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  1. Were Fisher, Kobe down with 50/50 split? Maybe, as some players are.

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Everyone is not on the same page in the NBA labor negotiations. The owners are not a unified front and neither are the players. I have heard from players willing right now to take a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI) — the league’s revenues — and get on with a season right now.…

  2. Chris Kaman makes a lockout pumpkin

    Oct 30, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Chris Kaman

    Chris Kaman managed to express the thoughts and feelings of millions about the lockout on Saturday, through an artistic expression using a Halloween tradition. Saturday, Kaman posted this: I decided to express my feelings this Halloween weekend. This is what I feel about the lock out! http://t.co/NRuq4LLUSun Oct 30 00:52:05 via EchofonChris Kaman ChrisKaman And…

  3. If the current structure holds, the new NBA will look much like the old one, just smaller

    Oct 30, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls

    The New York Times reported Saturday on several crucial details of the new CBA deal that’s currently being discussed. Basically, if the structure holds once either side gets its collective head out of its backside, these are the provisions that are already agreed upon. So if the players cave and give in to 50/50 or…

  4. Video: As usual Nike is better at messaging than their players

    Oct 29, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    Nike needs the players. It really does. It can’t just market anyone. It has to market the elite guys, the ones with personality. It discovered with Michael Jordan (who we’ll get to in a minute) that the player is what can sell the most in basketball, versus the NFL and MLB which are hugely team-based.…

  5. Phil Jackson says the Bulls ‘overachieved.’ So that means the Lakers…

    Oct 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    There are so many things Phil Jackson will miss about the NBA. The comfy feel of a custom chair brought in just for him. The smell of reporter sweat as he toys with them like a cat with a mouse. The lavish comforts of studio hosts proclaiming him as the best thing since sliced bread.…

  6. Dwyane Wade might be too stylish, yada yada, wait… he paints his toenails?

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    wadeGQ

    I’m not going to lie to you. Talking to Dwyane Wade in person is like being in a Tilt-A-Whirl on hallucinogenics. You’re never on stable ground, you’re not sure what’s going on, and there’s a pretty decent chance afterwards you’ll throw up from the motion. Wade is so honestly so charming, you walk away thinking…

  7. The stupid BRI issue is really stupid

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    One would think that after four months, the NBPA and NBA would be able to figure out how to split pie slices. But no. Talks blew up again Friday over the split of Basketball Related Income, BRI, the phrase that has become the scourge of fans’ existence as more games are cancelled.  On the surface,…

  8. Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:01 AM EST

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

    We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But…

  9. Puerto Rico World All-Star game postponed, stick fork in tour

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    So much for that “see how much money we can make without the NBA” tour. After seemingly half the stars in the World All-Star Classic constellation pulled out in the past week, the first game — scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico — and the entire series now has been sucked into a black hole.…

  10. Friday night video: Top 10 plays from the 1999 NBA finals

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 4: San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers

    For some reason, the 1999 NBA finals is on my mind today. You remember that one, the Spurs championship with an asterisk? The one from the strike-shortened season. (Actually, they don’t deserve an asterisk, I was just channeling Phil Jackson for a second). What you see are the top 10 plays from that finals, as…

  11. Stern tries to frighten NBA players into taking deal

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:39 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    David Stern was masterful Friday afternoon. He put on a frightful Halloween show for the NBA players watching at home. Certainly it was all spin at his press conference following another day of blown up labor negotiations. He spoke to the media for about 15 minutes (it was broadcast on NBA TV) and NBA union…

  12. It’s official: NBA cancels games through November. Ugh.

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Even when you know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any less painful. There will be no NBA games in November. David Stern said in his press conference following the dissolution of labor talks (again!) that all games through Nov. 30 would be canceled. That also means there will be no 82 game NBA season…

  13. NBA continues ridiculous “two steps up, one step back” dance

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

    Empty Amway Arena

    We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately But we ain’t learnin’ We’re the same sad story that’s a fact One step up and two steps back                                                        …

  14. Reports: Lockout talks break down over BRI split

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    David Stern

    According to multiple sources, the lockout talks between the player’s union and the owners have hit an impasse over the BRI split. The players want 52%, the owners want to give them 50%, and neither side is budging. Talks for the day are reportedly over, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, no future talks have been scheduled…

  15. Dwight Howard latest to pull out of World All-Star Classic

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And the players keep dropping out the World All-Star Classic set to start in Puerto Rico Sunday (Oct. 30) like it was some hastily thrown together event that was never going to live up to the hype. The latest is Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reports. They spoke to his agent who confirms the news.…

  16. Report: Employees of Nets, 76ers told to get ready to work

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists. And then there are things that just hit you over the head. Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as…

  17. Should the NBA ban zone defenses? No.

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Wade, Zone defense, mavericks

    It was 10 years ago that the NBA started allowing a modified zone defense to be played in the NBA. It’s not a pure zone — you can’t park Dwight Howard in the paint, there’s a defensive three seconds — but more and more teams are using some form of match zones. The Mavericks may…

  18. Drawing lines: Ambition vs. delusion (feat. Jordan Crawford!)

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    In the slim chance that you hadn’t heard, Jordan Crawford, per Michael Lee of the Washington Post, said one of those things NBA players just aren’t supposed to say: “I don’t tell nobody, but I feel like I can be better than Michael Jordan,” Crawford said, without the slightest hint of sarcasm. “When I’m done…

  19. Report: Teams may have two years to use amnesty clause

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson

    One thing we know will be in the new NBA labor deal is an amnesty clause — teams will be able to waive one player off the roster and wipe most (likely 75 percent) of his salary off the luxury tax and salary cap. (The player would still get paid the full amount.) This is…

  20. Players smile, sign-and-trade seems to be part of new CBA

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    If there was one thing I thought small market owners would fight to keep out of the new NBA labor deal it was the sign-and-trade. It’s what LeBron James and Chris Bosh had after-the-fact. It can be used to hold a smaller market hostage. The player gets his money and his ticket to a new team…

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