Sources: Talks resume in hopes to end NBA lockout

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Sources: Talks resume in hopes to end NBA lockout

Both sides in the NBA's labor stalemate - 146 days old, and counting - are in talks now to reach an agreement on the current litigation, which they hope will allow for the NBA to resume games being played as early as Christmas, two league sources confirmed Wednesday night.

Yahoo! Sports was the first to report that both sides had resumed talks on Wednesday, talks that reportedly do not include union president Derek Fisher.

One source described this being "a longshot" that enough progress will be made for players to be back on the court by Christmas.

But another source added, "getting them to talk is a start. You can't begin to talk about games played, if you don't resume having some type of dialogue and conversations with one another."

After turning down the NBA's last proposal, the NBA Players Association filed a "Disclaimer of Interest" last week, which officially dissolved the union and opened the door for anti-trust lawsuits.

That would explain to some degree why the presence of Fisher in these conversations, are not needed.

The players, whose counsel now includes David Boies, soon filed lawsuits against the NBA in Northern California and Minnesota.

The complaint filed in California has been withdrawn.

"The likelihood was we'd get a faster result in Minnesota than California," Boies told reporters. "I think the result would be the same."

The league's attorneys, as you might expect, have a different take on the change in venue.

"This is consistent with Mr. Boies' inappropriate shopping for a forum that he can only hope will be friendlier to his baseless legal claims," said Rick Buchanan, NBA executive vice-president and general counsel.

According to the New York Times, the league wants to do a 66-game season if a deal can be struck to save Christmas Day games. At least a month is needed for games to be played, once a deal is agreed upon. During that 30-day period, teams will go through a shortened free agency period, training camp and preseason schedule.

Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

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Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

In this week's jam packed episode of CSNNE.com's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.

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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball said a bunch of crazy things Thursday during his appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. Among them: He thinks that every white teenager gets a $100,000 car from their parents. 

MUST LISTEN: Leon Powe with some KG stories; Ray Allen not being invited to reunion by Rondo

The most notable for Celtics fans’ purposes as it relates to the chances of Lonzo Ball coming to Boston was that the father does not want the C’s to take the UCLA product with the potential first overall pick of the 2017 draft. He also vowed not to be a pain in Brad Stevens’ ass if the C’s do take the point guard. 

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Ball was also asked about Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He said that he doesn’t know Ainge and has never spoken to him, but he did have an interesting description of the scrappy Ainge’s playing days.  

“I don’t know anything about Danny Ainge, but I know when he was a player, he was one of them sticklers to get up under you, boy,” Ball said. “But I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know Danny Ainge, I just watched him play when he was younger and I knew for a white guy, you could elbow him in the face. He was going to get back up and keep playing.” 

Ball did not say whether he thinks his son would have a better playing career than Ainge, a one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but that should be assumed.