Adam Silver is becoming Gary Bettman

And that is a shame, because one week ago Adam Silver was in position to become the next commissioner of the NBA — a commisssioner who actually would have been beloved by the owners — after being the lead negotiator on one of the most lopsided labor deals in the history of professional sports. But Adam is a lawyer, and lawyers operate differently than the rest of us. When lawyers are facing off against other lawyers, they don’t want to win

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Lockout update: See you in court

As we watch Adam Silver slowly morph into Gary Bettman, we bring you the latest lockout news from around the Web: Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News: “The NBA and the players union will take their fight to a Manhattan federal courtroom on Wednesday in a hearing that could affect the union’s potential plans to decertify if labor talks break down completely and the lockout goes on indefinitely. The league is asking Judge Paul G. Gardephe to rule that if the

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Hubbard column: Live from New York! It’s the NBA and Saturday Night!

By now, the writers responsible for Saturday Night Live spoofs are papering the halls of NBC with Kim & Kris scripts. After a couple of weeks off, a new show is scheduled this week and you can bet Kardashian-Humphries will get major play. Ah, the NBA and reality TV: Fantastic! The announcement Monday of divorce plans between the couple came after only 72 days of marriage. You can google “Kardashian and over-under” and see that projections of how long the relationship would

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Lockout update: The Morning After

NEW YORK — What if someone made you this offer: If you give me $4 today, I will give you back $40 in a month. But if you refuse to give me $4, you are guaranteed to lose $40 within a month. So you will either gain $36, or lose $40. You’d be nuts to turn that offer down, correct? Well, multiply that $4 by 10 million, and then ask the same question: Would you let go of $40 million today if it ensured that

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Lockout update: BRI split to be discussed Friday

NEW YORK — Billy Hunter told the world the sides in the NBA lockout are “within striking distance of a deal,” and he told SheridanHoops.com even more: “The BRI split is the very first thing we are going to try to tackle in the morning.” Owners and players met for 7 1/2 more hours Thursday after putting in a nearly 15 1/2 hour session that began Wednesday and ended after 3 a.m. Thursday. Exhausted after the 23 hours of meetings, the sides called it

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Lockout update: After 15+ hours of talks, 82 games still possible

NEW YORK — Progress is being made, an 82-game schedule remains achievable, but there could still be several more days of talks before the NBA lockout is settled. After 15 hours and 20 minutes spent bargaining behind closed doors, those three items were the sum product of the messages delivered by NBA commissioner David Stern and the leaders of the NBA Players Association early this morning following what was clearly and unquestionably a productive collective bargaining session. Are they closer to a deal?

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Lockout update: Still talking past midnight

NEW YORK — The NBA lockout did not end Wednesday. The only thing that ended was Wednesday itself. As the clock moved past midnight and Wednesday turned into Thursday, NBA owners and players were still meeting at a posh midtown Manhattan hotel whose lobby had turned into something resembling an Occupy The Lockout gathering of ink-stained wretches. No information was being released by the league or the union, but both sides had press conference rooms at the ready if circumstances called for them to be

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Lockout update: Is tonight the night?

NEW YORK — Coming to you from the lobby of the hotel were the lockout talks are taking place, and people are in a giving mood down here. (If they’re feeling the same way upstairs, that’ll be good). The New Jersey Nets sent 17 pizzas to the media corps, and NBA vice president Mike Bass brought “Berger cookies” from Baltimore for dessert. For anyone wishing to send lobster tails, tweet me and we will work out the proper arrangements. Today’s meeting began at noon,

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