Billy Hunter says the league and the players met so soon after the last debacle, and for so long into Thursday morning, in no small part because the clock is ticking on an 82-game season.
It can be salvaged, he suggested, if a deal is reached by Sunday or Monday.
Derek Fisher said “it’s still possible if we can get a deal done in the next few days.”
My big blasphemous thought, however, is to hurry up and get the deal done, but let the 82-game dream fall by the wayside.
David Stern’s NBA would have to cook up that schedule, and he was, predictably, coyly non-committal.
“We’re going to knock ourselves out,” he said, “consistent with what’s in the best interest of our fans and our players in terms of a schedule, to try to schedule as many games as possible.
“If we can make a deal this week, whether that is 82 games or not, is really dependent on so many things that have to be checked. We have building issues. We have building issues vs. hockey issues. We have travel schedules. We have ...