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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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”…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. NBA labor talks resume Friday with Fisher, escrow talk

    Nov 25, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Friday talks will resume as the NBA owners and players try to reach a labor deal in time to save games on Christmas and have a 66-game season. After talks have seemed close to a deal so many times only to blow up it’s hard to get too optimistic, but there seems to be a…

  23. Report: Kings guard Tyreke Evans signs to play in Italy

    Nov 25, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    And the list of quality players signing overseas during the lockout continues. Tyreke Evans, the guard that is one of the cornerstones of the Sacramento Kings rebuilding effort has signed to play with Virtus Roma in Italy for the remainder of the NBA lockout, reports Sportando. No word yet on what he will be paid,…

  24. Report: Lamar Odom agrees to play in Turkey during lockout

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:50 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Only Billy Hunter and David Stern can now save us from “Khloe & Lamar in Istanbul.” There may be no greater reason to resolve the lockout and get the NBA players back to work. Lakers forward Lamar Odom has reached a deal to play with Besiktas in Turkey, joining the team that already has Deron…

  25. Video: Globetrotters, Dude Perfect and some crazy shots

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Globetrotters

    For your Thanksgiving evening entertainment, how about a trick shot video with Dude Perfect (you’ve seen them here before) and the Harlem Globetrotters. How you going to beat that? NFL football? Ha. (Okay, maybe that is better.) Best part for me, that is Amazing Race veteran Big Easy trying to hit the fishing pole shot.…

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