The NBA owners and players are barely talking — although they are getting a federal mediator — so the owners are going to talk amongst themselves.
David Stern conducted a conference call with his labor relations committee this week and next week all the owners will gather together to talk lockout and revenue sharing, the New York Post reports.
The two sides are going to meet in New York on Monday to talk with the help of a federal mediator.
Something the owners need to consider when they sit down next week is something we discussed earlier today at PBT — the owners need to give the players some kind of victory to end this. They cannot be the Roman Army rolling into, well, just about anywhere before 200 AD — victory and submission are not total. This is a negotiation; you need to offer them some path that the union can claim as a victory to end this. It’s not trendy to do that in America, we have become divided and strident in our politics. This should be different.
It’s not all or nothing, it’s about the bigger picture of what is good for the game. Maybe it’s BRI, maybe it’s the system, but the owners have won the negotiations now they need to give a little and end this before the damage they do wipes out all the gains they are making.
I’m guessing that will not be the tone in the room, however.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in May.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in June.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in August.
Robert Allen of the Detroit Free Press:
Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday, his third arrest since May, Detroit police said.
Appling, 24, was pulled over at about 9 p.m. on the city’s east side after driving away from a traffic stop, and a gun was found in a bag on the side of the road, according to an Associated Press report.
Bismack Biyombo might have left Toronto, but he didn’t escape jokes about his age from the Raptors.
Biyombo – according to official records, which have been disputed – turned 24 yesterday.
Unofficially? Kyle Lowry:
The FIBA Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is not to be confused with the NBA Hall of Fame, which doesn’t exist) enshrined Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern in its 2016 class.
Olajuwon won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1996 Olympics. A Nigeria native, he has helped promote basketball in Africa.
After growing the sport’s popularity stateside, Stern pushed to globalize basketball as NBA commissioner.
The full list of 2016 inductees:
Panagiotis Fasoulas (Greece)
Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria/USA)
Manuel Raga (Mexico)
Juan Antonio San Epifanio (Spain)
Michele Timms (Australia)
Jorge Canavesi (Argentina)
David J. Stern (USA)
The over-riding objective of the Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport.
The honour may be awarded posthumously.
The key conditions for induction to the FIBA Hall of Fame are:
• Outstanding achievement at the international level from a personal effort or initiative
• Having contributed to the performances of players, technical officials, coaches, and administrators or to the global development of basketball.
Olajuwon and Stern seem to fit the bill.
Now, if only there were a Hall of Fame that appropriately recognized NBA achievements.
Blake Griffin reportedly doesn’t want to leave Los Angeles when his contract is up next summer. This is a guy who has done stand up, is executive producer of a television show, and is generally loving the perks of living in Los Angeles.
Still, the dream lives on in Oklahoma City that he will come in and be the next star there and pair with Russell Westbrook.
Griffin was back in his native Oklahoma for alumni weekend with the OU basketball team, and he heard the sales pitch.
Griffin blows this off, just like he is going to try to blow off the dozens and dozens of reporters who will ask him about his summer plans during the season.
But he has to know the recruiting pitches are coming all season, especially when he visits OKC.