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          While the NBA and NBPA "continue to talk," discussions
     in recent weeks "indicate a lockout by the owners is on the
     horizon," according to David Moore of the DALLAS MORNING
     NEWS.  NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik: "I have to
     acknowledge that we're getting closer (to a lockout) since
     time is going by.  I'd feel better if we were meeting a
     little more often and making more progress.  But we're not
     totally discouraged yet" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/5).  
          MEET THE PRESS: Granik and NBA Commissioner David Stern
     met the media in Salt Lake City to discuss the state of the
     league.  Stern, on the possibility of a work stoppage:
     "We've been through work stoppages before, and while it's
     true we haven't lost regular-season games, we know the magic
     words of strike and lockout" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/5). 
     Stern: "We're not trying to run away from the payments, but
     we need to slow the growth.  The notion that you simply
     decide to lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year is not
     a principle that I'm familiar with, in terms of any business
     around the world."  Stern, on the previous CBA: "Have we
     made mistakes at the bargaining table in the past?  The
     answer is yes.  But the system is not working now."  At the
     press conference, Stern pulled out a 1982 clip from Sports
     Illustrated -- "not because it is the most reliable
     publication but because it takes itself the most seriously" 
      -- that questioned who would take the mantle in the post-
     Magic Johnson and Larry Bird era (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
     6/5).  Stern: "Guess what?  Somebody did replace them, and a
     whole group of players did" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/5).  
          FROM THE PLAYERS: Jazz F Antoine Carr, on a work
     stoppage: "It's the stupidest thing we could ever do on
     either side. ... We could end up with 3,000 or 4,000 people
     in the stands like the old time" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/5). 
     Jazz F Chris Morris: "There's going to be one ... (and) it's
     going to hurt a lot of people" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/5). 
          REAX: In Chicago, Sam Smith: "It's clear the two sides
     are growing close to a serious dispute.  Top team officials
     say the league has been notifying them in recent days to
     prepare for a long dispute that possibly interrupts next
     season" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/5).  In Orange County, Mark
     Whicker writes that Stern "seems almost resigned to a
     lockout" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/5).  In S.F., David
     Steele reports that the situation Stern painted yesterday
     "could not have been more bleak.  Nor could he have
     presented the chances of avoiding an owners' lockout as
     being more remote" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/5). In Philadelphia,
     Mike Bruton writes the "foreboding storm clouds of labor
     unrest are gathering."  He says that both sides "should cut
     the posturing and find some imagination to deal with this
     complex situation" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/5).  In
     Milwaukee, D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that the "league has
     never lost a game to a strike and it knows now is not the
     time to set any ugly precedents" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/5).

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