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Owners, players may meet Tuesday. That would make Kobe happy.

Nov 7, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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What Kobe Bryant wants, Kobe Bryant gets.

Okay, it’s not that simple, but in this case it could be a good thing.

The NBA owners and players are trying to set up one last meeting before David Stern’s Wednesday deadline, reported Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA and Players Association are discussing setting up a meeting for Tuesday to try and reach agreement on a labor deal, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. Nothing is finalized, but the sides were working toward having a session in New York before Wednesday’s league-imposed deadline for the union to accept the owners’ current offer.

They can’t make a deal if they aren’t in the same room talking to one another, so if they set this up it is a start. What preconditions could be on this meeting — after Stern’s ultimatium late Saturday night — are unknown. The union isn’t going to take Stern’s offer as is. But if the two sides talk maybe the system issues could be worked out, clearing the way for an agreement on basketball related income. It would mean both sides giving a little more, but hey miracles do happen.

And it would make Kobe happy.

He told Wojnarowski he just wants to see the two sides sit down and talk.

“We need for the two sides to get together again before Wednesday, because we’re too close to getting a deal done,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “We need to iron out the last system items and save this from spiraling into a nuclear winter.”

This is what the lockout has come to: Kobe Bryant has become the voice of concession and reason. Kobe and concession in the same sentence.

(Although this is very Kobe, he knows he is at the tail end of his career and he can’t win a ring or make personal scoring goals, like passing Jordan in total points, if he has to sit out a season.)

At this point, I am pleased when the two sides sit down in a room to talk. Not optimistic, but pleased. It’s the only way anything is going to get done.

  1. eaglessuperfan - Nov 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Finally maybe cooler heads have prevailed………. Stay Tuned

  2. david8726 - Nov 7, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Kobe as the voice of reason.

    That’s some twilight zone stuff right there. :P

  3. nghtrder169 - Nov 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    2 guys I never liked (Stern & MJ) – really taking it to these players… Players have no leverage – this isn’t negotiating

  4. snoopy2014 - Nov 7, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Funny. Lakers vs. Celtics all over again. Kobe and Blake are pushing to get a deal done (Blake is pushing for taking the owner’s current proposal) while Paul Pierce insists on blowing up the union.

    I’d like to think cooler heads have prevailed…but how much influence is Kobe going to have once he gets everyone in the same room? Can he persuade Dan Gilbert’s gut and Mrs. Robert Sarver’s designer handbag? Can he talk Pierce into shelving the decertification plan, and pull Garnett off the ledge? Kobe’s good, but he’s not superhuman.

    What I’d love to see: Kobe and Michael Jordan staring each other down. Kobe challenges MJ to a 1-on-1 pay-per-view game. Kobe wins, and the owners go up to 52. MJ wins, and the union accepts the current proposal. Either way, the fans win.

    • eaglessuperfan - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      LoL ok I like that

  5. dannomac21 - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    (Although this is very Kobe, he knows he is at the tail end of his career and he can’t win a ring or make personal scoring goals, like passing Jordan in total points, if he has to sit out a season.)

    ————————-

    yeah, maybe.

    or you have a guy who has such an absurd passion for the game of basketball that he simply wants to do what 95% of the rest of the league wants to do, play.

  6. trbowman - Nov 8, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    Hold tight owners, hold tight.

  7. nazraq - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Kurt, so how do you really feel about kobe… you douche, hate haters.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

      Comments like this crack me up. You think I’m a Kobe/Laker hater? Really?

      • pellypell - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        Don’t feed em Kurt.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Nov 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      nazraq, if Kobe were to ever suddenly stop, it would take the jaws of life to remove Kurt from his backside.

  8. rreducla1 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    nazraq, if Kobe were to ever suddenly stop, it would take the jaws of life to remove Kurt from his backside

    ___________________________

    And gosh, all it took to get your lips off the owners’ behinds were salary rollbacks.

  9. rreducla1 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    (Although this is very Kobe, he knows he is at the tail end of his career and he can’t win a ring or make personal scoring goals, like passing Jordan in total points, if he has to sit out a season.)

    ___________

    I am a Laker fan, and I think this is clearly true.

  10. adirtyplayernamedsue - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Nobody cares about pro basketball but the players and owners. Just go away and never play again please.

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