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  1. Amnesty players may not help high payroll teams much

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Here was the scenario: Teams would use the new amnesty clause in the labor deal to wipe out the oversized contracts of guys who could still contribute some (just not at the level they are getting paid). As a hypothetical example, we will make up a player named B. Roy who plays in the Pacific…

  2. Lakers, Mavericks, other big spenders safe for two years

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    Image (1) jbuss-thumb-250x140-15577.jpg for post 3061

    Part of the reason we lost 480 NBA games this season is because a bunch of owners were pissed at the Lakers, Mavericks, Heat, Celtics and other owners willing to spend over the luxury tax. Small market owners wanted to tie the hands of the big spenders in the name of the mythical “competitive balance.”…

  3. New “Derrick Rose Rule” will make a few rookies rich(er)

    Nov 27, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Players on their rookie deals remain one of the great values to owners — they get players who often can contribute a lot but at a fraction of the salary of a veteran who does the same thing. Those rookie deals remain untouched in the new collective bargaining agreement. Except for one change — if…

  4. The lockout is over… what should my team do now?

    Nov 27, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Finally — forget the tedious discussions of BRI, escrow, “disclaimer of interest” and the other stuff that made us feel like we were studying for the bar exam not following the NBA. It’s time to get serious. It’s time to do what we fans do best. It’s time to play armchair GM. There is just…

  5. Kevin Martin heads to the gym (and other lockout reactions)

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?) When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news…

  6. Great, we have a handshake deal. So now what happens?

    Nov 26, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern and Billy Hunter shook hands. Figuratively, but there is a handshake deal in place for an NBA labor settlement. The framework for a full blown new NBA collective bargaining agreement is in place. But that is a long way from an actual signed deal and NBA games starting on Christmas Day. So, what…

  7. Heat, Knicks may be big winners in last minute deal changes

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Part of the motivation for the hardline owners during the NBA lockout was to never let what happened with LeBron James going to Miami to ever happen again. To never let what Carmelo Anthony did to the Nuggets ever happen again (they lost the ‘Melo part of the fight). Small market owners didn’t like players…

  8. Video: David Stern, Billy Hunter talk NBA labor deal

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In case you were not one of us up at 3 a.m. (Eastern, there are advantages to my West Coast perch some days) here is the video of David Stern and Billy Hunter talking about the tentative NBA labor deal early Saturday morning when it was announced. Both are lawyers and both choose their words…

  9. What was finally decided with those “thorny” system issues?

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    It was the most confounding part of this constantly confounding NBA lockout. The owners and players got to a point a few weeks ago where they essentially agreed on the money side of the equation — how to split up the revenue coming into the league — but could not get close on the “system”…

  10. Draft age limit, other “B-list” issues still to be resolved

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    There are still some big issues sitting out there unresolved in the NBA labor talks. At what age can players declare for the NBA draft? Keep it at 19 (the one-and-dones) or move it to 20? Or 18? Then there are the specifics of the NBA drug testing policies. And the rules in the unlikely…

  11. NBA owners won. Big. But the players can live with it.

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    As the talk starts to build of all the little concessions the NBA players got in the last week to make an NBA labor deal happen in time for games on Christmas day, remember this: The owners won. In a massive way. This is an Attila the Hun sweeping through Eastern Europe kind of win…

  12. NBA Christmas Day openers likely to see finals rematch

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    It’s not official yet (and may not be for a couple weeks) but we have a pretty good idea what the new NBA opening day will look like. Which is exactly what the old Christmas Day schedule looked like. That slate of games was to and most likely will start where the NBA labor talks…

  13. Why a deal now? Pressure from the calendar, mostly

    Nov 26, 2011, 5:02 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    After two years of negotiations, after 149 days of NBA lockout, after so many marathon negotiating sessions that we all lost track, the NBA reached a deal about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s great news, we were all sick of taking BRI and escrow and luxury taxes. But after all that, why now? Because the…

