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  1. NBA labor talks break off, no talks scheduled. It’s that bad.

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    Folks, we may not be seeing basketball for a long, long while. NBA fans should be wearing black on Friday in mourning. Saying he was “saddened on behalf of the game” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said that talks had broken off between the NBA owners and its players association. No new talks are scheduled,…

  2. New revenue sharing plan could mean $15 million for teams

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    money

    Revenue sharing between the owners was one of the things at the core of the new labor deal — players wanted to see more of it from the owners so they were not carrying the burden of sacrifices for the smaller markets all by themselves. Smaller market owners demanded it, too. Now a more robust…

  3. Add Barkley to list of people slamming Bryant Gumbel

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Bryant Gumbel did what he set out to do — he got people talking about labor relations in the NBA. People are talking about David Stern and how the owners treat the players. Although, many people are just focusing on Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment more than the substance of his thoughts. (Henry Abbott did a…

  4. Mark Cuban and the art of labor compromise? Apparently.

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, as much or more than any owner, should want the NBA season to start. Every day it is delayed is another day he doesn’t get to hang a banner up and hand Dirk Nowitzki a ring. There is more partying to do. So with the two sides stuck in labor…

  5. Deputy Commissioner Silver calls Gumbel’s comment “outrageous”

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    David Stern has declined to comment on HBO’s Bryant Gumbel comparing him to a “plantation overseer.” Probably wise to take the high road there. But NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver could not totally dodge the question during his remarks to the media after the Board of Governor’s meeting Thursday. He wouldn’t speak for Stern, but…

  6. David Stern sent home from negotiations with the flu

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    David Stern

    I can’t imagine why David Stern’s immune system broke down after 25 hours of negotiations over two days and little sleep. But it has and David Stern was sent home from the NBA Board of Governors meeting and is not expected at Thursday’s negotiating session between the NBA owners and players, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver…

  7. Owners come to agreement on new revenue sharing plan

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The players demanded greater revenue sharing among the owners be part of the labor deal. The small market owners demanded it as well — they wanted the rich guys to share. They got it, a new plan was approved in concept at Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meeting, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told the assembled media.…

  8. Jerry West found Mike Fratello’s offense dull, too

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Jerry West Mike Fratello

    More and more bits from Jerry West’s autobiography are leaking out (here’s a good roundup via KD). With each one, I can’t wait to read the book more and more. While a lot of the anecdotes tie to his time as a player and GM with the Lakers, the Commercial Appeal found some stuff about…

  9. Report: Details of proposed amnesty clause leaked

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    I have no doubt we will see an amnesty clause in the new NBA labor deal being hammered out. There was one in the last deal, there will be one now. The amnesty clause allows teams to take one onerous contract off their books. It’s a way for teams to lower their salary to whatever…

  10. John Wall working on jumper, thinking dunk contest

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall has been one of the stars of the summer. The free flowing, showboat and no defense games from the pro-am circuit cater to his strengths, but there has been something special. He looks healthy and his explosive athleticism is back. He is lightning fast end-to-end. And his jumpshot is falling. I’ve seen Wall…

  11. Mychal Thompson says the players need to take 50/50 deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Mychal Thompson

    For a number of former NBA players, they don’t really get this lockout. Oh, they understand the mechanics of it; they just don’t get exactly what the players are fighting for and why. To them, the players are doing well and 50/50 sounds fair. They sound like many fans. Mychal Thompson, former No. 1 overall…

  12. Jameer Nelson isn’t freaking out about Howard leaving Magic

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

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    Orlando is freaking out. Dwight Howard sounded like a guy with one foot out the door in Esquire Magazine, and Orlando sees history repeating itself. But Jameer Nelson isn’t worried. The point guard and second best Magic player (sorry Hedo, it’s true) told the Orlando Sentinel that Magic fans need to chill, that it wasn’t…

  13. Video: Blake Griffin cannot stop using cars in dunks

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This latest Blake Griffin commercial for Kia is not the best video we’ve run here lately (this is) but it is pretty amusing. So here you are. Griffin came off as pretty stiff in his early commercials, but the very private person seems to be loosening up and letting his sense of humor out more…

