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: 2011-12 Regular Season Schedule Details Announced

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NBA Players Lawsuit Features Anthony Tolliver, Derrick Williams In Minnesota

The NBA lockout went nowhere when the two sides attempted to negotiate with each other, leading to the next step in what is bound to ultimately turn ugly. The NBA players plan to file two lawsuits on Tuesday evening, one of which will feature Anthony Tolliver and Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The lawsuit filed in Minneapolis with the U.S. District Court is by one of the same lawyers that represented the NFL players in their lawsuit against the National Football League, according to the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda. Along with Tolliver and Williams, Caron Butler and Ben Gordon are also listed as plaintiffs to get a thorough cross-section of the league involved.

Zgoda further reported that the lawsuit filed in Minnesota claims NBA conspired to deny them through "unlawful group boycott, price-fixing arrangement."

A second lawsuit is being filed in California. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit, according to Ken Berger, are Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Leon Powe.


NBA Lockout Update: David Stern Cancels Games Through 15th Of December

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have to wait a little while longer to get a start to their first season with Ricky Rubio on the roster and Rick Adelman holding the reins as the NBA lockout continues to take its toll. The latest news, unfortunately, is that NBA Commissioner David Stern has decided to cancel games through the 15th of December.

The move has more to do with the calendar than anything else as the league has long maintained it would need at least one month from the end of the lockout to get the season started. As SB Nation's Mike Prada noted, it technically even keeps a 72-game season on the table.

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.

More bad news is on its way, but this isn't exactly the worst scenario that could happen.


David Stern Says 'It's Getting Late' In The NBA Lockout Negotiations

The NBA lockout negotiations have steadily been getting uglier and uglier since they began, but it appears the newest deadline is Wednesday. After that, according to commissioner David Stern, things are going to get even uglier because he plans to take the current deal off of the table.

Stern appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter late Monday afternoon to talk about the next step and, as Bullets Forever's Mike Prada transcription tells NBA fans, things are not exactly pretty right now.

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 because 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]."

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams that will be hurt most by the lockout as they are too young to be missing valuable court time while they should be gaining chemistry. It will also probably take a bit of time for new head coach Rick Adelman to install a new offense and new point guard Ricky Rubio to adjust to American basketball.


NBA Lockout Update Is Bad News For Everyone As More Games Canceled

The NBA lockout has not been pretty, though things seemed like they might be taking a swing for the better following Thursday's negotiating session. All of the optimism was once again sucked out of the building on Friday, though, when Commissioner David Stern announced that all NBA games through November have been cancelled.

This is bad news for everyone, but it hits the Minnesota Timberwolves pretty hard. The Wolves are a young team with a new coaching staff so it'd be nice if they were able to get a bit of chemistry going before the games started to count. That won't happen now, however, as things will no doubt be hurried along ... if and when there's a 2011-12 season.

The NBA doesn't have any further negotiating talks scheduled so it's tough to guess what the next step might be. It can't get much worse than it did on Friday, though, so it might be time to step away and regroup for awhile.


NBA Lockout: David Stern Knows What A Deal Would Look Like

I wouldn't hold your breath, but the NBA lockout could be coming to an end in the next few days.

After three-day mediated talks took a turn for the worst last week, the owners and players got together Wednesday and Thursday and apparently made "significant progress" toward resolving some important issues. Granted, there are still "a couple sticking points" to hash out before a deal can be signed and sealed, but David Stern would view it as a massive failure if a deal is not reached in the next three days.

Now, this might not mean anything -- he could just be envisioning his desire for a deal -- but when Stern was asked after Thursday's negotiations if he knew what a new deal would look like, he responded, "Yes." Stern added that it's not a guarantee a deal will get done, but the two sides are going to give it a "heck of a shot."

The owners and players are expected to discuss everything on Friday and are willing to go as long as it takes until a deal is reached.  If only they had that attitude over the summer.

Either way, stay tuned.


NBA Lockout: Timberwolves Lose Two More Weeks

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.This latest round of cancellations will affect the following games for the Minnesota Timberwolves:

Nov. 16 vs. Milwaukee

Nov. 18 vs. San Antonio

Nov. 19 at Memphis

Nov. 21 at Houston

Nov. 23 vs. Golden State

Nov. 25 vs. Houston

Nov. 26 at Washington


NBA Lockout: Negotiations End With No Resolution; No Further Meetings Planned

Thursday was the third straight day of mediation between the owners and players in an attempt to put an end to the lockout that has already taken two weeks of NBA games. Heading into today, talks were centered around a 49-51 range of the basketball-related income to the players, and possibly near a resolution.

Whelp, whatever progress was made during the first two and half days ended with what is being said as a huge setback, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski

Talks on a 50-50 BRI split broke down, and labor talks have ended, source tells Y! No new meetings scheduled. Huge setback in this lockout.
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What ensued after news started to surface that the meetings tailspinned was an onslaught of tweets and comments from NBA players and owners talking about how disappointing today has been, and that they're still dedicated to reaching a compromise and not missing anymore games. Easier said than done. Rumors are swirling that the owners, spearheaded by Spurs' owner Peter Holt, made a "take it or leave it" offer of 50-50 and the players wouldn't budge past 52-percent

The sides are so dedicated, though, that there are no plans to reassemble at this time. The next news we hear could very well be the clipping of more games.


NBA Lockout: Mediation Reaches Day 3

Thursday will be the third consecutive day of mediation in the NBA Lockout, and while there are no concrete details, there is at least hope that a deal may be coming. since meeting with a mediator starting on Tuesday, both sides have been involved in serious negotiations for 24 hours of a 32 hour period. Both sides met for 16 hours on Tuesday, then resumed Wednesday morning for another eight hours.

It appears that the issue of a salary cap may be hanging up a potential deal. The owners are seeking a 49-51 split in terms of revenue favoring the players, but the players do not want anything resembling a hard salary cap:

Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that the owners are once again offering a 49-51 range of the basketball-related income to the players. That is essentially where the players would get a minimum of 49 percent of BRI or a max of 51 percent depending on how much revenue the league takes in that year.

This mediation session appears to be the only thing standing between the cancellation of games through Christmas.

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