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  1. Expect NBA to indefinitely postpone start of season soon

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

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    When the NBA labor talks blew up last Thursday, we all knew it would just be a matter of time before more games were cancelled. Probably Monday or Tuesday of this week. The first two weeks of the season we already toast so what was next, another two weeks? How about just saying it’s indefinite?…

  2. Joakim Noah dreaming of working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. It’s a pun, you see.

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Hakeem Olajuwon’s such a popular guy. NBA Hall of Famer. Iconic center. And apparently every NBA player wants to work with him. Kobe Bryant worked with The Dream two years ago. Dwight Howard the past two summers. LeBron James recently. Well, add one more to the list of people who want to get in line…

  3. Can we just be honest and say this is about LeBron?

    Oct 23, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    When “The Decision” happened, we said it would change the course of NBA history. We didn’t exactly see this coming. Since the lockout began, there have been several storylines beneath the primary conflict. The racial component, the in-fighting between agents and union officials, the superstars’ interjecting themselves, it’s been a party of subplots. But this…

  4. This sums up the owners’ position pretty clearly. The only thing that makes sense is total victory.

    Oct 23, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    From a great piece by Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick: “What we told the players again today was that we could not trade one off for the other,” Silver said of BRI and system issues. “As much as we would like to find a way for a so-called win-win for both parties, or we win one…

  5. No All-Stars showed up for Michael Beasley’s All-Star Classic

    Oct 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    From the department of “Aw, sad panda” comes this element regarding Wolves forward Michael Beasley. Beasley had organized a charity event in Minnesota, billing it as the “All-Star Classic,” promoting it as including Kevin Durant and Kevin Love along with John Wall and No.2 overall Timberwolves pick Derrick Williams. One problem. They didn’t show. From…

  6. Video: Dirk Nowitzki throws out first pitch at World Series

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

      After all that, he finally got to throw out the first pitch.   The Rangers lost 16-7.   Wah-wah.

  7. Well, I wasn’t worried about the lockout before, but now that Jesse Jackson is saying it’s bad…

    Oct 23, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    In a solid piece about the NBA Lockout and the inherent implications of race within it, Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke to the Washington Post’s Mike Wise. And while Jackson’ insights on Bryant Gumbel are actually thought-provoking, regarding the actual tone of the talk and their potential damage to the game itself, Jackson’s a little behind…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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