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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he has "no expectation" that players will opt out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2017, potentially leading to another lockout. The 10-year deal that the league and players agreed to that ended the 2011 lockout gave either side the right to opt out after six years. ESPN.com

March 6, 2014 Updates

So it may be premature to mention this, but hidden in the details of the league’s day-to-day business in recent months has been this fact: The groundwork is already being laid for another lockout. Sporting News

That is the consensus among league executives and prominent agents. But it is articulated particularly well by Charles Grantham, who worked for the union from 1978-95, serving as its executive director for the last seven of those years (he left a year before Billy Hunter, who was deposed last year amid scandal, took over). No replacement for Hunter has been named, and that’s just one element feeding lockout fears. “Ideally, whether labor or management, you begin work on the next negotiation the day after you sign the last agreement,” said Grantham. “For the players, they have not been able to do that. They still need to find a director, and once they have one, they need to assemble a team and work on a strategy. They’re way behind.” Sporting News

November 21, 2013 Updates

Billy Hunter, the ousted former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, has identified Kobe Bryant and his agent, Rob Pelinka, as the power brokers who pushed him to accept a 50-50 labor deal that Hunter claims was negotiated behind his back during the 2011 lockout. In a 21-page court filing this week in Hunter's lawsuit against the NBPA, its former president, Derek Fisher, and his business manager, Jamie Wior, Hunter laid out the case for how he believes he was sandbagged by Fisher during the labor talks. Hunter is alleging defamation and breach of contract in the lawsuit, and Fisher's alleged role in a so-called secret deal with the owners to end the lockout would be relevant if Fisher usurped Hunter's authority as the sole bargaining agent for the players under the NBPA's by-laws. CBSSports.com

August 6, 2013 Updates

Just before the start of the 2012-13 season, you might have read a story about two basketball fans in Chicago who were working on a comedic musical theater production based on a fictionalized version of the NBA's 2011 labor stoppage. Well, we're here — "The Lockout: A Musical" will debut in Chicago later this month, and you can listen to (and buy, if you so choose) the original cast recording of the songs from the show at that Bandcamp link. Creativity in action! Yahoo! Sports

January 10, 2013 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: At Smithsonian Associates event in D.C., NBA Commissioner David Stern said his greatest failure has been work stoppages. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

December 7, 2012 Updates

Claudio Sabatini, CEO of Virtus Bologna, talked today on Kobe Bryant. Sabatini tried to sign The Black Mamba during the NBA lockout. "A marketing operation? No, a real negotiation. We have tripled his salary from the first offer while the game he would have played dicreased the 80%. Lockout would have helped us, Kobe was sincere to say that we were close to a deal" said Sabatini to Playbologna.it Sportando

August 22, 2012 Updates

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