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  1. Hall of Fame nominees announced. Yes, we see you Reggie.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

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    It’s just the first step — and getting past the first step can lead to controversy. The list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced. It’s an impressive group of people from all across the hoops spectrum (remember, the Hall of Fame is the entire sport,…

  2. Report: NBA union reps meeting set for Monday morning

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    Well, at least we won’t have to wait long for Armageddon. The NBA players’ union team representatives are set to meet in New York at 9 a.m. Monday morning, according to a tweet from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune (talking about Wolves rep Anthony Tolliver). Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter and union leadership will present David…

  3. Tide of players turning against Stern’s latest ultimatum

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    It will not be until the first part of next week that we see officially how the players will respond to the latest ultimatum from David Stern and the owners. But Thursday night union president Derek Fisher seemed hesitant about it, and as Friday wore on more and more players and owners seemed to turn…

  4. Magic Johnson on HIV fight: “I’m happy it was me”

    Nov 11, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    This week marked the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson announcing he was retiring from the NBA because he had HIV. It was as shocking a moment as there has been in sports. But it was also a turning point for our culture — Magic changed the face and perception of HIV and AIDS. People talked…

  5. Pat Riley is waiting, but is not talking Erik Spoelstra

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:49 PM EST

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Among the dramas coming next season — whenever there is a next season — surrounds Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Because there was not enough drama in Miami already. Spoelstra is entering the last year of his contract. With Pat Riley hanging over him like the Sword of Damocles (just ask Stan Van Gundy) there…

  6. D-League changes (plus age limit) not part of owners’ proposal

    Nov 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

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    UPDATE 4:36 pm: We now have confirmation on this. The changes to the D-League are among things the owners want, but it is all part of what union chief Billy Hunter described as the “B-List” issues, along with draft age limit changes (there are reports the owners want to raise it from 19 to 20)…

  7. Austin Daye finding life in Moscow is not like Los Angeles

    Nov 11, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

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    Take a guy who grew up on the warm and diverse streets of Los Angeles then drop him in Moscow for a few months and you have the making of an interesting story. Or a terrible sitcom. That’s what happened to Austin Daye, the Pistons forward signed a two-month deal to play with Moscow’s BC…

  8. If he wasn’t Metta World Peace, he’d be Queensbridge

    Nov 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

    What would we do without Ron Artest, er, Metta World Peace to lighten the mood. Amidst the ultimatums and likely refusal by players to accept that deal, World Peace went on the Dan Patrick Show Friday and when the host asked him if he had a backup name in mind if his name change had…

  9. James Dolan is like the rest of us, just sick of the lockout

    Nov 11, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    Of all the owners, it would have been easiest for James Dolan to make it to the NBA labor negotiations last week. He owns the Knicks, he’s on the negotiating committee for the owners, he’s right there in Manhattan, he could just drop in a whole lot easier than Spurs owner Peter Holt. Yet Dolan…

  10. Why agents hate the owners’ offer — they lose power

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Agents are leading the charge against the latest offer from the NBA owners — agents are at the heart of decertification efforts, they are telling their clients not to take this deal. Agents are in one sense looking out for their clients’ interest, although everything is intertwined — the more money the players make, the…

  11. Sundiata Gaines almost died from gunshot at age 4

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Sundiata Gaines Nets

    Sundiata Gaines is a bit of an NBA cult hero for his game winning shot in Utah. He’s one of those guys who has fought hard (and won fans) the past few seasons as he tried to find stable footing in the NBA. He was last with the Nets and the team may pick up…

  12. Don’t think for a second owners’ latest offer is what fans want

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Let’s be honest about what you really like — trades and teams full of stars. You like seeing basketball, too, which makes the new offer from NBA owners appealing to fans. Because it means 72 games and a full playoffs, basically a normal season. I want to see it in place for the same reasons.…

  13. Birdman’s celebrity redneck hunting show… he’s starting it

    Nov 11, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

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    Nuggets shot blocking machine Chris Andersen is not your typical NBA player — in a league with inked-up players, the Birdman’s tattoos turn your head. And blind you. So we should have guessed that when SLAM magazine asked him what he was up to this summer (at a Converse event), the response was going to…

  14. What does a 72-game season look like? Packed like sardines.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Empty Amway Arena

    Here’s the real hook for players with a season that starts Dec. 15 — they lose essentially only one paycheck. Their salaries in a shortened season are pro-rated by games played, a 72 game season would mean 10 fewer games than normal (a 12 percent loss). That is basically a little more than one missed…

  15. Details of owners’ latest offer emerge, just last offer tweaked

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The real question is how the sides are going to handle it if — more likely when — the players reject the latest offer from David Stern and the owners. We are starting to learn more about that offer, and basically it is minor changes from the offer the players rejected last weekend. It doesn’t…

  16. Players, agents may begin union decertification Friday

    Nov 11, 2011, 12:46 AM EST

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    They have the signatures. A band of agents has had the more than 130 signatures needed from players to request the decertification of the union for most of this week, but they sat on it out of respect for the ongoing negotiations. After watching the outcome of another round of talks, those agents and players…

  17. Stern gives players new ultimatum offer for 72-game season

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:45 PM EST

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    One week later, after nearly 23 hours of talks over two days, we are back almost in the same place we were last weekend, save that the consequences seem more dire. Thursday night David Stern and the owners presented a new take-it-or-leave-it proposal to the union (the details of which we have few of yet but…

  18. If they do get a deal, how many NBA games will there be?

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    NBA basketball

    From the day that we see Billy Hunter and David Stern shake hands, it’s going to take at least 30 days to get the NBA regular season started. Which means solve it soon and we can still have hoops on Christmas. But how many games in the regular season would we see? The NBA will…

  19. Someone stole Shawn Bradley’s custom bike, got caught

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    Shawn Bradley, Chris Webber

    Former NBA center Shawn Bradley is 7’6” — he loves to ride a bicycle with his family but he needed one custom made to fit him. He got a special frame made that is 50 percent larger than the one on that bike you own. So if you are six-foot tall Joshua Carter, how do…

  20. Author: Shaquille O’Neal’s father abused him as a child

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Through all the entertaining anecdotes in the new Shaquille O’Neal book about his clashes with Kobe Bryant (and Pat Riley and LeBron James and Big Baby and…) there is another, darker episode. There is Shaq’s upbringing, and how his father physically and mentally abused him. Like punching him in the face out of the blue…

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