Dwyane Wade expressed relief. Shane Battier sounded cautiously optimistic. Jason Richardson urged players to think before voting.
Players, looking beat and beaten, face a tougher healing process in approving an agreement that significantly limits their earnings.
Michael Goldberg wrote in an open letter to the NBA, the players’ association and players that the upcoming season “must be saved.”
NBA players have until Wednesday to accept Commissioner David Stern’s latest offer, though the response already seems obvious. “Right now, we’ve been given the ultimatum, and our answer is that’s not acceptable to us,” union president Derek Fisher said.
The NBA and players’ association are ready to try mediation, and Commissioner David Stern wants results quickly.
NBA owners and players failed to reach a new labor deal after about seven hours of talks Saturday, focused mostly on the league’s salary cap structure.
With exactly one month until the season is scheduled to start, NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day in hopes of ending the lockout.
The NBA Commissioner says the league and the players’ association realize the importance of agreeing to a deal before the expiration of the current one on June 30.
The NBA and its players’ association finally sat down again and are planning to get together more frequently. Maybe even enough to prevent a work stoppage.