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NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:56 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 10:11 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Assocation met for more than seven hours in New York City on Thursday, one day after the two sides spent 15 hours working to fashion a new collective bargaining agreement. No deal was reached, but there were plenty of smiles and quips to go around.

The talks, which are expected to shift focus from system issues to the split of Basketball-Related Income, will resume on Friday morning. Talks began at 2 p.m. on Thursday and lasted past 9:30 p.m., and included commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and NBPA president Derek Fisher.

"I think we're within reach, within striking distance of getting a deal," Hunter said. It's just a question of how receptive the NBA is and whether or not they want to do a deal."

Asked if he might reveal some of the deal points, Hunter said he was not yet able to. "I'm hopeful that tomorrow we will be. Commissioner Stern is back there smiling, so I guess that's a good indication."

Stern then shouted out: "Tomorrow."

So, with this jovial mood and evident progress, why didn't talks go deep into the night?

"We've been here all day," Hunter said. "We've made little progress. I think everybody is pretty wiped out after last night. What we've decided to do is recess the process until tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. We're going to reconvene and hopefully spend as much time as we possibly need in hopes of getting a deal."

"We're working at it," Fisher said. "It's a tough process. As we move through and try to close the gap in as many places as we can, it gets tougher towards the end. Trying to be respectful to the process, not rush through it, come back later tomorrow."

"We would not have spent the time we spent here today without making some progress," Fisher added, "but as I just stated we are working through so many different issues, and we are trying to close the gap in each issue, as you try and make a move towards getting a deal done, it gets tougher towards the end. We have to continue to grind at it."

The light mood continued, for the most part, when Stern and Silver, addressed the media. 

"I can't tell you we resolved anything in such a big way," Stern said, "but there's an element of continuity, familiarity and I would hope trust that would enable us to look forward to tomorrow, where we anticipate there will be some important and additional progress, or not."

Stern was asked whether he had a real and concrete idea of what a deal might look like.

He replied simply: "Yes."

Stern was asked whether he would consider it a failure if a deal is not reached in the next few days.

He replied simply: "Yes." 

Both Stern and Silver made it clear that the discussion recently had been centered on system issues but would turn to the BRI split on Friday. The two issues are separate, Silver insisted, and thus not standing in the way of the other being resolved. "One goes to the overall economic health of the league, the second issues goes to competitive and parity," Silver said. "While we need to resolve both issues and both issues are critical, one is not dependent on the other."

Silver also then made a point to clarify that the system issues are not yet totally resolved. 

Even so, Stern said that Friday could potentially be the deal-making day.

"There are no guarantees we will get get it done but we will give it one heck of a shot tomorrow," Stern said, "and I think that Billy and the union's negotiators feel the same way. And I know that ours do."

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keeptodo
Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:19 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:21 am
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

I will say this...whether you like the NBA or not, Sterns is the Mastermind of the LockOut. He thought he could wear down the players by making people side with him as well as making the players Fight within...It did not work, so the Owners have side stepped Sterns to make a Deal. Sterns is a Snake that should be Fired! He held the NBA from play while making fans hate the players with his Idiotic behavior. Maybe the Bookies in Vegas told Sterns to resolve the LockOut as well?



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:09 am
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

your spare nut for spawning more idiots like you.
Lol so having an opinion makes me an idiot? Got it. Meanwhile, you hate the NBA but you're here on the Eye on Basketball page. Ah, the irony. If you don't like the NBA that's fine, but don't call me an idiot for taking a shot at hockey, that just makes you look bad.

PS: The NBA is more popular than the NHL ever was or ever will be. Just sayin.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:49 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

That's what they said before and next thing you know they cancelled the first 2 weeks, they owe it to the ones who pay their salary, the fans, just make the deal already sick and tired of all the talk.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:41 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'




Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:40 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

i'd rather sever a testicle than watch hockey.

Anika is that you?



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:31 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

lord knows i'd rather sever a testicle than watch hockey.

Sever one..or both.

The NBA is the worst pro sport in America. Its akin to the WWE...fake, boring and useless.
the NHL is balls to the wall sport, not idiots who cant shoot, live for themselves in a team sport, have no idea how to do anything other than use your spare nut for spawning more idiots like you.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:24 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

I hope a deal gets done. I'm gonna need something to get me thru monday to saturday once baseball ends, and lord knows i'd rather sever a testicle than watch hockey.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:23 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

Yawn...nothing to see here.

Don't forget that the owners pay Stern to say what they want.  When I think about it actually...the players are the ones who turned us off the game.  Their behavior is pretty much like the bully when we were kids on the court.  And no one I know likes a bully.




Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:22 pm
 

NBA labor deal 'within striking distance'

Until they come up with a hard cap there will be no chance at evolving parity within the league a la NFL.  If you are fan of a small market team with the deal the players want you will forever be doomed to first round exit.  Some would argue San Antonio proved otherwise but those glory days are by-gone.  The average owner IQ is low and ego high but God knows they need protection from themselves. The average player IQ is low and ego high so they do have something in common. Hope the fans end up with an agreement that limits contract lengths and eliminates all the salary cap exceptions that lead to the Egos of South Beach collections.


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