Found October 28, 2011 on SLAM Online:
by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni A somewhat surreal scene played out last night following the latest round of NBA labor talks: David Stern and Billy Hunter stood in the same room, trading smiles and joking with one another in front of a stunned media contingent. Both sides of the debate once again expressed optimism about the negotiations; there’s a feeling among some that the framework of a deal could be reached as soon as today. Yahoo! Sports takes a look: “It’s moved to a very good place,” one source briefed on Thursday’s 7½-hour bargaining session told Yahoo! Sports. “There’s a strong expectation [within the negotiations] that hands will shake [Friday].” Negotiations will resume at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday with talks expected to quickly progress to the proposed revenue split between the league’s owners and players. Both sides sounded optimistic they could soon settle the major issues separating them from a new collective bargaining agreement. “I think we’re within reach – and withi

Flicker of optimism in NBA talks

Billy Hunter, who usually doesn't allow a flicker of optimism to blind us to reality in our NBA lockout drama, has declared both sides are "within striking distance" of ending this stalemate. OK, although I understand the difference between a lockout and a rank-and-file-initiated work stoppage, the word "striking" doesn't afford the required comfort....

Progress reported in NBA labor talks

National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York June 30, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY) The NBA and the players are making progress towards a deal after a 15-hour marathon...

The three most slept on NBA teams in 2012

As NBA commissioner David Stern extends his Cobra Clutch over the NBA lockout threatening to eviscerate the 82-game season; one has to wonder what team will rise to the top next year? No I am not talking about the Mavericks, Lakers, or Heat. I am talking about three slept on teams that go what it takes to be next, the next in line for a title.   1.) Portland Trailblazers LaMarcus...

Will the NBA be in worse hands once Stern retires?

David Stern, October 27, 2011 (referring to what happened after he went home with the flu last week): "I leave these guys alone for a little bit of time and all hell breaks loose."David Stern just said this line as a joke after the 15 hour labor meeting ended with significant progress. This was in sharp contrast to last week, when Stern went home with the flu and under...

Don’t let David Stern fool you: Canceling 1 month of games doesn’t hurt NBA owners at all

It began clarifying in my head when I was watching NBA commissioner David Stern at his news conference yesterday, pronouncing schedule doom at another two-week interval. After talks with the union broke down yesterday–over the same thing it’s always been about, the split of gross... Continue reading...

What is there to talk about?

Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesClues to the negotiations' next steps from Billy Hunter's Thursday speech. Leaders of the NBA and the Players Association are back at it once more, less than a week after the best efforts of one of the world's most respected mediators failed spectacularly. The issue dividing them was real: Owners are unwilling to give players more than...

One Is the Loneliest Number

The glorious baseball season is over. The Eagles are 2 and 4. I am not Canadian. So where is the NBA?Commissioner David Stern just announced the cancellation of all November games and the Player’s Union Chief, Billy Hunter, announced no new talks are scheduled. What’s the holdup? The league composed of millionaire owners is at 50 per cent of revenues and the millionaire players...

NBA lockout: Owners, players eager to get deal in next few days

NBA Commissioner David Stern says it would be a failure if deal isn't reached soon

Your Morning Dump... On the verge of a handshake?

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “It’s moved to a very good place,” one source briefed on Thursday’s 7½-hour bargaining session told Yahoo! Sports. “There’s a strong expectation [within the negotiations] that hands will shake...

NBA cancels games through Nov. 30

NBA Commissioner David Stern has canceled all NBA games through Nov. 30.

NBA Lockout Update: Progress Made

Well, it’s good to finally be able to report some good news regarding the NBA lockout. According to both the players and owners, Wednesday’s 15-hour negotiating session led to some progress. “We can’t say that major progress was made in any way,” said Derek Fisher, the president of the players union, “but some progress was made on system issues.” Hey, we’ll take it...

NBA Lockout Talks Breakdown, Games Canceled

Well, the good news didn’t last for long. Just a day after things were looking up in terms of the NBA lockout, things took a turn for the worse. The NBA owners and NBA players couldn’t agree on a BRI split and also disagreed on system issues. The result? No more talks scheduled and commissioner David Stern canceling more games. In other words, this was the worst case scenario...

First real test of player resolve

Here's the worst-case scenario: The players would genuinely rather lose the season than accept less than 52 percent of BRI, and the owners would really rather lose the season than pay more than 50 percent of BRI. It could be so. And if it is so, this season is toast already, and it's time to start worrying about next year. The last time players were very vocal in the process...

LOWE: Major day for NBA as sides on cusp of making deal

Billy Hunter and David Stern can agree on this much: A deal is within reach, but NBA players and owners still have a few hurdles to cross. Zach Lowe examines the remaining issues.
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