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  1. Rockets draftee Motiejunas sees lockout, will stay in Europe

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA v Lithuania - 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship

    This was one of the reasons you saw a lot of teams drafting international players in this year’s draft. Rockets first round pick Donatas Motiejunas has gotten a look at the NBA lockout situation and decided to stay and develop for another year in Italy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Motiejunas expects to accept an…

  2. Players proposed barnstorming tour of China gains Kobe

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    1st Annual Cartoon Network's "Hall Of Game" Awards - Show

    We told you the other day how the Wasserman Media Group was proposing a barnstorming tour of China next fall by NBA players if the lockout is still dragging out. The Los Angeles Times tells us Kobe Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka is thinking the same thing — and that would give a tour real star…

  3. Report: How NBA owners turn profits into paper losses

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    UPDATE July 2, 11:10 am: We need to make you aware of some flaws in the accounting used by Deadspin (and repeated here) in their original post that was the basis of this one. However, I don not believe it changes the overall theme that completely legal and widely accepted general accounting principles allow an…

  4. Gilbert Arenas makes the lockout simple for everyone

    Jul 1, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    In case you are not sure exactly why the NBA is locking out, you should read our Q&A explanation… which is the best we can do. Gilbert Arenas probably did it better on twitter (@agentzeroshow). SBN collected his 140 characters into paragraphs for us, and he gets it (from a players perspective). For the people…

  5. Lockout nearly forces Bosh to rearrange wedding seating chart

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    We told you earlier today, the NBA is VERY serious about the whole “teams cannot contact players during the lockout” thing. If you’re the team PR guy and you just happen to run into a player at the grocery store, you have to file a notice with the league. But what happens when the two…

  6. NBA agents are pessimistic about quick end to lockout

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Few have as much at stake without a seat at the table as NBA agents. It’s their direct livelihood being discussed, how they can do their job, but they have no real say. And you’d be hard to find a more pessimistic group about how long this lockout is going to drag out. Look what…

  7. How the NBA lockout will impact Olympic qualifying

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    London Olympics bid are on the line all over the globe this summer — at Eurobasket in Lithuania, at the Americas tournament in Argentina, plus events in Africa and other spots around the globe. And the NBA lockout could impact all of it. Among the things that went away with the NBA lockout was the…

  8. With lockout, NBA risks killing hard-won momentum

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The owners and players are walking a fine line. They both want a financial deal that is good for them not just next year but for the next five plus years — and this year’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will end up being the basis of the next deal, too. Both sides have a lot of…

  9. Brian Scalabrine serious about taking his talents to Europe

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    We told you it’s not going to be as easy as some players think for them to just jump over to Europe and play as the lockout drags on. But if you’re a free agent who is willing to commit to a couple of years in Europe, it may work out. Meet Brian Scalabrine, in…

  10. Durant says NBA players not going to give in

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-union

    We bring you another show of NBA player unity… but frankly we have questions about how well that is going to hold up long term. Kevin Durant doesn’t want to hear any of that, as he told the Associated Press. “We’re going to stand up for what we have to do, no matter how long…

  11. Video: LeBron James dunks on youth camper

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Finally, LeBron James exploited a mismatch inside and attacked the rim. Of course, it was a month after the season was over and it was what appears to be an 11-year-old at a youth basketball camp. The home video is below — James misses a couple of wide-open jump shots (insert your own joke about…

  12. Lakers Brown opts out of deal, to test free agency

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    Image (1) Brown_dunk-thumb-250x166-11742.jpg for post 1998

    One last little transaction move before the lockout took all the fun of summer… Lakers guard Shannon Brown opted out of the second year of his deal, leaving $2.4 million on the table to become a free agent. This was expected, he’s going to test the market. Brown wants a multi-year deal under whatever the…

  13. Krstic: NBA players will not be flocking to Europe

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    It is every player’s favorite threat — “I can always play in Europe.” Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, a ton of players have pulled out the Euro card as an option. It’s not really an option, not like they think. So warns Nenad Krstic, who spent the last several seasons in the NBA (Thunder…

  14. Kobe Bryant has experimental therapy on his knees

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant’s knees are not good. He sat out practices most of last season to rest them (which might have helped cause his team’s poor execution under pressure in the playoffs). But he is getting close to bone-on-bone and there is only so much the doctors can do. At the time Lakers trainer Gary Vitti…

  15. About Antonio McDyess retiring… maybe not

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    When we last saw Spurs veteran big man Antonio McDyess we were talking about how the surprising first-round ouster of the team meant he was walking away from the game with a sour taste in his mouth. But he did say, “This was my last game.” Or not. Turns out the two sides want to…

  16. League tells teams contact with player means $1 million fine

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    lockout

    The NBA is not kidding around about this lockout stuff. The league has told the owners and team officials that any contact with a player during the lockout will bring a $1 million fine on the organization, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN. Marc Spears of Yahoo provides even more details on the contact ban.…

  17. Jamison says players more unified than last lockout

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    This lockout is going to end when the two sides decide the pain of taking the deal on the table is less than the pain of the lockout. That pain just gets worse as things go along (especially if games, and with it revenue and paychecks, are lost). That is particularly true of the players.…

  18. With NBA lockout there are plenty of losers, but it starts with fans

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    The NBA locks out and there are tons of losers. It’s not the owners and the players. Sure, they are shooting their own business in the foot, but when it is all said and done the owners will be insanely wealthy and the players will still make a lot of money playing a game. It’s…

  19. So how does this lockout get resolved?

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The lockout just started, and I’m pretty much done with it. So how does this thing get resolved? Sadly, it’s going to take some time, but a couple of factors need to come together. There needs to be pressure on both sides to strike a deal. No real contract negotiations — whether you are talking…

  20. The clock strikes midnight — NBA lockout officially begins

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    At midnight Eastern the preverbal padlocks were slapped on the doors of NBA facilities and the players were locked out. Players can’t workout at NBA facilities. There is no July free agency. There is no summer league. There are rookies not getting instruction, long shot free agents not able to prove their worth to teams.…

  21. NBA Lockout Q&A: PBT explains it all (well, almost)

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Welcome to the NBA lockout. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, you’re going to be here a while. If we’re all lucky it will be for just the summer, but it could be longer. Much longer. I understand you all have questions about how we got here, where we are at and what is…

  22. Already war of words started: union attorney disputes Stern

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Welcome to the first of what will be an ongoing summer session of “the other side misrepresented our position” posts. We’re trying to come up with a catchy name for them. The honor of going first goes to the players union. David Stern came out of the mostly-for-show final negotiating session between the players and…

  23. Hilton Armstrong to sign with French team for next season

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Armstrong_Hilton

    This isn’t exactly the exodus of big name players to Europe because of the lockout we were all talking about, but we pass it along anyway. Hilton Armstrong has agreed to terms to play for ASVEL of the French league next season, according to Sportando. Armstrong played a limited role for the Wizards and Hawks…

  24. It’s official: Owners tell players there will be a lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    This is a sad day for the NBA. We all knew it was coming. Frankly, everyone has been expecting this for a couple of years now, you could see the storm clouds gathering for that long. It doesn’t make it feel any better. And things are only going to get worse in the short term.…

  25. Glen Davis wants to stay with Celtics, but…

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis is going to be a free agent at midnight. Not that he can do much about it, not until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Whenever that does happen, Davis told the Boston Herald he wants to remain with the Celtics. But things are far too unpredictable right now… “Man, I…

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