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  1. Video: Stephen Colbert has Mark Cuban’s back

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    You know Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some strong opinions on the lockout — and he is sure he is right and everyone else is wrong. Even you. But David Stern has muzzeled everyone (even Micky Arison of the Heat) and Cuban can’t tell you how you are wrong. So isn’t it nice that the…

  2. Report: Kardashian to file for divorce from Kris Humphries

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

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    Apparently Kim Kardashian will be the first to put the NBA’s new amnesty clause into effect. And whoever had 72 days in the office pool, please come to the front desk and collect your winnings. The couple lasted only half as long as Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, who got to 144. Okay, enough with…

  3. It’s gotta be the shoes! NBA lockout hurts shoe companies, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

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    Adidas has Derrick Rose as a matador. Nike is spotlighting that “basketball never sleeps.” They are both still marketing like there is no tomorrow. But while basketball may never sleep, the NBA is taking a nap right now. And that lockout could hurt major NBA shoe companies to the tune of $500 million if the…

  4. Union head Billy Hunter denies any rift with Derek Fisher

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    derek Fisher

    In case you weren’t reading PBT over the weekend — and if not, what is wrong with you? The outdoors are overrated — we told you about a report that union president Derek Fisher was good with a 50/50 split and that union director Billy Hunter confronted him about it. Hunter denied that there is…

  5. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  6. Chandler, Smith could be released from China when lockout ends

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    What the Chinese government — which is what really runs the Chinese Basketball Association — did not want was teams to rent an NBA player during the lockout. So they only allowed their teams to sign NBA free agents and no opt-out clause for when the lockout ended. But even as seemingly half the Denver…

  7. Dwight Howard has taken up “Tebowing”

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

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    Dwight Howard loves his twitter trends. He planked with a hundred people in China. Now “Tebowing” is the latest craze. That is where you strike a pose — on one knee with your hand to your head — that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow struck on the field when he prayed after the Broncos come…

  8. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

  9. Were Fisher, Kobe down with 50/50 split? Maybe, as some players are.

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Everyone is not on the same page in the NBA labor negotiations. The owners are not a unified front and neither are the players. I have heard from players willing right now to take a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI) — the league’s revenues — and get on with a season right now.…

  10. Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:01 AM EST

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But…

  11. Puerto Rico World All-Star game postponed, stick fork in tour

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    So much for that “see how much money we can make without the NBA” tour. After seemingly half the stars in the World All-Star Classic constellation pulled out in the past week, the first game — scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico — and the entire series now has been sucked into a black hole.…

  12. Friday night video: Top 10 plays from the 1999 NBA finals

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 4: San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers

    For some reason, the 1999 NBA finals is on my mind today. You remember that one, the Spurs championship with an asterisk? The one from the strike-shortened season. (Actually, they don’t deserve an asterisk, I was just channeling Phil Jackson for a second). What you see are the top 10 plays from that finals, as…

  13. Stern tries to frighten NBA players into taking deal

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    David Stern was masterful Friday afternoon. He put on a frightful Halloween show for the NBA players watching at home. Certainly it was all spin at his press conference following another day of blown up labor negotiations. He spoke to the media for about 15 minutes (it was broadcast on NBA TV) and NBA union…

  14. It’s official: NBA cancels games through November. Ugh.

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Even when you know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any less painful. There will be no NBA games in November. David Stern said in his press conference following the dissolution of labor talks (again!) that all games through Nov. 30 would be canceled. That also means there will be no 82 game NBA season…

  15. NBA continues ridiculous “two steps up, one step back” dance

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Empty Amway Arena

    We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately But we ain’t learnin’ We’re the same sad story that’s a fact One step up and two steps back                                                        …

  16. Dwight Howard latest to pull out of World All-Star Classic

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And the players keep dropping out the World All-Star Classic set to start in Puerto Rico Sunday (Oct. 30) like it was some hastily thrown together event that was never going to live up to the hype. The latest is Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reports. They spoke to his agent who confirms the news.…

  17. Report: Employees of Nets, 76ers told to get ready to work

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists. And then there are things that just hit you over the head. Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as…

  18. Should the NBA ban zone defenses? No.

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Wade, Zone defense, mavericks

    It was 10 years ago that the NBA started allowing a modified zone defense to be played in the NBA. It’s not a pure zone — you can’t park Dwight Howard in the paint, there’s a defensive three seconds — but more and more teams are using some form of match zones. The Mavericks may…

  19. Report: Teams may have two years to use amnesty clause

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson

    One thing we know will be in the new NBA labor deal is an amnesty clause — teams will be able to waive one player off the roster and wipe most (likely 75 percent) of his salary off the luxury tax and salary cap. (The player would still get paid the full amount.) This is…

  20. Players smile, sign-and-trade seems to be part of new CBA

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    If there was one thing I thought small market owners would fight to keep out of the new NBA labor deal it was the sign-and-trade. It’s what LeBron James and Chris Bosh had after-the-fact. It can be used to hold a smaller market hostage. The player gets his money and his ticket to a new team…

  21. Jordan Crawford feels he can be better than that other Jordan guy

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Jordan Crawford Wizards

    There are things you should not admit publicly. For example, that you like Jimmy Buffett music. Or that you don’t like chocolate. People will just look at you askew if you say that out loud. Or, if you’re a baller, saying that you think you can be better than Michael Jordan. Well, we’d like you…

  22. Delonte West’s new car looks oddly familiar… oh, yea

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

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    Delonte West, flush with all that cash from the new job — and maybe thinking he has a larger paycheck coming soon — has bought a new car. It’s not exactly the flashy ride most NBA guys have. It does look oddly familiar though…. Oh, yea. From that. West tweeted about it and owned up…

  23. How many games? League asking areas to keep April dates open.

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

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    Whenever the NBA labor issue gets resolved — please be Friday, please be Friday — the next question becomes: When do we start? And how many games can we get in? That second part is tricky. Owners and players both would love to get in a full 82 games, for the exact same reasons there…

  24. With NBA labor talks, it’s also about who is NOT in the room

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

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    Throughout these NBA labor negotiations there has been a lot of focus on who is in the negotiating room. When it has been a small group led by Billy Hunter and David Stern, there has been progress. When Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen — or really any larger group — becomes involved things blow up.…

  25. Phil Jackson backs Jerry Krause for Hall of Fame

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Jerry Krause

    Phil Jackson and former Bulls GM Jerry Krause are not exactly the best of friends. Their feud helped break up the Bulls dynasty. The two did not speak for more than a decade and it took Tex Winter going into the Hall of Fame — and him wanting those two to kiss and make up……

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