Friday, November 28, 2014
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This was supposed to be a festive column, filled with excitement about the NBA and their players coming to an agreement and ending the 120-day long lockout.

Instead, the BRI (basketball related income) split – which has long been the elephant in the room during recent discussions – took a seat on the negotiating table this afternoon and squashed any lingering sense of optimism built up over the last several days of meetings.

Hunter: “We think we gave more than enough. It would have been in striking distance if they had come to our number. But they didn’t do it.”

The difference between the two sides stands at only 2% (players at 52%, owners at 50%), but that gap may widen as games (and revenue) continue to be lost.

Stern: “We’re going to have to re-calculate how bad the damage is, so the NBA’s next offer will reflect the extraordinary losses that are starting to pile up.”

In an expected move, Stern also officially axed another two weeks from the original schedule, eliminating games through November 30th. If an agreement is made in time to salvage part of the NBA season, it is likely that the schedules will be re-worked, meaning these cancellations are time-cancellations, rather than game-cancellations.

Even so, the damage is done.

Stern: “There will not be a full NBA season under any circumstances.”

Currently, there are no future meetings scheduled between the two sides, and most unfortunate for everyone involved, this lockout soap opera will continue…

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According to Hoopsworld.com’s Alex Kennedy, Lakers star Kobe Bryant along with many of his fellow NBA stars will be heading on an international tour that includes stops in Puerto Rico, London, Macau, and Australia. (October 30th-November 9th)

The following players have signed agreements:

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, and Kevin Garnett are expected to participate in the two-week, six-game tour.

The tour is set to start on Saturday with the first game being played in Puerto Rico.

Calvin Darden, an Atlanta business mogul, is considered the man most responsible for organizing the games. According to the report he worked with all the players agents and received funding from various individuals in each of the four cities that will host games.

The question I’m sure you are asking yourself is, “Will I be able to watch it on TV?”

That is a possibility, but nothing is official yet. Most likely the games will be broadcasted online rather than on television.

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UPDATENBA and NBPA will meet in a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday afternoon, according to Newsday.

The NBA postponed their announcement that two more weeks of the regular season would be canceled. If they cannot come to an agreement this afternoon, David Stern may make the announcement during his press conference following the session. (via @AlexKennedyNBA)

Remember when we all optimistically thought, “They’ll work this out, we won’t miss any games”?

Me neither.

According to multiple sources, the NBA will be erasing another two weeks from their shortened schedule today, eliminating any games scheduled through November 28th.

When this announcement is made official, the Lakers will lose five (5) more games:

11/15 @ Washington
11/17 Vs. New York
11/22 @ Memphis
11/23 @ Oklahoma City
11/25 @ Sacramento

 

After a flurry of labor meeting activity, the two sides have failed to meet since talks collapsed last week. As of now, there are no scheduled meetings planned.

Rather than getting you ready for the season (originally scheduled to start a week from today), we’re forced to ask the obvious question here…

 

Will there be NBA basketball in 2011?

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While there has been no recent news in the past few days about the status of the NBA lockout, that hasn’t stopped the Lakers from bolstering their coaching staff. Earlier today, Mike Brown added another piece to his coaching staff with the addition of Darvin Ham as an assistant coach. From the Lakers’ official press release:

“I’m very happy to have Darvin join our coaching staff,” said Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown. “ I’ve known Darvin since his rookie year in Denver and have watched him make the transition from player to coach. He has put in the hard work that is necessary to have success at this level and I look forward to having him on our staff.”

Ham, 38, spent eight years in the NBA with seven teams, winning an NBA championship as a part of the 2004 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Lakers in five games. Before being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Ham was known throughout college basketball as an above-the-rim player, famous for his backboard-shattering dunk against North Carolina that made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ham most recently guided the NBA D-League New Mexico Thunderbirds to a 20-30 record as head coach.

Ham joins John Kuester, Chuck Person, Quin Snyder and special assistant Ettore Messina on Mike Brown’s staff, already having played under John Kuester and Quin Snyder during his years with the Pistons and D-League’s Austin Toros, respectively.

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West by West, by Jerry West

Since we can’t give you game recaps (yet) and we refuse to write redundant labor meeting updates every day, we have a much better idea: GIVEAWAYS!

Our first giveaway –the Fruitless Meeting Award – goes to the NBA/NBPA for their extraordinary performance throughout the labor negotiations. We continue to be impressed by their ability to spend almost 100 hours in the same room, yet accomplish absolutely nothing. Not many of us could even dream of such inefficiency, yet they make it seem so effortless. Congratulations, guys! True professionals. Well done.

Hostility Sarcasm aside, last week, Jerry West released his autobiography, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life (you can read our review here). We have two (2) copies to give away to you, and two different ways you can win:

(a) Watch this week’s VOTN: Fastbreak for your first chance to win!
(b) Comment below and tell us how you remember Jerry West’s career with the Lakers.

We’ll select the winners next week! Stay tuned.

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While the lockout continues to sort itself out after a 16-hour marathon mediation, players not involved in the talks (and thus not involved in the gag order) have been able to speak their mind on their current and possible future unemployment. With Laker Derek Fisher heading the player talks in New York, newly opted-out free agent and former Laker Shannon Brown spoke with Stephen A. Smith about his current position.

