Another weekend, another 20+ hours worth of meetings have resulted in the continuation of the NBA lockout. This time, the players at least left the meetings with a proposal to vote on.
After ten hours Thursday, NBA owners offered players a revised proposal, which the union will present to its members. David Stern characterized the proposal as the union’s final proposal before reverting to the 47% BRI, hard (-ish) cap system, doomsday offer Stern has threatened. Stern loves holding a wrecking ball nearby Hunter’s window, just in case.
For now, the clock remains “stopped,” and the union will present the revised proposal to its members on Monday. If the player reps like what they see, or even if they don’t, a vote can presumably be held on the proposal sometime next week. If the players vote yes, a 72-game schedule (of basketball games, real basketball games!) will begin on Dec. 15.
Yes, there could be basketball on the horizon. Then again, the union could reject the deal, the NBA could revert to its doomsday stance, and David Stern could resume his role as the Lockout Ness Monster.
The ball is now in the players’ court. If I were them, I’m not sure what I’d do with it.