A basketball legend says he’s already heard the end is nigh for the NBA.
The New York Times reported Friday that basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the league’s biggest stars and the president of the NBA Players Association, says the NBA’s owners are in talks with the league to end the lockout that began last year.
The Times also reported that NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that the league has made $500 million in concessions, and has made the decision to extend the lockout until June 30.
“I think we are in a very precarious position.
It is difficult, but not impossible,” Abdul-Rauf told the Times.
“I think it is time to get out of this mess.”
“We can still have a strong, competitive league, and that’s all that matters,” Abdul Rauf added.
The NBA lockout began in November and ended last month, with players and owners agreeing to a six-month extension, the longest in league history.
The lockout was one of several major issues the NBA faced in its tumultuous season.
The league lost its No. 1 seed in the playoffs in Game 7 of the conference finals to the Atlanta Hawks.
The league also has faced accusations of biased decision-making by league officials and players in the regular season.
The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals are set for Sunday, with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings facing off in the first round of the playoffs.