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  1. There is still a chance for NBA’s regular season to start on time

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

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    I’ll admit, it’s hard for me to be optimistic about the NBA lockout prognosis right now. As I explained on twitter, every time I get hopeful I feel like Charlie Brown running up to kick the football, and David Stern is playing the role of Lucy. But there are some reasons to be optimistic that…

  2. It’s official: NBA postpones training camps, cancels 43 preseason games

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    David Stern

    We all knew it was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to report. Especially when you now consider that regular season games will almost certainly be postponed if not lost. The NBA announced it has officially and indefinitely postponed the start of NBA training camps (that were to start Oct. 3) and has…

  3. Donnie Walsh thinks Knicks have the core of a title team

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    The last time the New York Knicks were NBA champions, George Steinbrenner had just purchased the Yankees for $10 million, the World Trade Center towers opened in New York and Elvis Presley was doing a live concert from Hawaii. So it’s been a while. But former GM and now team consultant — meaning they paid…

  4. Kobe gets $6.7 million offer from Italian team, now his call

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The ball is now in Kobe Bryant’s court, a massive offer is on the table. But even with the lockout, I’d be surprised if he picks it up. Thursday night officials from Virtus Bologna had a conference call with Rob Pelinka, the agent for Kobe, and laid out four different contract options, according to the…

  5. Former union chief says sides may not be feeling pressure yet

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:04 AM EST

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    Fans, we’re feeling pressure. Later on Friday the official news will come down that the preseason has been postponed and the first preseason games have been canceled. While that seems like it should be pressure to us, it may not be to Billy Hunter and David Stern. The cancellation of games — even regular season…

  6. Ray Allen ready to sacrifice season for a fair deal. Just great.

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:37 AM EST

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    Remember those heady days a couple of weeks ago when we were optimistic that the level heads would prevail and it seemed like the entire season could be salvaged? Ahhh, the naiveté of youth. Now, we’re getting back to games being cancelled and more strident positions. Such as Celtics sharp shooter Ray Allen yesterday speaking…

  7. Union head Billy Hunter says little progress made in talks

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

    Billy Hunter

    We might have guessed this based on the fact that Friday the NBA is going to postpone the start of training camps and cancel some preseason games, but union head Billy Hunter said things are not really going well in negotiations. Hunter spoke with Chris Sheridan — who is far more optimistic about a deal…

  8. Player reaction to preseason postponement: Saw that coming

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:41 PM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Out in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks at the Impact Compeitive Training Series (affectionately known as the “lockout league”), it has been about NBA players staying in shape for the start of the season, sharpening their game, getting in some run. Now everybody will have a lot longer to hone that edge.…

  9. Video: Trailer for new new James Worthy documentary

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

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    If James Worthy were on just about any other team in NBA history, he would be looked back on as one of the, if not the, greatest player in the franchise’s history. But he ended up on the Showtime Lakers, where he was sometimes option No. 3. But watch these highlights and remember how special…

  10. NBA to announce postponement of camps, preseason Friday

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Tomorrow could be black Friday for the NBA. After a lengthy but apparently fruitless negotiating session on Thursday the NBA is set to announce the postponement of training camps and cancellation of the first two weeks of preseason games on Friday. According to a Yahoo report there is going to be a conference call with owners…

  11. Metta World Peace donates $285,000 to mental health charities

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:04 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Victory Parade

    From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times: Metta took some steps to bring World Peace on Wednesday by donating $285,000 to mental health charities across America. He has pledged to give away more than $500,000 that he raised by raffling off his 2010 Lakers championship ring. At the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, before…

  12. Winderman: NBA’s post-lockout startup time can be quick

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:03 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    Based on the slow-go turn in lockout negotiations, it is safe to say that we’re officially on the clock, a backwards timetable to the earliest-possible start to the NBA season. Those involved in the process are virtually unanimous in a two-week timetable being necessary for agreement-into-final draft and then a union vote. Conversations with others…

  13. What the Hornets should do if the lockout ends

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:49 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    It’s a crucial year for the Hornets. Chris Paul can opt out of his contract with New Orleans after this season, and it goes without saying that the franchise would be devastated if Paul left the team. Here are a few ways that the Hornets can build on their spirited first-round performance against the Lakers…

  14. Shane Battier may be looking for more money than the Grizzlies are willing to spend

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier isn’t quite the defensive force he once was; even the plus-minus data that illustrated his worth to teams like the Houston Rockets — not to mention made him the subject of Michael Lewis’ renowned piece for The New York Times — has turned on him of late, leaving Battier as merely a competent defender…

  15. Thursday labor talks end with little progress. Again.

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    It’s starting to feel a little like “Groundhog Day” around here. No matter what we expect, we keep ending up back in the same place. Again the NBA and its players union met on Thursday, again for more than five hours, and again the meeting ended with little talk of progress. There are no new…

  16. Heat uniquely positioned to take advantage of possible amnesty clause

    Sep 22, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    In addition to the free agent bonanza that will take place following the conclusion of the lockout, there is now a distinct possibility that an amnesty clause — akin to the 2005 Allan Houston Rule — will release even more players back onto the open market. For those unfamiliar, such an exception would allow teams…

  17. Marcus Camby arrested with small amount of marijuana

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    If you want, turn the comments into a debate about whether or not this should even be illegal. It’s a valid debate (and I’d fall on the side of saying it shouldn’t be, except the part where he is operating a car), but it’s moot here. The fact is it is illegal right now. Trail…

  18. Derrick Favors trying to put on some bulk this summer

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

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    Watching Derrick Favors last season was watching a guy who has a high ceiling in the NBA, but wondering if he would ever reach it. He’s got the size and speed to be special, but he needed to get stronger and he needed to develop a midrange shot he can trust, upgrade his passing skills…

  19. NBA players don’t realize what awaits them in China

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

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    Hey, locked out NBA players. How would you feel about playing in a league where the players have no power, practices go on for five or six hours on off days, there are bus rides that would make a minor league baseball player wince, and forget about post-game food spreads, or even a good college…

  20. Jason Terry wants to make sure Mavs bring Stevenson back

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The conventional wisdom has been that when looking at which of the Dallas Mavericks six free agents the team bring back for next season, Tyson Chandler is on the top of the list (as he should be). DeShawn Stevenson was near the bottom. But that’s not the way Jason Terry sees it. Terry, Dallas’ spark…

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