Sep 142011

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Philly’s Warrick brings NBA stars to Palestra

September 14 CSN Philly 

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul will bring the star power to the “Battle of I-95″ being played at the Palestra on Sept. 25, but it is Philadelphia native and Friends’ Central alum, Hakim Warrick, that is making the game come to fruition. It was bigger than that,” Warrick said when asked if the numerous pick-up competitions featuring NBA players this summer inspired his latest endeavor. “Me and Melo (Carmelo Anthony) have been talking, going back and forth for years. Whenever you get NBA guys together from different cities they want to talk and say they have the best players. This summer with the lockout coming everyone saw you could get players out there and see who is the best.”

Sources: Agents want union to decertify

September 14 

Five of the most powerful agents in the NBA spoke via conference call Monday about how they can help the players union in its stalemate with the league’s owners. Their answer: blow the union up.  Arn Tellem, Bill Duffy, Mark Bartelstein, Jeff Schwartz and Dan Fegan — who collectively represent nearly one-third of the league’s players — spoke Monday about the process of decertifying the union, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

NBA union faces test of strength

September 14 Yahoo! Sports 

For three long hours in midtown Manhattan, union executive director Billy Hunter and his board of players sat waiting for the NBA owners to come back with a counterproposal. All this time, commissioner David Stern and the owners must be returning with something besides, well, get lost. Once again, the union had made an offer of significant concessions. And once again, it wouldn’t matter. New system, new rules, new day for the owners. And after all that time, the NBA’s message was numbing: Yes, we want the favorable split of revenue percentages the players are offering …

There might be no NBA for ‘half a season’

September 14 Toronto Sun 

Optimism had reigned for the past week on the NBA lockout front.  Not anymore.  Owners and the players association met for well over five hours in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but the mood afterwards was a sombre one and it is now all but certain that, at the least, the pre-season will be wiped out. NBAPA president Derek Fisher told reporters: “The way it looks right now, we may not start on time.”

NBA Lockout: Don’t panic, they are posturing

September 14 

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.

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