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  1. NBA owners to have strategy conference call Thursday

    Nov 16, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    David Stern

    After more than two years of negotiating against the NBA players’ union, the owners will get together on a conference call Thursday,  according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, and map out a strategy now that the union has dissolved. Wojnarowski also explains the union’s new position. Antitrust attorney David Boies, who is leading the players’ suit, wants the owners…

  2. Attorneys for NBA, players exchange a few legal shots

    Nov 16, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    The court date has been set in California (Oakland, to be exact) for the players lawsuit against the owners — Feb. 29. By then, if no deal is reached, the entire season will be lost. Of course, anyone who has ever followed any kind of legal proceeding knows that the first court date set is…

  3. When labor talks restart, who can be NBA’s Robert Kraft?

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NFLPA Executive Committee Meet In Washington DC To Vote On New Labor Agreement

    Right now, the lawyers are the guys putting on the show. The players have their big-gun attorney David Boies filing an antitrust lawsuit. Within a couple days David Stern (a lawyer) and his legal team will respond with their own legal maneuvers trying to crush the rebel alliance, and that will garner headlines. But the…

  4. NBA players, owners let the lawyers do the sniping now

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Empty Amway Arena

    There was a pattern to this NBA lockout in the last couple months — not a comfortable one, but a pattern. The NBA and its players union wouldn’t talk for a week or so, then they would have two or three days of wildly intense negotiations. Then it would blow up and they would snipe…

  5. Players file first antitrust suit in Minnesota, official one in California

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

    courtroom generic

    Well, the NBA is in the courts now, not on the courts. Four players — Anthony Tolliver, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler and recent No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams (who does not yet have an NBA contract) — became the first plaintiffs in a players suit to challenge the lockout on antitrust grounds. This first…

  6. Video: CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks missed NBA paychecks

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 PM EDT

    AP Money Found

    Tuesday would have been the first payday of the first payday of the year for NBA players — as of today they are missing paychecks. How much money are we talking? CNBC’s Darren Rovell breaks it out for some of the big names and yes, Kobe Bryant just missed a more than $1 million payday.…

  7. Some players have not felt ‘in the loop’ with union

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Glen Davis, Antonio McDyess

    When NBA union director Billy Hunter asked for a show of hands in a New York hotel on Monday it was unanimous. All the guys in the room backed the idea of the union filing a “disclaimer of interest” and taking the fight to the courts. But for some rank-and-file players who would rather just get…

  8. It was players’ idea to decertify, but did they really understand?

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Derek Fish of NBA players association speaks during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    How did this all go down? How did a Monday meeting where the union representatives were expected to reject the latest offer from the owners and make a counter proposal turn into dissolving the entire union and likely blowing up the NBA season with it? The whole idea came from the players… well, if you…

  9. Agents may sue league on behalf of locked out rookies

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    If there is one group of sympathetic players in this unsympathetic lockout situation, it’s the just drafted rookies — guys who came out of college (or over from Europe) to live their NBA dream, only to be locked out. They exist in a limbo: locked to teams but without contracts, not yet part of the…

  10. So now what happens with NBA lockout? Here’s a guide.

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Time to be up front — we’re not sure how this is all going to play out. Part of the goal of the union rejecting the owners’ latest offer and filing a “disclaimer of interest” (to be followed by antitrust lawsuits against the league) was to throw some uncertainty into the process. To shake the…

  11. Fisher, Hunter send letter to players explaining process

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    Usually when you are talking NBA and “disclaimer of interest” we’re talking about Carmelo Anthony and defense. But now we are talking about the legal process and how by the NBA players union filing a disclaimer of interest they are abandoning their place as the negotiating body for the players in getting a new Collective…

  12. In fighting for final dollars, league has cost itself much more

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Today I and a lot of NBA fans feel like Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell! The ultimate stupidity of what has happened with the NBA lockout is that in the fight over the system of…

  13. NBA union did not poll players before taking big step Monday

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    There were 30 NBA team player representatives — and about another 20 players total — who were in the room in New York on Monday and they voted unanimously to file a Notice of Disclaimer, essentially decertifying the union. But is that what the full union would have voted to do? Probably not (many think…

  14. Only hope for NBA season is rational negotiations. Which is bad.

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    The courts are not going to solve the NBA lockout. That’s where the process is headed after the union started taking steps to abandon its right to negotiate for the players. Anti-trust lawsuits will follow. Along with plenty of heated rhetoric from both sides. Yet, only one thing can save part of an NBA season…

  15. David Stern calls union’s move “bad negotiating tactic”

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    UPDATE 3:58 pm: Here is commissioner David Stern’s official statement, released by the league: “At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was…

  16. Video: NBA players announce plans to decertify union

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Derek Fish of NBA players association speaks during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Here is the video of union leaders Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, backed by about 50 players, announcing they are rejecting the NBA’s latest offer and planning to decertify the union. Watch the NBA season fade away right before your eyes. Enjoy.

  17. Players vote to reject offer, decertify union. Season likely doomed.

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    This is Armageddon. Nuclear winter is upon NBA fans. The players got together in New York on Monday and not only voted to reject the league’s ultimatum offer, but voted to start the process to decertify the union. “We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down, and as a…

  18. What issues are union sticking points? Here are a few

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    lock

    When leaders of the NBPA — the NBA’s player union — emerge from a Times Square area hotel on Monday afternoon, I fully expect them to say the people in the room voted to approve a modified version of the league’s latest offer. It makes sense to put the ball in the owners’ court. The…

  19. In latest attempt to sway, David Stern has memo for players

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Say this about David Stern, he knows how to get his spin and story out there. Far better than the union does, with its halting and missteps. Stern wins the PR battle because he is better at it. The latest attempt along those lines — and the latest attempt by Stern and the owners to…

  20. Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York. Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts: • Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players…

  21. Winderman: League tells you how to build “Roster of the Future”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    If you didn’t know better (or perhaps if you do), it sure seems as if David Stern’s ultimate goal from the lockout is to reshape his league through some sort of real-life fantasy draft. Getting beyond Sunday’s Twitter theatrics (we personally believe the answers were provided by some sort of auto-reply-bot or Adam Silver, which…

  22. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  23. Tide of players turning against Stern’s latest ultimatum

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    It will not be until the first part of next week that we see officially how the players will respond to the latest ultimatum from David Stern and the owners. But Thursday night union president Derek Fisher seemed hesitant about it, and as Friday wore on more and more players and owners seemed to turn…

  24. James Dolan is like the rest of us, just sick of the lockout

    Nov 11, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    Of all the owners, it would have been easiest for James Dolan to make it to the NBA labor negotiations last week. He owns the Knicks, he’s on the negotiating committee for the owners, he’s right there in Manhattan, he could just drop in a whole lot easier than Spurs owner Peter Holt. Yet Dolan…

  25. Don’t think for a second owners’ latest offer is what fans want

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Let’s be honest about what you really like — trades and teams full of stars. You like seeing basketball, too, which makes the new offer from NBA owners appealing to fans. Because it means 72 games and a full playoffs, basically a normal season. I want to see it in place for the same reasons.…

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