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Kobe Bryant approves of Lakers’ offseason

The Lakers had such dreams for the offseason. Even with Kobe Bryant coming off a season where he played all of six games before injuries to his knee forced him out for the remainder of the season. He still signed a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. That will tie the Lakers cap up somewhat to […]

J.R. Smith gets posterized at Drew League

When you are an NBA player, the last thing you would think is that an amateur player would get the best of you.

That was not the case for Knicks’ J.R. Smith at the Drew League.

While trying to stop a fast break, Smith went up for the block but was just a tad late and got posterized in the process.

Check it out.

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Sorry Eric and Greg, NBA free agency money drying up

Being a restricted free agent sucks. The last two major pieces of free agency this summer have been stuck in a holding pattern because of restricted free agency. Potential suitors have been scared off of Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe knowing full well the Pistons and Suns are likely to match any offer they would […]

Video: Awkward! Filipino TV show host ask James Harden if he’s going to marry any Filipino women

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Houston’s James Harden is part of a team of NBA players who will be taking part in a charity event in Manila to help the Filipino men’s national squad get ready for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain next month.

To promote the exhibition games set to kick off this week, Harden (along with a number of other NBA stars) was a guest on a Filipino TV show where one of the hosts asked Harden if he will be marrying any Filipino women while he is in town.

Talk about awkward!

Harden responded with a shaky, “No comment,” while the host simply laughed.

Check out the awkward moment (h/t Project Spurs) at the 4:00 point of the video below.

Charles Barkley can use some golf lessons

When Charles Barkley was lacing up his sneakers in the NBA, there was no doubt he was one of the greatest to ever play the game.

But when it comes to his golf game, well that’s a different story.

Barkley teed off at the Tahoe for the American Century Championship where he showed the world how NOT to play golf. You know, one-handed swings, the wrong form, and much more.

Check it out.

LeBron James’ effect on free agency

The whole NBA world stood still waiting for LeBron James to make his move.

When he finally decided to leave the Heat and return home to play for the Cavaliers, the whole NBA world seemed to turn on its head.

How do we know? Check out the graphic above from Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated. It cannot get any clearer than that . . . OK, maybe that is not so clear.

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Thunder’s youth gains more experience in Summer League

The contenders are going through their yearly turnovers, looking to find themselves and continue their dominance over the league. They are watching the other teams make moves to get closer to what they have. The Spurs and Thunder have stayed relatively quiet this summer as the Heat went through major changes and the Pacers saw […]

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Carmelo Anthony chooses money over wins. . . for now

LeBron James‘ decision about where to sign his contract for free agency was about making something right that was wrong. It was also about winning. He looked at the landscape of the Miami Heat and the health of Dwyane Wade and was not convinced he had a chance to win. Yes, winning in Cleveland was […]

Recapping Orlando Summer League with The Lottery Mafia

As Las Vegas Summer League begins to wrap up with its <ahem> playoffs, we will be bereft of basketball until late August when the FIBA World Cup begins in Spain.

A week ago, the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League wrapped up with the Sixers winning the <ahem> championship.

I was covering the event and still have a lot coming up from Summer League to share with you all. For now, I recapped what I saw from the 10 teams that came to Orlando with James Plowright and Nick Denning of The Lottery Mafia on the latest edition of their podcast:

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RIP Brooklyn Knight

The Brooklyn Nets decided to put an end to their mascot, the Brooklyn Knight. The Brooklyn Knight was, how can I say this, a complete joke. It was a sad attempt by the franchise to capitalize on the wildly popular comic hero genre by creating a mascot complete with silver armor plating and a “B” […]

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Experience helps Summer Leaguers grow

Making it to the “big show” of the NBA is nice. Everyone wants to stay there obviously. Life on the fringes does not make that task easy. Usually a young player just on the edge of falling into or out of the NBA has to prep up for a grueling tour through Summer League to […]

NBA weighing putting Finals on TNT

“In a twist, the NBA may look to split up the NBA Finals between the two media companies, so that the championship round games would air on channels belonging to both, the people familiar with the matter said. That could take various forms: The networks could alternate Finals coverage each year, or carve up the Finals—played as the best-of-seven—in a given year.”

Sharon Terlep and Amol Sharma of The Wall Street Journal

The whole league is looking toward the end of the NBA’s TV contract with ESPN and Turner Sports and the potential financial windfall the league could make. Contracts are being signed with an eye toward the potential increase in the salary cap. And the NBA is salivating at it too.

There are already rumors the league is looking to split the NBA Finals or pit Turner’s apparent interest in getting at least part of the Finals from ABC/ESPN to increase the price during the exclusive negotiating window. Then there are FOX and NBC’s reported interest in getting national NBA broadcasts.

A lot of money is going to be made as the NBA is good business right now.

[h/t Ken Fang of Awful Announcing]

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New Christmas Day uniforms feature secondary logo and FIRST NAMES!

The bulk of free agency appears to be nearing its completion and Summer League is beginning to wind down. The next major event on the NBA calendar is the release of the schedule followed by the FIBA World Cup (formerly the World Championship of Basketball). Little news and nuggets of information will begin trickling out […]

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