May Column: Ainge explains McHale’s return to coaching

By Peter May They all come back. Whether it’s the money, the desire for competition, the lifestyle they thought they missed, they all come back. Kevin McHale is only the latest to leave the security of the broadcast booth to take a coaching job in the NBA.  Leaving aside the question of whether the Houston Rockets know what they’re doing, the average person has to ask: what is he doing? Why would anyone want to get back to those long days, the unending

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Heisler column: Only Stern knows true timetable

By Mark Heisler  Mama, put my guns in the ground, I can’t shoot them anymore. That long, black cloud is comin’ down. Feel like I’m knocking …   Oh, not yet? This just in: The NBA season, preseason, training camps and even the pre-camp media days aren’t over yet! As for those hopelessly stalemated talks with rifts reportedly opening on both sides? Yeah, right. Everything you’ve seen and heard to this point is play-acting. As far as actual negotiations, neither side has even started yet. Given the NBA

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Mailbag: Guaranteed contracts, luxury tax

From the mailbag: Hi Chris, I have a simple idea to solve the guaranteed contracts issue and wanted your opinion… Make each contract guaranteed for the first 2 years and allow each team to dump one player per year that has played for more than 2 years on their contract (in essence the last 3 years are not guaranteed but teams can only dump one guy per year if they so desire). A grossly overpaid player hurts the game, enrages fans, and can

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NBA Lockout update: Interpretations

By Chris Sheridan I’ve already given you my take on yesterday’s collective bargaining negotiations in New York. So we shall once again take a trip around the Internet to have a look at the views of the writers who have been closely covering this dispute. _ Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: “The only thing both sides agreed on after this latest round of posturing and semi-negotiating was that the players had come to the table with economic concessions the owners and NBA negotiators could live

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NBA Lockout Update: Sides are closer than they’re saying

By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — Here’s the dirty little secret about the NBA lockout, despite what both sides — the owners and the players — would have you believe: They are a lot closer to a settlement than most people realize. I know this because I talk regularly with a bunch of important people who tell me important things, and I am going to explain why I believe a settlement will be reached that will not only save the season, but also enable

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