The NBA lockout is still going strong. Owners and players are preparing for meetings on Monday in New York. Representatives from all 30 teams will be present on behalf of the union, but early indications are that the players will reject the current proposal for a 72-game season that would begin on December 15, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
NBA Commissioner David Stern has been as vocal as he can possibly be in trying to urge the players toward an agreement sooner rather than later. His latest ploy was to take to Twitter on Sunday. He held a 90-minute interview via Twitter that was dubbed a "Twitterview" and fielded 29 questions -- including some from players. The following exchange seems to sum up the current state of the lockout rather succinctly:
Stern also took a question from Miami guard Dwyane Wade: "Why are all your 'system solutions' only impacting the PLAYERS?? What have the owners [been] giving up of significance?"
Stern's answer: "The economics & system favored the players in prior CBA — Teams lost over 300m last year."
The more information that comes out, the more it seems the players and owners are communicating across a divide that does not appear to be shrinking. These Twitter debates seem to just be further illuminating that fact.