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  1. Agents may sue league on behalf of locked out rookies

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    If there is one group of sympathetic players in this unsympathetic lockout situation, it’s the just drafted rookies — guys who came out of college (or over from Europe) to live their NBA dream, only to be locked out. They exist in a limbo: locked to teams but without contracts, not yet part of the…

  2. So now what happens with NBA lockout? Here’s a guide.

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Time to be up front — we’re not sure how this is all going to play out. Part of the goal of the union rejecting the owners’ latest offer and filing a “disclaimer of interest” (to be followed by antitrust lawsuits against the league) was to throw some uncertainty into the process. To shake the…

  3. Fisher, Hunter send letter to players explaining process

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    Usually when you are talking NBA and “disclaimer of interest” we’re talking about Carmelo Anthony and defense. But now we are talking about the legal process and how by the NBA players union filing a disclaimer of interest they are abandoning their place as the negotiating body for the players in getting a new Collective…

  4. In fighting for final dollars, league has cost itself much more

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Today I and a lot of NBA fans feel like Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell! The ultimate stupidity of what has happened with the NBA lockout is that in the fight over the system of…

  5. Only hope for NBA season is rational negotiations. Which is bad.

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    The courts are not going to solve the NBA lockout. That’s where the process is headed after the union started taking steps to abandon its right to negotiate for the players. Anti-trust lawsuits will follow. Along with plenty of heated rhetoric from both sides. Yet, only one thing can save part of an NBA season…

  6. David Stern calls union’s move “bad negotiating tactic”

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    UPDATE 3:58 pm: Here is commissioner David Stern’s official statement, released by the league: “At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was…

  7. Video: NBA players announce plans to decertify union

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Derek Fish of NBA players association speaks during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Here is the video of union leaders Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, backed by about 50 players, announcing they are rejecting the NBA’s latest offer and planning to decertify the union. Watch the NBA season fade away right before your eyes. Enjoy.

  8. Players vote to reject offer, decertify union. Season likely doomed.

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    This is Armageddon. Nuclear winter is upon NBA fans. The players got together in New York on Monday and not only voted to reject the league’s ultimatum offer, but voted to start the process to decertify the union. “We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down, and as a…

  9. What issues are union sticking points? Here are a few

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    lock

    When leaders of the NBPA — the NBA’s player union — emerge from a Times Square area hotel on Monday afternoon, I fully expect them to say the people in the room voted to approve a modified version of the league’s latest offer. It makes sense to put the ball in the owners’ court. The…

  10. In latest attempt to sway, David Stern has memo for players

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Say this about David Stern, he knows how to get his spin and story out there. Far better than the union does, with its halting and missteps. Stern wins the PR battle because he is better at it. The latest attempt along those lines — and the latest attempt by Stern and the owners to…

  11. Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York. Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts: • Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players…

  12. Winderman: League tells you how to build “Roster of the Future”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    If you didn’t know better (or perhaps if you do), it sure seems as if David Stern’s ultimate goal from the lockout is to reshape his league through some sort of real-life fantasy draft. Getting beyond Sunday’s Twitter theatrics (we personally believe the answers were provided by some sort of auto-reply-bot or Adam Silver, which…

  13. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  14. Tide of players turning against Stern’s latest ultimatum

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    It will not be until the first part of next week that we see officially how the players will respond to the latest ultimatum from David Stern and the owners. But Thursday night union president Derek Fisher seemed hesitant about it, and as Friday wore on more and more players and owners seemed to turn…

  15. Don’t think for a second owners’ latest offer is what fans want

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Let’s be honest about what you really like — trades and teams full of stars. You like seeing basketball, too, which makes the new offer from NBA owners appealing to fans. Because it means 72 games and a full playoffs, basically a normal season. I want to see it in place for the same reasons.…

  16. Details of owners’ latest offer emerge, just last offer tweaked

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The real question is how the sides are going to handle it if — more likely when — the players reject the latest offer from David Stern and the owners. We are starting to learn more about that offer, and basically it is minor changes from the offer the players rejected last weekend. It doesn’t…

  17. Players, agents may begin union decertification Friday

    Nov 11, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    They have the signatures. A band of agents has had the more than 130 signatures needed from players to request the decertification of the union for most of this week, but they sat on it out of respect for the ongoing negotiations. After watching the outcome of another round of talks, those agents and players…

  18. Stern gives players new ultimatum offer for 72-game season

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    One week later, after nearly 23 hours of talks over two days, we are back almost in the same place we were last weekend, save that the consequences seem more dire. Thursday night David Stern and the owners presented a new take-it-or-leave-it proposal to the union (the details of which we have few of yet but…

  19. Report: If no deal by end of Friday, things could get really ugly

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    lockout

    NBA owners and players are back at it, more than four hours into a Thursday meeting (as of this writing) following a 12-hour session on Wednesday. Wednesday was the deadline day of David Stern’s “reset” offer — one that would almost certainly kill the season if the owners really stuck with it — but he…

  20. What stands in way of deal? Issues around high-spending teams.

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    We’re on the cusp of an NBA labor deal and games, but we’re not all the way there. What stands in the way comes down to this — the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title last season with the third highest payroll in the league, and the Lakers the two titles before that with payroll…

  21. NBA owners, players undersell progress because it is fragile

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Last time there was optimism about an NBA labor deal, David Stern was standing in the back of the union press conference joking with Billy Hunter, and the words “striking distance” were thrown around. Then it all blew up. Wednesday night — really, Thursday morning — after 12 hours of talks that again led to…

  22. No deal yet, but NBA owners, players back at it Thursday

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Today, the NBA passed the NFL — but maybe it will not be by much. The NFL lockout went for 132 days and on the 132nd day of the NBA lockout the owners and players met for 12 hours but it was not enough to get a deal done. However, the two sides will get…

  23. Everyone cautious, but optimism abounds that NBA deal near

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Everyone is cautious — we’ve all been here before. We’ve all been Charlie Brown running up to kick the football when Lucy (played by David Stern) pulls the ball away and we go flying through the air, crashing on our backs. Even writing this post feels like talking about a no-hitter in the eighth inning.…

  24. David Stern’s NBA deadline passes… and they are still talking

    Nov 9, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    David Stern threw down an ultimatum last Saturday night (early Sunday morning, actually) — accept our deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday or we are going to replace it with a deal so bad for players we might as well cancel the season. Okay, he didn’t say anything about canceling the season, but he might as…

  25. Whip count: Which owners are good with 50/50 deal?

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    We’ve heard for a couple days that the owners remain a divided group — if the players accepted David Stern’s offer (which they did not, but the sides are talking again) the owners vote would be 16-13 in favor of the deal. (There are 29 owners because the league had to buy back the Hornets.)…

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