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NBA players union elects female executive director (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 15: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during the NBA Summer League on July 15, 2014 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. When she saw an interview last year with an NBA player and noticed how passionately he talked about trying to improve his embattled union, she wanted to be more than a fan. Now the Washington trial lawyer is the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union. Roberts was elected Tuesday as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and she’s eager to provide the leadership it needs after a few difficult years.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:04 pm

No joke: Kings’ Cousins hopes for Team USA shot (Yahoo Sports)

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have been joking with one another during the U.S. basketball team’s first two days of practice, about which big man is better. The Sacramento Kings’ 6-foot-11, 270-pounder, who has become one of the best centers in the game, is spending his third straight summer with the national team. ”It was a training camp situation, so it kind of prepared me for this,” Cousins said after Tuesday’s practice. I just have to go through the course and do what I can do and wish for the best.” Cousins’ talent speaks for itself, but USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has been just as impressed with his perseverance toward the national team, and the maturity he’s seen off the court, overcoming attitude issues many believe have limited his progress.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 12:00 am

Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers (Yahoo Sports)

Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. ”This organization is all about championships, period,” Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. … I love challenges anyway, so this is going to be fun.” Scott’s fellow Lakers greats are already backing that notion.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:54 pm

More tickets offered for LeBron’s homecoming show (Yahoo Sports)

LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed them within hours.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:19 pm

Mavs sign F Ivan Johnson after year in China (Yahoo Sports)

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Ivan Johnson after he started all five games for their summer league team.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:54 pm

Husband arrested in death of NBA player’s aunt (Yahoo Sports)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:53 pm

Grizzlies sign GM Chris Wallace to multi-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 27: Jordan Adams, #1, and Jarnell Stokes, #2, of the Memphis Grizzlies are introduced by Chris Wallace and Dave Joerger during an introductory press conference for the Memphis Grizzlies draft selections on June 26, 2014 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Brown/NBAE via Getty Images)Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has removed the interim tag and named Chris Wallace as Memphis’ general manager, signing him to a multi-year contract keeping him with the franchise. Wallace had been serving as interim general manager since a front office shake-up May 19. ”Chris has been at the forefront and a stable presence throughout some of the Grizzlies’ greatest successes,” Pera said in a statement. ”His strong bonds and experience, not only within the organization and NBA but also within the Memphis and Mid-South communities, make him the ideal fit to lead our basketball operations.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 8:24 pm

P.J. Tucker faces ‘extreme drunken driving’ charge (Yahoo Sports)

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 16: P.J Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in a game against the Sacramento Kings on April16, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker was charged with ‘extreme drunken driving’ two months before he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract – $12.7 million guaranteed – with the Suns. Scottsdale police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .222 percent nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle in Arizona. Tucker’s Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer on May 10. Tucker’s attorney Melanie Beauchamp declined on Tuesday to comment on the arrest.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 8:23 pm

NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in (Yahoo Sports)

The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powerhouse team next season, with two All-Star players and one of the league’s best coaches.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:15 am

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76ers want lottery overhaul delayed – ESPN


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76ers want lottery overhaul delayed
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The NBA is pushing toward changes to the draft lottery system by next season but is facing a strong objection from the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that could suffer the most from it, multiple sources told ESPN.com. Lottery-reform measures were …
Report: Philadelphia 76ers Fighting Proposed NBA Draft Lottery ChangesNESN.com
NBA trying to combat tactics of selfish SixersComcast SportsNet Philadelphia
The NBA takes on tankingComcast SportsNet Washington
Deadspin -CBS Local -SB Nation
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:29 pm

NBA Free Agents 2014: Latest Rumors Surrounding Ray Allen, Michael Beasley … – Bleacher Report


