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  1. Report: Tyson Chandler looking at playing in China

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Tyson Chandler has every reason to want to push for an NBA season, more than most. He’s an unrestricted free agent whenever the offseason actually begins, and this is his last major contract. He’s coming off being the deciding factor in the NBA Finals (outside of Dirk’s brilliance or LeBron’s, ahem, struggles), and is a…

  2. Carmelo Anthony trolls league over “Melo Rule”

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    So after Carmelo Anthony hijacked the Nuggets’ season last year and held them hostage until they traded him, and not just anywhere, but specifically to the team he desired, the New York Knicks, the owners… well, they got a little miffed. You’ve been insulted twice by the power of players over the people who pay…

  3. Paul Pierce and a confusing view of the lockout

    Nov 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Paul Pierce has been a leader for labor during the lockout. If you look for his name on the list of executive committee members in the new now-defunct NBPA, you will not locate him. He’s been an unofficial leader, leading the charge in resisting the owners due to, in his words, having been there before…

  4. LeBron James is kind of the college football grim reaper

    Nov 20, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

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    LeBron James announced earlier this year an expansion of his deal with Ohio State, where his brand is represented on the uniforms of the Buckeyes, an agreement he’s had for several seasons. He added the University of Miami Hurricanes and the University of Kentucky Wildcats to his stable. Subsequently, Ohio State was mired in one…

  5. Dirk is ready to start considering overseas options

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Dirk Nowitzki has been pretty optimistic, and also pretty quiet during the lockout. He’s going to get any offer he wants overseas, or at least as good a deal as he can reasonably expect, but he’s been holding out hope like the rest of us that the two sides will get their collective heads out…

  6. Scary video of Andrei Kirilenko head injury

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Basketball involves contact, but it’s not a contact sport. There’s no protection for the head outside of mouth guards, no real protection for other parts of the body. And sometimes, scary, freak things happen. Like this to Andrei Kirilenko in his game with CSKA Moscow this week. In the video, Kirilenko goes baseline, catches a…

  7. Report: An NBA season on league’s Christmas list?

    Nov 19, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    After one of the labor talks breakdowns, I forget which one, I gave up. It wasn’t that the rug had been pulled out from under me, it’s that the two sides had hit that point where it made financially so much more sense to make a deal than not make a deal, and they were…

  8. Video: Jimmy Kimmel has ideas to fill time on NBA TV

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t been watching NBA TV during the lockout, well, join the club. It’s been a steady stream of classic games (which can be fun), with “Teen Wolf” and “One on One” staring Robbie Benson mixed in. It’s painful. Jimmy Kimmel has some ideas to fill all that air time, and we thought we’d…

  9. President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one. Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes. But…

  10. Rondo and Perkins want to have a little European reunion. How sweet.

    Nov 19, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    When Kendrick Perkins was traded, the Celtics took it hard, each of them. The championship run and subsequent season had forged a tight bond with the players. They weren’t just teammates, they were family. And Danny Ainge essentially decided that their brother was not worth the money to keep him in the family. Harsh. But…

  11. Friday night video: Remember how great Magic Johnson was

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    I’ll admit my bias up front — Magic Johnson is my favorite player of all time. We talk all the time about the next Jordan or the next Bird (although there will never be anyone like them), but we can’t really talk about the next Magic because 6’9″ point guards with impossible court vision do…

  12. Former NBA player, UCLA star Walt Hazzard dies

    Nov 18, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Walt Hazzard, a guy who helped start UCLA’s glory years and went on to a 10-year NBA career, has passed away. Hazzard, 69, had been ill for some time and suffered complications from heart surgery. He passed surrounded by family and friends at UCLA Medical Center on Friday. Hazzard was co-captain and star of the…

  13. Retired NBA players are fighting amongst themselves, too

    Nov 18, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Charles Smith

    There may be no more NBA players union, just a sad litle NBA players trade association. But don’t you worry, we still have your NBA union drama fix. We just have to turn our attention to the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Even after they have retired, NBA players know how to screw things up…

  14. Buddies Rondo, Perkins want to play together overseas

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    When I hear Kevin Love is thinking about playing overseas, I can see it — a big man who can board and stretch the floor with his shot should blend in seamlessly in international basketball. I wonder if a point guard with an inconsistent jumper (to be kind) like Rajon Rondo and a big who…

  15. The NBA owners and the myth of competitive balance

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The owners got their money and it was not enough. The players offered to come far enough down on the split of revenue to cover all of the owners claimed losses of $300 million a year. And it was not enough. The owners demanded changes to the system so that any team can compete for…

  16. Jay-Z turns away NBA stars from GQ party VIP room

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Jay-Z

    Oh, the horror. This damn NBA lockout continues to cause NBA players untold pain. Like not being able to get in to the VIP areas of swank Los Angeles parties. Like the GQ party Thursday where Jay-Z was in attendance along with Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown,…

  17. Kevin Love considering offer to play in Turkey

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    In our overseas roundup Friday, we told you that Besiktas — the Turkish team that has Deron Williams — was making run at Luol Deng, to provide a little inside presence. They also are talking to Kevin Love, and he tells Yahoo Sports he is seriously considering it. “I’ve been going back and forth with…

  18. NBA owners going to sit back, wait out players

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The story today on NBA lockout moves is the same story we may be seeing for the next few weeks: Nothing. Nada. Zip. The NBPA filing a disclaimer of interest and walking away from the talks on Monday, followed by antitrust suits against the league, has not moved the owners one bit. Rather the opposite…

  19. Harvard business class takes a look at LeBron marketing

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Bashing LeBron James the brand has become a national past time. Maverick Carter — James confidant and business manager — has taken almost as much incoming fire as LeBron the past year. Since the decision to take his talents south, LeBron’s popularity has plummeted and some marketing options have dried up. There are all sorts…

  20. Owners will have a hard time waiting out Jeff Foster

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Foster

    The perception is that every NBA player is living life like Vinny Chase in Entourage. Women, drugs, parties, hangers on and money flowing out in a river. It happens. But not to everyone. Businessweek has a story with Jeff Foster, the Pacers center you usually think of as the other guy in the poster but…

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