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  1. Thanksgiving one liners: Kevin Durant returning to Seattle

    Nov 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kevin-Durant seattle

    Happy Thanksgiving. We know you have a lot on your plate — literally — so we just bring you a few appetizers.  • We at PBT are thankful for all of you who read us every day. What makes this site fun is the comments and interaction with you. (What would make it even more…

  2. Conflicting reports on what owners want: Deal or ultimatum?

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Lots of rumors flying around about the NBA negotiations over the last 24 hours and what the owners exactly will push for — there has always been a divide among ownership on what exactly they want, and that gulf seems to be widening. Whether that gulf is wide enough to kill efforts to get a…

  3. Report: Brook Lopez to join Deron Williams in Turkey

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like Turkish side Besiktas has found its NBA big man — and it turns out to be Deron Williams’ teammate. Brook Lopez is near a deal with the Istanbul-based team to join them for the remainder of the lockout, reports Kartal Basketball )via Sportando). The deal is in place and just needs to…

  4. If season cancelled, Magic would owe Orlando $2.8 million

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Yes, there are some owners willing to miss the season to crush the union. But there also are motivations for other owners to get a deal done. Take the Orlando Magic, for instance. While they would love tools in the new deal to make it more likely they can keep Dwight Howard, they also have…

  5. NBA talks picked up where last ones left off… but progress?

    Nov 24, 2011, 2:35 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The first thought when I heard the NBA owners and players were talking again and had been since Tuesday? Good. They can’t reach a deal without talking. And the fact there have been fewer media leaks out of these talks than any previous is a good sign. The second thought? What are the starting points…

  6. Jerseys for Obama fundraiser game are pretty sweet

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Obama basketball-jersey

    Conveniently on the market just in time for Black Friday, we bring you the latest in presidential basketball game wear. Barack Obama is hosting a charity fundraising game Dec. 12 that will feature a number of NBA players helping Obama pad his reelection campaign coffers. (If there is a Thanksgiving miracle and the lockout is…

  7. Labor talks focused on mid-level exception, 66-game season

    Nov 23, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    As PBT and other outlets have already reported, the attorneys for the NBA owners and players are talking Wednesday. The goal — to reach a deal in the next few days, one that can have the NBA starting games on Christmas Day. That’s the day seen as the NBA’s second opening day by many around…

  8. Chris Andersen practices with his old high school team

    Nov 23, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    chris-andersen

    Chris Andersen, role model. The Birdman has been getting in some run during the lockout with the team of his old high school coach in Texas — Rob Stewart — and he left an impression on some impressionable youth. But not about tats and flamboyant style, rather about work ethic and understanding the game, according…

  9. Video: Steve Kerr tells of his first encounter with Jordan

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Jordan Kerr

    We tend to think of Steve Kerr as the guy Michael Jordan trusted enough to pass to for an NBA finals-clinching jumper over the Jazz in 1997. But Kerr had been in the league long before then and been in awe of Jordan long before then. On the new NBATV show Open Court — which…

  10. How Stephon Marbury saved J.R. Smith’s job in China

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    marbury_china

    This is one of the most amazing stories of the entire lockout. We’ve talked about how in the wake of an injury in his first game, and how J.R. Smith left the team to seek treatment, his Chinese squad (the Zhejiang Golden Bulls) had just about enough of him. Smith has been Smith — late…

  11. Cavaliers center Semih Erden has surgery on thumb

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Turkey Serbia Basketball Worlds

    Quick an update on an injury we told you about previously. Cavaliers center Semih Erden has now had surgery on the thumb he broke in a game this week for Turkish side Besiktas, reports Sportando on twitter. He will be out at least six weeks with the injury. That means if a settlement to the…

  12. Video: Wait, DeMar DeRozan likes Justin Bieber? Really?

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    I used to feel for DeMar DeRozan, a thin-blooded Los Angeles guy freezing up in Toronto playing some good ball. A guy who should have lasted longer in the Dunk Contest. And this The Basketball Jones interview starts off gaining points as he gives a shout out to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Then he admits…

  13. Report: NBA owners, players have opened negotiations again

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Everybody wanted to see the NBA owners and players open up negotiations again — if there is any hope of NBA games on Christmas a deal is going to be need to be reached by the start of next week. Whether a judge ordered it or if someone just picked up the phone, it didn’t…

  14. “Pawn Stars” show hopes to hire out of work NBA player

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    History's "Pawn Stars" Appear At Gold And Silver Road Show At The Suncoast

    I think we may have finally found the perfect job for Delonte West. “Pawn Stars” — the History Channel’s hit show that is tenuously tied to history — is looking to bring in an out of work NBA player. That’s the report from TMZ, (via Inside Hoops). TMZ has learned …”Pawn Stars” honcho Rick Harrison…

  15. Jeff Green thinks he was overshadowed by Durant, Westbrook

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green has never lacked for confidence. He has lacked for defense. He has lacked consistency. He has been a guy who shows flashes of brilliance but now both in Boston and Oklahoma City the team outscores opponents faster when he is siting on the bench. They were better when he was benched. But Green’s…

  16. Video: Watch Deron Williams drop 50 in Turkey

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    I realize now that the headline on this post brings up memories of a legendary WKRP in Cincinnati episode, but that was not the intent. This is really the video of Deron Williams scoring 50 for Besiktas in Turkey. As expected, no guard in that league can really stay in front of D-Will. Which is true…

  17. Wednesday Morning One Liners: Ceballos doing well

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    We bring you a Thanksgiving feast of rumors, reports and international news this morning. Cedric Ceballos is recovering well after having a blood clot removed from his coronary artery, reports the Arizona Republic. You can odd Magic Johnson and Paul Pierce to the rosters for the Barack Obama fundraiser game next month, reports the Washington…

  18. Grizzlies Haddadi sued by ex-girlfriend over domestic dispute

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Haddadi_Hamed

    A year ago, both Grizzlies backup center Hamed Haddadi and his girlfriend at the time were arrested and charged with domestic assault after a fight between them. Eventually the charges against the girlfriend were dropped as police and prosecutors believed her side of the story where Haddadi was the aggressor. That now ex-girlfriend has filed…

  19. J.R. Smith faces culture clash in China where team is first

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    While we Americans preach that “there is no I in team” and say we want to see teams function as a unit, we are still a nation that allows the individual a lot of freedom. We give the individual a lot freedom. The Chinese culture is much more focused on fitting into a group dynamic…

  20. Power Balance owes Kobe Bryant, Kings big money

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    Power Balance — the makers of those wrist bands that a number of NBA players wear — has settled a class action lawsuit that said they were crap. There have been a few of those lawsuits and a lot of legal fees. Andnow the company is filing bankruptcy. Which is mostly interesting to me because…

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