August 17, 2011
The NBA regular season is scheduled to get underway on Nov. 1 with the Oklahoma City Thunder facing the Los Angeles Lakers and then the NBA champ Dallas Mavericks taking the floor against the Chicago Bulls.
That is, of course, if the NBA and its players can come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. It's been a month and a half of lockout so far, and a deal doesn't even appear anywhere near to being close.
The one negotiating session that included commissioner David Stern, union chief Billy Hunter and all the major parties involved resulted in "rhetoric from both sides" ramping up, "lawsuits ... flying around" and no "movement towards the middle," according to CBSSports.com.
Now the two sides will get another chance. The site reports that they will meet again in early September after the union has an executive meeting in late August.
Perhaps the league's schedule makers should help lay out the course of meetings if the two sides ever want to get an agreement done before November rolls around.