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  1. J.J. Barea says playing in Spain could be an option

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    J.J. Barea

    A lot of big name NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and the list goes on — have talked about playing in Europe if there is an extended NBA lockout. Thing is, it’s not that simple because if a player has an existing NBA contract he has to get a waiver from…

  2. NBA lockout tour of China being considered by agency

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    NBA players are looking to do things during the lockout other than workout and improve their Halo 3 skills. Well, some of them are, some just want to get better at Halo. Which leads to this interesting note out of the Sports Business Journal (via SLAM): Armed with its star-studded NBA client list, Wasserman Media…

  3. Kevin Durant, union rep for the Thunder, unaware of CBA expiration date

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

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    Well, this is awkward. Kevin Durant is supposed to be the union representative for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Each team typically has a primary and an alternate player rep, and Durant is listed as the primary for his club on the NBAPA’s website. In this time of intense labor negotiations and with a lockout almost…

  4. Is there any chance a lockout can be avoided? No, not really.

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA commissioner and seemingly all-powerful deity David Stern said Tuesday after the owners meeting that there was still time to avoid an NBA lockout starting Friday. NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said that if real progress was made during a last-ditch meeting between the owners and players Thursday, the owners might well postpone…

  5. Owners leave lockout steps in hands of committee

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    So the owners didn’t vote Tuesday to authorize a lockout exactly… but it’s basically the same thing. Nobody from the NBA owners said much after Tuesday’s Board of Governor’s meeting in Dallas. (The Board of Governors is made up of NBA owners.) But that doesn’t mean there is a lot of room for hope. Here…

  6. NBA owners, players to have one final pre-lockout meeting Thursday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

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

    The NBA owners and players have been formally meeting on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with an offer on the table since the 2010 All-Star game in Dallas (and really they were talking before that, informally). After more than 16 months of talks, they are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and nowhere close to…

  7. Lockout veteran Grant Hill learned lessons from last one

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    There are a handful of guys still around the NBA from the last time the league locked out, the 1998-99 season, which cost the league 32 games. Grant Hill of the Suns is one of those guys and told Marc Spears of Yahoo there are lessons to be learned. “You want to stay in shape.…

  8. Etan Thomas lays out the players’ case in labor strife

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas can flat out write. Which makes the Atlanta forward’s explanation of where the players are coming from in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement must reading over at Hoopshype. You don’t have to agree with it — if you want to side with the ultra rich owners over the wealthy players go ahead, personally…

  9. Wizards’ owner Leonsis confirms team lost money last year

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

    Ted Leonsis

    Not really shocking, especially considering Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has said he wants a hockey-like financial system for the NBA, but he admitted that his team was one of the challenged teams last season. “We lost money last year,” Leonsis told CSNWashington.com. After that, having learned the price of an owner speaking out of turn…

  10. Hawks hosting pre-lockout mini-camp for draftees, free agents

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Keith Benson, Alexis Wangmene

    Summer is usually the time teams get a long up close look at the guys they drafted and some free agents they may want to fill out the roster. There is Summer League and team workouts and some time to really evaluate guys. Not this summer. This summer is all about the lockout. So the…

  11. Winderman: CBA talks time to address contraction, schedule

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    David Stern

    To some, these are the worst of times for the NBA. An impending lockout. The drafting of a new collective-bargaining agreement. Big-money teams vs. low-revenue franchises in what might set up as its own civil war. And yet this also can be the best of times in at least one respect, in the void of…

  12. NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    David Stern

    The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them. At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds…

  13. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire talks lockout workouts

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Michael Robinson, the fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, has started his own YouTube interview show called The Real Robinson Report. Because, what else are you going to do during a lockout? He interviewed the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire recently and asked him about the lockout and got the usual “I hope it doesn’t come to that”…

  14. As NBA slides toward lockout, owners talk revenue sharing

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:37 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

    In negotiations that have had a lot of sticking points — percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI), hard cap — one of the other big ones has been revenue sharing. The owners know they need to address it and David Stern has called the discussions on the topic “robust.” The players think it is an…

  15. No progress in labor talks, no counterproposal by players

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    One of these days we will get to post a story on PBT about the good news in the labor talks, about the serious progress, about guys getting ready to go to New York for a game in Madison Square Garden and not a meeting in a hotel conference room. Today is not that day.’…

  16. NBA Players show up to labor talks wearing “stand” T-shirts

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

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    The NBA owners want to radically shift the league’s financial system, and that’s going to mean serious give-backs by the players. Privately, some tied to ownership will tell you they aren’t sure they can get serious concessions until the players miss a paycheck or two (and the players don’t get their first check until Nov.…

  17. Get your lockout shoes on: players rip owners proposal

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    billy-hunter

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern released this statement to the Associated Press when asked to comment on what Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter said of the last proposal from owners. “Players have benefited from the current system more than the teams. For them it has been a much better partnership,” Stern said in…

  18. Derek Fisher says NBA far, far away from labor peace

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    All that “substantial progress” in the NBA’s labor negotiations? Don’t hang your hat on it. That’s essentially what National Basketball Players Assocition President Derek Fisher told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN 1050 radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he was not backing down over a lockout. “If the owners decide they want…

  19. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 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

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  20. Don’t expect much out of NBA owners, players meeting

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    David Stern

    David Stern tried after last week’s bargaining session to set Tuesday up as the big key day — it is after this session we’ll know if there will be a lockout. But even that was Stern posturing, using some gamesmanship to put the pressure on the players. Which says everything about where we are in…

  21. Players understand a lockout will kill league’s momentum

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    It’s the one question I’ve been asked by seemingly every radio show host, every friend in the last few weeks — how can the NBA go on a lockout now? Television ratings are up — this was the most watched finals since Shaq and Kobe were teammates — and that reflects an increased interest around…

  22. After nearly five-hour meeting, little progress in CBA talks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The countdown clock reads 13 days until the NBA’s owners lock the players out. And if you weren’t sure before, you should be now that the clock will reach zero. After the two sides met for more than four-and-a-half hours in a Manhattan hotel Friday both sides left the room saying they were nowhere near…

  23. Ray Allen: The lockout could cost games next season

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the upcoming NBA lockout. There will be one, but with the great ratings and all the momentum the NBA picked up this year the two sides would not let it get to the point that training camps and games are lost right? Right? Um, that’s not exactly how Ray…

  24. NBA owners, players union meet, will do so again Friday

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

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    Just as rumors are starting to swirl around that the NFL may have labor peace on the horizon, the NBA is gearing up for its lockout. There will be one, but the two sides are still meeting. They did so Tuesday and will have a bigger meeting Friday, reports Chris Sheridan of ESPN. It’ll be…

  25. David Stern, union head Billy Hunter at least talking

    May 11, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

    David Stern Press Conference

    Well, at least they are talking. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his lead negotiator Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver have been meeting with NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and staff face-to-face, according to Henry Abbott at ESPN. That’s the good news, and the fact that the two sides are sitting at a table and…

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