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  1. Players, agents may begin union decertification Friday

    Nov 11, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    They have the signatures. A band of agents has had the more than 130 signatures needed from players to request the decertification of the union for most of this week, but they sat on it out of respect for the ongoing negotiations. After watching the outcome of another round of talks, those agents and players…

  2. Stern gives players new ultimatum offer for 72-game season

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    One week later, after nearly 23 hours of talks over two days, we are back almost in the same place we were last weekend, save that the consequences seem more dire. Thursday night David Stern and the owners presented a new take-it-or-leave-it proposal to the union (the details of which we have few of yet but…

  3. If they do get a deal, how many NBA games will there be?

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    From the day that we see Billy Hunter and David Stern shake hands, it’s going to take at least 30 days to get the NBA regular season started. Which means solve it soon and we can still have hoops on Christmas. But how many games in the regular season would we see? The NBA will…

  4. Someone stole Shawn Bradley’s custom bike, got caught

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Shawn Bradley, Chris Webber

    Former NBA center Shawn Bradley is 7’6” — he loves to ride a bicycle with his family but he needed one custom made to fit him. He got a special frame made that is 50 percent larger than the one on that bike you own. So if you are six-foot tall Joshua Carter, how do…

  5. Author: Shaquille O’Neal’s father abused him as a child

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Through all the entertaining anecdotes in the new Shaquille O’Neal book about his clashes with Kobe Bryant (and Pat Riley and LeBron James and Big Baby and…) there is another, darker episode. There is Shaq’s upbringing, and how his father physically and mentally abused him. Like punching him in the face out of the blue…

  6. Reports of labor deal being struck premature, talks continue

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    Former NBA executive Dave Checketts — the former GM of the Jazz and a guy once up the corporate ladder at Madison Square Garden — went on ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City and said that he has heard the NBA owners and players have reached framework deal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That…

  7. LeBron, Durant to face off in flag football (if nothing else)

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Durant football

    Who knows when we will see LeBron James and Kevin Durant on the court. Well, in a game that matters anyway. But we will see them face off on the gridiron. Both LeBron and Durant took a detour this summer onto a football field, LeBron challenged Durant to a game,  now we have this, as…

  8. Report: If no deal by end of Friday, things could get really ugly

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    lockout

    NBA owners and players are back at it, more than four hours into a Thursday meeting (as of this writing) following a 12-hour session on Wednesday. Wednesday was the deadline day of David Stern’s “reset” offer — one that would almost certainly kill the season if the owners really stuck with it — but he…

  9. Thanks to lockout, Heat owner has a lot of LeBron’s money

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Sometimes, you really wonder about the people who advise LeBron James. And Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, in this case. Let’s take a step back. Remember how earlier today we passed along information about the Heat’s Mike Miller selling his Miami area home, and how that is a sign he (and everyone else) thinks the…

  10. Is the NBA lockout illegal in Canada? Maybe…

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    toronto

    I have a better chance of explaining string theory to you than I do the intricacies of Canadian labor law. But TrueHoop today pointed us toward a fascinating post from a Canadian law blog talking about the NBA lockout. It is possible the NBA lockout — while certainly legal here in the United States —…

  11. Suns’ Pietrus tries ancient Chinese secrets to get knee right

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus missed the last dozen games of last season due to a knee injury then missed playing for the French national team this summer because he needed a surgery to clean up that knee. But that may not have been enough, so Pietrus has turned to Eastern medicine. No, not like Boston east, I…

  12. Rick Barry thinks the players should fold, Hunter is disaster

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    rick-barry

    This is why Rick Barry did not get the job as president of the National Basketball Players Association. The Hall of Fame player and legendary Warrior thinks the players are basically powerless, need to fold and take the deal the owners offered. Really, he thinks the players should have taken the painful deal the owners…

