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  1. Hunter: Jeremy Lin could wind up on NBPA executive committee

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin has been at the forefront of the positive things to help lead the NBA out of lockout hell. And it turns out, he could be at the forefront of what winds up leading us back into it in six to ten years. Billy Hunter recently told Bloomberg that Lin is likely to wind…

  2. Report: Age limit under review, but could stay the same for 2012

    Nov 27, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Among the so-called “B-List Issues” being worked on before a formal vote will be held, the age limit consideration could be the one that impacts the NBA the most and certainly draws the most fan interest. And Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s such a big issue, it may not get resolved right away. The NBA…

  3. Players might vote for deal, season, if given vote, which they won’t be

    Nov 12, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    ESPN’s Shaun Powell reports on Twitter: Source told me if full membership votes on the owner’s deal, NBA would open for business by Wednesday.Sat Nov 12 17:11:26 via webShaun Powell powellshaun This is much akin to “Unicorns may cure cancer, if they exist.” The primary problem is that unicorns don’t exist. Similarly, the rank-and-file NBA…

  4. Bluffing or not, David Stern gets his deadline

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    For all of the emphasis on David Stern’s recent ultimatum to the members of the National Basketball Players Association, this is hardly the first time he’s issued a deadline threat against the union. The lockout has been laced with cancellation dates, each with the accompanying acknowledgement from Stern that the league’s offers would reflect the…

  5. Why the owners should be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for the 49-51 band offer.

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    First, some basics. During Saturday’s talks, following a talking-points suggestion from George Cohen, the NBA offered a BRI band of 49-51. So if revenues underperform certain levels, the players would receive 49 percent. If they hit acceptable levels (considered by most to be 4 percent growth), both sides would split 50/50. And if things went…

  6. Deron Williams is frustrated the union hasn’t already decertified

    Nov 6, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    You’re going to be seeing a lot of reactions to the dramatics of Saturday night’s end to talks. Some players will likely just say that they want to play; it’s not that they want to cave, they’re just tired of the whole damn thing and don’t think it’s worth it. You’re going to see a…

  7. Quote of the Day: Eli’s Coming

    Nov 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The NBA ownership group’s labor committee will reopen talks with the players’ side Saturday afternoon, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, a meeting one general manager, who has spoken with a few owners, described as “headed straight for disaster.” via NBA hope bleak over labor talks, sources say – ESPN. From Sports Night:  Dan Rydell:…

  8. Wizards rookie Chris Singleton shows some perspective on the lockout

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Chris Singleton

    The NBPA hasn’t done the best job of managing their PR front. David Stern has done his damnedest to control the public message of the lockout, all while the factions that have reportedly formed among the players threaten to decertify the union entirely and rip the 2011-2012 season apart. Yet individually, the lockout has provided…

  9. Chauncey Billups doesn’t trust players’ collective ability to remain strong for a full season

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

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    This lockout has never been as simple as one side negotiating against another in an effort to produce a fair deal. There are a number of factors circling the negotiations that inevitably have an impact on their progress and timeline. The NBPA still holds the threat of decertification, a breaking point from which there is…

  10. Luol Deng considering playing overseas

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    From CSNChicago.com’s Aggrey Sam: Born in South Sudan and growing up in London, Luol Deng exploring the option of playing abroad during the ongoing NBA lockout doesn’t come as a surprise. A posting on the website of his agency, Interperformances, Tuesday, stated the Bulls small forward was “considering to play overseas.” Deng reportedly told British-based website mvp247.com,…

  11. After deliberation, lockout negotiators decide not to bring back federal mediator George Cohen

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    George Cohen

    UPDATE (7:24 PM): Per Howard Beck of the New York Times, George Cohen will not be coming back to the collective bargaining sessions after all. Plus, there remains no scheduled time or date for the resumption of talks. Delightful news all around. 2:18 PM: The negotiations to end the NBA lockout are not ongoing —…

  12. Reports: Lockout talks break down over BRI split

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    According to multiple sources, the lockout talks between the player’s union and the owners have hit an impasse over the BRI split. The players want 52%, the owners want to give them 50%, and neither side is budging. Talks for the day are reportedly over, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, no future talks have been scheduled…

  13. Rodney Stuckey could play in China, add to NBA’s mid-season free agent mayhem

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    Only a handful of NBA players have officially signed to play in China during the NBA lockout, but another may not be too far behind. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (via Yahoo’s Scoop du Jour blog), Rodney Stuckey is being courted by the Guangdong Southern Tigers, and unlike many other NBA players, actually has…

  14. Say you’re done, but history shows you’ll come back to NBA

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    That’s it. You’re done. You are going to walk away from the NBA. You’re sick of the pampered millionaire players. You’re sick of the hardline, greedy NBA owners. This lockout — now at day 116 with no talks scheduled and some games cancelled — has pushed you over the edge. You are walking away from…

  15. Owners of teams with great rosters are eager for season to begin

    Oct 21, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst has some news that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody: If it were up to Heat owner Micky Arison, his team would be preparing for its final three preseason games right now and he’d be spending the majority of his time running his cruise lines and not at labor meetings in…

  16. Lockout talks have stopped, things looking extremely grim

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Just when things were starting to look up — federal mediators! Marathon bargaining sessions! Small concessions from both sides! — it’s starting to look very, very grim for NBA fans once again. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, talks between the owners and the players have stopped, and the lockout has suffered what Wojnarowski calls…

  17. Chicago Tribune: 82-game season “could be salvaged”

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Things are looking grim. The first two weeks of the season have been cancelled, and cancellation of games through Christmas Day may be coming soon. However, one league source gave the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson a sliver of hope for NBA fans: Another league source said that, despite Stern’s cancellation, there still is a possibility…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. Udonis Haslem gets cleared to play basketball, would like to play NBA basketball soon

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Udonis Haslem‘s twitter account is less than 24 years old, but he’s already using it to post major news and his opinions about the lockout: How ironic. Just got cleared by doctors for full workouts. Hardwood here I come. LET US PLAY #STANDUNITED A foot injury caused Haslem to miss most of the regular season and…

  23. Nash makes twitter plea for owners to end lockout

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has never been shy about his opinions, and today he’s using his twitter account to ask the owners to end the ongoing NBA lockout. Here’s what he tweeted: The NBA has experienced over 60 yrs of growth with new growth projected using the current model. After a banner year the players are still willing…

  24. Carmelo Anthony to host the next star-studded exhibition game in NYC

    Oct 10, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Sunday’s South Florida All-Star Classic was the grandest of the NBA exhibitions to date, but it was nonetheless a single game in a series of similar contests. The summer of pro-am hoops has stretched into the fall of pro-am hoops, so much so that the idea for the next big exhibition game took mere moments to spawn…

  25. Josh Howard interested in joining the Celtics

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The lack of a free agency period to date has all but eradicated the NBA’s rumor mill. Teams have undoubtedly discussed some of their potential targets in private, but with no structure set to actually enable player acquisition, those discussions lack grounding. Those general managers, owners, and coaches are floating ideas, ones that up to…

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