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

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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