NBA players reject owners' proposal

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NBA players reject owners' proposal

The 2011-12 NBA season is in jeopardy.It already was, you say? Well, maybe so. But after the NBA players announced on Monday that they were dissolving their players union, it is now more likely that the season will be canceled than simply delayed or abbreviated.The players feel that theyre not prepared to accept any ultimatums, said Billy Hunter, the unions executive director. They felt it was extremely unfair on the part of ownership and management to give them an ultimatum -- that they had to accept their proposal or confront a rollback to 47 percent (in basketball-related income).

We have negotiated in good faith for over two years and weve done everything anybody could reasonably expect us to do, particularly when you look at the give-backs and concessions. But the players felt theyve given enough and that the NBA is not willing or not prepared to continue to negotiate. Things were not going to get better.Hunter said an anti-trust lawsuit will likely be filed within days.RATTO: Blame the owners
NBA players have been studying the owners latest proposal -- a revised proposal -- since Thursday night. Commissioner David Stern indicated at that time that if the players rejected the offer, the league would reset the proposal to a worse one for the players.After the unions press conference, Stern shot down the notion of the players showing resolve by the move.This is going to wind up being a very unwise decision that will not be classified as resolve, Stern said. Theyve been badly misled.Stern said disclaiming the union is simply another negotiating tactic by the players and it will not have the desired effect in his mind, giving the union added leverage in bargaining.STEINMETZ: NBA will be fine, fans will return
Union president Derek Fisher said 30 player representatives voted unanimously on Monday morning to turn down the NBAs offer, and begin the disclaiming process. Disclaiming is not as comprehensive a move as decertification.Decertification is a process that usually lasts approximately 45 to 60 days, and conventional wisdom was that if the players went that route the there would be no season. Disclaiming the union is a less formal process, and wouldnt necessarily pre-empt future negotiations.Reversing the process of disclaiming the union is said to be easier than reversing the process of decertification.Stern also said that he believed the owners latest proposal would have likely been approved by the leagues 450-member union but that Hunter and union attorney Jeffrey Kessler didnt want to conduct a vote.What theyve done is destroyed incredible value that wouldve gone to the union membership, Stern said. We were very close, and they decided to blow it up.

Kevin Durant's future plans: General manager of NBA team he owns

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Kevin Durant's future plans: General manager of NBA team he owns

OAKLAND -- Still only 28 years old, Kevin Durant already is visualizing his post-career options.

The Warriors forward wants to stay involved in the NBA, and he aspires to levels above being a coach.

“I want to be a GM, want to own a team, hopefully own a team and run it,” Durant said Thursday, after the team’s morning shootaround.

Minutes before the trade deadline of noon Thursday, Durant acknowledged to following the various web sites devoted to basketball-related speculation regarding potential deals and the thinking behind them.

It’s all part of his long-term plan.

“So I look to see what rumors are getting out there, what deals are being presented to these teams,” he said. “Try to figure that stuff out. It’s fun, especially for a guy who knows that part of the business.”

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The latest former superstar to join the ranks of architects is Magic Johnson, who this week assumed control of the Lakers, the team with which he spent his entire Hall of Fame career. Johnson joins the likes of Larry Bird (Pacers) and Michael Jordan (Hornets).

Only Jordan, though, has the power of ownership.

Though several other former players run front offices, Durant would not be just another former player. Midway through his career, he already owns four scoring titles and an MVP trophy.

For now, he’s doing his homework, examining the Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to better understand its complexities.

“Obviously it affects me and affects my peers,” Durant said. “Like I said, I want to learn more and more about the business of basketball. I try to keep that fine line of keeping it pure and fun and also knowing that this is a really big business. So I like to go through the CBA, also ask questions.”

NBA Gameday: Draymond Green vs Blake Griffin

NBA Gameday: Draymond Green vs Blake Griffin

OAKLAND -- Once upon a time, for a few fleeting seasons, there was a rivalry between the Warriors and the Clippers. These days, however, it’s more like an exhibition of domination.

The Warriors will be trying to sweep LA for the second consecutive season when the teams meet Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

While the Warriors (47-9) open the post-All-Star break trying to solidify their status as the No. 1 overall seed, the Clippers (35-21) are scrambling to hang onto the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. LA has won its last four games, but is 6-7 since Chris Paul went down with a thumb injury on Jan. 18.

Paul was originally expected to miss at least six weeks and still is listed as out. He has, however, received medical clearance and Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Thursday morning left open the possibility of Paul’s return.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 13

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Blake Griffin: The rise of the Warriors can be traced back to Green’s stifling of Griffin in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. It’s a classic battle between a defensive ace and a spectacular offensive star. With Paul expected to miss his 14th consecutive game, it’s up to Griffin to make plays while also carrying the bulk of the scoring load. In three games against the Warriors this season, he is averaging 21.0 points on 45.3-percent (24-of-53) shooting.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and C David West (L thumb fracture) are listed as questionable.

Clippers: F Brice Johnson (herniated disk) and G Chris Paul (L thumb ligament tear) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Clippers: 5-5.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won the last nine regular-season meetings and 17 of the last 22. They have won 10 in a row in Oakland and 20 of the last 22.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

POST-BREAK BLUES: The first game after the break is treacherous for most teams, and the Warriors are no exception. Coming off the break last season, they went to Portland and lost by 32 -- still their most lopsided loss since Steve Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season. Early intensity may be hard to muster, but it’s necessary.

PARK ON THE ARC: The Clippers are a team of launchers, relying largely on jumpers from the perimeter, often 3-point distance, where they rank fourth in field-goal percentage. They rank 27th in points in the paint and 24th in second-chance points, so the Warriors would be wise to force contested jump shots, no matter who is taking them.

BALL VALUE: The Warriors over the last five games are averaging a very manageable 10.8 turnovers. If they continue this trend, it pretty much closes off any avenue for the Clippers to crank up their offense.