There’s a sick kind of fun in watching Twitter while NBA reporters loiter in the lobbies of fancy New York hotels, gradually losing their minds as they nibble on stale pizza, ogle hotel guests, and log double-digit hours waiting for lockout negotiations to break. Last night was a particularly silly one for the press corps, as the league and union didn’t emerge until around 3 a.m., after fifteen hours at the table (the latest, but not longest, a day’s talks have gone). Luckily for the resident reporters, the two sides emerged with news, and it actually sounded like somewhat decent news. Both parties were reportedly in good spirits, having reached minor agreements on numerous “system issues”. That’s great, but the financial issues still remain, the biggest of which is the split of basketball-related income. The eminent Ken Berger senses that the two sides might finally be approaching a willingness to release their pet percentages of BRI and meet in the middle, the almost offensively obvious solution to the problem. NBA fans are far too jaded at this point to get excited about news like this, though there does seem to be new hope of resolving this nonsense in time for a December 1 start date. Cross your fingers, but don’t hold your breath. Talks resume at 2 p.m. today.
Adam Silver and David Stern