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  1. Shaq says he told Celtics not to trade Perkins (and talks Kobe)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Shaquille O’Neal feels like a lot of Celtics fans do — that the Celtics shouldn’t have traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the deadline last season. But Shaq went a step farther telling GM Danny Ainge he might not be back and not to make the trade. That’s just one of the interesting things…

  2. Deron Williams begins play with Besiktas in Turkey

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:50 AM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    Despite many, many people’s predictions that Deron Williams would never play a minute for Besiktas, the Turkish team based in Istanbul, Williams in fact started his tenure with Besitkas this weekend. From NetsDaily on Saturday: Deron Williams adventure began earlier than expected Saturday when his Besiktas Black Eagles beat perennial Euroleague power Montepaschi Siena, 93-91, in…

  3. Report: Fisher sent players text saying to be physically ready for season

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    If you believe that if there’s smoke, there’s fire, then this post is going to make you pretty happy about the state of affairs in the NBA lockout discussions. If you’re the type that believes if there’s fire, there’s fire, then this will simply give you something else to consider as nothing but white noise.…

  4. The NBA equivalent of high school drama: Silver hangs out with agency head

    Sep 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    All this is missing is some guy who knows this girl who saw Billy Hunter pass out at 31 Flavors last night. (It seemed pretty serious.) Okay, so Adam Silver goes to the US Open last week, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. No biggie. He had a long day in negotiations, wanted to unwind,…

  5. Andray Blatche says he’s totally matured

    Sep 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche has a world of talent. Long, with scoring versatility and an offensive viciousness, he’s not lacking for ability. But he’s never shown the mental component to cash in on the talent. Consider that as a stretch four in the first year after of his mega-extension, he shot 32% from the 16-23 range. He…

  6. Udonis Haslem: Super happy optimistic guy…?

    Sep 11, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Udonis Haslem is not a pleasant dude to talk to. I’m sure to friends and family he’s a right cuddly teddy bear. But to media, his reaction to most everything falls between dull boredom and outright disgust. It’s like if Oscar the Grouch could kill you. Pretty much that. But apparently he’s got a pretty…

  7. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Emanuel Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrat

    Coming in to the FIBA Americas tournament, anything less than making the championship game — and with that earning a berth in next summer’s Olympics — would have been a let down for Argentina. They were the best team in the tournament on paper with a lineup that included Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino…

  8. What’s the value of an athlete’s apology? Does it matter for LeBron?

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    People tend to forget (or they don’t want to hear it), but LeBron James did apologize to Cleveland and fans for “how it all went down” with the decision. Of course, those comments came in May after the Heat had eliminated the Celtics from the playoffs, and were of the sentiment that “sorry, but I…

  9. Oh, good. Dan Gilbert is one of the “hawk” lockout leaders. Great.

    Sep 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    On Friday, ESPN broke down the positions of the 30 owners in the NBA, and where they stand on both revenue sharing and whether they are a “hawk” or a “dove” in terms of missing the season to get a CBA in strong support of the owners. There’s a lot of really interesting information in…

  10. Report: Adelman near deal to become Timberwolves coach

    Sep 10, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    If this happens, David Kahn will have won the summer. After having a second interview and some discussions about money, it appears that Rick Adelman is near a deal to take over as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Bill Ingram at HoopsWorld. Sources close to the situation told HOOPSWORLD that Adelman is…

  11. Lockout takes its toll: Paul Allen sells his private island

    Sep 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    It’s pretty clear we need a massive overhaul of the players’ salaries to save the NBA owners some dough. I mean, look no further than this. Blazers owner Paul Allen is selling his private island. From Yahoo!: Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder that ranks 57th on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list with $13 billion, is…

  12. Report: NBA labor talks also signal the rise of Adam Silver

    Sep 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The NBA lockout, despite what both sides will tell you, has been and is as political as it is financial. It’s about contrasting positions of what is best for the league, what is ideologically acceptable to both sides, about who can break who. It’s about infighting and contingents and warring factions within factions. And it’s…

  13. No, for real, all of the Nuggets are going to China

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Seriously, are the Nuggets the only team outside of the Rockets and Lakers on television in China? Is there some sort of affinity for the powder blue? What is the deal with Chinese teams going after Denver Nuggets free agents, potentially keeping them out of the NBA when it resumes this year, if it resumes…

  14. NBA referees without a contract with the league, too

    Sep 10, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    I know what you’re saying. You read that headline and said, “Good riddance. I could do a better job than those slobs the NBA hires as referees.” Which means you forgot about the preseason of 2009, when we dealt with replacement referees. Remember how we watched the wildly inconsistent calls from these temp workers, calls…

  15. EuroBasket roundup: Spain, France cruising along

    Sep 9, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol (R) and Pau Gasol of Spain vi

    Friday at EuroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe — meant another round of play in the Group of Death. Spain, France, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia and Turkey are all in the same group and only four of them advance on to the knockout round. Spain and France are into the quarter finals/knockout round of…

  16. Phil Jackson is retired, still picking up endorsement deals

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson is no longer an NBA coach. He also remains the most recognizable and marketable coach out there. So he is still picking up endorsement deals and doing commercials, like the one below for Audi. Which is a pretty clever little ad. Note to Vinny Del Negro, if you want a few of these…

  17. Next week we find out if owners, players can save season

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    Was there progress in the labor negotiations between the owners and the players last week? Depends on who you ask. Ask Chris Sheridan (he formerly of ESPN and AP) and he says there is a 70 to 80 percent chance the NBA season will start on time Nov. 1. There are other whispers out there…

  18. Report: Adelman wants $25 million guaranteed from Wolves

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    Rick Adelman has interviewed twice to be the head coach in Minnesota, met the owner, he has a good relationship with the star player, likes to have his team run and just generally is the perfect fit on paper for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yet, no deal so far. Why not? It’s about the money. It’s…

  19. Video: Gordon Hayward makes his “decision” parody

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    HAYWARD_GORDON

    Now that the skinny white kid from Utah has made his “decision” parody video, can we officially say that the LeBron James “Decision” meme is dead. Please let it be dead. We already told you how Hayward was going to be a professional Starcraft II player during the lockout. Which doesn’t quite pay as well…

  20. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    ARG_vs_PAR_102

    It all comes down to one game. Well, two games, actually. Brazil vs. the Dominican Republic. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico. Those are your two semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday. But if your goal is a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, these are the big games. Win Saturday and you are in,…

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