all expense paid party in Las Vegas if Liverpool wins anything this year. I would imagine he means FA Cup, Champions League or The English Premiership. LeBron says there are two Las Vegases and he knows how to party in the one no one ever sees. I'm not surprised! If I played for Liverpool I may try and get on Dancing With the Stars, or Eggheads to capitalise on LeBron's generosity. NBA in China The world champion Miami Heat are heading to China for exhibition games along with the Los Angles Clippers, (which by the way will be the first time a current NBA champion has gone) for the 2012 China games. Dave Shoemaker who is CEO of NBA China, and has been in the job for about 16 months is ecstatic with the way things have been going in China. Television ratings are up over 20 percent and the NBA's social network Sina Weibo and Tencent have over 52 million followers. Shaquille O'Neal Interview Similar to the interview with Amar'e Stoudamire I brought you last week, I've stumbled across a candid interview with now-retired NBA center extraordinaire Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq talks about who was the better coach- Pat Riley or Phil Jackson? Also who was the better team mate, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James or Dwyane Wade? As always Shaq is completely honest and always funny. You gotta love Shaquille O'Neal. Jordan Gives Up Control This can only be termed a good move, as Sir Air has only proven his ineptitude when it comes to micro managing an NBA team. Michael's track record as an owner can only be deemed pathetic. He has reportedly turned over the reins of the operation to Rich Cho. Cho had only one season revamping the Portland Trail Blazers but had success. He plans on spending money on scouting and player evaluation. If Michael gives him the time he needs, we should see an improvement. Let's face it, could he do any worse? Dwight Howard Rehab Dwight Howard is certainly not ready to play and although no one is certain he'll be ready for the Oct. 30th tip against the Dallas Mavericks, he has had his first training session with Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Judy Seto at the teams training facility in El Segundo this past Monday. This might not sound like much, but after a back operation any sort of training is a positive sign. Let's face it, the signing of Howard is somewhat of a gamble, as he is coming off of spinal surgery. We don't know for sure if he'll return to his old form or not, and neither do the Lakers. Derrick Rose's Progress Derrick Rose is on the mend but it hasn't been easy. Rose has said he had to learn to walk all over again after his surgery. I can't even imagine how hard that would have been. Rose did an emotional interview the other day and talked about all the support he has received and how much it has meant to him. He's also got a lot of new team mates he will have to get used to, namely Marco Belinelli, Nazr Mohammed, Vladimir Radmanovic and Nate Robinson. Marquis Teague will join Kirt Hinrich in the backcourt as well. These additions are of course are to replace Chicago's notorious "bench mob" that are all now completely gone. It will be interesting to see how the Bulls fare this year with their new team. Jason Kidd Will Fight Jason Kidd's attorney has said he will fight the DWI charges he is accused of when he crashed his car in the Hamptons in Long Island, New York. Kidd has thanked his family and friends for their support throughout his current ordeal. It's not Jason's first run in with the law, as he was arrested for domestic violence in 2001 when he was with the Phoenix Suns. NBA Baller Beats Here is a tutorial from TNT's Kenny the Jet Smith on how to play the new NBA Baller Beats. With all kinds of songs that range from alternative to rap, Kenny shows us how to pull off all the moves. This is a terrific way to get off the couch and actually be a player to increase your basketball skills. Dereon Williams is on the cover of the game and it was released this week.
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