Surprise, relief, joy and even some caution. Such was the reaction of many NBA players and fans Saturday, amid news that the labor dispute which led to the cancellation of hundreds of games and threatened the entire season was nearing an end.
A day after NBA commissioner David Stern announced the first two weeks of the regular season would be canceled, New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire is preaching for fans and those involved with the league to be patient.
The NBA's top labor negotiators and their counterparts in the players union will meet Sunday night in an 11th-hour attempt to avert the cancellation of any regular-season games, sources have confirmed.
After two years of mostly fruitless labor talks, league officials and union leaders will reconvene Friday in New York on the 92nd day of the NBA lockout for what is being widely regarded as a now-or-never weekend of negotiations