Kobe Bryant Wants NBA Owners To Meet With Players

Tuesday November 8th, 2011

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Monday that he wants the owners and players to meet again before Wednesday to avoid a “nuclear winter.”

“We need for the two sides to get together again before Wednesday, because we’re too close to getting a deal done,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. “We need to iron out the last system items and save this from spiraling into a nuclear winter.”

According to Wojnarowski, the two sides are discussing a meeting for Tuesday to try to reach an agreement on a labor deal; nothing is finalized, but they are working towards a session in New York before Wednesday’s league-imposed deadline. It was reported by ESPN on Monday night that a consensus from the players association on the proposal is “unlikely.” The league also announced the details of the proposal via Twitter, descrbing their proposal for a “50/50 split in band of 49-51% as suggested by mediator” George Cohen, no hard cap, fully guaranteed contracts and no “rollbacks” to existing player contracts.

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