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  1. David Stern: “We are going to make a deal”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    NBA Commissioner is back on his media tour bus… in a metaphorical sense. Stern wouldn’t actually get on a bus. But he is doing a lot of media interviews right now as he spins his side of the ugly lockout story and essentially tries to talk to the players directly about taking the deal on…

  2. David Stern’s pitch to players through ESPN

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    In case you missed it — because you have a life and might have better things to do than follow the minutia of the NBA lockout as it flies into the abyss — we wanted you to read what David Stern was selling Monday afternoon. He went on ESPN for an interview, but really this…

  3. Report: Owners could be open to minor system tweaks

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, speaks after taking part in contract negotiations between NBA and players association in New York

    If the owners and players sit down and talk before Wednesday’s deadline set by David Stern, the owners might be willing to make some tweaks to the system they have laid out. The system has been part of the issue. Union president Derek Fisher has suggested he is willing to move more on split of league…

  4. Tolliver admits union membership divided on next move

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    Some NBA players want to put David Stern’s ultimatum offer to a vote, take it and get back on the court. Some NBA players want to start the process to decertify the union and fight the owners fire with fire. It leaves union president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter in a no win situation…

  5. Report: Hardline NBA owners had conference call Monday

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    To the hardline NBA owners, Steve Blake is the enemy. The NBA’s hardline owners spoke Monday on a conference call that did not include David Stern, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. Since Stern was not on the call this was essentially some form of group therapy and reinforcement, but apparently it did take place.…

  6. Owners, players may meet Tuesday. That would make Kobe happy.

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    What Kobe Bryant wants, Kobe Bryant gets. Okay, it’s not that simple, but in this case it could be a good thing. The NBA owners and players are trying to set up one last meeting before David Stern’s Wednesday deadline, reported Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA and Players Association are discussing setting up a meeting…

  7. Union membership clearly divided on Stern’s ultimatum

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Union leadership is clear — they don’t like the latest offer from David Stern and the league. They think it is unfair. They don’t think the owners have given enough on system issues for the players to come down from getting 51 percent of league revenues (and plenty within union leadership don’t even want to…

  8. Latest NBA player exhibition game: North Carolina vs. Duke

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    North Carolina Duke

    We’ve had seemingly every other kind of pro-am and charity game featuring NBA players during the lockout, why not go back to some classic college rivalry games. Like North Carolina alumni vs. Duke alumni. It’s happening, according to Blue Devil Nation (via Dime). It’s called the “Kings of Tobacco Road” game and is set for…

  9. Could lockout hurt NBA charity efforts when season does start?

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    NBA cares chairs

    The NBA really stepped up both its charitable efforts and the public relations machine promoting those efforts after the “malice at the Palace” brawl back in 2004. The league had serious image issues with many thinking that all NBA players were thugs ready to punch fans. Things like NBA Cares are designed to counter that…

  10. Salary rollbacks part of new owner offer to come Thursday

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: Over at the New York Times, Howard Beck has gotten a hold of a copy of the letter David Stern sent to the union about their “reset” proposal. Here are the “highlights” (or lowlights, if you wanted to see NBA basketball this season): The “reset” proposal features a flex-cap system that contains…

  11. Talking decertification, union moves with CBA expert Larry Coon

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    If an NBA writer has a labor question — specifically a question about the Collective Bargaining Agreement — we call Larry Coon. Pretty much all of us do. He wrote the CBA FAQ that is a go-to resource not only for NBA writers and fans but some agents. And know that some NBA teams have…

  12. Video: Highlights from Rip City classic charity game

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wesley Matthews

    Another NBA player charity game, another round of Kevin Durant highlights. This was the Rip City game hosted by LaMarcus Aldridge up in Portland and it featured James Harden, Jamal Crawford (with the sweet pass to himself) and a host of other stars. Since this is what will have to pass as NBA basketball for…

  13. Tyson Chandler says new labor deal could keep him from Mavs

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    The Dallas Mavericks’ title defense could take a real hit from the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Dallas is already over the salary cap wit $60 million in salary committed for next season, and they have multiple key free agents they want to re-sign — Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and J.J. Barea. The…

