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  1. Union player reps to meet, want negotiations with owners

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:24 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    David Stern threw out an ultimatium — agree to our deal by Wednesday or come Thursday you get a much worse offer from us. (Stern doesn’t want to call it an ultimatum, but that’s exactly what it is.) There are three player and union reactions to this, and those reactions are where we stand Monday…

  2. Video: Curry, Richardson highlight “We Believe” game

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    stephen curry

    “We Believe” was back for one night in the Bay Area. A charity game pitting some from the 2007 Warriors team that knocked off Dallas in the playoffs took on the current Warriors over the weekend. Stephen Curry was your star, dropping a triple-double, but beloved Warrior Jason Richardson had a big game and Corey…

  3. Union leaders to talk, just don’t expect a vote on Stern’s plan

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    We know one thing that will not come out of Monday’s teleconference of NBA players’ union leadership — a vote on David Stern’s ultimatium. Union sources have said the leadership is not going to present Stern’s offer – a 49-51 percent band on basketball related income, a mini mid-level exception for tax paying teams (but…

  4. 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson changed the face of HIV

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    magic-hiv-presser

    I know exactly where I was 20 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1991, a little after 3 in the afternoon. I was at a part-time job at a medical company I had to earn beer money while in school, listening to the radio and doing menial work a trained chimp could have done better. Then…

  5. Michael Jordan not making friends among current players

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    Image (1) NBA_jordan3_250.jpg for post 1461

    Most of today’s NBA players grew up idolizing Michael Jordan (or for an older generation that played against him, respecting him). But Jordan’s stance as the leader of the hardline owners — even if he will not talk in negotiating sessions — led to some venom coming his way from players after the NBA’s labor negotiations blew…

  6. Choice before players: Take Stern’s offer or decertify

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    David Stern threw down the gauntlet — here is our deal. It’s a 51-49 band on basketball-related income and other things the owners can live with. Come Wednesday, this offer will vanish and the next offer will be much worse. The owners are done negotiating. Stern said it wasn’t an ultimatum, but he is wrong.…

  7. Report: Spurs GM R.C. Buford arrested for DUI

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:04 PM EST

    R.C. Buford

    R.C. Buford has made a lot smart decisions as Spurs general manager. Friday night he made a stupid one. He was arrested for driving under the influence, reports KSAT.com. A police spokesman confirmed Buford was arrested after crashing into the fence in the 500 block of N. Leona just west of downtown late Friday night….…

  8. Friday night video: Watch Dikembe Mutombo’s best blocks

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    Dikembe Mutombo

    While we do have a general rule about not having Colin Cowherd on this blog in any form, it is balanced out by Dikembe Mutombo (and Michelle Beadle). This is a great collection of Mutombo blocks (and it doesn’t even include things like the block of an Andrew Bynum hook shot). What I miss with…

  9. Maybe Jordan is driving a hard bargain because his partners want out

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    There are a couple possible reasons that Michael Jordan is the guy out in front of the hardline owners leading the charge to crush the players. The most likely explanation — he’s Michael Jordan and he has to demolish the opposition in any competition. Jordan can be an unforgiving jerk — did you see his…

  10. Hawks sale falls apart, team taken off market. Sorry Hawks fans.

    Nov 4, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    Alex Meruelo

    To Hawks fans hoping for a new ownership to breathe new life into a franchise seemingly stuck in the middle, we’re sorry to pass along this news. The sale of the Hawks to Alex Meruelo has been scuttled — something rumored for a few weeks around concerns about Meruelo’s finances — and now the Atlanta…

  11. Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    George Cohen

    George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday. That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman. Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most…

  12. Video: What “basketball never stops” means to LeBron, Durant

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Nike, they are good at this marketing thing. While the NBA has been locked out and we have been talking about percentages of BRI and other stuff off the court, Nike has been running their “basketball never sleeps” campaign. Kevin Durant has been the living embodiment if it, so it seems. This video has Durant,…

