NBA, players meeting in New York



NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern and the players are meeting in New York in hopes of ending the 148-day lockout.

After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides resumed discussions Friday as the NBA has little time left to save the league’s Christmas Day schedule. Stern has said the league needs about 30 days from an agreement to when games could be played.

That deadline has created a sense of urgency because the Dec. 25 schedule is traditionally a showcase for the league.

Participating in the talks for the league are Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, Spurs owner Peter Holt, the chairman of the labor relations committee, and attorneys Rick Buchanan and Dan Rube. The players are represented by executive director Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher, vice president Maurice Evans, attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy.