After another marathon negotiating session between the owners and players, both sides failed to leave with an agreement and apparently there is an even larger split than we all feared.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski was tweeting some quotes from Commissioner David Stern as soon as the negotiating session broke, and here you go:
- “We tried very haard. We made concession after concession. I’m proud of my owners. [They] demonstrated that they really tried”
- “With every day that goes by, there will be further reductions on what’s left of the season”
- “we remain very, very apart on all issues.”
- “We have a gulf that separates us”
Stern also insinuated that the owner’s offers will get worse for players to account for NBA losses during missed games.
This is not a good sign for NBA fans.
David Aldridge also adds that the major sticking points are with contract length, annual raises, luxury tax, etc. With those 3 specifically listed, it proves that the Owners and Players are really, really far apart.
So… Tom Gores’ ownership of the Pistons is not off to a good start. The players are locked out, he’s not able to get any return on his investment, etc. You’ve gotta wonder if he’s reconsidered this “ownership” thing at any point during this lockout. (Before you yell at me by saying “WELL THE OWNERS ARE LOCKING THE PLAYERS OUT!!11″ – I know. If the owners are losing money under the old CBA, why would they continue to operate under it? That’s why they locked the players out… along with being greedy and stuff, which the players aren’t exactly innocent of.)