The current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players union expires in 2011, and some involved believe that another lockout is a strong possibility.
The league has to decide by Dec. 15, 2010, whether to extend the collective-bargaining agreement through the 2011-12 season. If not extended, it expires June 30, 2011.
"If the economy doesn't turn in two years, there's definitely going to be a lockout because everybody is taking a hit in this recession," Kings' guard Bobby Jackson said. "The owners are definitely going to want to make some cutbacks, and the players aren't going to want to make the cutbacks.
"But I think we have to put our differences aside and say what's best, and that's playing this game and giving fans what they want and not being selfish."