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     NBA players "waited Sunday to learn whether the league was
willing to reopen talks on a labor deal that already had been
agreed to in principle," according to the AP's Wendy Lane.  NBPA
Exec Dir Simon Gourdine did not expect the two sides to meet
before Wednesday's college draft.  Gourdine:  "If there is a
reopening, it would be later in the week, but there's been no
commitment (from the NBA) to do that. ... Enormous pressures are
going to build up once the draft is completed"  (AP/MILWAUKEE
          WEEKEND WRAP:  On Friday, NBA players unhappy with the
     agreement the union had reached with owners agreed to delay
     decertification if the union would seek to reopen talks with
     the owners (Mult., 6/24).  In Dallas, David Moore writes,
     "The one positive piece of news to emerge from this meeting
     for the owners was that the rift that threatened to fracture
     the union appears to have been reconciled" (DALLAS MORNING
     NEWS, 6/24).  In Chicago, Sam Smith reported that the "rank
     and file" didn't like the deal, so "the bargaining will
     begin again with perhaps a threat to the games next fall"
     (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/24).  In L.A., Mark Heisler reported,
     "Even management sources agreed [that a luxury tax] would
     have created a 'hard' cap, making it harder for teams to fit
     in free agents and curtailing player movement" (L.A. TIMES,
     6/26).  Bob Costas questioned NBA Commissioner David Stern
     during coverage of the expansion draft.  Asked if the league
     was willing to re-enter negotiations, Stern replied, "I
     would say we are waiting to hear (from the players). ... If
     there is some trading they would like to do ... that's
     something we are always willing to talk about, because we
     very much would like to make a deal" (NBC, 6/24).
          DE-FENSE:  NBPA Exec VP Charles Smith said he was
     "disappointed" with the fact that so many players had signed
     on to decertification without having spoken to union leaders
     about the proposed deal.  Smith:  "Ninety-eight percent of
     the players who signed that decertification list didn't know
     what they were signing.  I'm convinced" (Thomas Hill, N.Y.
     POST, 6/26).  More Smith:  "I'm disappointed that the
     players didn't see two sides of the situation, and realize
     that the agents were acting totally out of self-interest.
     The players were listening to them and not talking to us to
     get the real side" (David Steele, NEWSDAY, 6/26).