Iverson’s Vegas showcase game postponed due to lockout progress

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We’re welcoming signs of progress in the NBA labor talks anywhere we can get them. Even if they come at Allen Iverson’s expense.

Iverson was planning a Las Vegas showcase game featuring a number of NBA stars, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 6-7 next year, reports the Detroit Free Press. It’s the why that is interesting.

Iverson says discussions to end the NBA lockout were the reason the tournament was postponed.

You may want to take that with a grain of salt. I can think of a lot of other reasons it may have been postponed as well.

That said, if a handshake agreement between the NBA owners and players is reached in the next 48 hours or so team facilities would be re-opened to the players soon after. Players will be flocking to work out with teammates and coaches trying to get ready for the season on a very condensed schedule. The players want to practice.

Ironically, Iverson’s event may be cancelled because of practice. We’re talking about practice.

An NBA labor deal will mean the end of the string of charity games that have been taking place through the summer and fall.

And while those have been entertaining, I’m good with that.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.