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League suspends talks, says union backtracked

Originally Published: May 18, 2005
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

In February, NBA commissioner David Stern was "optimistic" owners and players would reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement and avoid a nasty lockout. Recently, Stern downgraded his mood from optimistic to "hopeful."

Wednesday, his deputy commissioner, Russ Granik, told ESPN.com that if the National Basketball Players Association doesn't change its negotiating strategy soon, a lockout is coming.

The NBA announced in a statement Wednesday that it suspended negotiations with ...

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