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
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
// 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
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
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