  14. NBA owners, players reach tentative deal, games to begin Dec. 25

    Nov 26, 2011, 3:34 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Finally, we are going to have NBA basketball again. After more than 15 hours of negotiations Friday into Saturday morning (following a week of secretive talks), the NBA owners and players have reached a handshake deal on a new collective bargaining agreement the sides announced. (Ken Berger at CBSSports.com broke the story.) “We’ve reached a…

  15. Friday night videos: Cedric Ceballos drops 50

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    CEDRIC CEBALLOS

    We had Cedric Ceballos on the mind this week, for obvious reasons, and we’re glad he’s recovering. Rightfully most people think of him Suns player, but because I grew up in L.A. I gravitate towards his time as a Laker. I have a real soft spot for the Celballos, Nick Van Exel, Vlade Divac Lakers…

  16. NBA labor meetings rolling along with little word

    Nov 25, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    If you’re desperately looking for good news out of the NBA labor talks, after nearly eight hours of negotiations on Friday there is almost no news out of the room. No news may be good news, or at least a sign that the two sides have gotten serious. There have always seemed to be leaks…

  17. Friday one liners: Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd charity game

    Nov 25, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    kidd-nash

    Like the leftovers you are trying to fashion into meal, here are few things scattered around today we are fashioning into a post. • Up at UC Berkley (what you call Cal) there is a charity game scheduled now for Dec. 10 billed as “Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd” (via the twitter of Yahoo’s Marc…

  18. Video: Kemba Walker reps the Bronx (and some shoes)

    Nov 25, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    As I recall, CBS told the story about how Kemba Walker came out of Soundview and the Bronx to lead UConn to the national championship roughly 3,674,219 times during the NCAA tournament last year. But Under Armour does them one better, showing Walker back in his old neighborhood and talking about what it took to get…

  19. Shane Battier would like to stay in Memphis, but….

    Nov 25, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You know those videos of a piranha feeding frenzy when a cow picks a poor time to walk across the Amazon? That is pretty much what the NBA free agency period will look like after the lockout. Shane Battier is about to be one of those free agents. Memphis wants to keep the band together…

  20. Mullens went to jail to play pickup hoops with prisoners

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    For once, we have a good story out of an NBA player going to prison. Thunder center B.J. Mullens has been going regularly to an Ohio prison this summer and fall to play some pickup basketball. With the prisoners. It’s something he has done before, playing and teaching clinics, as was explained in a fantastic…

  21. Video: Basketball never stops for Durant (well, except….)

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant. Josh Howard

    Kevin Durant‘s marketing this summer is such a coordinated thing of beauty. He is running around the nation playing in every pro-am and charity game he can find, all the time wearing “basketball never stops” shirts. He is selling his love for the game, a great counter to the lockout. He probably does love the…

  22. Dwyane Wade has dancing cameo in Cameron Diaz film

    Nov 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Dwyane Wade can dance? Is he better than Metta World Peace? He apparently was good enough — or at least famous enough — to get a dancing role in a movie. That nugget came out in a Palm Beach Post story about how busy Wade had been this offseason. Into August. A GQ photo shoot…

  23. Russian club will not renew Austin Daye’s contract

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    The Pistons’ Austin Daye packed up in September and was off to Moscow, signing a two-month deal to play with BC Khimki. He learned that life in Moscow is different than where he grew up in Los Angeles The staff at BC Khimki learned they don’t really want to keep Daye around. With his contract…

  24. Stoudemire wants to see Knicks play defense. Don’t we all?

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t come to New York so his wife could have a reality television show, he came there to win. He came to transform the Knicks from a decade of despair back into a team you had to respect. He came before there were other stars there. And he knows the Knicks were basically…

  25. Cavs broadcaster talks LeBron, Ilgauskas’ move to Miami

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas rests his head on the shoulder of LeBron James in Cleveland

    Joe Tait was the Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster for four decades, starting with when the NBA first dropped an expansion team in Cleveland to try and slow the growth of the ABA. Tait has a new book out about his recollections as a broadcaster, and of course there’s plenty of talk about LeBron James, something highlighted…

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