NBA Owners, Players Talking Again; Enough Time for 66-Game Season?

Players and owners are talking again, through their lawyers, and have been since Tuesday. As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski on Yahoo! Sports Wednesday afternoon, the two sides resumed talks in an attempt to end the lockout before Christmas. Talks continued on Wednesday and will resume Friday with David Stern, Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher all on hand.

Woj described it as "a last-ditch effort to prevent the cancellation of the league’s Christmas games". Howard Beck later reported the NBA would like to see a 66-game season starting on Christmas Day. John Schuhmann of NBA.com estimates a 66-game season stretching into late April would require nearly four games a week, up from three and a half in an 82-game season.

Several writers independently confirmed news of the talks. Because the union decertified and sued the NBA, the talks are being construed as "lawsuit settlement talks" but both Stern and Hunter have taken part in the talks. NBA.com's Steve Aschburner reports the two sides are willing to talk on Friday as well and  Marc Stein tweets that Stern is surveying owners to see if one of the big "system issues" --a full MLE for all teams-- is acceptable. That would seem to indicate the owners are willing to make concessions.

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