Once again: in the absence of good news, we'll take the absence of bad news. That's what commissioner David Stern reports after NBA lockout talks broke up on Friday after a five-hour session, telling reporters that there was "no bad news" in the negotiations. Stern's deputy Adam Silver said the sides would continue to negotiate through and beyond the weekend to get a deal done, and the commissioner said that there have been no threats to cancel the season in the absence of immediate progress. He emphatically pushed back against a question as to whether the season would be zero games or 82 games.
Friday marked the third day of negotiations this week, with more promised starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. The sides met briefly on Tuesday and Wednesday before breaking for Rosh Hashanah; the players' union brought in a number of star players for Friday's talks, and the league's full labor committee plus Mickey Arison of the Miami Heat represented owners. It's widely considered that this next week will determine whether the season begins on time on November 1.