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  1. 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson changed the face of HIV

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Why the owners should be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for the 49-51 band offer.

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    First, some basics. During Saturday’s talks, following a talking-points suggestion from George Cohen, the NBA offered a BRI band of 49-51. So if revenues underperform certain levels, the players would receive 49 percent. If they hit acceptable levels (considered by most to be 4 percent growth), both sides would split 50/50. And if things went…

  3. Michael Jordan not making friends among current players

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. NBA teams put in stiff luxury tax penalties… which luxury-tax payers will still benefit from

    Nov 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    Wait, what? From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: The luxury-tax “cliff” experienced by tax teams, by which they felt the full brunt of going slightly over the tax level by losing all the tax money they would’ve received had they stayed under, also was addressed in the owners’ proposal. The league offered that such teams would…

  5. Quote of the Day: You think you’ve seen ugly? You haven’t.

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    Veteran player who has long been on side of decertification just texted me: “Time to blow this (bleep) to the moon.”Sun Nov 06 06:21:35 via webAdrian Wojnarowski WojYahooNBA Oh, dear.

  6. The 2011-2012 season may be lost because of… the sign-and-trade?

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    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

    My wife got me started on using the phrase “Is that the hill you want to die on?” and it’s become something of a widespread philosophy-solver for me. You have to pick your battles, and you have to decide what is so important to you that you’re willing to lose substantial capital (be it time,…

  7. Deron Williams is frustrated the union hasn’t already decertified

    Nov 6, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    You’re going to be seeing a lot of reactions to the dramatics of Saturday night’s end to talks. Some players will likely just say that they want to play; it’s not that they want to cave, they’re just tired of the whole damn thing and don’t think it’s worth it. You’re going to see a…

  8. Report: Michael Jordan again stays quiet during labor talks after leading owners’ hard line away from the table

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    If Jordan wanted to make a statement, this was his chance. After all, he knows exactly where the players are coming from. He was there, 12 years ago, fiery and livid with a group of billionaires demanding that a group of millionaires cover their mistakes. He could have played the good cop, saying that he…

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

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EDT

    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.…

  10. NBA-NBPA talks end without a deal, again despite signs of progress

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:40 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Negotiations between the NBA and NBPA ended without a deal again Saturday night as both sides met for more than 8 hours with federal mediator George Cohen but were unable to reach a deal, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA talks are over for the night. “No deal,” a source says.Sun Nov 06 05:35:25…

  11. David Stern sets ultimatum for players: accept deal by Wednesday or offer gets worse

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 AM EDT

    David Stern

    After labor negotiations ended late Saturday/early Sunday morning in New York, David Stern told reporters in a press conference that federal mediator George Cohen had suggested six elements of what Stern called “what-if” compromises. Stern said the league accepted five of them and put them into a formal proposal. Included was a 49-51 band of…

  12. Report: Indiana charity game canceled due to ‘uncertainty’ around labor deal. Don’t hold your breath.

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    File this under: Salted by granule. From the AP: A charity game involving NBA players scheduled for Sunday in New Castle, Ind., has been canceled. A release from event organizers says that because of the “uncertainty” of Saturdays NBA negotiations in New York many of the players scheduled to participate were advised to prepare for…

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

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    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….…

  14. Don Nelson will walk for his diploma

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    We now take a break from the madness of labor negotiations to bring you a little bit of a fun one. Retired Warriors coach Don Nelson will apparently get to walk for the diploma he earned in 1962 for finishing his degree before he was drafted. From Sports Business Daily: Former NBA coach Don Nelson…

  15. The NBA owners’ ‘undecideds’ will likely decide the season

    Nov 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    We know where James Dolan, Mark Cuban, Jerry Buss, and Micky Arison stand. And we certainly know where Dan Gilbert, Robert Sarver, Peter Holt, and Michael Jordan stand. But what about the rest of the NBA ownership? Media reports have been sorely lacking a “whip count” of where the owners land since negotiations have progressed…

  16. Quote of the Day: Eli’s Coming

    Nov 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The NBA ownership group’s labor committee will reopen talks with the players’ side Saturday afternoon, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, a meeting one general manager, who has spoken with a few owners, described as “headed straight for disaster.” via NBA hope bleak over labor talks, sources say – ESPN. From Sports Night:  Dan Rydell:…

  17. Not all 50 players united in decertification effort on reported conference calls

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    It sounded like a cadre, right? Some sort of group of insidious All-Stars hellbent on destroying the union and sending the lockout into an eternal struggle in the courts. That was the sense gained from the reports about the 50 players who held two separate conference calls this week regarding decertification and potential antitrust lawsuits…

  18. Michael Jordan always looking out for No. 23

    Nov 5, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jordan’s image is taking a beating for the first time… well, really since the 1980’s. After the reports surfaced that he’s the one leading the owners to push for 47 percent (or less!) of a BRI cut for the players, he’s become a target for angst regarding the lockout from those who have paid…

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

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    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…

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