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Starting season by Christmas hangs in balance

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08:11 AM ET 11.23 | By almost every timetable, the clock is running out on the NBA season. According to people involved in the process on both sides, there is a common realization that this is the week a deal must come together to fulfill the league's desire to start the season by Christmas. And despite the lack of official communication between the parties and some obstacles that grew out of the players' antitrust actions, sources maintain that the framework of a settlement could be reached quickly once the dialogue progressed from the back channels to the formal stages. "Everyone on both sides realizes it's settlement time," said a person who has been in frequent contact with negotiators.

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November 23, 2011  08:24 AM ET

And by "hangs in balance" they mean "no chance in hell."

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November 23, 2011  08:51 AM ET

This season belongs to the Grinch.

November 23, 2011  09:06 AM ET

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November 23, 2011  09:06 AM ET

They play NBA games before Christmas?

November 23, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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So **** and get the deal done!

The only reason I want to see the deal done now is to see the Heat (I mean 3 quarter Lebron) choke again.

November 23, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Who's Getting A Lump Of Coal, Bros?

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November 23, 2011  10:14 AM ET
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Obsessed with that idiot much?

No, but calling Lebron an idiot is giving him too much credit though. I just hate players like him that think he is above the game and everybody else, that's all. I just like to see them fail (Terrell Owens and Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson also come to mind).

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November 23, 2011  10:43 AM ET

Hangs in the balance? Who we kidding. Starting the season by Groundhog's Day is more like it.

 
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