NBA lockout talks continue on Thursday with reporters offering varying levels of optimism about the state of negotiations. Veteran league executive Dave Checketts -- a close friend of commissioner David Stern -- sparked a minor conflagration late Thursday afternoon by implying in an ESPN radio interview in Salt Lake City that a deal was done.
Reporters at the scene of talks offered debunking. From Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
Person in the room assures me that no agreement has been reached. They're about to hit the five-hour mark here in New York.
SI.com's Sam Amick shared that the owners made an important but unrevealed concession late Wednesday, but said no deal has yet been forged:
Players' side source in the room says of alleged agreement, "Not at all (true). We have yet to discuss our positions at all."
The New York Times' Howard Beck offered a flat denial of Checketts' talk:
Person involved in NBA talks: "Nothing has changed between last night and today."