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. Captain Red

    I could care less about watching it on TV or going to a game. It quit being fun years and years ago when the players were paid to much and they tickets cost to much.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Amen to that! Owners and players both help teach what the sport treuly means to them, money!

      October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TwM

      Agreed: The NBA could be dismantled tomorrow and only diehard fans would care. The NCAA games are far superior.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Derek Fisher is a sorry excuse for a human being.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DeeWig

    Why are there so many ignorant people on here talking about black people this and black people that? In case you missed it, this year’s Finals MVP was as white as it gets...GO MAVS!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stevieb

    I can't even afford a ticket anymore – owners are in bed with ticket outlets – players are all overpaid – parking at venues is a ripoff –
    Who cares if they ever play again

    October 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kirk

      no losss to a majority of americans, especially us football fans. football far more popular.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shmeckell

    With the economy as bad as it gets, the highest paid group of athletes in the world go on strike. Nice

    October 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tone P

    When was the last time the NBA final involved two teams other then LA, Boston, Miami, Dallas. Why watch any games at all when you know at the end, there will always be the same teams playing for the championship. Too predictable, too many teams in the playoff, too boring!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeWig

      Some of you people are ridiculous...if you don't care, then why comment?

      October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TwM

      deewig because many of us were fans and are disgruntled. I was a Knicks fan and I watched them over pay for low quality punks. The NBA can rot, if you want to watch the elite players I am sure one of the sports networks will televise the games from overseas. I for one will be watching the NCAA, I will watch hungry players participate.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heff

      The Dallas Mavs winning the Championship this very season was a complete surprise you idiot. Literally no one would have predicted them to win and throughout the season morons like you were saying, "the NBA sucks, you already know the Spurs, Lakers, Celtics or Heat are going to win the Championship." The NBA has never been better than it is right now and I hope they can work out their issues as soon as possible.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    I'm just glad that LPGA will start soon!!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ur-a-doosh

    Very few people care whether the NBA plays this season or not.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bubba

    I agree with shutting down the NBA for a year, So maybe they could wake up and see how easy they have it? A player making over a million dollars a year is ridiculous, Too much. I dont care how good you are?

    October 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeWig

      If that's case then shut down every professional sports league in America

      October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TwM

      We the sports fans have caused this by continuing to go to the games and pay the outlandish prices for tickets, parking and food in all sport venues. In NY we watch Knick games (when they were somewhat decent) being over run by the celebrities and other non Basketball fans. It was the "in" thing to do. We the fans need to stand up for our rights too, stop going to the stadiums, stop buying their overpriced jerseys and othe gear. Stop going and the prices will come right back down. Yankee Stadium saw this, they over priced their seating and when seats started showing up empty they dropped the pricing.

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

    DIRK...that's why I want a season this year. When was the last time a white men won back to back finals mvp? All you bigot white folk would definitely love that...racists farts

    October 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Confused

    I'm hearing an unbelievable amount of jealousy in a lot of these posts! True, there are some thugs playing in the nba, but if the thugs were obviously talented enough at something that people are willing to pay money to come see. ISN'T THAT WHAT PRO SPORTS ARE ABOUT??? As long as they can do their job on the court, field, or whatever, who cares what they do off the court? Let the police and the lawyers deal with that. It's amazing to hear people say that they won't watch because it's filled with thugs and then watch an entire season of MLB games. I guess you'd rather watch a game filled with drug users instead. As for me, I like a good game whether its high school, college, or nba. I would like for there to be a season but I won't die if there isn't. Sounds like some of us are mad that a certain group of people are getting payed to play a game. If that's the case, why watch any sport? Oh and for the record, to all people saying that they are a bunch of thugs, two things; a lot of these players graduated from universities and the fights in baseball and hockey are WAY better than the ones in the NBA.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. afb

    Who cares!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      Anybody that clicked on the headline.....oh, that means you.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pimpson

    What a weird article. It goes from NBA labor issues to California weather to surfing...

    October 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jennifer

    Derek Fisher is no leader and should not be the President of the National Basketball Association. He has no leadership characteristics whatsoever.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PhillyGuy

    It is a shame that things have become soo money centered in the NBA since the days of Pistol Pete, Bird, Magic, Parish, Isaiah Thomas, Dr. J, and money others that just loved the game. And mind you, these guys really PLAYED b-ball, not just run up and down the lane seeing who can slam/dunk on everyone on the court!

    I pretty much feel the same way about the NFL, NBA, and MLB today, they're ALL paid WAY too much money for what they do! I don't by the argument "Well look at how much money the owners make?" Yeah, you're right, you know why the owners make that much? Because they're OWNERS, they're supposed to make that much! They OWN the team, that's the whole point.

    Name me 1 person with a $55,000 salary that can go on their job and press their CEO for a 50 million dollar raise, just because you made him/her 150 million for the company you work for? Thank you, I thought not. These athletes should be greatful if they only made $250,000 to PLAY a game everyday for a FEW months out of the year.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LNT

    I say to hell with the owners and the players there are much more important issues that is going on in the REAL world than these Millionaries who want more than they are worth. The every day Joe can't even pay the price to watch a NBA game live without giving up his or her arm.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyGuy

      True, but at least you probably would feel like you're getting your money's worth if you wanted to go see a NBA game in your city. Our attendance in Philly has been down ever since Iverson and Larry Brown left.

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