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  1. What stands in way of deal? Issues around high-spending teams.

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    We’re on the cusp of an NBA labor deal and games, but we’re not all the way there. What stands in the way comes down to this — the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title last season with the third highest payroll in the league, and the Lakers the two titles before that with payroll…

  2. NBA owners, players undersell progress because it is fragile

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Last time there was optimism about an NBA labor deal, David Stern was standing in the back of the union press conference joking with Billy Hunter, and the words “striking distance” were thrown around. Then it all blew up. Wednesday night — really, Thursday morning — after 12 hours of talks that again led to…

  3. No deal yet, but NBA owners, players back at it Thursday

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Today, the NBA passed the NFL — but maybe it will not be by much. The NFL lockout went for 132 days and on the 132nd day of the NBA lockout the owners and players met for 12 hours but it was not enough to get a deal done. However, the two sides will get…

  4. Everyone cautious, but optimism abounds that NBA deal near

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Everyone is cautious — we’ve all been here before. We’ve all been Charlie Brown running up to kick the football when Lucy (played by David Stern) pulls the ball away and we go flying through the air, crashing on our backs. Even writing this post feels like talking about a no-hitter in the eighth inning.…

  5. Franchise value — the other way the owners win labor talks

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    When the NHL lost a season due to lockout, the operative phrase used by the owners was “cost certainty.” The NBA owners were smarter about their spin and disguised it as “competitive balance” but the idea of controlling team spending has been the same. One thing that happened for NHL owners when the lockout ended…

  6. Forbes wants you to know they still don’t buy owners’ math

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    It has been one of the more interesting sidebars to the entire NBA lockout: From the start the NBA owners have said they lost $300 million last year, $400 million the year before and money pretty much every year in the past decade. The players and plenty of others have called that, um, well let’s…

  7. David Stern’s NBA deadline passes… and they are still talking

    Nov 9, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    David Stern threw down an ultimatum last Saturday night (early Sunday morning, actually) — accept our deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday or we are going to replace it with a deal so bad for players we might as well cancel the season. Okay, he didn’t say anything about canceling the season, but he might as…

  8. Stephon Marbury takes virtual swings at Jordan on Twitter

    Nov 9, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    marbury_china

    The venom players have directed at Michael Jordan and his role as a lockout hardliner continue. They are frustrated witha  guy that stays quiet in meetings then talks tough later. Nick Young said hewouldn’t wear Jordan-brand shoes any longer and question the GOAT. And now Stephen Marbury has entered the fray with his usual subtleness. Marbury…

  9. Video: Forget the NBA lockout, Andy Richter talks fall foliage

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    Colored leaves can be seen in the tree t

    We could all use a little laugh, a little levity while we wait for word from the NBA owners and players union as they try to save the NBA season and start acting like adults. For that, we turn to Team Coco — the Conan O’Brien show. There Andy Richter does a bit talking sports,…

  10. Agents make empty threat to steer players away from hardliners

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    In a lockout filled with — at times seemingly defined by — empty threats, this is my new favorite. There are agents and players out there very frustrated with the hardline NBA owners. Understandably. Those are the owners who think even the 50/50 deal the sides are close to making is too soft a play.…

  11. Whip count: Which owners are good with 50/50 deal?

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    We’ve heard for a couple days that the owners remain a divided group — if the players accepted David Stern’s offer (which they did not, but the sides are talking again) the owners vote would be 16-13 in favor of the deal. (There are 29 owners because the league had to buy back the Hornets.)…

  12. If no deal soon, Kyrie Irving says he is going overseas. Right.

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Ahhh, rookies. It really takes some time to learn the timing of the NBA. Whether it is when to make a pass to a cutting player — the players move faster and the windows are smaller in the NBA — or how to act off the court, it takes some getting used to. Which brings…

  13. Union attorney apologizes for “plantation” comments

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    David Stern

    At a time when rational minds could get a deal done between the NBA and its players, union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — already disliked by David Stern and the owners — came in with a flamethrower saying the owners treat players like “plantation workers.” Stern threw some fire right back at Kessler. Wednesday, Kessler said…

