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. Ty

    Glad to see that racism isn't part of the commentary here....I'm not a big Laker fan but D. Fisher is a great philanthropist and advocate for charities so to make nominal claims that there is a "thug culture" in the NBA is just looking for reasons to spew stupidity. What about the "thug culture" on wall street? They are the ones taking your money like a school yard bully and the priority of some of you alls complaints are completely misaligned. Fact of the matter IS they ARE job creators! Look at how much Cleveland hated Lebron for leaving, he brought money to the economy of an entire city....

    October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tea Part Express! *TOOT TOOT*

      Hey look, another Welfare Check Cashing NBA fan. These teams leech Taxpayer Money from the system to build stadiums and pay benchwarmers another 2 million a year to drink Gatorade and watch the cheerleaders.

      Congress needs to remove all tax monies that go to the NBA, but no, Obama won't let that happen to his people. Typical liberal moron. Socialism here we come!

      RICK PERRY IN 2013!

      October 4, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Teat party exress, if you think any President would ever do that you are an idiot.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Also, that's called capitalism not socialism...tard

      October 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • GK

      So it's NOT about Black Culture. Well what is it then ? Last Time I remember a whit B/B Player was Larry Bird ! Since the ( African American ) has pretty much taken over the game and run things there way for the Million of $ they take home to there Mansions with the Bentley parked in the Garage. How is that sharing with the community and employing people except for the ones who cut there grass or wash and polish there cars !? Personally I would not care if the game and NBA were gone and it went back to its roots as a collage game, same for football and base ball. IMHO. that is what is wrong with the professional level of sports today. It's all about fame , fortune and ME's !!!

      October 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      @GK Sorry you feel that African-American's have taken over the game but your disgust is misdirected. You should be looking at the owners and the GM's. I'm sure they could find talented players in the suburbs or ivy league schools but they don't look there much. Think about why that is and come back when you have a legit gripe.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris

    why don't both the players and the owners give back to all fans with lower seat prices and not charge the $8.00 hot dog. The fans always get left paying for these greedy owner's and players.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Not A Fan

    Who Cares

    October 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    This is beyond idiotic. Half the NBA teams LOST money last year, and still these spoiled brats are demanding more money. I got news for em, ownership can most likely go a LOT longer without a paycheck than the players. They're playing with fire. The 'recovery' from a missed season in the NBA will go more like the NHL and less like the MLB.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mental1981

    Why pick a blog that covers something that you don't care for and start your beaching and moaning(spelling intentional). Typical trolls. If you're not a sports fan, skip the blog and go do your usual search for phorno(spelling intentional) to help you rub of your knuckle deamons.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • 2/8

      LoL, I do like your comment though.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2/8

    .....who cares. More important things going on than basketball.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cyrus

    Just curious... don't these players have contracts? So if they dont play they violate / break their contracts? And then couldnt the teams sue each of these players for breach of contract?

    Bunch of greedy players getting paid millions to play a game.... going against a bunch of rich(er) people that are just as greedy... both not giving a crap about the fans... who..without... they would not have all this money and fame.

    Kinda makes you want to turn to soccer.... well not really

    October 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      The NBAPA is just like the NFLPA as it represents the players as a whole. They might have signed contracts but the contracted are binded by the CBA. Once it expired, the contracts are in limbo. No CBA=no contract. It is why players do any training/games at their own risk. Just like with Peyton Manning, he couldn't see team doctors after his surgery to rehab. It works both ways, players don't get paid, but owners are not paying either.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wayne317

    Most people that have commented on this blog don't know the difference between a lockout and a strike. I smell a strong odor of jealously as well.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      EXACTLY!!! Mad that someone is getting paid to do something that they feel is easy to to but yet they can't do!!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. clnee55

    That definitely increases black unemployment

    October 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne317

      And it does nothing to the overall USA employment? Such jealous bigots.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Alot of idiots on this page, if you have nothing constructive to say then say nothing. I guess you thought your comment was funny, it wasn't.

      October 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lneller

      OK, that was funny (P.S. I am black).

      October 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jimbo

    Cancel the whole season, it won't be missed.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. really?

    @Tea Part Express *TOOT TOOT*, Better to be a fool and no one know it, than to open your mouth and show it! Now would be a good time for you to check your racist card, with comments like that I am sure you earned some points.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Capt. Oblivious

    At least Ray Allen has an acting career to fall back on.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ceecee


    October 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dutch Cartoon fan

    This is one lockout I couldn't care less about. Watching basketball is about as exciting as watching baseball, which is about as exciting as watching soccer, which is about as exciting as watching curling. Ok I'll stop now.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the_dude

    Go ahead and cancel the season we still have chad bono on dacing with stars.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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