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  1. League exec spins that “Garnett (expletive) everything up”

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Garnett takes to the court for Game 1 against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome to the latest phase of the battle for your hearts and minds. We learned over the weekend that it was veteran NBA stars — Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce — who were at the forefront on the players side of shooting down and discussions of the players and owners doing a 50/50…

  2. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  3. Report: Feds might block NBA union decertification attempt

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Fortunately, in recent weeks, talk of the NBA players union decertifying has cooled off. It’s good because if the players did it at this point, you could kiss the season goodbye. But even if the players wanted to decertify the union — voting essentially to dissolve the union — the federal government might block it.…

  4. Federal mediator to meet separately with both sides Monday

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Federal mediator George Cohen enters the NBA labor picture on Monday. Which is good, he could help the NBA players and owners break their stalemate. That is, if both sides really want to break it. If both sides are willing to compromise a little more. Cohen will meet separately with groups from the NBA owners…

  5. David Stern goes on the offensive during media tour

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    David Stern is winning the war of public perception. Regular readers here know how I assign blame for the lockout and missed games, but make no mistake that in the court of public opinion the players are going to be the big losers. We know the players, while the owners are faceless (save Mark Cuban).…

  6. Labor Relations Board will not throw out players’ case

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It is a small victory for the NBA players, but it’s the first one they have gotten in a while in the labor negotiations. Back early in the negotiations, before the lockout even started, the players union filed a complaint against the owners with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the owners were not negotiating…

  7. Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday. The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely. He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about…

  8. NBA lockout explained through Taiwanese animation

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    You’ve been reading all these headlines about the league canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season and how federal mediators have to come in and rather than read long, detailed, number-laden posts about percentages of basketball related income and restrictive luxury tax systems, you just want a simple explanation. Something visual. You can…

  9. Players union VP Mo Evans still talking tough. Great.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations

    We tried to explain this to you yesterday — and judging from the comments a lot of you don’t like our explanation — but it remains true: The NBA players are rejecting offers from the owners because they don’t see them as fair. From their view it’s not about how much money they will or…

  10. NBA owners, players to meet, bring in federal mediator Tuesday

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    UPDATE 9:01 pm: The meeting date has been changed to Tuesday now and we know the mediator will be George Cohen. That wold be the same Cohen who was the mediator for the NFL in their dispute. He made no progress there — they met before their eventual lockout — and some around those talks…

  11. NBA owners play “ultimate game” poorly, so players won’t cave

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    I have been asked this question a number of times in the last 48 hours — why don’t the players just take the owners 50/50 offer and get back on the court? Because the players see the offer as patently unfair. You can argue all you want that if they took the owners last formal…

  12. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union cannot win the public relations war — the fans will side with the owners, especially after the blunder-filled “let us play” twitter campaign Monday — and their only hope of salvaging what they have of the last labor deal is to stay unified. So far that has gone well — with…

  13. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

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    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  14. Winderman: The NBA should contract incompetent owners

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    This can’t be what David Stern signed up for. NBA commissioner? He’s more like Big 12 commissioner. The Lakers, Knicks, Heat? Those are his versions of Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, teams that want to play big, spend big. The difference is this isn’t the BCS, and his teams can’t leave for places where the big…

  15. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  16. Some very good games lost to lockout. Thanks a lot, guys.

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, 100 NBA games went down the drain. Hang an asterisk on this season — these are games commissioner David Stern said are gone. He said there is no chance of making them up. But what games are we now going to miss? How about…

  17. NBA player reactions to lockout all over twitter

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Through the lockout, the NBA owners have been a monolith — all news from their side comes from David Stern or Adam Silver only. No owners or executives speak on the issue. The players, however, have a lot of voices. And many of those voices get expressed on twitter. Moments after Stern announced the cancellation…

  18. NBA owners take big risk playing fans for fools

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:19 AM EDT

    David Stern

    It would take some real fools to shut down their $4 billion a year business in the middle of the worst recession in generations because the more than $1 billion over six years they just got back from the workers was not good enough. However, the NBA owners are not fools. They think you are.…

  19. NBA cancels first two weeks of season after talks stall out

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    NBA owners and players met for more than seven hours on Monday, but that was not enough to save the start of the season. NBA Commissioner David Stern emerged from the talks, said he was sad then added the first two weeks of the NBA’s regular season have been canceled. Those games were set to…

  20. Report: NBA owners, players close to deal on mid-level exception

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It’s progress. Not on the core issue that will bring us labor peace, but it’s progress. Right now, we’re not going to look askew at any sign of progress. The NBA owners and players are very close to a deal on a reduced mid-level exception going forward, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. … a source…

  21. What has to happen Monday for an NBA labor deal? A lot.

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Monday in Manhattan, NBA league officials and union leaders will again sit down across the table from each other in a posh hotel and try to hash out a deal — or at least go through the motions of it. If they don’t reach a handshake agreement today the league will cancel the first couple…

  22. Durant, players at Drew/Goodman say 53% is as low as they go

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    Sunday night in New York, NBA league and union officials negotiated for five hours over steak dinners. They talked a lot about “basketball related income” (or at least let’s hope they did). Three thousand miles way at a gym in Long Beach where the Drew League and Goodman League had their rematch, NBA players were…

  23. Psych! NBA, NBPA end meetings, will resume Monday

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:09 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The NBA and NBPA met for five-plus hours Sunday night  and all they have to show for it is another meeting. After being faced with the very real possibility of losing games in a cancellation announcement expected Monday, the two sides reportedly did not discuss BRI, the biggest issue between them, did not reach much…

  24. Owners, players can’t agree to meet; start of season doomed

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    UPDATE 8:50 pm: If you were holding out hope for a last minute settlement to save the full NBA season, you should grab another beer. Or towel to cry into. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver basically confirmed the leaks from the union we passed along before (just keep scrolling down) — the league is not…

  25. Agent asks: Why don’t NBA fans get some rollbacks?

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    We are just a weekend away from seeing NBA regular season games canceled. Why? Because the two sides can’t decide how to divide up the fans’ money. The money fans pay in ticket prices. The money paid for overpriced beers and parking spots. The money sponsors pay to reach those fans. The money television networks…

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