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  1. Fisher thrashes report, urges unity in letter to players

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

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    Any time you start to see any potential rift in unity from the players, you can expect a letter from union president Derek Fisher to the players. Right on cue Monday — following a report saying he was in David Stern’s pocket and wanted a 50/50 split of revenues with owners — Fisher sent out…

  2. Report: League fines Heat owner $500,000 for tweets

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

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    You knew the second you read the tweets from Heat owner Micky Arison Friday that was he going to be forking over a healthy check to the league soon. Those tweets included his response to one fan who accused Arison of being one of the greedy owners ruining the NBA. “Honestly u r barking at…

  3. Video: This boy pretty much speaks for all of us about lockout

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

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    I don’t put my children’s tantrums on YouTube, mostly because I’m not sure the Internet is big enough to handle all of them. But this boy, well, we’ve all felt like that recently. Thanks for expressing it so clearly. Hat tip my man Eric Freeman and Ball Don’t Lie.

  4. Shaq says he got in Pat Riley’s face in Miami, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book hit the Web and of course our eyes are drawn to the Hatfields and McCoys that is he and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. A legendary feud. But that’s not all that is there in the excerpts Deadspin published. There is also this description of his confrontation with then…

  5. Is Luke Walton contemplating retirement? Don’t bet on it.

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Luke Walton inherited from his father the genetic gifts needed to be an NBA player, plus the gene that makes you like the Grateful Dead. But he also seems to have inherited his father’s debilitating back issues. Those issues have kept the younger Walton on the Lakers bench much of the last two seasons, frustrating…

  6. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  7. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

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    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

  8. JaVale McGee may become citizen of, play for Philippines

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee of the Wizards gets ready to throw one of his jerseys into the crowd before a USO "Hoops for Troops" event at Schofield Army Barracks in Wahiawa

    Last summer, while NBA big men were dropping like flies, Wizards center JaVale McGee came close to being part of the Team USA squad that won gold at the FIBA World Championships. But he didn’t make the cut, Tyson Chandler did. However, if McGee were on the Philippines national team, he would be the best…

  9. Kings minority owners may be forced to sell share of team

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Because the Kings didn’t have enough instability in their organization right now…. A long-standing minority owner of Sacramento may be forced to sell his share of the team soon as he had the misfortune of putting a lot of his money behind a new luxury hotel that opened right as the economy started to tank,…

  10. Video: Stephen Colbert has Mark Cuban’s back

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    You know Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some strong opinions on the lockout — and he is sure he is right and everyone else is wrong. Even you. But David Stern has muzzeled everyone (even Micky Arison of the Heat) and Cuban can’t tell you how you are wrong. So isn’t it nice that the…

  11. Report: Kardashian to file for divorce from Kris Humphries

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Apparently Kim Kardashian will be the first to put the NBA’s new amnesty clause into effect. And whoever had 72 days in the office pool, please come to the front desk and collect your winnings. The couple lasted only half as long as Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, who got to 144. Okay, enough with…

  12. It’s gotta be the shoes! NBA lockout hurts shoe companies, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Adidas has Derrick Rose as a matador. Nike is spotlighting that “basketball never sleeps.” They are both still marketing like there is no tomorrow. But while basketball may never sleep, the NBA is taking a nap right now. And that lockout could hurt major NBA shoe companies to the tune of $500 million if the…

  13. Union head Billy Hunter denies any rift with Derek Fisher

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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    In case you weren’t reading PBT over the weekend — and if not, what is wrong with you? The outdoors are overrated — we told you about a report that union president Derek Fisher was good with a 50/50 split and that union director Billy Hunter confronted him about it. Hunter denied that there is…

  14. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  15. Chandler, Smith could be released from China when lockout ends

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    What the Chinese government — which is what really runs the Chinese Basketball Association — did not want was teams to rent an NBA player during the lockout. So they only allowed their teams to sign NBA free agents and no opt-out clause for when the lockout ended. But even as seemingly half the Denver…

  16. Dwight Howard has taken up “Tebowing”

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Dwight Howard loves his twitter trends. He planked with a hundred people in China. Now “Tebowing” is the latest craze. That is where you strike a pose — on one knee with your hand to your head — that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow struck on the field when he prayed after the Broncos come…

  17. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

  18. Report: No 82-game season… but how about a 78-game one?

    Oct 30, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    David Stern murdered an 82-game season late last week when talks broke off between the NBA and NBPA over what is pocket change compared to the gulf that faced them at the start of negotiations. The thought was that meant there would be significant losses in terms of the number of games played to reflect…

  19. The Celtics aren’t really in any hurry to get together and practice

    Oct 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Lots of teams are holding team practices. There will be a season, you know, eventually, maybe, and at that point, being as far along on your conditioning as possible is going to be crucial. So most teams are pushing to get together and work on chemistry and conditioning. But not the Celtics. The old guys…

  20. NBA Lockout: LeBron James and the kingdom ruled by knights

    Oct 30, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    In 1964, the players for the NBA All-Star Game refused to leave the locker room at the famed Boston Gardens. The game was going to be televised, a huge step forward for the league, and the players knew this was their best chance at getting the owners by their tender parts. They refused to walk…

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