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Early this morning, NBA fans received their first Christmas gift: a tentative agreement to end the 149-day lockout.
One final, 15-hour marathon negotiating session brought together the final elements of a new collective bargaining agreement that fans have been yearning for since owners locked out the players July 1.
The deal will allow the league to begin its season on Christmas Day, with the season’s first tipoff to take place at Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks will play the Celtics at noon.
Heat owner Micky Arison owns not one but two of America’s 50 largest
yachts, according to a rich-person magazine. He lives on one of them.
This isn’t excessive in the world he inhabits. Both yachts combined
aren’t as large as the one built by the Russian billionaire owner of the
Chelsea soccer team.
Before the NBA’s owners and players’returned to their respective corners on Thursday — the owners in Dallas, the players in Las Vegas — to regroup following Tuesday’s negotiating session that ended with the lockout still very much intact, president Derek Fisher sent out an email to his colleagues asking for solidarity.
The email, first printed by SI.com, challenges the faction of player agents who wish to decertify and it also hints that there may be some division growing between the league’s 29 owners.
"The most recent meetings in New York were effective," Fisher wrote. "What you have been told by your agents, representatives and the media is probably speculative and inaccurate.
I am tweeting from afar on today’s lack of progress in NBA labor
negotiations, and I am not the least bit surprised that everyone is
emerging from the meeting in New York spewing doom and gloom.
That is what always happens when the owners’ and players’ full
bargaining committees get together. It is a total dog-and-pony show, and
anyone who expected the sides to emerge today with a sense of optimism
was fooling themselves.
The interactions at times sparked contentiousness.
Shaquille O’Neal once yelled out in the middle of a pre-season game for
Lakers owner Jerry Buss to "pay me." Skeptical of O’Neal’s injury
history and his $30-million-a-year asking price, Buss traded him in
2004. The immediate aftermath entailed Shaq taking swipes at Buss’
That’s all water under the bridge at this point. Once O’Neal announced
his retirement June 1 after a storied yet underachieving 19-year career,
Buss released a statement thanking Shaq for his contributions to the
Lakers’ three-peat (2000-2002). The Lakers also announced they would
retire his No. 34 jersey at an undetermined time. And as O’Neal told
radio/TV personality Dan Patrick on Tuesday morning, Buss has called
Shaq directly about his number retirement.
Let’s suppose for a second that the NBA and its players each experience the proverbial ‘Come to Jesus’ moment in the next week or so and agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The 2011-12 season would then start on time, right?
Well, yes, it would. But it also could well start with plenty of unfamiliar faces on the floor. That’s because a big part of the NBA “game presentation” as David Stern likes to call it is, at present, also without a contract for next season.
That would be the 60 NBA referees.
The NBA labor talks concluded their most active period since
the lockout began and entered a new, crucial phase Thursday: a week of
meetings that are growing in size and importance that ultimately
could determine the fate of the 2011-12 season.
After a second straight day of negotiations totaling 11 hours with
only the heaviest hitters in the room, league and officials
emerged to announce they’re calling their full bargaining
committees to the city next week to weigh in. The full contingents
from the owners’ labor relations committee and the players’
executive committee will meet Tuesday morning, to be followed by a
previously scheduled owners’ meeting in Dallas and a meeting of
players the same day in Las Vegas — both on Sept. 15. Prior to
Tuesday’s larger meeting, top negotiators from both sides will
brief their constituents on where the talks stand after a
comparative whirlwind of bargaining that began Aug. 31.
The NBA’s Board of Governors met Tuesday in Dallas and heard a report on
collective bargaining from Spurs owner Peter Holt, chairman of its
labor relations committee.
The league wouldn’t reveal if the board officially authorized locking
out the players once the clock strikes midnight Thursday, the end of the
collective bargaining agreement that’s been in place since 2005, but it
doesn’t matter. As commissioner David Stern has warned already, such a
vote is a mere formality and can be conducted by any means at any time.
Amid mounting labor gloom, NBA commissioner David Stern tried Tuesday to
muster a hopeful tone heading into the last scheduled negotiation with
the players before the expiration of the current collective
Following a five-hour Board of Governors meeting at the same hotel that
the league used as its Dallas headquarters during the NBA Finals earlier
this month, Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that the
league’s owners have not formally voted to authorize a lockout to start
immediately if there is no new labor agreement before Thursday’s
It looks as if former Piston Antonio McDyess will retire.
stashed the last items from the locker in a travel bag after the
Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Spurs from the playoffs April 29,
McDyess, 36, reflected on his two seasons in San Antonio, adamant he had
made up his mind to retire.