So, I guess Friday might be kind of important.
When NBA labor talks resume Friday, NBA commissioner David Stern is planning to threaten players with the cancellation of the entire 2011-12 season if the sides haven't made major progress toward a deal by the end of the weekend, according to sources close to the talks. Although sources said the union views such an extreme stance as more of a negotiating tactic than a legitimate threat, Stern went almost that far in his comments to reporters in New York on Wednesday after a second straight day of negotiations. Referring to meetings scheduled Friday that are expected to attract as many as 15 owners and star players such as the Heat's LeBron James, Stern said: "I'm focused on let's get the two committees in and see whether they can either have a season or not have a season, and that's what's at risk this weekend."
Well, that sounds ominous.
Stern's "going to make a real hard push to get a deal this weekend," one team president told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. "If the union makes a slight move, David will move.
"But the players have to blink first."
Waiting for Fischer to walk up and say "I'm yer huckleberry."