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  1. Players file first antitrust suit in Minnesota, official one in California

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:29 PM EST

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    Well, the NBA is in the courts now, not on the courts. Four players — Anthony Tolliver, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler and recent No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams (who does not yet have an NBA contract) — became the first plaintiffs in a players suit to challenge the lockout on antitrust grounds. This first…

  2. Video: CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks missed NBA paychecks

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 PM EST

    AP Money Found

    Tuesday would have been the first payday of the first payday of the year for NBA players — as of today they are missing paychecks. How much money are we talking? CNBC’s Darren Rovell breaks it out for some of the big names and yes, Kobe Bryant just missed a more than $1 million payday.…

  3. Video: Blake Griffin vs. Kevin Love: The Jenga rematch

    Nov 15, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Smart marketing folks over at Jenga/Hasbro (okay, whoever Jenga/Hasbro hires to do their marketing… as an aside wouldn’t you love to have Jenga business cards, just your name on those blocks of wood?). They saw ESPN’s “Jenga War” video with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love around the ESPYs and they said “we should make a…

  4. Blazers owner will enjoy prime spot for his “megayacht” at Olympics

    Nov 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    File this under the “any time I think the players can wait out the owners slap me”… Lockout hardliner and Trail Blazers owner — not to mention Microsoft co-founder — Paul Allen is going to enjoy the Olympics in London next summer like the rest of us. Heck, it might well be the next time…

  5. Baron Davis making documentary on decline in men’s fashion. Top that.

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    What have you done with your lockout vacation? Fly around the nation playing in every pro/am or celebrity game you could find? Travel through Asia selling shoes and playing in exhibition games? Attend a lot of meetings in New York that went nowhere? Baron Davis has you all beat. One of the NBA’s leading hipsters…

  6. Add Samardo Samuels to list of guys frustrated with union

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    There are plenty of NBA players grumbling about the NBPA’s move to file a disclaimer of interest and move the lockout to the courts. But only a few are willing to make those concerns public. There are a few out there, and you can add Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels to that list, as he told…

  7. Iverson tells lawyer to “go to hell,” gets lawsuit dismissed

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson got a win Tuesday. A federal judge in Detroit has dismissed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Iverson, tied to an incident in a bar from 2009. That’s good for Iverson, but it’s not really the best part of this story. The Detroit News (via Deadspin) got a hold of Iverson’s deposition at the…

  8. Would lost season increase chances Kings move to Anaheim?

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

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    You want to know why NBA owners were willing to cut off the Maloof brothers at the knees, block a Kings move to Anaheim and give Sacramento one more shot to keep its only major league sports franchise? Yesterday. The owners have understood from the start this was going to be a long and ugly…

  9. Gasol brothers lead today’s list of players looking overseas

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

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    Barcelona — already one of the powerhouse clubs of European basketball — could become dominant thanks to the NBA season winding its way toward oblivion. Both Gasol brothers — the Lakers Pau and the Grizzlies’ Marc — could sign to play for the club as the NBA cancels the season. That is the big news…

  10. Shaq compares LeBron, Wade in clutch; smacks Bosh

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    It’s Tuesday, time for another installment of “Shaquille O’Neal smacks someone is his book.” Chris Bosh, come on down, you’re the next contestant. Here is what Shaq wrote about the third wheel of the Miami Heat, as reported by Ethan Skolnick in the Palm Beach Post (via I am a GM). “Some guys come into the…

  11. Major NBA sponsor MillerCoors cuts off payments during lockout

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Tuesday — November 15 — would have been the first day that NBA players had gotten paychecks if there were an NBA season. It’s not a huge shock we got this far. Some owners wanted the players to feel the pain of missed money, thinking the players would cave when it happened. (The players response…

  12. Some players have not felt ‘in the loop’ with union

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

    Glen Davis, Antonio McDyess

    When NBA union director Billy Hunter asked for a show of hands in a New York hotel on Monday it was unanimous. All the guys in the room backed the idea of the union filing a “disclaimer of interest” and taking the fight to the courts. But for some rank-and-file players who would rather just get…

  13. It was players’ idea to decertify, but did they really understand?

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

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

    How did this all go down? How did a Monday meeting where the union representatives were expected to reject the latest offer from the owners and make a counter proposal turn into dissolving the entire union and likely blowing up the NBA season with it? The whole idea came from the players… well, if you…

  14. Agents may sue league on behalf of locked out rookies

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

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    If there is one group of sympathetic players in this unsympathetic lockout situation, it’s the just drafted rookies — guys who came out of college (or over from Europe) to live their NBA dream, only to be locked out. They exist in a limbo: locked to teams but without contracts, not yet part of the…

  15. So now what happens with NBA lockout? Here’s a guide.

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Time to be up front — we’re not sure how this is all going to play out. Part of the goal of the union rejecting the owners’ latest offer and filing a “disclaimer of interest” (to be followed by antitrust lawsuits against the league) was to throw some uncertainty into the process. To shake the…

  16. Report: Casspi signs to play with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

    Omri Casspi

    There are going to be a lot of NBA players looking to go overseas and a lot of players are going to be surprised that there are not a lot of spots. But a few guys are going to get spots. And Cavs forward Omri Casspi (remember the Kings traded him on draft night) is…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:16 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

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    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…

  22. 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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

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