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  • More NBA Games Cancelled As Lockout Continuous

    29. October 2011

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) lockout remains in effect at the moment which saddens fans of the premier professional basketball league around the world. (Photo: nbaworldwide.com)

    The National Basketball Association recently announced the cancellation of more games that were scheduled in the next NBA season.

    NBA commissioner David Stern cancelled the all games scheduled in the month of November 30. Stern made the tough decision as both the players and team owners has yet to mutually sign a new collective bargaining agreement to end the current lockout.

    With the cancellation of the games, the 2011-2012 NBA season if it will be realized will be a shortened year for hoop loving fans around the world as the games will be lesser than the usual 82 games. The continued lockout or work suspension also fueled further fears that the entire NBA season this year will be cancelled.

    NBA fans around the world are very sad with the latest development in the premier professional basketball league in the planet. NBA fans hoped the impasse can finally resolved so that the NBA season can start as planned.

    According to reports, the lockout continue to exist as the player and owners failed to compromised on how to run the league properly. If the NBA will be suspended this year is a great blow to the league who had been successful the past years.

    The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted the name National Basketball Association in 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL).

    The league’s several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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    Derrick Rose Says NBA Owners To Be Blamed For Continued Lockout

    20. October 2011

    Chicago Bulls superstar point-guard Derrick Rose said the continued lockout in the National Basketball Association is blamed on the owners and not to the players. (Photo: mackisberning.blogspot.com)

    One of the rising stars in the National Basketball Association said the continued lockout could be solely blamed on the team owners and not on players.

    Chicago Bulls superstar point-guard Derrick Rose said if only the NBA team owners listen to the appeal of the players for a better pay the lockout could have been solved now. Rose said if the owners want to end the lockout they should learn to listen to the players.

    The 23-year-old point-guard said at the moment he continuing his practise to become an even more better player once the lockout ends. He revealed that he and the rest of the players are very sad with the continued lockout but he is optimistic the impasse could end soon.

    Rose had a great year the past NBA season as he led the youth laden Bulls to an impressive 62 regular season wins. He played for the University of Memphis Tigers and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008.

    Shortly after, Rose declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by the Chicago Bulls. In his first year of professional basketball, Rose was voted the Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team.

    In his second season, Rose was selected as an NBA All-Star for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game; he was also named a starter for the U.S. team at the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Since being drafted, Rose has led the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs every year.

    In 2011, he received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the youngest player ever to win this award. He joined Michael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the honor.

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    High School Hoop Star Dunked Over Own Mom In Dunk Contest

    18. October 2011

    Dunking the ball is considered as one of the greatest moves in basketball.

    It is always a treat to see someone carry a ball and dunked it over a hoop. A player who does a highlight or spectacular dunk is always a star in every basketball game.

    Because of the huge popularity of dunk, a contest for the most creative and explosive dunks are being conducted around the world. Recently, in a midnight madness event in the United States, a high school player captured the heart and admiration of hoop fans who watched the event.

    Wagner high school forward Josh Thompson won the dunk contest in the event after he produced a creative and jaw dropping dunk, that really brought the house down. The dunk which is now circulating around the world after it was shown in Youtube, is made even more awesome by the fact that Thompson leaped over his own mom to do the dunk.

    Yes, Thompson took the risk to use his own mother in his dunk which luckily was done perfectly. For the risk he took and creativity, this dunk is a perfect 10 for me!

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    NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant Will Bring Basketball Act To Italy

    30. September 2011

    There is a big chance that National Basketball Association superstar guard Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant (with ball) will play in the Italian league this year.(Photo: free-extras.com)

    Professional basketball fans in Italy had 101 reasons to smile these days.

    This developed after National Basketball Association superstar guard Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant has already reportedly agreed to play in the Italian league, while the NBA lockout is still ongoing. Italian team Virtus Bologna said Bryant already agreed to a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season.

    Virtus president Claudio Sabatini said the negotiations is already 95 percent done and he is confident by next week, Bryant will officially sign the contract with them. Sabatini earlier recruited Bryant to play in Italy since the NBA superstar spend a big part of his childhood in Italy.Bryant for his part said he is willing to play outside the United States if the NBA lockout will not be resolved on time.

    Based on the offer of Virtus, Bryant can immediately return to the NBA if the lockout is resolved. If Bryant indeed decides to play in Italy, it would be a huge boost for Italian basketball since the former is a certified NBA superstar who lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships.

    The NBA lockout on the other-hand takes effect after the collective bargaining agreement between the players and NBA team owners already expired. The NBA players union and owners is having a hard time agreeing to a new CBA, since they do not know  how to divide the league’s revenue, a salary cap structure and the length of guaranteed contracts.

