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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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