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Saturday’s owners/players meeting going to be large group

Nov 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

NBA Labor Basketball AP

This could be really good or really bad.

Every time a large group of owners and players have gotten together during the NBA labor talks things have gone about as well as the last Hindenburg voyage. It’s always Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen or something that messes it up. That said, eventually a large group of owners and players are going to have to sign off on a deal eventually.

Saturday’s meeting of owners and players is going to be a large group, according to the Boston Herald. More players than just the executive committee and a number of owners are expected to attend.

This may be an effort to make things more transparent in response to inside questions about the directions the two leaderships have been taking. It could also be a show of solidarity from each side amid reports of fractures.

One source said he has no idea what to expect from the expanded session.

“It could be that everyone gets together and cooler heads rule the day,” he said. “Or it could be one of those battle royales from wrestling. We could see players and owners being thrown over the top rope and out the hotel windows.”

There are players threatening a push for decertification of the union if progress toward a deal is not made this weekend. Something that will make the hair stand up on the back of the owners neck, but may be more likely to make some dig in their heels rather than try to compromise. The hardliners on both sides are already trying to make their voices heard. Just great.

For those looking to be optimistic, if we see progress out of this large group Saturday it could bode well for getting a deal done. If not… well, aren’t we there already?

  1. goforthanddie - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Sunday we get the announcement the season is cancelled.

  2. denverdude7 - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:37 AM

    Just give up. Let the players decertify the union. Terminate all contracts and start a new league from scratch. If the players don’t like it, too bad. They can play wherever the want.

    Maybe the elite players like Bron-Bron and Wade can form their own league. There are enough morons out there that would actually watch it and ESPN would definitely televise it.

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