More NBA games, paychecks at serious risk

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More NBA games, paychecks at serious risk

NBA players have said from the outset of this lockout that they were prepared to miss paychecks.

Well, we're about to find out.

NBA commissioner David Stern is expected to announce more cancellations as early as Tuesday, which will directly result in most NBA players missing out on what's usually their first paycheck of the season.

Players usually get paid on the 15th and 30th of every month during the season, beginning in November and ending in May. Others have their pay spread out over the course of a year, beginning from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31.

Stern has said in the past that it would take about a month after a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is agreed upon with the union, for actual games to be played.

He has already canceled the first two weeks of the season (Nov. 1-14), with the remainder of games in November expected to be wiped out soon. The next round of cancellations come on the heels of the owners and players breaking off talks following a three-day stretch - and more than 30 hours of negotiations - last week in New York City.

"Ultimately, we were unable to bridge the gap that separates the two parties," NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said shortly after talks ended.

Figuring out how to divide the basketball-related income as well as systematic changes to the salary cap remain two of the biggest issues keeping both sides from reaching a new CBA.

A league source said both sides are likely to return to the bargaining table later this week, although its unclear if the next round of talks will include George Cohen, who served as a mediator between the two sides last week.

Whenever they do return to the bargaining table, the tone of those talks is sure to have a greater sense of urgency for both players and owners. Players for the most part have been the focus when talking about folks losing money during the lockout. But the owners are the ones who cut the checks to the players, so they, too, are taking a hit financially because of the lockout.

"The costs are getting more expensive for all sides," said Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs in addition to being Chair of the NBA's Labor Relations Committee. "More and more every day, going up."

But the deeper both sides dig into their respective positions on all matters, the clearer it becomes that both sides are fighting for more than money. As much as both want to get paid in the new CBA, it's becoming more and more about principle for both sides.

"We have certain core beliefs that we have to address that we think are absolutely necessary to achieve, before we continue to play NBA basketball," Silver said.

And that, unfortunately, is one of the few things where the players and owners are in agreement.

"We've been extremely reasonable," Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBAPA, told the B.S. Report. "We're prepared to be reasonable. We just don't want to be totally exploited."

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”