NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver spoke to reporters briefly after meetings between the league's owners wrapped up Thursday and just before NBA lockout talks reconvened in New York. Silver, the league's lead lockout negotiator, took the podium because his boss David Stern is out with the flu. In response to a question about reports of the potential for an 82-game schedule despite Stern's previous cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season, Silver hedged and said he was unsure if that was possible.
While it was vague and less than noncommittal, that he didn't dismiss the suggestion outright represents a different line than what the league has been offering since Stern announced the cancellations last week.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that a league source indicated that if a deal is reached this week, an 82-game schedule could still be made a reality. However, with the London Olympics beginning on July 28, the NBA would be in a massive time-crunch to get the season tipped off.