NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

Final NBA revenue numbers in from last season

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It’s all about the Basketball Related Income (BRI) number.

The entire lockout is really about the BRI — length of contracts, hard or soft salary cap, guaranteed deals, revenue sharing are all secondary issues. What matters most is how much pie everyone gets, how you divide it up after that matters less.

So we know what numbers we are talking about, here are the BRI figures from last season, just released by the league Friday.

BRI increased by 4.8% from $3.643 billion in 2009-10 to $3.817 billion in 2010-11. Total player compensation also increased by 4.8% from $2.076 billion in 2009-10 to $2.176 billion in 2010-11.

Player salaries going up is not a coincidence. The last CBA (which was considered a huge win for the owners when it was formed) tied player compensation to the BRI, with the players getting 57 percent of it. So, when league revenue went up, the players got more. Out of each NBA paycheck eight percent is held out and put in an escrow account by the league, then a portion of that money is returned to bring the players to 57 percent of the BRI. This year the players got their full eight percent returned plus a little extra to get to the 57 percent figure.

The average player salary for the 2010-11 season was $5.15 million. Over the six-year term of the expired CBA, the average player salary increased by a total of 16%.

Nice spin by the league, but as we said, how much the players earned was tied directly to how much the league made, so if player salaries went up….

When the big wigs from the owners and players start talking again next month, look for talks about how the BRI will be divided. When they are close on that, everything else will fall into place.

But the two sides are nowhere near each other on the BRI split right now.

Kobe Bryant with spin move around LeBron James (VIDEO)

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The game itself went about how you’d expect one between a title contender and a high lottery team to go — the Cavaliers 120-111 win over the Lakers was never really in doubt.

But the fans in Cleveland wanted to see some vintage Kobe Bryant, and they got it late when he spun around LeBron James and hit the reverse lay-up.

LeBron had 29 points on the night, and Kyrie Irving had 35. Kobe finished with 17 and got a standing ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Suns’ Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin get in scuffle on the bench

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Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….

During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.

The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.

We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”

Kawhi Leonard drains game winner to beat Orlando (VIDEO)

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This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.

And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.

Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers shoulder dislocation, leaves game

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.

Now this.

He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).

You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.

We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.