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  1. David Stern: “We are going to make a deal”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    NBA Commissioner is back on his media tour bus… in a metaphorical sense. Stern wouldn’t actually get on a bus. But he is doing a lot of media interviews right now as he spins his side of the ugly lockout story and essentially tries to talk to the players directly about taking the deal on…

  2. Who are this season’s likely one-and-done college stars?

    Nov 8, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    For all the hype about one-and-done players and the impact on the college game, there aren’t that many of them. Last season there were just three taken in the first round (Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight and Tristan Thompson). The year before that had four, the season before that two. That’s nine in the past three…

  3. Purdue’s new athletic department intern looks familiar

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Brian Cardinal was a popular guy during the Mavericks’ run to an NBA title. First, he looks like your dad so you had to root for him when he came in the game. His twitter account was smart and funny, two things rarely paired together around the NBA. And he was winning — everyone likes…

  4. David Stern’s pitch to players through ESPN

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    In case you missed it — because you have a life and might have better things to do than follow the minutia of the NBA lockout as it flies into the abyss — we wanted you to read what David Stern was selling Monday afternoon. He went on ESPN for an interview, but really this…

  5. Video: Author delivers “Whore of Akron” book to LeBron

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    We’ve already given you some excerpts from Scott Raab’s book “The Whore of Akron” where the Cleveland native slams LeBron James (but really spends most of the book talking about his personal demons and issues). If you want to know more, our man John Krolik did a fantastic review of it. Raab decided he wanted…

  6. Kevin Garnett helping sell Ricky Rubio on Minnesota

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    Right now, Ricky Rubio is a fixture in high-level pickup games with other locked out NBA players in Los Angeles. He turned down the chance to play in Barcelona during the lockout, instead staying in the United States trying to get used to the NBA style game. The cultural adjustment from Barcelona to Los Angeles…

  7. Rondo says elbow is doing well. We’d like to see it in games.

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Rajon Rondo is riding out the lockout in Kentucky, taking classes toward his degree and staying in shape. We’re interested because the last time we really saw Rondo his elbow was bending in a way elbows just should not bend. He played through it in the playoffs, but Rondo wasn’t right. He tells the Boston…

  8. Report: Owners could be open to minor system tweaks

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, speaks after taking part in contract negotiations between NBA and players association in New York

    If the owners and players sit down and talk before Wednesday’s deadline set by David Stern, the owners might be willing to make some tweaks to the system they have laid out. The system has been part of the issue. Union president Derek Fisher has suggested he is willing to move more on split of league…

  9. Tolliver admits union membership divided on next move

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    Some NBA players want to put David Stern’s ultimatum offer to a vote, take it and get back on the court. Some NBA players want to start the process to decertify the union and fight the owners fire with fire. It leaves union president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter in a no win situation…

  10. Report: Hardline NBA owners had conference call Monday

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    To the hardline NBA owners, Steve Blake is the enemy. The NBA’s hardline owners spoke Monday on a conference call that did not include David Stern, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. Since Stern was not on the call this was essentially some form of group therapy and reinforcement, but apparently it did take place.…

  11. Jamal Crawford wouldn’t mind playing in Portland

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Around the league, players love Jamal Crawford. He is a popular guy in league locker rooms. And he’s a guy who can come off the bench and light it up — he’s not going to be efficient doing that, and he’ll get lost on defense every other time down, but he’ll put up points. That’s…

  12. Owners, players may meet Tuesday. That would make Kobe happy.

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    What Kobe Bryant wants, Kobe Bryant gets. Okay, it’s not that simple, but in this case it could be a good thing. The NBA owners and players are trying to set up one last meeting before David Stern’s Wednesday deadline, reported Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA and Players Association are discussing setting up a meeting…

  13. Union membership clearly divided on Stern’s ultimatum

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Union leadership is clear — they don’t like the latest offer from David Stern and the league. They think it is unfair. They don’t think the owners have given enough on system issues for the players to come down from getting 51 percent of league revenues (and plenty within union leadership don’t even want to…

  14. Latest NBA player exhibition game: North Carolina vs. Duke

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    North Carolina Duke

    We’ve had seemingly every other kind of pro-am and charity game featuring NBA players during the lockout, why not go back to some classic college rivalry games. Like North Carolina alumni vs. Duke alumni. It’s happening, according to Blue Devil Nation (via Dime). It’s called the “Kings of Tobacco Road” game and is set for…

  15. USA Basketball trying to keep pre-Olympic schedule light

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    USA Basketball and coach Mike Krzyzewski are among those with their hands tied because of the NBA lockout. If there is a late-starting, condensed NBA season where the playoffs run into late June, he will get some tired players when Team USA opens its Olympics training camp right after the Fourth of July next year.…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    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…

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