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It’s Day 52 of the NBA Lockout… which means it’s about time for another giveaway!

We have teamed up with our new friends over at Mophie to giveaway a couple of their amazing Juice Pack Plus (purple or yellow) rechargeable cases for your iPhone. To put it simply, the Juice Pack Plus is a rechargeable external battery and protective, shock-resistant case for the iPhone 4, all rolled into one (if you think that means it’s big and bulky, think again).

We know, you want one of these, so here’s how you can win:

(1) Head over to Facebook and Like Mophie.
(2) Make sure you like us on Facebook.


… What, were you expecting more steps?

On Thursday, Mophie will randomly select two winners. In the meantime, you can see all of their amazing products by visiting them online at www.mophie.com, or following them on Twitter, @mophie. To see how this product works, check out the video below. Good luck!

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According to China Daily, 17 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club owners sat down with league officials to discuss the possible signing of current NBA players during the NBA lockout. The agreed upon terms will not allow clubs to sign NBA contracted players:

According to the new regulation, the CBA will only allow clubs to sign free agents who could play for at least for one entire season. That gets around potential loopholes that players could opt out to return to the NBA for reasons such as suspect injuries or family affairs, if they didn’t have a specific provison written into their contracts stating they could return to the NBA when the lockout ends.

It’s not that the CBA wants to keep out big stars. The club bosses were worried about the negative impact both to the league and the clubs if they (NBA stars) suddenly quit and went back to the US,” Sohu.com quoted Bai as saying after the meeting.

Reports on Thursday had Kobe Bryant agreeing to a deal in China with the Shanxi Zhongyu beginning November 1. However, a source close to the situation said there was no deal in place.

This new rule now diminishes any possibility of Kobe Bryant playing in China.

The decision by the CBA is somewhat confusing. As NBA stars signing with CBA teams, even for the short term, would not only bring a lot of attention to their league. But, also have advertisers knocking down the door.

Right now, the CBA’s focus is not on making money but cultivating the nation’s young talent. The rule will protect clubs who try to hone their young guys and can’t meet the NBA stars’ requirements or special clauses. It hurts the fans, but benefits the league’s stability,” said Yang Yi, Titan Sports deputy chief editor and renowned commentator.

The other issue that has come up is international teams having to pay insurance to insure the players contract in case of a serious injury, etc. That issue alone makes NBA stars playing overseas a lot easier said than done.

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Former 15 year NBA Vet, Olden Polynice, was kind enough to drop on by the Voice of the Nation studios for a special NBA roundtable.

Polynice talked with David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers for over 45 minutes about all the topics surrounding the NBA.

He also shares some behind the scenes stories that you have never heard before! Only on this edition of the Voice of the Nation with Olden Polynice.

Rundown

  • Why is there an NBA Lockout? Who is to blame?
  • Will the players going overseas help the Players union?
  • How has the game changed?
  • How good was Michael Jordan?
  • What happened to all the great big men?
  • Who is better…Kobe or LeBron?
  • Will LeBron ever rise to the moment?
  • Groupies and Baby Mama Drama
  • How will Mike Brown do as the Lakers Head Coach
  • Best Laker Ever, and why is Kareem mis-understood
  • Best team Olden ever played against
  • and Much MUCH MORE

 

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Voice of the Nation hosts David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers are back this week with a special edition of the Voice of the Nation as they are joined in studio by 15 year NBA veteran, Olden Polynice.

Polynice touched on a wide-range of topics including the NBA lockout, who is the better player between Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, and his opinions of Mike Brown as the Lakers new head coach.

An audio edition of the Voice of the Nation with the full, unedited interview with Olden Polynice will be posted shortly.

To get more opinions and analysis from Olden Polynice check out his weekly show “The O Zone” on LATalkLive.com (Monday’s @ 1PM PST)

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In the eyes of many, greed has been the headline of the NBA summer.

The obvious story has been the NBA lockout, and when you finally sift through all the politics and positioning, money ultimately rules the day. Much of the same can be said for the Lakers organization, who laid off more than 20 employees earlier this summer, despite raising ticket prices (again) and inking a TV deal with Time Warner worth about $3 billion.

Amidst deficient reports from Wall Street and another rise in unemployment, those are the types of stories that detach fans from the athletes and organizations they so faithfully support. And this is the type of story that helps restore your faith in them…

In an effort insisted on by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers pooled together a percentage of their playoff bonus from last season and split it between a pair of long-time staff members who were released by the Lakers earlier this summer. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O’Keefe, who were both part of the Lakers video staff, reportedly split $65k. Bodaken offered nothing but praise for Bryant:

“At the end of the day, he told us he was going to take care of us and he did, and that’s not how most people in the world operate. He not only talks the talk. He walks it.”

In addition to the money pooled together from playoff bonuses, Lakers forward Luke Walton personally provided financial gifts to each member of the Lakers training staff following last season.

