Basketball-related income a hurdle


Basketball-related income a hurdle

So much for all that momentum that was supposedly buildingafter the last meeting between the NBA owners and players.At least for the next few minutes ... or hours.Multiple outlets are reporting that the NBA union reachedout to the owners in an effort to meet on Monday, but the owners refused unlessthe union first agreed to a 50-50 split on BRI (Basketball-Related Income).BRI -- and the way it is divided -- is by far the mostsignificant issue between the sides. Currently, players are guaranteed 57percent of all basketball-related income.BRI essentially includes all the money that the NBA brings in.Its been reported the union is willing to come down to 53percent, but hasnt indicated it would go lower. Commissioner David Stern hassaid that if there is no deal by Monday, the league will likely have to cancelthe first two weeks of the regular-season, scheduled to begin on Nov.1.There seemed to be sentiment growing that it was possiblefor the sides to reach some sort of agreement early next week. But this setbackobviously jeopardizes that.Then again, whos to say the league wont change its mindand agree to meet Monday or before then? Or whos to say the players mightagree to meet under that precondition and then not acknowledge it once in theroom?If theres one thing were finding out about this collectivebargaining session, its that the threats, ultimatums, denials, finger-pointingand posturing are going to come in droves and theyre going to come in ahurry.Theres no such thing as progress or momentum or gettingclose. Progress is when its over.

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Warriors hired Steve Nash as a consultant.

He isn't in Oakland very often, and he doesn't catch every second of every game, but the two-time MVP provides value to the organization.

"I watch the Warriors because I'm involved with them and I love their team," Nash explained to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report. "But the reality is I don't really watch full games, I just kind of follow and watch bits and pieces. So it's probably bad for me to admit this, but I don't watch a ton other than the Warriors.

"And even with them, I don't watch all their games, though I do as much as I can. I think I have a pretty good feel for them, though. I also think it's important for me in my role to be the person who has an outside view of the Warriors and not be in the forest with the same unlimited amount of data and intimacy that they all have.

"I can come in from 30,000 feet, provide that view -- like, 'Don't forget a fundamental thing here that you created, Steve Kerr.'"

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Nash played an instrumental role in helping Durant rehab from the knee injury he sustained on Feb. 28.

While the Warriors were busy trying to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Nash was in the practice facility with the eventual Finals MVP.

"Steve was here so I was able to get my rhythm working with him," Durant explained in his documentary Still KD. "He's probably one of the most skilled players ever. All the little one-dribble pull-up stuff, pick-and-roll stuff -- he critiques. He texts me after most games. We talk about stuff I need to work on.

"Just balance. You see why I do a lot of squats and shots -- mainly to get my core right, balance right. He's a guru with that. We call him Yoda. Got my Yoda work in with Steve."

Nash is a future Hall of Famer.

He captured back-to-back MVPs in 2005 and 2006.

He knows what he's talking about and Kerr listens.

"It's just that you're in the eye of the storm when you're a head coach," Nash detailed. "You have the management team, coaching staff, film staff, analytics team, training staff and playing team, and you're trying to manage all that and it's overwhelming. And then you have the media responsibilities.

"I don't know that I help at all, but I would think my value would be to help provide more of a clear-headed view from the outside. It's not like I have huge opinions, but I do have my point of view and perspective, and it's different because I'm not there."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Cavs in serious talks with Derrick Rose


Report: Cavs in serious talks with Derrick Rose

It appears the Cavs may be on the verge of adding a former MVP.

Derrick Rose and Cleveland are in serious talks about a one-year deal, according to an ESPN report.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists over 64 games with the Knicks last season.

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He shot 47 percent from the field, but under 22 percent from 3-point territory.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, will turn 29 years old in October.

The max amount of money the Cavs can offer Rose is $2.5 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller