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  1. Players understand a lockout will kill league’s momentum

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    It’s the one question I’ve been asked by seemingly every radio show host, every friend in the last few weeks — how can the NBA go on a lockout now? Television ratings are up — this was the most watched finals since Shaq and Kobe were teammates — and that reflects an increased interest around…

  2. Ray Allen: The lockout could cost games next season

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the upcoming NBA lockout. There will be one, but with the great ratings and all the momentum the NBA picked up this year the two sides would not let it get to the point that training camps and games are lost right? Right? Um, that’s not exactly how Ray…

  3. Rubio says he is still talking to Barcelona. Thinking lockout?

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Spain's Ricky Rubio reacts during the Gr

    Last night, Barcelona won to become the Spanish League champions once again. And in the post game celebration, Rubio was asked about his future. A future that is supposed to include the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. But he sounded more vague, according to the Associated press. Rubio said “we are taking with Barcelona and we…

  4. NBA owners, players union meet, will do so again Friday

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Just as rumors are starting to swirl around that the NFL may have labor peace on the horizon, the NBA is gearing up for its lockout. There will be one, but the two sides are still meeting. They did so Tuesday and will have a bigger meeting Friday, reports Chris Sheridan of ESPN. It’ll be…

  5. Ready for a lockout? Players say owners’ demands unchanged.

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    We’ve been trying to tell you, the lockout on July 1 is inevitable. Frankly, it has been for a long time. We’re telling you the time you might really want to worry comes in mid-September when next season’s games will start to be in danger. As for where things stand now, the two sides are…

  6. Report: Krstic signs multi-year deal to play in Russia

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    KRSTIC_NENAD

    There were reports 10 days ago that Russian power CSKA Moscow were going after the Celtics Nenad Krstic. Turns out they were true. And he accepted. Krstic has agreed to a two-year deal to play in Russia, A. Sherrod Blakely reports at CSN New England, via the Serbian web site novosti.rs. The Serbian center started…

  7. After two days of talks owners, players nowhere near deal

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    David Stern

    What is the bottom line after two long days of talks between NBA owners and players on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement? “We remain very far apart… I’d say we’re apart on everything, despite both sides having moved.” David Stern said, as tweeted by Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Derek Fisher, players union president, said…

  8. NBA owners, players have long bargaining session

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The NBA’s owners and players remain a long, long way from reaching a deal. If you want good news at least both sides are talking — not in some secret hideaway, not because a judge ordered them to, but because they want to. And they will meet again Wednesday. Neither side would discuss in detail…

  9. Players come up with CBA plan that sparks discussion

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Don’t jump the gun – there is hope of avoiding a lockout and the owners and players are still a long way away from a deal. But last week the owners and players sat down and made a little progress toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The word “hopeful” got thrown around. Now we may…

  10. Baron Davis helping set up lockout workouts for Cavs

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Baron Davis, team leader? Some people in Clippersville are shaking their heads (with reason, he did not do this stuff in Los Angeles) but Davis is looking like a good, veteran leader in Cleveland. For example, come the July 1 lockout (and there will be one, the only question is for how long) teams will…

  11. Franchise tag may not be part of NBA’s future after all

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A lot of things that were thrown out on the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating table in the last year were never intended to be part of the final deal. Like contraction — David Stern put that on he table just for something to take off during negotiations to get something he wants. Apparently, the franchise…

  12. Players, owners have good bargaining session Wednesday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Through all the public pronouncements from both sides — the NBA owners asking for a hard cap, the players filings a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board — there has always been an undercurrent of optimism from some that a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement would get done to save all of next season.…

  13. David Stern says it would be “challenge” to avoid lockout

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Wednesday, representatives of the NBA owners and the Players Association will sit down in a room together and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. They’ll do the same thing a couple times when the NBA finals series shifts to Dallas next week. So, at least they are talking. But even David Stern admitted that…

  14. Bobcats plans for pre-lockout free agent camp shot down

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    summer league

    Everyone knows the lockout is coming. The drop-dead date to start next season on time will likely be about the end of September or October 1 — after the last lockout there was one month of condensed free agency and training camps before regular season games started. The lockout will wipe out Summer League, the…

  15. Report: Russia’s CSKA Moscow interested in Krstic

    May 31, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    KRSTIC_NENAD

    There’s a lot of talk from NBA players about going to play in Europe if there is an extended lockout, although most of it is fantasy not reality. Do you think a quality European club is going to sign an NBA player for half a season? But free agents, that may be a different story.…

  16. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 31, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    If you are looking for some over-the-top, ridiculous hatred of the Heat, start with this link. Having an age limit has not reduced the number of draft busts. Moving the age limit to 20 won’t help either. And it’s just plain wrong. A look at where things stand one month from the start of the lockout.…

  17. NBA says players union’s NLRB charges have “no merit”

    May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Stern

    As PBT told you Tuesday, the NBA players union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the league and owners of not negotiating in good faith. They accused the owners of “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands” and just about everything else they could think of. As expected, the…

  18. The Ron Artest Comedy Tour… that’s not a joke.

    May 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Is there anything as funny as Ron Artest? You had better laugh or he is coming into the crowd. No, I’m serious. Well, he’s serious about being funny. Apparently. Artest is getting into the comedy business, according to our man Arash Markazi ESPNLosAngeles. If there is a lockout, however, Artest is working on a second…

  19. NBA Rookies unsure how to deal with impending lockout

    May 20, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    There will be an NBA Draft on June 23, when the hopes and dreams of franchises will be pinned on teenagers. Teams will pump up their new players, fans will become excited… And then the lockout. And those rookies are not sure what is going to happen. That’s what they told the Associated Press during…

  20. Report: Owners first asked for $45 million hard salary cap

    May 16, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    When you enter a bargaining session, the first thing you ask for is your entire wish list. Everything you could possibly want. Some of the things on the list you need, some you’d be willing to give up. But come in asking for the moon. Like a $45 million hard salary cap if you are…

  21. Report: owners “big” concession is hard salary cap phased in

    May 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    When the owners submitted their new proposal to the players at the end of last month, they said they had heard the players concerns and made concessions. Apparently, that big concession is to phase in a hard salary cap over two years rather than just drop it on everyone next year, according to Marc Stein…

  22. Report: NBA proposes franchise tag, non-guaranteed contracts

    May 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

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    The proposal the NBA owners presented the NBA players union late last month would do away with fully-guaranteed contracts and adds a style of franchise tag, one that is different than the NFL’s but new to the NBA, reports Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated. Both would be a radical shift from the current collective bargaining…

  23. So you want to play in Europe during the lockout…

    May 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Real Madrid - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four Semi Final

    There’s a lot of players throwing out the, “If there’s a lockout I’ll go play in Europe” card. Like it’s some kind of trump card. And if you’re Kevin Durant or Deron Williams or Pau Gasol and you go play for a team like Barcelona, life will be pretty darn good. But that is not…

  24. David Stern says league will have to stop losing money

    May 5, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    As we march inevitably toward a lockout this summer, Wednesday night was David Stern’s turn to throw an elbow. One day after players’ union president Derek Fisher said the latest owner from the owners was no step forward, Stern responded with what he considers the bottom line in negotiations — the actual bottom line. As…

  25. Owners’ new proposal to players looks a lot like old one

    May 4, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    Savor these playoffs. Because when this season ends, it could be a while before we see NBA basketball again. For all the people singing Kumbaya about how neither the owners nor the players union wants to crush the momentum this season and these playoffs have generated for the NBA, the two sides remain far apart.…

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