Heisler Column: War is hell. Just ask JaVale McGee

By Mark Heisler Ask JaVale McGee if war isn’t hell. I’m not sure who else thinks the situation is “definitely critical,” other than the Wizards center and, of course, the press. It’s definitely not the NBA owners, who laughed their rear ends off at McGee’s, uh, candid reporting at last week’s union meeting in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cutting out an hour early, JaVale told a press throng in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton that “some guys ready to stand strong” but noted, “there were,

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Meet the NBA’s possible savior, George Cohen

By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — Today, we begin to find out if a neutral third party can end the NBA labor stalemate and save an 82-game season. George H. Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is scheduled to met separately with owners and players today, then will bring the sides together Tuesday to see if they can bridge their differences and come to an agreement to end the NBA lockout. Commissioner David Stern said last week that if a deal is

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Lockout Update: Beverly Hills edition

By Chris Sheridan What should have been a day for locked-out NBA players to display unity and strength turned into something quite different as reporters spoke to JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards near the valet stand at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. some two hours into a three-hour meeting of union leaders and about 30 players. From Greg Beacham of the Associated Press: “There’s definitely some guys in there saying that they’re ready to fold, but … the majority of guys

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Gibson Column: Euroleague ready to begin

By Nick Gibson of EuroleagueAdventures.com BARCELONA – With the NBA set to resume labor talks on Tuesday, only one thing’s for sure: there will be a Euroleague box score from Monday night for the sides to check out, if they so choose, in their respective caucus rooms. It will include the names Ty Lawson, Andrei Kirilenko, Sonny Weems, Nenad Krstic and DeJuan Collins. The Euroleague opens Monday night with CSKA Moscow playing Zalgiris Kaunas, and Wednesday there are four more contests before six on Thursday. On Friday, a little dessert: Bilbao vs. Olympiacos. Mmm…my

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Lockout update: Morning briefing – UPDATED

By Chris Sheridan Billy Hunter will be in Beverly Hills, Calif. today, expecting to brief about 50 players on the state of negotiations. David Stern will presumably be relatively dormant, because Mount Stern rarely erupts on consecutive days – and Stern went volcanic Thursday with his statement that his “gut” tells him there will be no NBA games by Christmas if a deal isn’t reached by next Tuesday. (UPDATE–Stern went on ESPN radio this morning and repeated his phrase from Monday night

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Bernucca column: Stupid is as stupid does

By Chris Bernucca This NBA lockout is a 12-inch stupid sandwich. The owners have been stupid in believing they could get back in one negotiation everything they have given away over the last 12 years. The players have been stupid in underestimating the backlash from a fickle fan base hit hard by a nationwide economic malaise. And both sides have been extremely stupid in coming close enough to shake hands, then refusing to with the childish insistence of “You first!” It is another in

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More on lockout from Orlando radio

By Chris Sheridan I went on the radio in Orlando this morning on 740-The Game to discuss what happens next in the NBA lockout, and I left out the part about asking President Obama whether he’d care to intervene. I also referenced the unease I saw on the faces of the principle negotiators, which I wrote about late Monday night after I returned home from the failed lockout talks. For those wondering what the next steps will be, for now it looks like

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Lockout update: The Obama solution?

By Chris Sheridan President Barack Obama is a huge NBA fan, and it is fair to say he holds some sway over the National Labor Relations Board, which spent the summer investigating complaints by both sides (the players filed a complaint first, then the owners filed one of their own) alleging unfair negotiating tactics. Let’s just imagine Mr.President had Nov. 1 circled on his calendar (Bulls at Mavericks), and the commander-in-chief was dismayed as everyone else when negotiations broke down Monday night and commissioner David

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