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NBA owners reach labor deal… with referees. Sorry.

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The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal.

The bad news is it’s with the referees.

We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot how bad the officiating was in the 2009 preseason when replacement referees were used.)

But the two sides have reached an agreement, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No details have been released, plus both the and the referees’ rank and file still need to vote approval, but this seems to be in the bag.

The good omens here are that this was a pretty heated negotiation that included the referees union filing a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board back in April saying the league would not negotiate in good faith. Exactly like the players union did.

But a few months later we have a deal that everyone can live with.

If you’re looking for optimism on the players and owners talks, that’s the best we can do.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.