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  1. Report: It literally does not make financial sense to cancel games at this point

    Oct 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    With the players and owners meeting Sunday, there’s still little hope that a deal gets done. The perception is that they’re still extremely far apart. But here’s the thing. They’re really not. From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com this morning on Twitter: So here’s where we are: At their previous % of 43, owners would get…

  2. Report: NBA and players to meet for Hail Mary attempt at a season Sunday

    Oct 9, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

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    The players canceled a meeting Sunday and suspicions began ramping up that there would be a meeting Sunday with Monday’s deadline to avoid canceling regular season games looming. Sunday afternoon the New York Times reports those suspicions are becoming a reality. Top officials for the N.B.A. and the players union will meet Sunday night in…

  3. Allan Houston Rule could become the Gilbert Arenas Rule

    Oct 9, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls

    Rashard Lewis is talked about as the poster child for bad contracts. But Lewis is a willing defender, can hit from the outside, and was very productive for most of his contract. So when talk of the so-called amnesty clause came up recently in NBA discussions, it wasn’t Lewis whose name was linked. It was…

  4. STAT is now “the Renaissance Man,” via Isiah Thomas?

    Oct 9, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    Fashion's Night Out At Macy's Herald Square

    Amar’e Stoudemire once said that skipping college was the “hardest choice” he ever had to make. The guy reads Sun Tzu and political commentary, and visited Israel to explore his roots last year. So he’s kind of a cerebral guy. He’s making up for lost time, though, at FIU where he’s working out. He’s also…

  5. Players meet Saturday night, the line holds at 53 percent for BRI

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:05 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBPA was supposed to hold a regional meeting on Sunday and Monday, but late Saturday, word came from Yahoo! Sports that the Sunday meeting was canceled? Hope for a last-minute negotiating session? No, silly rabbit. Negotiating is for grown-ups! This is a finger-pointing contest now. Or another type of contest I won’t define. So…

  6. Eddy Curry pulls out of Miami charity game, Caron Butler to play

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

    New York Knicks Media Day 2010

    Eddy Curry had lost all that weight, reportedly 100 lbs. making him the Biggest Loser in the good way for the first time in his career. His coming out party was supposed to be the charity event in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Mario Chalmers, members (or former in restricted free-agent Mario Chalmers’…

  7. Shannon Brown wants a bigger role and a contender. I would like a pony and a rocket ship.

    Oct 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    Shannon Brown‘s going to be a free agent when the league comes back (you know, in 2014), and he’s going to have options. He’s still a young promising guard with two championship rings. His return to the Lakers makes sense from several perspectives, and a dozen more if you factor in how bad Steve Blake…

  8. Isiah Thomas quietly drops yet another hint about New York

    Oct 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Isiah Thomas

    In a well-seasoned and very even piece from the New York Times on Isiah Thomas Saturday, the architect behind the big charity event this weekend starring LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (who the Times reports came to Isiah, not the other way around), Thomas primarily gave the same answers he always does about the Knicks.…

  9. What if Perry Jones waited until 2013 to enter the draft?

    Oct 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    2010 Jordan Brand Classic

    Baylor’s Perry Jones surprised everyone by pulling out of the draft last year. He was projected as a lottery pick, and had been ruled ineligible for the end of the season and postseason for improper benefits. (You know, really evil stuff like “a coach loaning his mother money so they wouldn’t lose their house,” stuff…

  10. Just when the players need them most, overseas offers are more difficult than ever

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    The big trend for players to go overseas was thought of, if not as a great equalizer in the lockout leverage game, then at least as a decent option of last resort. The players need to be able to show the owners they don’t need the only game in town. That’s pretty difficult on its…

  11. Friday night video: Jordan vs. Nique dunk contest highlights

    Oct 7, 2011, 10:07 PM EST

    Jordan Dunk

    This weekend, with a guillotine hanging over the start of the NBA season, players will take part in a couple of celebrity games (LeBron vs. Wade in Miami, Goodman vs. Drew in Los Angeles). We could use the escape and see some actual hoops. And as a reminder of how fun exhibitions can be, we…

  12. Owners, players can’t agree to meet; start of season doomed

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    UPDATE 8:50 pm: If you were holding out hope for a last minute settlement to save the full NBA season, you should grab another beer. Or towel to cry into. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver basically confirmed the leaks from the union we passed along before (just keep scrolling down) — the league is not…

  13. Raptors close to hiring 76ers Stefanski as general manager

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

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    Ed Stefanski, the 76ers general manager who has basically been a lame duck in Philadelphia since the ownership brought in Rod Thon to run the show, is close to landing a new gig. He is in “advanced talks” to become the GM and No. 2 guy with the Toronto Raptors behind team president Bryan Colangelo,…

  14. Video: Josh Selby highlights from summer runs

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Josh Selby

    One of the fun parts of summer basketball is getting to see the games of guys who, for whatever reason, you hadn’t seen much before. Guys buried on an NBA bench or who you didn’t catch your eye in college, then on a stage with NBA talent wow you in person. (No Vegas Summer League…

  15. Derrick Rose settles to avoid lawsuit from Memphis boosters

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:57 PM EST

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    A few Memphis boosters were ticked. Really ticked. And they would not quit. So they threatened a lawsuit naming former Memphis player Derrick Rose, former Memphis coach John Calipari, and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson after the team got put on sanctions, all surrounding Rose not taking his own SATs (allegedly). Be clear, if Calipari…

  16. Might Nets try to go big, get a center for twin towers look?

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Nets have a lot of challenges to deal with when the lockout ends. And they have ticking clock — Deron Williams can opt out and walk at the end of the season if he wants. Most people — including we here at PBT — think at upgrade at the two forward spots makes the…

  17. Drew League gets another shot at Goodman League Sunday

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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    In a sure sign that the lockout continues to drag on, the charity game/pro-am circuit is going strong this weekend on both coasts. Saturday night in Miami pretty much all of the NBA stars in the Nike galaxy will play in a LeBron vs. Wade charity game at Florida International University. But the game that…

  18. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, opponents at long last

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The initial reactions to the formation of the Miami Heat primarily stemmed from places of awe, of anger, and of bewilderment. It was a development unlike anything the NBA world had ever seen, and that people responded so strongly came as no surprise. Yet eventually, those three very separate reactions were filtered into one. The…

  19. Nowitzki shoots down report he’s talking to Real Madrid

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Earlier this week reports started to come out of Greece (and repeated other places) that Dirk Nowitzki was talking to European power Real Madrid to play there during the lockout. Nowitzki said he is not. That’s part of a conversation with ESPN’s Marc Stein where the big German talked about his plans if the lockout…

  20. Warriors Curry says relationship with Ellis “a lot better”

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    There is something tantalizing about the Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis backcourt in Golden State. Two guys who can create, who play smart, who can knock down shots (they combined for 42.7 points per game last season). But it’s never seemed smooth. To be sure, part of it is the whole “who plays defense” thing. Still,…

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