NBA commissioner David Stern’s deadline of a Monday settlement of the lockout could test the bargaining powers of both sides.
With no talks set for Thursday and the Yom Kippur holiday expected to be observed by negotiators on both sides on Friday and Saturday, there will be little chance to talk over the next several days.
ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard said those factors willto save the Nov. 1 start of the deadline.
Stern announced earlier this week he will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no agreement in place by Monday.
It’s going to be extremely challenging to hit that mark with the little time that both sides will have for negotiating.