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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat gestures on court in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 19, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Thunder Not Title Ready, But The Heat Are

Going into this series, I was sure the Oklahoma City Thunder would beat the Miami Heat rather handily in the NBA Finals. The Thunder had more depth and played better team ball than the Heat ever could. I was wrong on all counts.


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Schmeelk: Some Thoughts As The Quest For The NBA Title Continues

With two games of the NBA Finals in the books, here are some of my thoughts on the current state of the series and beyond as this star-studded quest for the title continues on Sunday evening.


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NBA Players Have Mixed Reaction To New Deal

Dwyane Wade expressed relief. Shane Battier sounded cautiously optimistic. Jason Richardson urged players to think before voting.


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NBA Lockout: Coaches Association Wants Deal Done

Michael Goldberg wrote in an open letter to the NBA, the players’ association and players that the upcoming season “must be saved.”


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Kallas Remarks: Latest On The NBA Lockout

Well, push came to shove this week in the NBA lockout. After David Stern’s, essentially, take it or leave it stance, the players decided to leave it.


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David Stern: 2011-12 NBA Season ‘Really In Jeopardy’

Two years at the bargaining table led nowhere, so NBA players are ready to take their chances in a courtroom.


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Schmeelk: Save The NBA Season!

The NBA has made what it is calling its last and best offer. I believe it is. The deal is now in the hands of the NBPA along with the season. If the NBA players don’t agree to ratify the deal I think there’s a better chance we have no basketball in 2012 than we do.


Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association speaks at a press conference after the NBPA held a meeting to discuss the NBA lockout at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NBA Union: No Deal; No Fear Of Ultimatum, Either

The players said they will ask for another meeting with owners before Stern’s Wednesday afternoon deadline — and sound willing to agree to a 50-50 split of revenues under the right circumstances — in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.


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Schmeelk: Ball In Player’s Court

The easy people to blame for the pending NBA lockout are the faces of each side: David Stern, Adam Silver, Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter. The truth is that if it was up to those four men, this deal would have been done a long time ago.


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NBA Players Get New Offer And A Deadline To Accept

Accept a chance to earn up to 51 percent of basketball-related income by Wednesday or get ready for a deal that’s a whole lot worse.


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NBA Lockout: 50 Players Reportedly Mull Decertification

NBA fans, do you want the good news first or the bad news?


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Report: Despite Cancellations, 78-Game NBA Season Possible

As NBA players and owners wait to see who will blink first, fans are stuck staring at a blank calendar.


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NBA Cancels All Games Through Nov. 30 After Negotiations Break Down Again

After two days of making some progress on salary cap issues, the two sides brought the revenue split back into the discussion and got stuck on both.


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NBA Labor Deal In Next Few Days? David Stern Says It’s Possible

Could it be? Might the 120-day NBA lockout be coming to an end?


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Schmeelk: NBA, Time To Strike A Deal Is Now

No one really cared about losing preseason basketball games. Now, however, real games — and real reputations — are at stake.