Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the next meeting between the league and players' union seeking progress in ending the NBA lockout -- scheduled for sometime next week -- will be limited to only the top officials from each side, possibly just five people total. NBA commissioner David Stern, his deputy Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, National Basketball Players Association director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher are the reported attendees.
The sides have only met once since the NBA locked out players on July 1. That bargaining session drew media attention when Stern said he didn't feel the players were negotiating in good faith. A day later, the NBA filed a federal lawsuit and bad faith negotiations complaint against the union.
Stern has arbitrarily set a Labor Day deadline for progress in order to get the sides on track to avoid missing games in the 2011-12 season. In the 1998-99 lockout, training camp and the preseason was canceled on September 24.