The current CBA will expire at the end of this season (as long as the owners opt out as expected), and if no new deal is reached by July 1 there would be a lockout.
Off the record both sides are bracing for a lockout that could be lengthy and mean lost games next season.
On the record they both say they are happy to be negotiating. Still, the two sides remain very far apart (although Commissioner David Stern called it a gap, not a gulf after the last meeting).
The owners are looking for dramatic shift in the CBA, something that would have less guaranteed money on contracts and a hard (or at least harder) salary cap. The players are pretty much good with the status quo, saying that the owners claims of losing money are not true.
We’ll keep you updated on any news out of Wednesday’s meeting. And remember to really savor the games this season because it may be longer than usual before they return.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
Mavericks’ rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. misses game with knee swelling
This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
LeBron James rejects Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim