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  1. Players have avoided getting their hands dirty, but will the PR high road pay off?

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    A dozen radio shows play soundbites of his voice on loop. There’s talk of competitive equity, of the struggling economy, and of players with inflated contracts. One calm voice meanders through accusation after accusation, and countless listeners on a dozen frequencies swim in the carefully manufactured bile. Somewhere, David Stern cracks a slight, sly smile.…

  2. Report: Raptors’ talks with Stefanski ‘stalled’ as Sixers GM looks to Blazers

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson Press Conference

    Remember how Ed Stefanski was going to be the next Raptors GM, essentially working under Bryan Colangelo in what would largely be an assistant role since Colangelo is the guy who runs the show? And how it was a done deal and all that? Yeah, not so much. Yahoo! Sports reports that the deal has…

  3. Video: Darren Rovell talks to David Stern on Sports Biz

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    Darren Rovell spoke with commissioner David Stern this week as part of Stern’s massive media tour. In this conversation, Rovell talks to the Commissioner about competitive balance, the luxury tax, and the contentious state of the NBA Lockout. There have been a lot of questions about why Stern has decided to pursue such an aggressive…

  4. Fisher, Hunter respond to Stern with tough words of their own

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After David Stern’s Magical Media Tour on Thursday and Friday, the players needed to respond before a mediator puts the lock on both sides next week. And after making an “armed and dangerous” reference, union executive director Billy Hunter continued along with union president Derek Fisher in pushing back hard against the commish. Various quotes…

  5. Quote of the day: Billy Hunter is frustrated, metaphorically armed

    Oct 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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    “If someone wants to point a gun at my head, I’ll point it right back at him.”  -NBAPA chief Billy Hunter at the NBPA press conference, regarding David Stern’s comments about the possible cancellation of games until Christmas if a new CBA deal doesn’t get worked out soon. Reading between the lines just a little…

  6. NBA allows scouts to attend college practices after previous lockout ban

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    The NBA wants its employees they’re still paying to pretend that the players don’t exist. But they’re totally fine with scouts examining the next generation of players the league doesn’t want to pay as much as they have been. Yup. Yahoo! Sports reports: After initially forbidding front-office executives from attending college basketball practices during the…

  7. First word from today’s union meeting: some players ready to cave to owners’ demands

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We interrupt your otherwise barren, locked out NBA programming to bring a minor update from the Players Union meeting in Los Angeles today. JaVale McGee was one of apparently few players that attended today’s meeting, and spoke with SI.com‘s Sam Amick on his way out. Here are Amick’s tweets from L.A.: Wizards’ JaVale McGee had…

  8. Shane Battier’s willing to sacrifice BRI money to lower ticket prices. Swell guy.

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Shane Battier is very much the black sheep of the NBPA. He was one of the first to challenge Billy Hunter on the issue of his salary in the lockout, and has consistently played contrarian to the NBPA’s homogeneous stream of rhetoric. On Friday, he took it a step further. With every NBA player out there saying…

  9. What the Pacers should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Indiana Pacers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads.   Last season: What a start! Oh, things fell apart. Oh, but…

  10. Suns owner Saver plays in hoops league with union lawyer

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    I expected to read this note today about as much as I expected the Tea Party to endorse Occupy Wall Street. But it turns out Suns owner Robert Sarver has some interesting pickup basketball partners — and an interesting game. Zach Lowe put up the story at Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward. It was with…

  11. Brandon Jennings takes aim for the 40-percent mark

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Yesterday, in a live chat on ESPN.com, Brandon Jennings lobbed an easy-as-pie piece of cake over the plate. He didn’t have to; Jennings had stopped by to pretty clearly shill for Court Grip — the new product which Dwyane Wade plugged so aggressively but a few weeks earlier — and those kinds of advertising tours…

  12. NBATV ratings plummet during lockout… don’t you like “Teen Wolf?”

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    NBA TV has been as hard to watch as a Shawn Marion jump shot during the lockout. Banned from showing any current NBA players, they have been relegated to showing nothing but classic games. No summer league games, no shows previewing the upcoming season, no shows talking fantasy hoops, no drop ins on training camp.…

  13. David Stern goes on the offensive during media tour

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    David Stern is winning the war of public perception. Regular readers here know how I assign blame for the lockout and missed games, but make no mistake that in the court of public opinion the players are going to be the big losers. We know the players, while the owners are faceless (save Mark Cuban).…

  14. Labor Relations Board will not throw out players’ case

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It is a small victory for the NBA players, but it’s the first one they have gotten in a while in the labor negotiations. Back early in the negotiations, before the lockout even started, the players union filed a complaint against the owners with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the owners were not negotiating…

  15. NFL players say LeBron should stick to basketball

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    LeBron NFL commercial

    LeBron James should be in Heat training camp, but because he’s got more time on his hands he sounds a little bored. Which led him to tweeting about when an NFL team could sign a free agent the other day. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll picked up on that and went so far as Carroll…

  16. Sale of Philadelphia 76ers expected to be completed next week

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Next Wednesday and Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors — all of the owners — are going to get together and most of the talk will be about labor deals and revenue sharing. But there will be one other order of business — approving the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to Joshua Harris and other…

  17. Video: Nike sends Lamar Odom back to Queens for a day

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Interesting little video from the Nike “Always On” campaign, this one sending Lamar Odom back to Queens for a day, to walk around his old high school and through the old ‘hood. No Khloe and bright lights, just a little old school Odom (and a lot of Nike, of course). Below we bring you that…

  18. Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday. The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely. He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about…

  19. Video: Rondo… he… behind the… no-look… with the… wow.

    Oct 13, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    I am not impressed with exhibition highlights. Maybe it’s the lack of production value. Maybe it’s the lack of defense. Maybe it’s just a revulsion to the absence of order and logic. But at this point almost nothing impresses me. Dunk the ball off of a bouncepass from full court, windmill 720, cross your man…

  20. If we get a season, not all the canceled games are gone forever

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    There’s a whole lot of confusion over the first two weeks of the season that have been canceled. The league doesn’t know how many games will be canceled, so it can’t make any announcements on the status of the games that have already been canceled. The assumption is that the games that were lost are…

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