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  1. Labor Relations Board will not throw out players’ case

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It is a small victory for the NBA players, but it’s the first one they have gotten in a while in the labor negotiations. Back early in the negotiations, before the lockout even started, the players union filed a complaint against the owners with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the owners were not negotiating…

  2. NFL players say LeBron should stick to basketball

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    LeBron NFL commercial

    LeBron James should be in Heat training camp, but because he’s got more time on his hands he sounds a little bored. Which led him to tweeting about when an NFL team could sign a free agent the other day. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll picked up on that and went so far as Carroll…

  3. Sale of Philadelphia 76ers expected to be completed next week

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    Next Wednesday and Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors — all of the owners — are going to get together and most of the talk will be about labor deals and revenue sharing. But there will be one other order of business — approving the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to Joshua Harris and other…

  4. Video: Nike sends Lamar Odom back to Queens for a day

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Interesting little video from the Nike “Always On” campaign, this one sending Lamar Odom back to Queens for a day, to walk around his old high school and through the old ‘hood. No Khloe and bright lights, just a little old school Odom (and a lot of Nike, of course). Below we bring you that…

  5. Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday. The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely. He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about…

  6. NBA lockout explained through Taiwanese animation

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

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    You’ve been reading all these headlines about the league canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season and how federal mediators have to come in and rather than read long, detailed, number-laden posts about percentages of basketball related income and restrictive luxury tax systems, you just want a simple explanation. Something visual. You can…

  7. Younger players taking brunt of reputation hit during lockout

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    blake-griffin-gortat

    Kobe Bryant is good, don’t worry about him. Dirk Nowitzki’s reputation is at an all-time high. LeBron James’ status isn’t any worse than where it was after his self-inflicted wounds from a year ago. It’s not that the NBA lockout isn’t damaging player reputations — something that will worsen the longer it drags out —…

  8. Players union VP Mo Evans still talking tough. Great.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations

    We tried to explain this to you yesterday — and judging from the comments a lot of you don’t like our explanation — but it remains true: The NBA players are rejecting offers from the owners because they don’t see them as fair. From their view it’s not about how much money they will or…

  9. Chris Mullin now working on the Broadway stage

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    Chris Mullin

    It’s the dream of every young basketball player to someday end up in the bright lights of the Broadway stage. No, not Madison Square Garden. We’re talking Broadway, down the street from “Spider Man” and another “Godspell” revival. Well, that’s where Chris Mullin has ended up, anyway. The native New Yorker and Hall of Famer…

  10. Carmelo Anthony says he made the right decision with trade

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    It was an ugly mess watching Carmelo Anthony force his way out of Denver last season. But for Anthony, it was the right move. He looks at the ongoing lockout, the lost games, the limbo he would be in as a free agent and thinks how he handled everything worked out for the best. That’s…

  11. Ginobili suffers mild ankle sprain in pick-up game

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    In the off chance that David Stern and Billy Hunter stop acting like fools next week, this could be relevant. But it probably won’t matter. Manu Ginobili has suffered a mild ankle sprain while training in Argentina, reports the News-Express Spurs Blog (and Project Spurs). The injury, which is not considered serious, apparently occurred when…

  12. Dallas Mavericks to get rings after all. Old guys rejoice.

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    The Dallas Mavericks are going to get their rings on opening night after all. Whenever that is. Remember in the aftermath of the Mavericks championship owner Mark Cuban was talking about doing something different, not just giving his players championship rings. That was too old school for Cuban. Except Cuban has an old-school team, so…

  13. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    kobe-obama-420

    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

  14. Video: Marion, Love, Chandler turn lock out into locked in

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    At least we can laugh about the lockout. Well, sort of, but this video from the folks at Funny or Die will make you laugh. The premise is simply that Kevin Love, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler misunderstand the lockout and head to a junior high “lock in” night at the gym. I’d rather be…

  15. Tiger Woods ready for the lockout to end, says Celtics are old

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    tiger-woods

    Tiger Woods is back on the golf course this weekend… so of course somebody at media day asked him about the NBA lockout. Why wouldn’t you? What, you have something better to ask Woods about? Of course not. Woods is a Southern California guy, a Lakers fan. Which means job No. 1 is hate the…

  16. Pete Carroll tries to recruit LeBron to Seahawks. Jokingly.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:07 AM EST

    lebron-james-seahawks

    The Seattle Seahawks passing game could use some help. They are 25th in the NFL at 205 passing yards per game and, while they complete a pretty average number of passes a contest, they average just 6.6 yards per passing attempt (26th in the league). They need a big-time receiver. Like maybe LeBron James. On Tuesday,…

  17. NBA owners, players to meet, bring in federal mediator Tuesday

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    UPDATE 9:01 pm: The meeting date has been changed to Tuesday now and we know the mediator will be George Cohen. That wold be the same Cohen who was the mediator for the NFL in their dispute. He made no progress there — they met before their eventual lockout — and some around those talks…

  18. NBA owners to meet in New York next week

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The NBA owners and players are barely talking — although they are getting a federal mediator — so the owners are going to talk amongst themselves. David Stern conducted a conference call with his labor relations committee this week and next week all the owners will gather together to talk lockout and revenue sharing, the…

  19. Carmelo Anthony defends his defense

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is not a good defensive player. That’s not just me talking, after ‘Melo was traded from Denver to New York Nuggets coach George Karl told TNT his team would be much better on defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on that end. Anthony took exception to that…

  20. Did Carmelo Anthony call Rick Fox a Hall of Famer? Um…

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    I like Rick Fox. Smart, underrated role player on some very good teams — the Lakers recognized this and picked him up to go along side Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Great fit. But Fox was not a great player. Well, I think that and you think that. Apparently Carmelo sees things differently. ‘Melo was…

  21. Kevin Durant to host star-studded charity game in OKC

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    The NBA player charity game circuit is coming to America’s heartland. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant had talked about setting up a game in OKC and apparently he has pulled it off and it will become official on Wednesday, reports the Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is making good on his promise…

  22. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire posterizes Blake Griffin poster

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

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    We told you that Amar’e Stoudemire was working his way around the ESPN campus talking lockout and pimping his new shoes yesterday. But that was not the best part. This video is, when Stoudemire plays some nerf ball against a Blake Griffin poster. (Via The Point Forward at Sports Illustrated)

  23. NBA owners play “ultimate game” poorly, so players won’t cave

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    derek Fisher

    I have been asked this question a number of times in the last 48 hours — why don’t the players just take the owners 50/50 offer and get back on the court? Because the players see the offer as patently unfair. You can argue all you want that if they took the owners last formal…

  24. Could the NBA’s level of play be better with fewer games?

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    NBA basketball spaulding

    There is not going to be a full NBA season with each team playing 82 games this year. That’s a bad thing in the “these idiots are missing games because they can’t decide how rich each side will be” kind of way. But could it be good for the quality of basketball in the league?…

  25. Stoudemire hopes for labor deal… or new players league

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Someone out there is still hopeful. Amar’e Stoudemire is hopeful. But if that hope is misplaced he has another idea. Amar’e Stoudemire was making the rounds of the ESPN campus on Tuesday to pimp his new shoes, but all anyone wanted to talk about was how he couldn’t wear those shoes on a court right…

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