We shouldn't have expected anything less, but David Stern chimed in on the Dan Gilbert/Robert Sarver report that the two slowed down progress on a new labor deal Wednesday while Jerry Buss and James Dolan sat perturbed.
Stern, to NBA.com: "It is so wrong and incorrect and fictional" he said, "that I think I can understand why they would only attribute it to sources and that nobody would be willing to stand behind it."
Not that anyone should be surprised, but Stern really tried to hammer it home. He said, "wrong," "incorrect" and "fictional" to get that across.
Dan Gilbert of course had his own response via Twitter yesterday, calling the report "sad and pathetic."
As for a divide among owners, NBA.com says the players shouldn't put that into the strategy.
One person who was inside the Board of Governors meeting told NBA.com that, if the players are banking on a splintering of the owners as their best path to a favorable deal, "they would be making a mistake."Right now reports have the owners split on the value of a hard cap system, or at least to a degree. By most accounts, the two sides are closing the gap in terms of revenue splits (which is big), but systematic issues are holding up progress. Smaller market people like Gilbert and Sarver are said to be at that forefront.
Did they hold up labor progress Wednesday? I guess that just depends on who you want to believe.