Sides 'very far apart' in NBA labor talks

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From the Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Dallas — Basketball fans better enjoy the last portion of the NBA Finals. It doesn’t look like a seamless, airy summer awaits the NBA.

Negotiations between players and owners continue to falter three weeks before the collective-bargaining agreement expires, meaning the NBA could soon join the NFL on the sidelines.

Not long after the Miami Heat concluded its practice Wednesday at American Airlines Center, both the NBA and the National Basketball Players Assn. had somber words regarding the game’s future after the Finals.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said the owners and players remained “very far apart” and that the sides weren’t “anyplace close to a deal” before the current labor agreement expires June 30.

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