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Contrary to popular belief, the most important fight being waged Tuesday in Manhattan is not David Stern vs. Billy Hunter, nor is it the NBA vs. the players.Fight No. 1 will occur at 10:30 a.m. in another happenin' hotel in the city, when Stern and his cabinet meet with the owners privately to set their strategy for what could be the last bargaining session with the players for a very long time. Fight No. 1(a) is Hunter's fight, and that one begins in earnest after the owners-player talks blow up spectactularly at noon.
Eye on Basketball: Clock ticking for Hunter, Stern
The NBA has moved to the cusp of canceling regular-season games, to a nuclear basketball winter, and [Stern] has still refused to seriously engage the players in talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. This is why s...