High hopes swirled heading into the latest NBA lockout talks on Tuesday in New York City, as the full NBA labor committee and National Basketball Players Association executive committee assembled to pick up where a smaller, more high-level group left off last week. But apparently, there will be no salvation for NBA fans any time.
At the end of a session that reached nearly six hours, NBPA vice president Roger Mason of the New York Knicks tweeted the bad news.
Just finished a long day of negotiations. Unfortunately we are No Where Near a deal! It's def disappointing!
NBPA director Billy Hunter continued the discouragement. From CBS Sports' Ken Berger:
Hunter: "The owners are unwilling to move off of the position on which they've anchored themselves."
Hunter also said that he is pessimistic that the 2011-12 season, slated to open on November 1, will begin on time.
A select group of the top officials from both sides met last week in New York, and a relative wealth of positive-seeming tea leaves had a number of reporters suggesting the season's start could be saved. With no further meetings scheduled as of yet, those rosey inclinations are sure to dry up.