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  1. Don’t think for a second owners’ latest offer is what fans want

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Let’s be honest about what you really like — trades and teams full of stars. You like seeing basketball, too, which makes the new offer from NBA owners appealing to fans. Because it means 72 games and a full playoffs, basically a normal season. I want to see it in place for the same reasons.…

  2. Birdman’s celebrity redneck hunting show… he’s starting it

    Nov 11, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    CAnderson_necktat

    Nuggets shot blocking machine Chris Andersen is not your typical NBA player — in a league with inked-up players, the Birdman’s tattoos turn your head. And blind you. So we should have guessed that when SLAM magazine asked him what he was up to this summer (at a Converse event), the response was going to…

  3. What does a 72-game season look like? Packed like sardines.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Empty Amway Arena

    Here’s the real hook for players with a season that starts Dec. 15 — they lose essentially only one paycheck. Their salaries in a shortened season are pro-rated by games played, a 72 game season would mean 10 fewer games than normal (a 12 percent loss). That is basically a little more than one missed…

  4. Details of owners’ latest offer emerge, just last offer tweaked

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The real question is how the sides are going to handle it if — more likely when — the players reject the latest offer from David Stern and the owners. We are starting to learn more about that offer, and basically it is minor changes from the offer the players rejected last weekend. It doesn’t…

  5. Players, agents may begin union decertification Friday

    Nov 11, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    They have the signatures. A band of agents has had the more than 130 signatures needed from players to request the decertification of the union for most of this week, but they sat on it out of respect for the ongoing negotiations. After watching the outcome of another round of talks, those agents and players…

  6. Stern gives players new ultimatum offer for 72-game season

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    One week later, after nearly 23 hours of talks over two days, we are back almost in the same place we were last weekend, save that the consequences seem more dire. Thursday night David Stern and the owners presented a new take-it-or-leave-it proposal to the union (the details of which we have few of yet but…

  7. If they do get a deal, how many NBA games will there be?

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    From the day that we see Billy Hunter and David Stern shake hands, it’s going to take at least 30 days to get the NBA regular season started. Which means solve it soon and we can still have hoops on Christmas. But how many games in the regular season would we see? The NBA will…

  8. Someone stole Shawn Bradley’s custom bike, got caught

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Shawn Bradley, Chris Webber

    Former NBA center Shawn Bradley is 7’6” — he loves to ride a bicycle with his family but he needed one custom made to fit him. He got a special frame made that is 50 percent larger than the one on that bike you own. So if you are six-foot tall Joshua Carter, how do…

  9. Author: Shaquille O’Neal’s father abused him as a child

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Through all the entertaining anecdotes in the new Shaquille O’Neal book about his clashes with Kobe Bryant (and Pat Riley and LeBron James and Big Baby and…) there is another, darker episode. There is Shaq’s upbringing, and how his father physically and mentally abused him. Like punching him in the face out of the blue…

  10. Reports of labor deal being struck premature, talks continue

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    Former NBA executive Dave Checketts — the former GM of the Jazz and a guy once up the corporate ladder at Madison Square Garden — went on ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City and said that he has heard the NBA owners and players have reached framework deal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That…

  11. LeBron, Durant to face off in flag football (if nothing else)

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Durant football

    Who knows when we will see LeBron James and Kevin Durant on the court. Well, in a game that matters anyway. But we will see them face off on the gridiron. Both LeBron and Durant took a detour this summer onto a football field, LeBron challenged Durant to a game,  now we have this, as…

  12. Report: If no deal by end of Friday, things could get really ugly

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    lockout

    NBA owners and players are back at it, more than four hours into a Thursday meeting (as of this writing) following a 12-hour session on Wednesday. Wednesday was the deadline day of David Stern’s “reset” offer — one that would almost certainly kill the season if the owners really stuck with it — but he…

  13. Thanks to lockout, Heat owner has a lot of LeBron’s money

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Sometimes, you really wonder about the people who advise LeBron James. And Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, in this case. Let’s take a step back. Remember how earlier today we passed along information about the Heat’s Mike Miller selling his Miami area home, and how that is a sign he (and everyone else) thinks the…

  14. Is the NBA lockout illegal in Canada? Maybe…

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    toronto

    I have a better chance of explaining string theory to you than I do the intricacies of Canadian labor law. But TrueHoop today pointed us toward a fascinating post from a Canadian law blog talking about the NBA lockout. It is possible the NBA lockout — while certainly legal here in the United States —…

  15. Suns’ Pietrus tries ancient Chinese secrets to get knee right

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus missed the last dozen games of last season due to a knee injury then missed playing for the French national team this summer because he needed a surgery to clean up that knee. But that may not have been enough, so Pietrus has turned to Eastern medicine. No, not like Boston east, I…

  16. Rick Barry thinks the players should fold, Hunter is disaster

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    rick-barry

    This is why Rick Barry did not get the job as president of the National Basketball Players Association. The Hall of Fame player and legendary Warrior thinks the players are basically powerless, need to fold and take the deal the owners offered. Really, he thinks the players should have taken the painful deal the owners…

  17. First victim of NBA amnesty clause? Mike Miller’s house

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    There are still questions about what the NBA labor deal will finally look like, but you can be sure that an amnesty clause will be part of it. Teams will get the chance to release one player and wipe his contract off their books (the player will still get paid). The Miami Heat are likely…

  18. Kareem says Shaq didn’t get help because he didn’t ask

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Among the seemingly countless interesting bits coming out of Shaquille O’Neal’s new book — hitting stores next week, if you still buy your books in stores — were some swipes at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Shaq said that Kareem offered him no help through his NBA career. Which seems believable because Kareem is a bit standoffish. But…

  19. Talking one-and-done with guys who did it

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    Part of the NBA labor talks — the part they are going to get to after they figure out the money and system stuff that have taken 133 days and are still not solved — is discussing the NBA’s age limit. The players are not huge fans. The owners are very committed and many would…

  20. What stands in way of deal? Issues around high-spending teams.

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    We’re on the cusp of an NBA labor deal and games, but we’re not all the way there. What stands in the way comes down to this — the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title last season with the third highest payroll in the league, and the Lakers the two titles before that with payroll…

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