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Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

Dirk is ready to start considering overseas options

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Dirk Nowitzki has been pretty optimistic, and also pretty quiet during the lockout. He’s going to get any offer he wants overseas, or at least as good a deal as he can reasonably expect, but he’s been holding out hope like the rest of us that the two sides will get their collective heads out of their collective backsides and get a season so Dirk can have an encore to his championship, MVP-worthy run. But since the reality is getting closer and closer that’s not going to happen, he’s having to face reality. ESPN spoke with him, and he’s starting to get in shape so he can start evaluating teams to join. From ESPN:

The reigning NBA Finals MVP recently returned to Germany to resume his customary workout routine with longtime shot doctor Holger Geschwindner and told ESPN.com on Saturday that hes going to find a team in Europe “soon” with the NBA lockout well into its fifth month without a settlement.

Nowitzki”Its going to take me a few weeks to get in basketball shape,” Nowitzki said, “but then Im ready. I cant stand not playing.”

via Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki to find an overseas team soon – ESPN Dallas.

Nowitzki says that both Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain interest him, and has decided that one of three German teams will also be on the list, out of a desire to help with the nation’s fostering of the sport, now and when he’s gone.

So there you go. The Finals MVP may be playing somewhere else this season. Are you happy, NBA owners and players and really everyone? Look what you’ve done!

/cries into a bottle while listening to the Cure

If Nowitzki does go to either of the Spanish teams, they’re going to have quite a bit of NBA talent.

Report: An NBA season on league’s Christmas list?

NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

After one of the labor talks breakdowns, I forget which one, I gave up. It wasn’t that the rug had been pulled out from under me, it’s that the two sides had hit that point where it made financially so much more sense to make a deal than not make a deal, and they were still futzing around with their over-dramatic nonsense and stupid talking points. So I decided to stop hoping for a deal. Hope is stupid. That’s my official stance, and I’m sticking with it. The two sides are too blinded by their own agendas to seek out a bargain, which is what a bargaining table is for.

But, if you’re into that whole “hope beyond hope” thing, we’ve got something for you.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the league may be holding its cards to vest and keeping up with its bluff face, but in reality, there’s a push to get a deal… just in time for Christmas.

Despite the grim outlook of potentially lengthy and costly lawsuits, there are strong indications that NBA officials and attorneys representing the players want to take one more shot at reaching a settlement before the possibility of having close to a full season is devoured by the legal process.

Two people who have been briefed on the leagues strategy told CBSSports.com the NBA is holding out hope a settlement can be reached in time for the season to begin no later than Christmas. One of those people said the process already is under way through what he described as “back-channeling,” although sources from both sides professed no knowledge of such conversations.

A third person said that based on how vendor contracts and other financial arrangements were put in place, starting the season by Christmas would be optimal as far as preserving those relationships, and of course, revenues. Multiple people who have spoken with top NBA officials about the matter said it is understood that starting the season after Christmas is not viewed as a viable option.

via NBA, players hoping for one more shot at settlement – NBA – CBSSports.com Basketball.

The problem? Sure, there are people on the league’s side that want games by Christmas. But they haven’t been the ones driving the conversation. Not since this whole thing started. It’s hard-liners, on both sides, who have the controls. And those owners are going to want to wait and trust that the courts won’t fall for the players’ disclaim of interest, that it won’t rule in favor of an illegal boycott when the players can play in Europe, that they’ll win the court cases and the players will come crawling back, broken.

It’s nice to have something to hold out hope for. But unless both sides can corral their more volatile elements, the NBA fan’s stocking is going to be empty this year as the Grinch, whichever side you think that is, steals Christmas.

Video: Jimmy Kimmel has ideas to fill time on NBA TV

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If you haven’t been watching NBA TV during the lockout, well, join the club. It’s been a steady stream of classic games (which can be fun), with “Teen Wolf” and “One on One” staring Robbie Benson mixed in. It’s painful.

Jimmy Kimmel has some ideas to fill all that air time, and we thought we’d pass them along. They should go with them, we’ll watch anything Jack Nicholson does.

President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game

President Barack Obama

Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one.

Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes.

But the game is on and plenty of stars will play, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Friday night, BarackObama.com, a fundraising wing, announced that an NBA lockout game will be held Dec. 12 at a yet-to-be-announced venue in Washington, with Miami Heat forwards Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard, as well as Heat executive Alonzo Mourning among those on the playing rosters….

Among others listed to participate in the event are New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, Knicks center Amare Stoudemire, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who had headed the now-defunct NBA players’ union…. Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Baron Davis, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Dahntay Jones, Kevin Love, Cheryl Miller, Reggie Miller, Dikembe Mutombo, Quentin Richardson, Tina Thompson, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.

The league has already stepped in and said this is game is exempt from the rules preventing team employees from interacting with players, so Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Orlando Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing will be the coaches for the game. That also clears the way for Mourning, who has been out of the league since a 2007 knee injury and works for the Heat.

No official word, but Obama himself is not expected to lace it up for this game. Which is too bad, we wanted to see Reggie Miller drain a three over him them make the choking sign like he was talking to Spike Lee.

Rondo and Perkins want to have a little European reunion. How sweet.

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When Kendrick Perkins was traded, the Celtics took it hard, each of them. The championship run and subsequent season had forged a tight bond with the players. They weren’t just teammates, they were family. And Danny Ainge essentially decided that their brother was not worth the money to keep him in the family. Harsh. But one guy took it harder than the others. Rajon Rondo and Perkins were closest, due to their age having been similar and going through all the dramatic ups and downs together.

But since there are no Celtics, not in the basketball-playing sense, there’s no reason they can’t get back together for more wacky adventures! It’s like a sitcom for kids, only with more unhappy stares and freakishly long fingers. From Yahoo! Sports:


Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, close friends, have been discussing the possibility of playing together overseas, and have had representatives inquiring on the possibilities, sources said.

Rondo and Perkins are interested in playing in higher-paying countries, such as Italy, Spain and Russia, sources said. There’s no deal in the works, and it’s unclear if there’s even a team that could financially put together the kind of contracts it would take to lure the players.

via Kevin Love, Luol Deng could play in Turkey – NBA – Yahoo! Sports.

They should rent bikes to tour Rome. Seriously. I will give good money to see Rondo and Perkins on one of those two-seat bikes in Rome. At least $45 dollars. Minimum. They should backpack! They can backpack between games, stay in hostels, do all the things crazy college kids do. That way, maybe when they’re done they won’t be so sad about the trade. If Celtics fans want to see the old Celtics back together again, they just have to find a European feed to pirate and they’re on their way. Guess the lockout isn’t all bad.

(Note: The lockout is all bad.)

(HT: Reds Army)