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  1. First word from today’s union meeting: some players ready to cave to owners’ demands

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We interrupt your otherwise barren, locked out NBA programming to bring a minor update from the Players Union meeting in Los Angeles today. JaVale McGee was one of apparently few players that attended today’s meeting, and spoke with SI.com‘s Sam Amick on his way out. Here are Amick’s tweets from L.A.: Wizards’ JaVale McGee had…

  2. Shane Battier’s willing to sacrifice BRI money to lower ticket prices. Swell guy.

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Shane Battier is very much the black sheep of the NBPA. He was one of the first to challenge Billy Hunter on the issue of his salary in the lockout, and has consistently played contrarian to the NBPA’s homogeneous stream of rhetoric. On Friday, he took it a step further. With every NBA player out there saying…

  3. What the Pacers should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Indiana Pacers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads.   Last season: What a start! Oh, things fell apart. Oh, but…

  4. Suns owner Saver plays in hoops league with union lawyer

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    I expected to read this note today about as much as I expected the Tea Party to endorse Occupy Wall Street. But it turns out Suns owner Robert Sarver has some interesting pickup basketball partners — and an interesting game. Zach Lowe put up the story at Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward. It was with…

  5. Brandon Jennings takes aim for the 40-percent mark

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Yesterday, in a live chat on ESPN.com, Brandon Jennings lobbed an easy-as-pie piece of cake over the plate. He didn’t have to; Jennings had stopped by to pretty clearly shill for Court Grip — the new product which Dwyane Wade plugged so aggressively but a few weeks earlier — and those kinds of advertising tours…

  6. NBATV ratings plummet during lockout… don’t you like “Teen Wolf?”

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    NBA TV has been as hard to watch as a Shawn Marion jump shot during the lockout. Banned from showing any current NBA players, they have been relegated to showing nothing but classic games. No summer league games, no shows previewing the upcoming season, no shows talking fantasy hoops, no drop ins on training camp.…

  7. David Stern goes on the offensive during media tour

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    David Stern is winning the war of public perception. Regular readers here know how I assign blame for the lockout and missed games, but make no mistake that in the court of public opinion the players are going to be the big losers. We know the players, while the owners are faceless (save Mark Cuban).…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    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…

  9. NFL players say LeBron should stick to basketball

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    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…

  13. Video: Rondo… he… behind the… no-look… with the… wow.

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    I am not impressed with exhibition highlights. Maybe it’s the lack of production value. Maybe it’s the lack of defense. Maybe it’s just a revulsion to the absence of order and logic. But at this point almost nothing impresses me. Dunk the ball off of a bouncepass from full court, windmill 720, cross your man…

  14. If we get a season, not all the canceled games are gone forever

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    There’s a whole lot of confusion over the first two weeks of the season that have been canceled. The league doesn’t know how many games will be canceled, so it can’t make any announcements on the status of the games that have already been canceled. The assumption is that the games that were lost are…

  15. NBA lockout explained through Taiwanese animation

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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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…

  16. Melo thinks the perception of his defense is team-centric

    Oct 13, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    Yeah, no, Melo’s not backing down on this criticism of his defense. After saying yesterday that it was a matter of unfamiliarity last season and a flawed perception, Melo continued his media cruising for his shoe with a conversation with Grantland. And this time, it’s all about the team. Kind of. You said you want…

  17. Danny Granger doesn’t think the players need the NBA… or salaries to play the canceled games

    Oct 13, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Who needs the NBA, really? And who needs to get paid? Most people, including myself, have rolled their eyes at every #LetUsPlay tweet that’s filled their Twitter timelines since Monday, since the players are actually saying #LetUsPlayForTheDealWeThinkIsFair. It’s not that their proposal isn’t fair, it mostly is (but not in totality), same as the owners,…

  18. Stern: If no deal by Tuesday, Christmas games may be canceled

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    David Stern got his chance on WFAN Thursday, a day after Billy Hunter expressed optimism while spinning the same rhetoric we’ve heard for months. Stern got his own rhetoric on, but more importantly, he dropped this raven on the window sill. “If we don’t make it on Tuesday,” Stern says, “my gut is that we…

  19. What the 76ers should do if the lockout ends

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    DCollins_TYoung

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Philadelphia 76ers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. After a miserable 09-10 campaign, the 76ers made their way back to…

  20. Portland tasked with fixing what isn’t broken

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, Gerald Wallace

    Things are going just fine for the Portland Trail Blazers these days: LaMarcus Aldridge made “the leap,” last season, Rich Cho stole Gerald Wallace out of Charlotte with a bargain trade package, Andre Miller was replaced with a younger facsimile, Brandon Roy has shown signs of life, and the roster is loaded with capable contributors.…

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