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  1. NBA allegedly controlling media as it refutes Paul Allen story

    Oct 22, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    Paul Allen did not come across very well after all was said and done on Thursday after the NBA negotiations fell apart broke apart blew apart like a soda can with a pound of C4 inside it. One writer outlined Allen’s history of random and reckless spending and decision making, another suggested that Allen may…

  2. Nets GM Billy King takes trip to see locked-out Deron Williams play in Turkey

    Oct 22, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    This is one of those “We wish this wasn’t a story, but it’s probably going to be because the inmates are running the NBA asylum” kind of deals. So you’re aware that the NBA’s got pretty strict rules about league personnel meeting with, cavorting with, hanging out with, or really being in the same place…

  3. Spencer Hawes is looking out for his elders

    Oct 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    Hope some of the billion plus dollars we have given back in bargaining is going to the retired players who paved the way to the league 2dayFri Oct 21 19:53:35 via Twitter for BlackBerry®Spencer Hawes spencerhawes00 Now that’s just right kind of Spencer. I’m not a fan of Spencer’s game (remember when he was a…

  4. Report: Good news, the league and players agree on some things! Only, like, three, but still!

    Oct 22, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    One of the things that Adam Silver and Peter Holt said at their press conference Thursday, in-between explaining their completely ridiculous obstinacy regarding the 50/50 split and looking like someone stole their 1992 Alonzo Mourning rookie card (I will never forgive that kid), is that federal mediator George Cohen starts his sessions by getting both sides to…

  5. Report: By the way, the revenue sharing plan is also a fail

    Oct 22, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    Lost in the madness that was Thurday’s breakdown in CBA negotiations and the subsequent tommy-gunning by the union was the fact that the Board of Governors received those proposals on revenue sharing Thursday. Sometime in between evening coffee and deciding to let Paul freaking Allen and Dan freaking Gilbert be their representatives to the union…

  6. Report: Allen Iverson hosting Las Vegas tournament with NBA friends

    Oct 22, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Ladies and gentlemen, open your hearts and prepare to let The Answer back into your lives. From Yahoo! Sports: Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson is hosting the Las Vegas Superstar Challenge on Nov. 12-13, sources told Yahoo! Sports. The tournament includes four teams with captains, including Iverson, who will recruit players for their respective teams.…

  7. Friday Video: Kevin McHale working in the post

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    1. This is my favorite YouTube highlight video of all time. One of my big NBA theories is that what makes an NBA player great is not the ability to convert difficult shots, but to create easy ones. Most YouTube highlight videos, by their nature, are a compilation of difficult long jumpers or a quick cut to…

  8. New movie “Elevate” shows hope hoops provides in Africa

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    There have been eight players out of Senegal that have made it to the NBA, the most notable of which is Bobcats center DeSagana Diop. But the path out of there is hard — they learn the game on a dirt court at the SEEDS academy. If they catch a coach’s eye and can get…

  9. Owners of teams with great rosters are eager for season to begin

    Oct 21, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst has some news that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody: If it were up to Heat owner Micky Arison, his team would be preparing for its final three preseason games right now and he’d be spending the majority of his time running his cruise lines and not at labor meetings in…

  10. Some owners thinking sale price, not hoops, as lockout drags on

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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    I didn’t think there was much that could make me more depressed about the prospects of the NBA season. Then I read Adrian Wojnarowski well-researched post at Yahoo, ripping apart Blazers owner Paul Allen, his interest (or lack thereof) in the team and his motivations for being the heavy during Thursday’s labor negotiating session, when…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki explains the World Series first pitch situation

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Saturday night you can see NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki in action. Not playing basketball. No, that’s a whole screwed up mess. Instead, you can see him throw out the first pitch at the World Series Game 3 in Texas. Which was a screwed up mess in its own right. First the Rangers asked him to…

  12. NHL’s Bill Guerin tells NBA players “It’s not worth it”

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Consider this a cautionary tale. There are a lot of similarities between the current NBA lockout and the NHL lockout of 2004-05 that cost that league an entire season. Particularly in the rhetoric of the owners, talking about needing to radically change the system. “Competitive balance” has become the new “cost certainty” that NHL owners…

  13. Which players have the most to lose with a long lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable. It looks like we could be at this lockout thing for a long, long time now. The longer this drags out, players are going to get hurt. The question is, which players get hurt the most? The conventional wisdom is…

  14. Quote of the Day: Owners seeking revenge

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    Our quote of the day is actually a tweet of the day, from former NBA player and front office guy for the Nuggets Rex Chapman. Yes, there’s some animosity between the sides.

  15. ‘Melo wants CP3 in New York. Isn’t this why there’s a lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jordan Brand Presents The 23/25 Energy Space In Dallas, TX

    This news is not surprising. In fact, I’d be shocked if Carmelo Anthony didn’t say he wants Chris Paul to play for the Knicks. It’s been on the radar since ‘Melo’s wedding and New Yorkers are salivating. But it also has lockout undertones. It helps explains why we are here. First, the quote from the…

  16. Raja Bell says David Stern is the impediment to a deal

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Raja Bell is frustrated. Like the rest of us. Frustrated that we are talking about a “percentage of basketball related income” and games missed rather than the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. And he’s frustrated with David Stern. Really, he’s frustrated with the owners and the entire NBA family for not making a deal…

  17. The enduring value of the Pacers’ undeserved playoff berth

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    As third parties have banded about all kinds of system-related ideas in light of the lockout, I’ve seen the 2010-2011 Indiana Pacers, who finished the regular season with a 37-45 record, categorically used as evidence in support of an altered playoff system. As much as I understand the sentiment that teams so far under .500…

  18. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  19. J.J. Hickson signs to play in Israel during lockout

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    2008 NBA Rookie Portraits

    You are not going to see a flood of NBA stars headed overseas now that the lockout has gotten ugly. Players talk about it, but most teams have full rosters and the NBA players that have gone overseas have struggled to adjust. Teams are not going to pay big money to NBA guys if they…

  20. Derrick Rose passenger in car stopped for DUI Friday

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    While you were sleeping last night — well, we assume you were sleeping but we’re not going to ask — Derrick Rose was hanging out in a Hollywood police station. Rose was not arrested, not charged with any wrongdoing. But he was not in a good place Thursday night into Friday morning. TMZ has the…

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