Lockout update: After 15+ hours of talks, 82 games still possible

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?

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Lockout update: Still talking past midnight

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

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Lockout update: Is tonight the night?

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,

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Hubbard Column: Comedy, perhaps, but was that Gumbel’s intention?

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.

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Heisler Column: At Long Last, Crunch Time

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

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Silver: “Unclear” whether an 82-game schedule is possible

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

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Lockout update: Interpretations

NEW YORK — The gag order imposed by federal mediator George Cohen has left the NBA lockout writers with a dearth of quotes to work with, so let’s have a look around the Web to see what they had left in the tank after doing stakeout duty during 24 1/2 hours of talks Tuesday and Wednesday: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com looks at the salary cap math but leaves out one important piece of the equation — the money that would be freed

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Lockout update: Talks last 8 1/2 hours, will resume Thursday afternoon

// NEW YORK — They’re finished talking — but only temporarily. NBA owners and players logged another 8 1/2 hours of time together Wednesday after spending 16 hours negotiating Tuesday, and mediator George Cohen announced shortly before 7 p.m. that talks had adjourned for the night and would resume at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday. Cohen also convinced both side to agree to a gag order, meaning there will be no official word from the players, the owners or commissioner David Stern on whether anyone

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