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  • NBA Lockout Set To End Soon, 1st Games Could Be Played On Christmas Day

    27. November 2011

    After a long wait the first three games of the forthcoming National Basketball Association could begin on Christmas Day. (Photo: worldsportedition.blogspot.com)

    After a long wait, the much awaited new season of the National Basketball Association could officially begin on December 25, Christmas day.

    This developed after both the team owners and players has reportedly agreed to sign a new collective bargaining agreement soon to end the current NBA lockout. The deal for a new CBA was reached after a 15-hour negotiating season.

    NBA commissioner David Stern who is very happy with the report said both parties decided to settle their differences and end the lockout for the sake of the NBA fans around the world. Stern said once the new CBA is signed the new season will begin with three games on Christmas day.

    He said this year there would only have 66 games before the new NBA champion is crowned. The widely popular commissioner said training camps and free agency could start on December 9.

    Stern is confident once the new CBA is signed the new NBA season could officially began and bring delight to hoop fans around the world.  This early, NBA fans are now very excited to welcome the new season of the premier professional basketball league in the planet.

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    NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant Will Bring Basketball Act To Italy

    30. September 2011

    There is a big chance that National Basketball Association superstar guard Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant (with ball) will play in the Italian league this year.(Photo: free-extras.com)

    Professional basketball fans in Italy had 101 reasons to smile these days.

    This developed after National Basketball Association superstar guard Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant has already reportedly agreed to play in the Italian league, while the NBA lockout is still ongoing. Italian team Virtus Bologna said Bryant already agreed to a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days of the Italian league season.

    Virtus president Claudio Sabatini said the negotiations is already 95 percent done and he is confident by next week, Bryant will officially sign the contract with them. Sabatini earlier recruited Bryant to play in Italy since the NBA superstar spend a big part of his childhood in Italy.Bryant for his part said he is willing to play outside the United States if the NBA lockout will not be resolved on time.

    Based on the offer of Virtus, Bryant can immediately return to the NBA if the lockout is resolved. If Bryant indeed decides to play in Italy, it would be a huge boost for Italian basketball since the former is a certified NBA superstar who lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships.

    The NBA lockout on the other-hand takes effect after the collective bargaining agreement between the players and NBA team owners already expired. The NBA players union and owners is having a hard time agreeing to a new CBA, since they do not know  how to divide the league’s revenue, a salary cap structure and the length of guaranteed contracts.

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    Chances Of No NBA Season Now High With Suspension Of Training Camps, Cancellation of 43 Preseason Games

    25. September 2011

    The possibility of the cancellation of the next National Basketball Association remains high as both NBA owners and players still failed to sign a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). (str8hoops.wordpress.com)

    The grim reality of the cancellation of the forthcoming National Basketball Association is now very high.

    This developed after the NBA management has decided to suspend the scheduled training among the team and cancelled the 43 preseason games this year. With the November 1 of the NBA already fast approaching, NBA expert said the chances of pushing through another NBA season is now hard to achieve.

    ‘If the entire NBA season will be scrapped it would be a huge loss for the NBA and the fans around the world. Earlier, the union of the NBA player remain united in the wake of the continuing lockout in the  premier professional basketball league in the planet.

    Union president Derek Fisher, the veteran point-guard of the Los Angeles Lakers said union is very much united in their quest for a better pay in the NBA. Fisher said all of the players are united and that there is no misunderstanding among them since they share the same goals of having a better NBA pay.

    The union president made the statement since the lockout or NBA suspension had yet to resolved between them and the NBA owners. He said the way thing are going the possibility of no NBA season remains a huge possibility.

    The veteran NBA player said the NBA players are united to set down without an NBA season until the owners decides to approved their request and forge a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with them. The NBA owners for its part remain steadfast on their demand that the players lower their pay in the next NBA season.

    It can be recalled that the NBA lockout became a reality after the old CBA agreement already expired. With the NBA lockout still underway, NBA fans around the world the labor problem between the players and owners will soon be resolved so that the next NBA season would not be dissolved.

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    Michael Jordan Gets $100,000 Fine For Comment During NBA Lockout

    14. September 2011

    Former National Basketball Association legendary guard Michael Jordan was slapped with a $100,000 fine for issuing comment to the media while the NBA lockout is still still ongoing. (Photo: dgkinney2.wordpress.com)

    One of the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association was ordered to pay $100,000 by NBA officials for issuing comment regarding a certain NBA player when the NBA lockout is still ongoing.

    Michael Jordan, who is now an NBA owner of the Charlotte Bobcats was given the monetary penalty after he issued some statements on Australian star center Andrew Bogut who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. It can be recalled that part of the NBA lockout is the prohibition to speak about players, coaches, officials to the media.

    Jordan recently told the Australian newspaper Sydney Herald that Bogut is a great player who has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA. He said to become a superstar in the NBA, Bogut needs to overcome his elbow injury which has bothered his playing career in the NBA.

    The penalty given to Jordan showed the world that even superstars can be penalized if they violate NBA laws. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

    After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels’ National Championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1984.  He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring.

    His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”.

    Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

    Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game).

    In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.  Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.

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    Michael Jordan Could Face Fine For Comment During NBA Lockout

    18. August 2011

    One of the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association faces the possibility of being fined for issuing comment to the media while the NBA lockout is still still ongoing. (Photo: students.georgiasouthern.edu)

    One of the best player to have played in the National Basketball Association is facing a huge possibility of being slapped with a monetary penalty for issuing comment regarding a certain NBA player when the NBA lockout is still ongoing.

    Michael Jordan, who is now an NBA owner of the Charlotte Bobcats can face pay some fine after he issued some statements on Australian star center Andrew Bogut who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. It can be recalled that part of the NBA lockout is the prohibition to speak about players, coaches, officials to the media.

    Jordan recently told the Australian newspaper Sydney Herald that Bogut is a great player who has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA. He said to become a superstar in the NBA, Bogut needs to overcome his elbow injury which has bothered his playing career in the NBA.

    If Jordan will indeed be fined for his comment, it would show the world that even superstars can be penalized if they violate NBA laws. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

    After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels’ National Championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1984.  He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”.

    He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”.  Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.

    Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards. Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century.

    He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.

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    2 More NBA Stars Target Overseas Play If Lockout Continuous

    27. July 2011

    National Basketball Association superstars and buddies Chris Paul (right) and Carmelo Anthony (left) have both expressed intentions to play overseas if the NBA lockout will not be resolved soon. (Photo: sportsrandomness.wordpress.com)

    Two more National Basketball Association superstars have expressed interest to play overseas if the NBA lockout will not be resolve soon.

    New Orleans Hornets superstar point-guard Chris Paul and New York Knick forward Carmelo Anthony revealed they are willing to play overseas if the next season of the NBA will not push through due to the lockout. Both Paul and Anthony said they are willing to play in China if ever the lockout will not be resolve this year.

    Earlier, NBA superstars Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard had also expressed desire to play outside the NBA if the lockout continuous. Howard said there is a big possibility he will play somewhere else if ever the lockout will not be resolve since he wanted to keep his basketball passion alive and continue to improve as an NBA player.

    “I’m not at liberty to talk about it,” he said, “but there’s a huge possibility about me going to China or me going overseas to play basketball,” Howard, a five-time All-Star who led Orlando to the NBA finals in 2009 said. “If I decide to go overseas, the main thing is for me to continue to get better, not to do the things that I normally do, but do better at the things I’m not good at,” Howard added.

    Howard issued the statement after NBA superstar Deron Williams already signed a deal to play in Turkey if ever the NBA lockout remains. Bryant explained he would consider playing overseas during the lockout and mentioned China and Turkey as possibilities.

    He is eyeing to play with Besiktas if the lockout remains since the team has earlier signed Williams, a teammate of the NBA superstar in the United States basketball team that won the gold medal in the last Olympic tournament in China. NBA experts said if the NBA lockout remains, many NBA players are expected to play overseas and one of their primary destination is Turkey and China.

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    Work Stoppage Hit NBA

    02. July 2011

    For the second time in its history, the National Basketball Association is hit by a lockout (work-stoppage). (Photo: hubpages.com)

    For the second time in its rich history, the National Basketball Association suffered a lockout (work stoppage) in the forthcoming season of the premier professional basketball league in the planet.

    No less than NBA commissioner David Stern revealed the sad news of the lockout, after team owners and the players failed to sign a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) after their old CBA agreement officially expires. It can be recalled that the last lockout reduced the 1998-99 season to just a 50-game schedule.

    Stern who was visibly sad with the lockout said the work stoppage was reached after both the NBA teams and the players failed to agree on a new term of agreement that will govern the league for years to come. The long-time NBA commissioner explained the two parties tried their best to settle the matter and sign a new CBA but their efforts were not enough since their demands are very far from each other.

    He said the players wanted a raise in salaries and a guaranteed contract but the owners refused to agree on such requests, since they wanted a lower salary for players and non-guaranteed contracts. The NBA owners defended that although the the past NBA season had been a huge success it is not the case in terms of profit since they have been losing a lot of money in the past NBA seasons with the old CBA.

    As a result of the lockou,t all league business is officially on hold, starting with the free agency period that would have opened Friday.The NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas already has been cancelled, preseason games in Europe were never scheduled, and players might have to decide if they want to risk playing in this summer’s Olympic qualifying tournaments without the NBA’s help in securing insurance in case of injury.

    The NBA players for its part said although the lockout is not something they like, but they are firm with their decision not to sign a new CBA unless all their demand are addressed by the team owners. “We’re going to stand up for what we have to do, no matter how long it’s going to take,” Oklahoma City Thunder superstar forward star Kevin Durant said. “No matter how long the lockout’s going to take, we’re going to stand up. We’re not going to give in,” Durant added.

    NBA observers said the lock-out is a huge loss for the NBA since it just put to waste the momentum of the league in terms of popularity especially during the last NBA Finals, between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks which had been watched by millions of NBA fans all over the world. The observers just hope the lock-out will end soon for the sake of the franchise and its countless fans.

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