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  1. Villanueva may play in Dominican Republic if there is a lockout

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

    Charlie Villanueva

    Jorge Sierra of Hoopshype.com has the story: Like many other NBA players before, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva says he will also contemplate the possibility of playing abroad. But with him, it will not be China or Europe. “I’m actually leaning towards likely playing in Dominican Republic, my home country,” Villanueva texted when asked about overseas options. “If…

  2. Chris Paul and the players’ moral paradox

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    We can do this one of two ways. The quick and dirty way, or the abstract and more complex way. As usual, I’ll give you the quick and dirty version first. In an interview with Business Week, Chris Paul revealed the stunning information that the players know how much the lockout affects the fans and…

  3. Report: Mavericks vs. Heat rematch set for Christmas Day, you know, if there’s a season

    Jul 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Jason Kidd (R) of the Dallas Mavericks g

    It’s really quaint, actually. The NBA is going to go ahead and release the schedule for the 2011-2012 season this week, acting like it intends to have a season while its owners openly push for missing the whole year just to bury the players completely. It’s kind of cruel in retrospect, though, to tease the…

  4. Nash headlines your daily European lockout working vacation update

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    It’s a tough line to walk, believe it or not. Your favorite players leaving to play overseas is definitely news, it affects their health, their conditioning, and lets you know there’s something to keep an eye on, in terms of their production. But with so many players talking about going (pretty much everyone it seems…

  5. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this lockout could really doom the Magic

    Jul 16, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The owners aren’t really cutting off their noses to spite their faces. It’s more of a self-provided lobotomy just to show the brain who’s boss. There are quite a few owners who have designated plans on a championship. And failing that, several of them are in pivotal moments for their franchise. A few wrong moves…

  6. Report: Turkish team which signed Deron Williams has its accounts frozen

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Allright, so this one’s a little complicated. Let’s work the NBA angle and go backwards. Deron Williams signed with Besiktas. He even tweeted a photo of the signed contract and everything. But of course, that could get messy if the team can’t pay him. There have been concerns about overseas players betting paid in general…

  7. James Jones says the owners “want it all”

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Jones_James

    If you want a nice perspective on where this whole lockout thing stands, just go ask the reigning 3-point champion. I know that sounds odd. But James Jones in a recent interview with the AP put things nicely in perspective about the difference between the owners and the players. “They’re holding fast to what they…

  8. NBA players could flock to China, not Europe, if lockout goes on

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    marbury_china

    With the lockout looming, many NBA players are considering playing in Europe as they wait for the new CBA to get hammered out. However, most European teams have limited finances, as well as a limit on how many U.S. players can be on a roster. However, some top agents think that there may be a…

  9. Rick Carlisle could face league fine after radio slip

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Team and league employees have embraced a veil of feigned ignorance during the lockout, as if a refusal to speak the names or sport the images of the players changes any bit of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the current lockout. The league itself has imposed some hefty fines for any who violate the terms of…

  10. Stoudemire ‘thinks’ he’s staying in the States

    Jul 10, 2011, 9:45 PM EST

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    So Amar’e Stoudemire was making noise about going to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, which makes all sorts of sense given his history and the union’s ongoing efforts to prove to the owners they don’t need their stupid league anyway. Psych! Stoudemire posted Saturday that he is backing off of that talk, due…

  11. Deron Williams has no fear about playing in Europe, says he’s going ‘for the experience’

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    When word came out that Deron Williams was headed to Europe to play for Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul, there was a flurry of questions that came out. Would he really pay for that little money? (Because apparently $200,000 a month is “little.”) What about being away from his family? (You mean like he is…

  12. Players rep Mo Evans: owners’ proposal is the worst in sports history

    Jul 10, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Maurice Evans

    You have to love how both sides are making the lockout into some sort of battle of good and evil. Every time you turn around there’s some sort of hyper-dramatic talk about the other side, like they just started discussing euthanasia for puppies or how to steal from children. And today we’ve got an extra…

