The negotiation yesterday did not result in a resolution, and it still seems as if the main sticking point is the money split. Is it 53-51? Is it 53-47? Can it be drilled down to 50-50? Everything is speculation at this point, but we know that David Stern has fired another warning shot for game cancellations. Meanwhile, is Billy Hunter starting to feel the heat from his own ranks?
Berger walks us through the see-sawing of the negotiation. He offers a good rule of thumb too - each BRI percentage point is worth about $40 million.
Coon distinguishes between the optimist and the pessimist. I'm neither, but I can read the tea leaves. Says Coon:
"Can the two sides resolve their differences in two days, following two years of talks that yielded little progress?"
If you're not familiar with the chaps at this Truehoop blog, this is a great post to help you get caught up to date. In my opinion there are only a handful of people, which includes both professional reporters and bloggers, who really understand the mechanics of the CBA negotiation, and one of them is Tim Donahue.
The players have never in the 28 year history of the CBA received less than 53% of BRI. And yet, some players have privately admitted that they'd take the 50-50 split.
Young reminds us that even though the meetings yesterday did not end in a deal, we shouldn't be too surprised or disappointed, because the past two years essentially led up to this point.
More links after the jump.
An astute observation by Dwyer - it does kind of feel like the past 3 1/2 months were a total waste. I disagree with his blame of the owners though; both sides are culpable because there is no moral ground for either side. As Donahue at 8 Points 9 Seconds argued, this is a matter of power, not truth.
This post is a bit wonky if you're not a fan of economics, but it takes an interesting look at how the CBA negotiations have mirrored the way our nation's political and connected money classes have imposed their wills on the rest of society.
In which Strauss wonders if the concern for the plight of the concession stand worker is really just a case of sportswriter projection.
This post is really about Amare Stoudemire and his continued maturation as a human being, but it does offer a great catch phrase - "You can't go cold turkey on fried chicken." True.
Young taps his lawyer buddy (Lawyers! Friends to all!) to examine the potential for the Oklahoma City taxpayers to sue the city if the NBA's season is canceled. I think the phrase caveat emptor might apply here.
Monta Ellis is a bit of an enigma, he being an extremely talented player that could watch his entire career wash by without a single meaningful moment. Mason rightly notes though that, "team chemistry is fickle and can appear without warning." There is hope yet.