NBA Likely To Adjust Playoff Seeding, Won't Prevent Hack-A-Shaq

With everybody in the basketball world in Las Vegas for the Summer League, the NBA held meetings of both its competition committee and Board of Governors, and afterwards commissioner Adam Silver answered questions from the media. There were no bombshells, just a number of small but interesting changes or non-changes… »7/14/15 10:24pm7/14/15 10:24pm

Report: NBA Players' Union Plans To Fund Retired Players' Health Care

The 2016-17 NBA season will be the first year of the league’s massive new television deal, under which ESPN and TNT will pay $2.7 billion annually to broadcast games. Half of that money goes to the players, and they’re reportedly considering using a small fraction of it to fund health insurance for retired NBA… »7/06/15 8:40pm7/06/15 8:40pm

How Kevin Johnson Used Public Money To His Own Personal Ends

Kevin Johnson has ambitions of becoming something much more than just mayor of his hometown of Sacramento, Calif. So far, the former NBA star hasn’t found a way to realize them—but his desire to expand and promote his brand has meant that Sacramento city staffers have had lots of extra work to do that hasn’t had… »6/05/15 10:58am6/05/15 10:58am

The NBA Players' Union Isn't Happy With The NYPD

We’ll probably never know exactly why NYPD officers felt it necessary to arrest Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha outside of 1 Oak early Wednesday morning—the cops claim that they arrested Sefolosha after telling him six times to leave the scene of Pacers forward Chris Copeland’s stabbing—but we do know that Sefolosha was… »4/10/15 1:59pm4/10/15 1:59pm

The NBA Players Union Just Announced It's Ready To Make War On Owners

The National Basketball Players' Association announced today that it has rejected the league's "cap smoothing" proposal, an idea floated by commissioner Adam Silver that was supposed to be an artful way of dealing with the massive influx of cash that will be coming into the league once the new TV deals kick in. The… »3/11/15 5:38pm3/11/15 5:38pm

The NBA Players Union Made Two Big Decisions Yesterday

The NBA’s All-Star Weekend is mostly just a 72 hour party with some “basketball” thrown in there to give everybody a break from partying, but some important business is conducted too. Perhaps the most important is the National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) meeting, which happens every All-Star weekend as it’s… »2/14/15 5:50pm2/14/15 5:50pm

NBA Union Chief: Owners Don't Matter And Are Replaceable 

Michele Roberts's pitch to NBA players was simple: "My past," she said during her interview, "is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on." If any NBA owners were still sleeping on the new head of the NBPA, they'd best stay woke from here on in. Because going by… »11/13/14 9:35am11/13/14 9:35am

Instead Of Watching Basketball, Let's Read One Of The NBA Players' Antitrust Lawsuits

Two separate groups representing NBA players filed antitrust lawsuits against the NBA yesterday—one, filed by the trade association's carefully selected legal team in California, has five plaintiffs including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant; the other names players Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver, Derrick Williams and… »11/16/11 1:15pm11/16/11 1:15pm

The Website For NBA Players Association Now Reads "Error 404: Basketball Not Found"

Of course, it's not representative of a real computer error; just a human failure to make a labor agreement that would provide professional basketball to a fan base that is growing more and more impatient and resigned to the fact that we may, very well, be without a season this year. Thus: »11/14/11 8:35pm11/14/11 8:35pm

"It's A Pretty Obscure Lockout. You Probably Haven't Heard Of It."

Here's a photo of some NBA players who spent the day getting thrown up against a wall by David Stern. We'll save our discussion of BRI split for another day. For now, I'd like to draw your attention to the man in the hipster-snug flannel shirt, Baron Davis, looking very much like the lost black member of Fleet Foxes. »9/30/11 7:55pm9/30/11 7:55pm