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  1. Monday NBA labor meetings set table for do-or-die Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Here is where things finally stand — tomorrow is the big deal, best offer, drop-dead date for the NBA labor negotiations. If things go poorly on Tuesday, well, hope you have some NBA games stored on your DVR to watch. There was a five-hour meeting Monday between commissioner David Stern and the heads of the…

  2. Andrew Bogut close to deal to play in Australia

    Oct 3, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut is playing down under, mate. Insurance issues had been holding back the biggest name in Australian basketball from signing with a team in his native land, but that appears to have been worked out, according to The Age (via Brewhoop, which has a great breakdown). Bogut and his manager Bruce Kaider have received…

  3. Winderman: Charity games show fans’ passion, market to see NBA elite

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    How intense is the demand from the NBA market for product? Tickets to the Saturday lockout exhibition at Florida International University that LeBron James is helping promote sold out within two hours Monday. Even though there were no on-line or phone sales, and even though some windows at the school’s box office only took cash…

  4. Zach Randolph says Josh Selby was the steal of the draft

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    Coming out of high school, Josh Selby was a sure fire lottery pick. Last June, the Memphis Grizzlies scooped the guard up at No. 49. His stock fell fast in Kansas. Then this summer, he has done nothing but impress. I saw him at the Impact Series “lockout league” in Las Vegas and he stood…

  5. Video: Watch Wade, LeBron work out for start of… oh, forgot

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (L) and teammate LeBron James wait to leave the stadium after losing the NBA Championship to the Dallas Mavericks in Miami

    We’ve got some pretty good video here of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other Heat players working out to get ready for the start of… Oh, forgot. There is nothing going on today. Nor will there be for a little while. But like a lot of NBA players, these Heat members will be in shape…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki has advice for Tony Romo: Ignore the haters

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Tony Romo is getting hit harder by Dallas fans Monday than any time he did Sunday. The Cowboys choked away a 24-point lead against the Lions and the Dallas quarterback is taking fire from his own people like he he was a South American dictator. Romo has no friends in Dallas. Well, he has one.…

  7. Kevin Durant wants to do Oklahoma City charity game

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Since we’re apparently not going to have any NBA ball for a while, might as well keep the pro-am circuit rolling. This weekend has LeBron James and the Heat hosting a charity event in Miami, then on Sunday the Drew vs. Goodman League rematch is in Los Angeles. After that… How about a game in…

  8. Heat, Celtics players party together. With Knicks guys.

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics, Game 5

    Never, not for one minute, think that how you as a fan feel about your heated rival is how a player feels. No matter what intensity you see on the court. This is not the 1950s. As evidence, we present you Knicks, Celtics and Heat players all partying together like it’s 1999. That just hours…

  9. Today would have been “NBA media day” instead….

    Oct 3, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    lakers-practice-court

    Today, the eyes of the NBA will be on a swanky Manhattan hotel where the NBA and players union will meet again. NBA talk will be about salary caps and basketball related income, with breaks to discuss star-studded games in Miami and Los Angeles next weekend. What today should be about was NBA training camps…

  10. Italian league working “intensely” to rearrange schedule for Kobe

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If only the sense of urgency and willingness to compromise we see from the Italian league in efforts to bring in Kobe Bryant could be seen from the NBA and its players union in talks to end the lockout. Because in Italy they are doing whatever it takes to get a deal done. We told…

  11. Isiah Thomas: People don’t like LeBron because he’s successful

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Say what you want about Isiah Thomas — and we’ve said plenty over the years — the man knows about being disliked. He was the best player on the “bad boy” Pistons teams. You’ll be hard pressed to find people around the old CBA league that speaks well of him. And then there’s the entire…

  12. NBA labor talks continue Monday, at least that’s something

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    At least they are still talking. Despite the finger pointing and testy dialogue at times, the NBA owners and players continue to sit across the table from each other. They’re talking. That is a real, tangible positive. It may be the only good one out of the NBA labor talks. And it continues this week.…

  13. Kobe’s knee work was more cutting edge than we thought

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We know that Kobe Bryant is playing on knees that have about as much cartilage left as knee as Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has money left. The difference is Kobe is smart about it, and is trying to figure out how to make what he has left last. Hence the trip to Germany this summer…

  14. Michael Beasley thinks his NBA 2k12 rating is a bit on the …. high side.

    Oct 2, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Usually when an athlete hears about their video game rating, they think it’s absurdly low. After all, having that kind of ego is central to their ability to step up and make plays. Don’t get it confused, that’s not always a good thing, especially when it comes to Michael Beasley. (Clang.) But surprisingly, in an…

  15. Could the Celtics bring in Josh Howard?

    Oct 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Celtics might consider Josh Howard as a free agent when, you know, free agency happens. It’s actually a pretty solid idea. Howard, everyone forgets, was an All-Star in 2007 and a borderline All-Star for years before that. He was a huge part of the Mavericks’ first Finals run…

  16. You want to see more crazy exhibition highlights from LeBron James and Chris Paul, right? Right?

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Another day, another charity game full of highlights which really only reinforce how much better the NBA product is. LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Rudy Gay, and a host of other players played in a charity exhibition Saturday night in support of the CP3 Foundation. The players definitely put on a show, even if…

  17. Report: Either the big cities or the players will have to placate the small markets for progress to be made

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    We’ve known there are rifts inside the NBA labor strife on both sides for a while. Agents are plotting against Billy Hunter while smiling at him over video conferences. Owners are meeting furiously among themselves due to disagreements on how things should be handled. But after Saturday’s up and down news (“There’s progress but not…

  18. Merchandise sales yet another part of the damage expected from the lockout

    Oct 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    lebron-shoes2

    You’ve heard of the butterfly effect. The NBA lockout, despite all the talk that “no one cares/ is noticing” is going to be more like the gigantic asteroid effect, from an economic standpoint, in a lot of areas. There are cities that depend on the revenue created by game nights for bars, restaurants, shopping. There…

  19. NBA Lockout: BRI is still the elephant in the room

    Oct 1, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    The NBA labor negotiations’ approach to the issue of BRI was pretty simple on Saturday. See no evil, hear no evil, see no conflict, make no progress. Both sides took BRI off the table and focused on systemic issues, trying to “break down the mountain” as Derek Fisher put it. It wasn’t a bad approach.…

  20. Face facts: The NBA season is not going to start on time

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    Nov. 1 was going to be a fun night. The Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the rest of the Mavericks were finally going to get their championship rings (or whatever) and Mark Cuban was going get a banner raised to the rafters in Dallas. Then the Mavericks were going to take on the Chicago Bulls…

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