While money remains the topic of conversation in the NBA, at-least in this story, it finally has a positive spin.

You can check out the whole story over at the L.A. Times.

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By now everybody knows that Kobe had 45 points, and hit the game winner at the Drew League on Tuesday.

Well now you can check out the rest of the highlights from the game. Courtesy Digital Dreams Video.

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Why should this surprise anyone?

You were able to watch right here on LakerNation.com (via UStream) as Kobe Bryant showed up to play some ball at the Drew League today.

Just to set the stage here, the Drew League is a Professional Amateur basketball league based out of South Central Los Angeles. Both Lebron James and Kevin Durant have played at “The Drew” this summer.

Other participants on Tuesday included Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan from the Toronto Raptors, and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams.

James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder was also in the building, and he was the man matched up with the Black Mamba with seconds left to play.

With the score tied 137-137 Bryant had the ball, and you probably know what happens next.

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Former Laker Shannon Brown, who opted out of his player option back in late June, is still working on his game even during a lockout.

Brown, and Lisa Leslie took on 5’3 comedian Kevin Hart and Terrance J in a friendly game of two on two.

Some say the match-up was filmed as a scene in a movie, while others say Brown simply got schooled by one of the funniest comedians in the game. Hart is currently shooting a movie for Steve Harvey’s best-selling book “Act Like a Lady: Think Like A Man”.

So is this scripted, or did 5’3 Kevin Hart really school Shannon Brown? We will let you be the judge!


 

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You see? The lockout isn’t good for anyone.

Kendrick Perkins is hanging out with Stephen Jackson (obviously, he was arrested), Delonte West has his hopes set on a contract with… Home Depot, WNBA star Chris Bosh is inking his back with random birds, trees and a chick eating a skull (yep, this really happened) and, of course, I’m writing all of this in one ridiculously long run-on sentence.

But hey, at-least Kobe is staying away from the headlines, right?

Um…

According to the L.A. Times, Bryant was involved in a minor altercation on Sunday with a churchgoer who he believed was taking pictures of him with his phone. Reportedly, Kobe confronted the man (who has not been identified yet), grabbed his phone and after seeing no pictures, returned it and quickly left the Church.

The man later went to the hospital, where he was treated for a minor wrist sprain. The confrontation happened at St. Therese of Carmel Church in San Diego.

The lesson here? Don’t take pretend pictures of Kobe at Church, and you won’t end up with a pretend wrist sprain. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

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It’s a sideline triangle, created by a center in the post, a forward on the wing and a guard at the corner, leaving a two-man game on the weak side, run by a guard at the top of the key and a forward in the opposite-side, high-post position.

The triangle offense looks like a factory assembly line.  It seems to chug.  This guy goes there, that pass is thrown, and the cut is made.  Interchangeable gears in a large machine, right?  Just keep the conveyor belt moving until the whistle blows, fellas.  You get a lunch break after 24 minutes.

Especially in comparison to the fast-breaking, one-on-one styles that dominate the NBA today, the triangle offense appears to be the most regimented system to ever see the hardwood, but it’s exactly the opposite.

There are no set plays.  Players are free, and encouraged, to play any of the 5 positions, and when done correctly, the triangle is virtually impossible to stop.  This offense isn’t even run by the offense.  It’s run by the opponents’ defense.  Every movement in the triangle has a purpose, and each is predicated by the opposition.  Should the defense stop one aspect, the offense adjusts and begins another sequence designed to take advantage of a new opportunity.

It’s difficult to master, and brilliant in it’s simplicity.

It is the offensive system responsible for 11 of the past 21 championships, and it is the creation of Morice Fredrick Winter.  Perhaps you know him by his nickname: “Tex.”

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For many Laker fans, Andrew Bynum has become a magnet for controversy, but not without good reason.

The most obvious of criticisms are directly related to him not having played more than 65 games in any of the last four seasons, frequently derailed by a series of injuries that Beverly Hills Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raj told Voice of the Nation would be a perpetual problem for Andrew.

Bynum has complicated matters for himself by acting immaturely at times – most recently after delivering a cheap shot to the chest of Mavs Guard J.J. Barea and passing on the opportunity to apologize (he did officially apologize two days later). The pair of handicapped parking instances earlier this summer certainly haven’t helped matters.

You can say what you want about Drew, but while most of the NBA is busy vacationing in Europe or negotiating contracts with FIBA teams, Bynum is exactly where he should be:

In the gym.

The L.A. Times caught up with Bynum after a workout in Hollywood yesterday, and for maybe the first time in his career, Drew is saying exactly the right things…

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We joined Matt Barnes for his third annual Athletes vs. Cancer golf tournament just a few days ago in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The golf tournament was held at the Trump National Golf Club — participants included about a dozen current and former NBA players and personalities.

Matt also invited cancer survivor Jake Olson, who you might remember from this ESPN piece.

In case you were ever curious, Jim Hill‘s got an impeccable stroke.

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.