Posted Sep 27 2011 5:25PM - Updated Sep 27 2011 6:48PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Negotiators for the NBA and its players met for about two hours and will talk again Wednesday in an effort to end the lockout that has lasted nearly three months.
Both sides said neither concern nor optimism should be read into the brevity of the meeting. They simply needed time to think about what had been discussed.
Commissioner David Stern hinted that Wednesday's session will determine when more discussions are warranted. It's been expected there would be no talks Thursday because members of both bargaining teams will be observing the Jewish holiday, but they could resume talks before the weekend.
"They and we have both agreed that so long as there is reason to keep discussing, we will keep discussing, undeterred by the calendar or weekends or things like that," Stern said. "We will know more after tomorrow's session."
The format was again with small groups, and that will remain the case Wednesday. However, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said the owners' labor relations committee would be prepared to return to the table this week if necessary.
"They stand ready to come to New York, or wherever else, if there's a reason to continue on Friday," he said. "So the groups may expand."
Neither side would say if there were any new proposals, with both using the word "concepts."
"We're not holding anybody accountable to ideas being thrown out in the room," said the Lakers' Derek fisher, president of the players' association. "It's really just a process that we're trying to go through to see if we can get a deal done."
With training camps postponed and a week of exhibition games already canceled, players and owners are trying to agree on a labor deal in time to avoid any further damage to the NBA calendar. The regular season begins Nov. 1. To start on time, an agreement must be done by mid-October.