NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: NBA Commissioner David Stern (R) and Former Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Billy Hunter speak to members of the press to announce a tentative labor agreement to end the 149-day lockout on November 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NBA Lockout Update: Owners, Players Agree To End Lockout, Return Cavaliers To Court

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NBA Lockout Forces Cancellation Of Games Through Middle Of December

The NBA lockout has claimed its share of victims already as the regular season should already be a couple of weeks old. The players rejected the latest proposal to end the lockout on Monday, though, leading David Stern to cancel games through Dec. 15.

The NBA would need about a month to get through everything it needs to get through to begin the regular season so the announcement is not exactly a huge deal as it basically does what the calendar has already done. SB Nation's Mike Prada puts it further into perspective.

That would technically mean the NBA lockout has yet to claim any games from the owners' proposed 72-game schedule, which was rejected when the NBA Players Association elected to disclaim interest to challenge the lockout in court. However, it only seems like a matter of time until those games go as well.

It's going to be interesting to see what the players' response will be if games continue to be cancelled considering Cleveland Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels has already voiced his displeasure with the lasting lockout.


NBA Lockout 2011 Update: Samardo Samuels Not Happy With NBPA

While Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter said the National Basketball Players Association - which is now officially disbanded - was unified in its' rejection of the latest proposal by the NBA owners, at least one Cleveland Cavaliers player admits he would have voted to accept the proposal.

Cavs forward Samardo Samuels - the perfect example of a player that will be financially impacted by the paychecks that are now being missed by players - told the Akron-Beacon Journal on Monday that while the NBA proposal wasn't perfect he would have voted to accept the deal.  The only problem?  Samardo and the rest of the rank-and-file NBA players never got the chance to accept David Stern's deal.

"A lot of people in the league are panicking," Samuels said. "You’re talking about missing paychecks. Those paychecks you’re missing are going to add up and guys have families and responsibilities and bills to pay. I’m just a guy that’s coming out of college. I’m 22 years old, I don’t have much responsibility."

Samuels goes on to talk about big-name veterans in the NBA that have financial flexibility that many players likely do not have.  Paul Pierce, for example.

It's easy for Paul Pierce to say that. You've been in the league how long?" Samuels said. "You've got a decent amount of money saved up, but what about the guys just coming into the league who don't have [anything] saved up?"

That's when this will really get interesting.  Do the voices of players like Samuels start to get louder as more and more money is lost?


NBA Lockout 2011 Update: David Stern Reacts To Players Filing Anti-Trust Lawsuit

The NBA players have decided their best attack on the NBA Lockout is to take matters to court.  They decided on that direction earlier on Monday after rejecting David Stern's offer, choosing instead to immediately disband the union and file and anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA.  Needless to say, the Commish is not to pleased with the players decision and released the following statement saying as much:

"At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was acceptable to them.

In anticipation of this day, the NBA filed an unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board asserting that, by virtue of its continued threats, the union was not bargaining in good faith. We also began a litigation in federal court in anticipation of this same bargaining tactic.

The NBA has negotiated in good faith throughout the collective bargaining process, but -- because our revised bargaining proposal was not to its liking - the union has decided to make good on Mr. Kessler's threat.

There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement, but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy."

If all this sounds familiar, it should.  Much of the same lingo and legal posturing was used during the NFL Lockout last spring and summer, with both sides winning legal arguments before finally getting back to the negotiating tabel and hammering out a new deal.  

Jeffrey Kessler, who is representing the NBPA in the court proceedings, was also part of the NFLPA's legal team.  It is said that he was advocating that the players continue their legal wrangling with the NFL and it wasn't until DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell took control of the negotiations away from the lawyers that the situation was resolved.

The question becomes now, is the leadership on both sides of the NBA equation smart enough to do what the NFL and the NFLPA did in order to save their season?


NBA Lockout: NBA Players Reject David Stern's Offer, Will Head To Court

The situation has gone from bad to worse in the NBA labor impasse.  After reviewing what NBA Commissioner David Stern called the League's 'best and final' offer, the players have unanimously agreed to turn the NBA's offer down and begin the legal process, saying they will file anti-trust action against the NBA in the next two days.

Players Association leader Billy Hunter stated the NBPA will be transformed into a trade association, much the same way the NFLPA had done during the NFL Lockout in the spring and summer of 2011.  The difference in that work stoppage, however, was only one game - the Hall of Fame Game in Canton - was lost.  The NBA has already lost two weeks of regular season games with the possibility of the entire season being lost becoming more and more likely by the day.

