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  1. Jason Richardson returns to Bay Area Saturday, might want to stay

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Jason Richardson

    Saturday in San Jose, Warriors fans can believe again. One of the few highlights of the 17 years of George Cohen ownership was the “We Believe” playoffs of 2007 when the eight-seed Warriors knocked off the top seed Dallas Mavericks in a legendary first round series. A number of players from that team will take…

  2. David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

  3. Ex-NBAer Oliver Miller pleads guilty to pistol whipping man

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Oliver Miller

    I’m not exactly an expert on relationships and romance, but I’m fairly sure pistol whipping your girlfriend’s brother does not set the mood. Yet that’s what former NBA player Oliver Miller pled guilty to Tuesday, according to Fox Sports. Deputy State’s Attorney Thomas J. Fleckenstein said Miller, 41, followed Jason Worley out of a barbecue…

  4. Lockout forces Jordan to pull out of President’s Cup

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

    You know the lockout is serious when it cuts into Michael Jordan’s golf time. Jordan was to be an assistant captain for the USA at the Presidents Cup challenge coming up Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. But he has had to pull out, and our golf cohort Ryan Ballengee at ProGolfTalk has Jordan’s statement. “With…

  5. Shaq says LeBron never listened to Mike Brown in Cleveland

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Shaq LeBron

    Shaquille O’Neal knows how to sell books. Make friends, not so much. But he’s going to sell copies of his new book. We already brought you excerpts where Shaq throws Kobe Bryant under the bus (and only Brian Shaw had a level head and dealt with the situation, but you don’t want him to be…

  6. Video: Durant thinks Kobe beats LeBron one-on-one

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James one-on-one. Who ya got? Kevin Durant — and most of the other players asked — have Kobe. Players were asked by the Los Angeles Times after the recent Goodman/Drew rematch in Long Beach. Since we don’t have other basketball to talk about, this hypothetical is worth a discussion. But it…

  7. NBA owners, union head to court in legal battle Wednesday

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    The Miami Heat will not travel to face the Knicks and officially christen the renovated Madison Square Garden Wednesday as originally planned. The lockout drags on and the NBA and its players union are not even scheduled to meet and talk in the near future. But good news — some NBA lawyers are going to…

  8. If Cavs sends Baron Davis packing, Lakers or Knicks may win

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    As we wait for Billy Hunter and David Stern to sit down and bother to talk to one another, one of the favorite games of NBA fans has become “amnesty clause roulette.” Who will teams waive with the amnesty clause when the season stars again? Then, where will that player land? Few scenarios are as…

  9. Derek Fisher gets a lawyer, demands retraction

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher is serious. And is seriously ticked off. Over the weekend, Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports published a story saying a source told him Fisher had to be confronted by Billy Hunter and other union leaders to be talked out of agreeing to a 50/50 deal. The same article had the source suggesting Fisher…

  10. LeBron challenges Durant to a little football action

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:15 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    We’re not going to see LeBron James ad Kevin Durant square off on the hard court anytime soon, so why not on the gridiron? Stranger things have happened. Monday night Kevin Durant jumped into a flag football game at Oklahoma State University. If you remember, a month ago LeBron James went out and practiced with…

  11. Billy Hunter sends another letter to players urging unity

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:43 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…

  12. Infighting within union spills over into media labor reports

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    The NBA players are not a unified front right now. And the cracks are showing in varied media reports. On one side you have the hardliners, as represented in Jason Whitlock’s piece at Fox Sports over the weekend. One which said that union director Billy Hunter had to confront union president Derek Fisher because Fisher…

  13. After deliberation, lockout negotiators decide not to bring back federal mediator George Cohen

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:24 PM EST

    George Cohen

    UPDATE (7:24 PM): Per Howard Beck of the New York Times, George Cohen will not be coming back to the collective bargaining sessions after all. Plus, there remains no scheduled time or date for the resumption of talks. Delightful news all around. 2:18 PM: The negotiations to end the NBA lockout are not ongoing —…

  14. Shaw’s account of leaving L.A. should make Lakers fans nervous

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Kobe Bryant and most Lakers fans may not have liked it, but Brian Shaw never really stood a chance to become the Lakers next head coach. Shaw was qualified, and a top Lakers assistant, but his candidacy was doomed because he implied more of the same and Jim Buss wanted to put his stamp on…

  15. Video: Watch Chris Paul on Family Feud

    Nov 1, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul does not want you to see his wallet. That is just one of the things we learned from Paul’s trip to Family Feud, which he did play with his family for charity. Aside that, the other big take away from this video is that Chris Paul is much better at basketball than Family…

  16. Derrick Williams thought he should have been No. 1 pick

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    The quote below can be taken out of context, as ego run amok. And it shouldn’t. Derrick Williams — the Arizona star who No. 2 overall to Minnesota in the last NBA draft — said what I would want any No. 2 pick to say. He said he thought he should be No. 1. You…

  17. Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that. On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on…

  18. Raptors fan sues when front row seat becomes second row

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

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    Season ticket holders become very attached to their seats. The like the view, the people around them, it’s part of the whole NBA experience. Screw with those seats and they get ticked off. One such dispute with a Toronto Raptors — where his former seats that had nobody in front of them suddenly had a…

  19. Ben Wallace pleads guilty to DUI, gun possession charges

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    Back in September Pistons big man Ben Wallace was pulled over and arrested then charged with drunk driving and having an unloaded weapon — his wife’s — in the back of the car. Tuesday morning he pled guilty to those charges, reports the Detroit News. Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills appeared before Judge Shalina Kumar…

  20. Video: LeBron James plays hoops to Frank Sinatra music

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    NBA basketball player US LeBron James pl

    As our man Matt Moore pointed out over the weekend, Nike is better at getting out the message its players want to send than the players are. The “Basketball Never Sleeps” campaign works during the lockout as players show you they are ready and just want to play, if only the owners would be fair.…

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