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NBA Free Agents 2014: Latest Rumors Surrounding Ray Allen, Michael Beasley
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The 2014 NBA offseason has been full of surprises, but there are still several free agents left on the open market who could have an impact on teams in contention. With potential game changers like Ray Allen, Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe still
Lakers look at Michael Beasley in NBA free agencySun-Sentinel
NBA Rumors: Michael Beasley Makes Sense For Los Angeles LakersAll U Can Heat
NBA Rumors – Los Angeles Lakers & New York Knicks Interested in Signing Sportige
Lake Show Life -FanSided (blog)
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:45 pm

NBA Trade Rumors: How Kevin Love Would Impact Potential Suitors’ Title Hopes – Bleacher Report


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NBA Trade Rumors: How Kevin Love Would Impact Potential Suitors' Title Hopes
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Kevin Love remains a Minnesota Timberwolf. You know this because we have not yet descended into sports-thinkpiece mania about the power of NBA superstars and how situations like Love's may be used against players come collective bargaining time.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:18 pm

NBA players union elects female executive director – Yahoo Sports


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NBA players union elects female executive director
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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 15: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during the NBA Summer League on July 15, 2014 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) …
NBA players make Michele Roberts first woman to head major sports unionWashington Post (blog)
NBA Players union elects first female executive director in Michele RobertsNBCSports.com

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:26 pm

Latest NBA Rumors on Bledsoe, Scott and More – Bleacher Report


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Latest NBA Rumors on Bledsoe, Scott and More
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The NBA offseason has seemingly come and gone in waves, with fans anxiously awaiting the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony for days, then an avalanche of signings in the immediate aftermath and now something of a dead period where …
Report: Phoenix Suns & Eric Bledsoe On “Express Lane To Being Ruined”Dime Magazine
NBA Rumors: Wednesday Morning WhispersSir Charles In Charge
Eric Bledsoe unhappy with Suns? NBA player upset over 2014 free agency offer Venture Capital Post
Basketball Insiders
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:30 pm

Could Kevin Durant be the next NBA star to head home? – USA TODAY


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Could Kevin Durant be the next NBA star to head home?
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This is the way of the NBA world these days, with the carousel of speculation spinning around year after year as each prominent player approaches his free agency. The Durant dialogue may seem premature, but the reality of his situation is that
NBA AM: Durant Free Agency Watch BeginsBasketball Insiders
LeBron James' return to Cleveland changes everything for Kevin DurantSI.com
His own man, KD will make own decisionNBA.com (blog)

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:57 am

NBA Rumors: Latest Rumblings Surrounding Kevin Love and More – Bleacher Report


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NBA Rumors: Latest Rumblings Surrounding Kevin Love and More
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Remember the good old days on the NBA rumor mill when LeBron James was still deciding between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony was pretending money didn't matter and the rest of the market was waiting on pins and …

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:58 am

Donald Sterling’s lengthy battle is not good business for NBA – SportingNews.com


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Donald Sterling's lengthy battle is not good business for NBA
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Four days after the audio became public, NBA commissioner Adam Silver — less than three months after taking over from David Stern — banned Sterling from having any involvement in the NBA for life, and announced the association would take the …
Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA's ClippersReuters
Judge's Ruling Against Donald Sterling Is Timely For NBA, Clippers BusinessForbes
Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of ClippersNBA.com
FOXSports.com -Yahoo News
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:16 am

NBA players’ union elects attorney Michele Roberts as executive director – Yahoo Sports


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NBA players' union elects attorney Michele Roberts as executive director
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 04: A detail of the NBA Players Association logo with the slogan " THe Players' Union FIghting for You" is seen on Theo Ratliff of the Los Angeles Lakers as Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association, …

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:39 am

NBA expected to quickly approve Clippers sale to Ballmer – USA TODAY


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NBA expected to quickly approve Clippers sale to Ballmer
USA TODAY
The NBA's Board of Governors is expected to approve the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer quickly after the transaction from Shelly Sterling to Ballmer is complete, a person familiar with details of the sale told
Sterling's fight drags to bitter endESPN
Forbes Owes NBA Owners an ApologyMotley Fool
In LA Clippers case, court does dirty work for NBAReuters
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader -KGMI
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:21 am