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  1. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    money

    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  2. Video: Dwight Howard on Extreme Home Makeover

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Extreme Home Makeover has got some NBA touches this season — reportedly Kobe Bryant will make an appearance later this season. But first up on the weekly feel-good show, Dwight Howard. He talks with a basketball-loving young girl who lost a leg saving her sister’s life. It’s about as good a cause as you’re going…

  3. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  4. Drew Gooden taking flight into the wings business

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    GOODEN_DREW

    Drew Gooden has some money to invest — he’s made more than $43 million in his NBA career so far and has the Bucks on the hook for $26.4 million more over four years (hello Gilbert Arenas clause?). He’s investing that in wings. Well, more accurately he’s investing in the idea that the people of…

  5. Brandon Bass raps about the lockout, “billion dollar dreams”

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    Protest music has a long, powerful heritage here in the United States. But it’s a little harder to buy from millionaire NBA players. I’m on their side and I still find the players’ posture in this annoying at best (stop with the “let us play” line, for example, because if you really did just want…

  6. Don’t expect a flood of NBA players to head to Europe now

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    For a lot of players, the reality of the lockout came crashing down on them in the last 24 hours. Those same players have been giving lip service to the idea of heading overseas if the lockout dragged on, and you can bet some agents’ phones rang off the hook Monday night. Those players are…

  7. Charity game may feature “we believe” Warriors vs. current team

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Baron Davis Warriors

    Sadly, it looks like NBA players doing charity games and exhibitions will have to give us our basketball fix for a while. In the Bay Area they have an interesting idea starting to take form, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Apparently, plans are in the works to get a game together between current Warriors and…

  8. Mark Cuban would consider “Dallas Mavericks Network”

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    Television money is part of the reason David Stern and the league shut down the first couple weeks of the NBA season. There are some big new television deals on the horizon — the Lakers have a massive one that kicks in next season, the Celtics just modified theirs, then there is the national TV…

  9. Some very good games lost to lockout. Thanks a lot, guys.

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, 100 NBA games went down the drain. Hang an asterisk on this season — these are games commissioner David Stern said are gone. He said there is no chance of making them up. But what games are we now going to miss? How about…

  10. NBA player reactions to lockout all over twitter

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    twitter-whale

    Through the lockout, the NBA owners have been a monolith — all news from their side comes from David Stern or Adam Silver only. No owners or executives speak on the issue. The players, however, have a lot of voices. And many of those voices get expressed on twitter. Moments after Stern announced the cancellation…

  11. NBA owners take big risk playing fans for fools

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:19 AM EDT

    David Stern

    It would take some real fools to shut down their $4 billion a year business in the middle of the worst recession in generations because the more than $1 billion over six years they just got back from the workers was not good enough. However, the NBA owners are not fools. They think you are.…

  12. NBA cancels first two weeks of season after talks stall out

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    NBA owners and players met for more than seven hours on Monday, but that was not enough to save the start of the season. NBA Commissioner David Stern emerged from the talks, said he was sad then added the first two weeks of the NBA’s regular season have been canceled. Those games were set to…

  13. Want to get some run with Derrick Rose? It could happen Saturday.

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    You ever want to get in some run with Derrick Rose? Half of Chicago just said, “yes, and I can knock down more shots than Rasual Butler, I promise.” Rose is setting up a game for this weekend where some lucky Facebook fans of his are going to get invited in, reports CSNChicago.com. Here is…

  14. Report: NBA owners, players close to deal on mid-level exception

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It’s progress. Not on the core issue that will bring us labor peace, but it’s progress. Right now, we’re not going to look askew at any sign of progress. The NBA owners and players are very close to a deal on a reduced mid-level exception going forward, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. … a source…

  15. Caron Butler says he would consider playing for Heat

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The real point of this story is not Caron Butler, but rather what Caron Butler could represent for the Miami Heat. In speaking with Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, Butler — the free agent last with the Dallas Mavericks and coming off major knee surgery — said he would consider coming back to play for…

  16. NBA players launch “let us play” twitter campaign

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Sunday night at the Drew League vs. Goodman League, the NBA players were on script — they said they just wanted to play. To a man. It was like a mantra repeated in both locker rooms. Monday, they took the campaign to twitter. NBA players starting with union president Derek Fisher and on through LeBron…

  17. Colbert Report puts together ad backing NBA owners

    Oct 10, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    Somebody needs to get the back of those poor, struggling NBA owners. It’s not me, but somebody should have their back. Fortunately, they have the Colbert Report. Some think the nightly Comedy Central show is satire, but the NBA owners will take the support anywhere they can get it. Hat tip to Eye on Basketball.

  18. Kobe wishes he could play with Carmelo Anthony

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Let the New York tabloid speculation begin. Actually, even they likely can’t come up with a reasonable scenario where Kobe Bryant becomes a Knick (not that tabloids make their money on being reasonable). But when asked who Kobe most wants to play with, he named the Knicks Carmelo Anthony (via Hoopsworld). “I would actually like…

  19. What has to happen Monday for an NBA labor deal? A lot.

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Monday in Manhattan, NBA league officials and union leaders will again sit down across the table from each other in a posh hotel and try to hash out a deal — or at least go through the motions of it. If they don’t reach a handshake agreement today the league will cancel the first couple…

  20. Video: Kevin Durant, John Wall show at Drew/Goodman rematch

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Jeff Green

    John Wall and Kevin Durant put on a show at the Pyramid at Long Beach State Sunday night. The Drew League got its revenge, winning 151-144… but really, not to many people cared about that. They came to see NBA stars do their thing. Here are the top 10 plays from the night, and frankly…

  21. Yi Jianlian signs deal to play in China during lockout

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    Yi Jianlian, the second best player to come to the NBA out of China and who played last season for the Washington Wizards, is headed home. Yi has signed a deal to play in China during the lockout. That in and of itself is not a shock — he’s a star over there and had…

  22. American pro hoops player in Europe murdered

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chauncey hardy

    UPDATE 9:45 am: The good news is that a suspect has been arrested in the case. The bad news is it makes this even more senseless (if that is possible). Here is the report via Inside Hoops: Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police early Monday. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar…

  23. Observations from Drew/Goodman payback game

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It was fun. At the end of the day, that’s all you can really take away from the Pyramid on the Long Beach State campus and the Drew League vs. Goodman League rematch. John Wall and Kevin Durant and Nick Young had monster dunks. There were 195 points scored. Fun is all it should be.…

  24. Durant, players at Drew/Goodman say 53% is as low as they go

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    Sunday night in New York, NBA league and union officials negotiated for five hours over steak dinners. They talked a lot about “basketball related income” (or at least let’s hope they did). Three thousand miles way at a gym in Long Beach where the Drew League and Goodman League had their rematch, NBA players were…

  25. Friday night video: Jordan vs. Nique dunk contest highlights

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Jordan Dunk

    This weekend, with a guillotine hanging over the start of the NBA season, players will take part in a couple of celebrity games (LeBron vs. Wade in Miami, Goodman vs. Drew in Los Angeles). We could use the escape and see some actual hoops. And as a reminder of how fun exhibitions can be, we…

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