Amid the hellfire and despair of the apparent breakdown in NBA lockout talks on Tuesday came one slightly positive, albeit likely irrelevant, nugget of news. Officials from the NBA and National Basketball Players Association met Tuesday in New York City in an attempt to find some progress before reporting back to their bases on Thursday. The NBA's owners are slated to meet in Dallas Thursday, while the players' union will host a large meeting in Las Vegas.
Despite an apparent complete lack of progress on Tuesday, NBA commissioner David Stern said owners will not vote to cancel training camps or preseason games when they meet on Thursday. Training camps typically begin in the waning days of September. The first preseason games are slated for the first week of October.
The dour statements from union officials following Tuesday's meeting, however, make it seem as tough it's only a matter of time before schedule changes are necessary. The calendar can only crawl along so slowly.