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NBA players to meet Monday, lockout approaching end? Also, Wade v. Stern and Shaq talks about final Heat days.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 09:  Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat plays Basketball during the 'Get The Edge' press conference at the Cook and Phillip Aquatic & Fitness Centre. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 09: Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat plays Basketball during the 'Get The Edge' press conference at the Cook and Phillip Aquatic & Fitness Centre. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Our latest NBA Lockout update could be our last one.  The players' association will meet on Monday in New York City to discuss the league's latest offer, and if they agree to accept it then the lockout could be over in time to save the majority of the 2011-12 NBA season.  Representatives from all 30 teams are expected, as are several other players who want to attend the meeting.

They will collectively go over the leagues latest offer, which is a 7-page document summarizing all the points that the two sides have negotiated towards, and hopefully come far enough that this proposal will be acceptable enough to be signed off on.  If this one gets rejected, I'm not quite sure what will happen next, though its likely that the lockout could consume the entire season in the very near future should a new CBA not be agreed upon.

D-Wade v. D-Stern, Round 2-

Following making it public knowledge that the league had submitted their lasted offer to the players, the NBA invited players and fans to submit questions to the league's Twitter account, saying that Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver would be answering the questions. 

Dwyane Wade was one of the first to ask one.  He tweeted: "Why are all your 'system solutions' only impacting the PLAYERS?? What have the owners giving up of significance??"

Shortly after, the NBA twitter responded, saying: "The economics & system favored the players in prior CBA -- Teams lost over 300m last year."

That's exactly what I was thinking when Wade initially made his tweet, so its not at all surprising that the league responded with the same thing.  I don't really know what Wade was expecting to be told...maybe he just wanted it to be known publicly that he was making this query.  It wouldn't surprise me if D-Wade was still a little heated about the exchange he and Stern had during a negotiating session in New York a couple weeks ago.  

If you don't remember, Wade got upset with the Commissioner for pointing his finger at Wade and then Wade snapping back at Stern, calling him by his first name. 

Shaq discusses events leading to Heat demise-

I'll leave you with a link to an ESPN article you can read by clicking here.  It's actually just a large excerpt from Shaq's new book, and it talks about what led to his departure from Miami.  The key thing to remember is that this is all Shaq's side of the story, and he isn't exactly the most mature or trusting person out there.  Most of the book is Shaq's version of stories that disagree with other's versions of those stories, depending on who its about and involving. 

Still, its an interesting read...just keep in mind that a lot of it could be a pretty big embellishment and all of it makes Shaq ultimately look like the ‘good guy victim'.  He was a player on a team, making a ton of money, and didn't want to do what he was told.  If you or me or anybody else went to work tomorrow and didn't do what our boss told us, we'd be fired.