With the exception of Chris Sheridan, most of the writers covering the NBA labor talks believe the day's events are likely to be anti-climatic at best and chaotic and angry at worst.
All believe to some degree or another David Stern's legacy is on the line. If anyone can get things done, he can.
Stern, of course, works for the owners who seem increasingly hardline in their demands for a more favorable BRI split, a hard cap and even salary rollbacks, all of which remain on the table. Can he or will he get them to move is the big question. Meanwhile, just off stage, are the players' agents who want to go all rogue on the talks, decertify the union, launch an anti-trust suit and push for a better deal, no matter how long it takes.
The best outcome Tuesday may just be more talks, not productive ones. As Sheridan tweeted Tuesday morning, "Reason and common sense, however, do not make their full appearances until the 11th hour. And today is not the 11th hour."
- With no consequences yet felt, Tuesday could see fireworks - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Clock ticking for Hunter, Stern - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Blame Stern if push comes to shove in NBA talks - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- No reason to think there'll be an NBA deal soon - Ian Thomsen - Sports Illustrated
Big NBA lockout meeting today in New York - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
Prominent NBA Agents Send Memo to Players - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
- NBA: Agents' letter raises fair questions - Ric Bucher - ESPN
Top NBA agents gives players list of demands for labor meeting - Sam Amick - Sports Illustrated
- Labor Talks: Tick Tock, Tick Tock - Sekou Smith - NBA.com
Tuesday’s labor talks could salvage season, but don’t bet on it - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
- Text of Derek Fisher's letter to NBA players - Wall Street Journal
Key day of NBA talks - Marc Berman - New York Post