NBA lockout talks have ended Friday evening after five hours of negotiations between players and owners. Derek Fisher led a press conference held by the National Basketball Players Association after the conclusion of talks, and said no new proposals were made and the meeting did get contentious at times. (No word on whether the presence of both Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and No. 1 enemy LeBron James had anything to do with that.)
Fisher also said that he couldn't predict whether a deal would get done this weekend, but did say that no threats were made that the lack of a deal would kill the season. ESPN reported on Thursday that NBA commissioner David Stern had threatened to cancel the season completely if a deal wasn't reached by mid-week.
The regular season is scheduled to tip off on November 1. It's generally accepted that the league needs a handshake deal this week to start the season on time.