By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — Earlier, this post listed the two biggest questions of the day in the NBA lockout talks: How much energy is left after a 16-hour bargaining session that ended after 2 a.m. this morning? Will David Stern be flexible with the Board of Governors’ schedule if a deal is within reach? We got an answer to the second one when the league announced that a 2 p.m. meeting had been postponed until this evening to allow bargaining talks to continue.
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
NEW YORK — Owners and players held their longest bargaining session since the NBA lockout was imposed July 1, breaking the 13-hour mark — and continuing to talk — as the clock hit 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday night. Federal mediator George Cohen was presiding over the meeting, which included the owners’ and players’ full bargaining committees. There were no details being released regarding what was transpiring in the bargaining room, but the very fact that the sides were spending so much time
By Jan Hubbard As far as I can tell, there is no truth to the rumor than in the last couple of weeks, people who participate in the illegal activity of cockfighting have been naming their roosters “David” and “Billy.” NBA commissioner David Stern and union chief Billy Hunter pecked at each other quite a bit after Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the NBA season. As always, Stern was the aggressor. In a series of radio and television interviews, Stern came
By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — So they’ll all be back in the same room together Tuesday, this time with a federal mediator presumably presiding over and standing between the owners and the players. When collective bargaining talks resume Tuesday, mediator George Cohen will be trying to get the main players in the NBA lockout to compromise on the major differences keeping them apart, and it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll have any luck. Positions tend to harden whenever a work stoppage goes past
By Mark Heisler Ask JaVale McGee if war isn’t hell. I’m not sure who else thinks the situation is “definitely critical,” other than the Wizards center and, of course, the press. It’s definitely not the NBA owners, who laughed their rear ends off at McGee’s, uh, candid reporting at last week’s union meeting in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cutting out an hour early, JaVale told a press throng in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton that “some guys ready to stand strong” but noted, “there were,
By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — Today, we begin to find out if a neutral third party can end the NBA labor stalemate and save an 82-game season. George H. Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is scheduled to met separately with owners and players today, then will bring the sides together Tuesday to see if they can bridge their differences and come to an agreement to end the NBA lockout. Commissioner David Stern said last week that if a deal is
By Chris Sheridan What should have been a day for locked-out NBA players to display unity and strength turned into something quite different as reporters spoke to JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards near the valet stand at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. some two hours into a three-hour meeting of union leaders and about 30 players. From Greg Beacham of the Associated Press: “There’s definitely some guys in there saying that they’re ready to fold, but … the majority of guys