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NBPA's Fisher: No NBA labor deal reached Friday

Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 7:46 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout's Ken Berger reports from New York City that labor talks between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have wrapped up after more than four hours of negotiations.

Both sides addressed the media, with the NBPA going first. 

Berger reports that NBPA president Derek Fisher said during a Friday afternoon press conference that although the meetings were "engaging" the two sides "did not come out of here with a deal today, but we will be back here at 10 a.m." 

Talks are expected to continue on Saturday and Sunday. 

Asked if a deal will be reached this weekend, Fisher said: "I can't answer that."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Fisher said that "no formal proposals [were] exchanged" on Friday and that talks were "contentious" at times. The paper also noted that Fisher said that the NBA did not threaten to cancel the entire 2011-2012 NBA season if no deal was reached this weekend.  

NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media following the NBPA press conference.

"There's no bad news," Stern said according to Berger. "Both sides expressed a willingness to make a deal." 

Berger reports that Stern, who acknowledged that no formal proposals were exchanged, said that both the NBA and NBPA "agreed that once regular season games lost, both sides harden."

Asked if he can see a framework of a deal, Stern said, "We leave that to the bloggers." If no deal is reached this weekend, Silver said that talks between the two sides would "of course" continue. reported that Stern made public some details of the league's new revenue sharing plan for the first time. Under the proposal presented by Stern, revenue sharing among owners would quadruple within three yeras after tripling in the first two years.

Finally, Stern said that a report that the season could be canceled if a deal wasn't reached this weekend was "ludicrous." 

During the NBPA's press conference, Fisher was flanked by a cadre of NBA All-Stars including Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Heat guard Dwyane Wade and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Other players present, Berger reports, include Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, Philadelphia 76ers forwards Elton Brant and Andre Iguodala, and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis.

Berger also reports that Heat forward Udonis Haslem left the meeting saying that he was "very encouraged" and that "you can see that everybody really wants to make a deal."

This post will update with the latest NBA lockout news.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:38 am

NBPA's Fisher: No NBA labor deal reached Friday

See what greed will do to you. I hope you don't have a season Mcdonalds is hiring!

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:24 pm

NBPA's Fisher: No NBA labor deal reached Friday

Okay, get a deal done.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:29 pm
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