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  1. More NHL players tell NBA brethren to get deal done

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    NBA players believe they are fighting for something right, fighting for a principle of fairness that generations of players before them had to struggle for. They don’t want to give that up, and plenty of players even still will tell you they’d miss a season to fight for it. Which is exactly what the NHL…

  2. Just like lockout, lots of talking but no action in NBA court case

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The lawsuit that the NBA filed and the players want dismissed — a suit that asks the courts to rule on whether the lockout legal — is really a sideshow. It only matters if talks break down so far that the union decides to decertify, a place the union has yet to be willing to…

  3. Terrence Williams tells union “enough with the stare off”

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Thursday in New York the leaders of the NBA players union are going to get together … and it’s going to be interesting. Because they need to formulate a plan with the union solidarity splintering around them. Some of that division had bubbled to the top in media reports (a couple of which forced Derek…

  4. Winderman: If union rank-and-file would approve 50/50, take it

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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    The goal for Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and the players’ union is not to win. It is to serve their constituency. If their constituency accepts a deal that Hunter, Fisher and other National Basketball Players Association officials have worked so tirelessly to avoid, then it should not translate into a moment of shame. Considering what…

  5. That didn’t take long: Beasley parts ways with PR firm

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    A couple weeks back, the news broke that oft-maligned Timberwolves Michael Beasley had hired a public relations company to help with his image. It made some sense, Beasley had shoved a fan in the face at a pro-am game and had a marijuana bust this past summer, he needed some good PR. How exactly bombarding…

  6. More NBA lockout games coming, Memphis and Atlanta up

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    So long as the lockout drags on, we’re going to see NBA exhibition and charity games put on by players. There is a one in San Jose this coming weekend featuring Warriors old and new, with more on the way. One will be in Memphis next Tuesday and is being put together by Rudy Gay,…

  7. What exactly does a new coach say to Kobe Bryant?

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    When the Lakers hired Ettore Messina to be part of Mike Brown’s coaching staff, it was seen as a coup in coaching circles. Lakers fans were confused, tried to search him on their iPhones, then complained about AT&T’s coverage and gave up. So they know, Messina is one of the brightest coaching minds in Europe,…

  8. Jason Richardson returns to Bay Area Saturday, might want to stay

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    Saturday in San Jose, Warriors fans can believe again. One of the few highlights of the 17 years of George Cohen ownership was the “We Believe” playoffs of 2007 when the eight-seed Warriors knocked off the top seed Dallas Mavericks in a legendary first round series. A number of players from that team will take…

  9. David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

  10. Ex-NBAer Oliver Miller pleads guilty to pistol whipping man

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Oliver Miller

    I’m not exactly an expert on relationships and romance, but I’m fairly sure pistol whipping your girlfriend’s brother does not set the mood. Yet that’s what former NBA player Oliver Miller pled guilty to Tuesday, according to Fox Sports. Deputy State’s Attorney Thomas J. Fleckenstein said Miller, 41, followed Jason Worley out of a barbecue…

  11. Lockout forces Jordan to pull out of President’s Cup

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

    You know the lockout is serious when it cuts into Michael Jordan’s golf time. Jordan was to be an assistant captain for the USA at the Presidents Cup challenge coming up Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. But he has had to pull out, and our golf cohort Ryan Ballengee at ProGolfTalk has Jordan’s statement. “With…

  12. Shaq says LeBron never listened to Mike Brown in Cleveland

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Shaq LeBron

    Shaquille O’Neal knows how to sell books. Make friends, not so much. But he’s going to sell copies of his new book. We already brought you excerpts where Shaq throws Kobe Bryant under the bus (and only Brian Shaw had a level head and dealt with the situation, but you don’t want him to be…

  13. Video: Durant thinks Kobe beats LeBron one-on-one

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James one-on-one. Who ya got? Kevin Durant — and most of the other players asked — have Kobe. Players were asked by the Los Angeles Times after the recent Goodman/Drew rematch in Long Beach. Since we don’t have other basketball to talk about, this hypothetical is worth a discussion. But it…

  14. NBA owners, union head to court in legal battle Wednesday

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat will not travel to face the Knicks and officially christen the renovated Madison Square Garden Wednesday as originally planned. The lockout drags on and the NBA and its players union are not even scheduled to meet and talk in the near future. But good news — some NBA lawyers are going to…

  15. If Cavs sends Baron Davis packing, Lakers or Knicks may win

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    As we wait for Billy Hunter and David Stern to sit down and bother to talk to one another, one of the favorite games of NBA fans has become “amnesty clause roulette.” Who will teams waive with the amnesty clause when the season stars again? Then, where will that player land? Few scenarios are as…

  16. Derek Fisher gets a lawyer, demands retraction

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher is serious. And is seriously ticked off. Over the weekend, Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports published a story saying a source told him Fisher had to be confronted by Billy Hunter and other union leaders to be talked out of agreeing to a 50/50 deal. The same article had the source suggesting Fisher…

  17. LeBron challenges Durant to a little football action

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    We’re not going to see LeBron James ad Kevin Durant square off on the hard court anytime soon, so why not on the gridiron? Stranger things have happened. Monday night Kevin Durant jumped into a flag football game at Oklahoma State University. If you remember, a month ago LeBron James went out and practiced with…

  18. Billy Hunter sends another letter to players urging unity

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…

  19. Infighting within union spills over into media labor reports

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    The NBA players are not a unified front right now. And the cracks are showing in varied media reports. On one side you have the hardliners, as represented in Jason Whitlock’s piece at Fox Sports over the weekend. One which said that union director Billy Hunter had to confront union president Derek Fisher because Fisher…

  20. After deliberation, lockout negotiators decide not to bring back federal mediator George Cohen

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    George Cohen

    UPDATE (7:24 PM): Per Howard Beck of the New York Times, George Cohen will not be coming back to the collective bargaining sessions after all. Plus, there remains no scheduled time or date for the resumption of talks. Delightful news all around. 2:18 PM: The negotiations to end the NBA lockout are not ongoing —…

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