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Last Chance For NBA Labor Talks

It is now two years since labor negotiations first began between NBA  union leaders and league officials, and time is running out with this year’s 82-game regular season of basketball on the line.  A meeting today in New York is expected to be one of the last opportunities for a deal to be made between the two parties.  “I’m focused on let’s get the two committees in and see whether they can either have a season or not have a season,” said NBA commissioner David Stern. The NBA lockout has been in position for 92 days, with owners claiming to have lost more than $300 million last season.  Owners are demanding shorter contracts, reduced maximum salaries and raises, and a more restrictive system for dividing revenues.  Players earned 57 percent of … Read entire article »

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Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton Of LA Lakers Help Fired Staff

Basketball stars do not always make the news for the best of reasons, but it is reported that Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers who play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), have made sure that other members of their staff have not been forgotten, even though contracts have not been renewed. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O’Keefe both worked in the video department for the Lakers this past season, but their contracts were not renewed, but Bryant and Fisher, as well as Luke Walton, another player, made sure that the men did not leave empty-handed. The team gave the pair $65,000 to split between them from the playoff bonus pool. Bodaken said, “At the end of the day, he told us he was going to take care of … Read entire article »

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