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Friday , Aug , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

‘Gulf’ exists between owners and players on new CBA

The three-and-one-half-hour bargaining session between the players and league on Thursday surprisingly included the direct participation of the NBA's biggest stars.

"I think it’s important for all of us, as the faces of the NBA, to be involved in the negotiations and what’s going on," said Carmelo Anthony, one of the All-Stars who could most immediately be affected by a new collective bargaining agreement. Anthony can become a free agent next summer.

"Our future’s in jeopardy if we can’t come to a mutual agreement," Anthony said.

According to sources in attendance, the tone of the discussions was not as rancorous as in the previous meeting. The owners did not threaten a lockout as frequently.

At one point, David Stern proclaimed that "there’s a gulf, not a gap" between the players' and owners' respective positions.

The two sides vowed to meet again before training camp opens.


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Tuesday , May , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

David Stern Wants LeBron to stay with Cavs

NBA commissioner David Stern knows Cleveland fans are anxious about this summer and LeBron James' pending free agency. He is rooting for the same outcome as Cavaliers fans.

"Hopefully he'll stay," Stern said Monday before Game 2 between Cleveland and Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "That's the way the system is designed."

Stern helped negotiate the current collective bargaining agreement, which provides teams the ability to pay more and add an extra year for their own free agents. Stern is hopeful that will allow teams such as Cleveland to retain its stars.

"That's the way it should be," Stern said. "It allows teams to keep their own players."