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  1. One other labor sticking point — contract lengths

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Make no mistake, the lockout is all about the money. It’s about the split of basketball related income. And while the ownership side preaches “competitive balance” what that really is about is money — keeping big market teams from spending it and using the luxury tax to distribute more of that money to smaller markets.…

  2. No Kobe, but looks like Italy may get Andrea Bargnani back

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant for Andrea Bargnani is not a fair trade. Not even in Italy. But it seems to be what has happened — with Kobe out of the picture (save for maybe a “Kobe Cup” tour) it appears Virtus Roma (not the team after Kobe) is close to signing the Raptors forward, according to La…

  3. Quote of the day: Adam Silver praises Fisher, smacks Stern

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    “In the well over 30 bargaining sessions, I cannot remember a single incident where he raised his voice. And, just a reminder — David Stern is in the room.” —NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver talking about union president Derek Fisher (via the New York Times). Silver — the guy first in line for the big chair…

  4. Pau Gasol says he prefers the European style of basketball

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Is this really even surprising? Pau Gasol, in an interview with French publication L’ Equipe (as seen on the Spanish ABC site, via Ball in Europe) said he prefers the style of basketball seen in Europe to what is played in the NBA “I prefer the European game to the NBA because basketball is a…

  5. League makes official what we already knew: 76ers have been sold

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Joshua Harris

    We told you over the weekend that the NBA’s other owners had approved the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to New York billionaire Joshua Harris and investors. Now the league has made official what everyone already knew, sending out an announcement of the sale Tuesday morning. “We are delighted that the NBA’s Board of Governors…

  6. Owners, players to meet together with mediator Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    David Stern

    Tuesday is the latest key day in a long line of key days that has led us down a path where two weeks of the NBA season have been lost and more are threatened. Tuesday NBA owners and players will sit down with the respected George Cohen — director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation…

  7. Plenty of bidders, Hornets not leaving Big Easy anytime soon

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    What happens in New York this week has a lot more to do with the long-term viability of the Hornets in New Orleans than anything else. Revenue sharing among owners and how the new salary system works — and if it means the Hornets really can keep Chris Paul — are at the heart of…

  8. Jordan trash talked Bill Clinton at golf. You expected otherwise?

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    Michael Jordan will talk trash to anyone at any time (see his Hall of Fame acceptance speech). In fact, if you’re not getting trash talked in his company you may want to worry. And if you think his trash talk knows limits, we bring you this. Former President Bill Clinton did an interview with the…

  9. League exec spins that “Garnett (expletive) everything up”

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Garnett takes to the court for Game 1 against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome to the latest phase of the battle for your hearts and minds. We learned over the weekend that it was veteran NBA stars — Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce — who were at the forefront on the players side of shooting down and discussions of the players and owners doing a 50/50…

  10. Video: Jordan’s sons to show you what their lives are like

    Oct 17, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be Michael Jordan’s son? There are certainly perks — free shoes! — but there are expectations, challenges and people trying to use you at every turn. Sons Marcus and Jeffrey are letting you into that world with a new web site and web exclusives – heir-jordan.com —…

  11. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Olympics+Day+16+Basketball+-lnrt0GUlGQl

    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  12. Video: Kevin Durant takes the mic, raps at a club

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    From our “well, we’ve got to post something during the lockout” file, we bring you this: Kevin Durant, the King of the Summer, picked up the mic in a club recently and laid down lines. We’d discuss the quality of them — or try to warn you of potentially offensive language — if we could make…

  13. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  14. Famed trainer say Eddy Curry is in NBA shape. Riiiiight.

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    ecurry_beard

    It would balance out the karmic scales if, when the lockout ends, Eddy Curry were in shape and ready to play in the NBA while other guys had put on the weight he had shed. That would amuse me, but I won’t believe it until I see it. I think the entire island of Manhattan…

  15. Magic Johnson takes some shots at LeBron James. Playfully.

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Old school NBA players do not really like how LeBron James has handled his business. They also don’t really like the lockout. Or the long shorts. All those young players today need to GET OFF MY LAWN! Magic Johnson was out doing the inspirational speaking thing the other day in Albany, New York (remember your…

  16. Adidas could see $50 million loss from NBA lockout

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Adidas has a foothold in the NBA marketing game. Saturday there were people lined up around the block in Chicago to see Derrick Rose and buy his new adiZero Rose2 shoes. They also make the official NBA jerseys. Which you are not buying right now because of the lockout. Experts explain to Reuters that the…

  17. Jerry West opens up about depression that drove, haunted him

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    There may be no more introspective and compelling figure in American sports than Jerry West. In his new biography — which hits the stands Wednesday, if you actually still went to stands — West is very open about the challenges of his childhood with an abusive father, how that led to depression and drove him…

  18. Report: Feds might block NBA union decertification attempt

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Fortunately, in recent weeks, talk of the NBA players union decertifying has cooled off. It’s good because if the players did it at this point, you could kiss the season goodbye. But even if the players wanted to decertify the union — voting essentially to dissolve the union — the federal government might block it.…

  19. What the Hawks should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Last season: Same old, same old? Progress and a step back? Stumbling backwards into success? There’s got to be some sort of ridiculous phrase to describe the Hawks’ 2011 season. Their offense took a serious step back, despite all the talk of getting out of Mike Woodson’s system. Larry Drew took over, and the Hawks…

  20. Video: Top five plays from Team Philly win over Goodman

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    John Wall, Jeff Teague

    Another weekend, another entertaining NBA exhibition, this time Team Philly taking on Goodman. It’s not the real thing we’d rather be watching exhibition games, but at least it was entertaining. The Goodman League rolled in with John Wall (who had 38 points on the night) and Kevin Durant, but it was the underdog and feisty…

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