NEW YORK (AP) — NBA players and owners are done talking for the day and plan to resume bargaining Saturday.
With time running out to reach a labor deal that saves the Nov. 1 start of the season, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and other NBA stars took part in a four-hour session Friday in New York.
Derek Fisher, president of the players’ association, characterized the talks as “engaging.” When asked whether a deal could be done this weekend, he said: “I can’t answer that.”
Commissioner David Stern has said there must be progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement this weekend or there will be “enormous consequences.”
Owners locked out players on July 1 and the sides continue to spar over the division of revenues and salary cap system.