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Tempers flare between New York’s Bill Bradley and Golden State’s Rick Barry during a 1975 game at Madison Square Garden. The contentious scene is appropriate after negotiations between the owners and players fell apart on Monday, leaving the 2011-12 season in jeopardy. (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Tempers flare between New York’s Bill Bradley and Golden State’s Rick Barry during a 1975 game at Madison Square Garden. The contentious scene is appropriate after negotiations between the owners and players fell apart on Monday, leaving the 2011-12 season in jeopardy. (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Julius Erving and his wife Turquoise relax at their home in Babylon, NY during a 1978 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

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Julius Erving and his wife Turquoise relax at their home in Babylon, NY during a 1978 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
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George Gervin swoops in for a dunk during a 1979 playoff game between the Spurs and Bullets. Washington would go onto win the series, but would lose to Seattle in the NBA Finals. (James Drake/SI)

SI VAULT: The Bullets defeat Gervin, Spurs with miracle comeback (5.28.79)

George Gervin swoops in for a dunk during a 1979 playoff game between the Spurs and Bullets. Washington would go onto win the series, but would lose to Seattle in the NBA Finals. (James Drake/SI)
SI VAULT: The Bullets defeat Gervin, Spurs with miracle comeback (5.28.79)

Bob Cousy slices through the lane during a 1956 game between the Boston Celtics and Rochester Royals. (Hy Peskin/SI) 

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Bob Cousy slices through the lane during a 1956 game between the Boston Celtics and Rochester Royals. (Hy Peskin/SI) 
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Michael Jordan is ready for Halloween. Are you? (George B. Fry III/SI)

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Michael Jordan is ready for Halloween. Are you? (George B. Fry III/SI)
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Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal attempt to grab a rebound during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals. The Lakers won the game and the championship as O’Neal was named MVP of the series. (John Biever/SI)

SI VAULT: Lakers win second straight title. Will they be together for No. 3? (6.25.01)

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal attempt to grab a rebound during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals. The Lakers won the game and the championship as O’Neal was named MVP of the series. (John Biever/SI)
SI VAULT: Lakers win second straight title. Will they be together for No. 3? (6.25.01)

Wilt Chamberlain and Muhammad Ali pose during a 1971 photo shoot for a proposed boxing match between the two superstars.The bout never happened after Chamberlain, who was to be trained by Cus D’Amato, requested a tax-free guarantee of $500,000 that could not be granted by promoters. (Bettman/Corbis)

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Wilt Chamberlain and Muhammad Ali pose during a 1971 photo shoot for a proposed boxing match between the two superstars.The bout never happened after Chamberlain, who was to be trained by Cus D’Amato, requested a tax-free guarantee of $500,000 that could not be granted by promoters. (Bettman/Corbis)
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Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

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Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan  as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
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Scottie Pippen and Benny the Bull wait for an elevator before a Bulls-Hawks game last May. (Icon/SMI)

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Scottie Pippen and Benny the Bull wait for an elevator before a Bulls-Hawks game last May. (Icon/SMI)
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Manute Bol (7-foot-7, 200 lbs) runs back on defense during a 1990 game between the 76ers and Pacers. (Manny Millan/SI)

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Manute Bol (7-foot-7, 200 lbs) runs back on defense during a 1990 game between the 76ers and Pacers. (Manny Millan/SI)
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Tony Parker tries to beat a scrambling Celtics defense during a 2008 game in San Antonio. (Greg Nelson/SI)

Tony Parker tries to beat a scrambling Celtics defense during a 2008 game in San Antonio. (Greg Nelson/SI)

Kobe Bryant points an angry finger at Rajon Rondo during the second half of a 2009 Celtics-Lakers game. Unfortunately, these two rivals aren’t going to match up anytime soon as the NBA lockout appears no closer to a resolution than before the latest round of negotiations. (AP).

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Kobe Bryant points an angry finger at Rajon Rondo during the second half of a 2009 Celtics-Lakers game. Unfortunately, these two rivals aren’t going to match up anytime soon as the NBA lockout appears no closer to a resolution than before the latest round of negotiations. (AP).
LOWE: Things to keep in mind after latest labor falloutMANNIX: NBPA issues memo to all players | Read memoLOWE: So you think nobody cares about the NBA, huh?

Shaquille O’Neal converts an easy dunk during a 2004 game against Seattle. Unfortunately for NBA fans, there won’t be any new dunks for a while as labor talks are at a stalemate after negotiations broke off late Tuesday. (John W. McDonough/SI).

MANNIX: Union furious with Stern for disclosing offer
LOWE: A compromise for both sides in time for season
STAFF: What we’ll miss if games are cut | What we won’t miss
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Shaquille O’Neal converts an easy dunk during a 2004 game against Seattle. Unfortunately for NBA fans, there won’t be any new dunks for a while as labor talks are at a stalemate after negotiations broke off late Tuesday. (John W. McDonough/SI).
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Larry Bird and Magic Johnson battle for position during Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. (Manny Millan/SI)

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Larry Bird and Magic Johnson battle for position during Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. (Manny Millan/SI)
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