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  1. Report: Kobe Bryant close to $2 million, one-game deal in Italy

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    I’ll believe it when I see him walk on the court in another uniform, but the Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors remain the cockroach of rumors and will not go away. But if it were to happen, this new one-game “Kobe night” rumor makes more sense. That is the latest report out of Italy via…

  2. President Obama “a little heartbroken” over NBA lockout

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama has problems, ones that dwarf yours and mine. In the best of times the president has life-or-death issues to deal with daily, and these are not the best of times. Like you and me, he needs an occasional escape rom those problems. Like you and me, the NBA and basketball can provide…

  3. Charles Barkley may donate TNT salary as lockout drags on

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley likes money. A lot. You really can’t underestimate this. He just doesn’t want to be given money he hasn’t earned. (Insert your own craps table joke here, I’m not going there.) His contract with TNT as an NBA analyst has him getting paid whether there is a season or not. So while the…

  4. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union cannot win the public relations war — the fans will side with the owners, especially after the blunder-filled “let us play” twitter campaign Monday — and their only hope of salvaging what they have of the last labor deal is to stay unified. So far that has gone well — with…

  5. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

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    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  6. Winderman: The NBA should contract incompetent owners

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    This can’t be what David Stern signed up for. NBA commissioner? He’s more like Big 12 commissioner. The Lakers, Knicks, Heat? Those are his versions of Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, teams that want to play big, spend big. The difference is this isn’t the BCS, and his teams can’t leave for places where the big…

  7. What the Knicks should do when the lockout ends…

    Oct 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Miami Heat. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. Last season: Quite the wild ride for ye old Knickerbockers last season.…

  8. Video: Dwight Howard on Extreme Home Makeover

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Extreme Home Makeover has got some NBA touches this season — reportedly Kobe Bryant will make an appearance later this season. But first up on the weekly feel-good show, Dwight Howard. He talks with a basketball-loving young girl who lost a leg saving her sister’s life. It’s about as good a cause as you’re going…

  9. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  10. Drew Gooden taking flight into the wings business

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    GOODEN_DREW

    Drew Gooden has some money to invest — he’s made more than $43 million in his NBA career so far and has the Bucks on the hook for $26.4 million more over four years (hello Gilbert Arenas clause?). He’s investing that in wings. Well, more accurately he’s investing in the idea that the people of…

  11. Brandon Bass raps about the lockout, “billion dollar dreams”

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    Protest music has a long, powerful heritage here in the United States. But it’s a little harder to buy from millionaire NBA players. I’m on their side and I still find the players’ posture in this annoying at best (stop with the “let us play” line, for example, because if you really did just want…

  12. Don’t expect a flood of NBA players to head to Europe now

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    For a lot of players, the reality of the lockout came crashing down on them in the last 24 hours. Those same players have been giving lip service to the idea of heading overseas if the lockout dragged on, and you can bet some agents’ phones rang off the hook Monday night. Those players are…

  13. Charity game may feature “we believe” Warriors vs. current team

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Baron Davis Warriors

    Sadly, it looks like NBA players doing charity games and exhibitions will have to give us our basketball fix for a while. In the Bay Area they have an interesting idea starting to take form, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Apparently, plans are in the works to get a game together between current Warriors and…

  14. Mark Cuban would consider “Dallas Mavericks Network”

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    Television money is part of the reason David Stern and the league shut down the first couple weeks of the NBA season. There are some big new television deals on the horizon — the Lakers have a massive one that kicks in next season, the Celtics just modified theirs, then there is the national TV…

  15. Some very good games lost to lockout. Thanks a lot, guys.

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, 100 NBA games went down the drain. Hang an asterisk on this season — these are games commissioner David Stern said are gone. He said there is no chance of making them up. But what games are we now going to miss? How about…

  16. NBA player reactions to lockout all over twitter

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    twitter-whale

    Through the lockout, the NBA owners have been a monolith — all news from their side comes from David Stern or Adam Silver only. No owners or executives speak on the issue. The players, however, have a lot of voices. And many of those voices get expressed on twitter. Moments after Stern announced the cancellation…

  17. NBA owners take big risk playing fans for fools

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:19 AM EDT

    David Stern

    It would take some real fools to shut down their $4 billion a year business in the middle of the worst recession in generations because the more than $1 billion over six years they just got back from the workers was not good enough. However, the NBA owners are not fools. They think you are.…

  18. Sarver stays mum on lockout as Suns introduce new President

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Suns held a press conference on Monday to introduce a new President, Brad Casper, who will lead business and non-basketball operations, as well as a new Chief Operating Officer, Jason Rowley. The media turnout for the event was larger than usual for something that technically isn’t basketball-related, likely due to the fact that…

  19. NBA cancels first two weeks of season after talks stall out

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    NBA owners and players met for more than seven hours on Monday, but that was not enough to save the start of the season. NBA Commissioner David Stern emerged from the talks, said he was sad then added the first two weeks of the NBA’s regular season have been canceled. Those games were set to…

  20. Want to get some run with Derrick Rose? It could happen Saturday.

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    You ever want to get in some run with Derrick Rose? Half of Chicago just said, “yes, and I can knock down more shots than Rasual Butler, I promise.” Rose is setting up a game for this weekend where some lucky Facebook fans of his are going to get invited in, reports CSNChicago.com. Here is…

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