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July 20, 2013 Updates

Other items that commanded top dollar in the sale, conducted by New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, included Bryant's 2000 NBA All-Star ring ($55,597), and two of his game-used high school uniforms ($50,150 and $41,694). The items, consigned by his parents, turned into a legal battle when Bryant found out they were selling the nearly 100 items that he said were not theirs to sell. Documents provided to the auction company by the Bryant's had said otherwise. Eventually, a settlement was reached that resulted in about 90 percent of the items being pulled out of the auction. ESPN.com

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The Golden State Warriors debuted a short-sleeved alternate jersey during the 2012-13 season, which were widely panned. However, that isn’t stopping the Indiana Pacers from following suit. The team tweeted out this picture of the new jerseys they’re road-testing at Summer League in Orlando. And they’re pretty gross. Seriously, the Pacers aren’t even trying here. For The Win

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Nevertheless, Jones is not someone who will stand out in history — it's likely he'll go down as the player who the Los Angeles Lakers traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1999 so that a young Kobe Bryant could take on a bigger role. Like many players through history, Jones will be remembered almost entirely by fans who came of age in his particular era. That's a shame, in a way, because Jones was valuable and deserves notice. Of course, it is maybe a little goofy to own 11 different Eddie Jones jerseys. This photo does not lie (via @traread): Yahoo! Sports

June 10, 2013 Updates

"We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia," said Joe and Pamela Bryant in a statement, provided by a publicist. "We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance." While Goldin said he wasn't free to divulge the terms of the settlement, what is clear is that approximately 90 percent of what previously was being offered has been pulled off the table. Goldin Auctions is now only offering six items for sale, though they are still some of the most highly coveted. ESPN.com

May 31, 2013 Updates

Shaquille O’Neal has been Superman, the Big Diesel, the Big Aristotle and the Big AARP, among other nicknames. Now, he can add the Big High-Fructose Corn Syrup to that list. Shaq is launching a line of cream sodas with Arizona Beverage. It will come in at least four flavors (pictured: strawberry, orange, vanilla and blueberry), and according to Sports Business Daily, 50 million cans will be in circulation in June. For The Win

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Julien’s Auctions will present historic collections including iconic pieces from the Harlan Werner Muhammad Ali Collection, the Whalen “Whaley” Monica World Series and All-Star Game collection in its entirety, and the collection of NBA Legend Elgin Baylor. Basketball will take center court when the Collection of Elgin Baylor is also offered on Friday. The exclusive collection of the eleven-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and L.A. Lakers legend features memorabilia from every stage of his career. Artdaily.org

Additional auction highlights include a 1980’s sideline chair from Chicago Stadium, used as part of the Chicago Bulls team bench, game used and signed by Michael Jordan; Jordan’s 1992 game worn and signed shoes; LeBron James’ 2002-03 Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School game worn uniform Artdaily.org

May 3, 2013 Updates

Lakers Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor will be auctioning off memorabilia, awards and personal items on May 31 with the help of Julien's Auctions. Baylor, whose No. 22 jersey is retired at Staples Center, is making available his 1959 All-Star Game MVP Trophy, his 1971-72 championship ring and a number of rare items accumulated over his legendary career. "I worked and played as hard as I possibly could. My college coach said just give it your best effort and then you can feel good about what you've done," Baylor told Michael Mink of Investor's Business Daily. "I was always competitive. I always wanted to win regardless of what I was doing. I would just keep going until I wore my opponent out. That was my approach," the 6-foot-5 former forward said. Los Angeles Times

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Upper Deck will be the latest company to benefit from the infinite popularity of Michael Jordan , issuing a card set that features him during his North Carolina days. Upper Deck will release just 250 sets of 23 cards of Jordan in college, four Jordan autograph cards, one replica 1982 championship ring, and two other premium cards. The set could be valued as high as $5,000. Jordan’s 1984 Star rookie card with the Bulls is valued as high as $5,000 in mint condition. Star released NBA team sets on a limited run when Topps, the main basketball card company, stopped producing cards for a decade, making the Jordan card even more valuable. Boston Globe

March 23, 2013 Updates

The NBA and the Grateful Dead have collaborated to produce t-shirts that combine the logos of various playoff teams with the legendary band’s famous artwork. The men’s shirts feature a modified version of the Grateful Dead’s signature skull logo, which appeared on the Steal Your Face album cover in 1976. A basketball design replaces the lightning bolt in the center of the skull. The women’s shirts star one of the group’s “dancing bear” figures that was included on History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice) in 1973. Both designs include team names and logos in 1970s era lettering. SI.com

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According to the SBJ article, once a plan to sell jersey ads is in place, the league must devise a way to split revenue from the ad sales among the 30 teams. A source told the magazine that league executives have yet to reach an agreement on how best to share the estimated $100 million in jersey ad revenue. “The idea of pooling a percentage of proceeds among the league’s 30 teams, sources said, is one way the league is looking to offset the wide range in the value of jersey deals between high-revenue teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers and low-revenue teams such as the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats,” according to the SBJ article. FOXSports Ohio

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