For the first time since the lockout began on July 1, NBA players are going to be welcomed back to their team facilities, said league spokesman Tim Frank.
Surprise, relief, joy and even some caution. Such was the reaction of many NBA players and fans Saturday, amid news that the labor dispute which led to the cancellation of hundreds of games and threatened the entire season was nearing an end.
Joined by superstars such as Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, player representatives from NBA teams are meeting to discuss the league’s proposal for a new labor deal.
Decision day for NBA players may have arrived.
David Stern’s deadline passed without a deal, though the NBA and its players will talk again Thursday.
A person with knowledge of the plans says NBA owners and players will meet before Commissioner David Stern’s deadline to accept the league’s latest proposal or face a worse one.
NBA players have until Wednesday to accept Commissioner David Stern’s latest offer, though the response already seems obvious.
Three days and 30 hours’ worth of talks couldn’t produce a new labor deal, so NBA owners and players walked away without knowing when they will meet again.
The marathon NBA bargaining sessions have taken their toll on Commissioner David Stern.
After another long day of negotiations, NBA players and owners left with nothing more than plans for another meeting.