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Hear David Stern’s Interview Here

Today, David Stern gave an interview with Mike Francesca on New York WFAN radio. In this interview he gave his side of the lockout as well as his threat that the league would probably cancel Christmas games if there is no deal reached by Tuesday.

Here is the link to his interview: http://cbsloc.al/pSUk19

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Cameramen Fight Outside NBA Lockout

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See what the lockout does to people? I guess it is technically a fight but it looks like a couple 16 year old girls. Two cameramen decided to go out it after the NBA lockout meeting last night.

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Goodman vs Drew League Rematch Broadcast on the Basketball Channel

Tonights Goodman vs Drew League rematch is streaming online at the Basketballchannel.net.

Here are the rosters for the game (via Real GM)

Goodman League Roster:
Michael Beasley (Timberwolves)
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings)
Kevin Durant (Thunder)
Tyreke Evans (Kings)
Donte Greene(Kings)
Warren “D-Nice” Jefferson
Emanuel “Duce” Jones
Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones (AND1 Tour)
Ty Lawson (Nuggets)
Gary Neal (Spurs)
Josh Selby (Grizzlies)
John Wall (Wizards)
Sam Young (Grizzlies)

Drew League Roster:
Bobby Brown (Aris BC)
DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)
James Harden (Thunder)
Brandon Jennings (Bucks)
Pooh Jeter (Kings)
JaVale McGee (Wizards)
Craig Smith (Clippers)
Marcus Williams (Grizzlies)
Dorrell Wright (Warriors)
Nick Young (Wizards)

Here is the link for the game 

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Union and League to Meet Sunday Night in Attempt to Salvage Season

Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that Sunday night, the owners and players will meet to try and salvage the season. I am very optimistic that progress will be made in this meeting. It seems like in order to get this meeting the players would have had to agree to the 50/50 split but it is unknown whether they have or not. Also it is possible that the sides are going to discuss either things in order to make progress. The season may or may not be saved tonight but I think this could be the miracle that all NBA fans needed. I feel like if the players and owners are going to call this emergency meeting then some breakthrough must have been reached. I am probably wrong but I am keeping my fingers crossed that a miracle happens tonight.

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Team James vs Team Wade Game Will be Streamed Online

CBSmiami.com will be streaming todays Team James vs Team Wade all-star game at FIU. Yes, Isiah Thomas will be there and the proceeds will go to his charity. I know I’m a conspiracist theorist about Isiah but make sure you at least can accept that he is around. The rosters for the team look like this:

Team LeBron’s roster includes: James, Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Lou Williams, Rudy Gay, Jamal Crawford, Jonny Flynn, and Damon Jones.

Team Wade’s roster will have: Wade, Mario Chalmers, Caron Butler, Dorrell Wright, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Wesley Matthews, John Wall, and Eddy Curry. Via CBSmiami

Shockingly Eddy Curry has decided to not play. This is the second time this summer that he has dropped out of a summer league game at the last minute.

The game will be streamed here on CBSmiami.com

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NBA 2k12 Classic 71 Knicks Gameplay

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In addition to the Patrick Ewing Knicks, NBA 2k12 also features the 1971 Knicks with Willis Reed, Clyde, Earl the Pearl, Phil Jackson and others. This is a great feature of the game. As can be seen above, 2k sports does a great job with the old style broadcast and old style court.

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Players Must Concede in Order to Save the Season

Tuesday is a do or die day for the 2011 NBA season. Eventually the players will lose this labor battle, that is not up for debate. The players have no leverage, the owners are willing to miss a season and the players need these pay checks more than the owners need this season. The question is not if the players will lose, it is when they will give in to the owners and make a deal. Now I do not fault the players for fighting for what they already had. They are not asking for more, they are asking for what they already had. Are the owners being fair? That is up for discussion but that is not relevant. What is fair is not what is relevant in this lockout. This lockout is about reality right now. The reality is that the owners will never go back to what they had. Small market teams struggled financially, superstars formed alliances and owners were hurt by their own bad decisions. Owners have collectively committed to change the current system at all costs, including the 2011 season. Unlike the NFL lockout,  in which the owners conceded to the players in order to save the season, the owners willingness to lose the season takes all leverage away from the players.

When the players association decided against decertification, the outcome of this lockout was pretty much decided. The players association gave up all the leverage they had. The owners know the players can’t afford to lose the season. Decertification is no longer in the cards for the players association because decertification rulings would take so long to get through the slow United States court system that the whole season would be lost. Also decertification would have resulted in all players having their current contracts void making every player a free agent. The players wanted to avoid this for obvious reason.

Billy Hunter needs to get all opposition to conceding into a room and he needs to give them a history lesson about the 1998 season. In 1998 the players decided to hold out and miss games rather than concede to the owners. Eventually the players caved and the owners got what they wanted plus the players lost millions of dollars. If the players were smart they would take a deal now. This is the best deal they are going to get and they are going to be sorry if they don’t agree to one soon.

Will the players get a fair deal? It doesn’t matter. This lockout is no longer about fairness but about reality. The reality is that the owners are prepared to miss the season and the players can’t afford to.

NBA 2k12 Intro Video

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Finally the introduction video has been released and it does not disappoint. It features not only todays players but the legends of the past. Melo, Amar’e and Patrick Ewing are the Knicks featured in this. They have Melo and Amar’e are playing defense (I know right) and Ewing hitting his corner three. This video is amazing and I cannot wait to play with the legends.

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Knicks NBA 2k12 Ratings Released

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Today the NBA 2k12 ratings were released today in the video above.

Here are the Knicks ratings

Melo 91

Amar’e 89

Billups 79

Fields 71

Douglas 69

Mason 66

Brown 65

Walker 65

Balkman 64

Turiaf 62

Shawne Williams 61

Shelden Williams 59

Jeffries 58

Rautins 56

Carter 53

I think Carter, Jeffries and Toney Douglas got rated a bit low. I definitely think Douglas got better last season not worse as indicated in his rating. Overall I think these rating are pretty accurate though. I would have loved to see Amar’e in the 90′s but 88 is a solid rating. I can’t wait to play this game.

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Highlights of the Melo League vs Philly League Game

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Here are highlights from last nights 131-119 Philly league victory over the Melo league. Lebron had 43 points and 23 boards while Melo had 31 and 17. Chris Paul looked out of shape and did not play that well. For the Philly league, Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry stole the show leading Philly to the 12 point win.

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