NBA talks resume in Manhattan

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NBA talks resume in Manhattan

NEW YORK Members of both the NBA and the NBA players union arrived at a midtown Manhattan hotel this morning, seemingly with one agenda -- to work towards a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The presence of George Cohen is seen by all as a potential game-changer in negotiations which up to this point, have proceeded with Eddie Curry-like quickness.

NBA commissioner David Stern has already canceled the first two weeks of the season. Depending on how things go during today's meeting, Stern cautioned that Christmas games might be called off as well.

Aware of Stern's comments, the union fired back, saying Stern's words were nothing more than a negotiating tactic.

Regardless of the rhetoric from either side, both came into today's meeting well aware that significant progress has to be made in order to get a new CBA in place.

Several issues remain between the two sides, but the biggest hurdles remain how to divide up the basketball-related income (worth about 3.8 billion last season), and what type of economic system needs to be in place moving forward.

The players received 57-percent of the BRI in the last CBA, and have offered to reduce their take to 53 percent which would amount to about 1.1 billion savings to the owners over a six-year period.

The owners have officially offered 46-percent, but earlier, Stern hinted that he could convince his ownership group to go for a 50-50 split.

The union indicated it had no interest in a 50-50 split, explaining that the 4 percentage dip they're willing to take would more than cover the losses the NBA says it incurred under the old CBA.

"How much more do they need? How much is enough?" said Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBAPA. "What we're saying, is we think what we put out there is more than ample. What they choose to do beyond that, is on them."

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First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
 
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
 
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
 
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
 
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
 
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
 
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
 
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
 
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
 
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
 
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
 
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
 
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”