L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant isn't quite publicly telling the world he's ready to take the NBA lockout deal on the table, but in a chat with Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the former MVP does say that the owners need to meet the players' union at the table one more time.
"We need for the two sides to get together again before Wednesday, because we're too close to getting a deal done," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "We need to iron out the last system items and save this from spiraling into a nuclear winter."
NBA commissioner David Stern on Saturday laid down a proposal for a 50-50 split of revenue and some additional salary cap system restraints to tamp down spending among the least frugal teams. He said that if the players do not accept the proposal by Wednesday, the NBA will change its offer to a more Draconian version last seen in June, complete with a hard salary cap.
The union has apparently been pushing for one last meeting behind the scenes.