Sports media fight! Cameramen brawl outside NBA lockout meeting

While representatives of NBA owners and the players union wrestled using words and business negotiation in a posh Manhattan hotel, a pair of media members got into a fight on the street outside.

We don’t know what set these guys off, but the cameraman decided it was time to brawl. They went at it for a good minute and a half, and while it’s clear these guys have watched their share of karate movies and boxing matches, the fight was pretty tame.

Are you laughing at the idea of  cameraman squaring up to brawl on the streets? I sure am.

This is exactly like Ali-Frazier, only the opposite.

Watch the video. Hat tip to a Nets fan named James who emailed it to us:

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Cavaliers to hire college assistant to coach D-League team in Canton

The Cavaliers are expected to name Alex Jensen, a St. Louis University assistant, as head coach of their new Canton D-League team, the Plain Dealer has learned.

Jensen has spent the past four seasons as a Billikins assistant under Rick Majerus for whom he played at the University of Utah in the 1990s. St. Louis is one of the Atlantic 10’s top defensive teams and it’s believed his focus on defense is one of the main attractions to the Cavaliers.

Walsh University coach Jeff Young also was believed to be among the finalists.

— Reported by Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Steve Nash criticizes owners and league over NBA lockout

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Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash isn’t happy over the NBA’s announcement that the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled.

And the star player has taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations over the stalemate between the players and the league’s owners.

“The players are negotiating to take less money & let’s be clear that’s not going to lower ticket prices, it just lines the owners pockets,” said Nash.

Nash seems to doubt the league’s validity that most NBA teams are losing money.

“You believe that? There’s a reason they won’t open their books. You know we want to play & you understand the propaganda/misinformation from the owners,” said Nash.

— Reported by

Mark Cuban will consider a Mavs TV network

The Lakers are going to have their own network, why not the Mavericks?

That’s the feeling from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who spoke to Multichannel News.

When asked about creating a Mavs network, Cuban said, “Yeah of course, when my deal is up. Absolutely. I think Time Warner [Cable] is kind of our incumbent [in the Dallas area] and HD Net is not on Time Warner. So will I package the two to get one? Absolutely.”

It likely wouldn’t happen soon. The Mavericks have a deal with Fox Sports Southwest through the 2016-17 season.

The Lakers and Time Warner Cable reached a deal in February launch two regional sports TV networks that will carry all locally available Lakers games, including one in Spanish. The networks are scheduled to begin in time for the 2012-13 season.

— Reported by the Dallas Morning News

City of Cleveland will be out millions if NBA cancels season

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Already reeling from economic losses, Cleveland could be out millions of dollars in tax revenue if labor strife leads to cancellation of the upcoming National Basketball Association season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers paid the city $4.5 million in city admission taxes last season, plus income taxes charged against the team’s $53 million payroll. How much in income taxes was not known because Cleveland officials decline to discuss what they collect from specific taxpayers.

The city also took in hundreds of thousands of dollars in parking taxes on Cavs’ game days. The 8 percent tax generated $300,000 for municipal operating expenses, according to Finance Director Sharon Dumas, and a possibly larger sum to pay debt on parking garages.

Effects also could be felt in Independence, which is the site of the Cavaliers’ practice facility and splits income taxes from the home team’s players with Cleveland. The Cavaliers rank as the suburb’s second-biggest source of income taxes this year, accounting for $326,664 through September, according to the weekly Sun Post newspaper.

— Reported by Thomas Ott of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nets forward Travis Outlaw knows he can play better than he did last season

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“I know I’m way better than what I showed last season,” he said. “I just have to come in there to prove a point and make my team better.”

So what does that mean for Outlaw? He’s working with a conditioning coach and said he’s in better shape than he was at this point last year, when coach Avery Johnson felt compelled to enlist the small forward in his Breakfast Club.

He also is playing in local tournaments, under the radar compared to his teammates competing in New York and overseas.

“A lot of running,” Outlaw said of his offseason training. “I’m putting myself in the best position possible.”

— Reported by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

Guard Patty Mills named NBL Australia player of the week

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It didn’t take long for Portland Trail Blazers point guard Patty Mills to make his presence felt in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Mills, left idle by the NBA lockout, was named the NBL’s player of the week Tuesday after scoring 28 points to lead the Melbourne Tigers to an 82-76 comeback win over the Sydney Kings on the league’s opening weekend.

— Reported by the Associated Press