The NBA's lawsuit against the players' union seeking to prevent decertification during lockout negotiations will have its oral arguments at the U.S. Second Circuit court on November 2, reports CBS Sports' Ken Berger. That is, of course, unless NBA owners end the lockout before then. The regular season is scheduled to begin November 1. Without a deal, that opening night is expected to be pushed out or cancelled.
Sam Amick of SI.com had reported earlier on Tuesday that officials from both the league and players' union had met with the federal judge assigned the NBA's suit as a prelude to crucial lockout talks in New York. Derek Fisher, the union's president, has called Tuesday a "very big day," though most expect talks to continue through the week.
If the stoppage gets to November 2, there could be larger problems for the league: player agents have indicated their interest in getting more involved in the talks, and have threatened to push for decertification against the will of union leadership.