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    Chances Of No NBA Season Now High With Suspension Of Training Camps, Cancellation of 43 Preseason Games

    25. September 2011

    The possibility of the cancellation of the next National Basketball Association remains high as both NBA owners and players still failed to sign a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). (str8hoops.wordpress.com)

    The grim reality of the cancellation of the forthcoming National Basketball Association is now very high.

    This developed after the NBA management has decided to suspend the scheduled training among the team and cancelled the 43 preseason games this year. With the November 1 of the NBA already fast approaching, NBA expert said the chances of pushing through another NBA season is now hard to achieve.

    ‘If the entire NBA season will be scrapped it would be a huge loss for the NBA and the fans around the world. Earlier, the union of the NBA player remain united in the wake of the continuing lockout in the  premier professional basketball league in the planet.

    Union president Derek Fisher, the veteran point-guard of the Los Angeles Lakers said union is very much united in their quest for a better pay in the NBA. Fisher said all of the players are united and that there is no misunderstanding among them since they share the same goals of having a better NBA pay.

    The union president made the statement since the lockout or NBA suspension had yet to resolved between them and the NBA owners. He said the way thing are going the possibility of no NBA season remains a huge possibility.

    The veteran NBA player said the NBA players are united to set down without an NBA season until the owners decides to approved their request and forge a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with them. The NBA owners for its part remain steadfast on their demand that the players lower their pay in the next NBA season.

    It can be recalled that the NBA lockout became a reality after the old CBA agreement already expired. With the NBA lockout still underway, NBA fans around the world the labor problem between the players and owners will soon be resolved so that the next NBA season would not be dissolved.

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    NBA Players Remain United Despite Continued NBA Lockout

    16. September 2011

    The union of National Basketball Association players remains united in the wake of the ongoing lockout in the premier professional basketball league in the planet. (Photo: whitegadget.com)

    The union of the National Basketball Association (NBA) remain united in the wake of the continuing lockout in the  premier professional basketball league in the planet.

    Union president Derek Fisher, the veteran point-guard of the Los Angeles Lakers said union is very much united in their quest for a better pay in the NBA. Fisher said all of the players are united and that there is no misunderstanding among them since they share the same goals of having a better NBA pay.

    The union president made the statement since the lockout or NBA suspension had yet to resolved between them and the NBA owners. He said the way thing are going the possibility of no NBA season remains a huge possibility.

    The veteran NBA player said the NBA players are united to set down without an NBA season until the owners decides to approved their request and forge a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with them.

    The NBA owners for its part remain steadfast on their demand that the players lower their pay in the next NBA season. It can be recalled that the NBA lockout became a reality after the old CBA agreement already expired. With the NBA lockout still underway, NBA fans around the world the labor problem between the players and owners will soon be resolved so that the next NBA season would not be dissolved.

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    Michael Jordan Gets $100,000 Fine For Comment During NBA Lockout

    14. September 2011

    Former National Basketball Association legendary guard Michael Jordan was slapped with a $100,000 fine for issuing comment to the media while the NBA lockout is still still ongoing. (Photo: dgkinney2.wordpress.com)

    One of the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association was ordered to pay $100,000 by NBA officials for issuing comment regarding a certain NBA player when the NBA lockout is still ongoing.

    Michael Jordan, who is now an NBA owner of the Charlotte Bobcats was given the monetary penalty after he issued some statements on Australian star center Andrew Bogut who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. It can be recalled that part of the NBA lockout is the prohibition to speak about players, coaches, officials to the media.

    Jordan recently told the Australian newspaper Sydney Herald that Bogut is a great player who has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA. He said to become a superstar in the NBA, Bogut needs to overcome his elbow injury which has bothered his playing career in the NBA.

    The penalty given to Jordan showed the world that even superstars can be penalized if they violate NBA laws. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

    After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels’ National Championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1984.  He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring.

    His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”.

    Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

    Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game).

    In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.  Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.

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    NBA Star Rookie Jimmer Fredette Set To Marry Longtime Girlfriend

    28. August 2011

    The newly engaged basketball couple Jimmer Fredette and Whitney Wonnacott. (Photo: yahoo.com)

    To all single ladies who wanted to marry National Basketball Association star rookie Jimmer Fredette, it is time to kiss that dream goodbye.

    This developed after Fredette recently proposed to his longtime girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott, a member of the cheering squad of BYU where the future NBA star previously played in college. Wonnacott who was surprised by the action of Fredette said yes and the two are now set to married soon.

