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NBA, players still appear far from a labor agreement
September 12 Detroit News
As the MLB pennant races heat up and the NFL kicks off, the NBA is on the verge of irrelevance if it doesn’t rectify its labor situation soon. After meeting only once since the inception of the lockout (July 1), the Players’ Association and owners met twice last week in New York. As opposed to larger meetings, which took place between the Finals and lockout, only a handful of the key players were in attendance.
September 12 Pro Basketball Talk
If you believe that if there’s smoke, there’s fire, then this post is going to make you pretty happy about the state of affairs in the NBA lockout discussions. If you’re the type that believes if there’s fire, there’s fire, then this will simply give you something else to consider as nothing but white noise. SI reports that off the heels of last week’s positive news about the CBA negotiations, Derek Fisher sent a text to indicate to the players the tone of the talks and it’s good:
Philly-Baltimore hoops showdown set for Palestra
September 11 CSN Philly
There may or may not be an NBA season this year, but that won’t stop the NBA from coming to Philadelphia. Team Philly, a team made up of basketball stars from the Philly area, will take on Team Melo, a team led by Carmelo Anthony, on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at The Palestra. Team Philly will include Hakim Warrick (Phoenix Suns), Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns), Marcus Morris (Houston Rockets), Lou Williams (Sixers), Kyle Lowry (Houston Rockets), John Salmons (Sacramento Kings), Wayne Ellington (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jason Thompson (Sacramento Kings), former NBA player Flip Murray and Philly street ball legend Aaron “AO” Owens.
Business as usual for Sixers head coach Collins
September 10 CSN Philly
Seeing Doug Collins at the Sixers’ practice facility was a site for sore eyes given that the NBA lockout is more than two months old and counting. But unlike watching him work with his players as he did last season, his first as head coach of the franchise, Collins was hauled up in his office along with his staff. “We have to be prepared,” Collins said.
TALKIN BOUT PRACTICE: Sixers blog