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There were no fireworks, no tantrums and no tirades. There was all the resignation and disappointment of doomsday, but none of the reality.
The reality is that the NBA owners and players, after showing most of their cards Tuesday in a bargaining session that failed to save an on-time start to the regular season, are approximately $80 million-a-year apart on the economics of a new collective bargaining agreement, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations told CBSSports.com.
In the group for the league side were commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and Spursowner Peter Holt, the chairman of the labor relations committee. For the players, it was union president Derek Fisher, outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler and two of the brightest stars who attended Tuesday's crucial bargaining session – Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, according to one of the people with knowledge of the side meeting.
Twitter nearly exploded last night following the conclusion of the day's negotiations. All sorts of doom and gloom reports on the lack of a deal.
Once the dust settled, Ken Berger of CBS Sports published his column which detailed the relatively small gap remaining between owners and players.
I can't picture KG sitting at a negotiating table. Is he capable of speaking with dropping f-bombs?
"C'mon Stern, we all mother-ffin know that the owners aren't losing that much mother-ffin coin."
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