NBA players and owners still have no deal headed into the deadline day for starting the season on time.
Negotiators for the sides agreed to meet Sunday and then huddled for more than five hours before breaking for the night. They agreed to resume talks Monday afternoon, but union president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledged that the sides are “not necessarily closer” to a deal than they were when talks stalled last week.
Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver took part in Monday’s talks, along with senior vice president and deputy general counsel Dan Rube, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, Minnesota Timberwolvesowner Glen Taylor and New York Knicks owner James Dolan.
If a deal is not reached within the next few days, Stern acknowledged that some regular season games will be lost. Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 1.
Owners locked out the players July 1 when they couldn’t reach a deal before the expiration of the old collective bargaining agreement.