Owners, players to sit down for CBA negotiating session next week

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Thumbnail image for stern_Hunter.jpgAt least they’re talking.

Next week representatives of NBA owners and the Players Association are going to sit down in a room and talk about the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Ken Berger.

Back at the All-Star Game, David Stern and the owners submitted a proposal that the players dismissed out of hand. It called for a hard salary cap, no guaranteed contracts, plus lower maximum contracts with shorter durations.

In June, Billy Hunter (executive director of the Players Association) and the players submitted an offer that they themselves admitted was pretty much keeping the status quo.

The two sides remain miles apart. And by miles we mean Portland, Maine, to San Diego far apart. The owners are not backing down from their position that they are losing money, that salaries are the problem and that the basic economic structure of the league’s salary structure has to change.

Players on the other hand will point to this summer’s free agent spending spree and the fact league revenues were up slightly despite the recession and that player salaries were actually down slightly last year.

What will not happen at next week’s meeting in Manhattan is the show of star power seen in the last face-to-face meeting in Dallas All-Star Weekend. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and a host of others sat at the table. This time the stars will not be there, which the owners see as a sign of little solidarity among the players, Berger said. LeBron got his payday, he doesn’t care anymore will be the perception.

The perception among people on both sides is that a lockout is basically inevitable. The owners are going to use this recession to try and force a more favorable deal for them on the players. The players look at this summer’s spending spree and think the problem is not the system but the owners’ inability to control themselves and not spend lavishly on players.

But at least they are talking.

Stephen Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.

Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.

James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.

Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

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The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)

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Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

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Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.