With leaving meeting after meeting with no deal, I wish I could say we have hope. With the latest meeting being earlier today in Manhattan, New York, we are left yet once again with no deal or any signs of getting closer to our goal- agreeing. With only six days left to strike a deal and avoid a costly lockout, our NBA players attended the meeting with shirts that read in big letters, “Stand” hoping to make a difference. The roster included Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Richard Jefferson of the San Antonio Spurs and our 2010-2011 champion, Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks. After four hours they left without a deal but with some hope that by the next meeting, things could get smoother. Owners are meeting Tuesday in Dallas to discuss all the issues that are still holding us back from having a 2011-2012 NBA season. Commissioner David Stern and others have agreed to refrain from publicly discussing Friday’s meeting, although he is still defending his earlier decision, a so called ”flex cap” and $2 billion in annual salaries for players. David Stern was mostly proud of his boys for joining the meeting but wished that more had come. “We were actually cheered by the fact that they were there.”
And the T-shirts? “They were nicely done,” he said.
-Kelly Ouji (@KellysonFIRE)