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Cordial CBA talks bound to get nasty

Owners, players oddly amiable as sides part ways and prepare for an NBA lockout

Originally Published: May 17, 2011
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Well, it's going to be a strange lockout. It is already way off the weirdness charts. That much became immediately clear as the NBA's collective bargaining talks broke off Thursday afternoon.

No vitriol. No outward animosity. No doomsday talk. Just a very diplomatic turn down what could be a very bumpy road.

"It's been extremely cordial. It's almost like we were singing 'Kumbaya' at the end," union director Billy Hunter said after three hours of talks -- a portion of which ...

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