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  1. Shaq blames exit from Lakers on Kupchak. He’s just wrong.

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    O'NEAL

    So far, the excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s book (“Shaq Uncut: My Story“) that have gone public have been amusing and opinionated, if a bit loose with the truth. But this latest bit about his exit from the Los Angeles Lakers could not have missed the mark more. It comes from Mark Medina at the Los…

  2. If season cancelled, LeBron trade could help Cavs in draft

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Since we’ve got nothing else NBA related to do today other than stare into the abyss and see if it stares back, let’s talk about an interesting little hypothetical. Let’s say the full NBA season gets cancelled. That leads to all sorts of questions about what order the picks would be in for the 2012…

  3. Could lockout hurt NBA charity efforts when season does start?

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    NBA cares chairs

    The NBA really stepped up both its charitable efforts and the public relations machine promoting those efforts after the “malice at the Palace” brawl back in 2004. The league had serious image issues with many thinking that all NBA players were thugs ready to punch fans. Things like NBA Cares are designed to counter that…

  4. Salary rollbacks part of new owner offer to come Thursday

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: Over at the New York Times, Howard Beck has gotten a hold of a copy of the letter David Stern sent to the union about their “reset” proposal. Here are the “highlights” (or lowlights, if you wanted to see NBA basketball this season): The “reset” proposal features a flex-cap system that contains…

  5. Video: Magic’s HIV press conference from 20 years ago today

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    magic-hiv-presser

    This is the press conference that shook the NBA 20 years ago today. Larry Bird said after he saw it he felt like he did the day his father had taken his own life. Dick Ebersol, the longtime head of NBC Sports (which carried the NBA at the time) said he cried. A lot of people…

  6. Talking decertification, union moves with CBA expert Larry Coon

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    If an NBA writer has a labor question — specifically a question about the Collective Bargaining Agreement — we call Larry Coon. Pretty much all of us do. He wrote the CBA FAQ that is a go-to resource not only for NBA writers and fans but some agents. And know that some NBA teams have…

  7. Video: Jeremy Lin tells you how to get into Harvard

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Jeremy_Lin

    When it was time to apply to college, I almost sent my application in to Harvard. Because I figured the evaluators there needed comic relief now and again just like everyone else. But for those of you thinking about going, Golden State Warrior and Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin has some ideas for you. It’s a…

  8. Trainer for Harlem Globetrotters shot to death

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    globetrotters logo

    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…

  9. 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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    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…

  11. 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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    stephen curry

    “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…

  13. 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…

  14. 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson changed the face of HIV

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    magic-hiv-presser

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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