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Scottie Pippen hosts a yard sale.

Some interesting notes on NBA union head Billy Hunter and the ongoing NBA labor talks from Henry Abbott at TrueHoop.

The players are essentially the same but the results are worse this season in Atlanta. So new coach Larry Drew’s seat is getting a little warm.

Larry Brown wants to see Allen Iverson end his career in the NBA (and confirms he’d like to coach college).

You’re going to be seeing more Mike Miller in Miami in the next couple of weeks. We’ll see if that is a good thing or not.

Does drafting guys who were winners in the NCAA tournament pay off?

When asked why he was not coming back next year, Phil Jackson said there is no such thing as four-peats.

Alvin Gentry was expecting a little more out of Robin Lopez this season.

Otis Smith still keeps expecting Gilbert Arenas to really step up into a bigger role in Orlando. I still keep expecting to win the lottery.

Among the many things the Sixers are doing better this season compared to last: Defending the three-point line.

Al Horford tweaked his hamstring as the Hawks were getting blown out (again) on Tuesday, but he is expected to go Wednesday night.

LeBron says “get it done” message was for both Cavaliers, Thompson

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Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.

So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.

At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.

The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.

China basketball qualifies for 2016 Olympics

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China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.

China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.

The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.