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  1. ESPN column puts cap in owners’ “competitive balance” argument

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    We at PBT have been calling out the owners claim they want “competitive balance” from the start — it’s a more palatable way for small market owners to say they want more money from the players and larger market owners. Phrasing it as an issue of competitive balance is just clever spin, not reality. But…

  2. Can we blame the Lakers television deal for the lockout?

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are still sitting here with an NBA lockout going on and the regular season postponed. David Stern, Billy Hunter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Allen, Derek Fisher, Robert Saver and Bennett Salvatore are all to blame. Oh, wait, not Salvatore. I just blame him for everything…

  3. Report: Owners back off 50/50 split demand. For now.

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    NBA owners and players will be back across the table from each other negotiating on Wednesday. Something they should have been doing every day since talks blew up last Thursday, but we won’t get into that. At least they are talking again. The reason they are talking again is the owners have backed off their…

  4. Report: Real Madrid going to make run at Marc Gasol

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Real Madrid is stacking up quite a team. They have Rudy Fernandez and just added Serge Ibaka to a lineup that is already one of the best in Europe. And now they are going to make a run at Spain’s own Marc Gasol, too. Here is the report from Sportando. According to Marca, Real Madrid…

  5. President Obama also doesn’t understand why there’s a lockout

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

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    If you have the chance to interview the president, do you ask him about the Kardashians and the NBA lockout? Actually, I probably would ask about the lockout, but then again I write about the NBA every day. It’s on my mind. President Barack Obama was on the Jay Leno show Tuesday night and in…

  6. Whenever we have an NBA schedule it will be built from scratch

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    There are still NBA games up on your favorite team’s Web site. Log on and you will see most of the approved schedule, every game from Nov. 14 on is listed. It gives you a sense of hope. But know that whenever we have an NBA season, your team’s schedule will look nothing like that.…

  7. Report: NBA labor negotiations to resume on Wednesday

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

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    The pattern continues. First the NBA owners and players have an intense few days of negotiation. Then they break up with one side making an emotional outburst to the media. Then they cool off for a few days. Then they sit down at the table again and talk. And make incremental progress. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.…

  8. Kevin Garnett will get $5 million a year after he retires

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:39 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Kevin Garnett’s glare broke down the NBA negotiations a couple weeks ago. Well, that’s not the truth. The owners spun that story, but do you think they fold just when KG stares? Right. KG is intimidating but not THAT intimidating But it is fair to note that many of the hardliners from the players union…

  9. NBA says union, not Cuban, wanted to eliminate salary cap

    Oct 25, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Right now, the NBA and players and owners can’t even agree on who made ridiculous proposals that had no chance of ever coming to fruition. Just in case you thought there might be some progress and sanity anytime soon. Here’s the story: After the last round of negotiations between the owners and players blew up…

  10. No games officially canceled Tuesday. Not that it matters.

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

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    For a couple days now, we’ve been waiting for the NBA to officially wipe out games through the end of November. There were even reports that the ax would drop Tuesday. Now, as it moves past 5 p.m. Tuesday in New York (where the NBA offices are located), no games have been called off yet. Which…

  11. Aldridge wants to bring NBA charity game circuit to Portland

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Don’t worry Portland, just because we don’t like your owner doesn’t mean we don’t like you. So the NBA player charity game tour may swing through the Pacific Northwest as well. LaMarcus Aldridge is working to set up a game in Portland, the Oregonian reports. The Trail Blazers forward announced on Twitter that he will…

  12. Jazz show how small markets can stay afloat, but winning costs

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Jeremy-Evans

    The Salt Lake Tribune did a fantastic story over the weekend looking at the finances of the Utah Jazz and how that ties to the fortunes of late owner Larry Miller. It’s a great bit of reporting. Some interesting tidbits out of that is how the Jazz have a passionate fan base — they averaged…