  14. Report: Stern has authority to “tweak” owners’ offer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Apparently there is some wiggle room. It’s not going to be much, the question is will it be enough? Tuesday the players rejected the owners take-it-or-leave it offer saying they wanted more talks and some changes on system issues. NBA Commissioner David Stern can make some minor tweaks to the owners offer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  15. Winderman: Shorter CBA length could be key to labor deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The owners insist they only grudgingly are offering this deal that comes with an expiration hour. The players are saying they are willing to work with the proposed revenue split, as long as a few remaining system issues are addressed. In other words, neither side finds the currently proposal in place particularly palatable. So why…

  16. NBA owners, players to meet Wednesday afternoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You knew — or at least hoped — the two sides would sit down one more time and talk before David Stern’s self-imposed deadline. We’ll see if it does any good, but the two sides will meet around 1 p.m. Eastern in New York according to multiple reports (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke it). The league…

  17. Okay owners, time for you to give a little and make the deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    It’s really this simple: If the players have come to 50/50 in terms of a basketball related income split, this is all on the owners. If negotiations fail Wednesday it is on ownership. If there is no season blame Michael Jordan not Derrick Rose. Blame Robert Sarver not Steve Nash. Blame Dan Gilbert not LeBron…

  18. Video: Jordan Farmar talks playing in Israel

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Farmar reacts to missed shot at buzzer as Dallas Mavericks win their NBA basketball game in Newark

    The World from Public Radio International sat down (well, actually stood up) and talked to Jordan Farmar about playing in Israel, where he is during the NBA lockout. Farmar is a Los Angeles boy, born and raised, who went on to win a couple of rings with the Lakers before going to the Nets. Moving…

  19. Union wants to negotiate, Stern says no wiggle room in offer

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    lock

    After a long day of negotiations through the media, we stand looking off the cliff of a lost NBA season, and there are not a lot of positive signs on the horizon. Here are where things stand as of this writing. First, there are no meetings planned between the owners and players union for Wednesday.…

  20. Union attorney says owners treat players like “plantation workers”

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    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 case you think the NBA owners and players might tone down the rhetoric and start to negotiate like adults, we bring you this. Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — one of the top sports labor attorneys and the nation — went back to the “plantation” reference with NBA Commissioner David Stern (as Bryant Gumbel had…

  21. Hunter: League about to cancel games through Christmas

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Santas

    Bah humbug. Among all the information thrown out there during the NBA players union press conference rejecting David Stern’s ultimatum offer, there was this little bit from director Billy Hunter: He has heard the league is going to cancel games through Christmas if there is no deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday (his drop-dead date). The…

  22. Bill Clinton walked into NBA union’s press conference. Yes, really.

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Fisher-Clinton

    Is Bill Clinton now down with the NBA players? And if so, does that really help their cause against a bunch of Republican team owners? During the media scrum that followed the NBA players union’s press conference Wednesday, in strolled former president Clinton. He came to see fellow Arkansas native Derek Fisher and according to…

  23. NBA players taking tactic out of John F. Kennedy’s arsenal

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Time for a little history: During the Cuban missile crisis, Russia and the United States were working on a back-channels deal that was essentially the Russians take their missiles out of Cuba and the United States would end its blockade and not invade the island nation. Then as that deal got close a letter from…

  24. NBA players reject Stern’s ultimatum, want more negotiations

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    The NBA players have made their position clear — they are not taking your deal, David Stern. They reject your ultimatum. They want to keep negotiating, but need more system changes to make a deal. And don’t expect that deal before Stern’s deadline of end of business Wednesday. After which he said the owners would…

  25. Derek Fisher is unpaid for most thankless job in NBA

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    Derek Fisher can’t win right now. On one side he has teammates (Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake) pretty much ready to take the owners’ last offer and get back on the court. On the other, he has hardline players (Paul Pierce is your ring leader) and agents incensed the union has given up as much…

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