On the Radar: NBA labor talks, California weather, Hawaii surfing
Derek Fisher, president of the National Basketball Players Association, speaks at a press conference last week in New York.
October 4th, 2011
05:58 AM ET

On the Radar: NBA labor talks, California weather, Hawaii surfing

Three things you need to know today.

NBA lockout: The start of the NBA season could depend on what happens at a pivotal meeting Tuesday between the owners and the players in New York.

National Basketball Players Association President Derek Fisher put it like this Monday: "We are aware of the calendar. We know our backs are against the wall in terms of regular season games and what those consequences will be."

Added NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver: "We can only say we are running out of time so many times. We are getting close to the point where we are going to lose the rest of the preseason and have to start canceling regular season games."

The sometimes bitter NBA labor struggle and lockout has now stretched to three months.

Meanwhile, some of the league's top agents are urging players not to back down in the negotiations, SI.com's Sam Amick reports.

Tuesday's meeting starts at noon ET.

California weather: Temperatures in inland areas of California could be 15 to 30 degrees lower than normal over the next few days as two weather systems moving down the West Coast from the Gulf of Alaska hit the state.

The first on Tuesday will bring light rains and snow above 8,000 feet in the mountains, the National Weather Service says.

The second storm moving into the state Wednesday and Thursday will bring the big temperature drop as well as light to moderate rain west of the mountains, gusty winds and snow at elevations above 6,500 feet, forecasters said.

School surfing: Surfing, which is synonymous with the culture of Hawaii, is expected to get formal approval Tuesday as a sanctioned sport when the state board of education meets.

The proposal, if approved, would sanction surfing as a sport available in all 46 high schools in the island state.

"High schools have had surf clubs for years with informal competitions," explained Alex de Silva, a spokesman for the State Board and Department of Education.

The idea was originally proposed in 2004 but didn't go far "because we are in a tight budget situation like nearly every other school system," said de Silva. But now the plan is to seek outside corporate support for the program.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. hahaha

    Good, basketball is the worst sport ever invented in history

    October 4, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      If you don't like basketball, fine (millions of people do). However you have to remember that if the NBA cancels it's seasons it will hurt A LOT of people. I'm not talking about fans who won't get to watch their team play, but I'm talking about jobs. There are a ton of jobs associated with the NBA from concessions to the cleaning crew, announcers, dancers, ticket takers, security, etc etc. Not to mention the small businesses surrounding the arenas that rely on fan business during the season. This lockout affects a lot more people than just the players and owners.

      October 4, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Hung Well

      Troll

      October 4, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • IHopper

      If every professional sport was off the air for a year, and people spend time with their family and friends, doing something ACTIVE (PLAYING sports, volunteering, just walking....) think of the TONNAGE of fat that Sunday couch potatoes would lose, physical, emotional, mental health improved,...

      Step away from the Pepsi and Cheetos!!!!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • well

      i dont understand the negative comments against professional sports. It must be great for you guys to think you are high and mighty cuz "well, im not a fool like those people and play that stupid ***t"

      Honestly, you should be happy for people who love sports because if there werent "fat couch potatoes," you would have no one you think you are better than.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      I bet the NBA supplies fewer then 500 jobs per team, and most of those pay minimum wage, and are only part time.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      IHopper: I dont know about that.. The NFL was off for a few months and like 10 NFL players got arrested..

      October 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • hahaha

      Any sport where they score every minute is for people with attention spans of gold fish.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Well surfing is like a cross between an art and a sport so more power to Hawaii. Makes me sick that most schools have had to drop arts and sports because of budgets. I hope they get a lot of support for their program.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pedro Sanchez.

    Don't believe mr. Hahaha . Any sport is good . Is part of motivation body motion .

    October 4, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. fddf

    Basketball is a flawed sport. A specific natural physical characteristic plays too much role = height.
    Maybe they need divisions to correct it like in boxing heavy weigh, walter weight, middle weight, light weight etc..
    6' over, 5'8' under 5'4 under, etc.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Hung Well

      A guy named J.J. Barrea would disagree with you.

      October 4, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • i disagree with fddf

      You might think this is a bold assumption, but I am very sure you do not watch basketball. Height usually does give an advantage but it is not the decisive advantage. A big stiff like Manute Bol (do you even know who that was?) would have probably NEVER beat J.J. Barrea (do you know who that is?) in a game of one on one

      Kudos to "Hung Well" for pointing this out first.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • fddf

      yea.. like rare exceptions mean much.
      It just dependent on it too much. You can see the freaky NBA players.
      Extremely hard(yea.. still possible I guess) to be successful unless you are a freak. Not a good sport.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • i disagree with fddf

      Even though we can really never know this, if you had a team a Tim Duncan, Shaquille Oneal, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, and Hakeem Olujawon, Patrick Ewing, and a roster stacked with other 7 footers in their primes, you probably would still not beat the 1978 Washington Bullets in a 7 game series. Guards normally dominate the basketball via distribution and quickness. 6'0-6'3" is not freakishly tall. While it is true that most of the greatest basketball players are 6'6" to 6'8", it is not merely height that gives them the dominant advantage in every matchup. Athleticism, skill, intelligence, and height are needed. If you honestly think that basketball does not rely on such balance, I would contend that you do not regularly watch any professional basketball league.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • fddf

      Of course I'm sure they are the more athletic freaks than the normal freaks.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mental1981

      Dude you're pathetic. Basketball rocks. Just because you are too pathetic to play sports you instead pass your time playing with yourself and your keyboard. I loved the Saturday Night Live skit about loser bloggers like this.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. noone

    NBA players need to boycott and put their heads and money together to start forming their own leagues for more local communities!... Imagine different basketball organizations all over the country competing against each other lead by former NBA players!... Forget the god damn white man billionaires trying to keep control of everything!

    October 4, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      Cause there are no rich black owners...

      October 4, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mental1981

      Good Idea, and their individual leagues would pull in a good $25,000 a year. Rolling my eyes.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Santa Claus

    Oh no, not the regular boring season!

    Cutting 40 games from the meaningless regular season will probably improve the overall product.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. NorCalMojo

    Basketball fans love their drama.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    Patrick Ewing as then President of the NBA Player's Association during previous contract negotiations, "Sure NBA players make a lot of money, but we spend a lot too."

    October 4, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ken

    Former NBA player and notorious thug Latrell Sprewell proclaimed, "I've got a family to feed," in declining a 3 year, $21 million contract..

    October 4, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      Well if he is like Wilt Chamberlin, maybe he has to pay child support to 400 women.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ken

    Miami Heat's Gary Payton isn't sure how many Bentley's he owns. "I've got four of five of them," he says.
    I know exactly how many Bentleys I've got.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Inthenameoflove

    NorCalmojo, yo moma loves her drama

    October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Justin

    One thing I've never understood is why people who make millions and millions of dollars per year basically go on strike whenever bargaining agreements expire. Wall Street may be bad, but professional sports teams are right up there with many other money grubbers in this country. Good thing College sports keep going–they offer better games anyway.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. ibrad

    I`d like to know what MJ is thinking right now? What side he truly lies on and what he would do to fix the problems ?

    October 4, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. the word

    Derek Fisher is an ignorant fool....and therein lies the problem. He is a joke.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. birdfan

    Thugs.....

    October 4, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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