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  1. Players meet Saturday night, the line holds at 53 percent for BRI

    Oct 9, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBPA was supposed to hold a regional meeting on Sunday and Monday, but late Saturday, word came from Yahoo! Sports that the Sunday meeting was canceled? Hope for a last-minute negotiating session? No, silly rabbit. Negotiating is for grown-ups! This is a finger-pointing contest now. Or another type of contest I won’t define. So…

  2. Brandon Jennings is playing a lot of pickup basketball

    Oct 5, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Over the lockout, there have been a lot of very good stories about what NBA players are doing to keep busy while they wait for news on when the season is going to start. Here’s the latest one of those stories, a lengthy and interesting profile of LA native Brandon Jennings’ Summer basketball regimen by…

  3. What the Hornets should do if the lockout ends

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    It’s a crucial year for the Hornets. Chris Paul can opt out of his contract with New Orleans after this season, and it goes without saying that the franchise would be devastated if Paul left the team. Here are a few ways that the Hornets can build on their spirited first-round performance against the Lakers…

  4. Shaq points to Joe Johnson to explain owners’ mistakes

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Shaquille O’Neal pulled out the bad contract = lockout card again, but rather than going with the classics — Eddy Curry or Rashard Lewis — he went with the new and threw Atlanta’s Joe Johnson under the bus. Which is both right and wrong at the same time. But we’ll get to that farther down…

  5. Memphis holds advantage in courting restricted free agent Marc Gasol

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    At this stage in the lockout and the negotiations within, it’s impossible for any free agent player to address their situation with certainty. That much is guaranteed by the fact that no explicit communication can go on between player and team at the present juncture; any indications given at this point convey only intent or…

  6. Matt Bonner explains the lockout’s new beginning

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We’re now months into the NBA lockout. July 1st marked the expiration of the previous collective bargaining agreement, and even before that deadline passed, the lockout loomed over the 2011 off-season. Yet in terms of the timeline of negotiations and bargaining sessions between the players and owners, the lockout is in its infancy. Only now…

  7. Leon Rose joins the decertification rebel alliance

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    The barbarians are at the gate. They’re wearing Brooks Brothers and smell like money. And now, to quote a wholly inappropriate flick for the context, “They have a cave troll.” A faction of NBA agents have been ramping up pressure on Billy Hunter and the union officials to decertify the union, paving the way for…

  8. Amar’e Stoudemire says his back is healthy

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Amar’e Stoudemire spoke to a group of campers in New York on Wednesday, and he shared some very good news for Knicks fans of all ages. ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling has the story: After spending much of the summer at his rented house in Hollywood Hills, Calif., Amare Stoudemire returned to New York City on Wednesday…

  9. Norris Cole works out with LeBron James, gets introduction to Heat culture

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    The lockout has added upheaval to every phase of the NBA’s off-season, but the process has been particularly tumultuous for incoming rookies. The lucky rooks have been able to establish some kind of contact with their team (preliminary conversations with coaches or general managers, introductory press conferences, etc.), but there are plenty of other first-year…

  10. What the Timberwolves should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Draft Timberwolves Basketball

    This is the third installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves. You can also read up on the Lakers and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams. It was a rough year for the Timberwolves last season.…

  11. Rockets rookie Parsons signs with French team

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Parsons

    Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has the story: Rockets rookie F @ChandlerParsonsagrees to contract with France Cholet with an NBA out as early as Oct. 3, agent Mark Bartelstien tells Y!. The 6-10 Florida alum was taken by the Rockets with the 38th overall pick in the draft, and was named the SEC player of the…

  12. DeJuan Blair may play in Russia, perceived injury risks be damned

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Among the flood of reported signings, flirtations, explorations, and interest between overseas clubs and NBA players, DeJuan Blair‘s name and news don’t create much of a ripple. He’s no Deron Williams, after all; Blair isn’t even a steady NBA regular at this point in his career, having squandered some of the opportunity given him as…

