The NBA is on the verge of losing games due to the lockout and unlike the NFL, which made consistent efforts to make sure there was no work stoppage, the NBA haven’t quite made the same effort.
The players are steadfast with their stance about not taking non-guaranteed contracts while the owners continue to bicker among themselves.
And Friday’s meeting will play a big part on if there is a season, when commissioner David Stern will threaten the players with work-stoppage.
The union on the other hand sees the meeting as more of a bargaining chip.
ESPN reported that the lockout in 1998-99 didn’t end until Jan. 6 1999 and the season only lasted 50 games. One source said that if a deal isn’t agreed upon by Monday some regular season games will be canceled.