NEW YORK — What if someone made you this offer: If you give me $4 today, I will give you back $40 in a month. But if you refuse to give me $4, you are guaranteed to lose $40 within a month. So you will either gain $36, or lose $40. You’d be nuts to turn that offer down, correct? Well, multiply that $4 by 10 million, and then ask the same question: Would you let go of $40 million today if it ensured that
NEW YORK — Billy Hunter told the world the sides in the NBA lockout are “within striking distance of a deal,” and he told SheridanHoops.com even more: “The BRI split is the very first thing we are going to try to tackle in the morning.” Owners and players met for 7 1/2 more hours Thursday after putting in a nearly 15 1/2 hour session that began Wednesday and ended after 3 a.m. Thursday. Exhausted after the 23 hours of meetings, the sides called it
NEW YORK — Progress is being made, an 82-game schedule remains achievable, but there could still be several more days of talks before the NBA lockout is settled. After 15 hours and 20 minutes spent bargaining behind closed doors, those three items were the sum product of the messages delivered by NBA commissioner David Stern and the leaders of the NBA Players Association early this morning following what was clearly and unquestionably a productive collective bargaining session. Are they closer to a deal?
NEW YORK — The NBA lockout did not end Wednesday. The only thing that ended was Wednesday itself. As the clock moved past midnight and Wednesday turned into Thursday, NBA owners and players were still meeting at a posh midtown Manhattan hotel whose lobby had turned into something resembling an Occupy The Lockout gathering of ink-stained wretches. No information was being released by the league or the union, but both sides had press conference rooms at the ready if circumstances called for them to be
NEW YORK — Coming to you from the lobby of the hotel were the lockout talks are taking place, and people are in a giving mood down here. (If they’re feeling the same way upstairs, that’ll be good). The New Jersey Nets sent 17 pizzas to the media corps, and NBA vice president Mike Bass brought “Berger cookies” from Baltimore for dessert. For anyone wishing to send lobster tails, tweet me and we will work out the proper arrangements. Today’s meeting began at noon,
One element previously missing from NBA negotiations was introduced last week, and we have Bryant Gumbel to thank for that. At a time when NBA fans were at their most depressed about the potential loss of the season, Gumbel took matters into his own vocal cords and provided a little comic relief. Thanks, Bryant. We needed that. Hard to believe, but some were offended by Gumbel’s suggestion on his HBO show Real Sports that David Stern was like a “plantation overseer.” Come on.
By Mark Heisler Talk about the matchup we waited our whole lives for … Bryant Gumbel vs. Paul Allen! What’s the chance of them fighting a steel cage death match? Things look that bad — as things figured to at this point with the warring parties already out $330 million … soon to be $660 million when Jefferson Davis, er, David Stern cancels two more weeks. The NBA trotted out Allen, the nation’s No. 23-ranked billionaire, now cautioning prudence after years of $100 million payrolls
NEW YORK — If it was too late to save a full 82-game NBA season, the deputy commissioner of the NBA would have said so. Instead, he pulled a page from his boss’s playbook and gave an answer that was open to interpretation. “Whether or not an 82-game schedule is possible is unclear to me,” Silver said Thursday following the conclusion of the two-day NBA Board of Governors meetings. Silver was the only one speaking on behalf of the owners after commissioner David Stern was