Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
New York — After a lockout that has lasted more than three months, whether the NBA season starts on time could come down to one "very huge day" in labor talks.
Owners and players were set to be back Tuesday for a full bargaining session, knowing if they fail to produce results, there may not be enough time left to avoid canceling regular-season games.
"A lot of signs point to tomorrow being a very huge day," players' association president Derek Fisher of the Lakers said. "There will be a lot of pressure on all of us in the room, and we'll accept that responsibility and go in and see what we can get worked out."
The sides met in small groups Monday for about five hours, a session that deputy commissioner Adam Silver said was mainly about "setting the table" for Tuesday. While careful not to put too much pressure on Tuesday's talks, he and commissioner David Stern made clear there had to be signs of compromise.