  13. J.J. Hickson is one game and done in Israel

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.J. Hickson is not going to go down in history as one of the legends of Israeli basketball. The Sacramento Kings forward played one game for Bnei Hasharon of Israel but has been released after one game because he was late for a couple practices. Practice? Yes, we’re talkin’ ’bout practice. Noam Schiller, writer for…

  14. Report: Michael Jordan leads the NBA hardline owners

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Back in 1998, during the last NBA lockout that cost regular season games, Michael Jordan the player stood up to then Wizards owner Abe Polin and said “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Now, 13 years later and on the other side of the table, Jordan can’t make a profit…

  15. If NBA loses full season, what might next draft look like?

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    It’s one of the more interesting questions around the NBA right now: If a full NBA season is lost, what do you do about next year’s draft? It’s not really fair to go with the same order or even same lottery as last year — why should Minnesota be rewarded again for being bad two…

  16. Video: Watch Paul Pierce bowl… at his home

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    Paul Pierce Knicks

    When he’s not trying to decertify the union, we know Paul Pierce loves to go bowling. The man hosts the annual “The Truth Strikes Again” celebrity bowling event every year, you don’t do that if you can’t knock down some pins. But where does Pierce practice? In his home. On some sweet lanes. He tweeted…

  17. It’s time for the owners to give, get a deal done… but they won’t

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    It’s the paradox of perception during the NBA lockout — the NBA players have offered to give the NBA owners $1 billion back in salary over the life of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yet ask a casual fan and they will tell you the players are the greedy ones (or, more often, that both…

  18. Penny Hardaway part of Howard’s Orlando charity game

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard has some pull. For his Nov. 13 charity game in Orlando Howard has brought in some big names to thrill the crowd — like Penny Hardaway. (That’s big Penny, not ‘lil Penny.) And some to remind them of old wounds — hello Vince Carter and Steve Francis. The Orlando Sentinel has the lineups…

  19. Shocking: Larry Brown wants to coach in NBA again.

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    I really don’t know Larry Brown, but if you asked me if he wanted to coach in the NBA again I would have said yes. From his deathbed Brown will be trying to find a way back into the NBA coaching ranks. Right now, that means reaching out to Doc Rivers in Boston and saying…

  20. Video: Magic Johnson in cheesy commercial with Dan Gilbert

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:46 AM EST

    Dan Gilbert, Earvin Magic Johnson

    In some kind of lockout nightmare by Sterling Cooper Draper Price, Magic Johnson has teamed up with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. To shoot smart phones as if they were basketballs. And sell home loans. All done with extra cheese. It’s all part of a new Quicken Loans ad (that’s the company where Gilbert made enough…

  21. Pierce, Wade, Howard among players in decertification talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Decertification of the union has been something some agents have pushed for from the start, and it appears that those same agents had a heavy hand in this week’s players decertification talks behind the players’ backs. Names have started to leak out of who was on the call from several sources. Paul Pierce and Dwyane…

  22. Rick Carlisle had Mavericks pack for only Game 6 of finals

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Rick Carlisle pulled a trick out of the Miami Heat’s Pat Riley’s playbook to win the NBA finals. Back in 2006, the Miami Heat were up 3-2 and heading back for a Game 6 in Dallas. Then Heat coach Riley told his players to only pack enough clothes for one game’s stay — they were…

  23. Hardliners from both sides try to send message before talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    On one side, you have a group of renegade players threatening decertification of the union — threatening to blow up any chance of this season if the owners don’t give in. The owners don’t want to lose a full season and they feared decertification enough to file a pre-emptive lawsuit to block it. On the…

  24. Report: Group of 50 NBA players threaten union decertification

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    In case you thought sanity might encroach on the NBA labor talks, we bring you this report: A group of hardline NBA players, about 50, participated in a conference call this week behind the back of union leadership, reports both the New York Times and Yahoo. The upshot of the mid-week call is that if…

  25. Saturday’s owners/players meeting going to be large group

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    This could be really good or really bad. Every time a large group of owners and players have gotten together during the NBA labor talks things have gone about as well as the last Hindenburg voyage. It’s always Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen or something that messes it up. That said, eventually a large group…

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