Players' Union To Meet Friday To Discuss NBA Lockout Strategy

Sam Amick of SI.com reports that top the players' union has rescheduled its meeting in Los Angeles for Friday, when top officials and the rank-and-file will discuss NBA lockout strategy. The meeting had initially been scheduled for Monday, but last-minute talks to save the season's November 1 start were called at the, well, last minute, requiring union director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher to remain in New York.

Those talks were without fruit, as NBA commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season late Monday. The decision cost the NBA 100 games, and will lead to players missing their first paycheck of the season.

Amick notes that those missing paychecks may not hurt too much, as players have recently received the 8 percent of their 2010-11 salaries held by the league's escrow system. Another $26 million will be disbursed to players in coming weeks; that's the payout from owners due to gross NBA salaries coming in under the 57 percent threshold that players are due.

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