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  1. Fisher denies texting players about staying in shape for season

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Essentially, NBA players union president Derek Fisher went on twitter today to deny telling players they should get in shape for the upcoming season while saying they should be doing exactly that. That’s some lockout logic. We told you about reports Derek Fisher texted NBA players telling them to be in case training camps open…

  2. What the Spurs should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the San Antonio Spurs. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams. Last Season: Best team in the NBA until the last night of the season.…

  3. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  4. Does anybody want to go to Milwaukee? Przybilla does.

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    Milwaukee does not usually come up on top of a player’s list of desired free agent destinations. That despite the city’s fantastic array of bratwursts eateries. But Joel Przybilla is the exception — hw wants to come back and play there. Przybilla is a free agent looking to hook on somewhere next season as a…

  5. Jason Kidd wants to play “two or three” more seasons

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Jason Kidd will turn 39 next March, and last season father time started to catch up with the old man and his game (he shot just 36.1 percent for the season, for example). But he’s a cagey veteran who can still lead, play some physical defense, make the right pass and knock down threes —…

  6. Video: Joakim Noah in an ad for Le Coq Sportif (a good one)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Noah of France is challenged by Javtokas of Lithuania during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Group E basketball game in Vilnius

    Joakim Noah is not the guy on the Chicago Bulls that usually picks up the cool endrosements and ads. Derrick Rose gets all the good stuff. Or, did. This is a pretty cool little ad for the French sporting clothing and shoe company Le Coq Sportif featuring Noah (who is French, in case you forgot).…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Image (1) lebron_decision-thumb-250x191-15508.jpg for post 6206

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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