    Coming into the new NBA season if the lockout will be resolved soon, Fredette is one of the most coveted rookies this year. He is a sensational college ballplayer as he led BYU to the Sweet 16, swept the major national college player of the year awards and achieved a lifelong dream when the Sacramento Kings selected him with the 10th pick in the NBA draft.

    NBA experts said if Fredette can continue his brilliance in college there is a big possibility he will become one of the future stars of the league. In drafting Fredette, the Kings for his part are very confident he can give them the much needed scoring that the team lack and a reliable scorer who can also handle and distribute the ball to his teammates.

    Fredette is very happy for the start of the new NBA season and the new status of his life at the moment. The future NBA star looks forward to a great NBA career and soon to be happy life as a married man.

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    Michael Jordan Could Face Fine For Comment During NBA Lockout

    18. August 2011

    One of the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association faces the possibility of being fined for issuing comment to the media while the NBA lockout is still still ongoing. (Photo: students.georgiasouthern.edu)

    One of the best player to have played in the National Basketball Association is facing a huge possibility of being slapped with a monetary penalty for issuing comment regarding a certain NBA player when the NBA lockout is still ongoing.

    Michael Jordan, who is now an NBA owner of the Charlotte Bobcats can face pay some fine after he issued some statements on Australian star center Andrew Bogut who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. It can be recalled that part of the NBA lockout is the prohibition to speak about players, coaches, officials to the media.

    Jordan recently told the Australian newspaper Sydney Herald that Bogut is a great player who has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA. He said to become a superstar in the NBA, Bogut needs to overcome his elbow injury which has bothered his playing career in the NBA.

    If Jordan will indeed be fined for his comment, it would show the world that even superstars can be penalized if they violate NBA laws. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

    After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels’ National Championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1984.  He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”.

    He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”.  Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.

    Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards. Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century.

    He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.

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    NBA Superstar Lebron James Got Smitten By A Panda In China

    17. August 2011

    National Basketball Association superstar forward Lebron "King" James fell in love with a baby Panda in China.

    National Basketball Association superstar forward Lebron “King” James might be stone-faced and serious on the basketball court, but outside he is just human like most of us.

    In a recent trip in China, James showed his soft side when he was smitten by a cute baby Panda in Shanghai. The 6’8 NBA superstar giggle like a kid as he hold tightly the juvenile black and white bear in his arms while it happily chewed on a stick of bamboo.

    James was very proud with the chance to interact with the Panda that he posted the photo on his Twitter account for the world to see. ‘Chengdu Panda Reserve. Relaxing and holding down the Pandas!’ tweeted the Miami Heat star to go along with the holiday snap.

    Getting the chance to see and interact with Pandas is one of treaty awaiting tourists who visits China. The NBA superstar is currently on a global tour to promote his shoe brand Nike and China is one of the stops in his visits around the world.

    Aside from Panda, one of the top tourism destinations in China are the widely popular Great Wall of China and the various restaurants offering delicious cuisines for travellers.

    The Heat superstar remains confident that the lockout will end and work once again resumes in the NBA for another season of the top professional basketball league in the planet this year.James has a colorful resume in his NBA career. James was taken with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a shoe contract with Nike before his professional debut.

    Listed as a small forward, James has set numerous youngest player records since joining the league.He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003–04, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008–09 and 2009–10, and has been both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005. In 2010, a much-publicized free agency process ended with James signing with the Miami Heat.

     

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    NBA Star Busted For Fighting Inside Texas Night Club

    15. August 2011

    Oklahoma City Thunder rising center Kendrick Perkins (with ball) was recently arrested for creating trouble inside a night club in South Texas in the United States. (Photo: bleacherreport.com)

    A rising center in the National Basketball Association was recently arrested for initiating a fight inside a night club in South Texas in the United States.

    Texas police arrested Oklahoma City Thunder power-forward Kendrick Perkins for misdemeanour disorderly conduct and public intoxication after the altercation Saturday morning. In the initial police investigation, Perkins around 2 a.m. that day reportedly attempted to fight the club’s manager.

    The police added the crowd pushed Perkins out the back door of the club, where he continued to yell obscenities and start other fights. With his unruly actuation, Perkins was arrested and taken to Jefferson County jail.

    Perkins was later released after posting $150 bond.It was learned that the misdemeanour charges are punishable by fines. The 6’10″ center was drafted in the first round with the 27th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, but was immediately traded along with Marcus Banks to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones, who had been selected by the Celtics in the same draft.

    During the 2004–05 season, Perkins received more playing time than he did his rookie season, and became known as one of the tougher players on the Celtics. He had a limited role during the regular season and playoffs as the team’s “enforcer”. On February 24, 2011, Perkins and Nate Robinson were traded to Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstić.

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