Sep 30, 2011 1:32 PM by Gene Cotton

Players, owners arrive for crucial NBA meetings

NEW YORK - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and other NBA players have arrived for meetings with owners that could determine if the season starts on time.

The sides will meet Friday and are prepared to talk through the weekend. Commissioner David Stern has said there must be progress toward a new labor deal this weekend or there will be "enormous consequences." The regular season is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.

Owners locked out players on July 1 and the sides continue to spar over the division of revenues and salary cap system.

Both sides have said they aren't close to a deal yet. They have been talking in small groups but summoned their full bargaining committees back for Friday's meeting.



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