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  1. Pierce, Wade, Howard among players in decertification talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Decertification of the union has been something some agents have pushed for from the start, and it appears that those same agents had a heavy hand in this week’s players decertification talks behind the players’ backs. Names have started to leak out of who was on the call from several sources. Paul Pierce and Dwyane…

  2. Rick Carlisle had Mavericks pack for only Game 6 of finals

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Rick Carlisle pulled a trick out of the Miami Heat’s Pat Riley’s playbook to win the NBA finals. Back in 2006, the Miami Heat were up 3-2 and heading back for a Game 6 in Dallas. Then Heat coach Riley told his players to only pack enough clothes for one game’s stay — they were…

  3. Hardliners from both sides try to send message before talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

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    On one side, you have a group of renegade players threatening decertification of the union — threatening to blow up any chance of this season if the owners don’t give in. The owners don’t want to lose a full season and they feared decertification enough to file a pre-emptive lawsuit to block it. On the…

  4. Report: Group of 50 NBA players threaten union decertification

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

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    In case you thought sanity might encroach on the NBA labor talks, we bring you this report: A group of hardline NBA players, about 50, participated in a conference call this week behind the back of union leadership, reports both the New York Times and Yahoo. The upshot of the mid-week call is that if…

  5. Saturday’s owners/players meeting going to be large group

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    This could be really good or really bad. Every time a large group of owners and players have gotten together during the NBA labor talks things have gone about as well as the last Hindenburg voyage. It’s always Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen or something that messes it up. That said, eventually a large group…

  6. Jamal Crawford is in high demand. Why?

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    More good stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe: Jamal Crawford is a confounding player. He has a fairly high-profile, takes the sort of difficult crunch-time jumpers that make highlight reels and just looks the part of a dynamic NBA player. LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge have both recruited Crawford, an impending free agent, via Twitter the…

  7. Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help during lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

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    You can make the economic case that the money not spent in Orlando on Magic games starting this week will still find it’s way into the economy. No doubt that is right on a macro level. Basketball tickets are discretionary income and if you’re not spending the money on tickets your spending it on movies…

  8. After meeting, union leaders reiterate they are unified front

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After every National Basketball Players Association meeting of any size, union leadership and players have stood together and preached unity. Often wearing matching T-shirts, because nothing says unity like matching clothing. But this time the symbolism and words were needed. With players smacking union leadership publicly and signs of division everywhere, the union’s executive committee…

  9. Arron Afflalo talks free agency, efficiency, and the Bulls

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe recently did a great interview with forward Aaron Afflalo, who is a free agent after four seasons with Detroit and Denver. Here are a few highlights: SI.com: The Nuggets have had a crazy offseason, with Nene about to be an unrestricted free agent and three different free agents (J.R. Smith, Kenyon…

  10. NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    UPDATE 4:58 pm: Union VP Roger Mason Jr. — he of “how u” fame — has confirmed that talks will resume on Saturday, according to a tweet from Chris Manix of Sports Illustrated. Mason was also ringing the “union is unified” bell loud in every interview today. He says there was no real divide there.…

  11. Judge tosses minority owner’s lawsuit against Mark Cuban

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:43 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    It made for a nice bit of sensationalism — a minority owner of the Dallas Mavericks suing Mark Cuban and calling the franchise “insolvent.” Even more amusing was Cuban’s “we’re the champs” legal defense. Which apparently is a good strategy because on Thursday a judge tossed Ross Perot Jr.’s lawsuit out, according to the Dallas…

  12. How Antonio McDyess, Nick Van Exel showed real leadership

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

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    If you get the chance ESPN Films’ Unguarded, the story of Chris Herren and how he battled drug use throughout his college and brief NBA career. It’s compelling. But among the stories lost in the waves drugs can be how, during Herren’s time with the Nuggets veterans Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel went farther…

  13. If union wobbles, will owners go for kill and ruin chance at deal?

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    You’d think that watching the NBA players’ union squabble would make NBA owners smile. Break the union and you get the deal you want, right? Not exactly. The situation within the players union could make it less likely we see a deal soon, for a couple of reasons. One is that a fractured union can’t…

  14. Steve Nash calls both sides of lockout “inevitably selfish”

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    Halloween night I was standing in the front yard of a friend passing out candy with other dads while our kids soaked the neighbors for teeth-rotting treats when one guy asked, “Can you explain the lockout to me?” I did. And halfway through it I realized there is no way to describe this without everyone…

  15. Chauncey Billups doesn’t trust players’ collective ability to remain strong for a full season

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

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    This lockout has never been as simple as one side negotiating against another in an effort to produce a fair deal. There are a number of factors circling the negotiations that inevitably have an impact on their progress and timeline. The NBPA still holds the threat of decertification, a breaking point from which there is…

  16. Jeff Van Gundy is worried about level of play post lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Most of us are just worried about seeing NBA basketball again this season. Jeff Van Gundy is worried about the quality of basketball we’ll see when (if) the season starts up. Former coach and current ABC analyst Van Gundy said the league needs to make sure there is adequate time for training camps and hopes…

  17. E! unveils the natural companion piece to the Kardashian-Humphries coverage: a list of 15 “Super Sexy Basketball Hunks”

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

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    Just in case you’ve forgotten that the NBA is locked out, let me do my absolute damnedest to remind you: we could be talking about actual basketball right now, but instead, I’m going to point you in the direction of E! Online’s listing of 15 “Super Sexy Basketball Hunks,” (via Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation). The…

  18. Another day, more Shaq stories: Today, Big Baby gets smacked

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

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    Every day more excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book come out, and every day we move a little closer to buying the book when it comes out. We’ve heard stories from Shaq’s Lakers era, Cavaliers era and Heat era, on tap today is Boston. The Boston Globe has excerpts from the book about Shaq’s time…

  19. Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    USA+Basketball Wade Krzyzewski

    Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work. Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for…

  20. NBA’s new labor twitter account draws fire. It didn’t take long.

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

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    Because the league was not winning big enough during the lockout, it decided to take its case to twitter. The league opened a new account — @NBA_Labor — which the NBA could use to defend the owners case in cyberspace. To right all those perception wrongs. But it didn’t take long before that account came…

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