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  1. You’re watching — big television ratings jump in playoffs

    May 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Every time I get one of these stories, the stupidity of a long lockout hits me even harder. All the networks carrying first-round playoff games saw a huge bump in television ratings, as reported at the Washington Examiner (via Ball Don’t Lie). It got a hold of TNT’s rating numbers and… damn. This was the…

  2. NFL issues could help motivate NBA labor deal

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to be optimistic about the NBA labor situation — and I am by nature and optimist — but today there were a few rays of light into the darkness. It comes from David Stern, talking to the Associated Press, discussing the mess that is the NFL labor situation. “It seemed that at the…

  3. Tony Parker says he will play in native France if lockout lasts

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    There have been plenty of players saying they would consider playing in Europe if the NBA lockout that is coming this summer drags out into 2012. A lot of those you may not want to take seriously. The Spurs Tony Parker going back to play in his native France? That you should take seriously. Parker…

  4. Looming NBA lockout wipes out Summer League

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    summer league

    Despite the 111-degree temperatures (in the shade), ball-hogging guards and utter lack of help defense, there is something uniquely compelling about the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. It was the hope of rookies, the hustle of guys trying to impress scouts, a chance to fall in love with the guys who will be at…

  5. Report: NBA owners want to make it two-and-done in college

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Two-and-done? While the age limit should be a side issue to the upcoming NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement — percentage of basketball related income is the real number to watch — it looks like it could be another little battleground. Billy Hunter from the players union said that he didn’t think it was appropriate to keep…

  6. Players Union may host charity games during lockout

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    So what are the players going to do when the lockout starts to stretch into the regular season? (And it may well. Remember, the players don’t see their first paycheck until Nov. 15, so if the owners want the players to feel the pressure of not getting paid — and some do — we are…

  7. Television lockout ads preview (not really, but you’ll laugh)

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The lockout is coming July 1. We keep telling you so you will not be surprised. Know it is coming. No matter what you do it will arrive, it is an unstoppable force at this time. Which means there are two fronts being played by both the owners and the players union: 1) At the…

  8. Lockout might keep Marcin Gortat from being hammer for Poland

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Poland, like many countries this summer, will be playing in a tournament trying to earn a spot in the 2012 Olympics. In this case, it is EuroBasket 2011, where the Polish team is a long shot but at least they are in the dance and can dream like VCU. Except Poland may not have its…

  9. Grant Hill likes Phoenix but keeping his free agent options open

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Grant Hill is nearing retirement — and if there is one thing you can find plenty of in Phoenix it’s retirees. Warm, dry weather is easy on the joints, you know. Plus, lots of places you can have dinner at 5 and still make it home for Jeopardy. Hill will be a free agent at…

  10. Coming lockout might help Celtics retain Doc Rivers

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    As we told you last weekend, the general consensus within the coaching community is that Doc Rivers walks away from the Celtics after this season and becomes a helicopter dad that Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t know how to get rid of. (Rivers’ son Austin is a Duke recruit that starts in the fall.) But what if…

  11. Ricky Rubio sounds like a guy going to put off NBA debut

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Despite what Timberwolves brass has insisted, it has never made sense for Ricky Rubio to leave Barcelona and come to the NBA next season. Because it doesn’t make sense to walk into a likely lockout that could cost games. Why leave one of the top teams in Europe, Barcelona, where you are a rock star,…

  12. Tracy McGrady’s advice to owners: “Don’t lowball us”

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    As the NFL’s labor situation devolves, the NBA players and owners are sitting back, watching and taking notes. For example, the NBA’s player union has passed out and gotten players to sign off on potentially decertifying the union. Whether or not they will play that card will depend on how well it goes for the…

  13. Former Stern right hand man not optimistic about CBA negotiations

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Russ Granik

    You remember Russ Granik as the guy everyone cheered for when he came out to announce the second round of the NBA Draft every year (until he retired). Granik did more than just that and pick up David Stern’s dry cleaning as NBA Deputy Commissioner, however, he was the NBA’s lead negotiator when the last…

