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Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:35 am
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Players react to the (tentative) end of lockout

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA lockout unofficially ended at about 3 a.m. ET. Which means it was prime tweeting time for NBA players. Here's how some of the league's players reacted to the big news.















And finally Avery Bradley, who doesn't get it, I think:


Category: NBA
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:15 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 4:02 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

After representatives of the NBA and its players met for 15 hours of labor negotiations Friday into Saturday, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com first reported that a "tentative agreement [was] reached, according to one of the negotiators."

The lengthy face-to-face meeting re-opened negotiations after the National Basketball Players Association disbanded to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league last week.

Talks began at noon Friday and ran past 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The NBA and its players held a joint press conference after 3:30 a.m. to announce the tentative deal.

"We have reached a tentative understanding," NBA commissioner David Stern confirmed. "We're optimistic that the NBA season will come to pass on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with a triple-header."

Training camps would begin on Dec. 9, according to Stern, if everything plays out as expected. Yahoo Sports reported that free agency and training camps would open concurrently once the deal is approved by both sides.

Former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter repeated Stern's message.

"I want to announce... that we are happy that we have been able to reach a tentative litigation settlement," Hunter said. "We're going to turn it all over to the lawyers ... and see how that proceeds ... "Once we present it (to players), we're confident they will support it."

The three games originally scheduled for Christmas Day include: the Boston Celtics at the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks, and the Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stern said that the league has scheduled a conference call with the NBA's Labor Relations Committee to present the proposed agreement on Saturday. The NBPA must re-form its union to ratify the agreement as well. This step is considered a formality.

"We want to play basketball," said San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, head of the NBA's Labor Relations Committee. "Let's go play basketball."

Here's video of Stern and Hunter announcing tentative agreement on Saturday morning.



Berger reported that, in addition to former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, former NBPA president Derek Fisher and former NBPA board member Maurice Evans, the players were led into the negotiations by attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy. The league was represented by Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, Holt and NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan. NBPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who recently said that Stern treated NBA players "like plantation workers," was not present.

The two sides reportedly exchanged "back-channel" communication on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 10, when the NBA made its latest formal proposal to the players, which was rejected, as the players opted to file suit instead. 

Saturday is the 159th day of the ongoing NBA lockout.
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:00 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 3:12 am
 

NBA, Players 'reach tentative agreement'

Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Representatives of the NBA and its players met for more than 15 hours on Friday in New York City to reopen face-to-face labor negotiations after the National Basketball Players Association disbanded to file file an antitrust lawsuit against the league last week. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that a "tentative agreement reached, according to one of the negotiators." 

Talks began at noon Friday and ran past 3 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The two sides are reportedly aiming to hammer out an agreement that would allow the NBPA to salvage a 66-game regular season that would begin on Christmas Day. It is assumed that the NBA needs a roughly 1-month lead time to get a new season up and running, and Friday was exactly one month prior to Christmas.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that, in addition to former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, former NBPA president Derek Fisher and former NBPA board member Maurice Evans, the players were led into the negotiations by attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy. The league was represented by NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt and NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan. NBPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who recently said that Stern treated NBA players "like plantation workers," was not present, although Yahoo reported he did participate via conference call.  

The two sides reportedly exchanged "back-channel" communication on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 10, when the NBA made its latest formal proposal to the players, which was rejected, as the players opted to file suit instead. 

Saturday is the 159th day of the ongoing NBA lockout.

This post will update with more information. 
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Byron Mullens went to prison for some hoops

Posted by Royce Young



Byron Mullens is known for a lot of things, most not all that positive. First, most don't even know who "Byron" Mullens is, because the majority of people know him as B.J. And that's the guy that's known as a pretty solid bust in the NBA after coming in to Ohio State as maybe the top freshman in the country in 2008. Or the guy graded as the worst in NBA 2K12.

Mullens has yet to find a way to see any meaningul court time in the NBA, as he's been relegated to nasty title of "project" in Oklahoma City. He's insanely gifted though. About 7-1 and can run the floor and jump like a power forward. Lots of ability, but he hasn't realized it yet.

But forget all that for now. Because Mullens has spent this lockout doing something pretty unique. He went to prison. To run some ball. Via an excellent piece from ESPN.com:

Mullens was born in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and grew up playing basketball around Columbus. He lived off and on with his mother and five siblings until high school before moving into his own apartment, paying his expenses by working after school and on weekends as a plumber. During his junior and senior years of high school, Mullens lived with the family of one of his best friends. In his first year there, he and the friend visited a juvenile detention center to teach basketball clinics and talk to troubled teens about making better choices — and also to play pickup games.

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“I played ball at some places for juvenile kids when I was in high school and I kinda wanted to get back into it,” Mullens said.

