Matt Terl
Thursday November 17th, 2011

Following on the heels of NBA players disclaiming their union and filing antitrust lawsuits against the league, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that David Stern and the league owners have a conference call scheduled for Thursday to discuss what comes next.

Wojnarowski believes it is unlikely that the immediate course of action will be to begin negotiations with David Boies, the attorney leading the players' lawsuits.

Many owners believed Stern had gone too far with the league’s final proposal to the union and were privately wishing for the players to reject the offer so they could thrust upon the players a far more rigid “reset” deal.
Another major hindrance to continued negotiations, according to Wojnarowksi, is players attorney Jeffrey Kessler, whom commissioner David Stern called the "most divisive force" in the prior talks.

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