First Cup: Wednesday

  • Alan Hahn of Newsday: "The NBA and its players union will go back to the negotiating table Wednesday for yet another attempt to resolve their differences in collective bargaining and end the four-month lockout. A person with knowledge of the situation told Newsday that the sides will get together in Manhattan to resume talks that broke down last Thursday after three days of mediation. It is not known if the NBA has dropped its precondition that the union agree to a 50-50 split of league revenue, which was what union executive director Billy Hunter said led to the owners abruptly ending what had been viewed as constructive talks presided over by federal mediator George Cohen. The source said Cohen , who issued a terse statement of surrender after mediation failed last week, will not re-join the parties Wednesday."

  • Jody Genessy of the Deseret News: "The NBA could soon hurt Utah Jazz fans who dig Jimmermania. Barring a negotiating miracle, the Jazz's first game against Sacramento in the Jimmer Fredette era — Nov. 23 at ex-Arco Arena — will be added to the NBA lockout casualty scrap pile. That contest against the former BYU star/rookie-in-limbo was among six Jazz games that were to be canceled Tuesday along with most of the November schedule, according to the New York Daily News. Though it hasn't yet officially happened, the report claimed the league is about to chop off its second two-week block of games, prolonging the NBA-less period through Nov. 28."

  • Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News: "Matt Bonner heard the unsubstantiated rumor, proffered on Twitter after Thursday’s blowup, that Spurs owner Peter Holt told the players they hadn’t yet endured enough pain. Re-tweeted so often that it took on a life of its own,the quote was attributed only to an unnamed source but gained traction for a few hours, a veritable lifetime in cyberspace. 'I never heard Peter say anything like that,' Bonner said. 'Peter’s a really good guy, and he never loses his cool, and he’s always respectful.' The Spurs are often cited as proof a small-market team can thrive if managed well, but it was no rumor that Holt refuted the contention last week. The Spurs managing general partner, who is chairman of the owners’ labor relations committee, used the post-blowup news conference to say his franchise lost money each of the last two seasons. Then he asserted the Spurs would have joined the list of money losers earlier without some luck. 'We just got there a little later because, fortunately, a fellow named Tim Duncan showed up and David Robinson before that, and we won some championships,' Holt said. 'So we were able to go deep into the playoffs.' Holt has been lumped among hawkish owners intent on a lopsided win in the talks, but it is hard to imagine he favors canceling the season, given that his luck with Duncan is near its end."

  • Joe Freeman of The Oregonian: "According to source with knowledge of the talks, LaMarcus Aldridge and the University of Portland are ironing out 'contractual details' to hold an exhibition game Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chiles Center. Although the source cautioned that 'nothing is certain at this point,' it appears the sides are close to finalizing the deal that Aldridge teased Monday afternoon on Twitter."

  • Woody Paige of The Denver Post: "The owners and the commissioner seek to restructure almost entirely the collective bargaining agreement — reducing player revenues significantly, eliminating long-term contracts and protecting franchises from losing stars such as Carmelo and LeBron James?. So, Karl should be worried. 'The most important area I wanted to concentrate on this season,' Karl told me, 'was becoming even more aggressive on defense because we have all these young players who are . . .' He hesitated because he can't talk about players. 'Eager to play defense?' I suggested. 'That's a good way of putting it.' "

  • Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News: "Pistons first-year coach Lawrence Frank can't go over the intricacies of his philosophy to his players, but he's still teaching — albeit to a younger audience. The Pistons, in partnership with Sprite, refurbished a basketball court at Highland Park High, and dedicated the court Tuesday. After the dedication, Frank put on a mini-clinic for the Highland Park boys and girls basketball teams. He drilled players on the pick-and-roll and displayed a glimpse of his quick-witted persona, telling one player who took an ill-advised shot, 'If you were playing for me, there's a word I'd use: Sub!' which prompted laughs from the crowd. 'Days like this are really special where we can be a small part of being able to impact others,' Frank said. With the lockout preventing Frank from doing what he was hired to do, he's taken time to learn about Detroit."

  • Fred Kerber of the New York Post: "Under original plans, MarShon Brooks would play his fifth preseason game tonight, running with Deron Williams and continuing his NBA rookie education with the Nets. Guess what? Original plans were scrapped. So instead, Brooks will continue working out at Providence College, where he also is working toward his college diploma. The lockout may have made the NBA world an imperfect place, but Brooks found a positive. He went back to school, signed up for four courses (he only needed three) and hopes to have his degree in Social Science by lockout’s end. It certainly beats the frustration of labor strife keeping you from your NBA dream. 'It’s getting frustrating,' said Brooks, selected 25th by the Celtics and acquired on draft night by the Nets. 'There’s never been a point in my life where I didn’t play basketball. Honestly, it was a lifelong dream. I want to see what the hype is all about. I want to get out there and play. Working out and playing with the fellas over at school, it gets old. Especially when they’re starting their season. Like today, they have a game. I can’t play pickup. They have two-a-days, I can’t play pickup.' "

  • Ronald Tillery of The Commercial-Appeal: "Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will play in a two-day professional basketball tournament hosted by Allen Iverson next month in Las Vegas. Iverson is working with the Justice Entertainment Group on the four-team Las Vegas Superstar Challenge slated for Nov. 12-13 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Iverson, who signed a contract with the Griz for the 2009-10 season, will announce the event Wednesday in Las Vegas. Confirmed players include: Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings), Lou Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Hakim Warrick (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (New York Knicks), Al Harrington (Denver Nuggets), Stephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors), Monte Ellis (Golden State Warriors), Corey Maggette (Charlotte Bobcats), Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Lakers), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder), Ryan Hollins (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Marcus Morris (Houston Rockets)."

  • Alexis Stevens of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Basketball legend Julius Erving owes more than $200,000 on a loan with Georgia Primary Bank, according to a lawsuit filed in Fulton Superior Court. The bank filed a lawsuit Oct. 18 against Erving, 61, and his corporation, The Erving Group Inc. of Atlanta. Erving's company was given a $1 million line of credit in April 2009, which was due the following April, according to the lawsuit obtained by the AJC. Erving used a Gwinnett County home as collateral to secure the loan, the lawsuit states. In August 2010, the line of credit was reduced to $750,000 and the maturity date extended to July 24, the bank stated in the suit. But, an outstanding balance of $205,277.84 has not been paid, despite a demand letter for payment sent Sept. 29. Erving, better known by his nickname Dr. J, moved to the Atlanta area in 2008, about two years after purchasing the Heritage Golf Club, near the Gwinnett-DeKalb county line. The AJC reported in April 2010 that the golf club was in foreclosure."

  • Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com : "Julius Erving never made the kind of money current NBA players make and are arguing to keep making during the NBA's lockout. However, Erving did play professionally for 16 years, including the 1983 World Championship Philadelphia 76ers. Tuesday afternoon an interesting e-mail caught my attention because the heading read “Dr. J's Personal Memorabilia at Auction." I could not open the email fast enough. To my surprise here was the list of items Dr. J is parting ways with: Dr. J’s 1974 and 1976 New York Nets ABA World Championship ring; 1983 Philadelphia 76ers World Championship ring; 1996 NBA’s 50 Greatest Players ring; MVP trophies from 1975-76 (ABA) and 1980-81 (NBA); 1977 and 1983 NBA All-Star game MVP trophies; 1979, 1981 and 1985 Eastern Conference All-Star game-worn uniforms; 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers game-worn road uniform; His final game-worn jersey from Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference playoffs. Erving is working with SCP Auctions, which will open the items to bidding Friday Oct. 28 on their website scpauctions.com. The auction will remain open through Nov. 19."