NBA Lockout: League, Union Officials To Confer With Judge Wednesday

Officials from the league and players' union will speak to the federal judge Paul Gardephe on Wednesday to discussing the NBA lockout suit filed by the league, reports CBS Sports' Ken Berger. Gardephe has called a 5 p.m. ET conference call on Wednesday to discuss scheduling issues and the union's planned motion to dismiss.

Earlier on Wednesday, as reported by SI.com's Sam Amick last week, the two sides will meet in the third bargaining session of the lockout. It's an understandably tricky balance for David Stern and Billy Hunter to navigate, as they attempt to show good faith in negotiations to make progress through September while also needing to use the courts as leverage should things go sour again.

The National Labor Relations Board is also expected to announce soon its decision on the union's unfair labor practice complaint against the league. That's considered the union's best weapon against the league's warchest.

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