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  1. Report: NBA owners, players may not meet until September

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You want to know why more and more I’ve become convinced that NBA games will be lost (and I didn’t want to admit that)? Simple: You’re not going to get a deal until there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done. Now, read these two paragraphs from Alan Hahn at Newsday and…

  2. Today’s overseas roundup: Wilson Chandler thinking China

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    There are so many NBA players both talking with and signing with overseas teams that we’re going to start putting them in a regular roundup (major stars, like Amar’e Stoudemire, still get their own posts). Why? Because I’m a blogger and therefore am drawn to bullet points like a moth to a bug zapper. •…

  3. Report: Israeli team reaches out to Amar’e Stoudemire

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    There are a handful of NBA players heading to Israel when the lockout drags into the NBA season: Jordan Farmar and Omri Casspi are the big names. (Note, I’m not even saying “if” games are lost anymore because it seems unavoidable.) But they may be joined by a bigger name. In an article at the…

  4. Ray Allen says Celtics will be ready to go… if there is a season

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    The Celtics are done. Washed up. Time as passed them by. Now is the time of the Heat and the Bulls. You hear that talk. The Celtics hear that talk. And they’re not buying it. That’s what Ray Allen told CSNNE.com when Jimmy Toscano caught up with the sharp shooter at his annual charity golf…

  5. Report: Kobe offered more than $1.5 million a month to play in China

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Kobe Bryant dropped out of negotiations with a Turkish squad, but you knew other teams were going to make big money runs at him. And they are coming from China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China,…

  6. Durant’s agent says players can make NBA money overseas

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When you see big-name NBA stars talking about going overseas, it’s not about the salary. Even if you pay Kobe Bryant $2 million a month he will not make half his NBA salary next season. It’s about the marketing, the branding. To quote Mars Blackmon: It’s got to be the shoes. Which is what superagent…

  7. David West expects games to be lost. Sadly, we all do.

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Of all the things that are frustrating about the NBA lockout — and one could write 95 theses on what is frustrating and tack it to a locker room door — this may be the thing that gets under my skin most: We all knew it was coming. For years. Yet there has been no…

  8. What kind of negotiator is union head Billy Hunter?

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We know David Stern. Or, at least we think we know David Stern. We kind of have a picture of him as the smooth lawyer who plays the PR game when the cameras are on then is blunt and plays hardball at the negotiating table. But how much do we really know about the guy…

  9. Report: Omri Casspi near deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

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    While most of the major teams of Europe — the EuroLeague level teams — have shied away from signing NBA players Maccabi Tel Aviv has been the exception. They already signed Jordan Farmar and now Omri Casspi is reportedly set to return to the team. The Cavaliers forward played for the Israeli club before coming…

  10. This is not a shock: Rudy Fernandez reportedly signs in Spain

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez was trying to find a way back to Spain last summer, his agent and he getting fined thanks to public demands, but with a couple years left on his NBA deal there was no path. The lockout has provided him one. There have been rumors for a while now that Fernandez was looking…

  11. Stern says NBA will talk contraction after new CBA

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Nobody really believes that contraction will be part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement… heck, I’m far more concerned about when there will be a new CBA. Contraction is an issue that seems to be off the table. But don’t think contraction talk is dead completely. David Stern spoke with ESPN’s Bill Simmons on his…

  12. Kevin Durant will make his overseas “Decision” on October 1st. You know, without the TV special.

    Aug 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant is playing all the time this summer. The man is pretty much playing the same amount he was during the regular season. He’s made stops in the Philippines, multiple Pro-Ams, Rucker, the list goes on and on. And he’s not through. Kevin Durant told reporters at a Goodman league event Sunday in Washington…

  13. Mark Cuban goes to Dyckman… for about thirty seconds before lockout rules made him leave

    Aug 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    The 2011 ESPY Awards - Show

