Yesterday's 16 hour marathon mediation meeting yielded little in terms of tangible outcome, but it must be going somewhere because both sides agreed to start it up again today. Read the tea leaves in whatever way you can, but I think that the fact that they're still willing to talk is promising.
Ford writes that while it is good that the meeting will resume, unnamed sources indicate that the progress has only been on small issues.
In the words of William Goldman, "nobody knows anything."
Dwyer notes that the owners are finally acting in good faith. Hmmm...
Even if Season is Saved, Rescheduling Could be Prohibitive, according to this story.
Check out this quote:
"George is the only guy I've seen as smart as David Stern. And David knows it."
Derek Fisher might emerge as the guy in the best light when all is said and done. Good profile.
Kevin Durant's charity game, scheduled for October 23, is quickly approaching sell-out status. If you're in OKC and interested in going, jump on it quick. If you cannot be there, the good news is that the game is going to be televised on the Cox channel.
Young has been tracking the ticket sales for Durant's game and notes that despite the technical problems, there are still tickets to be had.
"Hey Fish. We got a deal yet?"
Yeah, I laughed.
Eric Maynor steps into a conference call with musician J. Cole and the two touch on a number of subjects that bind their childhoods together.
According to Broussard, Kevin Durant is in Akron for a few days to work out with LeBron James. As much as I enjoyed rooting against LeBron in last year's playoffs, I know that these two men each have something to share with the other that is much needed for each of them to matriculate.
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Mason spots Goodman League gear is now on sale, so if you want to look like locked-out Kevin Durant for Halloween, here is your means to do so.
Cole Aldrich has been spending his time with Nick Collison in Kansas working to get ready for the season. I am hopeful that spending quality time with Collison will pay great dividends for Aldrich on the court.
Cue the theme music.
Competitive balance remains an integral issue for teams that reside in cities like Minnesota.
Bryant Gumble has done a great job retaining all of the sourness and dourness that has defined his career. Back when Rick Reilly was still relevant, he wrote the most definitive piece on Gumble ever written.
We have examined the aggregate level of what happens when the players' percentage of BRI is diminished. Galetti examines it from a micro standpoint and notes that the discrepancy for most players is actually very small.
The city of Memphis is pondering whether it can sue the NBA for canceling games. Those games provide the revenue the city needs to pay off the bonds used to build their stadium.
Honestly, I think Shannon Brown understands this thing better than Dwyer does.