Sep 242011

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Iverson a no-go for “Battle of I-95”

September 22 CSN Philly 

After hearing there was a possibility that Allen Iverson might be a participant in Sunday’s “Battle of I-95” at the Palestra, I had two thoughts: logically he could play for either team given his Newport News upbringing and Georgetown attendance for college (Team Melo candidate) or because of his accolades as a Philadelphia favorite son over his 10-plus seasons as a Sixer (Team Philly candidate).

NBA nearing point of postponing camps, games

September 23 USA Today

NBA Commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher emerged from a five-hour meeting in New York on Thursday agreeing on one point: the calendar is not their friend for the scheduled start of training camps (Oct. 3) and preseason games (Oct. 9).

Battle lines drawn for NBA, players, agents

September 22 Yahoo! Sports 

Privately, the most influential player agents in the business swear they won’t let Billy Hunter cut a crippling collective bargaining deal. They won’t let his parting gift to the union membership be deeper concessions, givebacks to the owners. They can’t storm the negotiating room in New York this week, but they believe they can ultimately stop the ratifying of a deal. They can deliver the percentage of players needed to decertify the union. They believe they still can unleash holy hell on this sure, steady capitulation to the NBA.

Owners’ revised proposal means there’s hope for full season

September 23 

Last we left our negotiating heroes, Billy Hunter had drawn a line in the sand: The players were prepared to make a significant economic move, but only if the owners dropped their insistence on a hard cap. The NBA said, “Nope.” Each side retreated to a neutral corner. The brains of both operations got together Wednesday, followed by the heavy hitters on Thursday at a snobby boutique hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. And guess what?

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