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  1. Charles Oakley smacks around Knicks, D’Antoni for fun

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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    We told you the other day how Charles Oakley piled on LeBron James, joining a long line of former players and fans who do that (Charles Barkley is their front man). But that was just part of a whole interview of Oakley being Oakley, which you can find at SLAM. One other part of interest…

  2. NBA letting arenas book on NBA dates in December

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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    Even before NBA labor negotiations went south yesterday and union president Derek Fisher walked in the room and called the owners liars, there were ominous signs. The league has started to let NBA areas fill in NBA dates with other events as far out as December. At least they have at the Staples Center in…

  3. So long as NBA hardliners drive bus, labor talks will crash

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:24 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    When NBA labor talks broke down 17 days ago, the owners blamed it on Kevin Garnett. And Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce, but mostly KG and his legendary glare. The two sides had been making progress in talks, but those three NBA stars came in and drew a hard line at 53 percent of basketball…

  4. NBA players take to Twitter to make their case, call owners greedy

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

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    It’s really hard for the NBA players to win the public relations war. I think they are in the right, that the owners are not really negotiating in good faith. But at the end of the day, if the players took the owners deal they’d make more than 99 percent of Americans and that makes…

  5. Mediator says “no useful purpose” to continue labor talks

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    Federal mediator George Cohen addresses the media in New York

    The reviews of federal mediator George Cohen from both sides out of the 30 hours of NBA labor negotiations this week were positive. They said he was able to take the emotions out of the talks, made progress on smaller issues and tried to build momentum to big ones. Then it all blew apart today,…

  6. NBA labor talks break off, no talks scheduled. It’s that bad.

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

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    Folks, we may not be seeing basketball for a long, long while. NBA fans should be wearing black on Friday in mourning. Saying he was “saddened on behalf of the game” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said that talks had broken off between the NBA owners and its players association. No new talks are scheduled,…

  7. Lockout talks have stopped, things looking extremely grim

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Just when things were starting to look up — federal mediators! Marathon bargaining sessions! Small concessions from both sides! — it’s starting to look very, very grim for NBA fans once again. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, talks between the owners and the players have stopped, and the lockout has suffered what Wojnarowski calls…

  8. New revenue sharing plan could mean $15 million for teams

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

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    Revenue sharing between the owners was one of the things at the core of the new labor deal — players wanted to see more of it from the owners so they were not carrying the burden of sacrifices for the smaller markets all by themselves. Smaller market owners demanded it, too. Now a more robust…

  9. Deron Williams is blogging from Turkey and playing some 2-guard

    Oct 20, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is over in Turkey, playing pro basketball for Beskitas, and he’s blogging about the whole experience on his website. Here’s a quick excerpt: This is my first year playing international ball, so I’m still just trying to figure everything out with regard to my role. Obviously I’ve played in…

  10. Chicago Tribune: 82-game season “could be salvaged”

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Things are looking grim. The first two weeks of the season have been cancelled, and cancellation of games through Christmas Day may be coming soon. However, one league source gave the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson a sliver of hope for NBA fans: Another league source said that, despite Stern’s cancellation, there still is a possibility…

  11. David West’s agent says David West is healthy

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent David West, one of top players on market, has doctor’s full clearance to return after ACL surgery, agent Lance Young tells Y! West averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, and his combination of a good inside game and a reliable pick-and-pop jump shot has made him…

  12. Add Barkley to list of people slamming Bryant Gumbel

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Bryant Gumbel did what he set out to do — he got people talking about labor relations in the NBA. People are talking about David Stern and how the owners treat the players. Although, many people are just focusing on Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment more than the substance of his thoughts. (Henry Abbott did a…

  13. Mark Cuban and the art of labor compromise? Apparently.

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, as much or more than any owner, should want the NBA season to start. Every day it is delayed is another day he doesn’t get to hang a banner up and hand Dirk Nowitzki a ring. There is more partying to do. So with the two sides stuck in labor…

  14. Deputy Commissioner Silver calls Gumbel’s comment “outrageous”

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    David Stern has declined to comment on HBO’s Bryant Gumbel comparing him to a “plantation overseer.” Probably wise to take the high road there. But NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver could not totally dodge the question during his remarks to the media after the Board of Governor’s meeting Thursday. He wouldn’t speak for Stern, but…

  15. David Stern sent home from negotiations with the flu

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    David Stern

    I can’t imagine why David Stern’s immune system broke down after 25 hours of negotiations over two days and little sleep. But it has and David Stern was sent home from the NBA Board of Governors meeting and is not expected at Thursday’s negotiating session between the NBA owners and players, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver…

  16. Owners come to agreement on new revenue sharing plan

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The players demanded greater revenue sharing among the owners be part of the labor deal. The small market owners demanded it as well — they wanted the rich guys to share. They got it, a new plan was approved in concept at Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meeting, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told the assembled media.…

  17. Jerry West found Mike Fratello’s offense dull, too

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Jerry West Mike Fratello

    More and more bits from Jerry West’s autobiography are leaking out (here’s a good roundup via KD). With each one, I can’t wait to read the book more and more. While a lot of the anecdotes tie to his time as a player and GM with the Lakers, the Commercial Appeal found some stuff about…

  18. Report: Details of proposed amnesty clause leaked

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    I have no doubt we will see an amnesty clause in the new NBA labor deal being hammered out. There was one in the last deal, there will be one now. The amnesty clause allows teams to take one onerous contract off their books. It’s a way for teams to lower their salary to whatever…

  19. John Wall working on jumper, thinking dunk contest

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall has been one of the stars of the summer. The free flowing, showboat and no defense games from the pro-am circuit cater to his strengths, but there has been something special. He looks healthy and his explosive athleticism is back. He is lightning fast end-to-end. And his jumpshot is falling. I’ve seen Wall…

  20. Mychal Thompson says the players need to take 50/50 deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Mychal Thompson

    For a number of former NBA players, they don’t really get this lockout. Oh, they understand the mechanics of it; they just don’t get exactly what the players are fighting for and why. To them, the players are doing well and 50/50 sounds fair. They sound like many fans. Mychal Thompson, former No. 1 overall…

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