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  1. Stern says owners unified, “vast majority” favor hard cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A few hours after the players told a tale unity it was the owners turn. At least we didn’t have to see a bunch of them in “stand” T-shirts. David Stern emerged from more than four hours of meetings with the NBA owners Thursday and said that despite reports to the contrary the owners are unified.…

  2. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  3. NBA players’ union stresses unity after meeting

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter didn’t lead the players in a rendition of “Kumbaya” at the post-meeting press conference, but it was pretty close. After stalled out negotiations with the league followed by days of stories about how a group of powerful agents are trying to force decertification on the NBA players union — to break up…

  4. NBA owners reach labor deal… with referees. Sorry.

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal. The bad news is it’s with the referees. We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot…

  5. Ginobili thinking about Italy, Diaw thinking about France

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    With the current stalemate in NBA labor discussions, guys who were casually considering going to Europe to play during the lockout are suddenly not so casual. They aren’t ready to commit to a relationship yet (what man is?) but things are getting serious. That includes Manu Ginobili, the Spurs star who just led his native…

  6. Celtics assistant coach saves man’s life at pick-up game

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics,

    One Boston area hoopster is lucky that Celtics strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo plays pickup in the same place. Doo (in the back of this classic picture stretching out Sam Cassell) was playing some ball at the Hyde Park Community Center in Newton Wednesday and he stepped forward when a man passed out, according…

  7. Thunder, Magic players plan own mini-camp workouts

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Not everybody is going to Las Vegas to workout and play in a few games. While the “lockout league” is drawing the headlines it’s not drawing all the stars or even all the big teams. There are teams running their own minicamps, including the Thunder and Magic. The Thunder’s are doing their own mini-camp this…

  8. Fisher sends letter to NBA players stating case, smacking agents

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    NBA players union president Derek Fisher is making his case directly to the players. And he’s trying to get control of Thursday’s NBA players meeting in Las Vegas before it even starts. Fisher sent a letter to every NBA player Thursday, one that was leaked to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. (Fisher said in the…

  9. Kevin Johnson to run for re-election as Sacramento mayor

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    Without Kevin Johnson, we would be talking about the Anaheim Royals right now, not the Sacramento Kings. The team would have been on the move. The former NBA player is the mayor of Sacramento and made an impassioned plea to league owners to give him a year to both rally community support and get plans…

  10. Warriors set date to retire Chris Mullin’s jersey. Finally.

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin HOF

    Wednesday night in the Bay Area the owners of the Golden State Warriors threw a party for season ticket holders to get them excited about the team and its direction. What would really get fans excited is to know there will be a season, but the owners couldn’t talk about that. What would get the…

  11. Lakers owners good with revenue sharing, hard salary cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The NBA players union keeps waiting for the owners to crack. We know there are divisions between the hawks — owners that want to radically alter the league’s financial structure — and the doves that want to get on with the season. We know larger markets have concerns about revenue sharing proposals. There are divisions.…

  12. Talks with “handful” of potential Hornets buyers to start soon

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    new-orleans-hornets logo

    The NBA’s economic model is so broken that wealthy potential owners of new franchises keep lining up despite the league being locked out. That includes people willing to buy and keep the New Orleans Hornets in the Crescent City, despite that having been a tough NBA market for decades. Talks with potential owners are going…

  13. Players union pushes back on agents talking decertification

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Here is the bottom line — the division between the leaders of the NBA players union and agents pushing for decertification of the NBA players union is bad news for players trying to keep as much of the old system as they can in these labor negotiations. Divided they will fall. Hard. Which is why…

  14. Video from Vegas: Speights does bad things to McGee

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Marreese Speights

    Sixers big man Marreese Speights has been one of the best players out at the “lockout league” — otherwise known as the Impact Competitive Training Series — in Las Vegas. He was again on Wednesday, despite having to go up against rising star JaVale McGee (who was there playing with teammate John Wall). Speights did…

  15. NFL union’s DeMaurice Smith will speak to NBA players Thursday

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Bud Light And Marcus Allen Launch NFL Fan Camp

    I’ll take “Stars from other lockouts” for 200 Alex… Apparently DeMaurice Smith is a lockout junky. Can’t get enough. You remember Smith from the NFL lockout — he is the head of the NFL Players Association. Well, he’s back. Smith is set to speak to the NBA players at their meeting Thursday in Las Vegas,…

  16. John Wall lights up the “lockout league” in Las Vegas

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    John Wall

    The first few days of the “lockout league” in Las Vegas — officially named the Impact Competitive Training Series but the nickname stuck — has been pretty interesting, but it lacked real star power. Wednesday, John Wall showed up. As he has been doing all summer long at pro-am leagues, Wall showed up and showed…

  17. Players sound pessimistic on chances for deal anytime soon

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    derek Fisher

    Thursday in Las Vegas, players union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter are going to face some tough questions from their rank and file constituents in a closed meeting — it will be 77 days since the lockout started and the players feel like negotiations are at square one. Basically because they are.…

  18. Francisco Garcia sues exercise ball maker for a broken arm

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

    Francisco_Garcia

    It was training camp in 2009 and Francisco Garcia of the Kings was doing something you see a lot — lifting weights while balancing on a stability ball. Work on strength and balance at once. Garcia was on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball. Turns out, not so burst resistant. The ball burst and…

  19. Joe Johnson’s shoe closet is larger, nicer than your apartment

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This is what can happen when guys get max contracts and feel the need for some home improvements — Joe Johnson’s shoe closet is nicer and more secure than your apartment. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. It’s 500-square feet and custom built. The Hawks swingman is part of the Jordan Brand, so you…

  20. Chris Bosh is mature, Skip Bayless is… well, Skip Bayless

    Sep 14, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Here’s why ESPN’s Skip Bayless doesn’t bother me — his job is to be the agitator. He is supposed to go on television and say outlandish things that make you mad (and sometimes glad) and you get pissed at him, then you turn him on again the next day. Those are also the reasons I…

  21. Spain advances, Lithuania upset in EuroBasket quarterfinals

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Bo McCalebb

    All tournament long, teams have seemed to underestimate Macedonia. Now you can add Lithuania to the list after an upset Wednesday — and that means Lithuania has given itself a long road to even get into the London Olympics next summer. Here are the results from the first two knockout round quarterfinal games at EuroBasket…

  22. Roger Mason admits what we all knew, his twitter wasn’t hacked

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    Well Roger Mason, how u? Last week, Roger Mason Jr. — players union vice president, recent Knick and current free agent — tweeted something that created a firestorm. “Looking like a season. How u.” That quote fed the optimism growing around the NBA’s labor talks last week (optimism that got crushed on  Tuesday). But within…

  23. What the Thunder should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Oklahoma City is out latest stop on our “what your team needs to do when the lockout ends” tour. To see the teams already covered (we’re working our way through the Western Conference right now) click here. Last season in Oklahoma City: We saw growth. The young Thunder team took the steps forward we all expected…

  24. How a hard salary cap could hurt team play in the NBA

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    basketball shot

    We know what a lot of you think — the NBA is filled with a bunch of ball-hogs playing isolation hoops every time down. There is no team play. Wrong. Certainly not true of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, where teamwork make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Or there is Phil…

  25. LeBron played a little flag football with strangers in NYC

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    LeBron Sunglasses

    LeBron James would have made a good tight end — he has the size, the quickness, the soft hands, the athleticism. Based on financial results he made a wise decision going with the whole basketball thing, but he loves football. I’ll add there are not a lot of guys you see in an NBA locker…

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