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NBA players meet with David Stern, will gather again Wednesday

September 27, 2011 |  3:04 pm

NBA Commissioner David Stern and players' representatives gathered Tuesday for a two-hour meeting and announced afterward they would have another session Wednesday.

Stern said the sides discussed "concepts," and will "think about it," before resuming talks on a new collective bargaining agreement.

No firm proposals were exchanged, said Stern and players association president Derek Fisher, the Lakers guard.

Fisher told reporters that Tuesday's talks, "in ideas and concepts," touched on getting "into the range of" bargaining that would move the parties closer to a deal.

Stern reported, "We spent some quality time discussing concepts and we agreed that it would be good if we went back to our offices, talked amongst ourselves and reconvened tomorrow. And beyond that, there’s nothing else to say."

When asked if more cancellations would follow if no deal is struck by the end of this week, Stern said, "Both teams played hard and the calendar is not our friend."

The NBA last week scrapped the scheduled Oct. 3 opening of training camps and 43 preseason games between Oct. 9 and 15. The regular season is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.


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Photo: Lakers point guard Kobe Bryant receives his 2010 NBA Championship ring from NBA Commissioner David Stern during a pregame ceremony on Oct. 26. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times