Lockout update: Owners will meet first Saturday

From Howard Beck of the New York Times: “A critical weekend for the N.B.A. labor talks will begin Saturday morning with an owners meeting, during which the league’s hard-liners will insist that no more financial concessions be made to players, according to a person briefed on the agenda. The owners’ faction includes between 10 and 14 owners and is being led by Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, according to a person who has spoken with the owners. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in

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Involuntary Decertification Possible in NBA lockout

//   Updating what I am reporting in the above video, there is more news: As many as 50 NBA players held two conference calls this week to discuss decertification as a fallback option. This was a strategy that was employed in the summer-long  1995 lockout, forcing Charles Grantham from power as he was replaced by Simon Gourdine. This time, it would be a revolt from within the ranks aimed at stripping Billy Hunter of his power, and it would fall under the category

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Hunter, Fisher defend walkout and deny rift; NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

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NEW YORK — If he had to do it all over again, Billy Hunter still would have walked out of the negotiating room. That was the defiant tone Hunter struck Thursday as the NBA players’ union held a news briefing at its headquarters in Harlem after owners and players decided they would resume discussions Saturday afternoon for the first time since their acrimonious blowup last Friday. At that meeting, after two days of discernible progress, Hunter and the players’ union representatives walked out of the room

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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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