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  1. Report: Ron Artest to do Dancing with the Stars

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Ron Artest is following in Mark Cuban’s footsteps. Literally. It had been rumored that Ron Artest was in talks to take part in Dancing with the Stars this fall (although he seemed down on it), and now Charged.fm and Terez Owens is reporting that the Lakers forward — to officially become Metta World Peace by the…

  2. Video: Kevin Durant and bowling and dancing, woo-hoo!

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Apparently Kevin Durant‘s website is starting a new feature called “The 35th Hour.” See, because, Kevin Durant wears No.35. It’s a pun, of sorts. A play on words. Anyway, one of their promos is out, and features a video of Durant doing a pretty ridiculous dance after bowling a strike. Check it out: Why is…

  3. Quote of the Day: SVG goes off on college amateurism

    Aug 28, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    “The system is set up for everybody but the kids while pretending to be about the kids,” Van Gundy said. “Athletics and education should be separate. Colleges shouldn’t be farm systems. It doesn’t make any logical sense. But the schools don’t want to be blatantly in the situation of being professional sports even though they…

  4. Summer star exhibition-o-rama, part deux: Goodman League vs. Melo League coming soon

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Goodman-Drew was a thriller, even if almost no one got to see it (even those who had tickets). But it was lacking in star power (no offense to James Harden or Brandon Jennings). There’s talk of Kobe joining the Drew League for a rematch in California, but there may be a bigger contest being put…

  5. Javaris Crittenton Update: Still at large, police performed search warrant last week

    Aug 27, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton

    More details are coming to light surrounding the fatal shooting in Atlanta for which police have issued an arrest warrant for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton. From the AP: A spokesman with the Atlanta police said Crittenton was not in custody. Calls to the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s office weren’t immediately returned. Three of Crittenton’s…

  6. Sixers organizing team workouts

    Aug 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Some players aren’t sitting idly by in the lockout, some are organizing team workouts to keep team chemistry and conditioning high. It’s a show of maturity and dedication that’s nice to see. The lockout’s an easy excuse to torch workout habits and get out of rhythm, making the climb back whenever this thing ends that…

  7. NLRB decision expected next week in lockout case

    Aug 27, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe reports that the NBPA’s charge of unfair labor practices and failure to negotiate in good faith has “finished investigation into (the) union’s complaint.” Final briefs are expected next week. The odds of a different result than the NFL garnered are pretty small, but the effect would be devastating for the owners……

  8. Luke Walton with a reminder: it’s not always fun to be an epitomic overpaid NBA player

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    There are obviously worse things than being paid millions of dollars to play professional basketball, so many in fact that the experiences of NBA players are often discounted on the basis of their privilege. This, for the most part, is understandable; those who have much have less theoretical reason to complain, as a successful burst…

  9. Brandon Jennings reflects on his the beginnings of his basketball career, AAU life, and repping Compton

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    If there’s any kind of underlying theme for the current lockout, it’s NBA players of all ilks returning “home.” For some, it’s less literal; plenty of young NBA players have returned to the college campuses they once called their own in an effort to complete their degrees and, in some cases, compete against the players…

  10. Arrest warrant issued for Javaris Crittenton in drive-by killing of mother of four

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton

    There are terrible stories every day. Stories that make you question how young lives go wrong, how people can commit terrible acts, how they can make decisions that end the lives of others, innocent or not, and ruin their own. Javaris Crittenton is currently sought by police in connection with one such story. WSB-TV in…

  11. More delays for Ron Artest: Insurance issues bar deal with the Cheshire Jets

    Aug 26, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s just not Ron Artest‘s week. First, he was linked to Dancing With the Stars — a pretty insidious affiliation, if you ask me. Then, his admirable gesture of changing his name to Metta World Peace was temporarily denied on the basis of outstanding traffic violations. A bummer, but one that will hopefully be resolved…

  12. An edible Paul Pierce figurine for the sweet-toothed

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

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    The minds and hearts of men are truly curious in their workings; they devise brilliant plans, painful follies, touching connections, terrible deceits, and on occasion, ideas of incredible ingenuity and the potential to change the world. They also, apparently, conjure the idea to create a small edible figurine of Paul Pierce for undoubtable commercial gains.…

  13. Stephon Marbury inks a new deal in China, is exactly where he wants to be

    Aug 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

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    Stephon Marbury announced on Twitter yesterday that he has signed a new deal that will keep him in the Chinese Basketball Association, but his pleasant present didn’t stop him from stopping to reminisce about his unfortunate NBA past. His short stint with the Boston Celtics at the tail end of the ’08-’09 season couldn’t erase what…

  14. Video: Tyreke Evans has wicked handles

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    We’ll grant you that he is doing this against high school kids — this was at the Elite 24 event which mixes NBA players and some of the best high school players around. But still, damn Tyreke Evans looks good. Now, if he gets a jump shot with these handles, it is on.

  15. Dwyane Wade on Dancing with the Stars? That’s the rumor.

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    Confession time: I have never watched Dancing with the Stars. Not to try and laugh at Mark Cuban, not to watch one of my favorite interviews ever — Helio Castroneves — win the whole thing. Not a second. And NBA guys have never been on it because it tapes during the season. Sure, a retired…

  16. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler is not inked in Italy. Yet.

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    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 that is what we do. • Despite the reports that came out yesterday, Denver Nugget Wilson Chandler has not inked a deal…

  17. Where is the eventual middle ground of players/owners deal?

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Right now, the NBA owners are playing hardball and the players are playing goalie. The owners want to change the system, the players are trying to keep as much of the current system as they can. Both sides are dug in. Eventually there will be a deal. The question is, where will the eventual middle…

  18. Down a final four in African Olympic qualifying

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Afrobasket

    Next July in London you will see one of these four teams: Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Nigeria or Angola. Probably Angola, by the way, but there have been enough surprises in FIBA AfroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for that continent — that one should keep watching. Angola hadn’t lost a game to an African team…

  19. No World Peace today, Artest is Artest for a few more weeks

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Much to the disappointment of all of us, there is no World Peace today. Just like every other day. Today was the day that Ron Artest’s name change was to become official, that he was to become Metta World Peace. And he was excited about it. But the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly. As the…

  20. You asked questions on twitter, time to answer them

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    The Question

    Welcome to a new feature here at PBT, where we answer your twitter questions regarding basketball, food, comics and just about everything else. Well, no food questions this week but maybe in the future. Basically, if you ask it we’ll try to answer it. I admit to stealing this column idea from Hardball Talk’s Craig…

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