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  1. Kevin Durant says he’s ready to “jump” overseas

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Kevin Durant has spent his lockout playing in every exhibition game under the sun. He wants to ball. Obsessively. But he’s also been very firm on the lockout, being a leader for the “don’t get screwed” side. He’s waited out the question of playing overseas, wanting to take it to the very last minute. Apparently…

  2. Dear Mr. Thomas: A response to Etan Thomas’ Op-Ed

    Nov 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Gondobay Manga Foundation Inaugural Gala

    Etan Thomas published an op-ed on ESPN.com on the state of the labor talks, discussing 23… pause… questions surrounding the lockout. There’s a lot of quality things in there, but as always, there are two sides to every story. Except the story that Dan Gilbert, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, and Michael Jordan should not have…

  3. Hunter says there will be a vote on that thing we said there wouldn’t be a vote on… kind of

    Nov 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Remember when we said there wouldn’t be a vote? Yeah, that’s what it looked like right up until about 1AM EST Saturday night. Then SI.com dropped a column with direct comment from Billy Hunter. The union’s going to vote on the proposal. Kind of. When reached on Saturday night, however, Hunter told SI.com that his…

  4. Stern responds to allegations he’s not bluffing by saying he’s not bluffing

    Nov 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    In the midst of this fantastically stupid game of chicken being played by the NBA and NBPA, the result of which will be a colossal train wreck resulting in massive damage to major economic entity, the loss of hundreds of jobs, and irreparable damage to the sport of professional basketball, right in the center stands…

  5. Nazr Mohammed was doing so well, too

    Nov 12, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Nazr Mohammed

    For starters, it should be noted that at least the players are willing to talk about these things. They’re brave enough to go on Twitter, to talk to reporters, to have conversations about the state of the lockout and the potential end of the season. Their position is obviously as biased as it can be,…

  6. The real problem on the players’ side in this fight

    Nov 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    OK, the headline’s a bit misleading. The owners are the real problem for the players in this fight. Not that they want something the players don’t, but that they want everything. I made the comparison earlier this week on Memphis radio that this is the equivalent of the geek throwing the jock up against the…

  7. Monday’s probably it for the 2011-2012 NBA season

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    lock

    This isn’t scare-journalism. I’m not being sensationalist, over-dramatic, or jumping to conclusions. I have ducked and dodged this scenario for as long as possible, believing there was always another chance, always another bargaining session, always another scenario that could happen to avoid it. But I can’t get around it any longer. They’ve broken me, and…

  8. Isiah Thomas wants to replace Billy Hunter. Worst. Idea. Ever.

    Nov 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    What would be the one thing that could make the situation for the NBA union worse? What one person could find a way to take a terrible situation and turn it into an unmitigated disaster? Hello Isiah Thomas. From rumormonger Peter Vecsey at the New York Post (so please consume this with liberal amounts of salt)…

  9. Report: NBA union reps meeting set for Monday morning

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    Well, at least we won’t have to wait long for Armageddon. The NBA players’ union team representatives are set to meet in New York at 9 a.m. Monday morning, according to a tweet from Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune (talking about Wolves rep Anthony Tolliver). Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter and union leadership will present David…

  10. Tide of players turning against Stern’s latest ultimatum

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    It will not be until the first part of next week that we see officially how the players will respond to the latest ultimatum from David Stern and the owners. But Thursday night union president Derek Fisher seemed hesitant about it, and as Friday wore on more and more players and owners seemed to turn…

  11. D-League changes (plus age limit) not part of owners’ proposal

    Nov 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    dleague_bball_650

    UPDATE 4:36 pm: We now have confirmation on this. The changes to the D-League are among things the owners want, but it is all part of what union chief Billy Hunter described as the “B-List” issues, along with draft age limit changes (there are reports the owners want to raise it from 19 to 20)…

  12. James Dolan is like the rest of us, just sick of the lockout

    Nov 11, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    Of all the owners, it would have been easiest for James Dolan to make it to the NBA labor negotiations last week. He owns the Knicks, he’s on the negotiating committee for the owners, he’s right there in Manhattan, he could just drop in a whole lot easier than Spurs owner Peter Holt. Yet Dolan…

