New York • The fate of the NBA season will be decided Tuesday, when the league and its locked-out players union hold a meeting that both sides billed as monumental in the collective-bargaining process.
"A lot of signs point to [Tuesday] being a very huge day," National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher said. "There will be a lot of pressure on all of us in the room. We'll accept that responsibility and go in and see what we can get worked out."
Though formal proposals are expected to be presented by both sides, NBA commissioner David Stern said there were "no preconditions" to this meeting, which again will involve a large group, with the league's labor relations committee on one side and the union's executive committee, plus a large gathering of players, on the other. "If it's a very short meeting, that's bad," Stern said. "And if it's a very long meeting, that's not as bad."