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  1. Whip count: Which owners are good with 50/50 deal?

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    We’ve heard for a couple days that the owners remain a divided group — if the players accepted David Stern’s offer (which they did not, but the sides are talking again) the owners vote would be 16-13 in favor of the deal. (There are 29 owners because the league had to buy back the Hornets.)…

  2. Bluffing or not, David Stern gets his deadline

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    For all of the emphasis on David Stern’s recent ultimatum to the members of the National Basketball Players Association, this is hardly the first time he’s issued a deadline threat against the union. The lockout has been laced with cancellation dates, each with the accompanying acknowledgement from Stern that the league’s offers would reflect the…

  3. If no deal soon, Kyrie Irving says he is going overseas. Right.

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Ahhh, rookies. It really takes some time to learn the timing of the NBA. Whether it is when to make a pass to a cutting player — the players move faster and the windows are smaller in the NBA — or how to act off the court, it takes some getting used to. Which brings…

  4. Video: LeBron James, Kevin Durant train together

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    In some fans’ minds, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are polar opposites on the NBA spectrum. Durant represents what is “good” — staying with you team, being humble — and LeBron represents the NBA player ego run amok. Of course, it’s not that clean and simple (LeBron stayed in Cleveland at the same point in…

  5. Union attorney apologizes for “plantation” comments

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    David Stern

    At a time when rational minds could get a deal done between the NBA and its players, union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — already disliked by David Stern and the owners — came in with a flamethrower saying the owners treat players like “plantation workers.” Stern threw some fire right back at Kessler. Wednesday, Kessler said…

  6. Report: Stern has authority to “tweak” owners’ offer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Apparently there is some wiggle room. It’s not going to be much, the question is will it be enough? Tuesday the players rejected the owners take-it-or-leave it offer saying they wanted more talks and some changes on system issues. NBA Commissioner David Stern can make some minor tweaks to the owners offer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  7. Winderman: Shorter CBA length could be key to labor deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The owners insist they only grudgingly are offering this deal that comes with an expiration hour. The players are saying they are willing to work with the proposed revenue split, as long as a few remaining system issues are addressed. In other words, neither side finds the currently proposal in place particularly palatable. So why…

  8. NBA owners, players to meet Wednesday afternoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You knew — or at least hoped — the two sides would sit down one more time and talk before David Stern’s self-imposed deadline. We’ll see if it does any good, but the two sides will meet around 1 p.m. Eastern in New York according to multiple reports (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke it). The league…

  9. Video: LeBron with off-backboard dunk, no love for fan

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    This cracked me up this morning. LeBron James dropped 43 at the Rudy Gay All-Star Game Tuesday night in Memphis (which raised money for Gay’s foundation) and by all reports it was quite a show. That includes the off-the-backboard pass and dunk by LeBron. But the best part of this video is him leaving the…

  10. Celtics legend, Hall of Famer “Easy Ed” Macauley dies at 83

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Ed Macauley

    How good was “Easy Ed” Macauley (who you might not have seen unless you were a Celtics fan in the 1950s)? Three of the top five guys who show up in similarity scores (in terms of career impact) are Moses Malone, Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O’Neal. (Info via Basketball-Reference.) That is some pretty impressive company.…

  11. Okay owners, time for you to give a little and make the deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    It’s really this simple: If the players have come to 50/50 in terms of a basketball related income split, this is all on the owners. If negotiations fail Wednesday it is on ownership. If there is no season blame Michael Jordan not Derrick Rose. Blame Robert Sarver not Steve Nash. Blame Dan Gilbert not LeBron…

  12. Video: Jordan Farmar talks playing in Israel

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Farmar reacts to missed shot at buzzer as Dallas Mavericks win their NBA basketball game in Newark

    The World from Public Radio International sat down (well, actually stood up) and talked to Jordan Farmar about playing in Israel, where he is during the NBA lockout. Farmar is a Los Angeles boy, born and raised, who went on to win a couple of rings with the Lakers before going to the Nets. Moving…

  13. Union wants to negotiate, Stern says no wiggle room in offer

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    lock

    After a long day of negotiations through the media, we stand looking off the cliff of a lost NBA season, and there are not a lot of positive signs on the horizon. Here are where things stand as of this writing. First, there are no meetings planned between the owners and players union for Wednesday.…

  14. Union attorney says owners treat players like “plantation workers”

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:44 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

    In case you think the NBA owners and players might tone down the rhetoric and start to negotiate like adults, we bring you this. Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — one of the top sports labor attorneys and the nation — went back to the “plantation” reference with NBA Commissioner David Stern (as Bryant Gumbel had…

  15. Hunter: League about to cancel games through Christmas

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Santas

    Bah humbug. Among all the information thrown out there during the NBA players union press conference rejecting David Stern’s ultimatum offer, there was this little bit from director Billy Hunter: He has heard the league is going to cancel games through Christmas if there is no deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday (his drop-dead date). The…

  16. Bill Clinton walked into NBA union’s press conference. Yes, really.

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Fisher-Clinton

    Is Bill Clinton now down with the NBA players? And if so, does that really help their cause against a bunch of Republican team owners? During the media scrum that followed the NBA players union’s press conference Wednesday, in strolled former president Clinton. He came to see fellow Arkansas native Derek Fisher and according to…

  17. NBA players taking tactic out of John F. Kennedy’s arsenal

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Time for a little history: During the Cuban missile crisis, Russia and the United States were working on a back-channels deal that was essentially the Russians take their missiles out of Cuba and the United States would end its blockade and not invade the island nation. Then as that deal got close a letter from…

  18. NBA players reject Stern’s ultimatum, want more negotiations

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    The NBA players have made their position clear — they are not taking your deal, David Stern. They reject your ultimatum. They want to keep negotiating, but need more system changes to make a deal. And don’t expect that deal before Stern’s deadline of end of business Wednesday. After which he said the owners would…

  19. Derek Fisher is unpaid for most thankless job in NBA

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    Derek Fisher can’t win right now. On one side he has teammates (Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake) pretty much ready to take the owners’ last offer and get back on the court. On the other, he has hardline players (Paul Pierce is your ring leader) and agents incensed the union has given up as much…

  20. 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…

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