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NBA Lockout Update: Talks Resuming Saturday Shouldn't Boost Optimism

Last weekend, the two sides were supposedly close to a solution. When the NBA owners and NBPA meet tomorrow, the 2011-2012 season pretty much hangs in the balance [via ESPN]:

The NBA ownership group's labor committee will reopen talks with the players' side Saturday afternoon, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, a meeting one general manager, who has spoken with a few owners, described as "headed straight for disaster."

The talks will follow a meeting between the NBA's 30 owners Saturday morning in which they will discuss revenue sharing and the state of negotiations, sources told Broussard.

But optimism is not running high.

Add in some steamy rumors that the players union is seriously considering to send a strong message by decertifying, something labor law experts lament would (further) jeopardize the entire season. The tactic certainly isn't likely to get the owners to budge from their stubborn stance -- the owners are dead-set on not pushing the share of revenue anywhere beyond the 50/50 split, which many owners are even beginning to renege on. 

"We're talking about war."

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