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  1. Players consolidate lawsuits, but court ordered talks best hope

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

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    If you were holding out hope that David Stern and Billy Hunter were going to be having pleasant phone conversations over the holiday weekend, and that the NBA on Christmas still could happen, well, we’re sorry. The next NBA owners and players negotiations will likely be because a judge ordered them, a source close to…

  2. Ex NBAer John Amaechi says it’s not about love of the game

    Nov 21, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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    What’s love got to do with it? For all the talk of the love of the game by both sides in the NBA lockout (“basketball never stops”), the fans are not feeling that love. Fans do love the game and pay to watch it be played. Right now the owners and players are having raw…

  3. Derrick Rose says he is not going to play overseas

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    That sound you just heard was the collective exhale of Chicago Bulls fans. And Tom Thibodeau. That’s because over the weekend Derrick Rose, the star and building block of the Chicago Bulls, said he has no plans of going overseas. Here is the quote from the Houston Chronicle, where Rose was over the weekend for…

  4. Might Jazz go on market if labor deal isn’t good enough? No.

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 1:49 pm: Greg Miller, the guy who owns the Jazz, shot down the sale idea with this tweet on Monday afternoon. Speculation of the Jazz being sold is unfortunate & irresponsible. Thanks to unprecedented fan & sponsor support the Jazz is solid as ever. 11:28 am: I will tell you up front I am…

  5. NBA overseas roundup: Kevin Martin likely staying stateside

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    We told you the big news already — J.R. Smith had a potentially serious injury and AK47 had one that looks painful but will only keep him out a few weeks. But there is other news about NBA players looking overseas, so here is a roundup. • Rockets guard Kevin Martin is getting overseas options…

  6. Nike, Adidas not feeling pinch from NBA lockout. Yet.

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    For Nike, maybe basketball never does stop. There has been no NBA for Nike to promote its basketball shoes (which account for 95 percent of the basketball shoe market, thank you Michael Jordan). The marketing has continued, but the biggest stage for Nike remains dark. But that hasn’t hurt sales much, reports the Oregonian (via SLAM).…

  7. NBA coaches association head pleads for end of lockout

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    While the NBA lockout starts to reach the “fans are really getting ticked” portion of the program, we have another plea for sanity. It’s likely to fall on deaf ears, but we bring it to you anyway. Michael H. Goldberg, Executive Director NBA Coaches Association, wrote an open letter to both sides asking for the…

  8. Video: Ricky Rubio, other highlights from Gooden charity game

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Drew Gooden put on a charity fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation over the weekend in the Bay Area, but he wasn’t the star. This was the American debut of Ricky Rubio, the Spanish sensation who will be playing for the Timberwolves. Eventually. But he’s a highlight factory and in a wide-open game without defense he…

  9. LeBron, Wade, ‘Melo to host four city “homecoming tour”

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Duane Wade, Carmelo Antho

    And the charity games just keep on coming… and in this case getting bigger. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony will headline a four-city homecoming tour with money raised from the games going to charity, reports the Associated Press. Other players will slide in and out of the tour, but those four…

  10. Carmelo Anthony trolls league over “Melo Rule”

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    So after Carmelo Anthony hijacked the Nuggets’ season last year and held them hostage until they traded him, and not just anywhere, but specifically to the team he desired, the New York Knicks, the owners… well, they got a little miffed. You’ve been insulted twice by the power of players over the people who pay…

  11. Dirk is ready to start considering overseas options

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Dirk Nowitzki has been pretty optimistic, and also pretty quiet during the lockout. He’s going to get any offer he wants overseas, or at least as good a deal as he can reasonably expect, but he’s been holding out hope like the rest of us that the two sides will get their collective heads out…

  12. Report: An NBA season on league’s Christmas list?

    Nov 19, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    After one of the labor talks breakdowns, I forget which one, I gave up. It wasn’t that the rug had been pulled out from under me, it’s that the two sides had hit that point where it made financially so much more sense to make a deal than not make a deal, and they were…

