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November 1, 2014 Updates

Who could forget the former NBA commissioner citing "basketball reasons" for vetoing the trade that was supposed to send Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to Houston and Lamar Odom to New Orleans in December 2011? The Lakers appeared to have acquired their most dynamic point guard since Magic Johnson, but then small-market owners raised a racket, Cleveland's Dan Gilbert in particular calling the trade a "travesty" in a lengthy letter to the league. David Stern said no. The deal was off. "Sometimes you want to say, 'Dammit, David Stern,'" Lakers Coach Byron Scott said before Friday's game. "When they made the trade, before David kind of X'd it, I was like, 'Wow, that's going to be fantastic.'" Los Angeles Times

October 31, 2014 Updates

Ballmer’s enthusiasm is incredible and unwavering. During the first quarter he did an interview with TNT’s David Aldridge which he couldn’t stop moving. He looked like he was on the verge of giving D.A. a big bear hug and screaming in his face. Ballmer is like a young, unhinged Mark Cuban. It is wonderful. The Big Lead

Silver talked about it in more detail with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report in a video interview (it’s worth watching all of it, they cover some other interesting topics). “I and others at the league office have spent a lot of time studying the Champions League for European soccer and other types of cups and mid-season tournaments,” Silver said in the interview. “Now there there’s a long tradition, but maybe there’s the opportunity to create a new tradition. And to create more competitions. Right now everything is about the Larry O’Brien trophy but soccer operates a little differently, they have different cups, which may not be as important as the championship but in their own right are highly significant. “Those are not the kinds of changes that are going to happen in a year, or maybe even in two or three years, but they are the kinds of development for the league that needs to be studied over time.” NBCSports.com

October 30, 2014 Updates

This is a perfect time for Jordan to be the key piece of a contender. He’s coming off the best season of his career. He’s in better shape than he’s ever been in. And he’s in the final year of four-year, $43 million contract. “It’s just another season. I don’t want to think about it like that,” Jordan insists. “I don’t think about it like that.” Orange County Register

October 29, 2014 Updates

Ramona Shelburne: Tim Thomas told me and @Lisa Dillman the ultimate "Clipper Curse" story .. Was in his hotel room and mirror just fell off the wall. Just fell. Ramona Shelburne: Nothing jarred the mirror. No doors slammed. It just fell and broke. Tim said he was totally freaked out. #cursewasreal Twitter @ramonashelburne

"Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan says a reconciliation with L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes is NOT out of the question ... telling TMZ Sports the split with her estranged hubby is "definitely amicable." We broke the story ... Matt separated from Gloria earlier this summer with sources telling us "trust issues" played a part in the split. ? So far, neither Matt nor Gloria have filed for divorce. TMZ.com

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