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  1. Derrick Rose passenger in car stopped for DUI Friday

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    While you were sleeping last night — well, we assume you were sleeping but we’re not going to ask — Derrick Rose was hanging out in a Hollywood police station. Rose was not arrested, not charged with any wrongdoing. But he was not in a good place Thursday night into Friday morning. TMZ has the…

  2. Beasley is doing ballet. Oh, and he hired a PR firm to help his image.

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley is working on a transformation. Of himself, of his image. It’s going to take a lot of work. And a lot of time. He was arrested this summer for marijuana possession and pushed a guy in the face in a New York street ball game, two things that didn’t help the cause. But…

  3. Carmelo Anthony looks for place to host NYC charity game

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Well, it looks like we’ll have more time for All-Star filled charity games and international exhibition tours. So Carmelo Anthony is looking to bring a big one to the New York area… he just needs to find a venue, reports the New York Post. The problem is that Madison Square Garden is out (home to…

  4. Charles Oakley smacks around Knicks, D’Antoni for fun

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    chares-oakley

    We told you the other day how Charles Oakley piled on LeBron James, joining a long line of former players and fans who do that (Charles Barkley is their front man). But that was just part of a whole interview of Oakley being Oakley, which you can find at SLAM. One other part of interest…

  5. NBA letting arenas book on NBA dates in December

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    staples-center

    Even before NBA labor negotiations went south yesterday and union president Derek Fisher walked in the room and called the owners liars, there were ominous signs. The league has started to let NBA areas fill in NBA dates with other events as far out as December. At least they have at the Staples Center in…

  6. So long as NBA hardliners drive bus, labor talks will crash

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:24 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    When NBA labor talks broke down 17 days ago, the owners blamed it on Kevin Garnett. And Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce, but mostly KG and his legendary glare. The two sides had been making progress in talks, but those three NBA stars came in and drew a hard line at 53 percent of basketball…

  7. NBA players take to Twitter to make their case, call owners greedy

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    twitter-whale

    It’s really hard for the NBA players to win the public relations war. I think they are in the right, that the owners are not really negotiating in good faith. But at the end of the day, if the players took the owners deal they’d make more than 99 percent of Americans and that makes…

  8. Mediator says “no useful purpose” to continue labor talks

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    Federal mediator George Cohen addresses the media in New York

    The reviews of federal mediator George Cohen from both sides out of the 30 hours of NBA labor negotiations this week were positive. They said he was able to take the emotions out of the talks, made progress on smaller issues and tried to build momentum to big ones. Then it all blew apart today,…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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