By Chris Sheridan
NEW YORK — After more than 16 hours of meetings, there still is no deal to end the NBA lockout.
Also, nobody is talking.
Owners and players met Tuesday into Wednesday for what was by far their longest negotiating session since the lockout was imposed, breaking up after 2 a.m. and agreeing to reconvene later Wednesday morning after a few hours sleep.
Both sides heeded the wishes of federal mediator George Cohen and declined to say anything publicly.
Whether this represented tangible progress was impossible to discern, although the sheer amount of hours spent in discussions lent itself to the belief that there could be a breakthrough on the horizon that would end the work stoppage and preserve the possibility of having a full 82-game season.
The league’s owners are scheduled to hold their Board of Governors meeting Wednesday and Thursday at a hotel not far from the site of the labor talks. Representatives from 12 ownership groups were in attendance for the marathon bargaining session, and all but one member of the union’s negotiating committee was present, too.
So stay tuned.