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  1. Trainer for Harlem Globetrotters shot to death

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

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    Tragic news out of Denver. Thomas Bashline, the trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters, was found shot to death in a D home, according to the Denver Post. A woman at the home called sheriff’s deputies at 4:30 p.m. Friday claiming that her boyfriend was unresponsive, Martinez said. The woman had been at work and found…

  2. Video: Highlights from Rip City classic charity game

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Wesley Matthews

    Another NBA player charity game, another round of Kevin Durant highlights. This was the Rip City game hosted by LaMarcus Aldridge up in Portland and it featured James Harden, Jamal Crawford (with the sweet pass to himself) and a host of other stars. Since this is what will have to pass as NBA basketball for…

  3. Tyson Chandler says new labor deal could keep him from Mavs

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

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    The Dallas Mavericks’ title defense could take a real hit from the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Dallas is already over the salary cap wit $60 million in salary committed for next season, and they have multiple key free agents they want to re-sign — Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and J.J. Barea. The…

  4. Union player reps to meet, want negotiations with owners

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:24 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    David Stern threw out an ultimatium — agree to our deal by Wednesday or come Thursday you get a much worse offer from us. (Stern doesn’t want to call it an ultimatum, but that’s exactly what it is.) There are three player and union reactions to this, and those reactions are where we stand Monday…

  5. Video: Curry, Richardson highlight “We Believe” game

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

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    “We Believe” was back for one night in the Bay Area. A charity game pitting some from the 2007 Warriors team that knocked off Dallas in the playoffs took on the current Warriors over the weekend. Stephen Curry was your star, dropping a triple-double, but beloved Warrior Jason Richardson had a big game and Corey…

  6. Union leaders to talk, just don’t expect a vote on Stern’s plan

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    We know one thing that will not come out of Monday’s teleconference of NBA players’ union leadership — a vote on David Stern’s ultimatium. Union sources have said the leadership is not going to present Stern’s offer – a 49-51 percent band on basketball related income, a mini mid-level exception for tax paying teams (but…

  7. 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson changed the face of HIV

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

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    I know exactly where I was 20 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1991, a little after 3 in the afternoon. I was at a part-time job at a medical company I had to earn beer money while in school, listening to the radio and doing menial work a trained chimp could have done better. Then…

  8. Why the owners should be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for the 49-51 band offer.

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:57 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    First, some basics. During Saturday’s talks, following a talking-points suggestion from George Cohen, the NBA offered a BRI band of 49-51. So if revenues underperform certain levels, the players would receive 49 percent. If they hit acceptable levels (considered by most to be 4 percent growth), both sides would split 50/50. And if things went…

  9. Michael Jordan not making friends among current players

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

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    Most of today’s NBA players grew up idolizing Michael Jordan (or for an older generation that played against him, respecting him). But Jordan’s stance as the leader of the hardline owners — even if he will not talk in negotiating sessions — led to some venom coming his way from players after the NBA’s labor negotiations blew…

  10. NBA teams put in stiff luxury tax penalties… which luxury-tax payers will still benefit from

    Nov 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Jerry Buss

    Wait, what? From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: The luxury-tax “cliff” experienced by tax teams, by which they felt the full brunt of going slightly over the tax level by losing all the tax money they would’ve received had they stayed under, also was addressed in the owners’ proposal. The league offered that such teams would…

  11. Quote of the Day: You think you’ve seen ugly? You haven’t.

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    Veteran player who has long been on side of decertification just texted me: “Time to blow this (bleep) to the moon.”Sun Nov 06 06:21:35 via webAdrian Wojnarowski WojYahooNBA Oh, dear.

  12. The 2011-2012 season may be lost because of… the sign-and-trade?

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    My wife got me started on using the phrase “Is that the hill you want to die on?” and it’s become something of a widespread philosophy-solver for me. You have to pick your battles, and you have to decide what is so important to you that you’re willing to lose substantial capital (be it time,…

  13. Deron Williams is frustrated the union hasn’t already decertified

    Nov 6, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    You’re going to be seeing a lot of reactions to the dramatics of Saturday night’s end to talks. Some players will likely just say that they want to play; it’s not that they want to cave, they’re just tired of the whole damn thing and don’t think it’s worth it. You’re going to see a…

  14. Report: Michael Jordan again stays quiet during labor talks after leading owners’ hard line away from the table

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    If Jordan wanted to make a statement, this was his chance. After all, he knows exactly where the players are coming from. He was there, 12 years ago, fiery and livid with a group of billionaires demanding that a group of millionaires cover their mistakes. He could have played the good cop, saying that he…

  15. Choice before players: Take Stern’s offer or decertify

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    David Stern threw down the gauntlet — here is our deal. It’s a 51-49 band on basketball-related income and other things the owners can live with. Come Wednesday, this offer will vanish and the next offer will be much worse. The owners are done negotiating. Stern said it wasn’t an ultimatum, but he is wrong.…

  16. NBA-NBPA talks end without a deal, again despite signs of progress

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:40 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Negotiations between the NBA and NBPA ended without a deal again Saturday night as both sides met for more than 8 hours with federal mediator George Cohen but were unable to reach a deal, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA talks are over for the night. “No deal,” a source says.Sun Nov 06 05:35:25…

  17. David Stern sets ultimatum for players: accept deal by Wednesday or offer gets worse

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 AM EST

    David Stern

    After labor negotiations ended late Saturday/early Sunday morning in New York, David Stern told reporters in a press conference that federal mediator George Cohen had suggested six elements of what Stern called “what-if” compromises. Stern said the league accepted five of them and put them into a formal proposal. Included was a 49-51 band of…

  18. Report: Indiana charity game canceled due to ‘uncertainty’ around labor deal. Don’t hold your breath.

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

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    File this under: Salted by granule. From the AP: A charity game involving NBA players scheduled for Sunday in New Castle, Ind., has been canceled. A release from event organizers says that because of the “uncertainty” of Saturdays NBA negotiations in New York many of the players scheduled to participate were advised to prepare for…

  19. Report: Spurs GM R.C. Buford arrested for DUI

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:04 PM EST

    R.C. Buford

    R.C. Buford has made a lot smart decisions as Spurs general manager. Friday night he made a stupid one. He was arrested for driving under the influence, reports KSAT.com. A police spokesman confirmed Buford was arrested after crashing into the fence in the 500 block of N. Leona just west of downtown late Friday night….…

  20. Don Nelson will walk for his diploma

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    We now take a break from the madness of labor negotiations to bring you a little bit of a fun one. Retired Warriors coach Don Nelson will apparently get to walk for the diploma he earned in 1962 for finishing his degree before he was drafted. From Sports Business Daily: Former NBA coach Don Nelson…

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