  14. Union player reps to meet, want negotiations with owners

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    David Stern threw out an ultimatium — agree to our deal by Wednesday or come Thursday you get a much worse offer from us. (Stern doesn’t want to call it an ultimatum, but that’s exactly what it is.) There are three player and union reactions to this, and those reactions are where we stand Monday…

  15. Union leaders to talk, just don’t expect a vote on Stern’s plan

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    We know one thing that will not come out of Monday’s teleconference of NBA players’ union leadership — a vote on David Stern’s ultimatium. Union sources have said the leadership is not going to present Stern’s offer – a 49-51 percent band on basketball related income, a mini mid-level exception for tax paying teams (but…

  16. Why the owners should be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for the 49-51 band offer.

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    First, some basics. During Saturday’s talks, following a talking-points suggestion from George Cohen, the NBA offered a BRI band of 49-51. So if revenues underperform certain levels, the players would receive 49 percent. If they hit acceptable levels (considered by most to be 4 percent growth), both sides would split 50/50. And if things went…

  17. Michael Jordan not making friends among current players

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Image (1) NBA_jordan3_250.jpg for post 1461

    Most of today’s NBA players grew up idolizing Michael Jordan (or for an older generation that played against him, respecting him). But Jordan’s stance as the leader of the hardline owners — even if he will not talk in negotiating sessions — led to some venom coming his way from players after the NBA’s labor negotiations blew…

  18. NBA teams put in stiff luxury tax penalties… which luxury-tax payers will still benefit from

    Nov 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    Wait, what? From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: The luxury-tax “cliff” experienced by tax teams, by which they felt the full brunt of going slightly over the tax level by losing all the tax money they would’ve received had they stayed under, also was addressed in the owners’ proposal. The league offered that such teams would…

  19. Quote of the Day: You think you’ve seen ugly? You haven’t.

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    Veteran player who has long been on side of decertification just texted me: “Time to blow this (bleep) to the moon.”Sun Nov 06 06:21:35 via webAdrian Wojnarowski WojYahooNBA Oh, dear.

  20. The 2011-2012 season may be lost because of… the sign-and-trade?

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    My wife got me started on using the phrase “Is that the hill you want to die on?” and it’s become something of a widespread philosophy-solver for me. You have to pick your battles, and you have to decide what is so important to you that you’re willing to lose substantial capital (be it time,…

  21. Deron Williams is frustrated the union hasn’t already decertified

    Nov 6, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    You’re going to be seeing a lot of reactions to the dramatics of Saturday night’s end to talks. Some players will likely just say that they want to play; it’s not that they want to cave, they’re just tired of the whole damn thing and don’t think it’s worth it. You’re going to see a…

  22. Report: Michael Jordan again stays quiet during labor talks after leading owners’ hard line away from the table

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    If Jordan wanted to make a statement, this was his chance. After all, he knows exactly where the players are coming from. He was there, 12 years ago, fiery and livid with a group of billionaires demanding that a group of millionaires cover their mistakes. He could have played the good cop, saying that he…

  23. Choice before players: Take Stern’s offer or decertify

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    David Stern threw down the gauntlet — here is our deal. It’s a 51-49 band on basketball-related income and other things the owners can live with. Come Wednesday, this offer will vanish and the next offer will be much worse. The owners are done negotiating. Stern said it wasn’t an ultimatum, but he is wrong.…

  24. NBA-NBPA talks end without a deal, again despite signs of progress

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:40 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Negotiations between the NBA and NBPA ended without a deal again Saturday night as both sides met for more than 8 hours with federal mediator George Cohen but were unable to reach a deal, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA talks are over for the night. “No deal,” a source says.Sun Nov 06 05:35:25…

  25. David Stern sets ultimatum for players: accept deal by Wednesday or offer gets worse

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 AM EDT

    David Stern

    After labor negotiations ended late Saturday/early Sunday morning in New York, David Stern told reporters in a press conference that federal mediator George Cohen had suggested six elements of what Stern called “what-if” compromises. Stern said the league accepted five of them and put them into a formal proposal. Included was a 49-51 band of…

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