NBA owners, union meet again at critical time

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NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners and players have completed another day of meetings and plan to have larger groups attend a session Tuesday, with negotiations at what Commissioner David Stern says is "getting to be an important time."

The sides met in small groups Thursday for the second consecutive day, again for about 512 hours.

Though Stern and leaders from the players' association have said they like working in small numbers, Stern says they think it's "a good idea to have larger group meetings at this point."

They could again meet for consecutive days next week in New York, then both will update their members on the state of the talks next Thursday -- not long before a decision would have to be made if any changes in the NBA calendar are in order.