76ers F Brand says players will stick together

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand says "it doesn't look good" the NBA season will start on time because of this messy lockout.

Brand remains hopeful the season will start as scheduled and that progress in talks can be made by training camp. Brand attended an NBPA meeting in Los Angeles this week, where the message from the union was to stick together.

But he says it's tough having no contact with his coach Doug Collins and other members of the organization, especially after the Sixers made the playoffs last season.

Brand hasn't ruled out playing overseas if the lockout drags into this season.

But for now, Brand is keeping busy. He organized a Sixers workout for next week in Los Angeles, participated in a youth basketball camp in St. Maarten, and his production company is at work on a movie about rapper Tupac Shakur.