Brown spent much of the interview focused on the overall message of the NBA players, focusing little time on his own free agency status which may or may not be affected by changes to the salary cap in an new collective bargaining agreement. In regards to the future of NBA players and salaries in the league:

We don’t want to get taken advantage of, to put it very blunt,” Brown said. “We don’t want to feel like we’re out there basically giving our services, giving our bodies, giving our time, being away from our families and all of that stuff being taken advantage of and we’re not reaping any benefits from it. That’s how we kind of feel at this point.”

Players stand to lose approximately $170 million in total salary for every two weeks of the season that are canceled. Brown pointed out the hypocrisy of owners still being able to collect on lucrative television contracts in the meantime.

They are getting money from the TV (networks) and the TV (networks) are paying them because they want to see us play,” Brown said. “So, they’re getting paid off our services without us giving any service anyway.

“Does that make us look bad or does that make them look bad?”

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Not that you haven’t already heard (#NBARank has been trending on Twitter this morning in Los Angeles), but according to ESPN, Kobe Bryant is currently the 7th best player in the NBA.

Who’s ahead of him? In no particular order:

  • Dwight Howard
  • LeBron James
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Chris Paul
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Kevin Durant

These same voters (ESPN staffers) slotted Andrew Bynum at #30 and Pau Gasol at #11. While the NBA continues to be locked out, we’ll be forced to continue bringing you stories (like this), rather than getting you ready for the season that would be starting in 15 days.

 

We’re not bitter at all, we swear…

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Jerry West.

Most of you know him as the logo – a designation that the majority of today’s athletes would likely describe as the crowning achievement of their career(s).

Some of you know him as GM of the Lakers – a position that added six NBA championship rings to his collection and cemented the mold for a bronze likeness of himself that towers outside of Staples Center today.

A few of you may even know him as a Laker – a 14-time NBA all-star whose automatic jumper and sheer obsession with winning was only overshadowed by his penchant for losing, something he did to the rival Boston Celtics six consecutive times in the 1960’s.

No matter how you know Jerry West… the truth is that you don’t really know Jerry West.

While I soaked up the pages of his fascinating autobiography, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life, I was struck by how his entire life was most revealed in a sentence found tucked away towards the end of the book.

“I have a hole in my heart, a hole that can never be filled.”

It was that self-described hole that seemed to govern his life.

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We’re on day (I lost count after 80) of the NBA lockout. With players scheduled to meet today in Los Angeles, there always appears to be a glimmer of hope–quickly followed by an avalanche of disaster.

As if you didn’t already feel a gigantic void in your daily life without NBA basketball, this Kobe Bryant mix made by LK12 Productions won’t make things any better. Enjoy.

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Our favorite sixth man, Lamar Odom, is featured in a new online spot by Nike Sportswear. In this video, L.O. visits his old neighborhood in Queens. Throw in some basketball, music, style, and sweet treats — you basically have Lamar in a nutshell here.

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Pictured: Lev Meas: Winner of the ScoreBig.com Giveaway

So some of you may have tuned out LakerNation.com because of the on-going NBA lockout.

Well you snooze, you LOSE!

Those of you that didn’t pay attention missed out on winning an authentic Lakers jersey. (Retail $275.00)

The winner is diehard Laker Fan Lev Meas. Lev got to pick the color and player of her choice. She went with the Authentic Yellow Home Kobe Bryant Jersey. Here is what Lev had to say when she found out she won:

When I first heard of the news that I was a winner for the “Scorebig – Lakers Jersey Giveaway” I started to run around the house, screaming and dancing with my children. I have never won anything in my whole life and winning the Lakers Jersey is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted the Kobe Jersey, but couldn’t afford it. I still can’t believe that I’m actually going to get to wear the same jersey Kobe wears on the court! I’m speechless and a firm believer of the Lakers!

I would like to thank Scorebig.com and Laker Nation for giving Laker fans the opportunity to win such awesome prizes that we wouldn’t normally able to afford ourselves. Thanks for looking out for all the Lakers fan out there. You guys are the best! – Lev Meas

Those of you that entered and did not win the prize you technically still won.

No seriously! Those that entered are all members of the exclusive club over at ScoreBig.com. You now have chances to get tickets to all kinds of events for below retail value. For all your ticket needs use your username and password over at ScoreBig.com. If you haven’t signed up, use Laker Nation’s exclusive invite.

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The NBA announced today that it has canceled the first two weeks of the 2011-12 regular season because a new collective bargaining agreement has not been reached with the National Basketball
Players Association. This cancellation includes all games originally scheduled to be played through November 14.

“Despite extensive efforts, we have not been able to reach a new agreement with the players’ union that allows all 30 teams to be able to compete for a championship while fairly compensating our players,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Refunds plus interest are available for all NBA season-ticket holders for all preseason and regular-season games that are canceled. Below is a look of the games that the Lakers will not be able to play because of the cancellation.

11/1 Oklahoma City Home
11/2 Golden State Away
11/4 Phoenix Away
11/6 New Orleans Home
11/7 Sacramento Away
11/9 San Antonio Home
11/11 Denver Home
11/13 Detroit Home

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