By mid-July, he played in his first pickup game at Ross, which houses mostly level 2 and 3 prisoners — medium and “close” security, respectively….

“They play some really good basketball up here,” Mullens said.

It's easy to judge players like Mullens for what they've done, or maybe more appropriately, what they haven't done, but this is something very cool. While his teammate Kevin Durant has increased his already sterling reputation for playing pretty much anywhere and everywhere, Mullens has gone one place Durant hasn't -- behind bars.

But it's not just a "giving back" scenario for Mullens. He's there to work.
Mullens has yet to sustain any injuries -- except perhaps to his pride.

Inmates trash talk and yell at him on every possession to "dunk the ball," and the taunts only increase when Mullens steps behind the arc. But Mullens says he's not there to dominate the boards. Instead, he sees these pickup games as an opportunity to work on his outside shooting and ballhandling. Since the tallest inmate Mullens has faced is 6-8 and most hover around 6-foot, the majority of his shots are uncontested. The inmates try to counter with speed and 3-point shooting.

Like most pickup ball, defense is not the focus of these games, which consist of three 20-minute periods. And even though inmates who have taken referee tests are paid 75 cents per game to serve as officials, fouls, traveling and three-second calls are hard to come by.

"The refs aren't very good," Janes said. "You'll get the calls you get."

But what the game doesn't lack is good competition.

"Honestly, what surprised me most coming in here was how good these guys are," Mullens said.

It's funny that Mullens says he's working most on his outside shot while there, because that's always been a complaint about his style. Instead of using his 7-1 from to dominate inside, Mullens has always preferred to float around the perimeter and basically blend in as if he were just a 6-7 forward. Having a big man with touch is a wonderful thing, but you also want your big man to get after it in the paint.

However, prison might not be the best place in the world to get physical though. Good call, Byron. Keep it outside.

Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Video: Basketball Never Stops in OKC

Posted by Royce Young



It shouldn't be a surprise that Nike has done an excellent job in basketball marketing during a time where there's no basketball. But the "Basketball Never Stops" campaign has been excellent.

And Nike added to it with a city specific commercial featuring Kevin Durant in his hoop adopted hometown of Oklahoma City.

The campaign really fits Durant because he's embodied the "Basketball Never Stops" mentality during this lockout. He's played everywhere, with everyone in every game he could find. So him rolling out a ball on a blacktop at a gas station or retirement home is almost spot on. Basically, if you bounce it, he will come.

The patented KD free throw shimmy with the old guy was a pretty good touch, but the best part about the commercial is the van. You might be wondering what the deal is with that giant conversion van. That's actually KD's main ride. Which is so very Kevin Durant.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire buys new $3.7 million house

Posted by Royce Young



Don't worry you guys, Amar'e Stoudemire's doing just fine despite this lockout thing.

Via TMZ.com, Stoudemire just purchased a new $3.7 million house in Southwest Ranches, FL. It's 14,555 (!) and stis on a 2.35 acre space. It has six bedrooms, seven bathroom and a nine-car garage.

(Lots of picture of it here.)

But don't think for a second Stoudemire was just throwing his money around without thinking. According to the report, he wiggled the price down about a million from what the original asking price was.

Obviously this isn't a big deal, but these are the type of expenditures the players union warned to avoid during the lockout because of the appearance it gives. There's no question Stoudemire has a lot of money even without his current paychecks, but it just puts off a look that the players already have plenty of money. Which they do, no doubt.
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: November 25, 2011 10:54 am
 

Tyreke Evans signs in Italy

By Matt Moore 

Tyreke Evans had been slow to commit to an overseas team. He's been recovering from multiple injuries which put a damper on his sophomore season, and playing in a variety of exhibitions. But he's gone ahead and committed to a team and will play in Europe for the duration of the lockout. From Sportando: 
Virtus Roma agreed to terms with Tyreke Evans for the season 2011-12 with an NBA out to exercise by the player when lockout ends. The contract, as announced by Acea Roma, will be signed in the night.
via Virtus Roma officially announces Tyreke Evans | Serie A | Italy | Sportando.

The Italian league Virtus Roma is in, from what I understand, featues a mid-level collection of talent so it should provide enough competition to keep Evans honest while allowing him to work on different facets of his game, though they do not compete in Euroleague. Evans still struggles with finding a traditional position to play, as he's too much of a scorer to play point guard, despite his handle and size advantage, and yet has too much ability to be limited to a shooting guard. His time with Virtus Roma, who famously pursued Kobe Bryant this summer, should allow Evans to work on all areas of his game.

The timing of the deal, along with that of Lamar Odom's committment to Besiktas, reveals the confidence players and agents have that the NBA talks will reach a conclusion this weekend.
 
 
 
 
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