Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Owners, players meet again Wednesday morning after 16-hour bargaining session

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves management, Wolves news Updated: October 19, 2011 - 11:29 AM

It was a short night for NBA officials, team owners and players' association representatives in New York City.

Meeting with a federal mediator for the first time in this 110-day lockout, all parties met for more than 16 hours on Tuesday, finally breaking up as 2 a.m. approached and passed and they went right back at it at 10 a.m. New York time Wednesday morning.

That was 9 a.m. here in the Twin Cities, of course.

No agreement was reached in those 16 hours Tuesday, but you'd think the sheer length and the quick turnaround both suggest that meaningful progress is being made now that there's a big boy -- mediate George Cohen -- in the room with the bickering kiddies.

You'd think, right?

YahooSports' Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted late, late Tuesday night, "Source who was in meeting on progress made in 16 hour talks: `Very little. Still not anywhere near a deal.' "

Late, late, late Tuesday night, he then tweeted, "When asked if sides had closed any gaps, source in meeting tells Y!; 1On small stuff. Hard to see where this is going.' "

So...

At least NBA commissioner David Stern didn't step out afterward and announce more game cancelations, as he did last week when he called off the the regular season's first two weeks.

Cohen advised owners and players not to comment on Tuesday's negotiations, a request each side complied with when neither addressed media members who had waited all day and night at a Manhattan hotel.

Ownership representatives from 12 teams -- including Wolves owner Glen Taylor, who has been at the forefront of these discussions -- participated in Tuesday's negotiations.

Stern last week said Tuesday's session was the day to make a deal and suggested games through Christmas could be wiped out if one wasn't reached.

We'll see what Wednesday -- when league owners will work negotiations around scheduled Board of Governors meetings in New York City -- brings...

 

 

 

 

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