NBA releases statement on impending lockout

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NBA releases statement on impending lockout

June 30, 2011NBA PAGE

OFFICIAL STATEMENT
The National Basketball Association announced that it will commence a lockout of its players, effective at 12:01 am ET on July 1, until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with the National Basketball Players Association.

The expiring collective bargaining agreement created a broken system that produced huge financial losses for our teams," said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. "We need a sustainable business model that allows all 30 teams to be able to compete for a championship, fairly compensates our players, and provides teams, if well-managed, with an opportunity to be profitable."
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"We have made several proposals to the union, including a deal targeting 2 billion annually as the players' share -- an average of approximately 5 million per player that could increase along with league revenue growth," said Silver. "Elements of our proposal would also better align players' pay with performance."

"We will continue to make every effort to reach a new agreement that is fair and in the best interests of our teams, our players, our fans, and our game."

During the lockout, players will not receive their salaries; teams will not negotiate, sign or trade player contracts; players will not be able to use team facilities for any purpose; and teams will not conduct or facilitate any summer camps, exhibitions, practices, workouts, coaching sessions, or team meetings.

Courtesy NBA media relations.

Steve Kerr: 'I'd like to see JaVale back' with Warriors

Steve Kerr: 'I'd like to see JaVale back' with Warriors

Though the Warriors haven’t decided who will nab their 15th and final roster spot, when they will fill it -- if at all -- the head coach is willing to offer his opinion.

Steve Kerr is lining up with a vocal segment of Warriors fans who would like another season of JaVale McGee.

“I’d like to see JaVale back, and we’ll see how that shakes out,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com over the weekend.

After the Warriors went through last summer with one open roster spot, McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract in September. The 7-foot center not only won the job in training camp but also became a solid contributor off the bench.

McGee played in 77 games (10 starts), averaging 6.1 points, on 65.2-percent shooting, and 3.2 rebounds. The 29-year-old averaged 9.6 minutes per game.

While that was enough to resuscitate McGee’s career, his attempt to capitalize on free agency has thus far come up empty. Though his representatives have met with several teams, McGee remains on the market.

“We’d love to have him back,” Kerr said. “If he doesn’t come back, then I think we would be patient and explore our options.

“But we feel great about what we have heading into the season.”

The Warriors have made it clear that if they decide to add a 15th player, it would be with a minimum-salary contract.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders

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What a difference a week makes.

The San Jose Earthquakes entered their two-game, coast-to-coast swing of road games in playoff position. 

But now, after a 5-1 loss to the Red Bulls in the middle of last week and on Sunday, a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the Quakes are in seventh place in the Western Conference -- on the outside looking in. 

Here are five takeaways from defeat number nine on the season:

-- For the first 53 minutes there, it looked like San Jose had corrected what ailed them against the Red Bulls. They bent but did not break. 

But Christian Roldan opened the flood gates in the 54th minute, capitalizing on a defensive miscue and then it didn't take Seattle too much longer to put the game out of reach -- and make the Quakes look completely out of place. 

Roldan scored again in the 56th minute and Kelvin Leerdam, starting in his first game for the Sounders, scored nine minutes later. 

Roldan came inches away from his hat trick -- hitting the post in the 79th minute. 

-- Again, it's tough to criticize the play of one player, but in both Roldan goals -- that came within a minute of one another -- Andres Imperiale looked like the target of Seattle's attack -- he got caught flat footed on the first goal and on the second, the Argentinean was beat in the air. 

His defensive partner Victor Bernardez was victimized on that second goal too. 

It's probably not a coincidence then, that the Quakes signed Swiss defender Francois Affolter during the week. 

-- Speaking of Affolter, we've yet to see him at Avaya Stadium. And just like Jesse Fioranelli's other signing, little is known of the international player. Yet, at this point, with injuries and a deep run in the U.S. Open Cup tournament, the Quakes are in need of able bodies. 

Affolter, a center back, does have five international caps and over 200 caps in the Swiss Super League and German Bundesliga. 

-- After losing to New York last week, the Quakes moved below the magic red line in the Western Conference. Sunday's loss to the Sounders is critical -- with 21 games played, the Sounders not only creeped ahead of the Quakes, but are now four points clear of their Western Conference rival for that sixth (and last) playoff spot.  

Over a two-match stretch, the Quakes went from fifth and in the playoffs to seventh and knowing the latter part of the season (13 games) will be an uphill climb. 

-- San Jose got another look at Vako. The midfielder scored against the Red Bulls but, after checking in during minute 62, Vako did not figure into the attack. 

And, in the interest of the aforementioned able bodies, it was positive to see Quincy Amarikwa put in another shift ... and almost score in the 83rd minute.