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  1. Derek Fisher says NBA far, far away from labor peace

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    All that “substantial progress” in the NBA’s labor negotiations? Don’t hang your hat on it. That’s essentially what National Basketball Players Assocition President Derek Fisher told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN 1050 radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he was not backing down over a lockout. “If the owners decide they want…

  2. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  3. Don’t expect much out of NBA owners, players meeting

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern tried after last week’s bargaining session to set Tuesday up as the big key day — it is after this session we’ll know if there will be a lockout. But even that was Stern posturing, using some gamesmanship to put the pressure on the players. Which says everything about where we are in…

  4. 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…

  5. After nearly five-hour meeting, little progress in CBA talks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The countdown clock reads 13 days until the NBA’s owners lock the players out. And if you weren’t sure before, you should be now that the clock will reach zero. After the two sides met for more than four-and-a-half hours in a Manhattan hotel Friday both sides left the room saying they were nowhere near…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Players union files grievance saying owners not negotiating in good faith

    May 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Consider this your lockout amuse-bouche, just a little something to whet your appetite for the ugliness of players/owners negotiations to come. The National Basketball Players Association — the players union — filed a filed unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that the NBA and the owners are not negotiating in…

  14. 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…

  15. David Stern, union head Billy Hunter at least talking

    May 11, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    David Stern Press Conference

    Well, at least they are talking. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his lead negotiator Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver have been meeting with NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and staff face-to-face, according to Henry Abbott at ESPN. That’s the good news, and the fact that the two sides are sitting at a table and…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Jason Kidd admits he might retire if there is a lockout

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Father time has not been able to stop Jason Kidd. At 38 he has transformed his game, become one of the more deadly three-point shooters around, and he can still lead a team. He has said he wants to play until he’s 40. But a lockout that wipes out all of next season could change…

  21. 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…

  22. Players’ union distributes “lockout handbook” to members

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The NFL lockout is about to start after days of failed negotiations and amidst a big gulf between players and owners. For NBA fans, it will be this and worse. The  NBA owners and players may be farther apart and more antagonistic to each other than their NFL counterparts. That’s why we say the lockout…

  23. PBT Friday Morning One Liners

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    I am not a fan of the franchise tag for the NBA. Danny Nowell at Magic Basketball does a great job explaining why this is a bad idea. The Timberwolves are going to offer Kevin Love a lot of money. This story says $70 million, but that is this CBA’s number. However, whatever the max…

  24. Winderman: It’s time for built-in buyouts in NBA contracts

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    One of the prime sticking points in the negotiations for a new NBA collective-bargaining agreement is maximum contract length. Currently, players can be signed for up to six seasons. Management wants far shorter terms. Based on the machinations at the buyout deadline, the players certainly are fueling management’s argument. Even with time left on the…

  25. Hornets want to see new CBA before deciding next step with Chris Paul

    Feb 28, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Utah watched the Carmelo Anthony circus unfold, they heard their star point guard Deron Williams talk about waiting to see about signing an extension, they realized that an extended lockout next season could mean little chance to move him. So they shocked the world and sent to New Jersey. Chris Paul could be a free…

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