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  1. Dwight Howard wants Magic to retire Penny’s number

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Anfernee Hardaway #1

    Should the Orlando Magic retire the number No. 1 jersey of Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway? Here are the stats: Hardaway played six years in Orlando, was a four-time All-Star in that span, helped the Magic reach the NBA finals, was two-time First Team All NBA, and along with Shaquille O’Neal helped put the Magic on the…

  2. What issues are union sticking points? Here are a few

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    lock

    When leaders of the NBPA — the NBA’s player union — emerge from a Times Square area hotel on Monday afternoon, I fully expect them to say the people in the room voted to approve a modified version of the league’s latest offer. It makes sense to put the ball in the owners’ court. The…

  3. In latest attempt to sway, David Stern has memo for players

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Say this about David Stern, he knows how to get his spin and story out there. Far better than the union does, with its halting and missteps. Stern wins the PR battle because he is better at it. The latest attempt along those lines — and the latest attempt by Stern and the owners to…

  4. Shaq’s interesting interpretation of his final days in Miami

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal Heat

    The feeling of the people in Miami about Shaquille O’Neal and his book may best be summed up by a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel: There is the truth and then there is Shaq’s spin on his Heat departure. But Shaq’s spin makes for an entertaining read. The chapter of his new…

  5. Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York. Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts: • Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players…

  6. Winderman: League tells you how to build “Roster of the Future”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    If you didn’t know better (or perhaps if you do), it sure seems as if David Stern’s ultimate goal from the lockout is to reshape his league through some sort of real-life fantasy draft. Getting beyond Sunday’s Twitter theatrics (we personally believe the answers were provided by some sort of auto-reply-bot or Adam Silver, which…

  7. Video: Top 10 plays from Josh Howard’s Dallas charity game

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Another week, another round of charity game highlights featuring Kevin Durant and friends. Josh Howard hosted a charity game in Dallas and the fans were treated to some high flying plays and displays of athleticism. As is a charity game tradition, they were not treated to any defense. Still, this is what we have for…

  8. Allen Iverson can picture himself in Boston green

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    When we were talking about Boston needing a veteran backup point guard for Rajon Rondo, this is not exactly what we had in mind. Allen Iverson — out of the NBA last season but trying to get back in — is interested in playing for the Celtics, his manger Gary Moore told the Boston Globe (via…

  9. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  10. NBA takes to Twitter to… well, we’re not sure why

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:27 PM EST

    twitter-whale

    The NBA announced on Sunday night they would take questions from people on Twitter and David Stern and Adam Silver would answer them. What followed was a series of refutations from players and repetition of talking points they’ve been spewing for months. It was neither productive, insightful, nor revealing. It did not harness the power…

  11. Kevin Durant says he’s ready to “jump” overseas

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Kevin Durant has spent his lockout playing in every exhibition game under the sun. He wants to ball. Obsessively. But he’s also been very firm on the lockout, being a leader for the “don’t get screwed” side. He’s waited out the question of playing overseas, wanting to take it to the very last minute. Apparently…

  12. LeBron says he wouldn’t not take himself in a one-one match with Kobe that will never happen. Yeah, you read that right.

    Nov 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    Look, I get the need for grammatical correctness. I do. But there are times in which the double-negative more aptly describes the sentiment being expressed. Yes, technically, the correct version would do the same For example. I don’t not want pancakes. I want pancakes. In both instances, the subject is expressing a desire for pancakes.…

  13. Report: James Dolan’s pretty much had it with his fellow owners

    Nov 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    James Dolan isn’t exactly known as a savvy decision-maker. He’s too often been known to act on impulse, like trading the house for Carmelo Anthony when he was going to get Melo one way or another. Or allowing Isiah Thomas to skulk around his house like a murder of crows after destroying the franchise for…

  14. Dear Mr. Thomas: A response to Etan Thomas’ Op-Ed

    Nov 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas published an op-ed on ESPN.com on the state of the labor talks, discussing 23… pause… questions surrounding the lockout. There’s a lot of quality things in there, but as always, there are two sides to every story. Except the story that Dan Gilbert, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, and Michael Jordan should not have…

  15. Hunter says there will be a vote on that thing we said there wouldn’t be a vote on… kind of

    Nov 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Remember when we said there wouldn’t be a vote? Yeah, that’s what it looked like right up until about 1AM EST Saturday night. Then SI.com dropped a column with direct comment from Billy Hunter. The union’s going to vote on the proposal. Kind of. When reached on Saturday night, however, Hunter told SI.com that his…

  16. Stern responds to allegations he’s not bluffing by saying he’s not bluffing

    Nov 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    In the midst of this fantastically stupid game of chicken being played by the NBA and NBPA, the result of which will be a colossal train wreck resulting in massive damage to major economic entity, the loss of hundreds of jobs, and irreparable damage to the sport of professional basketball, right in the center stands…

  17. Players might vote for deal, season, if given vote, which they won’t be

    Nov 12, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    ESPN’s Shaun Powell reports on Twitter: Source told me if full membership votes on the owner’s deal, NBA would open for business by Wednesday.Sat Nov 12 17:11:26 via webShaun Powell powellshaun This is much akin to “Unicorns may cure cancer, if they exist.” The primary problem is that unicorns don’t exist. Similarly, the rank-and-file NBA…

  18. Nazr Mohammed was doing so well, too

    Nov 12, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Nazr Mohammed

    For starters, it should be noted that at least the players are willing to talk about these things. They’re brave enough to go on Twitter, to talk to reporters, to have conversations about the state of the lockout and the potential end of the season. Their position is obviously as biased as it can be,…

  19. The real problem on the players’ side in this fight

    Nov 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    OK, the headline’s a bit misleading. The owners are the real problem for the players in this fight. Not that they want something the players don’t, but that they want everything. I made the comparison earlier this week on Memphis radio that this is the equivalent of the geek throwing the jock up against the…

  20. Monday’s probably it for the 2011-2012 NBA season

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    lock

    This isn’t scare-journalism. I’m not being sensationalist, over-dramatic, or jumping to conclusions. I have ducked and dodged this scenario for as long as possible, believing there was always another chance, always another bargaining session, always another scenario that could happen to avoid it. But I can’t get around it any longer. They’ve broken me, and…

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