NBA Lockout Talks Break Off As Union Takes League's Offer Back To Player Representatives

The players' union will take the league's latest NBA lockout offer back to its player representatives early next week before talks with owners resume, union director Billy Hunter said late Thursday. That means there's no deal over the weekend, and whether there will be one even next week remains in question. Union president Derek Fisher said that the executive board wasn't able to accept the deal on Thursday night despite several concessions from the league.

Hunter also revealed that there remain 30 or more "B issues" like the age minimum and player discipline that must be resolved, though no one has considered those make-or-break conflicts. It remains to be seen exactly what "A issues" remain on the table.

Hunter nor Fisher seemed terribly confident or pessimistic that player reps would authorize acceptance of the NBA's deal or push for additional negotiation. It also remains to be seen what David Stern will say about the half-life of the league's offer.

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