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

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:40 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    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…

  4. Greg Oden can now run

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    ODEN_GREG

    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.…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    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…

  7. NBA owners, players back at bargaining table Thursday

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

    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.

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    derek Fisher

    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.…

  11. Kings struggle to keep all those new sponsors happy

    Oct 27, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Kings Farewell Basketball

    It is one of the key reasons the Kings are still the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento Mayor walked up to the NBA’s owners — not the Maloof brothers that own the Kings, but the rest of them — and said he could bring in $10 million more in local corporate sponsorship. Then he went out and…

  12. Video: New Under Armour ad speaks to hoops purist in us

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    There may be optimism, but there is still a lockout. I’m sick of writing about BRI splits and punitive luxury taxes. I miss basketball. So this new ad from Under Armour works for me right now. It features Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams, but it’s the message that works. In that vein, I pass…

  13. Don’t worry Warrior fans, Mark Jackson isn’t going to work too hard

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    NBA coaches tend to be workaholics. Guys who spend countless hours studying film, coming up with game plans and finding ways to pass that information on to players in a manner they can digest. Those are long, long days. Not Mark Jackson. The New Warriors coach spoke with Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com and said he…

  14. Iverson says family issues behind him, wants one more shot

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    iverson-turkey

    Guys who are 36 years old, are coming off an injury and played last season overseas don’t usually get another shot at the NBA. But Allen Iverson has never fit the mold. Iverson has said for a while that he wants another shot at ending his career in the NBA. He reiterated that to Marc…

  15. Can a full 82 game season be saved? Maybe, but it shouldn’t.

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    padlockap

    Thursday morning’s 4 a.m. press conference following a marathon 15-hour negotiating session between the NBA and its players took a few interesting turns. Specifically when discussion turned to how much of an NBA season there would be if a deal could be reached soon. (That’s a big if, there’s a lot of ground to cover…

  16. J.R. Smith learning the good, bad of playing in China

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    The Chinese Basketball Association has an insanely high turnover rate for Western players who sign on. The basketball is different, but more so it’s the radical culture change that players struggle with, things like the food. J.R. Smith is getting some of that, but he’s adjusting. A fascinating post over at Sheridanhoops.com breaks down the…

  17. After 15 hours of meetings, “some progress” in NBA labor talks

    Oct 27, 2011, 3:50 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    I’ve got to say this for the owners and players, when they sit down to talk they don’t get up. NBA owners and players union representatives met for more than 15 hours in New York Wednesday — going until 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning. The two sides will get back at it on Thursday at 2…

  18. Beasley sues AAU coach, former agent in one ugly mess

    Oct 27, 2011, 3:30 AM EST

    Michael Beasley

    College recruiting is an ugly, dirty business. One most basketball fans just try to ignore it because, well, we love the game and don’t like to see its reputation sullied. But a lawsuit filed by Timberwolves forward brings it all out in the open, as reported by the Washington Post. In September Joel Bell, Beasley’s…

  19. World All Star Classic tour will go on, minus a few stars

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    It will be the biggest summer showcase yet — what the promoters are humbly calling a “showcase of unprecedented proportions” — with a galaxy of NBA stars. Just ignore the few black holes. Even after some defections there will be a World All-Star Classic tour, starting in Puerto Rico on Oct. 30 (Sunday). From there…

  20. Allen Iverson has lined up some big names for Vegas game

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    UPDATE 9:51 pm: The format for this weekend has now been announced. All the players will be broken out into four teams. There will be two games on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Thomas and Mack off the strip in Vegas (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Then on Saturday night all the players will watch…

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