NEW YORK — First, the most important thing: Nobody picked up the phone Monday to schedule another labor meeting. That was the word as of 7 p.m. EDT.
In other news, Heat owner Micky Arison was reportedly fined $500,000 for his tweets the night the lockout talks broke up, and Billy Hunter denied there was a rift between him and union president Derek Fisher.
As expected, the NBA lowered its lockout hammer Monday on Micky Arison for offering opinions on the ongoing work stoppage on his Twitter account last Friday. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that the league has fined the Miami Heat owner. Yahoo reported the sanction was $500,000. NBA Commissioner David Stern had issued an edict before the July 1 start of the lockout that team and league personnel would not be allowed to comment on the lockout beyond the confines of league-approved media sessions. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was fined $100,000 in September for comments made to an Australian publication regarding the lockout.