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

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

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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…

  2. David Stern calls union’s move “bad negotiating tactic”

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    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…

  3. Video: NBA players announce plans to decertify union

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    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.

  4. Players vote to reject offer, decertify union. Season likely doomed.

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    This is Armageddon. Nuclear winter is upon NBA fans. The players got together in New York on Monday and not only voted to reject the league’s ultimatum offer, but voted to start the process to decertify the union. “We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down, and as a…

  5. Larry Hughes missed the memo, shows off house and cars

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Larry Hughes Bobcats

    There has been a conscious effort during the lockout by the players to not show off their lifestyle. They did not want a repeat of the “we make a lot of money but we spend a lot of money” public relations disasters from the last lockout. It didn’t go over well then, it would be…

  6. Dwight Howard wants Magic to retire Penny’s number

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Anfernee Hardaway #1

    Should the Orlando Magic retire the number No. 1 jersey of Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway? Here are the stats: Hardaway played six years in Orlando, was a four-time All-Star in that span, helped the Magic reach the NBA finals, was two-time First Team All NBA, and along with Shaquille O’Neal helped put the Magic on the…

  7. What issues are union sticking points? Here are a few

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    lock

    When leaders of the NBPA — the NBA’s player union — emerge from a Times Square area hotel on Monday afternoon, I fully expect them to say the people in the room voted to approve a modified version of the league’s latest offer. It makes sense to put the ball in the owners’ court. The…

  8. In latest attempt to sway, David Stern has memo for players

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Say this about David Stern, he knows how to get his spin and story out there. Far better than the union does, with its halting and missteps. Stern wins the PR battle because he is better at it. The latest attempt along those lines — and the latest attempt by Stern and the owners to…

  9. Shaq’s interesting interpretation of his final days in Miami

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal Heat

    The feeling of the people in Miami about Shaquille O’Neal and his book may best be summed up by a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel: There is the truth and then there is Shaq’s spin on his Heat departure. But Shaq’s spin makes for an entertaining read. The chapter of his new…

  10. Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York. Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts: • Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players…

  11. Winderman: League tells you how to build “Roster of the Future”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    If you didn’t know better (or perhaps if you do), it sure seems as if David Stern’s ultimate goal from the lockout is to reshape his league through some sort of real-life fantasy draft. Getting beyond Sunday’s Twitter theatrics (we personally believe the answers were provided by some sort of auto-reply-bot or Adam Silver, which…

  12. Video: Top 10 plays from Josh Howard’s Dallas charity game

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Another week, another round of charity game highlights featuring Kevin Durant and friends. Josh Howard hosted a charity game in Dallas and the fans were treated to some high flying plays and displays of athleticism. As is a charity game tradition, they were not treated to any defense. Still, this is what we have for…

  13. Allen Iverson can picture himself in Boston green

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    When we were talking about Boston needing a veteran backup point guard for Rajon Rondo, this is not exactly what we had in mind. Allen Iverson — out of the NBA last season but trying to get back in — is interested in playing for the Celtics, his manger Gary Moore told the Boston Globe (via…

  14. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  15. NBA takes to Twitter to… well, we’re not sure why

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    twitter-whale

    The NBA announced on Sunday night they would take questions from people on Twitter and David Stern and Adam Silver would answer them. What followed was a series of refutations from players and repetition of talking points they’ve been spewing for months. It was neither productive, insightful, nor revealing. It did not harness the power…

  16. Kevin Durant says he’s ready to “jump” overseas

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Kevin Durant has spent his lockout playing in every exhibition game under the sun. He wants to ball. Obsessively. But he’s also been very firm on the lockout, being a leader for the “don’t get screwed” side. He’s waited out the question of playing overseas, wanting to take it to the very last minute. Apparently…

  17. LeBron says he wouldn’t not take himself in a one-one match with Kobe that will never happen. Yeah, you read that right.

    Nov 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    Look, I get the need for grammatical correctness. I do. But there are times in which the double-negative more aptly describes the sentiment being expressed. Yes, technically, the correct version would do the same For example. I don’t not want pancakes. I want pancakes. In both instances, the subject is expressing a desire for pancakes.…

  18. Report: James Dolan’s pretty much had it with his fellow owners

    Nov 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    James Dolan isn’t exactly known as a savvy decision-maker. He’s too often been known to act on impulse, like trading the house for Carmelo Anthony when he was going to get Melo one way or another. Or allowing Isiah Thomas to skulk around his house like a murder of crows after destroying the franchise for…

  19. Dear Mr. Thomas: A response to Etan Thomas’ Op-Ed

    Nov 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas published an op-ed on ESPN.com on the state of the labor talks, discussing 23… pause… questions surrounding the lockout. There’s a lot of quality things in there, but as always, there are two sides to every story. Except the story that Dan Gilbert, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, and Michael Jordan should not have…

  20. Hunter says there will be a vote on that thing we said there wouldn’t be a vote on… kind of

    Nov 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Remember when we said there wouldn’t be a vote? Yeah, that’s what it looked like right up until about 1AM EST Saturday night. Then SI.com dropped a column with direct comment from Billy Hunter. The union’s going to vote on the proposal. Kind of. When reached on Saturday night, however, Hunter told SI.com that his…

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