Stern, NBA Fire Warning Shot on NBA Season

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Tired of reading lockout columns? Well, good, because I’m sure tired of writing them. Here are the latest developments in bullet points:

    • The CBA negotiations in New York ended today with no significant progress (at-least none that was confirmed by either side)
    • Both sides have agreed to continue negotiating through the weekend, as long as actual negotiations are taking place.
    • Several of the NBA stars (including Kobe, LeBron and Wade) have been summoned by Union executive director Billy Hunter to meet Friday in New York.
    • Reportedly the owners have ever-so-slightly budged from their ‘hard cap’ stance during the last couple days of meetings.

 

Quotables:

 

Derek Fisher on the progress being made:

“I think it points more toward the calendar than actually being able to measure progress. It points to the realities that we face with our calendar and that if we can’t find a way to get some common ground really, really soon, then the time of starting the regular season at its scheduled date is going to be in jeopardy big-time.”

Commissioner Stern on the importance of this weekend:

“I’m focused on let’s get the two committees in and see whether they can either have a season or not have a season, and that’s what’s at risk this weekend.”

It appears that by weekends’ end, we’ll know the immediate future of NBA basketball. For a full write-up on the situation, you can go here.

Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.