Life as an NBA fan has been pretty frustrating over the past couple months. Once the season ended it's been a downward spiral into lockout hell, which was made official on July 1st. Since then there has been pretty much no progress made towards a resolution. Fans have had to just sit back and wait for some kind of news to break, but unfortunately it's been nothing but a waiting game.
The only thing that can end this work stoppage would be the NBA and the Players Union coming to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. All indications point to both sides being nowhere near any kind of deal. Actually, since the lockout was put into effect back on July 1st, the sides have only gotten together to negotiate once.
Since that one and only meeting, which took pace on the 1st of August, things have been quiet on the lockout front. The union has held regional meetings to keep the players up to date on what's going on and the NBA commissioner has actually be on a vacation for the last two weeks. The league has said several times though that he would have been available if needed at any time.
Well, there is finally word some kind of progress being made. The top negotiators from both sides of the fence are going to meet at some point next week. That includes Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver from the NBA, and union executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher of the Lakers for the players.
Its highly doubtful that any deal proposals will be made during these meetings, but just the fact that they are getting together to discuss things is a step in the right direction. One step...on a journey that is miles long. All we can hope for is that the one step will lead to another and start building some momentum. For now though, it's just a matter of taking what we can get.