Welcome Back, Indiana Pacers

Welcome back, NBA.

And welcome back, Indiana Pacers.

The early-morning agreement Nov. 26 between the league and the players’ union ensures the highest level of professional basketball will be played — albeit under a shortened schedule.

The great news for the Pacers — one of the NBA’s small-market franchises — is that this tentative collective bargaining agreement, which will give players roughly 51.2 percent of basketball-related revenue, will allow teams from any market to be competitive in free agency and, by extension, on the basketball court.

It’s been way too long, folks. Let’s get to examining what the Pacers can do before the condensed season commences and what kind of team they’ll be in 2011-12.

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Knicks and Nets Ticket Holders Seek Refund, Protest NBA Lockout!

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The spirit of Occupy Wall St. moves up to midtown tomorrow. The NBA lockout is alienating people left and right. If this continues, they’ll keep losing fans en masse all the way to next season. If there’s a season.

New York state Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D- 14th district) will join New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets fans and season ticketholders tomorrow, Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 12 pm as they request a full refund for the whole season due to the NBA Walkout.

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Financial Institution Provides Loans, Fiscal Planning to NBA Players During Lockout

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The NBA lockout is one of the worst things to ever happen to the league. At first, there was some public sympathy for the players, as it was not them, but the owners who were doing the “locking out.” But since the players rejected the last offer; now they’re vilified as well.

Considering this comes off a season in which the league had record television ratings, this lockout’s timing will do irreparable financial damage when you consider opportunity cost.

A financial advisory institution based in Beverly Hills, California, has teamed up with two former NBA stars to provide loans and long-term financial planning advice to current NBA players affected by the labor crisis.

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Derrick Rose Premier Highlight Video; NBA Businessmen Suck at Life

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I’m not even going to acknowledge the headlines from the NBA labor situation yesterday. I’m so effing sick of it. Sick of hearing about it; basically the whole league sucks at life. That’s my take on the union de-certifying/David Stern’s proposal/players rejecting it.

Basically, in a year after record television ratings, the league is going to lose every casual fan they made in 2011-12. I won’t even read or write anything more about the lockout.

Instead here’s a Derrick Rose highlight compilation, watch it after the jump

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Mark Cuban’s NBA Lockout Mouthpiece: Colbert SUPER Pac?

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It’s about time we had some non-dreary and depressing NBA lockout news. Actually this is fun, comedic lockout news.

NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a gag order on the labor situation. As you know, Michael Jordan broke that rule and was fined $100,000. The gag order prohibits Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban publicly discussing any aspect of the NBA labor situation.

However, unaffiliated third parties can say whatever they want. And an “anonymous donor” inspired Stephen Colbert to release an ad detailing a solution to the league labor crisis on the Colbert Report. While we can’t say whether that anonymous donor is or isn’t Cuban, the video (which you can watch after the jump) tells us to draw a straight line to the owner of the Blog Maverick URL.

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Disparity in NBA Player Salary Often Leads to Winning, Says Case Study

With the National Basketball Association (NBA) group of owners locking out their players this basketball season more sports fans are taking interest in terms like “revenue share,” and “luxury tax.” Terminology and topics usually reserved for the business section is now making its way to the front page of the sports section. In the wake of yesterday’s epic fail of player-owner labor negotiations, a new study examines how the pay hierarchy on an NBA team can actually lead to victory on the court.

Unlike Major League Baseball, salary disparity in the NBA can make a positive difference on the court, according to new research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Dear NBA, Why do You Suck So Much at Life? (Lockout Update)

I hope you’re ready to go “all in” (I bring that up because here in the Chicago sports world that phrase has a new double meaning, and it’s associated with abject failure) with watching college basketball and hockey.

Because abject failure describes exactly how the latest round of labor talks went yesterday. The NBA negotiations made zero progress, and it looks very likely that will have games cancelled all the way to the beginning of 2012. At this point the entire NBA season is in jeopardy.

So you have to wonder how could they collectively be this much of dumb asses? How can they all strangle the golden goose and loose out on all that revenue?

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The Skinny, no Anorexic, NBA Lockout Update

NBA content is absolutely dying on the web these days. It’s where web traffic goes to die.

Stories on the painted decals of Michael Jordan’s plane?? DON’T CARE!!!! It’s gotten so bad that I almost posted a story about the Indiana Pacers Roy Hibbert making an appearance on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” I encountered nothing else that was more exciting of NBA theme this week. So without boring you to death, here’s the latest on the lockout.

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NBA MVPs Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Possibly Headed to Play Overseas?

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Did you hear that? It’s the sound of NBA appeal and influence in this country falling hard to the floor. Due to the ongoing labor crisis, the league cancelled a big chunk of preseason games last week. Within another few days, it’ll probably be time to cancel the rest of the preseason. And you know what comes after that…casualties in the regular season, and with it, an erosion of all that added interest the league obtained from people who tuned in strictly for the purpose of hating Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

The damage could get a lot worse before it gets better. The winners of the league’s 2008 and 2011 MVP awards may be bolting the homeland to play overseas. Both Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers told the media today that it could happen.

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No Way the 2011-12 NBA Season Starts on Time Now

Don’t bet on the 2011-12 NBA season getting underway on November 1st.

No progress was made in the labor talks last week, and the media days that are supposed to be held on October 3rd- are probably not going to happen. Training camps were supposed to open a week or so after that date, but don’t hold your breath.

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Michael Jordan’s Statements on NBA Lockout Cost him $100,000

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The NBA fined Michael Jordan $100,000 today for comments he made last month about the lengthening lockout and Milwaukee Bucks Center Andrew Bogut. Damn, that’s a lot of scrilla for just speaking your mind.

In an Aug. 19 interview with Australian newspaper The Herald Sun, the Charlotte Bobcats owner and Chicago Bulls legend spoke extensively about the need for revenue sharing.

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Absolutely Terrible (and Funny) NBA Lockout Rap Video

Ah yes, the absolutely worst summer ever for NBA news has made us quickly forget how much fun we in the media had in 2010- the summer of free agent love. But a comedy troop called Bad Weather Films has made us laugh about it; and given us something to write about.

This starts a little slow, but give it a chance. This vid has a hilarious finish. Like the rest of us, they point out how Chris Bosh looks exactly like a dinosaur (a raptor from “Jurassic Park”), how Derrick Rose is becoming a star, and everyone HATES the Miami Heat. Love the 80s style half shirt and dig at the dumbass Skip Bayless too.

Enjoy it after the jump. But remember it’s white boy rap, so the music won’t be good; but it will be funny.

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