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

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

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    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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Tolliver admits union membership divided on next move

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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