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  1. Agents talking labor deal, but not decertification. Yet.

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Billy Hunter, Kobe Bryant

    Two days ago, a number of top agents sent out a letter to clients urging them not to buckle — and not to let players union chief Billy Hunter buckle — to the demands of NBA owners. Now those same agents are getting on the phone today to discuss what they see as the next…

  2. LeBron James practices with high school football team

    Oct 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Well, if a high school team had 26-year-old LeBron James suited up, they probably couldn’t lose. LeBron went Friday Night Lights on Tuesday afternoon, putting on the pads and walking on the practice field at St. Vincent-St. Mary (where he went to high school) and went through part of…

  3. Looking at NBA’s “game of Chicken” from the outside

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    On one hand, you can see where the NBA and its players are close to a deal, one that is within reach — they are just a couple percentage points apart. Of course, that is $500 million over the course of a deal, so it’s not a small amount, but still the sides seem close.…

  4. Pippen clarifies: Someday, maybe, LeBron could be best ever

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    There is nobody, anywhere, who thinks that right now LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan was. Not even Kid LeBron, Business LeBron or Wise LeBron. Bulls’ legend Scottie Pippen stepped in a pile of trouble earlier this year suggesting LeBron could be a better player than MJ. Then Pippen backtracked. Even LeBron didn’t want…

  5. Who gets really hurt by lockout: Heat slash salaries of staff

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

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    This is by far the most frustrating part about the NBA lockout — while the owners and players argue over how to split up $4 billion a year of the fans’ money, people with regular jobs and salaries who rely on the league for a living are the ones feeling the pinch. One that will…

  6. Joakim Noah is good at beer pong. Should have expected that.

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

    Joakim Noah France

    Joakim Noah is working out at his alma mater, the University of Florida, getting ready for the season that may never come. (Or may.) And, he’s having a little fun. Probably a lot of fun. TMZ posted pictures of Noah playing a floating game of beer pong in a pool at an apartment complex near…

  7. Union letter tells players deal close but they have given enough

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    derek Fisher

    I’ll say this for the NBA players union, they have revived the lost art of letter writing. Once again National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter have reached out to their constituency with a letter. Although clearly the message of that letter (which they knew would be leaked) was aimed at…

  8. Manu Ginobili not going to Italy as Kobe’s replacement

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

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    It’s the rumor that has been floating around out of Italy — if Kobe Bryant doesn’t sign with Virtus Bologna, the team will ink Manu Ginobili to a deal. Kobe described his plans in Italy as “up in the air” at the labor talks Tuesday in New York, but Ginobili is not on board. Not…

  9. Tony Parker signs to play for team he co-owns in France

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Sergio Llull (R) and Rudy Fernandez of S

    Tony Parker was able to work out a deal with Tony Parker that Tony Parker found acceptable and now Tony Parker will be playing in France if the lockout drags out. Parker, the Spurs point guard, has signed a deal to play for ASVEL Villeurbanne, the team he co-owns in France, during the lockout, according…

  10. Magic Johnson on with Leno, no fan of Artest’s new name

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    Magic Johnson was on the Jay Leno show Monday dodging questions about the lockout because as a Lakers executive he would be paying a heavy fine. Hard to blame him there. But Magic was talking Metta World Peace — the Laker formerly known as Ron Artest — and it turns out Magic thinks he’s a…

  11. Players union to pay for “workout centers” during lockout

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    One of the fun guessing games of the lockout is wondering who is going to go Shawn Kemp — return from the lockout overweight and out of shape. No fair picking Eddy Curry, you have to better than that. To quell the perception of players siting around with their PS3s and waiting for the phone…

  12. Are owners, players closer to a deal than it seems? Maybe.

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:44 PM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    David Stern spent a lot of his post-negotiating session Tuesday trying to make a point — that the players walked away from a fair deal, a 50/50 split of “basketball related income.” It felt like spin at the time, in part because it was an informal concept and part just how Stern portrayed it. Well,…

  13. Jamario Moon signs with Quebec of Canadian NBL

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    Jamario Moon is popular in Canada. No, I’m not kidding. He is a high flying dunker who came into the league and had his best season with the Raptors. They still love him north of the border, while America asks “who?” So Moon is going back to Canada during the lockout, to play for the…

  14. Blame falls on Stern, owners for loss of NBA games

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    The NBA is about to shoot itself in the leg. After a season where the league generated more revenue than ever before, when television ratings were the highest they had bee since the Jordan-era Bulls, the league next Monday will cancel regular season games. Because they can’t figure out how to divide up the fans’…

  15. NBA will cancel first games next week after talks see little progress

    Oct 4, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Tuesday was billed as they most crucial day of NBA labor talks, but the results after four hours looked exactly like every other meeting over the past several weeks: There was incremental progress, but the two sides remain an ocean apart. And in that ocean could be a sinking NBA season that will see regular…

  16. Doc Rivers is sad to see Terry Francona go

    Oct 4, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    He led the Red Sox to their first World Series championships in nearly a century, so Terry Francona has a spot in the hearts of Boston sports fans forever. But after a painful, epic collapse at the end of last season, Francona is out as the Red Sox manager. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, for one,…

  17. Report: Tracy McGrady not signing to play in China

    Oct 4, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady is still far more popular in China than his game warrants — he was the star playing beside Yao Ming for years in Houston and will always be remembered that way in China. So it’s not shocking to see rumors of him signing in China popping up now and again. But it’s not…

  18. Ilyasova would rather play in Turkey than Milwaukee

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

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    If you had to choose between living in Milwaukee or Turkey, what would you choose? Ersan Ilyasova wants to choose Turkey, but may not get that option. Ilyasova is playing for Anadolu Efes in Istanbul during the lockout, although the Bucks have an option on him for the upcoming season and his deal has an…

  19. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett show up for NBA labor talks

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    When you think of the cool, level-headed NBA players you want in the room while the most sensitive of NBA labor negotiations take place, who comes to mind? Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, of course. They were two of the NBA players who showed up Tuesday in Manhattan (New York, not Kansas) for Tuesday’s big…

  20. Josh Smith’s new Adidas spot is sweet, comes with poetry

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks is in a sweet new Adidas commercial for the adiZero Ghost. Josh Smith in an ad I like is in and of itself is a bit of a surprise, but there you go. What really makes this work Shihan, a National Poetry Slam Champion, knocking out the rhymes. Hat…

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