NBPA President Derek Fisher has asked the media to respect that the situation is now a legal matter, that players cannot comment any further.

"This is where it stops for us as a union." Fisher said.

Hunter called the NBA's offer "a system under which we felt we couldn't function" and the players chose, instead, to disband the union immediately.

Where is goes from here is anyone's guess.  The legal process will likely be long and drawn out.  The will of the players, specifically the mid-to-lower tier players who will certainly begin missing their pay-checks, will surely be tested, as will the loyalty of fans.


NBA Lockout Update: Wednesday Could Be Turning Point, For Better Or Worse

The Cleveland Cavaliers need to play as many basketball games as possible this season as their young players try to develop chemistry, but that is not exactly an option during the NBA lockout. NBA commissioner David Stern seems to plan to make that option even harder this week.

The Commissioner went on SportsCenter early Monday evening to discuss things. Bullets Forever's Mike Prada transcribed the event and, well, it wasn't exactly overflowing with optimism.

On the deadline: "We think there's a great offer on table, and we told the players, 'It's getting late.' The only rational thing is to make that deal b/c given what is going on in our business and our industry, it will get worse from there. We told the players ... an offer of 47% will become operative w/ hard cap in effect [if they don't accept."

On the owners being unified: "They're unified in their willingness to make this deal through Wednesday, then they'll be unified in willingness to negotiate the 47 percent proposal that goes on table at close of business Wednesday." In other words, they're unified because I said so.

Hopefully a deal gets done in the next couple of days ... or else.


NBA Lockout: New News Is Bad News For Basketball Fans

The NBA lockout was expected to be coming to a close when the wtwo sides met on Friday morning. By Friday evening, however, there was a much more demure outlook as NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled another two weeks of the NBA season.

The cancellations don’t exactly come as a surprise considering there were reports that it could happen as soon as Monday, but the fact of the matter is that a deal should have been done by now … at least in the eyes of many following the merry-go-round that has been the lockout negotiations to this point in the process.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are perhaps one of the teams most negatively affected by this mess. With a young roster featuring multiple rookies that could compete for starting spots, it doesn’t help that they won’t be able to build chemistry with the rest of the team.

Hopefully this charade ends soon, but with all of November canceled, that doesn’t seem likely.


NBA Lockout: Deal Could Be Reached In Next Few Days

The three-day mediated talks between the owners and players ended so badly last week, it was crazy to think there wasn't a legitimate shot that the NBA season was hanging by a strand of David Stern's used floss. There were no plans to reconvene and two more weeks of the regular season had just been canceled. It was bad.

But in a wild turn of events, after getting together for two days in the middle of this week, the breath of fresh air around town is that the lockout could be over within the next few days.

Determined to work out a deal and save the 2011-2012 NBA season that has already lost four weeks of regular season games, the two sides apparently made "significant progress" yesterday on system issues. After 7.5 hours of negotiations today, there are still "a couple sticking points" to hash out, but David Stern is all but expecting a deal to be in place by the end of the weekend. 

When Stern was asked after Thursday's negotiations if he knew what a new deal would look like, Stern responded, "Yes," which could mean nothing, or it could mean that there is an actual frame work in place that merely has some loose ends to tie up. Although Stern added that it's not a guarantee a deal will get done, he believes that it would be a huge failure if it was not reached within the next few days.

Stern reassured fans of both sides' determination to get a deal done -- both sides are expected to discuss everything on Friday and are willing to go as long as it takes until a deal is reached. 

We could be talking actual basketball by Monday, or maybe not. 


NBA Lockout: Cavaliers Lose Two More Weeks Of Games

After labor talks between the owners and players broke down late last week it was likely that more games would be canceled during the 2011-12 season. That will be confirmed tomorrow as the league is expected to announce the cancellation of all games through November 28:

According to the Daily News' source, this latest cancellation would total at least 102 games and run through Nov. 28.

The source told the Daily News that the NBA will announce the latest cancellation of games on Tuesday.

There are no new rounds of negotiations scheduled. Already all games through November 14th have been canceled, but now the first four weeks of the season will be gone, including a home game against the Miami heat and former Cleveland star Lebron James.

The following games would be affected for the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Nov. 16 vs. Charlotte

Nov. 18 vs. Miami

Nov. 19 at Charlotte

Nov. 23 vs. Indiana

Nov. 25 at San Antonio

Nov. 26 at Dallas

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