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

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:08 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:35 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 6:01 PM EST

    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…

  15. David Stern’s NBA deadline passes… and they are still talking

    Nov 9, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    David Stern threw down an ultimatum last Saturday night (early Sunday morning, actually) — accept our deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday or we are going to replace it with a deal so bad for players we might as well cancel the season. Okay, he didn’t say anything about canceling the season, but he might as…

  16. Stephon Marbury takes virtual swings at Jordan on Twitter

    Nov 9, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    marbury_china

    The venom players have directed at Michael Jordan and his role as a lockout hardliner continue. They are frustrated witha  guy that stays quiet in meetings then talks tough later. Nick Young said hewouldn’t wear Jordan-brand shoes any longer and question the GOAT. And now Stephen Marbury has entered the fray with his usual subtleness. Marbury…

  17. Video: Forget the NBA lockout, Andy Richter talks fall foliage

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:56 PM EST

    Colored leaves can be seen in the tree t

    We could all use a little laugh, a little levity while we wait for word from the NBA owners and players union as they try to save the NBA season and start acting like adults. For that, we turn to Team Coco — the Conan O’Brien show. There Andy Richter does a bit talking sports,…

  18. Agents make empty threat to steer players away from hardliners

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    In a lockout filled with — at times seemingly defined by — empty threats, this is my new favorite. There are agents and players out there very frustrated with the hardline NBA owners. Understandably. Those are the owners who think even the 50/50 deal the sides are close to making is too soft a play.…

  19. Video: Top 10 plays from Rudy Gay charity game Tuesday

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    We already brought you one highlight from the Rudy Gay All-Star charity game in Memphis, but we thought we’d bring you the Terrico White highlight video that is the rest of it. These kind of no defense, wide open games suit White well. And he stole the show over LeBron James, Josh Selby and others.…

  20. Whip count: Which owners are good with 50/50 deal?

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    We’ve heard for a couple days that the owners remain a divided group — if the players accepted David Stern’s offer (which they did not, but the sides are talking again) the owners vote would be 16-13 in favor of the deal. (There are 29 owners because the league had to buy back the Hornets.)…

  21. If no deal soon, Kyrie Irving says he is going overseas. Right.

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Ahhh, rookies. It really takes some time to learn the timing of the NBA. Whether it is when to make a pass to a cutting player — the players move faster and the windows are smaller in the NBA — or how to act off the court, it takes some getting used to. Which brings…

  22. Video: LeBron James, Kevin Durant train together

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    In some fans’ minds, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are polar opposites on the NBA spectrum. Durant represents what is “good” — staying with you team, being humble — and LeBron represents the NBA player ego run amok. Of course, it’s not that clean and simple (LeBron stayed in Cleveland at the same point in…

  23. Union attorney apologizes for “plantation” comments

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    David Stern

    At a time when rational minds could get a deal done between the NBA and its players, union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — already disliked by David Stern and the owners — came in with a flamethrower saying the owners treat players like “plantation workers.” Stern threw some fire right back at Kessler. Wednesday, Kessler said…

  24. Report: Stern has authority to “tweak” owners’ offer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Apparently there is some wiggle room. It’s not going to be much, the question is will it be enough? Tuesday the players rejected the owners take-it-or-leave it offer saying they wanted more talks and some changes on system issues. NBA Commissioner David Stern can make some minor tweaks to the owners offer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  25. NBA owners, players to meet Wednesday afternoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You knew — or at least hoped — the two sides would sit down one more time and talk before David Stern’s self-imposed deadline. We’ll see if it does any good, but the two sides will meet around 1 p.m. Eastern in New York according to multiple reports (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke it). The league…

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