  13. If Shane Battier plays overseas, he’s playing in China

    Jul 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Since Yao Ming entered the NBA (miss you, Big Fella), China has emerged as an untapped market for both the league and its players looking for brand-expansion. The Rockets, in particular, took full advantage of their connections to Yao and cashed in, becoming celebrities as the country started to embrace the game fully. Shane Battier…

  14. Jonas Jerebko not headed overseas despite being from overseas

    Jul 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Jerebko_Jonas

    Of all the players I would have thought would jump at the chance to go check out European basketball during the lockout, Jonas Jerebko was at the top of the list. Jerebko is from Sweden, and played for multiple Swedish teams and an Italian club before being drafted in the second round of the 2009…

  15. Is Amar’e headed to Israel to play during the lockout?

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

    Friday, Amar’e Stoudemire posted the following on his Twitter account: So, apparently, STAT’s considering a move to Israel to play during the lockout. You’ll remember Stoudemire’s time spent in Israel last summer discovering his roots. Stoudemire has Jewish ancestry and has shown a keen interest in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a powerhouse in Israel…

  16. On Deron Williams and the NBA players who likely won’t be following him overseas

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams, in his decision to suit up for the Turkish club Besiktas next season should the lockout continue, has officially opened the door for other locked out NBAers to seek employment elsewhere. The notion that top NBA players could jet across the Atlantic to play in European leagues is no longer a mere possibility;…

  17. Report: 76ers may be sold in next few days

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg Media has the report: The Philadelphia 76ers likely will be sold to a group led by Joshua Harris, a director at Apollo Global Management LLC, in the next few business days, two people familiar with the negotiations said. Harris will pay about $280 million, according to one of the people, who…

  18. Joe Johnson has a ridiculous truck

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Joe Johnson Truckpocalypse

    Joe Johnson, who got the largest contract of any player in the summer of 2010, apparently spent a chunk of that money on the truck you see here. According to SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp, the truck contains three televisions, front and rear televisions, a seat that folds into a bed, and a “train horn.” Clearly,…

  19. Report: Real Madrid has a Rudy Fernandez plan

    Jul 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Rudy Fernandez goggles

    HoopsHype brings us the following from Mundo Deportivo (translation via Google Translate, and is rough): Real Madrid has offered for Rudy to become the highest paid player in the history of the ACB. His proposal is for six seasons and yearly amounts would be close to 3 million euros. The club accepts that Rudy would…

  20. Could NBA players form their own league during the lockout?

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    It’s an insane idea. It requires more financial resources than they currently have. It requires more organization than they currently have. It requires risks the players are unwilling to take. And it is, just in general theory, completely bonkers. But it is an interesting question. Could the players form their own, independent league during the…

  21. Report: Sonny Weems is headed to Europe as the floodgates open

    Jul 2, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

    WEEMS_SONNY

    Sonny Weems will be the first to say “screw it” and head overseas for the lockout. With Weems a restricted free agent, even after the Raptors extended a qualifying offer before Friday’s lockout was imposed, Weems was eligible to sign elsewhere, and has. Hoopsworld reports the young wing is on the verge of signing a…

  22. Cleveland open to making another deal before the lockout officially begins

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    0110-chris-grant-300

    At midnight tonight (or tomorrow, if you really want to be difficult), the NBA world as we know it will come to a grinding halt. Contact between players and teams will be reduced solely to a negotiative process that will determine the league’s short and long-term future, and all of the other off-season festivities —…

  23. NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    David Stern

    The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them. At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds…

  24. Lockout could have effect on team websites

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Earlier today, ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz had an interesting article on a potential ancillary effect of the upcoming lockout — you won’t be able to see current NBA players on team websites: Does it really matter if there’s an extension of the CBA in July or a lockout? After all, there aren’t any games nor do…

  25. Lockout impacts Wade’s involvement in huge charity event, Zo’s Summer Groove

    Jun 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Summer Groove All-Star Basketball Game

    This year marks the 15th anniversary of “Zo’s Summer Groove,” an annual massive charity weekend held in Miami, started by Alonzo Mourning. Of the incredible number of charity works put on by NBA players and their reps (and no kidding, for every arrest or stupid thing a player says there are about seventeen great charity…

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