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  1. Welcome to NBA opening day… oh, never mind

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

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    Tuesday was the day that Mark Cuban was to raise a banner he has worked hard to bring to Dallas. It was the day Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd were to finally get NBA championship rings. It was the day we got to see Derrick Rose in action. The day we gut to watch the…

  2. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  3. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  4. Puerto Rico World All-Star game postponed, stick fork in tour

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    So much for that “see how much money we can make without the NBA” tour. After seemingly half the stars in the World All-Star Classic constellation pulled out in the past week, the first game — scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico — and the entire series now has been sucked into a black hole.…

  5. Dwight Howard latest to pull out of World All-Star Classic

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And the players keep dropping out the World All-Star Classic set to start in Puerto Rico Sunday (Oct. 30) like it was some hastily thrown together event that was never going to live up to the hype. The latest is Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reports. They spoke to his agent who confirms the news.…

  6. World All Star Classic tour will go on, minus a few stars

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

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    It will be the biggest summer showcase yet — what the promoters are humbly calling a “showcase of unprecedented proportions” — with a galaxy of NBA stars. Just ignore the few black holes. Even after some defections there will be a World All-Star Classic tour, starting in Puerto Rico on Oct. 30 (Sunday). From there…

  7. Report: LeBron, ‘Melo, Chris Paul pull out of international tour

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

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    You know that big planned international tour of players going all over the globe? The World All-Star Classic? The legs may have just come out from under it. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul all have pulled out of it at the last minute, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. This was on top of Derrick…

  8. Big names lined up for “World All-Star Classic” tour (but not Rose)

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    The world-traveling exhibition tour that will feature a number of NBA players will get underway Saturday in Puerto Rico, with plenty of highlights to follow. Not a lot of defense, but a lot of highlights. And we’re starting to get a list of who is on board, via Chris Broussard at ESPN. Kobe Bryant, Dwight…

  9. Report: NBA stars exhibition tour a go, starts in Puerto Rico Saturday

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s on. Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go. That is…

  10. First stop in Kobe, LeBron world tour already in jeopardy

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

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    It’s going to happen in some form because the biggest names have signed up — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and others are in for a six-game world exhibition tour. ESPN’s Ric Bucher reports that 14 players have inked deals. But it’s not that simple to put together a tour, and already…

  11. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  12. Jerry West found Mike Fratello’s offense dull, too

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    More and more bits from Jerry West’s autobiography are leaking out (here’s a good roundup via KD). With each one, I can’t wait to read the book more and more. While a lot of the anecdotes tie to his time as a player and GM with the Lakers, the Commercial Appeal found some stuff about…

  13. Report: Kobe, LeBron to lead stars on world exhibition tour

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

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    We’ve been hearing rumblings and kind of waiting to see when a huge, star player barnstorming tour would gain some traction. One that features Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and many others. It has — and the fact it gets leaked on a key day of NBA labor negotiations is no coincidence…

  14. No Kobe, but looks like Italy may get Andrea Bargnani back

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant for Andrea Bargnani is not a fair trade. Not even in Italy. But it seems to be what has happened — with Kobe out of the picture (save for maybe a “Kobe Cup” tour) it appears Virtus Roma (not the team after Kobe) is close to signing the Raptors forward, according to La…

  15. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  16. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  17. Report: Garnett, Kobe, Pierce shut down 50/50 talks before deadline on their own

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

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    you know, in a way, I’m kind of glad for stuff like this. I mean, the lockout had become downright depressing. Both sides were “miles apart” but “ready to make a deal.” We’ve lost games, good games, which may or may not be rescheduled. Both sides seem more interested in rhetoric than progress, and it’s…

  18. Younger players taking brunt of reputation hit during lockout

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is good, don’t worry about him. Dirk Nowitzki’s reputation is at an all-time high. LeBron James’ status isn’t any worse than where it was after his self-inflicted wounds from a year ago. It’s not that the NBA lockout isn’t damaging player reputations — something that will worsen the longer it drags out —…

  19. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

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

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

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    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…

  21. Kobe wishes he could play with Carmelo Anthony

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Let the New York tabloid speculation begin. Actually, even they likely can’t come up with a reasonable scenario where Kobe Bryant becomes a Knick (not that tabloids make their money on being reasonable). But when asked who Kobe most wants to play with, he named the Knicks Carmelo Anthony (via Hoopsworld). “I would actually like…

  22. Kobe Bryant tells a story that sums up Kwame Brown

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant finally won his NBA MVP trophy during the 2007-08 season. But frankly he deserved it more the couple years before that. If you watched the post Shaq-trade Lakers, Kobe carried that team. Bynum was raw and learning, Lamar Odom was inconsistent (some things never change) and Kobe dragged a team that STARTED Kwame…

  23. Italian squad down to offering Kobe one game contract

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

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    It looks like the ride on the Kobe Bryant publicity train is almost over for Italian club Virtus Bologna, but the team is going public trying to milk it for all its worth. Not that they didn’t want him — they re-arranged the league’s schedule to help facilitate his arrival. It’s just that it was…

  24. Manu Ginobili not going to Italy as Kobe’s replacement

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    It’s the rumor that has been floating around out of Italy — if Kobe Bryant doesn’t sign with Virtus Bologna, the team will ink Manu Ginobili to a deal. Kobe described his plans in Italy as “up in the air” at the labor talks Tuesday in New York, but Ginobili is not on board. Not…

  25. Are owners, players closer to a deal than it seems? Maybe.

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT

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    David Stern spent a lot of his post-negotiating session Tuesday trying to make a point — that the players walked away from a fair deal, a 50/50 split of “basketball related income.” It felt like spin at the time, in part because it was an informal concept and part just how Stern portrayed it. Well,…

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