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  1. Just like lockout, lots of talking but no action in NBA court case

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

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    The lawsuit that the NBA filed and the players want dismissed — a suit that asks the courts to rule on whether the lockout legal — is really a sideshow. It only matters if talks break down so far that the union decides to decertify, a place the union has yet to be willing to…

  2. Terrence Williams tells union “enough with the stare off”

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

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    Thursday in New York the leaders of the NBA players union are going to get together … and it’s going to be interesting. Because they need to formulate a plan with the union solidarity splintering around them. Some of that division had bubbled to the top in media reports (a couple of which forced Derek…

  3. Winderman: If union rank-and-file would approve 50/50, take it

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

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    The goal for Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and the players’ union is not to win. It is to serve their constituency. If their constituency accepts a deal that Hunter, Fisher and other National Basketball Players Association officials have worked so tirelessly to avoid, then it should not translate into a moment of shame. Considering what…

  4. David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    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

    David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

  5. Lockout forces Jordan to pull out of President’s Cup

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    The Presidents Cup- Preview Day Three

    You know the lockout is serious when it cuts into Michael Jordan’s golf time. Jordan was to be an assistant captain for the USA at the Presidents Cup challenge coming up Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. But he has had to pull out, and our golf cohort Ryan Ballengee at ProGolfTalk has Jordan’s statement. “With…

  6. NBA owners, union head to court in legal battle Wednesday

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    The Miami Heat will not travel to face the Knicks and officially christen the renovated Madison Square Garden Wednesday as originally planned. The lockout drags on and the NBA and its players union are not even scheduled to meet and talk in the near future. But good news — some NBA lawyers are going to…

  7. Derek Fisher gets a lawyer, demands retraction

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

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    Derek Fisher is serious. And is seriously ticked off. Over the weekend, Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports published a story saying a source told him Fisher had to be confronted by Billy Hunter and other union leaders to be talked out of agreeing to a 50/50 deal. The same article had the source suggesting Fisher…

  8. Billy Hunter sends another letter to players urging unity

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:43 PM EST

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    Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…

  9. Infighting within union spills over into media labor reports

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

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    The NBA players are not a unified front right now. And the cracks are showing in varied media reports. On one side you have the hardliners, as represented in Jason Whitlock’s piece at Fox Sports over the weekend. One which said that union director Billy Hunter had to confront union president Derek Fisher because Fisher…

  10. Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that. On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on…

  11. Video: LeBron James plays hoops to Frank Sinatra music

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

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    As our man Matt Moore pointed out over the weekend, Nike is better at getting out the message its players want to send than the players are. The “Basketball Never Sleeps” campaign works during the lockout as players show you they are ready and just want to play, if only the owners would be fair.…

  12. Knicks owner Dolan is the rational guy in the room

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

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    It has come down to this — if you want to see NBA basketball soon, you need to root for the rational mind of James Dolan to prevail. Yes, the Knicks’ James Dolan. The band front man and loyal friend of Isiah Thomas. That rational mind. He is now a guy you can pin your…

  13. Welcome to NBA opening day… oh, never mind

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

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    Tuesday was the day that Mark Cuban was to raise a banner he has worked hard to bring to Dallas. It was the day Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd were to finally get NBA championship rings. It was the day we got to see Derrick Rose in action. The day we gut to watch the…

  14. Pointing out hypocrisy of NBA owners lockout position

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

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    Let’s be clear about two things. First, the NBA owners are going to win the lockout. Big. Just how big remains to be seen, but even if they took the players terms last Friday they would have had a massive win. It’s just not enough for them. Second, they are fighting to save themselves from…

  15. Fisher thrashes report, urges unity in letter to players

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

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    Any time you start to see any potential rift in unity from the players, you can expect a letter from union president Derek Fisher to the players. Right on cue Monday — following a report saying he was in David Stern’s pocket and wanted a 50/50 split of revenues with owners — Fisher sent out…

  16. Report: League fines Heat owner $500,000 for tweets

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

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    You knew the second you read the tweets from Heat owner Micky Arison Friday that was he going to be forking over a healthy check to the league soon. Those tweets included his response to one fan who accused Arison of being one of the greedy owners ruining the NBA. “Honestly u r barking at…

  17. Video: This boy pretty much speaks for all of us about lockout

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

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    I don’t put my children’s tantrums on YouTube, mostly because I’m not sure the Internet is big enough to handle all of them. But this boy, well, we’ve all felt like that recently. Thanks for expressing it so clearly. Hat tip my man Eric Freeman and Ball Don’t Lie.

  18. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EST

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    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

  19. Video: Stephen Colbert has Mark Cuban’s back

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

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    You know Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some strong opinions on the lockout — and he is sure he is right and everyone else is wrong. Even you. But David Stern has muzzeled everyone (even Micky Arison of the Heat) and Cuban can’t tell you how you are wrong. So isn’t it nice that the…

  20. It’s gotta be the shoes! NBA lockout hurts shoe companies, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

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    Adidas has Derrick Rose as a matador. Nike is spotlighting that “basketball never sleeps.” They are both still marketing like there is no tomorrow. But while basketball may never sleep, the NBA is taking a nap right now. And that lockout could hurt major NBA shoe companies to the tune of $500 million if the…

  21. Union head Billy Hunter denies any rift with Derek Fisher

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

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    In case you weren’t reading PBT over the weekend — and if not, what is wrong with you? The outdoors are overrated — we told you about a report that union president Derek Fisher was good with a 50/50 split and that union director Billy Hunter confronted him about it. Hunter denied that there is…

  22. Chandler, Smith could be released from China when lockout ends

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    What the Chinese government — which is what really runs the Chinese Basketball Association — did not want was teams to rent an NBA player during the lockout. So they only allowed their teams to sign NBA free agents and no opt-out clause for when the lockout ended. But even as seemingly half the Denver…

  23. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

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    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

  24. Report: No 82-game season… but how about a 78-game one?

    Oct 30, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

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    David Stern murdered an 82-game season late last week when talks broke off between the NBA and NBPA over what is pocket change compared to the gulf that faced them at the start of negotiations. The thought was that meant there would be significant losses in terms of the number of games played to reflect…

  25. NBA Lockout: LeBron James and the kingdom ruled by knights

    Oct 30, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

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    In 1964, the players for the NBA All-Star Game refused to leave the locker room at the famed Boston Gardens. The game was going to be televised, a huge step forward for the league, and the players knew this was their best chance at getting the owners by their tender parts. They refused to walk…

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