  13. Al Harrington is eating some big burgers… well, almost

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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    First the disclaimer — Al Harrington is not going Shawn Kemp. (Kemp is remembered by NBA fans for a few things, one of which was ballooning up during the last lockout.) I saw Harrington in action in person last month at the Impact series in Las Vegas and he is in good shape. When the…

  14. NBA owners to talk revenue sharing; owners/players staffs talk

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

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    There is talking going on. No, the bigwigs of the league and the NBA players union are not sitting down across a table and actually doing work — why would they do that? — but there is talk going on. Specifically, the NBA owners are talking revenue sharing again Tuesday. Meanwhile, staffs from the NBA…

  15. Serge Ibaka signs to play with Real Madrid during lockout

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

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    Serge Ibaka has been courted by a number of Spanish teams recently — he became a Spanish citizen (he played there before coming to the NBA) which means he doesn’t count against a team’s foreign player limit. That makes him highly prized. Ibaka has agreed to play for Real Madrid during the lockout, the team…

  16. Hunter references a shifting power structure within ownership.

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    Billy Hunter provided enough soundbytes on his appearance on Bill Simmons’ podcast to keep folks entertained for a few days. The “we don’t want to be totally exploited” is the header. Also of note is the reveal of Mark Cuban’s “Game Changer” proposal which proposed no cap and just an aggressive luxury tax. The union…

  17. Reports: NBA will cancel two more weeks of NBA season Tuesday

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:08 PM EST

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    The good news is that the league isn’t pushing back the start of the season indefinitely, it looks like just two more weeks. Of course the point of missing two more weeks is to make sure the players miss a paycheck and feel some real pain. Well, maybe that’s not good news. Multiple reports (the…

  18. Winderman: Billy Hunter backhands players “intellectual capital,” too

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    The problem with a lack of games is that all we are left with to dissect is the rhetoric. So we parse Bryant Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment on David Stern, even though, with the exception of those with premium cable, the last time we even noticed Bryant Gumbel was during his attempt at NFL Network…

  19. Union head Hunter: “We don’t want to be totally exploited”

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

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    NBA players union director Bill Hunter sat down with Bill Simmons for an ESPN podcast. Hunter didn’t break a lot of new ground, but you again get to see the players thinking — that the owners are trying to exploit them by driving down salaries so the ultra rich can get richer. Sure, the players…

  20. Should the Sixers use the “amnesty clause” on Elton Brand?

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Elton Brand

    Elton Brand has been a let down to fans in Philadelphia. A max deal guy not playing up to his standards in a tough town. His first year there he played just 29 games due to injury. His second season he was back for 76 games but was just average, not fully recovered and stuck…

  21. What your team should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    We promise that someday, eventually, the lockout will end. It may not seem like it, but it will. And when it does, it will feel like chaos. There will be a lot of questions and a mad scramble for free agents. The teams that go into that with the best plan will win. In that…

  22. Tyson Chandler says owners are negotiating like “dictators”

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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    We keep trying to give you some insights into the players mindset during the lockout, how they will not back down because they feel the offer from the owners is unfair. As our latest example, we bring you Tyson Chandler of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. He was ESPN radio in Los Angeles (remember he…

  23. Say you’re done, but history shows you’ll come back to NBA

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    That’s it. You’re done. You are going to walk away from the NBA. You’re sick of the pampered millionaire players. You’re sick of the hardline, greedy NBA owners. This lockout — now at day 116 with no talks scheduled and some games cancelled — has pushed you over the edge. You are walking away from…

  24. Where we stand with NBA labor talks. Besides screwed.

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The NBA owners and players will not be getting together on Monday to look for an end to the lockout. There are a few key things that separate the NFL from NBA lockouts — primarily that the NFL is a money making machine and the NBA’s profitability is questionable at best — but one key…

  25. Players talk lockout, sticking together at Durant’s event

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Fans are pretty sick of the appetizers — charity games like the one Kevin Durant hosted Sunday in Oklahoma City — they are ready for the main course. They want NBA basketball back. As it was at every one of these games for the past month, most of the questions thrown at the players are…

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