The NBA lockout has entered its fourth month. And this came as no surprise to Thomas Boswell – 13 years ago.In November 1998, the Washington Post writer commented on the lockout discussions taking place at that time. He wrote:
“Commissioner David Stern and agent David Falk, deputy commissioner Russ Granik and union head Billy Hunter, are doing a textbook job of setting the stage for years of anger, future strikes, erosion of public image and finally – who knows? – maybe 13 years from now, one final battle as idiotic as the one from which baseball is still trying to recover.”
Tuesday could be a pivotal day for NBA lockout discussions, with the day’s events potentially deciding if the regular season will begin by its scheduled Nov. 1 start date.
The two sides met all weekend and spent another five hours together in small groups Monday. The biggest issue dividing owners and players remains the split of the league’s revenue, or basketball-related income.
“A lot of signs point to [today] being a very huge day,” Derek Fisher, NBAPA president, told Newsday. “There will be a lot of pressure on all of us in the room.”
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