NBA Lockout Talks End Again Without Indication Of Progress

The NBA lockout talks held in New York City on Thursday between the top officials from the league and players' union have apparently yielded little if any progress, as NBA commissioner David Stern and his deputy Adam Silver left the meeting without anything to report to the assembled media. Silver told the press the sides wouldn't meet again until next week.

The NBA regular season is scheduled to open on Nov. 1. Preseason games are scheduled in early October. Training camps are supposed to open on Oct. 2. All dates seem in imminent danger of delay or worse.

This specific group of officials last week two weeks ago. After what appeared to be progress in those talks, the league and union assembled broader committees to bargain last week, but that Tuesday session crashed and burn when two owners -- the Cavs' Dan Gilbert and Suns' Robert Sarver, reportedly -- refused to concede on a push for a hard team salary cap. After Stern caucused with his owners on Thursday, he told the media the league remained committed to a hard cap, but that he had permission to negotiate all points of a deal.

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