Saturday, July 4, 2015

NBA & union: pointing toward Friday

After meeting for more than 15 hours on Wednesday, and bargaining until well into Thursday, the NBA and the NBA Player's Association ended Thursday night's meeting short due to fatigue and feeling "wiped out."

NBA & union: pointing toward Friday

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After meeting for more than 15 hours on Wednesday, and bargaining until well into Thursday, the NBA and the NBA Player's Association ended Thursday night's meeting short due to fatigue and feeling "wiped out."

Both sides cited Wednesday's epic session as the reason for parting ways on Thursday after only 7-plus hours. Both said it made little sense to keep plodding along when everyone was exhausted from the previous night's all-nighter.

The NBA and the union will get back to the table on Friday morning at 10:30. And both the union and the NBA said they'd be coming to Friday's meeting prepared to stay as late as possible to reach a deal. Union chief Billy Hunter said after Thursday's meeting that, "I think we're within striking distance of getting a deal," while union president Derek Fisher cautiouned that the final push would also be the most difficult. 

Hunter, NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver made their point clear: Friday's meeting will be critical.

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"We're preparing to negotiate over everything," Stern said, adding, "There's no guarantee that we're going to get a deal done, but we're going to give it a heck of a shot."

Also of note, the union's lead economist, Kevin Murphy, was missing from today's bargaining session. He will rejoin the union on Friday when the talks will, inevitably, shift toward the split of basketball revenue.

Tomorrow's session will be crucial in determining if the NBA can save its full season.

--Kate


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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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