Over the last two days, NBA Commissioner David Stern and NBA Players Association head Billy Hunter spoke with WFAN’s Mike Francesa to get a better idea of where the situation stands today.
“It’s time to make a deal. If we don’t make it Tuesday, my gut … is that we won’t be playing on Christmas Day,” Stern said.
NBA owners apparently weren’t bluffing when they said they wanted competitive balance just as much as a chance to profit.
National Basketball Players Association Director Billy Hunter joined WFAN’s Mike Francesa for about an hour on Wednesday to clarify the status of NBA lockout negotiations.
Leave it to the NBA to ruin their revival. David Stern and Billy Hunter are engaged in a perilous staring contest. They both better blink soon, or the consequences could be calamitous.
Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.
Top negotiators for the NBA and players’ association met Sunday night in perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.
Without an agreement by Monday, the beginning of the NBA season will be canceled, and both sides will lose millions of dollars and perhaps countless fans.
The best part of Tuesday for NBA fans was the cancellation of the rest of the preseason. That means for season ticket holders like me, there will be no payments for preseason games that no one wants to go to.
With perhaps days left to avoid further damage, negotiators for owners and players are talking again in hopes of ending the lockout.
Smiling widely but even resorting to a memorable NBA cliche to avoid specifics, David Stern provided little insight into the direction of the league’s labor situation. That, he hinted, could come Wednesday.
So it’s come down to this: no labor deal, no training camps and no telling what else the NBA could lose.
The long looks on players’ faces and the anger in Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver’s voice made it obvious: There was no progress Tuesday in talks to end the impasse.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, union president Derek Fisher and their top advisers are spending more time talking about a new labor deal. Next week, they’ll find out if they can make progress in a bigger group.
The memories of a thrilling NBA season that saw the Knicks finally back in the playoffs might have to last for a while. There’s no telling when basketball will be back.