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  1. Report: Indiana charity game canceled due to ‘uncertainty’ around labor deal. Don’t hold your breath.

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    File this under: Salted by granule. From the AP: A charity game involving NBA players scheduled for Sunday in New Castle, Ind., has been canceled. A release from event organizers says that because of the “uncertainty” of Saturdays NBA negotiations in New York many of the players scheduled to participate were advised to prepare for…

  2. The NBA owners’ ‘undecideds’ will likely decide the season

    Nov 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    We know where James Dolan, Mark Cuban, Jerry Buss, and Micky Arison stand. And we certainly know where Dan Gilbert, Robert Sarver, Peter Holt, and Michael Jordan stand. But what about the rest of the NBA ownership? Media reports have been sorely lacking a “whip count” of where the owners land since negotiations have progressed…

  3. Quote of the Day: Eli’s Coming

    Nov 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    The NBA ownership group’s labor committee will reopen talks with the players’ side Saturday afternoon, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, a meeting one general manager, who has spoken with a few owners, described as “headed straight for disaster.” via NBA hope bleak over labor talks, sources say – ESPN. From Sports Night:  Dan Rydell:…

  4. Not all 50 players united in decertification effort on reported conference calls

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    It sounded like a cadre, right? Some sort of group of insidious All-Stars hellbent on destroying the union and sending the lockout into an eternal struggle in the courts. That was the sense gained from the reports about the 50 players who held two separate conference calls this week regarding decertification and potential antitrust lawsuits…

  5. Michael Jordan always looking out for No. 23

    Nov 5, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jordan’s image is taking a beating for the first time… well, really since the 1980’s. After the reports surfaced that he’s the one leading the owners to push for 47 percent (or less!) of a BRI cut for the players, he’s become a target for angst regarding the lockout from those who have paid…

  6. Maybe Jordan is driving a hard bargain because his partners want out

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    There are a couple possible reasons that Michael Jordan is the guy out in front of the hardline owners leading the charge to crush the players. The most likely explanation — he’s Michael Jordan and he has to demolish the opposition in any competition. Jordan can be an unforgiving jerk — did you see his…

  7. Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    George Cohen

    George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday. That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman. Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most…

  8. Video: What “basketball never stops” means to LeBron, Durant

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Nike, they are good at this marketing thing. While the NBA has been locked out and we have been talking about percentages of BRI and other stuff off the court, Nike has been running their “basketball never sleeps” campaign. Kevin Durant has been the living embodiment if it, so it seems. This video has Durant,…

  9. Report: Michael Jordan leads the NBA hardline owners

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Back in 1998, during the last NBA lockout that cost regular season games, Michael Jordan the player stood up to then Wizards owner Abe Polin and said “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Now, 13 years later and on the other side of the table, Jordan can’t make a profit…

  10. It’s time for the owners to give, get a deal done… but they won’t

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:06 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

    It’s the paradox of perception during the NBA lockout — the NBA players have offered to give the NBA owners $1 billion back in salary over the life of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yet ask a casual fan and they will tell you the players are the greedy ones (or, more often, that both…

  11. Pierce, Wade, Howard among players in decertification talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Decertification of the union has been something some agents have pushed for from the start, and it appears that those same agents had a heavy hand in this week’s players decertification talks behind the players’ backs. Names have started to leak out of who was on the call from several sources. Paul Pierce and Dwyane…

  12. Hardliners from both sides try to send message before talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    On one side, you have a group of renegade players threatening decertification of the union — threatening to blow up any chance of this season if the owners don’t give in. The owners don’t want to lose a full season and they feared decertification enough to file a pre-emptive lawsuit to block it. On the…

  13. Report: Group of 50 NBA players threaten union decertification

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    In case you thought sanity might encroach on the NBA labor talks, we bring you this report: A group of hardline NBA players, about 50, participated in a conference call this week behind the back of union leadership, reports both the New York Times and Yahoo. The upshot of the mid-week call is that if…

  14. Saturday’s owners/players meeting going to be large group

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    This could be really good or really bad. Every time a large group of owners and players have gotten together during the NBA labor talks things have gone about as well as the last Hindenburg voyage. It’s always Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen or something that messes it up. That said, eventually a large group…

  15. Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help during lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    You can make the economic case that the money not spent in Orlando on Magic games starting this week will still find it’s way into the economy. No doubt that is right on a macro level. Basketball tickets are discretionary income and if you’re not spending the money on tickets your spending it on movies…

  16. After meeting, union leaders reiterate they are unified front

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After every National Basketball Players Association meeting of any size, union leadership and players have stood together and preached unity. Often wearing matching T-shirts, because nothing says unity like matching clothing. But this time the symbolism and words were needed. With players smacking union leadership publicly and signs of division everywhere, the union’s executive committee…

  17. NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    UPDATE 4:58 pm: Union VP Roger Mason Jr. — he of “how u” fame — has confirmed that talks will resume on Saturday, according to a tweet from Chris Manix of Sports Illustrated. Mason was also ringing the “union is unified” bell loud in every interview today. He says there was no real divide there.…

  18. If union wobbles, will owners go for kill and ruin chance at deal?

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    You’d think that watching the NBA players’ union squabble would make NBA owners smile. Break the union and you get the deal you want, right? Not exactly. The situation within the players union could make it less likely we see a deal soon, for a couple of reasons. One is that a fractured union can’t…

  19. Steve Nash calls both sides of lockout “inevitably selfish”

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Halloween night I was standing in the front yard of a friend passing out candy with other dads while our kids soaked the neighbors for teeth-rotting treats when one guy asked, “Can you explain the lockout to me?” I did. And halfway through it I realized there is no way to describe this without everyone…

  20. Jeff Van Gundy is worried about level of play post lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Most of us are just worried about seeing NBA basketball again this season. Jeff Van Gundy is worried about the quality of basketball we’ll see when (if) the season starts up. Former coach and current ABC analyst Van Gundy said the league needs to make sure there is adequate time for training camps and hopes…

  21. NBA’s new labor twitter account draws fire. It didn’t take long.

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    twitter-whale

    Because the league was not winning big enough during the lockout, it decided to take its case to twitter. The league opened a new account — @NBA_Labor — which the NBA could use to defend the owners case in cyberspace. To right all those perception wrongs. But it didn’t take long before that account came…

  22. Big Baby grows up some during lockout

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    The lockout is not easy on players. Taking away basketball has taken them out of their rhythms, soon will be taking away paychecks and left them wondering what is next. Nobody likes an uncertain future. But for Glen Davis — Boston’s “Big Baby” — it has been more than that. The lockout took away the…

  23. Players union executive board to meet, try to get on same page

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

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

    The National Basketball Players Association needs a new plan to push the owners to compromise, get a deal they can live with and end the NBA lockout. But first, they have to stop fighting amongst themselves. The union’s executive board is set to meet Thursday in New York. That means union president Derek Fisher, long…

  24. Stackhouse smacks Fisher in interview; the union has issues

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    The NBA players union is starting to rip apart along its seams. And that is not good for those of us who want to see basketball soon. We’ve seen the tears in competing stories for days, backing either union director Billy Hunter or president Derek Fisher. (For the record, those two say there is no…

  25. More NHL players tell NBA brethren to get deal done

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    NBA players believe they are fighting for something right, fighting for a principle of fairness that generations of players before them had to struggle for. They don’t want to give that up, and plenty of players even still will tell you they’d miss a season to fight for it. Which is exactly what the NHL…

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