Want a shot of NBA lockout optimism, even if commissioner David Stern nor players' union president Derek Fisher would grant none during their press conferences after 12 hours of negotiations stretched into early Thursday? TrueHoop's Henry Abbott has an anecdote to sooth your mind.
As he left the news conference early Thursday morning, after 12 hours of bargaining, Stern stopped in the crowded hallway to converse with union economist Kevin Murphy, who says he is trying to arrange his schedule to be here for the next session to start at noon.
Stern encouraged Murphy to show up, saying, "It will be a good day to be here."
It was late. Stern was tired. The comment was vague. It didn't sound like a real promise of a deal. But it certainly didn't sound like a guy preparing to blow apart the talks with a dramatically lower offer, either.
Vague or not, I'll take it.