Stern: NBA Will Survive Poor Economy

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Commissioner David Stern says the NBA and union might have to make "some adjustments" to the labor contract when it expires in two years, but he foresees no "doomsday scenario" for the league because of the current economic crisis.

Agent David Falk predicted to the New York Times that the next round of talks will be "very, very extreme," and owners could shut down the league for a year or two if the players don't agree to the owners' demands.

"I'd just say the 'doomsday scenario' is that the NBA is somehow going to be irretrievably damaged by some event or another," Stern said yesterday during an event at George Washington University. "The predictions of the demise of the NBA were frequent and profound [over the years], and they've always been wrong."

-- COURTS: Former NBA star Charles Barkley was released from jail after serving a three-day sentence on a drunken-driving conviction.

Barkley, 46, left the Tent City jail just before 8 a.m., and avoided a group of reporters by leaving through another door, Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee said.

-- BULLS: Chicago F Luol Deng will miss at least two more weeks with a tiny stress fracture in his right leg.

Bulls Coach Vinny Del Negro said Deng will be reevaluated later this month, and season-ending surgery is possible.

-- HAWKS: F Marvin Williams, after meeting with "a couple" doctors, according to Hawks Coach Mike Woodson, was not in uniform because of a sore lower back.

-- HORNETS: F Peja Stojakovic, who missed most of the 2006-07 season because of back surgery, sat out his third game in a row with back spasms.

-- From News Services

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