    DyckmanPark has been as much of a hangout for NBA players opening classrooms on streetball courts as anywhere else. So much so that Mark Cuban decided to make a pit-stop by the place to see some basketball. For about thirty seconds. From ESPN.com: The standing-room only crowd showed Cuban love as he entered with security…

  14. Dennis Rodman says the players need to get ready, because the paycuts are a-comin’

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:43 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    Dennis Rodman fought with everyone when he was in the league. Players. Management. Himself. But on Friday night, prior to his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Rodman called out someone you wouldn’t expect. The player’s union. From the Chicago Tribune: “Its going to be a lot worse. There probably wont be a season,”…

  15. What does it mean for players to organize team workouts?

    Aug 13, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    From Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix: Durant told SI he planned on getting Thunder players together, likely in either Florida or Texas, for informal workouts in September. via Twitter / @ChrisMannixSI: Durant told SI he planned …. That makes Durant the latest in a series of players including Zach Randolph, Andray Blatche organizing team workouts for their…

  16. Tyreke Evans wants to set up Kings practices during lockout

    Aug 12, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Amar’e Stoudemire is doing it with the Knicks. Zach Randolph is doing it with the Grizzlies. Now Tyreke Evans may do it with the Kings — set up practices during the lockout. That’s what he told Cowbell Kingdom during a podcast. “I was thinking about that, calling some of the players up, trying to get…

  17. What has Nate Robinson been up to? Watch “State of Nate”

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    I know you have been sitting around wondering what Nate Robinson has been doing during the NBA lockout. Well, other than dreaming about life in the NFL. Now you can find out — episode one of “State of Nate” is out. This video is part of a web series following the Oklahoma City guard —…

  18. Delonte West will not be playing overseas, a judge said so

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Delonte West

    In some ways, Delonte West is the kind of NBA player who should be looking overseas during the lockout. He’s a free agent so he doesn’t need an opt-out clause if he doesn’t want it. And while West makes good money by your and my standards (he made $1 million last season) he is not…

  19. Artest: “I’m definitely going to play for the Jets”

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    All we are saying, is World Peace is going to give England a chance. Yesterday, his handers were trying to play down the idea of Ron Artest — soon to officially be Metta World Peace — playing for the Cheshire Jets in England next season. He’s just going there next week to get the lay…

  20. David Stern talks lockout, spews usual rhetoric

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern is at the basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. Last night he was shaking the hand of the Knicks Chauncey Billups, who is being recognized for his charity work. He was doing what a commissioner should do. But the cloud of the lockout looms over everything, including the Hall. When asked…

  21. Stern says players cancelled Thursday meeting, Union denies

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:32 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    UPDATE 11:32 pm: As expected, the players union denies David Sterns claim. Here is the money graph from Yahoo Sports, quoting a union source: “The NBA refused to have a staff meeting [Thursday],” a union official said. “Billy Hunter has been with the [National Labor Relations Board] the entire week, including Thursday, and the NBPA…

  22. Billy Hunter meets with Labor Relations Board. And we wait.

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    What we need is something that will start to put pressure on the owners and players to really sit down and negotiate in earnest. Something to move the needle. Right now it’s all just posturing — legal and public relations — and we have two sides digging in like it’s World War I. A ruling…

  23. Should the NBA age limit go up? One more year? Two?

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Interesting tweet Thursday from Mike Rice, the college basketball coach at Rutgers (via Pete Thamel of the New York Times): I keep hearing NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs to enter the draft. I am not mentioning this because I trust the coaches sources, but…

  24. NBA owners want parity not for you but for their pocketbooks

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    When was the NBA at its peak of popularity? When one dynamic star — Michael Jordan — dominated the game and his team was a dynasty for the better part of a decade. Based on that — and what we saw with Bird and Magic, and what we saw last year with the Heat —…

  25. Granger wants Indiana to go after a power forward

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Indiana was back in the playoffs last season after a four-year absence. They have a young core with Danny Granger, Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison. And they have a lot of money to spend. We may not know what the league’s post-lockout salary structure will look like, but we do know the Pacers…

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