“We’re apart on the split, but we know that the answer lies between where they were are, where we are,” Commissioner David Stern said. “And without defining ours or defining theirs, I think if there’s a will, we’ll be able to deal with both the splits and the system issues.”
Training camps have been postponed and 43 preseason games scheduled for Oct. 9-15 were canceled, and more damage seems imminent. Given that nearly a month would be necessary between the time an agreement is reached and games could take place, both sides have repeatedly said they are aware of the calendar and the looming deadlines.
“Each side understands exactly what’s at stake and where potentially there is movement in order to try to get a deal done,” Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday. “I mean, we can only say we’re running out of time so many times.
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