  14. Sacramento mayor on Kings: “more likely they’re going to be in Anaheim”

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    honda-center-of-anaheim

    The timing is questionable. The move may leave them the third wheel in the Southern California market. They are moving to a better building than the one they are in, but it is 18 years old. But it looks more and more like the Kings will be moving to Anaheim. We told you already that…

  15. Carmelo’s move may make CBA negotiations nastier

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    Utah Jazz owner Greg Miller talked about it when he tried to explain to a shaken fan base why he felt he had to trade Deron Williams away. His argument: it’s a new era of stars congregating in big markets. The players have taken control of the process in a way they have not before.…

  16. All-Star Game draws best ratings since Jordan era

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    It was more than just Rihanna and Drake (and Kanye). It certainly was more than Lenny Kravitz. It’s the game. The NBA is as hot as it has been since the Jordan era and that continued again Sunday — the All-Star Game from Staples Center had 9.1 million people tune in to watch, the highest…

  17. CBA update: Owners, players sit down in same room. That’s about it.

    Feb 19, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

    billy-hunter

    This was the one bit of good news — for the first time in two-and-a-half months the owners and players sat down in the same room and talked about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Words like “amicable” and “thawed” were thrown around by Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (the union)…

  18. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  19. Kobe Bryant is open to playing in Italy in the event of a lockout

    Feb 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Anyone familiar with Kobe Bryant‘s mythology is aware that he spent a significant amount of his childhood in Italy while his father played ball there. He speaks fluent Italian, and has demonstrated a very real love of the country in past interviews. It turns out he’s so receptive to the country, he’s amiable to the…

  20. Nowitzki says he’s not going to play in Germany. Unless…

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    We told you it was a real long shot in the first place, but now Dirk Nowitzki has helped us out by throwing a little cold water on the idea of him playing in Germany. But like FIBA he left himself some wiggle room. Here is what Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News: “If it’s…

  21. Report: NBA Union head says lockout could wipe out next season

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    bhunter

    There will be a lockout come July 1. Wish I had any reason at all to tell you otherwise, there just is no cause. Talks for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are at a standstill right now. The question remains: How bad a lockout? As in, lockout in July and August but solved in time…

  22. Change of plans: owners, players to meet, talk CBA All-Star weekend. That won’t stop the lockout.

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yesterday we told you about the report that the owners did not want to sit down with the players and talk new Collective Bargaining Agreement during the All-Star festivities… well turns out they are. Not that it will matter much, but they’ll talk. Sam Amick of FanHouse, who got word from the players the owners…

  23. Lockout could cost $1 billion in television ad revenue. Billion. With a “B.”

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    NBA TNT Barkley

    You think you don’t want a lockout because you don’t want to miss Kwame Brown getting to shoot more, imagine how much the suits at ABC/ESPN and Turner Broadcasting (TNT) are dreading it. A lockout could cost $1 billion in ad revenue, according to Ad Age (via the legendary Nate Jones). That is billion. As…

  24. Carmelo Anthony says there will be a lockout “without a doubt”

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Nuggets Basketball

    On the record, everyone tries to keep a brave face. Basically every last person involved in the new Collective Bargaining Association talks say that a lockout can be avoided. They then say that will happen when the other side caves to their demands. But on the record they hold out hope. Off the record, nobody…

  25. Stern’s right-hand man says a lockout isn’t inevitable as he plays good cop

    Jan 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Las Vegas To Host 2007 NBA All-Star Game

    Well, isn’t Adam Silver a ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak and grey post-apocalyptic CBA negotiating world? Silver spoke to reporters prior to Houston’s game against New Orleans Friday night and as opposed to Commissioner Stern’s devout pessimism and overtly dour stance on the CBA position, Silver painted a much nicer portrait of where things…

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