Found November 11, 2011 on Fox Sports Midwest:
NEW YORK (AP) -- A 72-game season starting Dec. 15 is there for NBA players. All they have to do is say yes' to a revised proposal. If not, they get a far harsher offer, and then who knows if there would even be an NBA season. "I would not presume to project or predict what the union would do," Commissioner David Stern said. "I can hope, and my hope is that the events of next week will lead us to a 72-game schedule starting on Dec. 15." The league presented the players' association with the new offer Thursday after nearly 11 hours of bargaining, hoping it would be enough to end the lockout. But union president Derek Fisher said it doesn't address all the necessary system issues that are important to the players. "It does not meet us entirely on the system issues that we felt were extremely important to try and close this thing out, and so at this point we've decided to end things for now, take a step back," Fisher said. "We'...

Bluffing or not, David Stern gets his deadline

For all of the emphasis on David Stern’s recent ultimatum to the members of the National Basketball Players Association, this is hardly the first time he’s issued a deadline threat against the union. The lockout has been laced with cancellation dates, each with the accompanying acknowledgement from Stern that the league’s offers would reflect the…

NBA Commissioner David Stern puts lockout ball in players' court

Stern implies that it will be up to the players' union whether there will be basketball this season. Players have agreed to 50-50 revenue split but want more concessions on peripheral items.David Stern repeated the phrase almost a half-dozen times in his Thursday night news conference.

Hunter, Fisher will take revised proposal to union

Another weekend, another 20+ hours worth of meetings have resulted in the continuation of the NBA lockout. This time, the players at least left the meetings with a proposal to vote on.After ten hours Thursday, NBA owners offered players a revised proposal, which the union will present to its members. David Stern characterized the proposal as the union’s final proposal before...

NBA and players to talk again Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Stern's deadline passed without a deal, though the NBA and its players will talk again Thursday. The NBA commissioner wouldn't give any hints about what that means for hopes of ending the lockout. "I would not read into this optimism or pessimism," he said. "We're not failing. We're not succeeding. We're just there."...

David Stern still holds power to tweak NBA’s proposal, according to report

David Stern still holds the authority to make some minor changes to the NBA’s current CBA proposal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski.“There can be a few things tweaked along the edges, the periphery and this can be agreed upon,” one ownership source told Yahoo! Sports. “I’m confident that would not be an issue if [Stern] did that.”“It will be a very slight budge,” one...

David Stern to Admit He Hates Black People in Next Offer to Players Union

David Stern is hoping to end the NBA lockout and bridge the final gap between the owners and players by finally admitting that he hates black people. “I’ve tried to cover it up for years, b...

Magic Johnson backs Stern after racial suggestion

NEW YORK Magic Johnson said it's "ridiculous" to suggest David Stern is racist, saying it's OK to disagree with the NBA commissioner but that you "can't attack the man and what he stands for." Johnson was responding to comments made by attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the NBA players' association, who told the Washington Post that owners...

Nothing left to yell about

Some things just sound like news. David Stern’s no-holds barred ultimatum of Wednesday at 5 o’clock was a jolt to the system. Similarly, Billy Hunter's calling a premature end to a meeting a few weeks ago packed a punch. But a lot has happened since. Essentially all of the really big issues have been negotiated. And now, while there is still no deal, it strains credulity...

Everyone cautious, but optimism abounds that NBA deal near

Everyone is cautious — we’ve all been here before. We’ve all been Charlie Brown running up to kick the football when Lucy (played by David Stern) pulls the ball away and we go flying through the air, crashing on our backs. That said, there is a real vibe around that the NBA is close to…

Source: NBA sides to meet again before deadline

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the plans says NBA owners and players will meet before Commissioner David Stern's deadline to accept the league's latest proposal or face a worse one.

Atlanta Hawks: Owners make latest final offer to players

NBA reps and union officials emerged from their meeting at about 11 p.m. No deal. Here is the full union press conference and here is the league. The highlights: Owners made some changes to the previous proposal that was rejected by the union. David Stern said it’s now take-it-or-leave it: “We have made our revised proposal and are not planning to make another one.” The players...

NBA to Pick Scabs for Pickup Game

  DATELINE: HUMOR!   We wonder how many former NBA stars, aging off the court, are willing to come out of retirement to make a few Bucks, an assortment of Lakers, and a litany of Knickerbockers. Many NBA players retired before the big money hit the fan market. Now NBA czar and Rasputin of the lockout, David Stern has hinted that scabs are festering over the open sores...

NBPA attorney apologizes for ‘plantation workers’ comment

National Basketball Players Association lead negotiator Jeffrey Kessler offered an apology on Wednesday for the inflammatory comments he made in the Washington Post, in which he said NBA owners were treating players like “plantation workers.” Kessler said his comments were “inappropriate” and that he planned to speak with NBA Commissioner David Stern. Read full article >>

NBA talks break down; players to regroup

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA players broke off negotiations with the league Thursday night, saying there had not been enough progress to get a deal done to end the lockout.The league offered the players a revised offer after nearly 11 hours of bargaining, but union president Derek Fisher said it ...
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