After just the second meeting of the offseason, the NBA players and owners had a meeting that seemed to go nowhere. Yikes.
The most recent meeting that took place on Tuesday has both sides basically agreeing that they probably won’t have a deal in place in time to have the season start by its regularly scheduled October beginning. Here’s what the Commish David Stern had to say: ““Well, we did not have a great day, I think it’s fair to say that,” Commissioner David Stern said. “On the other hand, we did say that it is our collective task to decide what we want on the one hand on each side, and two, what each side needs if we choose to work ourselves in such a way as to have the season start on time. That’s still our goal.””
Yeah, but that’s probably not happening. Derek Fisher had a reality check for that a$$:
“I think coming out of today, obviously because of the calendar, we can’t come out of here feeling as though training camps and the season is going to start on time at this point.”
The main issue comes from how much the players are willing to split with owners and it’s all coming down to $7.8 billion on the table! Every meeting has been largely unproductive, so we’re probably looking at a shortened season. Sigh.