair may play in Russia, perceived injury risks be damned

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Among the flood of reported signings, flirtations, explorations, and interest between overseas clubs and NBA players, DeJuan Blair‘s name and news don’t create much of a ripple. He’s no Deron Williams, after all; Blair isn’t even a steady NBA regular at this point in his career, having squandered some of the opportunity given him as…

  17. Photo: Eric Bledsoe is good at jumping

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe wasn’t the biggest name at yesterday’s Melo league vs. Goodman league exhibition game, but he did provide one heck of a picture after this dunk. It could be the angle of the photo throwing me off, but I’m pretty sure that Bledsoe’s collarbone is at the rim here. Impressive, to say…

  18. Collective bargaining talks produce vaguely positive outcome

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    The lockout drags on, but today NBA fans are given the slightest reason for optimism. Representatives for the NBA players and owners met today for a six-hour bargaining session, and though dialogue in itself isn’t enough to bring back the league we all know and love, the fact that meetings are going on at all…

  19. Today’s overseas roundup: Nick Young talking to China

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we collect them in a daily roundup. We do this in bullet points because we are bloggers and they are addictive to us like bon-bons to an old housewife. • How does Nick Young feel about smoking in arenas? It’s…

  20. They allow smoking in Chinese arenas? Bad idea.

    Aug 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    September 1, 1:51 am: Paul Pierce went to twitter today to deny the report of him having an asthma attack. Pierce says he does not even have asthma. It’s unclear about Beasley — well, he did fracture his wrist, but we don’t know about the asthma attack — so take that with a grain or…

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