Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 4:13 pm  |  22 responses

Baron: ‘Good Things Are to Come’ from Lockout Talks

Friday tension ‘blown out of proportion.’

by Ryne Nelson

Despite reports of a confrontational Friday meeting, today’s NBA labor talks are cautiously pointing in an optimistic direction.

Saturday’s meeting is still ongoing—now beyond its fifth hour—but reporters caught up with Cavs‘ PG Baron Davis for updates. Longtime SLAM contributor Aggrey Sam spoke to the bearded one:

“Very constructive,” said Davis of the portion of Saturday’s meeting he witnessed. “I think both sides are willing and they’re able, and we both understand that as long as we continue–this is a big issue and I think both sides are voicing their opinion and what they’re passionate about. Everybody’s being a lot more receptive today to moving forward. Ever since we’ve been here, we’ve been all trying to figure out the best process.”

Sources are echoing Davis. Yahoo!‘s Adrian Wojnarowski spoke to “source in the room” who said the group is making “progress.

Baron also downplayed ugly reports from yesterday’s bargaining session. Continuing with a sense of optimism, Baron spoke about the mutual respect:

“A lot of [Friday's reports of conflict between the union and league's representatives] was blown out of proportion. In the midst of negotiations, people are going to talk. People are going to voice their opinions and I think that both sides have a great deal of respect for each other, as well as admiration from a business standpoint,” he continued about the meeting, which reportedly included smaller groups than Friday. “The players, we’re united and we’re standing firm with each other and the owners are doing the same. We’re here to work and that’s what we’ve been able to do, and we’re continually working and I think that good things are to come.”

Positive news coming at a crucial time.

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  • brandon

    this would be better if derek fisher said this

  • slamfan4life


  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Wow, I had forgotten he was on the Cavs now..

  • robb

    I’d never trust a guy who dresses like that

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ I would never trust a guy who doesn’t trust the black Harry Potter.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    He looks like he’s casting a spell on Steve Nash in that pic…
    Hmm I’m thinking I might want to do an association mode with this Cavs team in 2k12…!?!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    The day I check SLAMonline to find “LOCKOUT OVER” as the headline, I’ll be happy. But this is a good sign.

  • http://zogs.com zogs


  • VMZepata

    if you still use the word “swag”, you probably have no style yourself.

  • http://Zogs.ca Zogs

    Well you Fuking retard ^^ was I talking about myself? NO, I was talking about b diddys swag you prick!
    You know just for that, your mama’s getting it twice harder tonight


    The main reason a new CBA won’t get done is because of the small market wanting more money than they deserve.


    *small market teams

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca niQ

    Thanks for the insight, Waldo!

  • http://facebook.com sam walter

    Hey lay off Baron he gts his fasion tips from Dr. Seuss

  • RaZkOL

    Are we really listening to B Diddy?! Things are worse than i thought!

  • Cj fernandez

    I think they just love money more than the game… Thats why its taking too long… They dont care about the fans.. They care on how to make their bank accounts get bigger… Thats NBA Cares..ü

  • simeon

    I believe him

  • DieselMechanic

    Love BD. Awesome glasses.


    Baron Davis is an interesting man. So many layers to B-Diddy.

  • kbj

    B Diddy???….seriously??

  • hiphopcop

    From everybody else, the two sides are far apart and that’s coming from his side and the owners. Bdiddy better look to Europe

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Omphalos 10:19 ( I went from checking this site a few times per day to about once a week). And Cosign Niq 12:54 (that comment made me cqtms) (chuckle quietly to myself). =D