Lockout update: Stern leaves, might be back

By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — David Stern has left the building. But he might be back before the night is over. After seven hours of talks Wednesday, Stern and owner Wyc Grousbeck of the Boston Celtics left the hotel where collective bargaining talks are being held and headed to a nearby hotel, where the league’s Board of Governors is holding its annual fall meeting. Both men needed to attend a briefing by Grousbeck to the league’s Planning Committee regarding proposed changes to the

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Lockout update: Talks have resumed – 2 p.m. UPDATE

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.

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Lockout talks end after 16 hours, to resume in morning

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

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Lockout update: Sides still talking after 13 hours

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

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Hubbard column: The side with the most islands wins

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

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Sheridan column: What they’re fighting over

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

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Heisler Column: War is hell. Just ask JaVale McGee

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,

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Meet the NBA’s possible savior, George Cohen

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

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