  13. First victim of NBA amnesty clause? Mike Miller’s house

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    There are still questions about what the NBA labor deal will finally look like, but you can be sure that an amnesty clause will be part of it. Teams will get the chance to release one player and wipe his contract off their books (the player will still get paid). The Miami Heat are likely…

  14. Kareem says Shaq didn’t get help because he didn’t ask

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Among the seemingly countless interesting bits coming out of Shaquille O’Neal’s new book — hitting stores next week, if you still buy your books in stores — were some swipes at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Shaq said that Kareem offered him no help through his NBA career. Which seems believable because Kareem is a bit standoffish. But…

  15. Talking one-and-done with guys who did it

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    Part of the NBA labor talks — the part they are going to get to after they figure out the money and system stuff that have taken 133 days and are still not solved — is discussing the NBA’s age limit. The players are not huge fans. The owners are very committed and many would…

  16. What stands in way of deal? Issues around high-spending teams.

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    We’re on the cusp of an NBA labor deal and games, but we’re not all the way there. What stands in the way comes down to this — the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title last season with the third highest payroll in the league, and the Lakers the two titles before that with payroll…

  17. Iverson’s Vegas showcase game postponed due to lockout progress

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    We’re welcoming signs of progress in the NBA labor talks anywhere we can get them. Even if they come at Allen Iverson’s expense. Iverson was planning a Las Vegas showcase game featuring a number of NBA stars, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 6-7 next year, reports the Detroit Free Press. It’s the…

  18. Video: Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire hang with Grover

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    You know you’ve made it in New York when you get invited to do Sesame Street. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire have made it, this is a clip from a new Sesame Street episode set to air Friday morning (check your local listings). No, ‘Melo and Grover do not count to 18.5 million together (that’s…

  19. NBA owners, players undersell progress because it is fragile

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Last time there was optimism about an NBA labor deal, David Stern was standing in the back of the union press conference joking with Billy Hunter, and the words “striking distance” were thrown around. Then it all blew up. Wednesday night — really, Thursday morning — after 12 hours of talks that again led to…

  20. No deal yet, but NBA owners, players back at it Thursday

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Today, the NBA passed the NFL — but maybe it will not be by much. The NFL lockout went for 132 days and on the 132nd day of the NBA lockout the owners and players met for 12 hours but it was not enough to get a deal done. However, the two sides will get…

  21. Everyone cautious, but optimism abounds that NBA deal near

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Everyone is cautious — we’ve all been here before. We’ve all been Charlie Brown running up to kick the football when Lucy (played by David Stern) pulls the ball away and we go flying through the air, crashing on our backs. Even writing this post feels like talking about a no-hitter in the eighth inning.…

  22. Franchise value — the other way the owners win labor talks

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    When the NHL lost a season due to lockout, the operative phrase used by the owners was “cost certainty.” The NBA owners were smarter about their spin and disguised it as “competitive balance” but the idea of controlling team spending has been the same. One thing that happened for NHL owners when the lockout ended…

  23. Video: Watch Kevin Durant throw a football, play some hoops

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    This is the latest edition of the “behind the scenes” Kevin Durant 35th Hour series. This time around Durant heads back to his alma mater for a football game and plays in one of the roughly 892 charity games he played in this summer. Plus, we have a Justin Bieber sighting. Seriously. The series is…

  24. Forbes wants you to know they still don’t buy owners’ math

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    It has been one of the more interesting sidebars to the entire NBA lockout: From the start the NBA owners have said they lost $300 million last year, $400 million the year before and money pretty much every year in the past decade. The players and plenty of others have called that, um, well let’s…

  25. Man sentenced to six months for NBA office bomb threats

    Nov 9, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    One year ago in July, Jose Quesada was arrested for calling in bomb threats to the NBA league offices in New Jersey (where he had been a security guard). He later pled guilty. Tuesday he was sentenced, according to the Jersey Journal at NJ.com (via Eye on Basketball). An Elizabeth man who formerly worked for…

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