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  1. Would lost season increase chances Kings move to Anaheim?

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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    You want to know why NBA owners were willing to cut off the Maloof brothers at the knees, block a Kings move to Anaheim and give Sacramento one more shot to keep its only major league sports franchise? Yesterday. The owners have understood from the start this was going to be a long and ugly…

  2. Gasol brothers lead today’s list of players looking overseas

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Barcelona — already one of the powerhouse clubs of European basketball — could become dominant thanks to the NBA season winding its way toward oblivion. Both Gasol brothers — the Lakers Pau and the Grizzlies’ Marc — could sign to play for the club as the NBA cancels the season. That is the big news…

  3. Major NBA sponsor MillerCoors cuts off payments during lockout

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Tuesday — November 15 — would have been the first day that NBA players had gotten paychecks if there were an NBA season. It’s not a huge shock we got this far. Some owners wanted the players to feel the pain of missed money, thinking the players would cave when it happened. (The players response…

  4. Some players have not felt ‘in the loop’ with union

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Glen Davis, Antonio McDyess

    When NBA union director Billy Hunter asked for a show of hands in a New York hotel on Monday it was unanimous. All the guys in the room backed the idea of the union filing a “disclaimer of interest” and taking the fight to the courts. But for some rank-and-file players who would rather just get…

  5. It was players’ idea to decertify, but did they really understand?

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Derek Fish of NBA players association speaks during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    How did this all go down? How did a Monday meeting where the union representatives were expected to reject the latest offer from the owners and make a counter proposal turn into dissolving the entire union and likely blowing up the NBA season with it? The whole idea came from the players… well, if you…

  6. Agents may sue league on behalf of locked out rookies

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    If there is one group of sympathetic players in this unsympathetic lockout situation, it’s the just drafted rookies — guys who came out of college (or over from Europe) to live their NBA dream, only to be locked out. They exist in a limbo: locked to teams but without contracts, not yet part of the…

  7. So now what happens with NBA lockout? Here’s a guide.

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Time to be up front — we’re not sure how this is all going to play out. Part of the goal of the union rejecting the owners’ latest offer and filing a “disclaimer of interest” (to be followed by antitrust lawsuits against the league) was to throw some uncertainty into the process. To shake the…

  8. Can decertification mean all NBA contracts are void? Not likely.

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Among the arguments David Stern warned the union about when talking about decertification was this — the league would try to invalidate all existing contracts if the union decertified. That’s in the league’s pre-emptive lawsuit against the union trying to block decertification. But can they really? Maybe the better question is, do they really want…

  9. Fisher, Hunter send letter to players explaining process

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    Usually when you are talking NBA and “disclaimer of interest” we’re talking about Carmelo Anthony and defense. But now we are talking about the legal process and how by the NBA players union filing a disclaimer of interest they are abandoning their place as the negotiating body for the players in getting a new Collective…

  10. Don’t expect President Obama to help with lockout either

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    kobe-obama-420

    NBA fans desperate for one voice of reason to step in and smack the NBA owners and players to their senses better not look to president Barack Obama for that help. Obama, a huge basketball and NBA fan (who attended Michigan State vs. North Carolina on an aircraft carrier last week), is treating the NBA…

  11. Kevin Durant, other players get serious about Europe now

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Deron Williams (playing in Turkey) and J.R. Smith (China) look pretty smart right about now, don’t they? Now, with the NBA labor talks at the point where the players’ union is dissolving and the chances for an NBA season look bleak, other players want to be smart. A number of players have started talking about…

  12. In fighting for final dollars, league has cost itself much more

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Today I and a lot of NBA fans feel like Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell! The ultimate stupidity of what has happened with the NBA lockout is that in the fight over the system of…

  13. NBA union did not poll players before taking big step Monday

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    There were 30 NBA team player representatives — and about another 20 players total — who were in the room in New York on Monday and they voted unanimously to file a Notice of Disclaimer, essentially decertifying the union. But is that what the full union would have voted to do? Probably not (many think…

  14. Only hope for NBA season is rational negotiations. Which is bad.

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

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    The courts are not going to solve the NBA lockout. That’s where the process is headed after the union started taking steps to abandon its right to negotiate for the players. Anti-trust lawsuits will follow. Along with plenty of heated rhetoric from both sides. Yet, only one thing can save part of an NBA season…

  15. David Stern calls union’s move “bad negotiating tactic”

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    UPDATE 3:58 pm: Here is commissioner David Stern’s official statement, released by the league: “At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was…

  16. Video: NBA players announce plans to decertify union

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Derek Fish of NBA players association speaks during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    Here is the video of union leaders Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, backed by about 50 players, announcing they are rejecting the NBA’s latest offer and planning to decertify the union. Watch the NBA season fade away right before your eyes. Enjoy.

  17. Players vote to reject offer, decertify union. Season likely doomed.

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    This is Armageddon. Nuclear winter is upon NBA fans. The players got together in New York on Monday and not only voted to reject the league’s ultimatum offer, but voted to start the process to decertify the union. “We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down, and as a…

  18. Larry Hughes missed the memo, shows off house and cars

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Larry Hughes Bobcats

    There has been a conscious effort during the lockout by the players to not show off their lifestyle. They did not want a repeat of the “we make a lot of money but we spend a lot of money” public relations disasters from the last lockout. It didn’t go over well then, it would be…

  19. What issues are union sticking points? Here are a few

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    When leaders of the NBPA — the NBA’s player union — emerge from a Times Square area hotel on Monday afternoon, I fully expect them to say the people in the room voted to approve a modified version of the league’s latest offer. It makes sense to put the ball in the owners’ court. The…

  20. In latest attempt to sway, David Stern has memo for players

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Say this about David Stern, he knows how to get his spin and story out there. Far better than the union does, with its halting and missteps. Stern wins the PR battle because he is better at it. The latest attempt along those lines — and the latest attempt by Stern and the owners to…

  21. Where things stand as Kobe, stars show up for union meeting

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    The NBA players union meeting — one that could end up helping decide the fate of the NBA season — is going on as of 9 a.m. Monday morning in New York. Here’s where things stand as the meeting starts: • Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and a number of NBA stars and players…

  22. Winderman: League tells you how to build “Roster of the Future”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    If you didn’t know better (or perhaps if you do), it sure seems as if David Stern’s ultimate goal from the lockout is to reshape his league through some sort of real-life fantasy draft. Getting beyond Sunday’s Twitter theatrics (we personally believe the answers were provided by some sort of auto-reply-bot or Adam Silver, which…

  23. Video: Top 10 plays from Josh Howard’s Dallas charity game

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Another week, another round of charity game highlights featuring Kevin Durant and friends. Josh Howard hosted a charity game in Dallas and the fans were treated to some high flying plays and displays of athleticism. As is a charity game tradition, they were not treated to any defense. Still, this is what we have for…

  24. Powerpoint version of league’s offer players will soon reject

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    David Stern

    This Powerpoint presentation above is the latest in the NBA’s PR blitz that included the odd, stiff answers of Adam Silver on twitter, releasing their full proposal to the USA Today and David Stern talking to media outlets. The league is getting its message out there and letting everyone know exactly what their offer is.…

  25. NBA takes to Twitter to… well, we’re not sure why

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    twitter-whale

    The NBA announced on Sunday night they would take questions from people on Twitter and David Stern and Adam Silver would answer them. What followed was a series of refutations from players and repetition of talking points they’ve been spewing for months. It was neither productive, insightful, nor revealing. It did not harness the power…

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