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NBA Lockout: David Stern Knows What A Deal Would Look Like

I wouldn't hold your breath, but the NBA lockout could be coming to an end in the next few days.

After three-day mediated talks took a turn for the worst last week, the owners and players got together Wednesday and Thursday and apparently made "significant progress" toward resolving some important issues. Granted, there are still "a couple sticking points" to hash out before a deal can be signed and sealed, but David Stern would view it as a massive failure if a deal is not reached in the next three days.

Now, this might not mean anything -- he could just be envisioning his desire for a deal -- but when Stern was asked after Thursday's negotiations if he knew what a new deal would look like, he responded, "Yes." Stern added that it's not a guarantee a deal will get done, but the two sides are going to give it a "heck of a shot."

The owners and players are expected to discuss everything on Friday and are willing to go as long as it takes until a deal is reached.  If only they had that attitude over the summer.

Either way, stay tuned.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.