  13. Video: Jimmy Kimmel has ideas to fill time on NBA TV

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t been watching NBA TV during the lockout, well, join the club. It’s been a steady stream of classic games (which can be fun), with “Teen Wolf” and “One on One” staring Robbie Benson mixed in. It’s painful. Jimmy Kimmel has some ideas to fill all that air time, and we thought we’d…

  14. President Obama to host NBA lockout charity game

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    Sure, we’ve grown a little weary of the NBA lockout charity games. But when the president calls and says he is putting a game together guys are going to lace it up for that one. Well, it’s to help fundraise for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so maybe we shouldn’t expect to see Spencer Hawes. But…

  15. Rondo and Perkins want to have a little European reunion. How sweet.

    Nov 19, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    When Kendrick Perkins was traded, the Celtics took it hard, each of them. The championship run and subsequent season had forged a tight bond with the players. They weren’t just teammates, they were family. And Danny Ainge essentially decided that their brother was not worth the money to keep him in the family. Harsh. But…

  16. Buddies Rondo, Perkins want to play together overseas

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    When I hear Kevin Love is thinking about playing overseas, I can see it — a big man who can board and stretch the floor with his shot should blend in seamlessly in international basketball. I wonder if a point guard with an inconsistent jumper (to be kind) like Rajon Rondo and a big who…

  17. The NBA owners and the myth of competitive balance

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The owners got their money and it was not enough. The players offered to come far enough down on the split of revenue to cover all of the owners claimed losses of $300 million a year. And it was not enough. The owners demanded changes to the system so that any team can compete for…

  18. Jay-Z turns away NBA stars from GQ party VIP room

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Oh, the horror. This damn NBA lockout continues to cause NBA players untold pain. Like not being able to get in to the VIP areas of swank Los Angeles parties. Like the GQ party Thursday where Jay-Z was in attendance along with Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown,…

  19. NBA owners going to sit back, wait out players

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The story today on NBA lockout moves is the same story we may be seeing for the next few weeks: Nothing. Nada. Zip. The NBPA filing a disclaimer of interest and walking away from the talks on Monday, followed by antitrust suits against the league, has not moved the owners one bit. Rather the opposite…

  20. Owners will have a hard time waiting out Jeff Foster

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Foster

    The perception is that every NBA player is living life like Vinny Chase in Entourage. Women, drugs, parties, hangers on and money flowing out in a river. It happens. But not to everyone. Businessweek has a story with Jeff Foster, the Pacers center you usually think of as the other guy in the poster but…

  21. Today’s overseas roundup: Wade tells his agent to look around

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    In the days since the NBA labor talks blew up, conversations between NBA players and some overseas teams have picked up. Here’s a roundup of todays rumors and reports, but take it with a grain of salt. • Dwyane Wade has told his agent to start looking into things, reports our own Ira Winderman at…

  22. Former NBA union head no fan of decertification strategy

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    A couple months back when PBT spoke with Charles Grantham, former head of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union that is now the players trade association — he said that there were some hills worth dying on for players in these labor talks. Things like guaranteed contracts or the owners’ idea of…

  23. Agent confirms Durant in discussions with German club

    Nov 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    That Photoshopped image (right) of Kevin Durant in a BBC Bayreuth uniform may turn out to be prophetic. But not soon. Durant has said he was serious about looking overseas and now his agent has confirmed to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated that they are in talks with that German club. But as we have…

  24. The next NBA legal battle: venue for the legal battles

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

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    When the NBA filed a preemptive lawsuit in New York back in August trying to take the teeth out of decertification of the players union, the union’s lawyers accused the league of “forum shopping.” Meaning the goal of the lawsuit was to choose the venue for future legal battles, not win the suit itself. Now…

  25. It’s gotta be the shoes! Wade stays loyal to Jordan brand.

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Most NBA players idolize Michael Jordan. They grew up watching him play, they wear his shoes, they practiced dunks sticking out their tongues — they want to be like Mike. Or did. Jordan has been one of the hardline NBA owners who has driven us to the brink of no NBA season. Jordan is one…

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