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  1. Can decertification mean all NBA contracts are void? Not likely.

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Among the arguments David Stern warned the union about when talking about decertification was this — the league would try to invalidate all existing contracts if the union decertified. That’s in the league’s pre-emptive lawsuit against the union trying to block decertification. But can they really? Maybe the better question is, do they really want…

  2. Fisher, Hunter send letter to players explaining process

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:08 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    Usually when you are talking NBA and “disclaimer of interest” we’re talking about Carmelo Anthony and defense. But now we are talking about the legal process and how by the NBA players union filing a disclaimer of interest they are abandoning their place as the negotiating body for the players in getting a new Collective…

  3. Don’t expect President Obama to help with lockout either

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

    kobe-obama-420

    NBA fans desperate for one voice of reason to step in and smack the NBA owners and players to their senses better not look to president Barack Obama for that help. Obama, a huge basketball and NBA fan (who attended Michigan State vs. North Carolina on an aircraft carrier last week), is treating the NBA…

  4. Kevin Durant, other players get serious about Europe now

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:16 PM EST

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Deron Williams (playing in Turkey) and J.R. Smith (China) look pretty smart right about now, don’t they? Now, with the NBA labor talks at the point where the players’ union is dissolving and the chances for an NBA season look bleak, other players want to be smart. A number of players have started talking about…

  5. In fighting for final dollars, league has cost itself much more

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Today I and a lot of NBA fans feel like Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell! The ultimate stupidity of what has happened with the NBA lockout is that in the fight over the system of…

  6. NBA union did not poll players before taking big step Monday

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    There were 30 NBA team player representatives — and about another 20 players total — who were in the room in New York on Monday and they voted unanimously to file a Notice of Disclaimer, essentially decertifying the union. But is that what the full union would have voted to do? Probably not (many think…

  7. Only hope for NBA season is rational negotiations. Which is bad.

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    The courts are not going to solve the NBA lockout. That’s where the process is headed after the union started taking steps to abandon its right to negotiate for the players. Anti-trust lawsuits will follow. Along with plenty of heated rhetoric from both sides. Yet, only one thing can save part of an NBA season…

  8. David Stern calls union’s move “bad negotiating tactic”

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    UPDATE 3:58 pm: Here is commissioner David Stern’s official statement, released by the league: “At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was…

  9. Video: NBA players announce plans to decertify union

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Derek Fish of NBA players association speaks during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Here is the video of union leaders Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, backed by about 50 players, announcing they are rejecting the NBA’s latest offer and planning to decertify the union. Watch the NBA season fade away right before your eyes. Enjoy.

  10. Players vote to reject offer, decertify union. Season likely doomed.

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    This is Armageddon. Nuclear winter is upon NBA fans. The players got together in New York on Monday and not only voted to reject the league’s ultimatum offer, but voted to start the process to decertify the union. “We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down, and as a…

  11. Larry Hughes missed the memo, shows off house and cars

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

    Larry Hughes Bobcats

    There has been a conscious effort during the lockout by the players to not show off their lifestyle. They did not want a repeat of the “we make a lot of money but we spend a lot of money” public relations disasters from the last lockout. It didn’t go over well then, it would be…

  12. Dwight Howard wants Magic to retire Penny’s number

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Anfernee Hardaway #1

    Should the Orlando Magic retire the number No. 1 jersey of Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway? Here are the stats: Hardaway played six years in Orlando, was a four-time All-Star in that span, helped the Magic reach the NBA finals, was two-time First Team All NBA, and along with Shaquille O’Neal helped put the Magic on the…

  13. What issues are union sticking points? Here are a few

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    lock

    When leaders of the NBPA — the NBA’s player union — emerge from a Times Square area hotel on Monday afternoon, I fully expect them to say the people in the room voted to approve a modified version of the league’s latest offer. It makes sense to put the ball in the owners’ court. The…

  14. In latest attempt to sway, David Stern has memo for players

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Say this about David Stern, he knows how to get his spin and story out there. Far better than the union does, with its halting and missteps. Stern wins the PR battle because he is better at it. The latest attempt along those lines — and the latest attempt by Stern and the owners to…

  15. Shaq’s interesting interpretation of his final days in Miami

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal Heat

    The feeling of the people in Miami about Shaquille O’Neal and his book may best be summed up by a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel: There is the truth and then there is Shaq’s spin on his Heat departure. But Shaq’s spin makes for an entertaining read. The chapter of his new…

  16. Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York. Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts: • Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players…

  17. Video: Top 10 plays from Josh Howard’s Dallas charity game

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Another week, another round of charity game highlights featuring Kevin Durant and friends. Josh Howard hosted a charity game in Dallas and the fans were treated to some high flying plays and displays of athleticism. As is a charity game tradition, they were not treated to any defense. Still, this is what we have for…

  18. Allen Iverson can picture himself in Boston green

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    When we were talking about Boston needing a veteran backup point guard for Rajon Rondo, this is not exactly what we had in mind. Allen Iverson — out of the NBA last season but trying to get back in — is interested in playing for the Celtics, his manger Gary Moore told the Boston Globe (via…

  19. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  20. Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter. Worst. Idea. Ever.

    Nov 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    What would be the one thing that could make the situation for the NBA union worse? What one person could find a way to take a terrible situation and turn it into an unmitigated disaster? Hello Isiah Thomas. From rumormonger Peter Vecsey at the New York Post (so please consume this with liberal amounts of salt)…

  21. Friday night video: Who is the NBA’s biggest hipster?

    Nov 11, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    james-harden

    There is nothing in the basketball blogosphere like The Basketball Jones. They are flat out brilliant. They get it. And so for our Friday Night Video tonight features a recent post of theirs that had me laughing. (The fact I’ll see them in the next few days in LA had nothing to do with it.…

  22. Hall of Fame nominees announced. Yes, we see you Reggie.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    reggie-miller

    It’s just the first step — and getting past the first step can lead to controversy. The list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced. It’s an impressive group of people from all across the hoops spectrum (remember, the Hall of Fame is the entire sport,…

  23. Report: NBA union reps meeting set for Monday morning

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    Well, at least we won’t have to wait long for Armageddon. The NBA players’ union team representatives are set to meet in New York at 9 a.m. Monday morning, according to a tweet from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune (talking about Wolves rep Anthony Tolliver). Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter and union leadership will present David…

  24. Tide of players turning against Stern’s latest ultimatum

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    It will not be until the first part of next week that we see officially how the players will respond to the latest ultimatum from David Stern and the owners. But Thursday night union president Derek Fisher seemed hesitant about it, and as Friday wore on more and more players and owners seemed to turn…

  25. Magic Johnson on HIV fight: “I’m happy it was me”

    Nov 11, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    This week marked the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson announcing he was retiring from the NBA because he had HIV. It was as shocking a moment as there has been in sports. But it was also a turning point for our culture — Magic changed the face and perception of HIV and AIDS. People talked…

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