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

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    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…

  2. Should the NBA ban zone defenses? No.

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    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…

  3. Drawing lines: Ambition vs. delusion (feat. Jordan Crawford!)

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    In the slim chance that you hadn’t heard, Jordan Crawford, per Michael Lee of the Washington Post, said one of those things NBA players just aren’t supposed to say: “I don’t tell nobody, but I feel like I can be better than Michael Jordan,” Crawford said, without the slightest hint of sarcasm. “When I’m done…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    oj-chase

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    AAArena_Night

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    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.…

  10. Phil Jackson backs Jerry Krause for Hall of Fame

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    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……

  11. What has to happen Friday for NBA to have labor peace

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:59 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    We are close. Very close. By Monday we could be talking about what the Heat/Lakers/Celtics need to do in free agency, not luxury tax details. There are real signs of hope. David Stern watched the NBA players’ union press conference Thursday from the back row of the room, and both he and union head Billy…

  12. Progress breeds optimism, labor deal “within striking distance”

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Friday could be the day. But if not Friday it may be this weekend — the NBA season is close to being saved. Maybe not all of it, but most of it, enough to have an asterick-free, credible NBA season. Progress through two more days has everyone, even the participants, hopeful. NBA Commissioner David Stern says…

  13. Antoine Walker back in the D-League. Everybody shimmy!

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    It’s good to have Antoine Walker news that involves a basketball court and not a court of law. Walker is about to join the Idaho Stampede for the upcoming D-League season, the team announced Thursday. The former Celtics All-Star averaged 16 points per game in 43 games for Idaho last season. He had a 12-year…

  14. Greg Oden can now run

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

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    From Oden’s Facebook page (via Blazer’s Edge): In LA right now working out. I ran the other day for the first time in awhile. Felt good! The 2007 #1 pick’s NBA career has been decimated by a series of brutal knee injuries, and he underwent the 2nd microfracture surgery of his career 11 months ago.…

  15. Why are there 82 games anyway? Nobody really knows.

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    If there seems to be one consensus among fans and pundits as the discussion of a post-lockout NBA schedule picks up steam, it is this: The NBA season is too long. It is 82 games, as it has been since most of us can remember. As it has been since most of us were born.…

  16. LeBron James makes fun of his hairline, then tries to recruit Steve Nash and Jamal Crawford

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    LeBron James has drawn criticism over the past few years for coming across as narcissistic and/or programmed in his public statements, completely turning the city of Cleveland against him with “The Decision,” melting down in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals and the 2011 NBA Finals, and his receding hairline. To his credit, LeBron showed a sense…

  17. NBA owners, players back at bargaining table Thursday

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    This is good. There is a growing sense of optimism from both the NBA owners and players sides that a deal is there to be had — and now they are both actually working hard toward it. Less than 11 hours after they walked away from the bargaining table at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, representatives…

  18. Video: Joe Smith argues with a pumpkin. Yes, a pumpkin.

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Joe Smith

    What, you want another post breaking down the minutia of the NBA lockout? Or, do you want an NBA journeyman and most recent Laker arguing with a pumpkin? Exactly. So, here you go. Joe Smith arguing with a pumpkin. Enjoy. Hat tip to The Basketball Jones.

  19. Apparently Humphries/Kardashian marriage is not perfect. Shocking.

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    They really need to end the lockout. Soon. So we can talk about basketball. In that absence we bring you this bit of shocking news — things may not be “happily ever after” for free agent forward Kris Humphries and reality star Kim Kardashian. First came reports that former Nets forward Humphries is weary of…

  20. Economist Murphy takes us all to school on players stance

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

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    Kevin Murphy is smarter than you. And me. And David Stern and Billy Hunter and everyone else in the negotiating room. There’s no objective way to prove that, but do you have a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant?” Are you the guy the people who wrote “Freakanomics” think is the smartest person they know? That’s Murphy.…

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