Could ‘secret talks’ still lead to Xmas games?

The NBA’s labor front has been relatively quiet over the last several days, with little lockout talk from either side.

Other than the players folding their suit in Northern California to aim for a Minnesota magistrate court, where they hope aagainst the NBA.

But other than that, there’s been no talk whatsoever. The silence has been frightening to those who fear the entire 2011-12 season could be wiped out but the lockout.

But maybe David Stern and Billy Hunter just want you to worry about the perceived lack of progress.

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio tweets today thatthrough the Thanksgiving holidays with hopes of starting the season on Christmas. That date traditionally is the largest single day in the regular season for television ratings and sponsor awareness. Both the league and the union reportedly are facing tremendous pressure to keep games on that date.

But considering that Stern has always said the league would need at least a month from the end of the lockout to the start of the season, even that might be pushing it.

It’s looking more likely that we won’t have NBA games at least until 2012 — if they ever materialize for the upcoming season.

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