  13. Why agents hate the owners’ offer — they lose power

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Agents are leading the charge against the latest offer from the NBA owners — agents are at the heart of decertification efforts, they are telling their clients not to take this deal. Agents are in one sense looking out for their clients’ interest, although everything is intertwined — the more money the players make, the…

  14. Don’t think for a second owners’ latest offer is what fans want

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Let’s be honest about what you really like — trades and teams full of stars. You like seeing basketball, too, which makes the new offer from NBA owners appealing to fans. Because it means 72 games and a full playoffs, basically a normal season. I want to see it in place for the same reasons.…

  15. What does a 72-game season look like? Packed like sardines.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Empty Amway Arena

    Here’s the real hook for players with a season that starts Dec. 15 — they lose essentially only one paycheck. Their salaries in a shortened season are pro-rated by games played, a 72 game season would mean 10 fewer games than normal (a 12 percent loss). That is basically a little more than one missed…

  16. Details of owners’ latest offer emerge, just last offer tweaked

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The real question is how the sides are going to handle it if — more likely when — the players reject the latest offer from David Stern and the owners. We are starting to learn more about that offer, and basically it is minor changes from the offer the players rejected last weekend. It doesn’t…

  17. Players, agents may begin union decertification Friday

    Nov 11, 2011, 12:46 AM EST

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    They have the signatures. A band of agents has had the more than 130 signatures needed from players to request the decertification of the union for most of this week, but they sat on it out of respect for the ongoing negotiations. After watching the outcome of another round of talks, those agents and players…

  18. Stern gives players new ultimatum offer for 72-game season

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:45 PM EST

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    One week later, after nearly 23 hours of talks over two days, we are back almost in the same place we were last weekend, save that the consequences seem more dire. Thursday night David Stern and the owners presented a new take-it-or-leave-it proposal to the union (the details of which we have few of yet but…

  19. If they do get a deal, how many NBA games will there be?

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    NBA basketball

    From the day that we see Billy Hunter and David Stern shake hands, it’s going to take at least 30 days to get the NBA regular season started. Which means solve it soon and we can still have hoops on Christmas. But how many games in the regular season would we see? The NBA will…

  20. Reports of labor deal being struck premature, talks continue

    Nov 10, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Former NBA executive Dave Checketts — the former GM of the Jazz and a guy once up the corporate ladder at Madison Square Garden — went on ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City and said that he has heard the NBA owners and players have reached framework deal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That…

  21. Report: If no deal by end of Friday, things could get really ugly

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    lockout

    NBA owners and players are back at it, more than four hours into a Thursday meeting (as of this writing) following a 12-hour session on Wednesday. Wednesday was the deadline day of David Stern’s “reset” offer — one that would almost certainly kill the season if the owners really stuck with it — but he…

  22. Is the NBA lockout illegal in Canada? Maybe…

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    toronto

    I have a better chance of explaining string theory to you than I do the intricacies of Canadian labor law. But TrueHoop today pointed us toward a fascinating post from a Canadian law blog talking about the NBA lockout. It is possible the NBA lockout — while certainly legal here in the United States —…

  23. Rick Barry thinks the players should fold, Hunter is disaster

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    rick-barry

    This is why Rick Barry did not get the job as president of the National Basketball Players Association. The Hall of Fame player and legendary Warrior thinks the players are basically powerless, need to fold and take the deal the owners offered. Really, he thinks the players should have taken the painful deal the owners…

  24. First victim of NBA amnesty clause? Mike Miller’s house

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    There are still questions about what the NBA labor deal will finally look like, but you can be sure that an amnesty clause will be part of it. Teams will get the chance to release one player and wipe his contract off their books (the player will still get paid). The Miami Heat are likely…

  25. Talking one-and-done with guys who did it

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    Part of the NBA labor talks — the part they are going to get to after they figure out the money and system stuff that have taken 133 days and are still not solved — is discussing the NBA’s age limit. The players are not huge fans. The owners are very committed and many would…

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