NBA and Union Meet for Seven Hours; Little Progress Made

The NBA and players union conducted their longest labor meeting today, which lasted for 7.5 hours. The sides gathered in New York City, and despite the extended session, little progress was made. Representatives from the union told the media that there is still a large gap between both sides and that more works needs to be done in order to end the lockout.

Union executive Roger Mason updated his followers on the meeting via Twitter: ““Finished another long day of meetings. Unfortunately nothing new to report. We are still very far from a deal.”

Today’s talks were focused more on the league’s system, instead of the usual Basketball Related Income. One positive coming out of this meeting is that the sides will return to the drawing boards on Monday and Tuesday.

Howard Beck NYT:  “NBA talks will break for a day, then resume with small-group session Monday and full committees Tuesday.”

Commissioner David Stern commented on what transpired in the labor session by saying that the sides are closer than they were before, but still nowhere to their liking. “We’re not near anything,” added Stern, “but wherever that is, we’re closer than we were before.”

All NBA fans can now hope for is that the meetings on Monday and Tuesday will be better than the one today. Although the pre-season is currently scheduled to occur, the league may have to cancel the entire schedule if nothing happens next week.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Two-Way Player Alex Caruso ‘Humbled’ To Be Starting Point Guard

With injuries coming down on the Los Angeles Lakers’ first three point guard options in Lonzo Ball, Isaiah Thomas…

Lakers News: Russell Westbrook & Agent Part Ways Over ‘Irreconcilable Differences’

The biggest question mark for the Los Angeles Lakers going into the offseason was what they would do with Russell Westbrook…

Lakers News: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Focused On Making Most Of ‘Real Opportunity’ Heading Into 2019 NBA Free Agency

Concluding a five-game road trip without LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Los Angeles Lakers…

Josh Hart Throwing Out Ceremonial First Pitch For Lakers Night At Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting their annual Lakers Night at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 15, when…