NEW YORK — A few minutes before 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, a man with a rumpled suit and a black leather briefcase strode through the lobby of Olympic Tower. In a minute, he was out on 52nd Street, perhaps believing what he’d told reporters earlier was true.
“We did not have a good day,” David Stern had said.
But was this really the case?
The NBA and its players’ union had met for five hours in a bargaining session that was tinged with too much hope, mistaken for something other than what it was: a test of each side’s will, of how much season and money they were willing to lose in this negotiation over the future of professional basketball in the United States.