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Labor Talks: Deals And Deadlines

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – In the days since the first two weeks of the NBA regular season ended, there has been no mincing of words from either side.

We are in a red alert situation. The 2011-12 NBA season is on the line every second of every minute of every single day as this lockout continues. NBA commissioner David Stern said as much in various interviews Thursday, making clear that something has to be done sooner (next week Tuesday at the earliest) rather than later …

No Deal Tuesday, No Games Through Christmas?

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: Setting another arbitrary deadline for more lost games, NBA commissioner David Stern said that without an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by Tuesday, he fears there will be no games on Christmas Day.

“It’s time to make the deal,” Stern said, speaking deliberately and threateningly Wednesday in an interview on New York’s WFAN radio. “If we don’t make it on Tuesday, my gut — this is not in my official capacity of canceling games — but my gut is that we won’t be playing on Christmas Day.”

Tuesday is the day the league and players’ association will meet with federal mediator George Cohen in an attempt to resolve their differences before more games are canceled.

“Deal Tuesday, or we potentially spiral into situations where the worsening offers on both sides make it even harder for the parties to make a deal,” Stern said.

Stern confirmed that negotiating committees for the league and National Basketball Players Association will meet separately with Cohen on Monday and then will convene for a bargaining session under Cohen’s supervision Tuesday. Why the deadline? Stern’s Board of Governors is scheduled to meet in New York Wednesday and Thursday — first for the planning committee to present its revenue sharing plan and then for a full board meeting.

Asked when more games could be imperiled after he canceled the first two weeks on Monday, Stern said, “I don’t have a date here sitting at my desk. But if we don’t have a deal by the time the owners are in, then what’s the purpose of us sitting around staring at each other on the same issues?”

Billy Hunter Answers Pointed Questions

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: Q: Do you think both sides can come to an agreement by Tuesday or is it wishful thinking?

Hunter: “It’s not an issue of time. It’s an issue of will. If you are in a room and you want to make a deal and there are three major issues that are holding you up, if you can come to a compromise on those three areas than you have a makings of a deal. It’s not a nature of time. We can go in and do a deal if they want to go in and do a deal. We can do a deal in an hour, two hours if we can agree to the major terms. And after that you got to work on everything else. Everything else will fall in place.”

Q: What has been the most frustrating part of negotiations?

Hunter: “I don’t think [the owners] are negotiating in good faith. That’s what’s frustrating. David Stern told me three years ago – and I keep reiterating that because people keep pulling up their cup on it – that they were going to lock out [the players] in order to get what it was they wanted. And what he’s done is done that. [Stern] said he was going to lock out [the players] and his owners were prepared to lock out to get what they wanted. It’s driven pretty much by the small-market teams. They actually want revenue sharing in the big markets, but the big markets have said, ‘OK we’ll give revenue conditioned upon you getting the deal in place that we think has to be there because we don’t want to go into our pockets as much as we may have to. We think you should get it off the backs of the players.’ So that’s what he’s done. He’s stated an extreme position from the get go and he’s negotiated that way. So here we are.

“We’ve been negotiating for almost three years, and here we are at the 12th hour when all of the sudden they make a slight move. But then on top of that, they then decide that they want a hard cap. So then when you get close to the economics of the number, then they get close to the system. And they know that the system is very important. If we give on the economics, we are not going to give on the system. And so all of the sudden you reach a possible agreement on the economics and now the system becomes a problem. So it’s like a moving target. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because the whole intent and purpose and whole strategy has been to break the resolve of the players.

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The Truth Plays QB And WR

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Posted by Sekou Smith

BOSTON – For all the clutch work he did scoring for the Boston Celtics in their Game 5 win, Paul Pierce‘s best play of the night was a catch and pass.

The Celtics were coming out of a timeout with 38.9 seconds to play and clinging to an 87-82 lead when Pierce ran up the sideline and caught a long pass from Kevin Garnett, and without so much as a hitch in his throw as he was falling out-of-bounds, Pierce fired a bullet pass to a streaking Rajon Rondo, who finished the play with a reverse layup.

“I was just showing off my Randy Moss and Tom Brady in one play, that’s all,” Pierce said after torching the Lakers for a team-high 27 points on 12-for-21 shooting. “Going up to catch it, then I went to my Brady move when I was falling out-of-bounds to find Rondo on the receiving end.”

It was the game-clinching play for the Celtics on a night that saw them make dozens of crucial hustle plays that helped them survive Kobe Bryant‘s offensive onslaught.

“It was all instinctive,” Pierce said. “I took off long, and that was part of the play. We tried to get Ray [Allen] the ball and I think Kevin saw Derek Fisher was on me so he just threw it up. I know I was on the sideline falling out and I turned and I saw Rondo streaking and I was able to it to him and he made a great play.”

Pierce might not have a career as a travel agent, since he’s botched the Celtics’ last two trips he planned — he promised they weren’t going back to LA in this series after they won Game 2, and yet here he is ready to head back to Los Angeles for Games 6 and possibly 7.

But there might some football in his future, if you let him tell it.

“Paul has said for years that he can play for the Patriots,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked. “Maybe we might have to believe him.”

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