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  1. Attorneys for NBA, players exchange a few legal shots

    Nov 16, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    The court date has been set in California (Oakland, to be exact) for the players lawsuit against the owners — Feb. 29. By then, if no deal is reached, the entire season will be lost. Of course, anyone who has ever followed any kind of legal proceeding knows that the first court date set is…

  2. Kings pick up Keith Smart as assistant coach

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Keith Smart Stephen Curry

    Hey — actual basketball related news! Enjoy this post for the diversion from the lawsuits and foolishness. Keith Smart, let go as head coach of the Golden State Warriors after one season, has been picked up to be an assistant coach on Paul Westphal’s staff in Sacramento, reports the Sacramento Bee. He joins 12-year NBA…

  3. Video: LeBron James, Kevin Durant working out, part deux

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Before we brought you the video of Kevin Durant and LeBron James working out together. That disturbed a few of you who like to have Durant in the white had and LeBron in the black hat and think they never interact. But they do. And it’s smart to have the best pushing each other to…

  4. Report: Cuttino Mobley sues Knicks for forcing him to retire

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    Cuttino Mobley has not played in the NBA since 2008, but he wants back in. He’s worked out for teams but nothing has come of it. He retired after being traded to the Knicks (in the Zach Randolph deal) in 2008. In a routine post-trade physical it was discovered Mobley had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the same…

  5. When labor talks restart, who can be NBA’s Robert Kraft?

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NFLPA Executive Committee Meet In Washington DC To Vote On New Labor Agreement

    Right now, the lawyers are the guys putting on the show. The players have their big-gun attorney David Boies filing an antitrust lawsuit. Within a couple days David Stern (a lawyer) and his legal team will respond with their own legal maneuvers trying to crush the rebel alliance, and that will garner headlines. But the…

  6. NBA’s television partners scramble to fill slots, appease advertisers

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Great, more “CSI: New York.” Among the many left scrambling without the NBA are television networks that normally would be beaming regular season games into our homes. They have to fill the space and they have to try and keep the advertisers who buy that space happy. National networks like TNT are forced to bring…

  7. Delonte West looking for some health insurance

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    A lot of people are direct dependents of NBA players — family who need to be taken care of, from food put on the table to schools in good neighborhoods for their kids. The kinds of things you and I have to worry about every day NBA players have to deal with, too. Like health…

  8. Wall, Westbrook in New York club where man was shot

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Let’s be clear at the start — none of the NBA (or NFL) players at the club were involved in the incident. They were not tied to the shooter, they were not the targets. This is a case of wrong place, wrong time. But a few NBA stars including John Wall and Russell Westbrook —…

  9. Overseas rumor roundup: Real Madrid wants Dwight Howard

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Now that we are at DEFCON 1 with the NBA lockout, a lot of NBA players are having second thoughts about plans to play overseas. Players and agents are looking. With rosters largely full around the globe most players are not going to like what they see. That said, we are tracking the rumors for…

  10. Craig Ehlo talks about being on the wrong end of history

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Jordan celebration Ehlo

    It is one of the defining moments of Michael Jordan’s career. Chicago was down 100-99 to Cleveland with three seconds left in a deciding Game 5 (it was a best-of-five playoff series back then). The Cavs were ahead because of Craig Ehlo — Chicago had forgot to defend him on the last play and he…

  11. Lakers Steve Blake said he did not support 50/50 deal

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Shannon Brown was one of the responsible ones. Not all of the 30 team representative to the NBA players union polled the players before voting on Monday to dissolve the union and take the battle to court. Brown, the Lakers rep, was one of the good ones. The Lakers have union president Derek Fisher and…

  12. Orlando mayor: NBA has “moral obligation” to bring All-Star Game to city

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

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    All-Star Weekend — from the rookie game to the dunk contest to the parties and, oh yea, the game — is at the top of the list of the things looking like it is toast because the NBA and its players can’t find a rational middle ground. Even if there is a condensed season, the…

  13. Video: Brandon Jennings is from here

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Well done new ad campaign by Under Armour, promoting the Bucks Brandon Jennings (maybe the young company’s biggest name under contract). This fits in the mold of things we’ve seen lately from Nike — gritty and about being real, not fanciful. Breaking down barriers and making the player come off as real. Plus, you get…

  14. NBA players, owners let the lawyers do the sniping now

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Empty Amway Arena

    There was a pattern to this NBA lockout in the last couple months — not a comfortable one, but a pattern. The NBA and its players union wouldn’t talk for a week or so, then they would have two or three days of wildly intense negotiations. Then it would blow up and they would snipe…

  15. Players file first antitrust suit in Minnesota, official one in California

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

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    Well, the NBA is in the courts now, not on the courts. Four players — Anthony Tolliver, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler and recent No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams (who does not yet have an NBA contract) — became the first plaintiffs in a players suit to challenge the lockout on antitrust grounds. This first…

  16. Video: CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks missed NBA paychecks

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 PM EDT

    AP Money Found

    Tuesday would have been the first payday of the first payday of the year for NBA players — as of today they are missing paychecks. How much money are we talking? CNBC’s Darren Rovell breaks it out for some of the big names and yes, Kobe Bryant just missed a more than $1 million payday.…

  17. Here’s a picture of Kevin Durant in a German pro basketball uniform

    Nov 15, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Now that the prospect of a lost NBA season is a likelihood rather than just a possibility, players are going to be increasing those conversations with teams in Europe to try to get a deal to play somewhere for money while the lawyers sort things out. Kevin Durant is reportedly doing just that, and as…

  18. Video: Blake Griffin vs. Kevin Love: The Jenga rematch

    Nov 15, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Smart marketing folks over at Jenga/Hasbro (okay, whoever Jenga/Hasbro hires to do their marketing… as an aside wouldn’t you love to have Jenga business cards, just your name on those blocks of wood?). They saw ESPN’s “Jenga War” video with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love around the ESPYs and they said “we should make a…

  19. NBA informs teams that games through Dec. 15 have been canceled

    Nov 15, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    From the department of redundancy department, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports brings us the news that the NBA informed teams this afternoon that games through Dec. 15 have officially been canceled. Yes, seriously. After the disastrous events of Monday — you know, where the union for the players decided they’d rather choose decertification and what…

  20. Blazers owner will enjoy prime spot for his “megayacht” at Olympics

    Nov 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    File this under the “any time I think the players can wait out the owners slap me”… Lockout hardliner and Trail Blazers owner — not to mention Microsoft co-founder — Paul Allen is going to enjoy the Olympics in London next summer like the rest of us. Heck, it might well be the next time…

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