  13. Collective bargaining talks produce vaguely positive outcome

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    The lockout drags on, but today NBA fans are given the slightest reason for optimism. Representatives for the NBA players and owners met today for a six-hour bargaining session, and though dialogue in itself isn’t enough to bring back the league we all know and love, the fact that meetings are going on at all…

  14. Wilson Chandler will play in China

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Chandler_Wilson

    ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande has the story: Wilson Chandler said he has signed a contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association, a move that would essentially preclude him from participating in the 2011-12 NBA season if the lockout ends and the games begin. The Chinese Basketball Association will not allow players with existing contracts…

  15. Steph Curry is also going back to college during the lockout

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Like Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, who we talked about earlier today, Warriors guard Stephen Curry is also making the best of a bad situation and taking college courses while the lockout rages on. CBS’ Matt Norlander has the story: Curry is arguably making more out of the NBA lockout than any other player. And…

  16. Carmelo Anthony thinks 57% of BRI is fair enough, thanks

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has Puerto Rican ties and so he hosts a charity weekend there. As part of that, he did an interview with a local newspaper. You’re never going to believe it, but the subject of playing overseas came up. I know, shocking, right? And even more stunning, Melo said he was keeping his options…

  17. Report: Nicolas Batum signs in France

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    You had to expect that the first guys to go hauling across the pond would be those who traversed the body of water in the first place. In short, Europeans are flocking back to their respective homelands in the face of the lockout and a seemingly unavoidable loss of games. Take Nicolas Batum, for example. From…

  18. Stephon Marbury doubts Amar’e or Melo could hack it in China

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    It’s always a nice Saturday morning when Stephon Marbury is back on our pages. It’s comforting. Like the crazy old guy at the coffee shop who wants to talk to you about how aliens stole his shoes. The New York Post gave Marbury a ring to ask him whether it would work for Carmelo Anthony…

  19. If the players are just posturing about this overseas thing, they’re putting their all into it

    Jul 24, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    If you’re not really going to Europe but you want it to seem like you are, this is the playbook. Release lots of media info, get one big guy to go, tell every reporter who asks that every member of your side is “considering it” and do as many exhibitions in other countries to generate…

  20. The men behind the curtain want to pull the string on decertification

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    “Let the poets write that he had the tools of greatness, but the voices of his better angels were shouted down by his obsessive need to win.” – The West Wing This lockout is perceived as two sides in a standoff with one another, owners and players. In reality, it’s six sides. You have the…

  21. Wait, wait, now Kobe Bryant’s NOT talking to Turkey. Wait 30 seconds, there will be another update.

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    So he’s going, but wait, no, no he’s not. Wait, no he is! Totally talking to them! No, wait, no, no he’s not. From Yahoo! Sports: Kobe Bryant is “nowhere near any kind of a deal,” in Turkey, source tells Y! “Not even close.” He’s listening to offers, but that’s all now. via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA:…

  22. Pacers deserve applause for doing right by employees through lockout

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    That’s right. While the Los Angeles Lakers are shredding staffing during the lockout despite making more money every day from merchandising than most teams in the league probably make in ticket sales in an average day, and the league is torching employees while executives still draw huge paychecks, the little old Indiana Pacers are doing…

  23. Zaza Pachulia will not be playing for Beskitas

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Pachulia_Zaza

    From Pachulia’s Twitter: There was lot of talking me going to play for Besiktas during lockout.We couldn’t agree on the therms (sic) and I’m not going to play for them. This just serves as more proof that despite basketball’s surging popularity in Europe and the high level of play over there, European teams don’t have…

  24. Timberwolves lay off “10 to 12″ employees

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    More depressing lockout news, from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune: Three weeks into the lockout,#Timberwolves have laid off 10 to 12 employees on the operation’s business side, a league source tells me. Sigh. Please let this lockout end soon.

  25. Villanueva may play in Dominican Republic if there is a lockout

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Jorge Sierra of Hoopshype.com has the story: Like many other NBA players before, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva says he will also contemplate the possibility of playing abroad. But with him, it will not be China or Europe. “I’m actually leaning towards likely playing in Dominican Republic, my home country,” Villanueva texted when asked about overseas options. “If…

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