  14. Owners, players reportedly closer to figuring out money split

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    AP Money Found

    It’s all about the money. Both sides have tried to tell us that the NBA lockout was about other stuff, but make no mistake it is all about the money. And they may be closer to figuring that out. Multiple reports out of Wednesday’s eight-hour plus bargaining session in New York have said that the…

  15. Bargnani denies rumors of return to Italy, Ashley Madison

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Like pretty much everyone else who has ever been linked to AshleyMadison.com, Andrea Bargnani is denying everything. He doesn’t even know what you are talking about. Bargnani had been linked to a deal with Virtus Roma for $2 million with AshleyMadison.com — a controversial Web site that helps married men and women who want to…

  16. Update: Dirk Nowitzki will throw out first pitch for Game 3

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE 10:01 pm: Bud Selig has seen the mistake, stepped in and has saved the day. Hey, it happens, a broken clock is right twice a day. After seeing the public backlash and realizing they looked like fools, Selig and Major League Baseball stepped in and said “what do you mean we said Dirk Nowitzki…

  17. Video: NBA lockout fundraiser… yes, it’s a joke

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    money

    Since there hasn’t been much to laugh about during the lockout and the recent negotiating sessions, we bring you this from the people at Jest.com. What if players had to fundraise like schools, churches and other organizations to make up the $400 million the two sides have been apart? Watch it, you could use the…

  18. Players, owners see incremental progress on second long day of meetings

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Representatives of the NBA owners and players have sat in the same room with federal mediator George Cohen for more than 24 hours over two days. That will have to do for progress; the two sides do not have a deal yet. But while there was no breakthrough, there was some progress on the key…

  19. Report: Kobe, LeBron to lead stars on world exhibition tour

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    We’ve been hearing rumblings and kind of waiting to see when a huge, star player barnstorming tour would gain some traction. One that features Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and many others. It has — and the fact it gets leaked on a key day of NBA labor negotiations is no coincidence…

  20. Maybe we should let LeBron finish his career before we decide his legacy

    Oct 19, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    Magic Johnson made a lot of friends around the Internet when he smacked around LeBron James the other day. Charles Oakley joined in. Cracking on LeBron as not all he could be has become a national past time. Saying he is not clutch because he doesn’t have a ring has somehow become accepted truth for…

  21. Coach K concerned about how lockout impacts Olympic team

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Right now, Mike Krzyzewski is thinking and talking Duke hoops. That and how to keep the pesky father of Austin Rivers (some guy everyone calls “Doc”) from butting in at team practices. But a few weeks ago he was in Las Vegas with some fellow coaches thinking 2012 London Olympics. Coach K, head coach for…

  22. Hamed Haddadi signs to play in native Iran during lockout

    Oct 19, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    There are a number of NBA players who have signed deals of various lengths overseas — more than 60 now. But this one is a little unique. Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is headed back to his native Iran to play during the NBA lockout. His deal has an opt out to return to the Grizzlies,…

  23. PBT Poll: Do you think there will be an NBA season?

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Even with a well respected federal mediator in the room, things are not going great between the NBA owners and players. The two sides met for 16 hours Tuesday with little real progress to show (but they are back at it Wednesday). Which leads us to wonder: Do you think there will be an NBA…

  24. David Stern’s PR tactics compared to picking up a woman

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA owners are winning the public relations battle. Not because the owners are in the right, they are not. But rather we know the players and can’t relate to them and their salaries, even when they offer to take less money (which they have). Also, David Stern is far better at the PR game…

  25. Moral concerns with sponsor holds up Bargnani to Italy

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Andrea+Bargnani

    For maybe the first time ever, the Vatican may be holding up a basketball signing. We told you yesterday that Virtus Roma was close to signing Andrea Bargnani because they had found a sponsor to pick up the tab — AshleyMadison.com. For those unfamiliar, it is a site designed to help spouses looking to cheat…

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