Talks Break Down Over BRI Split; No New Talks Scheduled, Mediator Out

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference after the NBA Board of Governors meeting on October 20, 2011 in New York City. Silver announced that NBA Commissioner David Stern will not attend the NBA labor talks today due to illness. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned to Hades and ordered to forever perform the same meaningless task: pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down at the last instant.  Welcome to the NBA collective bargaining talks, Sis.

After what appeared to be a promising several days, the two sides broke off talks Thursday night, again over the BRI split. No new talks are scheduled.  Said deputy commissioner Adam Silver, "We have certain core beliefs that we think are absolutely necessary ... At this time, we have no further discussions scheduled."

Spurs owner Peter Holt, head of the owners' labor committee, did say the NBA is not announcing any more missed games "at this time."

Derek Fisher, in yet another indication that things are getting worse, told the media, "You guys were lied to earlier" saying the owners are about "telling one-sided stories that are not true." He said the union was willing to keep talking but that the owners have long wanted to "break the union's resolve." Billy Hunter said, in fact, that Holt had told the players a 50-50 split was a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum.

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