NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners and players have resumed talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement, exactly one month after the lockout began.
Though representatives from the sides have met since July 1, the session Monday was the first since then to include Commissioner David Stern, and players’ association executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher of the Lakers.
They were joined by vice president Theo Ratliff, also of the Lakers.
Far apart on numerous issues, the sides were unable to negotiate a new CBA before the old one expired at the end of the day June 30. Hunter indicated that day they might start on something besides economics when they returned, since they couldn’t get past that hurdle previously.
The season is scheduled to start on Nov. 1.