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  1. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The adjustments for NBA players heading to China are massive. The language, the food, the culture is all radically different. China has a high turnover rate among players for a reason. But Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is enjoying it, he tells the Boston Globe. Part of that is because he has an American coach…

  2. Video: There’s this evil Blake Griffin puppet and… just watch

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    You read that headline right. Over at Funny or Die they are having fun with the Blake Griffin internship. They got former “Sliders” star Jerry O’Connell (what, he did other stuff?) to jump in on a story where the pitch had to go something like “it’s ‘lil Penny meets Chucky.” Whatever, it works. It’s funny,…

  3. Kyrie Irving’s foot will not be right for three more months

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Cavaliers No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving is not a guy who likes to sit on the sidelines — he rushed back to play for Duke in the NCAA Tournament last March even though his foot was not 100 percent. So if the Cavaliers training camp were to open next week — it’s not — he…

  4. They will be the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z will open the building

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    It’s became official Monday — next season they will be the Brooklyn Nets. To open their new arena — the Barclay Center — hip hop mogul and minority Nets owner Jay-Z will do a series of concerts, something that also was announced on Monday, something the New York Daily News told us to expect. The odds that…

  5. Carmelo Anthony had knee, elbow surgeries this summer

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    Carmelo Anthony has been working the pro-am basketball circuit — he was part of the Goodman team that was in Indianapolis Sunday night — and looking like himself putting up big numbers in smooth way. He dropped 31 points and played a full 48 minutes in Indy. But this summer he also had operations on…

  6. Video: Tyreke Evans, LeBron James put on show for Philly fans

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    I could tell you that Team Philadelphia beat the Goodman League team Sunday. That would be Goodman League team with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Philly got out to a fast start and a big lead, and no amount of stars could chase them down. I could tell you that, but do you…

  7. China earns Olympic berth with FIBA Asia victory

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    One’s gut reaction to the “who should win the FIBA Asia tournament?” is China. The country’s youth love basketball and there certainly is a large population pool to draw from. But without Yao Ming around to anchor that squad in the paint, it wasn’t so easy. Still, China earned a berth in the 2012 London…

  8. Andrew Bogut will never be the same

    Sep 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    I would post the video, but in all honesty, if I watch it again I’m going to throw up. If you have not seen the Andrew Bogut elbow injury, you can find it at thingswhichshouldneverbeshownagain.com. (Not a real site. I don’t want you landing on some random spam page.) Anyway, Bogut has been rehabbing after…

  9. Baron Davis is looking forward to mentoring Kyrie Irving. Insert joke here.

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Perhaps I’m just feeling optimistic today. Maybe I’m just tired of being negative about everything in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the lockout. But I want to believe that there’s something Cavaliers fans can actually look forward to about Baron Davis, and not just the day his contract expires. Consider this quote from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer…

  10. 350 words on the value of players doing the exhibition thing

    Sep 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    There’s so much talk about the exhibition games. Some people love them because you’re seeing monstrous performances and huge dunks; it hearkens back to the game’s streetball roots. It’s more in tune with the basketball culture many players grew up in than the hyper-formatted NBA. A lot of people hate them because they’re about as…

  11. Video: John Wall shines again in Indy vs. Goodman League exhibition

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    walljohn_davidliamkyle_getty

    Perhaps you’re struggling to make any sense out of these exhibition games. Truth be told, there’s almost nothing to take away from them. They’re for the players to stay in playing shape, hang out, get taken care of by promoters, and make a few highlights. The trends we see with players shining can have vastly…

  12. Kevin Durant has Russell Westbrook’s back, wants him to stay

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    The people calling for Russell Westbrook to be traded after the Thunder were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals are just plain crazy. In the end up on Horders kind of way. Westbrook is one of the best young point guards in the league, and while he made mistakes he and…

  13. All-Star Game in Orlando may have December deadline

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Already, the deadline has passed for the first week of the preseason — the NBA has cancelled it. Without a handshake agreement in the next week, the rest of the preseason is at risk as well. Not long after that comes the start of the regular season. But what about the All-Star Game? In 1999,…

  14. NBA’s new director of officials has a criminal past

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    don-vaden

    The NBA has a new director of officials, according to a report from ESPN.com. Don Vaden is replacing Bernie Fryer in the role, and Vaden has the qualifications: 15 years as a top on-court referee, and has worked for the league in an off-court capacity since 2003. But for a league that suffered through the…

  15. What the lockout hath wrought: more agents poaching clients

    Sep 24, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    money

    Agents can get a little bored during the lockout. Normally they’d spend July and August getting their clients new deals, helping them with marketing and exposure, trying to sweep indiscretions under the table. It’s keeps a man busy. This summer there have been no negotiations. Well, there are the negotiations between the NBA players union…

  16. Video: Jimmer Fredette drops 27 in summer exhibition

    Sep 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    jimmer-kings

    Jimmer Fredette has yet to play in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hold exhibition games just like the league’s biggest stars have all summer. In this one, appropriately if not modestly-named Jimmer’s All-Stars, Fredette put on a show for fans at Brigham Young University, putting up 27 points. Some of which, of…

  17. Who will be on Team USA for 2012 London Olympics?

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski — head coach of Team USA — has some brutal choices ahead of him next summer. Team USA is in the 2012 London Olympics and will come in the heavy favorite, but there are some other very good teams out there that could push the USA — Spain and Argentina come to mind,…

  18. Book on Kansas hoops call Kris Humphries an “absolute jerk”

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    To most of America, Kris Humphries is that guy who married Kim Kardashian. Not that Laker that married the other sister, but if pressed people might remember Humphries plays basketball for a living. But Humphries was a big deal player coming out of high school in Minnesota, a guy that was pretty clearly going to…

  19. Video: Watch a WNBA star take it to Sebastian Telfair

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Cappie Pondexter

    Friday, the final day of the Impact Competitive Training Series, was a super casual little run that really didn’t offer much. The small crowd was silent. Except where WNBA star Cappie Pondexter took it to Sebastian Telfair. If you don’t know Pondexter, she is a two-time All WNBA first team guard now of the New…

  20. Team executives send nearly identical “personal” letters to fans

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    writing_letter

    When the NBA formally cancelled the first preseason games on Friday, team executives from all 30 teams reached out to fans with a personal letter saying they apologize and promise them that the league is working on the labor situation. Except, the letter wasn’t all that personal. It shows that NBA execs do know how…

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