NBA Lockout: Derek Fisher, Adam Silver Have Divergent Views Of Link Between Economic, System Issues

Once NBA lockout talks wrapped up early Thursday morning, each side gave brief reports to the press on what had actually occurred during the 12-hour session. Adam Silver, the NBA's deputy commissioner and lead negotiator, continued a thread he's tugged for quite a while now by saying that the economic and salary cap system issues remain separate, essentially that concessions on one part of the equation do not equal progress on the other.

Derek Fisher, the president of the players' union, indicated the exact opposite, saying that because the union has been flexible on the economic issue -- reportedly offering to move down to a 50-50 revenue split, which is the owners' sweet spot -- it has expected compromise from the league on the remaining system issues.

Neither side would claim any progress was made in Wednesday's long session, and in fact commissioner David Stern advised the media not to read into it that the sides would meet again on Thursday. At some point, though, compromise or total and complete caving will have to enter the picture. If this lockout is going to end any time soon, it'll be compromise.

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